Fracture toughness of phenol formaldehyde composites: pilot study

Ku, Harry and Rogers, David and Davey, Robert and Cardona, Francisco and Trada, Mohan (2008) Fracture toughness of phenol formaldehyde composites: pilot study. Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, 17 (1). pp. 85-90. ISSN 1059-9495

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A commercial phenol formaldehyde based resole thermosetting resin (Hexion “J2027L”) was filled with ceramic-based fillers (Envirospheres “slg”) to increase its strength and fracture toughness. By testing viscosity, strength and fracture toughness at a range of filler addition levels, the optimal addition level of SLG was able to be determined in terms of workability, cost and performance. It was found that the fracture toughness of this resin could be significantly increased through the addition of the slg filler. The results show that composite with 20 % by weight of the slg produces the best balance between ease of casting and impact performance.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2008 05:19
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2014 06:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: phenol formaldehyde; phenolic resin; envirospheres; SLG; short bar test and viscosity
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s11665-007-9115-2

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