Contrasts on fracture toughness and flexural strength of varying percentages of SLG-reinforced phenolic composites

Ku, H. S. and Fok, S. C. and Siores, E. (2009) Contrasts on fracture toughness and flexural strength of varying percentages of SLG-reinforced phenolic composites. Journal of Composite Materials, 43 (8). pp. 885-895. ISSN 0021-9983

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Many previous studies had reported the improvement in the mechanical properties of vinyl ester resin reinforced with SLG. Among these material properties, fracture toughness and flexural properties are important material characteristics. This paper investigates the relationship between these two set of material properties in enviroshperes (SLG) reinforced phenolic composites. The material properties of the phenolic resin composites containing different percentage by weight of SLG are experimentally measured using the short bar method and the tree-point test. The findings indicated that the PF/E-SHERES (30%) constitute the best compromise with respect to cost, fracture toughness and flexural strength. It is hoped that the discussion and results in this work would not only contribute towards the development of SLG reinforced phenolic composites with better material properties, but also useful for the investigations of fracture toughness and flexural strength in other composites.

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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 - No Department
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010 05:04
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: phenolic resin; SLG; fracture toughness; flexural strength; Young modulus
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0102 Applied Mathematics > 010207 Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0021998308103159

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