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Liquid composite moulding of fibre nanocomposites

Lekakou, C, Hearn, A, Murugesh, AK and Le Page, B (2007) Liquid composite moulding of fibre nanocomposites MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 23 (4). 487 - 491. ISSN 0267-0836


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Two liquid composite moulding techniques have been investigated in this study, resin transfer moulding (RTM) and resin infusion under flexible tool (RIFT) for the processing of glass fabricepoxy laminates with 5% nanoaggregates of silica nanoparticles in the epoxy matrix. It has been found that the high fibre fraction reinforcement (V-f=0.50) filters the silica nanoaggregates resulting in stopping the in plane resin infiltration in RTM right at the beginning of the filling stage. Laminates of lower fibre fraction (V-f=0.40) were produced successfully by RIFT. Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA) and three point bend tests showed that fibre-silica-epoxy composites, processed by RIFT, had higher elastic shear modulus and interlaminar shear strength than conventional fibre-epoxy composites manufactured by the same RIFT process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science & Technology, Technology, Materials Science, Multidisciplinary, Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Science, nanocomposites, liquid composite moulding, RTM, RIFT, LAYERED SILICATE NANOCOMPOSITES, FILLED EPOXY-RESIN, FRACTURE-TOUGHNESS, POLYMER NANOCOMPOSITES, MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES, CRACK-PROPAGATION, MATRIX, PERFORMANCE, PERMEABILITY
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Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:05
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:25

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