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Title: Study the Effect of Hygrothermal Ageing on Glass/Epoxy Micro-composites by FTIR Imaging and Alternating DSC Techniques
Authors: Sharma, Neeti
Surendra Kumar, M
Ray, B C
Keywords: glass/epoxy Micro Composites
Hygrothermal Ageing
FTIR Imaging
Epoxy Curing
Glass Transition Temperature
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol 27, Iss 15, P 1625-1634
Abstract: An effort was made to study the effect of hygrothermal ageing at varying interval of time on the interphase of the fiber reinforced polymer composites. Silane-coated glass fibres and epoxy as matrix were used to fabricate the micro-composite. Absorbance peaks of OH stretching bands were focused to study the curing mechanism of epoxy matrix and effect of hygrothermal exposure at the interphase of the micro-composite by FTIR imaging. The DSC was carried out to monitor the glass transition temperature of hygrothermally aged samples after each interval. The FTIR results shows existence of gradient in degree of curing from the interphase to the bulk matrix and with the increase in aging time the water absorption increases at the interphase leading to improvement in the adhesion initially, as it is reflected in the results obtained with DSC analysis i.e increases in glass transition temperature with the aging time was reported. Obtained improved results may be attributed to moisture induced additional ring opening polymerization of epoxide molecule and/or formation of strong hydrogen double bonds with the epoxy matrix by water molecule. Microstructural analysis was done for hygrothermally treated samples by Scanning Electron Microscope.
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