Influences of clay and manufacturing on fire resistance of organoclay/thermoset nanocomposites

Tran, P 2015, 'Influences of clay and manufacturing on fire resistance of organoclay/thermoset nanocomposites', Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, vol. 74, pp. 26-37.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Influences of clay and manufacturing on fire resistance of organoclay/thermoset nanocomposites
Author(s) Tran, P
Year 2015
Journal name Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Volume number 74
Start page 26
End page 37
Total pages 12
Publisher Pergamom Press
Abstract The organoclay GFRP nanocomposites are prepared using the vacuum assisted resin transfer moulding method. Two grades of organophilic clay with three content levels, three types of thermosetting resins (polyester, vinyl ester and epoxy), and three nanoclay dispersion techniques are investigated. To understand the effects of these factors on the fire performance, Taguchi design of experiments (DoE) method is employed and preferred combinations of factors are determined using a one-step and a proposed two-step GLM ANOVA. The one-step ANOVA is applied directly on the experimental results, while the two-step ANOVA is conducted on the signal-to-noise ratios obtained from the Taguchi analysis. The combination of mechanical and ultrasonic dispersing procedure has been found to have considerable influence on the of nanoclay distribution. While both approaches provide insights into the influences of each fabrication factor, the two-step gives a better prediction of the favourable response combination for the nanocomposites when validated with experiments.
Subject Composite and Hybrid Materials
Solid Mechanics
Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Keyword(s) A. Nano-structures
A. Polymer matrix composites (PMCs)
B. Thermal properties
C. Statistical properties/methods
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.compositesa.2015.03.014
Copyright notice © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 1359-835X
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