Journal article

Effect of Nanoclay on Thermomechanical Properties of Epoxy/Glass Fibre Composites

T Ngo, QT Nguyen, TP Nguyen, P Tran

Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering | Springer Berlin Heidelberg | Published : 2016


This study investigates the effects of nanoclay on the mechanical properties and fire performance of epoxy/ glass fibre composites. The cone calorimeter test in a horizontal configuration is used as the bench-scale test to determine the heat and smoke production from samples with nanoclay contents ranging from 1 to 5 wt%. All the samples are produced by a vacuum infusion process. Pristine nanoclay is treated with an organic surfactant before adding it to the mixture in the designed procedure. The results show that a low percentage of less than 3 wt% nanoclay produces a scattered nanoparticle dispersion and, therefore, is insufficient for char formation. The combustion of the organic surfacta..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge Dr. Jinghan Lu for her assistance in fabricating the specimens and Joe Abraham and Ariza Sharikin Abu Bakar for performing the cone calorimeter tests. The experimental work is conducted with financial support from ARC Linkage Grant LP110100429. The authors would also like to acknowledge the support from Permasteelisa Pty Ltd.