Influences of clay and manufacturing on fire resistance of organoclay/thermoset nanocomposites
Quynh T Nguyen, Tuan D Ngo, Tran Phuong, Priyan Mendis, Debes Bhattacharyya
COMPOSITES PART A-APPLIED SCIENCE AND MANUFACTURING | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015
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 ..View full abstract
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This work is conducted with the financial support of ARC Linkage Grant LP110100429. The authors would also like to acknowledge the support of Permasteelisa Pty Ltd with the experimental program.