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Effect of Microwave and Conventional Autoclave Post- Curing on the Mechanical and Micro-structural Properties of Particulate Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites

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Area
Biology

Author(s)
Oluwole Oluleke

Published in
Advances in Materials

Year
2015

Publisher
Science PG

Abstract
The application of polymer matrix composites has found valuable in many engineering fields like electrical,marine, aerospace, electronics and microelectronics. Thus, a new technique like microwave through electromagnetic energywas explored for processing of polymer matrix composite. The roles of microwave in the post curing of polymer matrixcomposites cannot be underestimated, as it has the capacity to improve the mechanical and micro-structural properties of thecomposite produced. The aim of the study is to investigate the effect of microwave post curing on the mechanical and micro-structural properties of particulate reinforced polymer matrix composites. These effects were compared with composites postcured using conventional autoclave oven with the objective of investigating the significance of microwave curing on the tensilestrength and structural qualities in terms of defects of the produced composites. A specific study comprising of aluminum filledpolyester based composite and carbon black filled polyester based composite were investigated using two different compositecuring methods (microwave oven and conventional autoclave oven). The investigation, through experimentation was based onmechanical property (tensile strength) and micro-structural quality (defects) of the produced composites. Comparing the resultsof the post-curing of the composites using microwave and conventional methods, there is direct relationship between thetensile strength and the percentage weight fraction of the fillers with respect to the post curing methods. 30% aluminium filled,post cured in microwave has 0.01 MPa tensile strength, 20% aluminium filled (microwave) has 0.0076MPa while 30%aluminium filled (conventional oven curing) has 0.0092MPa and 20% aluminium filled (conventional oven curing) has0.0068MPa. Also, composites post-cured with microwave show less voids defect compared to that post-cured by conventionalautoclave oven. It was shown in this paper that post-curing of the particulate composites through microwave was able toimprove the tensile strength and minimize defects better as compared to conventional autoclave method.

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BibTeX
@ARTICLE{
         Oluleke2015EoM,
       title = "Effect of Microwave and Conventional Autoclave Post- Curing on the Mechanical and
         Micro-structural Properties of Particulate Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites",
       author = "Oluwole Oluleke",
       publisher = "Science PG",
       year = "2015",
       journal = "Advances in Materials",
       volume = "4",
       pages = "85--94",
       abstract = "The application of polymer matrix composites has found valuable in many engineering
         fields like electrical,marine, aerospace, electronics and microelectronics. Thus, a new technique
         like microwave through electromagnetic energywas explored for processing of polymer matrix
         composite. The roles of microwave in the post curing of polymer matrixcomposites cannot be
         underestimated, as it has the capacity to improve the mechanical and micro-structural properties of
         thecomposite produced. The aim of the study is to investigate the effect of microwave post curing on
         the mechanical and micro-structural properties of particulate reinforced polymer matrix composites.
         These effects were compared with composites postcured using conventional autoclave oven with the
         objective of investigating the significance of microwave curing on the tensilestrength and
         structural qualities in terms of defects of the produced composites. A specific study comprising of
         aluminum filledpolyester based composite and carbon black filled polyester based composite were
         investigated using two different compositecuring methods (microwave oven and conventional autoclave
         oven). The investigation, through experimentation was based onmechanical property (tensile strength)
         and micro-structural quality (defects) of the produced composites. Comparing the resultsof the
         post-curing of the composites using microwave and conventional methods, there is direct relationship
         between thetensile strength and the percentage weight fraction of the fillers with respect to the
         post curing methods. 30% aluminium filled,post cured in microwave has 0.01 MPa tensile strength, 20%
         aluminium filled (microwave) has 0.0076MPa while 30%aluminium filled (conventional oven curing) has
         0.0092MPa and 20% aluminium filled (conventional oven curing) has0.0068MPa. Also, composites
         post-cured with microwave show less voids defect compared to that post-cured by
         conventionalautoclave oven. It was shown in this paper that post-curing of the particulate
         composites through microwave was able toimprove the tensile strength and minimize defects better as
         compared to conventional autoclave method.",
       ad_area = "Biology",
       ad_tools = "AMC",
       ad_theotech = "Certification"
}


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