Studies on synthesis and characterization of surface-modified mullite fibre-reinforced epoxy nanocomposites

K. Kanimozhi, S. Devaraju, M. R. Vengatesan, V. Selvaraj, M. Alagar

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    Abstract

    The present work describes the development of epoxy composites using varying weight percentages (0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 wt%) of glycidyl-functionalized mullite (GM) fibre and diglycidyl ethers of bisphenol-A epoxy resin cured with diamino diphenyl methane. The mullite fibre was synthesized via the sol-gel method and its surface was modified with 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane. The glycidyl functionality in the mullite fibre has been confirmed by Fourier transform infrared and thermogravimetric analyses. The data obtained from the thermal, mechanical, dielectric water absorption studies and contact angle showed that the GM fibre had a significant impact in the resultant epoxy nanocomposites compared to neat epoxy matrix. The molecular level dispersion of mullite fibres into the epoxy matrix was confirmed by the scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction analyses.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)658-667
    Number of pages10
    JournalHigh Performance Polymers
    Volume25
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 2013

    Keywords

    • Ceramic-matrix composites (CMCs)
    • contact angle
    • hardness
    • thermomechanical
    • thermosetting resin

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