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Durability Studies of Hybrid Composite of E-Glass/Carbon Fibers in Different Solvents for Bridge Deck Panel Application

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Peter Owuor, Alfred Tcherbi-Narteh, Mahesh Hosur, Shaik Jeelani

Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

Paper No. IMECE2014-36175, pp. V014T11A018; 13 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 14: Emerging Technologies; Engineering Management, Safety, Ethics, Society, and Education; Materials: Genetics to Structures
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4963-7
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Objective An experimental study was carried out to investigate the solvent uptake in E-glass/Carbon Fiber composites with two types of epoxy systems: SC-15 and 635 epoxy resins in water, saltwater and antifreeze. These resins were infused into carbon, E glass and a hybrid of carbon and E-glass fabrics. Unconditioned samples with 635 epoxy resin system showed better flexural properties in case of both carbon fiber and hybrid composites but poor response when used as a matrix for E-glass fibers compared to SC-15 epoxy resin. Flexural properties for conditioned samples were determined after an immersion period of 8 weeks at room temperature and results showed that the 635 epoxy resin has a poor retention of flexural properties compared to SC-15 epoxy resin with highest degradation recorded for samples fabricated using E-glass fabrics. Moisture absorption curves did not follow the Fick’s law of diffusion except for first week of immersion. Lowest solvent uptake was recorded in antifreeze while highest was recorded in saltwater. Low operation temperature was exhibited by 635 epoxy resin with lower values of glass transition temperature compared to SC-15 epoxy resin. Storage modulus and glass transition temperatures determined from dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) showed that composites with 635 epoxy resin system had better storage modulus while those with SC-15 had higher glass transition temperatures. Highest degradation in storage modulus was seen in E-glass-635 epoxy samples when conditioned with salt water while the maximum reduction in the glass transition temperature was seen for E-glass-635 epoxy samples conditioned with water.

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