Moisture Distribution Profiles in RT-Cured Glass/ Epoxy Laminates of Different Thicknesses

Revathi, A and Srihari, Shylaja and Rao, RMVGK (2004) Moisture Distribution Profiles in RT-Cured Glass/ Epoxy Laminates of Different Thicknesses. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, 23 (10). pp. 1075-1094. ISSN 0731-6844

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Investigations were carried out on the moisture absorption behavior of RT-cured glass/epoxy composite specimens subjected to 333K/Immersion in distilled water. Different laminatethicknesses (i.e., 0.25–2.25 mm) were studied for comparative evaluation of their moisture diffusion and distribution profiles across the thickness of the composite as a function of the exposure period. Moisture absorption data showed that the equilibrium moisture levels (Mm) remained practically the same for different laminates of the same fiber weight fraction (i.e., 0.62). Further, the times of saturation (tm) increased with the laminate thickness, while the absorption rates (slopes of the absorption curves) showed a reverse trend. It was also found that the Diffusion Coefficient (Dc) values of different thicknesses specimens ranged between 0.28 and 7.81(107) mm2 /sec, indicating a negligible thickness effect on this diffusion parameter. The small variations of Dc (all of the order 107mm2/sec) are attributed mainly to the variations in the edge areas for different thickness laminates.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: glass/epoxy composite, laminate thickness, moisture gain, diffusion coefficient, time of saturation, moisture distribution.
Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Composite Materials
Depositing User: Ms Indrani V
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 05:36
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2011 05:36

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