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Title:Viscoelastic Properties of Polymer Composites During Processing
Author(s):O'Brien, Daniel James
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):White, Scott R.
Department / Program:Mechanical Engineering
Discipline:Mechanical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Engineering, Industrial
Abstract:In this work several aspects of the curing, viscoelastic, and cure shrinkage behavior of an aerospace grade epoxy resin were characterized and modeled for the purpose of composites process modeling. Measurement of matrix viscoelastic properties during cure was accomplished through two experimental approaches, each suited to a particular range of cure states. To investigate the material behavior during later stages of cure after gelation, small beam specimens were tested in three-point bending. During early stages of curing, samples were examined by shearing the material between parallel plates in a rheometer. Specimens for each configuration were manufactured at several cure states and tested at a range of temperatures. These data were used to develop a material model to predict the relaxation modulus of the matrix at any time during cure. Additionally, moire interferometry was successfully applied to the measurement of the viscoelastic Poisson's ratio of the matrix through its entire glassy-to-rubbery transition. The matrix viscoelastic material models were then used to predict composite viscoelastic properties and correlated with experimental results. In addition, the viscoelastic shrinkage behavior of the composite during cure was investigated with micromechanical modeling.
Issue Date:2003
Description:179 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3101935
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2003

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