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Title: The cure of, and moisture ingress into, epoxy resins
Author: Garden, Lisa H.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2746 5799
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2013
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The first aim of this project was to characterise the cure of several epoxy resin systems using dielectric spectroscopy, DSC, FT-IR spectroscopy and rheology measurements. It was hoped to build up an understanding of the cure process and correlate the results produced by the different methods to establish whether dielectric spectroscopy can be used to monitor the cure of epoxy resins in the field without specialist training in interpretation of the results. The second aim was to quantify moisture ingress through gravimetric measurements and dielectric spectroscopy. Although in certain systems a close correspondence between the different methods is observed this can not be generally assumed to be true in all cases. It would appear that differences can be observed which reflect the way in which the physical properties changes are connected to the controlling molecular processes. The dielectric measurements, although sensitive to the cure process, exhibit activation parameters which can be significantly different from those obtained by other methods. The differences observed can be rationalised on the basis of the influence of the short range molecular mobility of the matrix on the electrical properties. For the water ingress study, the dielectric studies indicate the type of water and its distribution whereas the gravimetric data indicates how much moisture is absorbed. Using a combination of the two measurement methods it is possible to obtain a greater insight into the nature of the moisture uptake than using either alone.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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