Title: Toughening of basalt fiber-reinforced composites with a cyclic butylene terephthalate matrix by a nonisothermal production method
Authors: Baets, Joris ×
Devaux, Jacques
Verpoest, Ignace #
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: John wiley & sons inc
Series Title: Advances in polymer technology vol:29 issue:2 pages:70-79
Conference: ICCM-17 edition:2009 location:Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Abstract: The interest in thermoplastic composites is growing because of their advantages over thermosets, as well as their recyclability and higher toughness. The melt viscosity of thermoplastic polymers is very high, which makes fiber impregnation difficult. This difficulty can be overcome by the in situ polymerization with cyclic butylene terephthalate (CBT). However, this leads to a brittle polybutyleneterephthalate when isothermal RTM-production is applied. To solve this problem, a nonisothermal production process for composites with CBT as matrix material was developed and the influence on the toughness was investigated. In the nonisothermal production process, different cooling rates were applied to examine their influence on the toughness of the produced composites. The difference in composites properties was related to the difference in the degree of crystal perfection, which was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Adv Polym Techn 29: 70-79, 2010; Published online in Wiley Inter Science ( DOI 10.1002/adv.20176
ISSN: 0730-6679
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Materials Engineering - miscellaneous
Mechanical Metallurgy Section (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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