Use of Functionalized Nanosilica to Improve Thermo-Mechanical Properties of Epoxy Adhesive Joint Bonding Aluminium Substrates
Abstract:The present work is concerned with the improvement of thermal properties and mechanical strength of adhesive joints consisting of an epoxy adhesive layer bonding aluminium substrates by grafted nanosilica. Epoxy resin/silica nanocomposites were prepared by using functionalized silica. Silica was functionalized by amine group (SiO2–NH2). It was identified by Raman and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR). Effects of silica on viscoelastic properties for epoxy resin and its assemblies with aluminium substrates were studied by Dynamical Mechanical Analysis (DMA). Particles distribution was characterized by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Our experimental results showed that functionalized silica presents a better distribution in the matrix than the pure silica. Our results also showed that grafting of functionalized silica improves the glass transition temperature (Tg) and the ultimate strength of aluminium/epoxy/aluminium assembly.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 1, 2010
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