Effect of environmental weathering on flexural creep behavior of long fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites

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  • Flexural creep behavior of nylon 6/6 (NY66)- and polypropylene (PP)- based long fiber (l/d = 2000-10 000) thermoplastic (LFT) composites was investigated as a function of ultraviolet irradiation and moisture absorption. Extrusion/compression-molded panels were prepared according to ASTM D-2990 and conditioned according to ASTM D-618. NY66 and PP LFTs were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy in the unexposed condition, and as-exposed to 253.7 nm UV radiation. The creep compliance of PP LFT increased with increasing UV exposure, whereas the creep compliance of NY66 LFT showed a moderate decrease with increasing UV exposure. Moisture absorption experiments were performed in boiling water until saturation on NY66 and its LFT composites. Characterization of desorbed moisture absorption specimens suggested slight variation in the structure, and an analysis of creep compliances showed minimal changes as compared to the dry/unexposed specimens.© 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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    Author List

  • Chevali VS; Dean DR; Janowski GM
  • Start Page

  • 2628
  • End Page

  • 2640
  • Volume

  • 95
  • Issue

  • 12