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Impact behavior of unidirectional polyethylene–glass fibers: Resol/vinyl acetate-2-ethylhexylacrylate interpenetrating polymer network systems

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  • Chandan Datta,

    1. Department of Polymer Science and Technology, 92 A.P.C. Road, University of Calcutta, Calcutta 700 009, India
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  • Diya Basu,

    1. Department of Polymer Science and Technology, 92 A.P.C. Road, University of Calcutta, Calcutta 700 009, India
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  • Amaranth Banerjee

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    1. Department of Polymer Science and Technology, 92 A.P.C. Road, University of Calcutta, Calcutta 700 009, India
    • Department of Polymer Science and Technology, 92 A.P.C. Road, University of Calcutta, Calcutta 700 009, India
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Abstract

Resol was solution blended with vinyl acetate-2-ethylhexylacrylate (VAc–EHA) resin in an aqueous medium at a 90-10 w/w ratio with hexamethoxymethylmelamine (HMMM) as crosslinker. Here we aimed to study the impact behavior of unidirectional laminates cast from (Resol/VAc–EHA/HMMM)/glass fiber (GF), (Resol/VAc–EHA/HMMM)/polyethylene fiber (PEF), and (Resol/VAc–EHA/HMMM)/GF/PEF (hybrid) and to study the role of PEF ply/plies in hybrid laminates toward the impact behavior, as dependent on the relative position of the ply/plies. A brittle failure mode was observed in the GF-reinforced laminates, which tended to the ductile failure mode, with the incorporation of PEF ply/plies. Again, the impact fracture mode of GF was minimized by the placement of PEF ply/plies at the impacted side of the hybrid laminates. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 91: 339–342, 2004

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