Optimization of the filler content of filled polyester resin

Authors

  • W. C. Jones III,

    1. Chemical Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
    Current affiliation:
    1. Ashland Oil Company, Ashland, Kentucky
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  • A. L. Fricke

    1. Chemical Engineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
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Abstract

A method for the constrained optimization of the filler content in polyester resin was demonstrated. The fillers investigated included marble, clay, pecan shell flour, and hollow microspheres in various concentrations. The method of optimization included an experimental design to generate data and a polynomial regression analysis to determine the mechanical property constraint functions. The constraints were well approximated by linear functions, and linear programming was used to find optimum compositions for several possible applications.

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