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Characterization and Mechanical Properties of Epoxy Resin Reinforced with TiO2 Nanoparticles

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  • L. Merad,

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    1. Faculté des Sciences et Technologie, Département des Sciences et Techniques, Université de Mascara, BP 763, Route de Mamounia, Mascara 29000, Algeria
    2. Unité de Recherche Matériaux et Energies Renouvelables (URMER), Faculté des Sciences, Université de Tlemcen, BP 119, Tlemcen 13000, Algeria
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      L. Merad, Faculté des Sciences et Technologie, Département des Sciences et Techniques, Université de Mascara, BP: 763, Route de Mamounia, Mascara 29000, Algeria

      Email: laarej_merad@yahoo.com

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  • B. Benyoucef,

    1. Unité de Recherche Matériaux et Energies Renouvelables (URMER), Faculté des Sciences, Université de Tlemcen, BP 119, Tlemcen 13000, Algeria
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  • M.J.M. Abadie,

    1. School of Materials Science & Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Academic Complex North, Block N4.1, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 6399798, Singapore
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  • J.P. Charles

    1. Laboratoire Matériaux Optiques, Photoniques et Systèmes, LMOPS, Université de Metz, Supelec, UMR CNRS 7132, 2, Rue Edouard Belin, 57070 Metz, France
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Abstract

Epoxy resins with widely different mechanical properties were used as matrices in which functionalized TiO2 particles were randomly dispersed to produce nanocomposites. These nanoparticles, 21 nm in diameter, were dispersed in epoxy resin using ultrasonication or magnetic stirring for 5, 30, and 60 min. The composites with nanometer scale TiO2 particles at 0.5, 1, 5, and 20 wt% were subjected to hardness tests and tensile tests. The results were then compared with the neat epoxy resin. The final mechanical properties of epoxy resin reinforced with TiO2 nanoparticles are hardness 17HV and Young's modulus for 5% TiO2 (2.813).

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