The hydrothermal ageing of epoxy-thermoplastic blends, used as matrices for carbon fibre composites, cured by electron beam, has been studied. Two different thermoplastic percentages have been adopted. A suitable choice of both curing process and formulation parameters allows to carry out irradiation at mild temperature with several advantages, coming from a "non thermal" process, for both the final properties of the materials and the environment. Nevertheless the occurring of vitrification phenomena needs the use of a short thermal treatment after irradiation on the already solid materials, in order to complete the cure reactions. Radiation cured epoxy based matrices have been subjected to a thermal and moisture absorption ageing treatment and its influence on the thermal and mechanical properties has been investigated through dynamic mechanical thermal analysis and fracture toughness tests. The results have been interpreted on the basis of the different curing degree reached by the investigated systems and in the light of their morphological structures. Plasticization, thermal curing and degradation reactions occur in different extent depending on the kind of the material. In particular, for fracture properties, a better resistance to ageing is shown by the system at higher thermoplastic concentration.
|Numero di pagine||7|
|Rivista||Polymer Degradation and Stability|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2010|
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