Event Title

T5-B: Study the Effects of UV Radiation, High Temperature and Moisture on Epoxy with and without Titanium Metallic Coating

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Bill France B

Start Date

6-3-2018 10:20 AM

Description

Epoxy based composites have a wide range of applications for aviation, automotive and house construction due to their lightweight, corrosion resistance and good mechanical properties. During their exposure to harsh environmental conditions (UV radiation, high temperature and moisture) the epoxy-matrix part suffers significant degradation with detrimental effects on the mechanical properties. Within an independent study class, student teams worked together on the current research that offered them the opportunity to learn engineering skills through hands-on experiences. They developed the manufacturing process for producing standardized size epoxy samples and designed the testing procedures for assessing their mechanical properties. They also investigated the benefits of using a thin layer of metallic (titanium) coating deposited on epoxy by using the DC magnetron sputtering technique as an effective barrier to environmental degradation. The present research tested the epoxy behavior under accelerated weathering conditions (ASTM G154 standard) and offered methods for improving the mechanical performances. Results of the research are presented along with the students experiences.

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Mar 6th, 10:20 AM

T5-B: Study the Effects of UV Radiation, High Temperature and Moisture on Epoxy with and without Titanium Metallic Coating

Bill France B

Epoxy based composites have a wide range of applications for aviation, automotive and house construction due to their lightweight, corrosion resistance and good mechanical properties. During their exposure to harsh environmental conditions (UV radiation, high temperature and moisture) the epoxy-matrix part suffers significant degradation with detrimental effects on the mechanical properties. Within an independent study class, student teams worked together on the current research that offered them the opportunity to learn engineering skills through hands-on experiences. They developed the manufacturing process for producing standardized size epoxy samples and designed the testing procedures for assessing their mechanical properties. They also investigated the benefits of using a thin layer of metallic (titanium) coating deposited on epoxy by using the DC magnetron sputtering technique as an effective barrier to environmental degradation. The present research tested the epoxy behavior under accelerated weathering conditions (ASTM G154 standard) and offered methods for improving the mechanical performances. Results of the research are presented along with the students experiences.