Title

Development and Characterization of Soy-Based Epoxy Foams

Abstract

Epoxy foams have been developed using soy-based resin system synthesized at University of Missouri - Rolla. The soy-based resin system was developed by the process of transesterfication and epoxidation of soybean oil. A physical blowing agent was used to foam the soy-based resin. The performance of foams was evaluated by testing for compression in both parallel and perpendicular to rise direction. The tests were carried out at room temperature and at the elevated temperature. The compression properties showed a decreasing trend for increasing amounts of soy resin. The density and the thermal properties of the epoxy foams were also evaluated. The relation between the composition, density and properties of the foam was analyzed. Soy-based epoxy foams are potential low cost and environmentally benign materials for structural applications.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Second Department

Chemistry

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2006 Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Publishing, All rights reserved.

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