Masters Theses

Abstract

"This work was focused primarily on the manufacture of polymer matrix composites using renewable and recycled materials. Methods are explored to recover valuable carbon fiber in a usable form from scrap materials. A novel pyrolysis process was implemented at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR) composites laboratory. Sufficient usable carbon fiber was recovered from scrap to allow new part fabrication and preliminary physical properties testing of this new material. Results were compared to those obtained using low cost virgin carbon fibers commonly used in compression molding applications. This work also describes the testing of new resin systems developed from soybean oil in the pultrusion process. Both neat resin test panels and pultruded carbon fiber/epoxy rods were produced to allow mechanical characterization of these new products. Preliminary mechanical testing of the neat resin and pultruded parts indicate that the resin system can be used to manufacture composite products by pultrusion. Resin properties such as viscosity and pot life remain well suited for pultrusion. Resin reactivity was only slightly decreased"--Abstract, page iv.

Advisor(s)

Chandrashekhara, K.

Committee Member(s)

Flanigan, V. J.
Nanni, Antonio

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2000

Pagination

x, 79 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.

Rights

© 2000 Nicholas Stephen Berring, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Thesis Number

T 7714

Print OCLC #

43931904

Electronic OCLC #

1102361924

Link to Catalog Record

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http://laurel.lso.missouri.edu/record=b4414634~S5

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