Reynolds, Phillip John (2012)
M.Res. thesis, University of Birmingham.
The ionomer known by its trademark name as Surlyn has recently become an area of interest as it reportedly has the ability to self-heal. In this project, new techniques were employed to investigate three grades of Surlyn (PC2000, 9910 and 1706) with a view to the development of a self-healing and self-sensing composite. The study initially focused on the development of Surlyn plaques and Surlyn fibres; reporting on both the self-healing and self-sensing capabilities of Surlyn. Grade PC2000 fibres were shown to have the highest light transmission results and clearly showed the ability to act as self-sensing light guides. The crack healing ability of Surlyn fibres and Surlyn film was studied during mode I fracture tests and Surlyn was shown to act as a crack arrestor increasing the fracture toughness of carbon-fibre and also suggesting that Surlyn is able to self-heal. Surlyn films and Surlyn fibres were then fabricated with VTM 264 glass-fibre pre-preg with a view to producing a self-healing and self-sensing composite. Further investigation into the self-healing and selfsensing abilities of the fabricated Surlyn composites and Surlyn fibres is discussed.
|Type of Work:||M.Res. thesis.|
|Supervisor(s):||Kukureka, Stephen N. and Fernando, Gerard|
|School/Faculty:||Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences|
|Department:||Department of Metallurgy and Materials|
|Subjects:||T Technology (General)|
TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
TP Chemical technology
|Institution:||University of Birmingham|
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