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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 33, Number 8
BKCSDE 33(8)
August 20, 2012 

Thermal Stability and Fracture Toughness of Epoxy Resins Modified with Epoxidized Castor Oil and Al2O3 Nanoparticles
Lin Zhu, Fan-Long Jin, Soo-Jin Park*
Epoxy resins, Al2O3 nanoparticles, Epoxidized castor oil, Thermal stabilities, Fracture toughness
This study examined the effects of the epoxidized castor oil (ECO) and Al2O3 content on the thermal stability and fracture toughness of the diglycidylether of bisphenol-A (DGEBA)/ECO/Al2O3 ternary composites using a range of techniques. The thermal stability of the composites was decreased by the addition of ECO and Al2O3 nanoparticles. The fracture toughness of the composites was improved significantly by the addition of ECO and Al2O3 nanoparticles. The composite containing 3 wt % Al2O3 nanoparticles showed the maximum flexural strength. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed tortuous cracks in the DGEBA/ECO/Al2O3 composites, which prevented deformation and crack propagation.
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