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Sahoo S.K.,Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology CIPET | Mohanty S.,Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology CIPET | Nayak S.K.,Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology CIPET
Chinese Journal of Polymer Science (English Edition) | Year: 2014

A novel bioresin, epoxidized soybean oil was synthesized by in situ method and was characterized employing FTIR and NMR. The bioresin was blended with epoxy (DGEBA) at different ratios as reactive diluents for improved processibility and toughened nature. The composition with 20 wt% bioresin exhibited improved impact strength to the tune of 60% as compared to virgin epoxy. Fracture toughness parameters critical stress intensity factor (KIC) and critical strain energy release rate (GIC) were evaluated using single edge notch bending test and demonstrated superior enhancement in toughness. Dynamic mechanical, thermal, thermo mechanical and fracture morphological analyses have been studied for bio-based epoxy blends. Curing kinetics has been evaluated through DSC analysis to investigate the effect of bioresin on cross-linking reaction of neat epoxy with triethylenetetramine as curing agent. © 2015, Chinese Chemical Society, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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