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Thermoplastic toughening of epoxy resins: a critical review

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.1998, 00:00 authored by J H Hodgkin, G P Simon, Russell VarleyRussell Varley
Thermoplastic toughening of epoxy resins has been actively studied since the early 1980s with considerable progress in property improvement and understanding having been made since then. The main advantage in using thermoplastics to toughen epoxy resins is that their incorporation need not result in significant decreases in desirable properties such as modulus and yield strengths as is generally the case when rubbers are used as toughening agents. However, the predominant criteria for achieving optimum toughness enhancement in the thermoplastic toughening of epoxy resins are still not all that clear from the literature. This review has focused upon the importance of the thermoplastic endgroups, the material's morphology, the ductility of the matrix and the chemical structure of the thermoplastic, it summarizes what the authors believe are the important requirements for good thermoplastic toughening.

History

Journal

Polymers for advanced technologies

Volume

9

Issue

1

Pagination

3 - 10

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

1042-7147

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

1998, John Wiley & Sons