Influence of seawater on mechanical properties of SiO2-epoxy polymer nanocomposites
Halil Burak Kaybal*,1, Hasan Ulus2, Ahmet Caner Tatar3, Okan Demir3, Ahmet Avcı4
1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amasya University, Amasya, Turkey.
2Huglu Vocational High School, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey
3Department of Mechanical Engineering, Konya Technical University, Konya, Turkey
4Department of Biomedical Engineering, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey
Epoxy; Nanocomposite; Nano SiO2; Seawater; Tensile loading; Bending loading
In this study, dispersion of nano SiO2 in epoxy composite aged in seawater and its effect on mechanical properties were studied. The SiO2-epoxy polymer nanocomposite materials were kept in seawater for a total of six months to be tested every two months. Tensile and bending tests were applied to composite materials as a mechanical test. According to the mechanical test results, there was less decrease in strength in SiO2-epoxy polymer nanocomposite material compared to unmodified material. In usage of seawater, the mechanical properties were observed to be the best in 3 % added SiO2-epoxy nanocomposite material.
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