Bridging toughening of epoxy resins by dispersed thermoplastics
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The particulate toughening behaviour of epoxy resins modified by ductile thermoplastics is elucidated here by various bridging models. The experimental data for three different epoxy/PSF systems are presented to illustrate the trend of the toughening characteristics. The conventional continuous bridging model is shown to have underestimated the effect of the particulate toughening. Ajoint application of the discrete bridging model and the multiple bridging model, however, shows promising result for modified epoxy systems such as AG80/DDS/PSF and E51/DDS/PSF. These models also provide quantitative descriptions for the crack pinning phenomenon previously observed by Fu and Sun in AG80/DDS/PSF.
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