A study of microwave reaction rate enhancement effect in adhesive bonding of polymers and composites

Shuangjie Zhou, Martin C. Hawley

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    Abstract

    Microwaves have been investigated as an efficient alternative energy source for polymers and composites processing. In this paper, microwaves are applied in bonding two polymer composites with an epoxy-based adhesive. Results were compared with thermal process. Microwaves reduced the bonding time dramatically, which resulted from faster curing of the adhesives. The literature disagreed on whether localized superheating of functional groups or specific non-thermal effects are the main reason of microwave enhancement of reaction rate. In this study, the mechanism of microwave fast curing was investigated and the experimental results supported localized superheating of the functional groups as the main mechanism of reaction rate enhancement of microwave energy.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)303-309
    Number of pages7
    JournalComposite Structures
    Volume61
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 2003

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    Composite materials
    Polymers
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    Keywords

    • Adhesive bonding
    • Composites
    • Curing
    • Microwave
    • Polymers
    • Reaction rate

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Ceramics and Composites

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    A study of microwave reaction rate enhancement effect in adhesive bonding of polymers and composites. / Zhou, Shuangjie; Hawley, Martin C.

    In: Composite Structures, Vol. 61, No. 4, 09.2003, p. 303-309.

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    Zhou, Shuangjie; Hawley, Martin C. / A study of microwave reaction rate enhancement effect in adhesive bonding of polymers and composites.

    In: Composite Structures, Vol. 61, No. 4, 09.2003, p. 303-309.

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