Title: REPLACEMENT OF EPOXY CURING AGENT WITH BIO-BINDER 1,4-DIAMINOBUTANE-A GREEN SOLUTION
Authors: Nachiket S. Makh, Lifeng Zhang, Ajit D. Kelkar
Abstract: The basic components of the thermoset polymer matrix are epoxy resin and curing agent (hardener), manufactured by chemical industries using fossil fuels, raising sustainability concerns. Also, most of the common curing agents used in epoxy resins are highly toxic in nature and this has led to finding new ways and methods to replace the ingredients of the epoxy resin system. Many scientific publications on green or sustainable resin are published and even some are introduced in the composite market but have a few shortcomings like a pairing or a compatible curing agent, the cost, and the mechanical performance of cured epoxy resin system. Very little research has been done on the development of sustainable or green hardeners known as bio-binders. The present research focuses on the prediction of mechanical properties by the replacement of epoxy curing agent with bio-binder 1,4-Diaminobutane in the thermoset epoxy resin system. The results are generated by performing molecular dynamics simulations using the Material Studio Software. The research showed promising results without losing many mechanical properties as compared to the conventional epoxy resin EPON 862 system with the curing agent W.
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Conference: SAMPE 2023
Publication Date: 2023/04/17
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