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Effects of hydrolysis ageing on the performance and dimensional stability of glass-fiber reinforced polyamide 66

Thomason, J.L. and Ali, J.Z. and Anderson, J. (2010) Effects of hydrolysis ageing on the performance and dimensional stability of glass-fiber reinforced polyamide 66. In: 68th Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, ANTEC 2010, 2010-06-16 - 2010-06-20.

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Abstract

Results of an in-depth study of hydrolysis testing on the mechanical performance, weight change, and dimensional stability of injection moulded glass-fiber reinforced polyamide 66 automotive composites are presented. Composite and resin samples have been characterised after conditioning in water-glycol mixtures at 70°C, 120°C and 150°C for a range of times up to 1000 hours. The results reveal that hydrothermal ageing results in significant changes in the mechanical performance, weight, and dimensions of these materials. Mechanical performance after conditioning at different temperatures could be superimposed when considered as a function of the level of fluid absorbed by the composite matrix.