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This poster describes the initial investigation of the reaction between a novel flame retardant (FR) and epoxy resin. The novel chemical (synthesized and provided by UD Chemistry Department faculty) is a phosphorus-based flame retardant that also incorporates primary and/or secondary amine functional groups. These groups potentially could react with epoxy resins, which would then incorporate this FR chemical directly into the polymer network through covalent bonding. This would be a way of introducing flame retardants into epoxy resins to improve flammability of composites. Initial research was conducted using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). The results indicate that the flame retardant is indeed reacting with the epoxy resin to form a crosslinked network. Future work will involve characterization of the cured epoxy-FR network for physical properties, mechanical properties, and flammability.
Vladimir A Benin, Donald A Klosterman, Alexander B Morgan
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Initial Study of Novel Flame Retardants For Epoxy Resin Systems" (2018). Stander Symposium Posters. 1345.