Studies on thermal and morphological characteristics of siloxane containing epoxy resins cured by microwave radiation

Uyanik N., Karadayi M., Erbil C.

SURFACE COATINGS INTERNATIONAL PART B-COATINGS TRANSACTIONS, vol.87, no.2, pp.91-96, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 87 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/bf02699602
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.91-96
  • Keywords: siloxane acrylate, epoxy resin, microwave curing, SEM, morphology, COPOLYMER
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Microwave radiation was performed on a diglycidyl ether of a bisphenol-A type epoxy monomer with an aliphatic polyamino-curing agent. The ratio of epoxy monomer to curing agent was taken as 2. Two different molecular weights of silicone acrylates were used in various ratios for the modification of the system. The mechanical characterisation and hardness measurements of these samples were performed. As the siloxane content in the epoxy resin system was increased, Young's modulus and hardness decreased. Further, the strength at F-max, toughness and percentage elongation showed a maximum of about 10% for one kind of PDMS containing epoxy system. Thermal characterisations of the samples were determined with a thermogravimetric analyzer. The decomposition of the samples was a two-stage process with maximum weight loss rates in between 320 to 400degreesC or 330 to 430degreesCdegreesC, depending on the molecular weights of PDMS modifier. The SEM photographs of the cold-fractured samples were taken. As the siloxane content in the epoxy resins was increased, the fractured surfaces became rougher and showed more irregular stripes in the matrix.