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The Ageing of Glass Fibres Used in Polymeric Composites

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventSAMPE Europe 2017 Conference and Student Symposium - Filderhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: 13 Nov 201716 Nov 2017


ConferenceSAMPE Europe 2017 Conference and Student Symposium
Abbreviated titleSAMPE Europe 2017


Glass fibre composites are utilized widely as a lighter and corrosion resistant alternative for metals, in applications such as reactor and chemical transportation tanks, marine applications and wind turbines. Failure cases have however been reported and the reasons of failure range from errors during manufacture to stress corrosion or other forms of ageing in the composite.
The aim of this study, presented in my Master’s thesis, was to compile and add upon the existing knowledge of the chemical processes which result in property loss in glass fibre reinforced polymer composites. The changes in the composition and structure of the glass were found to be significant and likely have an effect on the ageing of the composite as a whole.