Weathering study of glass-fiber reinforced polyester sheets by scanning electron microscopy

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TypeArticle
Journal titlePolymer Engineering and Science
ISSN0032-3888
Volume12
Issue1
Pages5358; # of pages: 6
Subjectglass fibres; polyester; weathering tests; weatherproofing products; crackings (breaking); polyester; essai climatique; produit d' etancheite; fissuration
AbstractEvidence is presented of the main steps in the physical breakdown of glass-fiber reinforced polyester (GRP) composites on outdoor weathering. The chronological sequence is fiber ridging, rupture of the resin layer covering ridging fibers or fibers running close to the surface, spalling of the resin at the site of failure and subsequent erosion, fiber prominence and formation of a network of microcracks. Breakdown is believed to be caused by a type of stress fatigue imposed on the composite by cyclic variation of humidity and temperature in conjunction with solar radiation, and by the action of water and oxygen. The under side of the exposed GRP sheeting shows only incipient breakdown, indicating that solar radiation is an important factor. Countermeasures suggested to reduce breakdown include techniques to keep fibers away from the surface, use of resins with better thermal and moisture characteristics, and use of resin formulations with the best light stability.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
IdentifierDBR-RP-501
NRC number12270
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NPARC number20373829
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