Environmentally friendly polymers and composites for military applications

John J. La Scala, James M. Sands, Giuseppe R. Palmese

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Liquid resins used for molding composite structures are a significant source of VOC and hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions. One method of reducing styrene emissions from vinyl ester (VE) resins is to replace some or all of the styrene with fatty acid-based monomers. VE resins with no more than 20 wt % styrene were prepared using methacrylate terminated fatty acids. The viscosities of these resins were below 500 cP, allowing the use of vacuum assisted resin transfer molding for composite production. Composite panels were made from these resins using E-glass at ∼ 0.4 vol. Fatty acid monomers can be used to produce affordable low VOC/HAP vinyl ester resins without a loss in performance. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase (Cincinnati, OH 10/30/2005-11/4/2005).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication05AIChE
Subtitle of host publication2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase, Conference Proceedings
PublisherAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers
ISBN (Print)0816909962, 9780816909964
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2005Nov 4 2005

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings


Other05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Energy


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