Remendable interfaces in polymer composites

Amy M. Peterson, Robert E. Jensen, Giuseppe R. Palmese

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


Materials that can recover mechanical properties following failure offer increased safety and service life. The reversible Diels-Alder reaction of a furan with a maleimide was used to impart remendability at the polymer-glass interface of a glass-reinforced composite. An epoxy-amine network was furan-functionalized by the addition of furfuryl glycidyl ether as a comonomer and glass fibers were given malelimide functionality. At room temperature the Diels-Alder adduct is formed spontaneously and above 90°C the adduct breaks apart to reform the original furan and maleimide moieties. It is expected that a glass-reinforced composite of maleimide-sized glass within a furan-containing network will demonstrate healing of interfacial failure, and consequently, extension of fatigue life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSAMPE '09 Spring Symposium Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Times. New Opportunities. Are You Prepared?
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventSAMPE '09 Spring Symposium Conference Proceedings - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: May 18 2009May 21 2009

Publication series

NameInternational SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (Proceedings)
ISSN (Print)0891-0138


ConferenceSAMPE '09 Spring Symposium Conference Proceedings
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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