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Mechanical behavior of Emirati red shale fillers/unsaturated polyester composite

Authors
  • Mourad, Abdel-Hamid I.1
  • Abu-Jdayil, Basim2
  • Hassan, Muzamil2
  • 1 United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, UAE , Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates)
  • 2 United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE , Al Ain (United Arab Emirates)
Type
Published Article
Journal
SN Applied Sciences
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Feb 27, 2020
Volume
2
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s42452-020-2284-4
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

Herein, we focus on the formulation of polymer-based heat insulators using natural local shale as a filler. The polymer composite was fabricated by blending unsaturated polyester resin with local natural Emirati shale of filler of different filler sizes and solidifying the obtained thermosetting blends. The prepared samples are subjected to compressive strength, flexural strength, and tensile strength tests. The obtained results indicate that these composites exhibit mechanical properties superior to those of commercial heat insulators and comparable with those of other building materials. Specially, the prepared composite features a much higher tensile strength (20–40 MPa) than conventional heat insulators (< 1 MPa).

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