Title: EPOXY-LIGNIN-CARDANOL FOR COMPOSITES
Abstract: The versatility of epoxy resin chemistry is related to the wide range of epoxy resins and hardeners that are available and results in a spectrum of cured epoxy systems with the desired mechanical properties and performance characteristics for a range of applications from coatings/adhesives, FRP structural components, electronic/electrical systems, consumer/marine areas. Besides a wide selection of epoxy resins and hardeners, a variety of process technologies can be considered. For the preparation of environmentally sustainable materials, “green components” based on environmentally benign and natural components involve the use of lignin and cardanol as key commercially available “green materials.” The procedure to prepare structurally complex composite structures based on these natural products is reasonably straight forward and results in the production of glass and carbon fiber composites involving different technologies specific to the desired application use. Hence, resin transfer or resin infusion is currently the core process in automotive industry. With the anticipated reduced costs through the utilization of these commercially available green materials, a reasonably complete picture of the use of lignin and cardanol for the preparation modified epoxies for structural automotive components is presented.
Authors: Axel Boettcher and Louis Pilato
Conference: CAMX 2017 –Orlando