Abstract / Description of output
For bonded Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) strengthening systems in civil engineering projects, the adhesive joint performance is a key factor in the effectiveness of the strengthening; however, it is known that the material properties of structural epoxy adhesives change with temperature. This present paper examines the implied relationship between the curing regimes and the storage modulus response of the adhesive using a Machine Learning (ML) approach. A dataset containing 157 experimental data collected from the scientific papers and academic theses was used for training and testing an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) model. The sensitivity analysis reveals that the curing conditions have a significant effect on the glass transition temperatures (T g) of the adhesive, and consequently on the storage modulus response at elevated temperatures. Curing at an extremely high temperature for a long time does not, however, guarantee a better thermal performance. For the studied adhesive, curing in a warm (≥ 45°C) and dry (near 0 % RH) environment for 21 days is recommended for practical applications. A software with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) was established, which can predict the storage modulus response of the adhesive, plot the corresponding response curve, and estimate the optimum curing condition.
Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)
- Artificial neural network
- Curing conditions
- Machine learning
- Storage modulus
- Structural epoxy adhesive