CIESC Journal ›› 2018, Vol. 69 ›› Issue (S1): 161-169.doi: 10.11949/j.issn.0438-1157.20180175

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Kinetic study on thermal decomposition of GFRP under γ irradiation

ZHENG Lifang1, WANG Zhaozhong1, XIE Yajie2, YUE Lina3, WANG Li1   

  1. 1 School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China;
    2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China;
    3 School of Environmental Engineering, North China Institute of Science and Technology, Beijing 101601, China
  • Received:2018-02-06 Revised:2018-02-12 Online:2018-09-30 Published:2018-07-16
  • Supported by:

    supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51605025), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (FRF-GF-17-B19), the Foundation of Major Program of National Key Research and the Development Program of China (2016YFC0802905).


Glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) is used as support material for high energy physics and nuclear physics experiments due to its excellent thermal insulation and mechanical performance. High-energy physics and nuclear physics experiments produce large amounts of γ and neutron irradiation to the support material. In order to ensure the stability of GFRP under γ-irradiation conditions, the kinetic model of pyrolysis needs to be establish to calculate the activation energy under different irradiation doses. The obtained results show that the pyrolysis process of GFRP in a nitrogen atmosphere can be divided into three stages, the main mass loss stage occurs at 200-470℃. With the increase of radiation dose, the mass loss rate of GFRP increased. After 20, 100 and 200 kGy γ irradiation, the mass loss rate of GFRP increased from 31.1% to 32.7%, 35.5% and 37.5%, respectively, by 2%, 3.9% and 4.4%. With the heating rate increased the mass loss rate increased significantly. After 200 kGy γ irradiation, the average activation energy of GFRP calculated by Friedman method was increased from 96.1 kJ·mol-1 to 116.6 kJ·mol-1, which increased by 21.3%. The average activation energy of GFRP calculated by FWO method was increased from 107.6 kJ·mol-1 to 125.4 kJ·mol-1, which increased by 16.5%. Microstructure analysis by SEM found that the binding degree of the glass fiber and the epoxy declines after γ irradiation, differential scanning calorimetry indicates that the curing reaction occur of epoxy in the irradiation process.

Key words: GFRP, pyrolysis, activation energy, &gamma, irradiation, composites, thermodynamics

CLC Number: 

  • TB332

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