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Date of Award


Document Type

Master's report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

First Advisor

Gregory M. Odegard


Epoxies find variety of applications and during these applications they get exposed to different conditions like elevated temperatures, hydrothermal, chemical, etc. It has been observed that properties of epoxies do get affected substantially if exposed to these conditions for extended period of time and because of the variety of applications, researchers found it necessary to study their effects on the thermal, mechanical, physical and chemical properties. However in this report the focus is on studying effects of physical aging on mechanical properties of EPON 862 with DETDA as its curing agent, where physical aging is aging is the condition which occurs due to exposure to elevated temperatures. A fair amount of computational work has been performed on EPON 862- DETDA to study the effects of physical aging, however very little known work has been done experimentally to study these effects. Young’s modulus, hardness, failure strength, strain to failure, density and glass transition are the properties which have been obtained using various experimental methods - tensile testing, nanoindentation and differential scanning calorimetry. Experimental work on other epoxies have shown no increase or very slight increase in the Young’s modulus and hardness with increased aging time, also decrease in failure strength and strain to failure and through this work on EPON 862- DETDA we can observe similar trends.