Submitted to: International Soybean Processing and Utilization Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/20/2003
Publication Date: 2/18/2004
Citation: Erhan, S.Z., Liu, Z. 2004. Soybean oil based composites. International Soybean Processing and Utilization Conference. p. 738-744.
Technical Abstract: United States' agriculture produces over 15 billion pounds of soybean oil annually, and frequently carry-over exceeds 1 billion pounds. Only 3% of soybean oil produced is used in industrial applications. Development of economically feasible new industrial products from soybean oil is highly desirable. In this study, we prepared soybean oil based composites by the solid freeform fabrication (SFF) method. Epoxidized soybean oil (ESO) is solidified with a gelling agent and composites are formed by fiber reinforcement. Glass, carbon, and mineral fibers are used in the formulations. The type of fiber and degree of fiber alignments affect the properties of the composites. In addition, the effects of curing agents, curing temperature, fiber combination, and fiber loading on mechanical properties of composites and dynamic analysis are studied and reported.