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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 1 (2004), Issue 5, Pages 237-242
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2004/924136

Interacting Blends of Novel Unsaturated Polyester Amide Resin with Vinyl Acetate

H. S. Patel, K. K. Panchal, S. R. Patel, and S. N. Desai

Department of Chemistry, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar-388 120, Gujarat, India

Received 30 June 2004; Accepted 10 September 2004

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Abstract

Novel unsaturated poly (ester- amide) resins (UPEAs) were prepared by the reaction between an epoxy resin, namely diglycidyl ether of bisphenol–A (DGEBA) and unsaturated aliphatic bisamic acids using a base catalyst. These UPEAs were then blended with a vinyl monomer namely, Vinyl acetate (VA) to produce a homogeneous resin syrup. The curing of these UPEAs-VA resin blends was carried out by using benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as an initiator for the radical polymerization and was monitored by using a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). The glass fibre reinforced composites (i.e. laminates) of these UPEA-VA resin blends were fabricated using the DSC data. The chemical, mechanical and electrical properties of the glass fibre composites have also been evaluated. The unreinforced cured samples of the UPEA-VA resin blends were also analyzed by thermogravimetry (TGA).