Identification of preferred combination of factors in manufacturing bioepoxy/clay nanocomposites
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This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Advanced Composite Materials: The Official Journal of the Japan Society of Composite Materials on 7/6/2018 available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09243046.2018.1480147
The current study aims to identify the preferred combination of factors for manufacturing bioepoxy/clay nanocomposites based on epoxidised soybean oil (ESO), including material formulation and manufacturing parameters for maximising tensile strengths of nanocomposites according to Taguchi design of experiments (DoEs). A Taguchi mixed-level DoEs with an L16 orthogonal array was selected. The response was set to achieve the maximum tensile strengths of nanocomposites with a preferred combination of factors determined by the Pareto analysis of variance (ANOVA). The associated results revealed that the ESO content was found to be the most significant factor with a contribution percentage of 66.63% amongst nine factors investigated. This result was followed by two less significant factors, namely mechanical mixing speed and clay content with contribution percentages of 19.09 and 7.01%, respectively. However, other factors of clay type, curing agent type, mechanical mixing temperature and time, as well as sonication frequency and time, were categorised as non-significant factors from the manufacturing and economical point of view. A confirmation test was conducted based on the preferred combination of factors showing good agreement with statistically predicted results.
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