Environmentally Compliant Vinyl Ester Resin (VER) Composite Matrix Resin Derived from Renewable Resources
Final rept. 1 Jul 2010-30 Sep 2011
QINETIQ NORTH AMERICA INC WALTHAM MA
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The prime objective of this limited-scope, phase I SERDP program was to demonstrate the feasibility of economically producing a sustainable, environmentally safe vinyl ester resin SESVER for military composite structures. These structures would be derived from biowaste materials lignin, recovered from wood wastes, and glycerin, recovered from biodiesel wastes. These abundant source materials are renewable, low-cost and independent of the food supply. A key environmental objective was to eliminate use of epichlorohydrin from the vinyl ester resin VER synthesis route. Elimination of hazardous styrene reactive diluent RD from the VER formulation was deferred for subsequent research.
- Laminates and Composite Materials