Abstract Alumina tri-hydrate (ATH) can be effectively used to increase fire resistance of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials. This paper studies the effect of ATH filler on mechanical properties of Glass FRP (GFRP) material, based on compression, tension, shear and flexural test results from three types of GFRP materials with the amount of 0% (control), 25%, and 50% ATH filler by weight of the resin. It was found that the control was the strongest for all tests except for flexure, which is 3% lower than the flexural strength of 25% ATH sample. The compressive strength dropped 19% and 25% for 25% and 50% ATH loadings, respectively, compared to the control. For shear and tensile strengths, the 25% ATH sample acted similarly to the control, but the 50% ATH sample had a significantly lower strength. For stiffness, changing the additive amount from 0% to 50% had only small changes for compression, tension, and flexure. It can be concluded that adding ATH generally decreases the strength and makes FRP more brittle. The performance of a 25% ATH loading is comparable to the control except compression, while a 50% ATH loading has a more significant effect on the mechanical properties of the GFRP. The data presented in this paper can be used to develop fire-resistant FRP systems.
- A. Glass fibres
- A. Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
- B. Mechanical properties
- D. Mechanical testing
- E. Alumina tri-hydrate filler