Application Note

Effect of Radiation on Epoxy and FeCr Filled Epoxy Composites

The effects of radiation on polymeric materials is a topic of concern in a range of industries including the sterilization, medical devices, food preparation, and the nuclear power industry. While much work has concentrated systems like polyolefins that are radiation sterilized, some work has been done on epoxy systems. The use of fillers to attempt to protect the matrix from radiation is known but to our knowledge has not been applied to epoxies. In this work, we use the ferrochromium alloy called ferrochrome (FeCr) as a filler and examine the effect of radiation on the polymer.