Synthetic and nature-based materials paper
Shamsuddoha, M, Islam, MM, Aravinthan, T, Manalo, A & Djukic, LP 2014, 'Compressive, tensile and thermal properties of epoxy grouts subjected to underwater conditioning at elevated temperature', in ST Smith (ed.), 23rd Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM23), vol. I, Byron Bay, NSW, 9-12 December, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, pp. 181-186. ISBN: 9780994152008.
Oil and gas pipes are susceptible to failure initiated by corrosion due to their operating pressure under adverse atmospheric conditions. Repairs, comprising a composite shell assembled around the pipe with a small gap, which is then infilled with grout, are considered a suitable option for corroded pipelines. This paper presents the investigation on the mechanical (compression, tension) properties and glass transition temperatures of two infill grouts, after 1000 hour of hot/wet conditioning. An extended investigation on the moisture absorption behaviour was also carried out, revealing the highest absorption to be about 6% after 2520 hours of immersion. The glass transition temperatures of the grouts are reduced by approximately 20ºC. The results suggest that the grouts underwent significant reduction of strength and stiffness due to hot/wet conditioning when tested at an elevated temperature, compared to room temperature. This reduced strength and stiffness is the result of the grouts being tested in close proximity to their glass transition temperatures.