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# Stress-Strain Curve of Structural Epoxy (type IV)

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 khinz (Structural) (OP) 2 Apr 13 22:38
 I've searched for over an hour in the internet for the stress-strain curve of type iv structural epoxy and can't find this. Anyone knows where to get them? I need them asap. I need to know the portion in the curve where young's modulus (hooke's law) apply and what tests they did to derive the modulus of elasticity of such epoxy. Thanks.
 dhengr (Structural) 2 Apr 13 22:49
 If anyone answers this OP, they ought to get their a kicked. khinz... call the supplier of the epoxy for this info.
 khinz (Structural) (OP) 2 Apr 13 23:31
 The supplier of the epoxy said they only have data on the following: 2 part Structural Epoxy resin and hardener with polyamide with the following characteristics: Compressive Strength Minimum 8,000-11,000 psi Compressive Strength Maximum 11,000-12,000 psi Tensile Strength 3,000 - 5,000 psi Flexural Strenth 6,000-9,000 psi Bond Strength (Slant Shear Test) 3,000-5,000 psi They said they don't have the technology to measure the very micro strains and stress relationship since no one asks for the information. They only do the above tests. That is why I'm asking others if they have encounter an actual curve and this can only be done by high technology laboratory that not even the suppliers and factory have accessed to. Therefore let those who know the answer not fear dhengr and give the information, lol
 Ron (Structural) 3 Apr 13 8:41
 dhengr...can't resist reiterating your comment. Right on. khinz...you obviously don't have the experience to be interpreting such spurious data off the internet. Each manufacturer's epoxy has proprietary formulation so there are few, if any, generalizations that can be made. dhengr is exactly correct. If the manufacturer can't give you that information then that should tell you a lot...unreliable info.
 IRstuff (Aerospace) 3 Apr 13 10:29
 One generalization that you can make is that if the manufacturer does not have the data, run for the nearest exit. As in the case of two massive Space Shuttle disasters, just because a product or process has never failed, it does not mean that it can't or won't fail in a catastrophic fashion. TTFN FAQ731-376: Eng-Tips.com Forum Policies Need help writing a question or understanding a reply? forum1529: Translation Assistance for Engineers
 khinz (Structural) (OP) 3 Apr 13 10:56
 Compressive strength tests of their products in the form of epoxy cubes are done and strength can reach up to 8,000 psi. But for a cylinder the height of 8 inches or 200mm. A strain of 0.0005 would be only 0.1mm and we don't have the machine to measure that micro strain versus stress in that accuracy. Where can they do tests like this as I can send the epoxy cubes to them? They said I'm the only person asking for stress-strain curve. But then maybe it needs technology not far from the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator to determine it. Even SIKA doesn't have any stress-strain curve of their structural epoxy! Only compressive tests, tensile strength test, flexure strength and bond shear slant tests.
 Ron (Structural) 4 Apr 13 13:24
 khinz...you are confusing yourself. The 0.0005 in/in of strain was the limiting factor used in your example in another post. That is not the strain one would expect in an epoxy stress-strain curve. You will get a lot more strain movement than you are projecting. Any university with an engineering department likely could do the test for you. Many commercial labs in the US can do that test; however, I don't know the capability of the labs in your area.
 BAretired (Structural) 5 Apr 13 14:53
 I agree with Ron. It should be possible to obtain stress vs. strain curves for the epoxy material. Another important property would be resistance to elevated temperatures. BA
 BAretired (Structural) 5 Apr 13 15:44
 Is this the Sika product you are using? BA http://files.engineering.com/getfile.aspx?folder=d3fa1e24-bf95-427c-b114-74
 msquared48 (Structural) 5 Apr 13 15:50
 I would not only consider elevated temperature onditions, but also colder environs with varying humidity also for both. Mike McCann MMC Engineering
 khinz (Structural) (OP) 5 Apr 13 18:24
 Ron, I'm not limiting it to 0.0005 in/in of strain in epoxy. The reason I use 0.0005 is it's the elastic limit of concrete. Above 0.0005. Concrete is no longer elastic but plastic (permanent deformation). I'm assuming uniform strain for a cylinder with say half of concrete and half of epoxy fused together and compressed at a strain of 0.0005.I know epoxy elastic strain can go more than 0.0005, up to how large, I don't know.. that is the reason I'm interested in the stress strain curve of the epoxy to see its elastic range. Also BaRetired showed that in column with epoxy filling, there is bending moment induced so for every area of the layer, there is different strain of both epoxy and concrete with the compression edge the largest strain and the other side maybe in tension depending on the moment. If you or anyone know of good laboratory in the U.S. and their web sites which can do any stress-strain curve for any material. Let me know. I'll send sample of the epoxy cube via DHL courier to them and make them produce the curve of the sample. The manufacturer is not interested in doing that because they said nobody asks for the curve except me. Most simply ask for the compressive strength rating and none asks for the modulus.
 Ron (Structural) 5 Apr 13 20:05
 khinz...there are numerous labs that can do this. The following come to mind: Wiss, Janney and Elstner in Chicago, Illinois, USA R.J. Kenney in Boston, Massachusetts, USA Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger in Boston, Massachusetts, USA AMEC in Atlanta, Georgia, USA exp Global, Brampton, Ontario, Canada I have worked with each in some respect and all are professional, competent and capable. I'm sure there are numerous others who can do this and some of those listed have multiple offices with laboratory capability in various parts of the US, Canada and internationally.
 dicksewerrat (Civil/Environmental) 7 Apr 13 19:51
 Microlab in Denver, Colorado and Boyle consulting in Charlotte, NC. Haven't you ever seen third party tests? You never use the supplier tests,if they are done inhouse. If you really want to use this stuff, have the supplier set up the testing with a third party lab and have the LAB send you the results. Richard A. Cornelius, P.E. WWW.amlinereast.com
 BAretired (Structural) 7 Apr 13 21:04
 Looking again at the Sikadur AG Grout, there are substantial differences in compressive strength between 15oC (59oF.) and 25oC. (77oF.) with higher values at the higher temperature. Who knows what happens at elevated temperatures which could be expected in a fire? The Modulus of Elasticity is reported as 22GPa (3.2x1012 psi). But 22GPa is 22,000MPa which is 3.19*106 psi so something seems haywire with the reported numbers. I agree with Richard. Independent tests are required to determine the properties of the fill material in the existing columns. Alternatively, it should be removed and a proper repair carried out. BA
 khinz (Structural) (OP) 8 Apr 13 0:09
 BAretired (Structural) 8 Apr 13 0:57
 khinz, I see no reason to make any hasty decisions. If remedial measures can still be carried out after receipt of the test results then by all means wait for the test results, but if in the meantime, more load is added to the affected columns then the cost of repair will increase. Please let us know the test results when you get them. And the best of luck with your project. BA
 Ron (Structural) 8 Apr 13 7:22
 E=57000(sqrt(f'c)) is an empirical relationship and is only valid for concrete. It has nothing to do with epoxy and should not be used as a relationship for epoxy. Most epoxies will have a modulus of about 1/10 to 1/5 that of concrete. The engineer is correct that the rebar will hold the concrete in the interim until test results are obtained...obviously it hasn't fallen yet.

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