January Technical Meeting

  • 15 Jan 2014
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Hotel VQ
  • 66

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James Middleton will be our guest speaker for our January 15th luncheon, in which James will be discussing the degradation of epoxies used to seal concrete. 

 

James Middleton was born in Denver, Colorado.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver in 2008 in the field of Mechanical Engineering.  He is now currently working for his PhD in Material Science at the same university.

He works as a Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. M. Kumosa at the University of Denver.  His field of research is the prediction of life of polymers subject to harsh environments. His current field of research is the aging of a Polymer Core Composite Conductor used in the next generation transmission lines. His focus is on the cyloaliphatic epoxy matrix of the composite rod and its aging in extreme conditions. This consists of the degradation of mechanical performance and material properties due to high temperatures, high concentrations of ozone, and a combination thereof. The performance is characterized as a function of time and temperature.

Cycloaliphatic epoxies are a popular material used in the concrete industry for sealing concrete slabs. The benefit of cycloaliphatic epoxies is the low amount of VOCs and high durability. Unfortunately there is still a lot to understand about the degradation of this epoxy over time and at different temperatures.  James will be discussing a portion of his research, which will cover the degradation of the cycloaliphatic epoxy in extreme environments.

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