Advanced Polymer and Composites (APC) Research Group

Publications

A list of recently published and presented academic papers:

  1. Briggs, A.J.E.A., Zhang, Z.Y., Dhakal, H.N. (2014). Study on T-bolt and pin-loaded bearings strengths damage accumulation in E-glass/epoxy blade applications. Journal of Composite Materials 2014 (Accepted).
  2. Dhakal, H. N., Zhang, Z. Y. (2014). Biofiber Reinforcement in Composite Materials. The use of hemp fibre in composites, Editor (s): Dr Omar Faruk and Prof. Mohini Sain. Woodhead Publishing Ltd. 2014 (Accepted)
  3. Alateyah, H. N. Dhakal, Z. Y. Zhang. Water absorption behaviour, mechanical and thermal properties of vinyl ester matrix nanocomposites based on layered silicate. Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 53: 327–343, 2014.
  4. H. N. Dhakal, V. Arumugam, A. Aswinr, C. Santulli, Z. Y. Zhang, A. Lopez-Arraiza. Influence of temperature and impact velocity on the impact response of jute/UP composites. Journal of Polymer Testing 2014 (Accepted).
  5. H. N. Dhakal, M. Skrifvars, K. Adekunle, Z. Y. Zhang. Falling weight impact response of jute/methacrylated soybean oil bio-composites under low velocity impact loading. Composites Science and Technology.2014, 92 (24), 134–141.
  6. Alateyah, H. N. Dhakal, Z. Y. Zhang. Characterisation and the influence of voids on flexural and tensile modulus of layered silicate/vinyl ester nanocomposites.  American Journal of Materials Science. 2014, 4(1).
  7. Alateyah AI, Dhakal HN, Zhang ZY. Mechanical and thermal properties characterisation of vinyl ester matrix nanocomposites based on layered silicate. International Journal of Mechanical Science and Engineering. 2013, 7(9), 7-14.
  8. Alateyah, A.; Dhakal, H.; Zhang, Z. ('Mechanical and Thermal Properties Characterisation of Vinyl Ester Matrix Nanocomposites Based On Layered Silicate: Effect of Processing Parameters. International Journal of Materials Science and Engineering. 2013, 7(12), 341-352.
  9. Alateyah, A.; Dhakal, H.; Zhang, Z. (2013), 'Contact Angle Measurement of the Vinyl Ester Matrix Nanocomposites Based On Layered Silicate.  International Journal of Materials Science and Engineering. 2013, 7(12), 694-699.
  10. Alateyah, A.; Dhakal, H.; Zhang, Z. (2013), 'The Effect of Processing Parameters of the Vinyl Ester Matrix Nanocomposites Based On Layered Silicate on the Level of Exfoliation.  International Journal of Materials Science and Engineering. 2013, 7(12), 610-616.
  11. Shenhua Song, Qingguo Song, Junqin Li, Venkata Ramana Mudinepalli, Zhongyi Zhang
  12. Characterization of submicrometer-sized NiZn ferrite prepared by spark plasma sintering. Ceramics International. 2014 (Accepted).
  13. H. N. Dhakal, Z. Y. Zhang. Characterisation and properties of layered silicate reinforced spent DuraForm EX nanocomposites. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2013 (Submitted)
  14. P.N.B. Reis, J.A.M. Ferreira, Z.Y. Zhang, T. Benameur, M.O.W. Richardson
  15. Impact Strength of Composites with Nano-Enhanced Resin After Fire Exposure
  16. Composites Part B. 56 (2014) 290–295.
  17. James MacMullen, Jovana Radulovic, Zhongyi Zhang, Hom Nath Dhakal, Lawrence Daniels, Joseph Elford, Marc Antoine Leost, Nick Bennett. Masonry remediation and protection by aqueous silanesiloxane macroemulsions incorporating colloidal titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticulates Mechanisms, performance and benefits. Construction and Building Materials. 2013, 49, 93-100.
  18. Alateyah, H. N. Dhakal, Z. Y. Zhang. Processing, Properties and Applications of Polymer Nanocomposites Based on Layer Silicates: A Review. Advances in Polymer Technology. 2013, 32(3), 21368.
  19. Jovana Radulovic, James MacMullen, Zhongyi Zhang, Hom Nath Dhakal, Samuel Hannant, Lawrence Daniels, Joseph Elford, Constandinos Herodotou, Miltiadis Totomis. Biofouling resistance and practical constraints of titanium dioxide nanoparticulate silane/siloxane exterior facade treatments. Building and Environment. 2013, 68, 150-158.
  20. Dhakal, H. N., Zhang, Z. Y., Bennett, N., Arraiza, A. L., & Vallejo, F. J., (2013). Effect of water immersion ageing on the mechanical properties of flax and jute fibre biocomposites evaluated by nanoindentation and flexural testing. Journal of Composite Materials. 2013, 0 (0), 1-8.
  21. H.N. Dhakal, Z.Y. Zhang, R. Guthrie, J. MacMullen, N. Bennett. Development of flax/carbon fibre hybrid composites for enhanced properties.  Journal of Carbohydrate Polymers.  2013, 96 (1), 1-8.
  22. Dhakal, H. N., & Zhang, Z. Y. (2013). Properties and characterisation of natural fibre reinforced polymeric composites. In: V. K. Thakur (Editor (s), Green Composites from Natural Resources, Taylor and Francis (Catalog # K16498) ISBN: 978-1-4665-7069-6, (Accepted).
  23. Dhakal, H. N., Zhang, Z. Y., Guthrie, R., MacMullen, J. & Bennett, N. (2013). Development of flax/carbon fibre hybrid composites for enhanced properties. Journal of Carbohydrate Polymers. 2013, 96, 1-8.
  24. P. N. B. Reis, J.A.M. Ferreira, Z. Y. Zhang, T. Benameur, M Richardson.  Impact Response of Kevlar Composites with Nanoclay Enhanced Epoxy Matrix. Composites Part B. 2013, 46, 7–14.
  25. Zhongyi Zhang, James MacMullen, Hom Nath Dhakal, Jovana Radulovic, Constandinos Herodotou, Miltiadis Totomis, Nick Bennett. Biofouling resistance of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticulate silane/siloxane exterior facade treatments. Building and Environment. 2013, 59, 47-55.
  26. Y Gao, J Chen, Z Zhang and D Fox. An advanced FRP floor panel system in buildings. Composites Structures. 2013, 96, 683–690.
  27. Zhongyi Zhang, James MacMullen, Hom Nath Dhakal, Jovana Radulovic, Constandinos Herodotou, Miltiadis Totomis, Nick Bennett. Enhanced water repellence and thermal insulation of masonry by zinc oxide treatment. Energy and Buildings. 2012, 54, 40-46.
  28. James MacMullen, Zhongyi Zhang, Jovana Radulovic, Hom Nath Dhakal, Nick Bennett. An investigation of hydroxyl end-terminated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) in exterior oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion treatments. Construction and Building Materials. 2012, 37, 283-290.
  29. H. N. Dhakal, Z. Y. Zhang, N. Bennet. Influence of fibre treatment and glass fibre hybridisation on thermal degradation and surface energy characteristics of hemp/unsaturated polyester composites. Composites Part B: Engineering. 2012, 43 (7), 2757-2761.
  30. H. N. Dhakal, Z. Y. Zhang, N. Bennett,A. Lopez-Arraiza, F.J. Vallejo.Effects of water immersion ageing on the mechanical properties of flax and jute fibre biocomposites evaluated by nanoindentation and flexural testing. Journal of Composite Materials.2012 (Submitted).
  31. Zhongyi Zhang, James MacMullen, Jovana Radulovic, Hom Nath Dhakal, Nick Bennett. Colloidal zinc oxide and titanium dioxide nanoparticulate stabilisation of aqueous silane/siloxane macroemulsion. (Manuscript for Journal of Colloid and Interface Science).
  32. Zhongyi Zhang, James MacMullen, Hom Nath Dhakal, Jovana Radulovic, Constandinos Herodotou, Miltiadis Totomis, Nick Bennett. Biofouling resistance of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticulate silane/siloxane exterior facade treatments. Building and Environment. 2012 (accepted).
  33. B Aldousiri, H N Dhakal, Z Y Zhang, S Onuh, N Bennett. Characterisation and properties of layered silicate reinforced spent DuraForm EX nanocomposites, Journal of Thermoplastic Composites  (Submitted 2012). 
  34. Yuosef Adraider; Simon N Hodgson, Martin C Sharp, Zhong Yi Zhang, Farhad Nabhani, A.  Al-Waidh, Yongxin Pang. Structure characterisation and mechanical properties of crystalline alumina coatings on stainless steel fabricated via sol-gel technology and fibre laser processing, Journal of the European Ceramic Society. 2012, 32, 4229–4240.
  35. Dhakal, H. N., Zhang, Z. Y., Reis, P. N. B., Surip, S. N., Bennett, N. Evaluation of water absorption damage in hemp fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites by the nanoindentation testing, 2011, Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy 2012, 6, 1-7.
  36. James MacMullen, Zhongyi Zhang, Jovana Radulovic, Constandinos Herodotou, Miltiadis Totomis, Hom Nath Dhakal, Nick Bennett. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nano-particulate enhanced oil-in-water (O/W) facade emulsions for improved masonry thermal insulation and protection. Energy and Buildings, 2012, 52, 86-92.
  37. H. N. Dhakal, Z. Y. Zhang, N. Bennett and P. N. B. Reis.  Low-velocity impact response of non-woven hemp fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites: Influence of impactor geometry and impact velocity.  Composites Structure, 2012, 94, 2756-2763.
  38. Igor M. De Rosa, Hom N. Dhakal, Carlo Santulli, Fabrizio Sarasini, Z.Y. Zhang. Post-Impact Static and Cyclic Flexural Characterisation of Hemp Fibre Reinforced Laminates. Composites Part B: Engineering, 2012, 43(3) 1382-1396.
  39. Aldousiri, B., Dhakal, H. N., Onuh, S., Zhang, Z. Y., Bennett, N., Richardson, M. O. Richardson.  Effect of layered silicate reinforcement on the structure and mechanical properties of spent polyamide-12 nanocomposites. Composites: Part B 2012, 43, 1363–1367.
  40. James MacMullen, Zhongyi Zhang, Constandinos Herodotou, Hom Nath Dhakal, Jovana Radulovic, Nick Bennett, Masonry Treatments  by Nano-particulate Modified O/W Facade Emulsion for Enhanced Water Repellence. Retrofit 2012 at Manchester, United Kingdom, 24-26 January 2012.
  41. Dr Eric Rirsch and Dr Zhongyi Zhang. Energy Saving from Water Repellents. Retrofit 2012, at Manchester, United Kingdom, 24-26 January 2012.
  42. A Alani, J MacMullen, O Telib, Z Y Zhang. Investigation into the Thermal Properties of Recycled Glass Screed for Construction Purposes, Journal of Building and Construction Materials, 2012, 29, 527–532.
  43. Y. Adraider, Y. X. Pang, F. Nabhani, S. N. Hodgson, Z Y Zhang.  Laser deposition of sol-gel alumina coating on stainless steel at wet condition. Journal of Surface and Coatings Technology. 2011, 205, 5345–5349.
  44. Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson, Non-destructive testing of polymer composites, Handbook of Multiphase Polymer Systems, 777-795, ISBN: 9780470714201, John Wisely & Sons Ltd, Chichester UK 2011.
  45. Surip, S.N., Zhang, Z.Y., Dhakal, H.N., Bonnia, N.N. Nanoindentation characteristic of nanoclay/rubber toughened UPE nanocomposites, The Nineteenth Annual Conference on Composites/Nanoengineering (ICCE-19), Shanghai, China, July 24-30, 2011, also submitted to World Journal of Engineering.
  46. Aldousiri, B., Dhakal, H. N., Onuh, S., Zhang, Z.Y., Bennett, N., Nanoindentation behaviour of layered silicate filled spent polyamide-12 nanocomposites.  Polymer Testing 2011, 30, 688-692.
  47. Lin Wang, Luqian Weng, Shenhua Song, Zhongyi Zhang, Shengli Tian, Rui Ma. Characterization of polyetheretherketone-hydroxyapatite nanocomposite materials. Materials Science and Engineering: 2011, 528(10-11), 3689-3696.
  48. James MacMullen, Zhongyi Zhang, Eric Rirsch, Hom Nath Dhakal, Nick Bennett. Brick and Mortar Treatment by Cream Emulsion for Improved Water Repellence and Thermal Insulation. Building and Environment, 2011, 43, 1560-1565.
  49. Zhongyi Zhang, Siti Norasmah Surip, Hom Nath Dhakal, Ivan Popov and Nick Bennett. Characterisation of roof tile coating degradation using nano-indentation test and surface profilometry. Journal of Polymer Degradation & Stability, 2011, 96(5), 833-838.
  50. E Rirsch, J MacMullen, Z Y Zhang. Evaluation of Mortar Samples Obtained from UK Houses Treated for Rising Damp. Construction & Building Materials, 2011, 25, 2845-2850.
  51. Z Y Zhang, H N Dhakal, M Shen, N Bennett.  Study on electrical conductivity and mechanical performance of electrically conductive graphite/phenolic composite flow plates for fuel cell applications. Composites Interfaces, 2010, 17, 633–648.
  52. Wenming Zhao, Mei Li, Zhongyi Zhang and Hua-Xin Peng.  EMI Shielding Effectiveness of Silver Nanoparticles Decorated Carbon Nanotube Sheets. International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials. 2010, 1 (4), 249-260.
  53. Wenming Zhao, Mei Li, Zhongyi Zhang and Hua-Xin Peng. Carbon nanotube based composites for de-icing application, 14th European Conference on Composite Materials ECCM-14), (pp. 545:1--8), 2010.
  54. E Rirsch, Z Y Zhang. Rising Damp in Walls and the Importance of Mortar Properties, Construction & Building Materials, Construction & Building Materials, 2010, 24, 1815-1820.
  55. Shuling Chai, Zhongyi Zhang. Comparison of Finishing Application for Aliphatic Polyurethane Dispersions and Polyurethane/Polyacrylate Composite Emulsions.  The Journal of the American Leather Chemists Association, 2010,105, 41-50.
  56. Dhakal, H.N., Zhang, Z. Y., Bennett, N., Richardson, M O W. Effect of water immersion ageing on the impact resistance and flexural behaviour of hemp fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites. International Conference on Flow Processing in Composite Materials, Ascona, Switzerland, July 11 – 15, 2010.
  57. Z Y Zhang, J See, M Jin, J MacMullen, H N Dhakal, M. Richardson, Development of Novel Nano-clay/Polymer Coating Systems for Materials Performance Enhancement and Protection from Water Attacks, European Coatings Conference, Berlin, 27-29, October, 2009.
  58. H N Dhakal, Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson. Creep behaviour of natural fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites, Journal of Bio-based Materials and Bio-energy, 2009, 3, 1-6.
  59. Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson, S C See, H N Dhakal, M Song.  Degradation characterisation of polymer coating on building materials. Fifth International Materials Symposium (MATERIAiS 2009) at Lisbon, Portugal, April 05-08 2009.
  60. Z Y Zhang, M Jin, S C See, M O W Richardson, E Rirsch, D Lambert, H Lambert.   Investigation into nanoclay enhanced coatings for brick moisture reduction and salt formation prevention. Protection of Historical Buildings - PROHITECH Conference 2009 at Rome, 1717-1720, CRC Press 2009, ISBN: 978-0-415-55803-7.
  61. Z Y Zhang, S C See, M O W Richardson. Characterisation and Evaluation of Nano Gelcoat Degradations in Marine Environment. The International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials (NanoSMat 2007).  Portugal, July, 2007. Journal of Nano-Science and Nano-Technology. 2009, 9, 3355-3363.
  62. Dhakal, H.N., Zhang, Z. Y., Richardson, M O W. Creep behaviour of natural fibre reinforced polymer composites. 2nd International Conference on Innovative natural Fibre Composites for Industrial Applications, Rome, April 15-18, 2009.
  63. Muzhong Shen, Zhongyi Zhang, Hom Dhakal, Nick Bennett. A new criterion and model for fuel cell performance.  Fuel Cells Science and Technology 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2008.  Also Submitted to Journal of Power Sources.
  64. S C See, Z Y Zhang, H N Dhakal, M O W Richardson.  Nanomechanical behaviour and thermal degradation of nanoclays and supernanoclays enhanced marine gelcoat system. International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation, 2009, 1(1), 21-39.
  65. S C See, Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson.  A study of water absorption characteristics of a novel nano gelcoat for marine application.  Journal of Progress in Organic Coatings, 2009, 65,169-174.
  66. P D Churchley, E Barbu, R J Ewen, Z Shen, Y Kim, M A Mc Hugh, Z Y Zhang, T G Nevell, G D Rees, J Tsibouklis. Synthesis and characterisation of low surface energy fluropolymers as potential barrier coating in oral care.  Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. 2008, 84A (4), 994-1005.
  67. M Shen, Z. Y Zhang, H. N Dhakal, G. Murray, M. Stannard, N. Bennett.  A new criterion and model for PEM fuel cell performance. The 5th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2007), UK.
  68. M Jin, M Richardson, Z Y Zhang. The Impact loading on Woven Hybrid Composite Laminates and Optimization. The Fifteenth International Conference on Composites/Nano Engineering (ICCE - 15), P R China, 2007.
  69. M Jin, M Richardson, Z Y Zhang. The High Velocity Impact Loading on Symmetrical and Woven Hybrid Composite Laminates. International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, P R China, 2007, July 01-04, V6423, 42314-42314.
  70. M Shen, Z Y Zhang, H N Dhakal, G Murray, M Stannard, N Bennett. A new criterion and model for PEM fuel cell performance; The 5th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2007), Leicester, UK.
  71. H N Dhakal, Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson. Effect of water absorption on the mechanical properties of hemp fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites. Composites Science and Technology.  2007, 67, 1674-1683.
  72. H N Dhakal, Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson, O A Z Errajhi. The low-velocity impact response of non-woven hemp fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites. Composite Structures. 2007, 81, 559-567.
  73. Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson. Low velocity impact induced damage evaluation and its effect on the residual flexural properties of pultruded GRP composites. Composites Structure. 2007, 81, 195-201.
  74. W Wang, M Song, Z Y Zhang, M Richardson. Synthesis and characterization of high nickel-containing mesoporous silica via a modified direct synthesis method. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids. 2006, 352 (21-22), 2180-2186.
  75. H N Dhakal, Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson. Nanoindentation of Layered Silicate Reinforced Polymeric Nanocomposites. Polymer Testing, 2006, 25, 846-852.
  76. H Xia, Mo Song, Z Y Zhang, M Richardson. Microphase Separation, Stress Relaxation and Creep Behaviour of Polyurethane Nanocomposites. Journal of Applied Polymer Science.  2006, 103, 2992-3002.
  77. Z Y Zhang, M Richardson. Visualisation of Barely Visible Impact Damage in Polymer Matrix Composites Using Optical Deformation and Strain Measurement System, Composites A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 2005, 36 (8), 1073-1078.
  78. M Song, C W Wong, J Jin, Z Y Zhang and M Richardson. Preparation and Characterization of SBR and BR Rubber-Clay Nanocomposites, Polymer International, 2005, 54, 560-568.
  79. J. M. Ferreira, J. T. B. Pires, J. D. Costaa, A Z Errajhi, Z. Y. Zhang and M. Richardson.  Fatigue Damage Analysis of Aluminised Glass Fibre Composites. Materials Science and Engineering A. 2005, 407, 1-6.
  80. H N Dhakal, Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson. A Study on Mechanical Properties of Hemp Fibre Reinforced Unsaturated Polyester Composites. The 3rd International Conference on Eco-composites. June 2005, Stockholm, Sweden.
  81. Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson. Non-destructive testing of barely visible impact damage in polymer matrix composites, The Chinese Journal of Nonferrous Metals, 2004, 14, 150-154, ISSN 1004-0609.
  82. Synthesis and Characterization of SBA-15 with Titania Clusters Entrapped in Micropores, Journal Microporous and Mesoporous, 2006, submitted.
  83. Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson. Visualisation of Barely Visible Impact Damage in Polymer Matrix Composites Using Optical Deformation and Strain Measurement System, Composites A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 2005, 36 (8), (1073-1078). 
  84. Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson. Non-destructive testing of barely visible impact damage in polymer matrix composites. The Chinese Journal of Nonferrous Metals. 2004, 14(150-154), ISSN 1004-0609.
  85. O A Z Errajhi, ZY Zhang and M O W. Richardson. Impact resistance and damage characteristics of aluminised E-glass fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites, The 2nd Biennial International Composites Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 2004. ISBN: 1-920-01720-8.
  86. ZY Zhang and M O W Richardson. Structural Integrity Evaluation of impacted glass fibre reinforced polyester composites using Optical deformation and Strain Measurement system (ARAMIS), SAMPE Intl Conf The Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre at the University of Plymouth, 2003, 99-106.  ISBN: 1-870918-02-9.
  87. H N Dhakal, Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson. Study on non-woven hemp reinforced unsaturated polyester composites, 2nd International Conference on EcoComposites, September, Queen Mary University of London, UK (September 2003).
  88. Z Y Zhang, M O W Richardson. The potential use of optical strain imaging in marine composite applications, The Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre at the University of Plymouth and the UK and Ireland Chapter of SAMPE, (Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering), Conf.  Marine Composites Plymouth, UK (September 2003).