Thermosetting composites based on dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) in the presence of Grubbs' catalyst and soybean flour were prepared by ring-opening metathesis polymerization. Soybean flour/DCPD suspensions were sonicated to enhance the dispersion degree before adding catalyst. The curing extent, thermal-mechanical properties, morphology and thermal stability of the cured soybean flour/DCPD composites were systematically investigated using Soxhlet extraction, DSC, DMA, TMA, tensile test, SEM, and TGA. The results showed that the tensile strength of the soybean flour/DCPD composites increased from 60.7 MPa to 75.8 MPa with the increase of soybean flour loading from 0% to 25%, and the Tg obtained from DMA also showed an increasing trend from 129.4°C to 155.1°C. Overall, the introduction of soybean flour into DCPD resin improved the thermal-mechanical properties of the composite and offered decreased cost and enhanced bio-based content.
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- soybean flour
- thermoset composite
- ultrasonic method