Date of Completion


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Montgomery Shaw; Wei Sun

Field of Study

Mechanical Engineering


Master of Science

Open Access

Open Access


The effects of water absorption and drying were studied on injection molded Torlon 5030, a high performance thermoplastic fabricated by Solvay Specialty Polymers. Torlon 5030 contains 30% by weight glass fibers in a polyamide-imide base resin. The objective behind this work was to test and better define relevant properties for industrial applications using this material. While the material design guide offers information on many mechanical properties including tensile, fatigue, and creep data; there is little to no publicly published data on the effects of water absorption and any subsequent drying of Torlon 5030. Blistering was also studied. With exposure to water, tensile properties can degrade between 15-20% as well as creating the potential for extreme blistering. Tensile strength loss is largely reversible through drying following water exposure.

Major Advisor

Eric Jordan