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Article: Microbial growth on fiber reinforced composite materials

TitleMicrobial growth on fiber reinforced composite materials
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Issue Date1996
PublisherElsevier Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ibiod
Citation
International Biodeterioration And Biodegradation, 1996, v. 37 n. 3-4, p. 197-204 How to Cite?
AbstractMicroorganisms may be responsible for physical and chemical changes in composite materials. Inoculation of a fungal consortium to pre-sterilized coupons of five composites resulted in deep penetration into the interior of all materials at a temperature of approximately 22°C within 5 weeks. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the inoculated composites were etched by the microorganisms. None of the five composites tested resisted fungal attack. Inoculation of extracts of these composites with the same fungi resulted in higher growth compared to the control, suggesting that chemical compounds leached from the composites were utilized by microorganisms as a source of carbon and energy. Studies with pure fibers used in the manufacture of composite materials showed that the fungi grew rapidly on both glass and carbon fibers in the presence of the fungal consortium. Our study indicates that microorganisms pose a threat to composite materials. We are currently investigating chemical and physical changes induced in these materials by the growth of fungi. Copyright © 1996 Published by Elsevier Science Limited.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/178588
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.429
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.919
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dc.contributor.authorGu, JDen_US
dc.contributor.authorFord, Ten_US
dc.contributor.authorThorp, Ken_US
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Ren_US
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dc.date.issued1996en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Biodeterioration And Biodegradation, 1996, v. 37 n. 3-4, p. 197-204en_US
dc.identifier.issn0964-8305en_US
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dc.description.abstractMicroorganisms may be responsible for physical and chemical changes in composite materials. Inoculation of a fungal consortium to pre-sterilized coupons of five composites resulted in deep penetration into the interior of all materials at a temperature of approximately 22°C within 5 weeks. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the inoculated composites were etched by the microorganisms. None of the five composites tested resisted fungal attack. Inoculation of extracts of these composites with the same fungi resulted in higher growth compared to the control, suggesting that chemical compounds leached from the composites were utilized by microorganisms as a source of carbon and energy. Studies with pure fibers used in the manufacture of composite materials showed that the fungi grew rapidly on both glass and carbon fibers in the presence of the fungal consortium. Our study indicates that microorganisms pose a threat to composite materials. We are currently investigating chemical and physical changes induced in these materials by the growth of fungi. Copyright © 1996 Published by Elsevier Science Limited.en_US
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dc.titleMicrobial growth on fiber reinforced composite materialsen_US
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