Picture of wind turbine against blue sky

Open Access research with a real impact...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs.

The Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) within Strathclyde's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is producing Open Access research that can help society deploy and optimise renewable energy systems, such as wind turbine technology.

Explore wind turbine research in Strathprints

Explore all of Strathclyde's Open Access research content

Solvent effects on cure 1-benzyl alcohol on epoxy cure

Le Craz, S. and Pethrick, R. A. (2011) Solvent effects on cure 1-benzyl alcohol on epoxy cure. International Journal of Polymeric Materials, 60 (7). pp. 441-455. ISSN 0091-4037

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

Abstract

The effect of benzyl alcohol and phenol on the cure of epoxy resins is reported. The epoxy resin, a blend of the diglycidyl ethers of bisphenol A and bisphenol F, was cured with 4,4'-methylenebis(cyclohexylamine) diamine. Measurements of the cure and vitrification times were obtained using a vibrating plate curometer. Mechanical properties were assessed using dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA). Time temperature transformation (TTT) diagrams were constructed. Benzyl alcohol lowers the viscosity, aids cure and plasticizes the final product. Phenol and triethylenetetramine [TETA] significantly enhance the rate of cure and have a catalytic effect.