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Curing agents

  • Geoffrey Pritchard
Part of the Polymer Science and Technology Series book series (POLS, volume 1)

Abstract

The term ‘cure’ refers to the hardening, setting or crosslinking process in thermosetting resins. During crosslinking, a thermosetting resin undergoes several changes, usually (but not always) starting as a liquid, becoming progressively more viscous, undergoing a solidification process known as gelation, then becoming a soft, rubbery or cheese-like substance, and eventually becoming a hard, relatively brittle solid.

Keywords

free radical initiator accelerator crosslinking gelation inhibition peroxide hydroperoxide amine anhydride amide Lewis acid boron trifluoride pot life exotherm 

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