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Curing Agents for Epoxide Resins

  • R. G. Weatherhead


These are known variously as curing agents, hardeners, activators or catalysts. They are required to convert liquid and solid epoxide resins into tough infusible thermoset polymers. Most curing agents promote this curing reaction by opening the epoxide ring and become chemically bound into the resin in the process. Others, the catalytic curing agents, cause self- polymerisation of the epoxide resin through the epoxide groups. These reactions may occur at room temperature with some curing agents or at elevated temperatures with others.


Cure Agent Phthalic Anhydride Glycidyl Ether Epoxide Resin Pyromellitic Dianhydride 
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    Lee, H. & Neville, K. (1967) Handbook of Epoxy Resins, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York.Google Scholar
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    NEMA Publication No. L1.1-1971. National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Washington, DC, USA.Google Scholar

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© Applied Science Publishers Ltd 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. G. Weatherhead
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  1. 1.Epsom, SurreyUK
  2. 2.Shell Research LtdEgham Research LaboratoriesSurreyUK

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