Due to the good strength and similar toughness of epoxy resins, vinyl ester resins are widely used as thermoset adhesives in structural adhesive joints and as composites for different industrial applications. However, vinyl ester adhesives are difficult to cure completely under environmental conditions, even after long periods of time because of gel formation slows the necessary diffusion of the catalyst across the polymer network.Several studies have used weathering chambers to investigate the degradation mechanisms of vinyl ester adhesives. However, a review of the scientific literature revealed both a wide variety of aging processes and several ambiguities between the recorded experimental results.In this work, post-cured vinyl ester resins at different aging cycles were aged under high temperature and relative humidity, and the changes in their structure, mechanical and adhesion properties were studied. Chemical and structural changes were observed in the vinyl ester resins after aging in a climatic chamber.
Polymer Degradation and Stability – Elsevier
Published: Jul 1, 2018
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