The network formation processes for imidazole‐cured epoxy resins were examined by relating the reaction chemistry and the physical properties during cure. Network formation models were developed based on kinetic studies and the laws of conditional probability. These models were used to predict the weight‐average molecular weight, the gel point, and the sol fraction as a function of the resin composition and the processing conditions. Rheological and extraction experiments were conducted to confirm the model results and to develop criteria for identifying the gel point.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Polymer Engineering and Science|
|State||Published - 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry