Diglycidyl ether of the bisphenol A (DGEBA), product DER 331 and hardener 24 system marketed by Chemical Dow of Brazil were characterized by spectroscopic, calorimetric and determination of functional groups methods. The hardener 24 is constituted by triethylenetetramine (60 % molar) and a mixture of ethylene polyfunctional amines with linear, ramified and cyclic structures. The epoxy equivalent of the resin corresponds to 187 g eq-1. The functionality average, equivalent amine, and the concentration of the hardener that satisfy the stoichiometry corresponds to 5.54, 27.5 g eq-1, and 14.7 phr, respectively. The epoxy system displayed an enthalpy of reaction of 486 J g-1 (106.6 kJ eq-1), and a glass transition temperature (Tg¥) of 124 ºC. Also presented in this work is a cure program in two stages where the maximum conversion was reached.
Diglycidyl ether of bisphenol - A (DGEBA); triethylenetetramine (TETA); diagram conversion time temperature (CTT)