Epoxy resins are used in practically every major industry
- Aircraft and aerospace
- Food and Beverage
- Light Engineering
- Construction and Heavy Engineering
Qualities of Epoxy Resin
Epoxy resins display a unique combination of properties, making them one of the most versatile polymers with uses across a wide variety of applications.
Epoxy resin’s provide excellent adhesion to most substrates including steel and concrete making them popular with the construction industry.
High strength adhesives are used in aircraft, aerospace and automotive industries, for example, as a light-weight replacement for welding in the construction of car bodies. Epoxy systems are used to formulate non-skid surfaces at roundabouts, road junctions and accident ‘black spots’. They also protect steel reinforcement in bridges from corrosion and act as adhesives, mortars and grouts in repair work. Epoxy adhesives are also used to bond road marker buttons and stubs as well as bond new concrete to old.
Corrosion and chemical resistance
Epoxy surface coating are used to line storage tanks and to make pipes and pipe linings. Epoxy paints are used extensively as anti-corrosive primers and topcoats for marine superstructures, tanks and offshore installations. In construction, the material is the automatic and standard choice for such uses as epoxy flooring which offers wear resistance and protection as well as non-slip, easy to clean surfaces. Epoxy lining for food and drinks cans protects the metal from corrosion caused by the contents. It also protects the contents from contamination by the metal and in the case of Jana’s resins , taint since no aromatic solvents are used in their manufacture.
Epoxy systems are stronger than conventional concrete, with twice the compressive strength and twenty times the tensile strength.
They are used to make tough floors which protects the underlying concrete surface from chemical spillage’s and mechanical stress. In mortars they provide strong foundations for heavy machinery such as cranes and in composites they are used more and more to replace traditional materials including fibre reinforced polyesters and polyurethanes due to their superior operating temperature range.
Electrical insulation properties
Their electrical insulation properties make epoxy resins a vital material for electrical engineering with roles in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. They are also used in electronic engineering; their use in printed circuit boards is the largest single application for specialty resins worldwide. In areas requiring even greater safety including flammable atmospheres, electrical potting compounds provide the best solution to making electrical equipment “intrinsically Safe” especially when formulated with a curing agent to make the compound self extinguishing in the event of fire for maximum safety offshore or in the refinery, underground in the mines or in hazardous chemicals plants.