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Engineered Materials Handbook Desk Edition

Edited by
Michelle M. Gauthier
Michelle M. Gauthier
Raytheon Company
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ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-200-6
Publication date:
1995
Book Chapter

Thermosets

Published:
1995
Page range:
250 - 281

Abstract

A thermosetting resin, or thermoset, is a synthetic organic polymer that cures to a solid, infusible mass by forming a three-dimensional network of covalent chemical bonds. Significant applications include construction and thermoset engineering plastics. This article discusses the general and family characteristics of thermosetting resin families, including allyls, aminos (urea formaldehyde and melamine formaldehyde), cyanates, epoxies, polybenzimidazoles, unsaturated polyesters, thermoset polyimides, phenolics, and vinyl esters. It also explains processing methods, including curing and curing agents. The article provides descriptions of commercial product forms and the wide array of applications of thermosetting resins. It also tabulates the performance properties (mechanical, thermal, electrical and chemical resistance) of some families of unfilled or unreinforced thermosetting resins and reinforced or filled grades.

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1995. "Thermosets", Engineered Materials Handbook Desk Edition, Michelle M. Gauthier

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