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Breaking the Adhesive Bond between Dialyll Phthlate, Barco Bond 185 and PBX 9501

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Use of epoxy as an adhesive is a common practice. The most common applications are permanent sealants. Epoxies have a wide range of operating temperatures, and are very resistance to adhesive failure. When a need to remove this adhesive arises, it is not always easily accomplished especially if the part has excessive adhesive. To maintain fidelity of the parts attached by epoxy, a project evaluating several methods of epoxy removal was conducted. Methods evaluated included low wavelength, near-ultraviolet radiation, solvent dissolution, and thermal cycling. The UV method failed to demonstrate a repeatable dissociation. The solvent study did result in dissociation of bonds, but introduced chemicals that could make subsequent chemical analysis of parts suspect. Thermal cycling showed a high repeatability for dissociation of bonds and may prove to be relatively inexpensive to implement.

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Jackson, M. , Allen, B. , Kelly, T. , Waddell, C. , Hunt, E. , Steelman, S. and Koone, N. (2015) Breaking the Adhesive Bond between Dialyll Phthlate, Barco Bond 185 and PBX 9501. Journal of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, 3, 196-201. doi: 10.4236/msce.2015.37026.


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