Resin Characterization

Report No. ARL-SR-0323
Authors: by Joshua Sadler; Ian M McAninch; Faye R Toulan; Felicia Levine; John J La Scala
Date/Pages: June 2015; 24 pages
Abstract: The resin characterization standard process description outlines methods, specifications, and general information used to conduct resin characterization at the US Army Research Laboratory's Coatings, Corrosion, and Engineered Polymers Branch. Specifically, it defines methods for assessing whether resins meet desired Army properties using Dynamic Mechanical Analysis, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Thermogravimetric Analysis, and Thermomechanical Analysis to analyze materials. This report defines a logical pathway by which we take a synthesized material through different testing phases in an effort to streamline the discovery of novel materials deemed acceptable for Army use. The basics of resins research are outlined for users in a concise manner that can be used to supplement a researcher's skill set.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2015