Monitoring real-time curing of epoxies in situ using single-sided NMR

Mackenzie Kelley, Nastaran Abdol, Parviz Soroushian, Kristina Keating, Anagi M. Balachandra, Tyler Meldrum

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Adhesively bonded joints using epoxy are widely used in aircraft and aerospace structures. Quality control and defect detection during epoxy curing in such applications is critical. We used single-sided nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to nondestructively probe and spatially resolve the change in the characteristic NMR relaxation time (T2) of epoxies during curing on a substrate. Time-dependent T2 values were fit to a Weibull function to model temporal changes in the NMR measurables. Our results demonstrate that the reduction in molecular mobility of various epoxy/curing agent mixtures occurs more rapidly at the interface than in the bulk. Further use of single-sided NMR to acquire spatially resolved T2 data will provide a route for elucidatory epoxy curing studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)616-623
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Polymer Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


  • NMR relaxometry
  • epoxy curing
  • interfaces
  • nondestructive
  • single-sided NMR

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