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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- NMR relaxometry
- epoxy curing
- single-sided NMR