Epoxy adhesives are the most versatile and widely used of the structural adhesives. They have numerous advantages including excellent adhesion to various substrates, excellent mechanical properties, good heat and chemical resistance. They are also available in a wide range of formulations.
Apart from structural adhesives, epoxy resins are widely used in industrial applications, including metal coatings, use in electronic and electrical components, high tension electrical insulators and fibre-reinforced plastic components. There are certain drawbacks of epoxy adhesives including exothermic reactions and with two component systems, exact proportions are required for optimum properties.
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