Induction Curing Epoxy Adhesives
What is induction curing?
So how does it work? Simply put, line power is converted to alternating current and delivered to a work coil which creates an electromagnetic field within the coil. The piece with the epoxy on it can be metal or a semiconductor such as carbon or graphite. To cure epoxy on non-conductive substrates such as glass, an electrically conductive susceptor can be used to transfer the heat to the non-conductive material.
What are the benefits of induction curing?
Single component epoxy adhesives that are heat cured can use heat from various sources. The most typical is an oven but heat air guns, bake plates and induction curing are also used. Induction curing can greatly reduce the amount of time required to cure the epoxy and minimize the effects of heat on surrounding components as induction heating delivers heat precisely to the adhesive area.
Is induction curing a good option for my application?
Providing your induction heating equipment specialist and your epoxy adhesive manufacturer information on the following topics will help them to make the best recommendation.
1. Materials or substrates being bonded – Understanding what the substrates are will help determine the heating rate and power needed to cure the adhesive. For example iron heats with less power than is needed to heat aluminium.
2. Size of the components being bonded – Smaller parts require a higher frequency for efficient heating. Larger areas benefit from a lower frequency.
3. Epoxy requirements – There is a min/max threshold for curing epoxy. The minimum temperature required to effect cure and the maximum temperature allowed prior to the breakdown of the epoxy.
For more information on induction curing for your application, please contact us.