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Novel in-situ techniques based on fluorescence sensing for monitoring the curing and ageing of adhesives and polymer matrix composites


Objectives and content
Very different industrial sectors related to adhesives
use, coatings and polymer matrix composite materials have
a common strong need of in-situ non-destructive tools for
monitoring curing and ageing phenomena. This is
especially important for partners GSA, KEMA and SC, who
produce adhesives; design and manufacture advanced
polymer matrix composites and are involved in several
Integrity Management Projects, as core industrial
activities. Current in-situ methods whether are not
available or of limited applicability; at the present
time there are no alternatives different from fluorimetry
suitable for sensing curing, post-curing and in-service
phenomena with a single methodology. Application of
molecular fluorescence to the curing and ageing
monitoring of adhesives and polymer matrix composites and
development of suitable fluorescent methodologies will
result is a substantial cost reduction in R&D,
maintenance programmes and a general improvement of
component specifications.
The single methodology, which is going to be developed,
is based on the fluorescence of molecular probes or
labels, physically or chemically inserted in the curing
system. The technique will be used to monitor curing
processes, to evaluate residual thermal stresses and to
monitor ageing phenomena, including: water up-take,
under-corrosion, photodegradation and interfacial damage.
It will be applied to epoxy, phenolic and polyurethane
resins as well as to UV-photocurable acrylic polymer
The consortium is formed by three industrial partners who
will be end-users of the project results, two Research
centres and two Technical Universities.

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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
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15,Calle Butarque
28911 Madrid

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