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Studies on flame retardant vinyl ester resin

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Materials Science, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India
  • 2Department of Materials Science, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India

Res. J. Material Sci., Volume 5, Issue (2), Pages 7-12, February,16 (2017)


Vinyl ester resins are widely used for coating purpose and well known for their excellent anti-corrosive, anti-oxidative properties. Traditional vinyl-esters are generally synthesized by reacting unsaturated monocarboxylic acid with epoxy in resinous form in the presence of tertiary amines as a catalyst. In the present work a flame-retardant vinyl ester resin has been prepared by reacting epoxy resin based on Tris m-hydroxy phenyl phosphate (THPP) with methacrylic acid in presence of triethyl amine as catalyst and hydroquinone as an inhibitor. This polymer was characterized by chemical analysis, elemental analysis, FTIR and NMR Spectroscopy (1H, 13C and 31P).This vinyl ester was further reacted with styrene in presence of an initiator for certain time period. The resultant polymer was used for coating purpose in neat form as well as in the form of blend with epoxy resin. Various coating properties like hardness, adhesion, flexibility, chemical resistancy of the coated panels have been found out. The polymer shows flame-retardancy as well as good scratch hardness and chemical resistance properties.


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