School of GeoSciences

Sample Preparation Procedures

The samples were prepared as close as possible to the manufacturers recommendations and all were cut, washed and dried in an identical manner.

After preparation the samples were stored in a desiccator prior to analysis and testing.

 

Resin Preparation Recipes

 

Epoxy Resin Resin Mix Ratio By Weight Cure Temperature Cure Time Cuting & Grinding Cleaning  
EpoThin 100:39 Room Temperature 24hr Diamond saw with water. Diamond Lap (Buehler UltraPrep) with water Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
Epocure
EpoHeat 4:1 55'C 1.5hr Diamond saw with water. Diamond Lap (Buehler UltraPrep) with water Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
Epoheat
EpoxiCure 5:1 Room Temperature 24hr Diamond saw with water. Diamond Lap (Buehler UltraPrep) with water Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
Epocure
EpoxiCure 6:1 Room Temperature then 65'C 4hr at 21'C then 2hr at 65'C Diamond saw with water. Diamond Lap (Buehler UltraPrep) with water Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
epocure

 

TransOptic N/A 180'C at 290Bar for 17 min 24hr As formed Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
transoptic

 

ProbeMet N/A 150'C at 290Bar for 4 min 24hr As formed Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
probemet

 

KonductoMet N/A 150'C at 290Bar for 4 min 24hr As formed Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
konduct

 

SpeciFix-20 7:1 Room Temperature 24hr Diamond saw with water. Diamond Lap (Buehler UltraPrep) with water Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
specfix

 

EpoFix 25:3 Room Temperature 24hr Diamond saw with water. Diamond Lap (Buehler UltraPrep) with water Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
Epofix

 

Ciba Geigy MY778 & HY951 10:1 Room Temperature 24hr Diamond saw with water. Diamond Lap (Buehler UltraPrep) with water Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
Ciba-G

 

Robnor Resins PX771c 3:03:1 Room Temperature 48hr Diamond saw with water. Diamond Lap (Buehler UltraPrep) with water Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
Robnor

 

Korapox 439 2:1 Room Temperature 24hr Diamond saw with water. Diamond Lap (Buehler UltraPrep) with water Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
Korapox

 

Domestic Rapid Set Araldite 1:1 Visual Room Temperature - Poured into 25mm x 5mm Al ring Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
aradite

 

Domestic Araldite 1:1 Visual Room Temperature - Poured into 25mm x 5mm Al ring Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
aradite

 

Varian Torr Seal 1:1 Visual Room Temperature - Poured into 25mm x 5mm Al ring Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
Varian

 

Petropoxy 100:1 135'C 24hr Diamond saw with water. Diamond Lap (Buehler UltraPrep) with water Washed Ultrasonic Clean with 10% Decon 90 Rinsed with Deionised Water Two Ultrasonic Cleans with Deionised Water Dried at 50'C for 2hr
petropoxy