Our vegetable oil-based (VOB) two-part epoxy
system relates to hypoallergenic and virtually non-toxic green organic
resins for use in the formation of fiberglass and other fiber reinforced
composites. During the curing stage, the VOB system does not vent off or
contain any volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and is non-toxic.
1) The VOB system has demonstrated elongation
properties of more than 5-10 times that of the standard resin systems.
2) The chemistry of this VOB system allows for the
formation of tough leather-like materials as well as a hard, but resilient
materials. This lends itself to forming a wide array of products.
3) Because this material can form a firm
leather-like material, it readily absorbs shock without initiating tears or
cracks. When used to make fiberglass or other fiber reinforced composites, a
product emerges that is very hard and yet shows exceptional elongation
properties that enable it to absorb intense shocks without initiating failures.
The resin and fiber work well together to produce the best properties in the
4) Because of the system dependency on a catalyst,
it is possible to vastly change the reaction rate without altering
the properties of the cured material. This helps to simplify the system and
make it more versatile.
5) An interesting feature of our green resin system
is the way it works with our unique catalyst. The rate of cure is strongly
dependent on the cure temperature and increases by a factor of 3-5 times with
temperatures ranging from 60 °F to 90 °F. This allows one to use a
catalyst level that provides a long working time at room temperature, but
permits the product to cure in a short period of time, in a warm room, so that
production rates are not slowed up. The cure rate is also very sensitive to the
catalyst level. Small increases in the catalyst cause inordinately large
increases in the cure rate which is not normally expected in chemical kinetics.