Component Management

Low viscosity epoxy system features high flexibility

2nd July 2019
Alex Lynn

Two component epoxy, Master Bond EP88FL, is a highly flexible, optically clear compound formulated for bonding, coating, sealing, potting and encapsulation. It is easy to use, with a mixing ratio of one to one by weight or volume. 

EP88FL withstands thermal cycling and shock. It is ideal in applications where stress relief is needed with a tensile modulus ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 psi. This system provides an elongation of 30-50% and bonds well to a wide variety of substrates such as metals, ceramics, plastics and glass.

Despite curing with a good degree of flexibility, it cannot be considered soft since it has a Shore D hardness between 45 and 55 at 75°F. The refractive index is 1.51 at 589nm, making the system relevant for applications in optics, optoelectronic, aerospace and OEM.

The mixed viscosity of EP88FL is 800-1,200 cps at room temperature, and its working life is 20 to 30 minutes for a 100g batch. EP88FL can be cured at room temperature or elevated temperatures. The optimal cure is overnight at 75°F plus one to two hours at 150 to 200°F. Master Bond EP88FL is available in standard packaging ranging from half pint to five gallon containers as well as specialty packaging including FlexiPaks, syringes and gun dispensers.

EP88FL is a free-flowing, highly flexible, stress absorbing epoxy with a low modulus of elasticity. It is optically clear with a refractive index of 1.51.

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