Master Bond Case Study

Since its introduction in 2008, Master Bond EP29LPSP has been the epoxy compound of choice in a variety of challenging applications. Ideal for demanding cryogenic environments, two-part EP29LPSP can withstand temperatures as low as 4K and can resist cryogenic shock when, for instance, it is cooled from room temperature to cryogenic temperatures within a 5-10 minute window. Optically clear EP29LPSP has superior physical strength, electrical insulation, and chemical resistance properties. It also meets NASA low outgassing requirements and exhibits a low exotherm during cure. This low viscosity compound is easy to apply and bonds well to metals, glass, ceramics, and many different plastics. Curable at room temperature, EP29LPSP attains its best results when cured at 130-165°F for 6-8 hours.

....AdhesivesIn over a dozen published research articles, patents, and manufacturers’ specifications, scientists and engineers have identified EP29LPSP for use in their applications due to its unparalleled performance in one or more areas. Table 1 highlights several commercial and research applications that use Master Bond EP29LPSP. Table 2 summarizes several patents that reference EP29LPSP. Following each table are brief descriptions of the role Master Bond EP29LPSP plays in each application or invention.

Table 1: Commercial and Research Uses of EP29LPSP

Industry Application EP29LPSP Use Critical Properties
Plasma Physics Experimental device to study magnetic reconnection events1 Fabrication of flux core assemblies Cryogenic
Low outgassing
Astronomy Infrared telescope system2 Optical fiber mounting assembly Cryogenic
Low outgassing
Long cure time
Low shrinkage
Aeronautics Testing of a miniature ramjet model in a supersonic wind tunnel4 Bonding strain gauges to flexure beams Sufficient flexibility at cryogenic temperatures
Particle Physics Argon detector5 Coat metal rim to electrically insulate it Cryogenic
Low outgassing
Electrical insulation
Particle Physics Radioactive decay detector6 Bond flexible cable to flange Low outgassing

Table 2: Patent Grants that Reference EP29LPSP

Application EP29LPSP Use Critical Properties
Cryogenic refrigerator7 Bond thermally insulated tubes to thermal tube couplers Cryogenic
Low outgassing
Thermal shock resistant
Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell8 Rigidizing a fluid flow plate assembly Electrical insulation
Physical strength
Structural health monitoring (SHM) system9 Affix transducers to structure under test Cryogenic
Withstand vibrations
Fiber optic gyroscopes10 Construction of fiber optic sensing coil Cryogenic
Low outgassing


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Conclusion

The success of any engineered product depends on the performance of all of its parts, including any chemical compound used to join or protect one or more parts. If an adhesive, coating, or potting compound fails, the product fails. Leading companies, research labs, and inventors around the world rely on Master Bond EP29LPSP to perform unfailingly in extremely demanding applications.

Sources

1Manufacturing Specification and Statement of Work: FLARE (Facility for Laboratory Reconnection Experiments) Project —Fabrication of Flux Core, FLARE-Spec-03-Rev.00, WP1995, Revision 0, Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory, 19 Mar. 2015. flare.pppl.gov/Construction/FLARE%20FCSpec-03%2019Mar15.pdf.

2Lee, David, et al. Properties of optical fibres at cryogenic temperatures. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 326, no. 2, 11 Sept. 2001, pp. 774-780. ResearchGate, doi: 10.1046/j.1365-8711.2001.04630.x. Accessed 2 Aug. 2017.

4Chen, Bingqiang. Numerical Performance Prediction of a Miniature Ramjet at Mach 4, MS thesis, Naval Postgraduate School, 2012.

5 Xu, Jingke. Study of Argon from Underground Sources for Direct Dark Matter Detection. Dissertation, Princeton University, 2013.

6 Hsu, Scott C. Experimental Study of Ion Heating and Acceleration During Magnetic Reconnection. N.P. June 2000. July 2016. http://www.osti.gov/scitech/servlets/purl/750977

7Snow, David, et al. “Apparatus and methods for improving vibration isolation, thermal dampening, and optical access in cryogenic refrigerators.” US Patent 8,756,941. 24 Jun. 2014.

8Walsh, Michael M. “Fuel cell assembly fluid flow plate having conductive fibers and rigidizing material therein.” US Patent 6,096,450. 1 August 2000.

9 Qing, Xinlin, et al. “Method and apparatus for conducting structural health monitoring in a cryogenic, high vibration environment.” US Patent 8,347,722. 8 January 2013.

10 Chappell, Charles D. and Kara L. Warrensford. “Systems and methods for controlling the gas conversion in a fiber-optic gyroscope.” US Patent 9,182,230. 10 November 2015.