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Product Data
ColourClear
Chemistry / MaterialEpoxy
Viscosity550mPa.s
UV StabilityModerate
BrandEasy Composites
Pot Life (Typical)330mins
Initial Cure Time24
Cured Mechanical Properties
Max Service Temp170°C
Hardness87 (Hard)Shore D
FlexibilityHard / Rigid
Tensile Strength1.0 - 2.0MPa
Flexural Strength62.0 - 67.0MPa
Flexural Modulus2600 - 3000GPa
Elongation at Break1.0 - 2.0%
Tg Onset (DMA)170°C
General Properties
Gross Weight0.591kg

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EL160 High Temp Epoxy Laminating Resin

EL160 is a very high performance epoxy resin suitable for the hand layup/hand laminating of high temperature composite moulds and components for use up to 160°C. It offer exceedingly high mechanical performance and good wet-out of fibres and is ideal for use with high performance reinforcements such as carbon and aramid fibre.

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EL160 is a high performance epoxy laminating resin designed for use at service temperatures up to 170°C. The resin is compatible with a wide range of reinforcement materials including glass fibre (typically for mould making) and high performance fibres such as carbon fibre and aramid (e.g. Kevlar®). The cured mechanical properties of EL160 are outstanding.

The EL160 high temperature epoxy resin is ideally suited to the production by hand layup of high temperature components and high temperature moulds (including prepreg moulds - see High Temperature Epoxy Tooling Guide.

As well as its high HDT, this epoxy system also has good clarity, a low viscosity and exceptional wetting characteristics when used with glass, carbon or aramid fibre.

Typical Uses

The resin is suitable for use in the hand-laminated production of high temperature components or tooling (moulds), vacuum bagging of composite parts, R.I.M. tooling, vacuum forming and other applications requiring dimensional stability at high temperatures.

Further Information

Starter Kit Compatibility

This is the resin used in the high-temperature version of our carbon fibre laminating starter kit.

Key Processing Information

Consult the technical datasheet and safety datasheet for important information. When using EL160 for the production of high temperature epoxy moulds (tools) please see High Temperature Epoxy Tooling Guide for detailed processing instructions.

  • Ease of Use
  • Suitable for professional and hobby use (follow SDS advice).
  • Odour
  • Very High Temperature Laminating Resin is almost odourless.
  • Safety Precautions
  • Wear gloves and goggles and work in a well ventilated area. Always read the SDS before use.
  • Ambient Conditions
  • Can be used from 15 to 30°C although pot-life and cure time will be affected significantly. Recommended working at an ambient of 20-25°C
  • Degassing
  • Not necessary.
  • Mix Ratio
  • Mix 'Resin' and 'Hardener' 100:35 by weight. Use digital scales.
  • Mixing
  • Mix thoroughly by hand for at around 2 minutes.
  • Pot-Life
  • 5-6 Hours at room temperature. Be sure to use your resin before this time.
  • Exotherm (Over-Heating
  • Resin will heat-up whilst it cures. Mix in small batches and use expediently. Mixed resin in a pot will overheat (exotherm) and can smoke/ignite. Never leave mixed, unused resin unattended.
  • Cure Time/Demould
  • At 25°C you can expect a typical demould time to be around 24hrs with a full cure achieved in 1 week
  • Pigments and Fillers
  • As a laminating resin, use of fillers or pigments is unlikely. Potentially fumed silica (for thickening) glass bubbles (for reducing density) or aluminium powder (for increasing thermal mass and conductivity) could be considered.
  • Post Cure
  • To achieve 170°C HDT, follow post cure cycle in TDS.

EL160 is a high performance epoxy laminating resin designed for use at service temperatures up to 170°C. The resin is compatible with a wide range of reinforcement materials including glass fibre (typically for mould making) and high performance fibres such as carbon fibre and aramid (e.g. Kevlar®). The cured mechanical properties of EL160 are outstanding.

The EL160 high temperature epoxy resin is ideally suited to the production by hand layup of high temperature components and high temperature moulds (including prepreg moulds - see High Temperature Epoxy Tooling Guide.

As well as its high HDT, this epoxy system also has good clarity, a low viscosity and exceptional wetting characteristics when used with glass, carbon or aramid fibre.

Typical Uses

The resin is suitable for use in the hand-laminated production of high temperature components or tooling (moulds), vacuum bagging of composite parts, R.I.M. tooling, vacuum forming and other applications requiring dimensional stability at high temperatures.

Further Information

Starter Kit Compatibility

This is the resin used in the high-temperature version of our carbon fibre laminating starter kit.

Key Processing Information

Consult the technical datasheet and safety datasheet for important information. When using EL160 for the production of high temperature epoxy moulds (tools) please see High Temperature Epoxy Tooling Guide for detailed processing instructions.

  • Ease of Use
  • Suitable for professional and hobby use (follow SDS advice).
  • Odour
  • Very High Temperature Laminating Resin is almost odourless.
  • Safety Precautions
  • Wear gloves and goggles and work in a well ventilated area. Always read the SDS before use.
  • Ambient Conditions
  • Can be used from 15 to 30°C although pot-life and cure time will be affected significantly. Recommended working at an ambient of 20-25°C
  • Degassing
  • Not necessary.
  • Mix Ratio
  • Mix 'Resin' and 'Hardener' 100:35 by weight. Use digital scales.
  • Mixing
  • Mix thoroughly by hand for at around 2 minutes.
  • Pot-Life
  • 5-6 Hours at room temperature. Be sure to use your resin before this time.
  • Exotherm (Over-Heating
  • Resin will heat-up whilst it cures. Mix in small batches and use expediently. Mixed resin in a pot will overheat (exotherm) and can smoke/ignite. Never leave mixed, unused resin unattended.
  • Cure Time/Demould
  • At 25°C you can expect a typical demould time to be around 24hrs with a full cure achieved in 1 week
  • Pigments and Fillers
  • As a laminating resin, use of fillers or pigments is unlikely. Potentially fumed silica (for thickening) glass bubbles (for reducing density) or aluminium powder (for increasing thermal mass and conductivity) could be considered.
  • Post Cure
  • To achieve 170°C HDT, follow post cure cycle in TDS.

Downloads (2)

This is a chemical product. Before storage or use you must download and read the accompanying safety and technical datasheets.

Safety Datasheet (SDS)627 KB
Technical Datasheet (TDS)291 KB

Specification

Product Data
ColourClear
Chemistry / MaterialEpoxy
Viscosity550mPa.s
UV StabilityModerate
BrandEasy Composites
Pot Life (Typical)330mins
Initial Cure Time24
Cured Mechanical Properties
Max Service Temp170°C
Hardness87 (Hard)Shore D
FlexibilityHard / Rigid
Tensile Strength1.0 - 2.0MPa
Flexural Strength62.0 - 67.0MPa
Flexural Modulus2600 - 3000GPa
Elongation at Break1.0 - 2.0%
Tg Onset (DMA)170°C
General Properties
Gross Weight0.591kg
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As with many post-cure cycles for resins, the post-cure cycle for our EL2 and IN2 Epoxy Resins is not too sensitive and a range of different post-cure cycles will produce good results, specifically improved mechanical performance and elevated HDT/operating temperature. Post-curing parts that will be used at or exposed to elevated operating temperatures (such as vehicle bonnets/hoods in direct sunlight, engine-bay parts, car interior parts etc.) is strongly recommended to prevent distortion of the parts when they are put into service and experience these higher temperatures.

Where possible, parts should be post-cured still inside the mould to reduce distortion and improve surface finish (i.e. reduce 'print-through'). When post-curing parts in the mould, it is important to post-cure them without demoulding at all (i.e. don’t demould and then put them back into the mould) otherwise you can get some strange patterns on the surface where some areas are post cured in direct contact with the mould surface and others are not.

A simple and very effective post-cure cycle with the IN2 Infusion Resin (or EL2 Epoxy Laminating Resin) is as follows:

CYCLE #1 SUITABLE FOR MOST SITUATIONS

  1. 24hrs at room temperature
  2. 6hrs at 60°C

If you’re encountering any surface finish issues (faint print-through) then you can experiment with a slower 'ramp rate' which sometimes improves things:

CYCLE #2 SUGGESTED FOR SUBTLE IMPROVEMENTS TO SURFACE FINISH

  1. 24hrs at room temperature
  2. 2hrs at 40°C
  3. 2hrs at 50°C
  4. 5hrs at 60°C

If you need to push the HDT of the finished part higher then you could increase post-cure up to a maximum of 80°C as follows:

CYCLE #3 SUGGESTED FOR HIGHEST POSSIBLE HDT/OPERATING TEMPERATURE

  1. 24hrs at room temperature
  2. 2hrs at 40°C
  3. 2hrs at 50°C
  4. 2hrs at 60°C
  5. 2hrs at 70°C
  6. 4hrs at 80°C
  7. These are all just suggestions. Most situations just call for option #1; 6hrs at 60°C. Many customers also find that they can dispense with the 24hrs cure at ambient and simply load newly infused parts into the oven to begin the cure however this is something that you would need to experiment with yourself. A cure at ambient temperature before post-cure is generally favoured with most resin systems.

Yes, but it's highly recommended to use specialist 'powder bound' chopped strand matt. This is because conventional chopped strand matt is 'emulsion bound' which relies on styrene and solvents in the resin to break the binding down. Epoxy does not have these solvents. As a result, specialist 'powder bound' chopped strand matt is needed as the powder binding is broken down by the liquid itself.

Most cured epoxy resins have self-extinguishing properties however none of our epoxies have formal 'fire rating' data because they're not designed as intumescent or fire retardant resins. The reinforcement you use will also have an impact on the fire retardancy of the finished product.

If you're specifically setting out to make fire-retardant parts I would suggest using a specialist intumescent resin - however, bear in mind that generally these resins will contain inert fillers which compromise their mechanical performance to some extent.

100% solids epoxy resins, including this one, don't contain any solvents and so they don't produce any fumes during mixing, use or cure. There is just the faintest smell but, as stated, this is not fumes and so there is nothing really to consider in terms of density.

No, we wouldn’t suggest Epoxy Resins for lining a fuel tank. In general, epoxies have good resistance to petrol and many of the chemicals and additives found within pump fuel however the ethanol in fuel is known to cause problems over time and so specialist tank lining resins (often novalac vinylester based) should be used instead. One such product is GTS 1750 which is sold by Caswell Europe.

No, this epoxy in common with other epoxies does not attack expanded polystyrene

We have not specifically saught FDA (or similar) approval for this resin system so if you were to make these plates commercially then you would either need to make a plate using this resin system and then have it tested and approved safe for food use or use a different resin system that has specifically been approved for food use. Mixed and cured fully and properly the resulting plastic should be stable and non-toxic but testing would be required to prove this. Regarding being dishwasher safe; a dishwasher is a very harsh environment (abrasive, high temperatures, caustic) and so I think it would be quite hard on any resin system. By all means conduct your own tests but I would strongly recommend that a carbon fibre plate was not marketed as 'dishwasher safe'.

Although generally cured epoxies are non-hazardous, none of the products we have are certified food safe and thus we cannot recommend their use with food products.

We recommend Acetone. The brushes must be cleaned before the resin has cured. If you can’t get hold of acetone it’s also possible to use methylated spirits or neat alcohol.

In really simple terms you can think of 1kg of the Epoxy Resin as being 1L. If you want to be really exact (for example if you want to mix the resin and the hardener by volume and not by weight (which we don't recommend because it's unnecessarily complicated) then the relative density of the resin and the hardener, and the mixed product, can be found on the technical datasheet.

We can send any quantity of resin to Portugal. We would use a TNT Road service. To find the shipping cost for any item, simply add it to your basket and then click the 'Estimate Shipping' button on the basket page. The price will then be shown once you chose your shipping country (Portugal).

Unlike other resin systems such as polyester or vinylester, it's very important to get the mix ratios accurate with epoxies. If you get the mix ratio wrong by a small amount (let's say a couple of grams on a small mix) then the resin will still cure but the mechanical properties won't be quite as good as they would have been if the mix ratio had been exactly right. However, if you were to be out by anything more than a few grams then you might find that the resin would not be properly hard when cured and/or may have a tackiness to the finish. This would result in a much weaker repair and needs to be avoided by careful measurements.

Above the HDT of a resin system it will soften slightly and its mechanical properties will start to fall away however a thermosetting plastic (like epoxy) is NOT a thermoformable plastic so it will not start to flow again such that you could melt it out of your part. It's more likely to become slightly soft and then possible more brittle again before eventually starting to burn if you too the temperature high enough. It sounds to me like you need a thermoformable plastic (aka a thermoplastic) with a relatively low melting point. I'd suggest something like PCL.

An elevated temperature post-cure is not required for parts made with epoxy resin however, post curing parts will improve the mechanical properties of the resin (and therefore the part) and so if you have the means to do it then it's certainly recommended. One major advantage to post-curing epoxy is that you will raise the HDT (heat distortion temperature) of the part meaning that it's less likely to soften or distort in higher temperatures. This can be particularly important for parts like a vehicle panel (i.e. hood/bonnet) which could get very hot in the sun. Without a post-cure there is a good chance that the part would effectively post-cure itself 'in situe' when it's in direct sunlight which can cause the resin to soften, sink and then re-harden. When this happens to a fitted part it's likely to distort the surface finish. A part that had been post-cured prior to installation would not have this problem.

Epoxy resins have very little odour and so it's quite viable to use them indoors (i.e. in your house) without upsetting anyone. The resin is almost completely odourless and the hardener has an amonia smell which doesn't really carry or linger.

In this respect epoxies are very different to polyester and vinylester resin which has a very strong smell and cannot realistically be used indoors. As always, you should still follow safety precautions and ensure adequate ventilation of your work area.

Uncured resins are classed as dangerous goods and would need to be disposed of correctly. For domestic users, usually your local council recycling centre will have a disposal service for such chemicals or containers.

Because cured resins are inert and safe for disposal it's often easiest to mix un-needed or out-of-date resin and hardener together to cure them. Once cured they can be disposed of with general waste.

Epoxy is sensitive to low temperatures so we would not attempt to try and cure the resin at very low temperatures such as below 15 °:C. At those temperatures, the cure time will be lengthened considerably.

One of the most significant problems caused by low temperatures (much below 20°C) is that the resin will be considerably thicker which affects its ability to self-degas after pouring.

Also, curing epoxies are hydroscopic so the low temperature environment may well leave the resin vulnerable to absorbing moisture, especially if the environment is relatively damp or high in humidity as can be found in some outdoor workshops or home garages.

As a result, for best results we always recommend working in an environment that is 20°C or above.

The B stage of the cure is when the resin has cured enough to be firm but still tacky. When touching with a gloved finger, the resin should feel tacky but not leave any residue on the glove.

The ratio is 100:35 (resin to hardener). Like all our epoxies the hardener is included with the resin, in the correct ratio.

Both materials can be used. Glassfibre is more cost effective and can actually be easier to laminate with because you can see air pockets while laminating. Carbon fibre requires a little more care when laminating to avoid trapped air (which can't be seen through the reinforcement) but brings the advantage of a lower coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) which means carbon reinforced moulds will remain more dimensionally accurate at high temperatures.

A good rule of thumb would be that if you'll be using a mould at elevated temperature to make carbon fibre parts then it would be best to make the mould out of carbon fibre too.

...removed from the buck and then post cured for OOA prepreg layup? The reason for removing from the buck is that the buck won't take the heat of post curing.

Yes, this can be done. Ideally we would suggest a moderate temperature post-cure on the pattern (buck) as high as you're comfortable taking the pattern (maybe 40 degrees C for example). You could then cool and demould before post-curing the mould to the higher service temperature. There are a lot of considerations when doing this (many of which are discussed in more detail in the product's datasheet) but the most importing things are a very gentle increase in temperature (i.e. a slow ramp rate) which should minimise the risk of any distortion.

EL160 Epoxy will bond to most other resin surfaces - including polyester - as long as the surface has been suitably abraded and cleaned ready for application. However, the EL160 is a high temperature capable resin system so care should be taken when post curing and in service to ensure that any other resin systems underneath are also suitable for high temperature work.

This is not an application this resin has been tested for so we cannot be certain if it would work. We see no reason why, in theory, it should not work, however without some testing we cannot be 100% sure. So we would recommend you test the epoxy first in a non-critical application to get the necessary test results.

We would not recommend using this resin for a worktop or counter as the properties are not best suited for that application. As a laminating resin, this resin is not formulated with UV protection in mind and nor does it readily self-level to give the uniform finish you would want from such a worktop resin. Additionally, it is slightly amber in colour which would affect the finished colour of the worktop. Finally, to achieve the high temperature properties of this resin, the piece would need to be post-cured in an oven which is often impractical for large worktops as well as the high chance of the substrate warping or distorted during the process.

We are not aware of a worktop coating resin that offers a high temperature resistance, along with the usual requirement for clarity, UV stability and glossy self-levelling. If you can protect the worktop from high temperatures then we do have an outstanding bartop/countertop resin - our GlassCast Clear Epoxy Surface Resin. GlassCast features include amazing clarity, a high level of UV stability, self-levelling and no need to degas. It is ideal for many worktop or decorative table top applications and it is what we would recommend where you can accept the need to protect the surface from high temperatures.

Yes, certainly. In fact, carbon fibre engine bay parts are a common application for our High Temperature Laminating Resin. Always make sure you follow undertake a post-curing of any parts at elevated temperature before you put them into service though.

Although it is possible to infuse with this resin it is higher viscosity than a typical infusion resin so would not infuse as quickly as a dedicated infusion resin. As the resin would travel slowly, larger parts may need more resin distribution (normally spiral). The long pot life means it can be successfully used for smaller infused parts, or a set-up with more spiral distribution, where the higher viscosity is not a significant barrier to resin flow over short distances.

Yes, our Very High Temperature Epoxy Resin can be laminated into a condensation or addition cure silicone mould

In theory, yes it could, however I would be concerned about the interaction between the resin and wood at high temperatures. Wood is likely to distort at high temperatures and the High Temperature Epoxy needs to be post-cured at elevated temperatures in order to achieve its high HDT (heat distortion temperature). If you heated the wood and resin to post-cure the resin and the wood distorted whilst the resin cures completely then it's likely that when the part cools the resin would be cured in a distorted state.

Because our Very High Temperature Epoxy Resin needs to be post-cured in order to acheive its high temperature properties, it's important that you use a release agent which is high temperaure comptible and so we would strongly recommend our Easy-Lease Chemical Release Agent. Providing that the mould or pattern material is compatible, Easy-Lease should ensure a very easy release from of the cured resin from your pattern or mould.

It may well be suitable but it would depends on the actual temperature the exhaust gets to in use. Our Very High Temperature Resin will work up to 180°C (following a suitable post cure). It’s likely that none of the outer surfaces of a motorcycle end can would be running hotter than 180°C but ideally we would recommend measuring this with an infra-red thermometer to be sure. Don’t forget, post curing the resin (see datasheet) would be essential.

Yes, the addition of metal filler powders, particularly Aluminium Powder can help to improve the thermal dimensional stability, for example in high temperature tooling where increasing the thermal conductivity of the resin can help to reduce distortion that can arise from temperature differential across the laminate. It should be noted that the addition of metal filler powders won’t actually increase the glass transition (Tg) temperature of the system.

Yes, certainly. This is a very high performance epoxy which is why it's well-suited to use with high performance reinforcements like carbon fibre and aramid fibre but there is no reason at all why it can't be used with woven glass, in fact it performs very well with glass.

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