Epoxide equivalents in epoxy resin – Reliable determination according to EN ISO 3001 and ASTM D1652 by potentiometric titration

The epoxy content of epoxy resins has a strong influence on the reactivity of the resins as well as on the properties of the coating obtained from the resin curing process. The epoxy content is thus an important quality control parameter for manufacturers as well as consumers.

This analysis is based on the reaction of hydrogen bromide with the epoxy groups of the sample. Hydrogen bromide in turn is produced by the reaction of tetraethylammonium bromide (TEABr) with standardized perchloric acid. The standards EN ISO 3001 and ASTM D1652 describe the determination of the epoxy content expressed as epoxy equivalent weight (EEW) by titration. The use of a Titrando and Solvotrode easyClean instead of manual titration greatly increases the reproducibility and repeatability of the determination.