Definition - What does Heat Curing mean?
Heat curing refers to an industrial practice of using high temperature resins, chemicals, rods or other fluids to harden a polymer by facilitating the cross-linking of polymer chains. It is primarily performed on adhesives and coating materials that are exposed to harsh environmental conditions to increase their ability to withstand corrosion, erosion and degradation.
Heat curing may also be known as thermal curing.
Corrosionpedia explains Heat Curing
Heat curing is performed as part of the larger process of polymerization on a molecular level, but may also involve physical changes such as evaporation and condensation that increase an adhesive's bonding properties. Some curing processes require specific temperature and humidity levels whereas others require a certain pressure.
Heat cured coatings are often highly resistant to aggressive chemical substances and extreme conditions.
Certain heat curing units such as special nanosilica-filled systems possess abrasion resistant properties, including thermal stability up to 250°C (482°F), durability and toughness.