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Offline cvanc

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Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« on: October 01, 2021, 04:00:00 pm »
This stuff: https://www.jbweld.com/product/j-b-weld-twin-tube

Do we know if this stuff is conductive after it's fully cured?  Thanks...
 

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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2021, 05:13:25 pm »
I imagine so.  I have picked it up with a magnet before. dont know what the conductivity is.
 

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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2021, 05:32:10 pm »
I believe in bulk its fairly non-conductive, as for the epoxy to flow out the tube, it must have excess resin over that required to fill the interstitial space that would exist if the steel particles were close packed, so there tends to be an epoxy film between steel particles, but its unsuitable for use as an insulator as there is a risk of locally conductive pathways forming through it.
 

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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2021, 04:49:59 am »
It's not specifically conductive, but that's not to say it can't be, it is metal filled after all.
It's more capacitive than anything, but I would avoid using it near any conductors to be safe.
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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2021, 04:54:23 am »
When I have poke probes at it (spaced multiple cm apart) it has read open to the limits of the DMM.  But Murphy says that it really matters a conductive path will show up.  I certainly doubt that its dielectric strength is high.
 

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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2021, 07:38:02 am »
Indeed. As an experiment, you could pot a connector with steel-filled epoxy, measure an open between the terminals and then have to apply 230VAC for a few days before it begins to arc internally. Not that I would know anything about that.  ::)
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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2021, 10:31:04 pm »
I use a bunch of J-B Weld Plastic Bonder "High Strength Structural Adhesive" and it's non-conductive epoxy, could not get an ohmeter reading probes right close on a big blob.

OP's Twin Tube "steel reinforced" ingredient list has no "steel"  :-// it's fiberglass and barium sulfate hardener, a bit of titanium dioxide. They might mean it adheres to steel, it's not made of steel.
 

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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2021, 08:56:58 am »
In section 8, it says that only substances with limit values have been included in the list, so I guess steel doesn't have to be included as it's not considered dangerous.
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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2021, 09:09:16 am »
iRepairElectronics said JB Weld can be picked up with a magnet (#1 above), and if anyone else cares to check, just see if a magnet is attracted to either component in its tube, as metal squeeze tubes are non-ferrous.   If its ferromagnetic, as it claims to contain steel, Occam's razor would suggest that it does indeed contain steel powder.

If the electrical properties of a hardware store epoxy are important to you, get clear or white epoxy (to avoid possibly conductive fillers) , and be careful to mix it in the exact proportions specified by the manufacturer to avoid incomplete polymerisation.
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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2021, 08:59:36 pm »
J-B Weld Kwik from msds:

Iron 7439-89-6
5 - 10%
Limestone 1317-65-3
10 - 30%
Oxirane, 2,2-[(1-methylethylidene)bis(4,1-phenyleneoxymethylene)]bis,  homopolymer 25085-99-8
10 - 30%
Phenol, 2,4,6-tris[(dimethylamino)methyl]-90-72-2
1 - 5%
Phenol, polymer with formaldehyde,  glycidyl ether 28064-14-4
1 - 5%
Carbon black 1333-86-4
0.1 - 1%
Titanium oxide 13463-67-7
0.1 - 1%

My J-B Weld Plastic Bonder is not magnetic. I had an email war with J-B Weld because they don't list what plastics don't work with it, like polypropylene. Grrr.
 

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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2021, 11:55:47 pm »
None of the slippery, oily, paraffin like materials are going to stick well to anything due to what the eggheads call low surface energy. Polyethylene and polypropylene are the two most common materials because they’re the cheapest polymers out there. Heck, the only way you can reliably print on them is to etch them with corona discharge or a flame treatment.

PP and PE can be fused together with heat and pressure but trying to glue the stuff? Not sure but a specialized cyanoacrylate might work as I know of stuff that can even stick to PTFE (Teflon).

 

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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2021, 12:25:27 am »
There do exist special epoxies for such plastics, I recall using one once that McMaster sold, it was expensive (I think nearly $100 for a small twin tube of the stuff) and had a bizarre surface prep ritual that involved passing a cool propane flame over the plastic shortly before mixing and applying the adhesive. Worked quite well on delrin.
 

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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2021, 01:02:52 am »
At the time, I needed a glue for conductive carbon-filled plastic films like Velostat/Linqstat. Those are polyethylene, I can't remember what I'd bought thought it was PP.

Nothing glued very well to them. Even tried Loctite two-part cyanoacrylate Plastics Bonding System and then gave up. The PE plastic is excellent as a masking for glue lol probably great for potting boxes.

Loctite Design Guide for Bonding Plastics has lots and it mentions dielectric strengths as well, if OP uses Henkel products.
 

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Re: Anyone know if "J B Weld" epoxy conducts electricity?
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2021, 01:14:27 am »
It's easy enough to find out:  https://www.jbweld.com/faqs

Q:  "Will J-B Weld conduct electricity?"
A:  "No. J-B Weld is not considered to be a conductor. It is an insulator."
 


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