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Trial Number 1

Trial Purpose:

To evaluate successful cleaners using ultrasonic energy

Date Run:


Experiment Procedure:

Two semi aqueous products and two aqueous products were selected based on the previous trial results. The two semi aqueous products were used at full strength and the two aqueous products were diluted to 10% using DI water in 600 ml beakers. Each solution was heated to 130F in a Crest 40 kHz Ultrasonic unit and degassed for 5 minutes prior to cleaning. Twelve preweighed coupons were coated with Emerson & Cuming Stycast 2651-1 Black, self-curing epoxy resin (1675-54-3, 330-54-1) using a hand held swab. Coupons were allowed to sit overnight and reweighed to determine the amount of resin applied. Three coupons were immersed into each solution at 130 F for 5 minutes using ultrasonic energy. Observations were made every minute during cleaning to determine the time required to achieve effective cleaning. Following cleaning, coupons were rinsed in a tap water bath for 15 seconds at 120 F and dried using a Master Appliance Heat Gun at 500 F for 30 seconds. Once coupons were at room temperature, final clean weights were recorded and cleaning efficiencies were calculated for each product.

Trial Results:

The two semi aqueous products needed less than 2 minutes to remove the epoxy resin from the aluminum coupons. The two aqueous products almost removed all of the contaminant within the five minute period. The results for each cleaner are listed below in the table.

Table 1. Cleaning Results

Cleaner Initial wt of cont. Final wt of cont. %Cont Removed
Bio T Max 0.4766 0.0071 98.51
  0.4855 0.0105 97.84
  0.5100 0.0061 98.80
Solsafe 0.4399 0.0014 99.68
  0.3800 0.0021 99.45
  0.3903 0.0016 99.59
Surface Cleanse 0.5088 0.0945 81.43
  0.4182 0.0778 81.40
  0.4409 0.1059 75.98
Inproclean 0.4362 0.0231 94.70
  0.5498 0.0620 88.72
  0.3911 0.0414 89.41

Success Rating:

A follow up test, usually based on company input.


These four products will be used with ultrasonic energy in an attempt to clean the red epoxy.

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