- Volume 5 Issue 5
UV curable hybrid systems have been investigated in the urethane acrylate based formulations where potentially irritant acrylate monomers have been substituted by vinyl ethers. Generally, among the systems studied, coating properties of hybrid system are superior to those of free radical hut inferior to those of cationic systems. When the content of acrylic oligomer is above 70%, however, hybrid system could render an excellent combination of coating and curing properties which outperforms both cationic and free radical systems. Photo-DSC has been used to follow the progress of crosslinking of various coating systems. Results imply that the critical factors in determining the curing rates of coating formulations are different depending upon the formulation characteristics. In the same type of hybrid formulations, the monomer/oligomer ratio rather than photoinitiator efficiency is the critical factor determining the curing rate of the systems.