Curing Agent

What is the Purpose of Curing Agent?

When you are making sausage or ham, you are probably wondering, what is the purpose of the curing agent? The curing agent is an ingredient used to provide the flavor of the meat. There are several types, including Modified aliphatic polyamines, modified aliphatic polyisocyanates, Mercaptan, and others. To understand more about these products, read on. We’ll explore the most common types of curing agents, and how to identify them.

Cured meat flavor

Curing is a process that alters the attributes of meat, creating a unique product. Curing is most commonly associated with processed meats. It affects color, flavor, texture, safety, and shelf-life. This article will discuss the benefits of cured meat. Read on to learn how nitrite improves meat flavor. Also, find out what other meat products are cured. In general, cured products have a better taste than those not cured.

Meat curing contains certain substances that impart the desired color and flavor. Curing agents are believed to be composed of three flavors: salt, sugar, and lactic acid. A small proportion of these compounds are responsible for improving the taste of meat during post mortem aging. Sugar is also a nutrient for flavor-producing bacteria. A study by Ramarathnam et al. identified specific volatile compounds that contribute to the flavor of cured meat.

Modified aliphatic polyamines

The modification of aliphatic polyamines is the key to their curing activity. Various methods are used to modify aliphatic polyamines. Polyamines are generally transparent, light yellow liquids with a viscosity between 35 and 3000 mPa. The active hydrogen atoms of these polyamines are derived from amino groups.

The modification of aliphatic polyamines is used as a curing agent in the production of epoxy Polymercaptan Resin. This polyamine has a low viscosity and low unreacted content. This polyamine can be added to epoxy resin compositions to improve workability and the properties of the cured product. In practice, it is most commonly used for epoxy resins.

Modified aliphatic polyisocyanates

These compounds are chemically similar to aromatic amines. They contain short linear chemical chains containing amine groups, and they can produce highly crosslinked layers. They exhibit good resistance to solvents, heat, and high temperatures, but are less flexible and impact resistant. They also react poorly with moisture, making them unsuitable for damp environments. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of these compounds.

These curing agents are multifunctional amines linked by ethylene groups. Modified aliphatic polyisocyanates have excellent adhesion and water resistance, but are prone to amine blush. These amines can react with polyisocyanate topcoats and cause surface defects. However, RDPAs are excellent for low-temperature curing and are well suited for protective and marine coatings.

Mercaptan curing agents

Mercaptans are a class of compounds that have been commercially used for 25 years to cure epoxies. They have unique properties, including fast curing at ambient temperatures, low toxicity, and low deflection temperature. Unlike amine-based hardeners, mercaptans are not affected by the mass of the material, so they are excellent candidates for thin-film cures.

Some mercaptan curing agents are used in a variety of applications, from abrasive-medias to anti-corrosion compounds. Mercaptans are not a substitute for the acid epoxies in many applications, so amines are used to help speed up the process of mercaptan curing in epoxy formulations. This can be especially problematic for base-catalyzed skinning.

Amino-functional silences

Amino-functional silences are silicones that are capable of improving the bond strength and resistivity to humidity and other environmental factors. They are also used as surface modifiers and adhesion promoters for many types of resins, including epoxies, acrylics, polyolefin, polyurethanes, nitrile rubber, and thermoset plastics.

Among other uses for amino-functional silences, they are also used in the chemical industry as binders and primers, as well as surface treatments. New silences are being developed to increase their performance properties. They can improve dispensability of fillers, reduce the viscosity of formulations, and greatly increase the reactivity and adhesion of the film. Specialty silences have the best properties for specific applications.

Polyamide curing agents

Polyamide curing agents are widely used in many industries and are a type of Epoxy Curing Agent. They are a reaction product of a fatty acid and selectively modified amine. Typically, the polymerization reaction product is formed from dimerized fatty acids. Polyamide curing agents may be dimeric or monomeric. In general, monomeric fatty acids are used as a curing agent in certain applications.


The properties of these crosslinking agents differ depending on the purpose for which they are used. Most of these agents serve the same purpose in polyamide curing. For example, phenalkamine curing agents are derived from low-molecular-weight ethylene diamines. However, phenalkamine curing agents are associated with an undesirable reactivity to polyisocyanate topcoats. This may result in surface defects.

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