Report prep. guides
Lab 1
Lab 2
Lab 3
Lab 4
Lab 5
Lab 6
Lab 7
Lab 8
Lab 9
Lab 10

First Lab Task

Samples are given a code identification, written on the sample with waterproof ink.

example: 010913FWC-SS

code meaning:

  • prep. date '01 = year
  • 09 = month
  • 13 = day
  • FW = Fastweld epoxy
  • C = air cure control sample
  • SS = stainless steel

epoxy codes

  • FW = Fastweld
  • 88 = Epoxo88
  • 911 = Bio-Fix 911
  • 3070 = Epoxy 10-3070
  • FS = FastSteel
  • RIQ = Repairitquik

cure condition codes

  • C = air cure control sample
  • REF = refrigerated sea water
  • SEA = outdoors sea water


  • OW = oak wood
  • SS = stainless steel (non-magnetic)
  • CS = carbon steel (magnetic)
  • AH = heavy aluminum sheet
  • AL = light aluminum sheet

There are three types of tests that will be performed by Prof. Ucci's students: tension, peel, and compression. Tension tests will be done on SS, CS, AH. Compression test will be done on OW. Peel test will be done on AL.

Wash and scrub the metal samples to remove grease and dirt. Use Scotch-BriteTM soap pads. Dry metal samples carefully with paper towels and touch them only with gloved hands.

Make a sketch of each sample, as you intend to lay it out and epoxy it. Measure and mark the overlap area with pencil on the metal. Make a square overlap area. If the sample is 2" wide, the overlap will be 2"X2"; if the sample is 1.5" wide, the overlap will be 1.5"X1.5". The epoxy has a "pot life" of only a few minutes. Mix up only as much epoxy at one time as you can use in 5 minutes.