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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 748176, 5 pages
Research Article

Gel Characteristics of Urea-Formaldehyde Resin under Shear Flow Conditions

State Key Laboratory for Geomechanics and Deep Underground Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221008, China

Received 18 March 2013; Revised 12 July 2013; Accepted 12 July 2013

Academic Editor: Waqar Khan

Copyright © 2013 Dang-liang Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Urea-formaldehyde resin (UFR), one of chemical grouts in which the major ingredients are urea-formaldehyde and resin, is widely used in Chinese coal mines grouting. The gel characteristics of urea-formaldehyde resin (UFR) chemical grout under static conditions have been studied by many researchers. However, there is little research carried out on the gel characteristics under shear flow conditions. In fact, chemical grout like UFR keeps in shear flow conditions before gelling in the grouting process. In order to investigate the gel characteristics of UFR in shear flow conditions, an apparatus which consists of a magnetic stirrer and a viscometer was established. Magnetic stirrer was used to shear UFR at different velocity. Then the changes of UFR viscosity could be recorded by viscometer. As a result, the gel characteristics were summarized under different shear rates, and a formula of gelling is derived. The results show that the grouting flow rate influences the gelling time. Faster flow rates will cause longer gelling time, which means that the time for the grout to gel during the flowing process under shear flow conditions is longer than that under static conditions.