The curing kinetics of a bi-component system about o-cresol-formaldehyde epoxy resin (o-CFER) modified by liquid crystalline p-phenylene di[4-(2,3-epoxypropyl) benzoate] (p-PEPB), with 3-methyl-tetrahydrophthalic anhydride (MeTHPA) as a curing agent, were studied by non-isothermal differential
scanning calorimetry (DSC) method. The relationship between apparent activation energy Ea and the conversion α was obtained by the isoconversional method of Ozawa. The reaction molecular mechanism was proposed. The results show that
the values of Ea in the initial stage are higher than other time, and Ea tend to decrease slightly with the reaction processing. There is a phase separation in the cure process with LC phase formation.
These curing reactions can be described by the Šesták–Berggren (S–B) equation, the kinetic equation of cure reaction as follows: