The thermal degradation of the epoxy systems diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (BADGE n=0)/1, 2 diamine cyclohexane (DCH) and diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (BADGE n=0)/1, 2 diaminecyclohexane (DCH) containing calcium carbonate filler immersed and not immersed in hydrochloric acid have
been studied by thermogravimetric analysis in order to compare their decomposition processes and to determine the reaction
mechanism of the degradation processes. The value of the activation energies, necessary for this study, were calculated using
various integral and differential methods. Analysis of the results suggests that hydrochloric acid does not affect the decomposition
of the epoxy network and that the reaction mechanisms produce sigmoidal-type curves for the systems not immersed in HCl and
deceleration curves for the same systems immersed.