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Structural Adhesives for Vehicle Conversions

Vehicle converters and specialist vehicle producers use structural adhesives for challenging applications, often bonding dissimilar materials in high stress environments where there could be vibration and peel stresses on the joint, broad temperature ranges, impact, and heavy wear and tear. Uses for structural adhesives Ambulance fit-outs and conversions Structural a...

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Pleased to meet you. How do you glue?

Adhesives are quickly becoming the go-to method of lightening (or weight reduction).  Reducing weight has been a goal in transportation for many years.  Many engineers in the transportation industry are well versed in what steps to take to ensure proper adhesive selection.  The benefits of lightening are spreading through many industries. The goal for some industries i...

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Structural Adhesives for Vehicle Conversions

Vehicle converters and specialist vehicle producers use structural adhesives for challenging applications, often bonding dissimilar materials in high stress environments where there could be vibration and peel stresses on the joint, broad temperature ranges, impact, and heavy wear and tear. Uses for structural adhesives Ambulance fit-outs and conversions Structural app...

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Polyurethane adhesives aren’t just construction adhesives

Two component polyurethane adhesives are used to bond materials with different flexibility or different thermal coefficients of expansion including glass to metal, fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) to metal, and aluminium to steel. This is surprising to many people because polyurethane adhesives have a fantastic reputation as wood bonding adhesives. They are not ONLY constru...

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Electrically Conductive Adhesives

Electrically conductive adhesive products are primarily used for electronics applications where components need to be held in place and electrical current can be passed between them. Depending on gap between components, most general adhesives (such as anaerobics, cyanoacrylates, epoxies, and acrylic-based adhesives) act as an electrical insulator. Some offer improved the...

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Adhesive Application: Aerospace Adhesive

What are Aerospace Adhesives? Aerospace Adhesives are used throughout the interior, exterior and engine compartment of aircraft. On everything from the overhead lockers, to the handy seat trays and even the in-floor lighting. The engine contains threadlockers, retaining compounds, hydraulic system thread sealants as well as structural adhesives. Exterior panels are bond...

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Innovations in adhesives for sporting and leisure equipment

Adhesives for Sporting and Leisure Equipment After noticing a wide spread use of carbon fiber in sporting goods applications I read an article on new materials in sporting equipment manufacturing  http://www.assemblymag.com/articles/92480-new-materials-spur-innovation-in-sporting-goods-manufacturing it was clear that the innovations in sporting goods are not limited to ...

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Adhesives for prosthetic devices / biomechanical limbs

Prosthetic devices use cutting edge technology and high performance lightweight composite materials in order to provide the wearer the ultimate in comfort, natural movement and appearance.  Due to the different advanced materials used and the performance needed, there is often a requirement to use structural adhesives. Adhesives can be used to bond various components ...

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Choosing a Polyolefin Bonding Adhesive

Polyolefins Thermoplastic polyolefins like polyethylene and polypropylene, and polyolefin elastomers such as EPDM rubber are notoriously difficult to join.  Solvent welding does not produce strong bonds as polyolefins normally have excellent resistance to solvents.  Polyolefins have very low surface energies so adhesives do not wet-out the surface well without some for...

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Bonding carbon fibre automotive bonnet (hood)

Carbon fibre (or carbon fiber if you’re in the US) composite is made up of interwoven carbon filaments combined with a resin. It has an extremely high strength to weight ratio combined with good heat and chemical resistance. It is a popular material in aerospace, motorsport, defence / military and sports equipment manufacture. Carbon fibre car parts are highly desira...

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