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Developing powder coatings for contact curing of structural adhesives for vehicle bonding applications

Objective

Adhesive bonding technologies are a substitute for joining processes such as welding which offer vehicle designers the potential to select from a wider range of lightweight materials for vehicle design and construction. The ability to use lightweight materials allows vehicles to maximise fuel efficiency.
Current adhesive bonding methods require an energy intensive oven cure process. Furthermore, oven curing has the potential to warp a chassis / vehicle constructed from dissimilar materials. If low energy manufacturing and lightweight construction is to be achieved novel bonding technologies that result in lighter, higher performance and more efficient vehicles with less energy used and lower costs of manufacture must be developed.
PowderBond will address the issue of having to oven curing adhesives by developing a 1K epoxy adhesive system that is designed to deliver on-demand curing at low temperature (70°C). We will develop a low temperature cure powder coating (120°C) for primary structures (e.g. chassis components) which will deliver corrosion protection and the catalyst for initiating cure of the epoxy adhesive. The powder coating containing the catalyst will be pre-applied to one of the adherent surfaces (component parts) to be joined and supplied to the vehicle OEM. The 1K adhesive component will be applied to the second adherent surface prior to joining in-line with current adhesive assembly line methods. The PowderBond adhesive system will not require an oven cure at high temperature to achieve bond strength.

PowderBond will enable SMEs tier suppliers to add value to supplied components by helping vehicle manufacturers lower manufacturing carbon footprint and meet obligations regarding vehicle CO2 emission through light-weighting. This will help European SMEs to consolidate their position in the supply-chain and maintain a supply-chain opportunity for future vehicle design.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

POWDERTECH LIMITED
Address
Murdock Road 27
OX26 4PP Bicester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 503 555
Administrative Contact
Stuart Corstorphine (Mr.)

Participants (10)

RESOLTECH
France
EU contribution
€ 169 854
Address
Impasse Emeri 35 Pole D Activites
13510 Eguilles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pierre Calmon (Mr.)
SMW ENGINEERING LTD OOO
Russia
EU contribution
€ 178 340
Address
Ul Nekrasova 29 Apt 58
191014 St Petersburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nikolai Moiseenkov (Mr.)
DA LIO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 212 546,75
Address
Via Contea 61
30033 Noale Ve
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniela Volpato (Mrs.)
PRODRIVE COMPOSITES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 25 950
Address
Acorn Way Acorn House Prodrive
OX16 3ER Banbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matt Bradney (Mr.)
VALSPAR POWDER COATINGS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 28 010
Address
Aston Church Road 95
B7 5RQ Birmingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nick Welton (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
THE PAINT RESEARCH ASSOCIATION LIMITED BY GUARANTEE
United Kingdom
Address
Castle Mews 14 High Street
TW12 2NP Hampton
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Collins (Mr.)
JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 6 600
Address
Abbey Road Whitley
CV3 4LF Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicola Hutt (Mrs.)
J.C. BAMFORD EXCAVATORS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 6 600
Address
Lakeside Works
ST14 5JP Rocester Uttoxeter
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Smallman (Mr.)
PRA TRADING LTD
United Kingdom
Address
High Street Castle Mews 14
TW12 2NP Hampton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Saravana Gurusamy (Mr.)