Scott Bader Ltd. is once again exhibiting at the UK Composites Engineering Show 2012, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from the 7th- 8th November.
The Scott Bader stand (No.1147) will this year focus on their range of primer-less Crestabond® methacrylate structural adhesives which require no or only minimal surface cleaning of bond surfaces. During the show, Dr. Gavin Creech from Scott Bader’s R & D Applications Engineering Group will give an open forum technical presentation titled: Engineering with Structural Adhesives – practical advice on the use of structural adhesives with composites, metals and plastics.
Also featured will be the JEC 2012 Innovation award winning AxontexTM lightweight carbon fibre composite structural beam technology, which uses Crestapol® 1250LV high performance resin. The moulded Axontex carbon fibre composite beam has a unique internal structure with shear webs which, combined with the mechanical properties of Crestapol 1250LV resin, provides the very high stiffness and strength of this lightweight composite structural system. Axon Automotive Ltd.’s unique carbon fibre composite system is highly versatile for design engineers. It can be tailored to produce a wide variety of straight and curved structural and load bearing parts. The Axontex system is ideally suited for producing a very light weight transport vehicle frame needing both rigidity and high impact crash resistance performance.
Other products in the Crestapol® range of high performance resins will also be exhibited. Crestapol resins have been specially developed by Scott Bader for manufacturing, by closed mould or pultrusion, high performance glass and carbon fibre reinforced, filled composite parts with exceptional fire, smoke and toxicity resistant (FST) properties. Crestapol resins are suitable for buildings, passenger rail and other land transportation applications.
The Crestabond primer-less structural adhesives range has been specially developed for rapidly bonding a wide variety of composites, metals and plastics commonly used in industrial applications. Being able to use one adhesive to bond so many different types of substrates has provided attractive shop floor benefits and savings in production assembly. Manually applied with a cartridge hand gun or using a pneumatic hand gun with a bulk dispensing machine for higher volumes, Crestabond adhesives are now being cost effectively used in many demanding marine, building and construction, truck, bus, and other vehicle applications. Many composite fabricators have capitalised on the significant weight saving, performance enhancement, increased productivity and shop floor health benefits of using a structural adhesive in preference to over-laminating, particularly for larger composite structures.
According to Scott Bader, their Crestapol high performance urethane acrylate based resins bridge the technology gap between polyesters and epoxy resins. Crestapol resins offer superior mechanical, FST and high temperature performance, even above 240°C, rivalling epoxy systems and engineering thermoplastics such as PI, PEI and PEEK, yet are fabricated at room temperature using conventional polyester production processes; grades are available in a choice of closed moulding and pultrusion options. Traditional polyester and vinyl ester resin composite fabricators can incorporate fillers, carbon fibres and glass fibres into component designs without having to specify an epoxy resin or carry out any radical processing changes. Crestapol resins have the added production benefit of needing only short periods of moderate post curing to achieve good mechanical and high temperature performance.
Scott Bader has developed a wide range of products designed for composite applications in key markets such as: chemical containment, marine, land transportation, wind energy and buildings. Technical and commercial representatives will be on the Scott Bader stand throughout the show to discuss any projects and answer questions. Stand visitors will be able to learn about the entire range of Crystic® unsaturated polyester, DCPD and vinyl ester resins, skin coats, gelcoats, tooling products, pigments, bonding pastes and structural adhesives specialty products.
Further details about Crestapol high performance resins, Crestabond adhesives plus information on Scott Bader’s complete range of Crystic products is available on line at www.crestapol.com, www.scottbader.com/adhesives and www.scottbader.com . For more information about Axontex technology log on to www.axontex.com