Adhesive bonding of steel structures may make them even stronger, according to a paper from Dow Automotive engineer Mansour Mirdamadi. Dow chemists have optimized the company's fracture toughened, one-component epoxy adhesives for use with AHSS. These highest-performing adhesives in this class typically have a modulus above 1,000 MPa and impact resistance across a wide temperature range (-40 to 80C). In his presentation, Mirdamadi describes a study that examined the role of structural adhesives in improving side-impact crash performance on a mini-van in IIHS tests. The results showed that an adhesive-bonded B-pillar structure offered a 5.4 mm intrusion improvement compared to a baseline design that uses no adhesive to supplement welding. In the same paper, he also lays out the significant contributions of fracture toughened adhesives to body stiffness and NVH.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.