03 April 2012
03 April 2012
Integran Technologies has launched their Intebond adhesion technology designed to enable the creation of high performance metal-polymer hybrid materials.
According to Integran, this technology is a complement to their core nanocrystalline “Nanovate” electrodeposited structural metallisation technology. “At Integran, we have developed world class adhesion processes for most base materials, but there are always a few that prove to be a challenge. Intebond is a game changer as it allows us to apply our Nanovate structural metal to almost anything,” says Dr. Jon McCrea, R&D Manager at Integran.
Integran explain that the Intebond technology results in extremely high metal-to-polymer adhesion strength (peel and pull strength) and has been demonstrated on carbon fibre reinforced thermosets as well as a host of thermoplastics. Although Integran has existing processes for directly metallizing high stiffness thermoplastics such as polyether ether ketones (PEEK), polyphenylene sulfides (PPS) and polyetherimides (PEI) (e.g. Ultem), Intebond provides another option for plastics that are difficult to metalize. Integran say not only does the Intebond provide high metal adhesion to these materials, but it also effectively serves as a load transfer buffer between the underlying polymer and its structural exoskeleton resulting in augmented structural and functional performance properties in the form of weight-optimized metal-polymer hybrids.
Integran say that high performance polymers are commonly used in applications requiring high stiffness-to-weight materials of construction. However, being polymeric, these materials are often limited in terms of structural and functional capability. In many cases, a thin structural cladding layer of high strength Nanovate metal to the outer surface of the polymer is an attractive way to provide critical metallic characteristics such as damage tolerance, electrical conductivity, and retention of design properties after exposure to elevated temperatures.
They say the Intebond adhesion technology allows for further penetration of Integran’s advanced Nanovate nanometal-polymer hybrids in a wide array of industries and applications in the aerospace, defence, sporting goods, medical, and consumer electronics sectors.
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