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The AECpolymes range of structural adhesives offered by Velox has played a part in the outstanding performance of the ocean-racing yachts participating in La Route du Rhum 2014.
According to Velox, the vessel was constructed in Lalou Roucayrol’s own shipyard, the skipper of ‘ARKEMA Région Aquitaine’ who has 25 years of ocean-racing experience. The innovative trimaran was designed by yacht-builder Romaric Neyhousser, whose goal was to build a simple, reliable yacht on a limited production budget. His bet has paid off handsomely, as his design has proved rapid, agile and dependable.
Velox explains that all the methacrylate adhesives employed in this design were developed by AECpolymers (Arkema Group) and this technology has received an individual patent. These structural adhesives provide numerous advantages over other adhesives on the market, in particular epoxy adhesives, including speed and ease of use coupled with superior rupture resistance, without sacrificing very high mechanical performance.
The AECpolymers ranges of SAF structural adhesives and the Black Mamba adhesives and sealants were major components in the design and construction of this new generation of trimaran.
Photo provided by Velox.
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