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BETAFORCE composite bonding adhesives from Dow Automotive Systems have been named to the 2016 R&D 100 list of most significant technology innovations of the year.
Dow explains that structural adhesives like BETAFORCE provide automotive manufacturers with a joining technique for composite materials that support the production of lighter weight vehicles by allowing down-gauging of substrates and dissimilar material bonding with substrates such as aluminum and carbon fibre reinforced composites (CFRC). It says that this leads to improved safety and crash behaviour, reduced vibrations and noise, optimised ride, driving and handling characteristics and extending the vehicle life span and long-term value via higher durability.
According to Dow, the capabilities of this innovation are shown on the new BMW 7 Series as well as the Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan. BETAFORCE is a two-component polyurethane adhesive that is used for structural bonding in heat accelerated processes, adhesion injection processes and gap filling. In addition to the roof bonding application, it is currently specified for bonding carbon fibre body components and closures such as CFRP/SMC sandwich design, tailgate modules or steel (e-coated)/CFRP bonding for door modules.
Dow says this is the third consecutive year that it has had a product named to the winners’ list. Corporate-wide, seven Dow products were named to the 2016 R&D 100 list and 20 Dow products have won in the past three years.
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