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Polymers are extremely adaptable. Their internal structures can be tailored so that they combine seemingly incompatible properties, such as toughness, light weight, and elasticity all in the one polymer. Their range of applications is virtually endless.
Polymers are extremely adaptable. Their internal structures can be tailored so that they combine seemingly incompatible properties, such as toughness, light weight, and elasticity all in the one polymer. Their range of applications is virtually endless.
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Flextec prepolymers are the building blocks for many different kinds of products, ranging from sealants to adhesives.
Flextec prepolymers are the building blocks for many different kinds of products, ranging from sealants to adhesives.
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The basic structure of Flextec polymers: polyether chains (top) with reactive silane groups at the ends (bottom).
The basic structure of Flextec polymers: polyether chains (top) with reactive silane groups at the ends (bottom).
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The adhesives developers use a rheometer to determine the flow behavior of the assembly adhesives.
The adhesives developers use a rheometer to determine the flow behavior of the assembly adhesives.
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Overcoming limitations: Getting previously incompatible raw materials to blend with each other makes it possible to add completely new properties to such well-known products as instant adhesives.
Overcoming limitations: Getting previously incompatible raw materials to blend with each other makes it possible to add completely new properties to such well-known products as instant adhesives.
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To study the peel strength of adhesives, two strips of metal are first bonded together. The test apparatus then pulls the metal strips apart and measures the force required to separate them. The result is used to calculate the peel strength.
To study the peel strength of adhesives, two strips of metal are first bonded together. The test apparatus then pulls the metal strips apart and measures the force required to separate them. The result is used to calculate the peel strength.
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Tough and sticky: A special method had to be developed to process the elastomer that gives the instant adhesive its flexibility.
Tough and sticky: A special method had to be developed to process the elastomer that gives the instant adhesive its flexibility.
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Certain instant adhesives can also be used on the skin: Indermil leaves less noticeable scars and minimizes pain.
Certain instant adhesives can also be used on the skin: Indermil leaves less noticeable scars and minimizes pain.
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Henkel researchers develop novel crash-resistant structural adhesives to make tomorrows cars even safer.
Henkel researchers develop novel crash-resistant structural adhesives to make tomorrows cars even safer.
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In the drop tower test, Henkel experts use the method to investigate the crash behavior of test specimens produced by bonding or spot welding two sheet-steel panels with a top-hat profile.
In the drop tower test, Henkel experts use the method to investigate the crash behavior of test specimens produced by bonding or spot welding two sheet-steel panels with a top-hat profile.
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The weight falls on the top-hat profile with the welded seam.
The weight falls on the top-hat profile with the welded seam.
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Upon impact, the two halves that have been joined exclusively by welding tear apart at once (marked in green).
Upon impact, the two halves that have been joined exclusively by welding tear apart at once (marked in green).
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Unlike the specimen joined exclusively by welding, the specimen joined with a crash-resistant adhesive folds up like an accordion (marked in orange).
Unlike the specimen joined exclusively by welding, the specimen joined with a crash-resistant adhesive folds up like an accordion (marked in orange).
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The bonded seam remains intact.
The bonded seam remains intact.
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After the experiment: The test specimen with the crash-resistant adhesive has folded up and not torn apart.
After the experiment: The test specimen with the crash-resistant adhesive has folded up and not torn apart.
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Aircrafts of the new generation are already being designed with about 50% composites materials.
Aircrafts of the new generation are already being designed with about 50% composites materials.
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The new Epsilon technology makes composite materials more heat resistant and adds to their strength and resistance.
The new Epsilon technology makes composite materials more heat resistant and adds to their strength and resistance.
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It looks and feels like orange plastic. Not very exciting, one might think. But the new polymer from Henkel has hidden talents.
It looks and feels like orange plastic. Not very exciting, one might think. But the new polymer from Henkel has hidden talents.
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These are steel brackets the black strips on them are the Terophon-HDF foam.
These are steel brackets the black strips on them are the Terophon-HDF foam.
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Steel brackets like these can be built into car doors. By pressing against the door panels they achieve acoustic damping of the entire door construction.
Steel brackets like these can be built into car doors. By pressing against the door panels they achieve acoustic damping of the entire door construction.
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A steel ball dropped onto the high-damping Terophon-HDF foam stops dead upon impact instead of bouncing back. Vibrations can thus be eliminated quickly and completely.
A steel ball dropped onto the high-damping Terophon-HDF foam stops dead upon impact instead of bouncing back. Vibrations can thus be eliminated quickly and completely.
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