Henkel announced that it will present the new composite applications in automotive during JEC World 2018 (Paris, March 6-8, 2018, Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre).
Among the highlights on display, will be Henkel’s new Loctite MAX 5 matrix resin for carbon fiber reinforced composite wheels.
The new technology is designed to replace aluminum in this demanding chassis application and builds on the recent success of Loctite MAX 2 for use in glass fiber reinforced leaf springs. The new resin combines high temperature resistance, excellent toughness and long-term durability with rapid mold filling, thorough fiber impregnation and high curing rates for cost-efficient large volume production.
Another spotlight will be on the company’s new Loctite UK 2032 adhesive for multi-substrate designs, following the strong response to Loctite UK 2015 introduced at last year’s JEC.
Both adhesives are ideally suited for bonding structural parts made of composite materials with distinctly different coefficients of thermal expansion, from plastics to e-coated steel or aluminum.
Furthermore, Henkel will show various demonstration parts molded in new RTM test tools at the company’s Heidelberg Composite Lab. This includes thick leaf spring test parts as well as parts with a complex 3D geometry.
07 February 2018