Adhesive Manufacturer Aims to Reduce CO2 Emissions by Improving Utilization of Materials

Posted on 6/22/2021 11:19:40 AM By ASC

Henkel Adhesives Technologies, which provides structural adhesives and surface treatment for original equipment manufacturers, and maintenance, repair, and operations companies in the aircraft sector, among others, has announced its intention to collaborate in a three-year German, highly digitized research study aimed at improving materials utilization in order to reduce CO2 emissions.

According to Henkel, its contributions to the study, which is being carried out by Boeing Germany and the Federal Armed Forces’ Institute for Lightweight Construction Institute at its Munich university and funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is to include industry expertise, material modifications when necessary, and the production and formulation of adhesive materials.

The company reports that these adhesives will be formulated to increase sustainability in the aerospace industry by using improved efficiency levels of composite production, brought about by reduced component weight as well as lowered consumption of materials, and a usage cut of between 10 and 15% in fuel, through using composites.

The adhesive materials, according to the company, will include state-of-the-art polyurethane and epoxy reactive composite matrix resins, as well as samples of fabricated composites of polyurethane and epoxy comprised of Henkel’s Bonderite and Loctite resins in conjunction with carbon fibres from Teijin Carbon. All samples will be subjected to digital manipulation in order to collect material performance data for the lifecycle of the sample.