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High Bond Tapes and Adhesives for Less Visible Stiffeners

Posted on 9/9/2020 8:22:07 AM By ASC
  

High bond tapes and structural adhesives are challenging liquid adhesives, spot and stitch welding, and mechanical fasteners for the role of main players when it comes to adhering stiffeners to panels in order to lower the amount of panel deflection and increase rigidity.

The double-sided foam tapes and structural adhesives’ challenge is based on the design freedom they provide in joining composites to metal; building using hard-to-bond plastics; and enabling the use of thinner and lighter materials. They also leave no (or very few) signs that they were even part of the process with their nearly invisible joints and smoother bond lines, an unblemished exposed side. They also require no refinishing, and no major clean-up afterwards as is the case with welding. Throughout the application both require very little surface preparation and are easy and fast to apply. They provide flexibility and joint expansion as well as holding power, have enhanced fatigue and corrosion resistance, and reduce noise and weight.

The tapes and structural adhesives are suitable for stiffener application in metal enclosures, transportation utility boxes and door panels, as well as a wide range of metalworking tasks including furniture, HVAC, drain pans, signage, and cabinet assemblies.