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09-07-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Adhesives at the World Cup in Russia

Dr. Hubert Pelc

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 32 teams will vie for the title at 11 venues. Long journeys have to be made by plane or bus. In order for the teams to arrive safely, transport vehicles must be reliable and robust – adhesives help bridge these far-flung venues at the World Cup.

During the World Cup, teams can cover distances of several thousand kilometres by plane or bus safely, comfortably and swiftly. This is guaranteed by modern adhesive technology within the vehicle designs. According to the German Adhesives Association (Industrieverband Klebstoffe, IVK), a bonded component is 30 percent stiffer than a non-bonded component. This means that thinner sheets can be used in aircraft and bus manufacture while the designs are also lighter. Another benefit is that the adhesives used have a sound- and vibration-damping effect, which allows for a comfortable journey without noise and vibrations. The adhesives form a seal between parts, preventing penetration of moisture and hence corrosion.

Safety with adhesives

Aircraft and buses must always be able to withstand massive loads, as the materials can develop damage due to alternating mechanical loads. Adhesive joining technology preserves the material properties of the substrate, unlike riveting or welding, and ensures safety and long-term durability. This allows the teams to be always mobile with the aid of adhesives at this expansive World Cup.

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