Adhesive Performance Improvements for Light Weighting Initiatives – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142120

Problem: The U.S. military is constantly looking to reduce weight within ground combat vehicle platforms and alternative material systems along with alternative joining techniques are being evaluated for this purpose.  As a result, the benefits of alternative adhesive systems/higher performance adhesives are being explored as an option to provide additional joining solutions for dissimilar material systems used within ground based military platforms.

Benefit: Project deliverables will demonstrate the applicability of this technology across a broad spectrum of vehicle fleets and will reinforce the overarching benefits afforded to the light weighting goals that will ultimately lead to maintenance mitigation, reduced costs, better service and improved fuel economies, all of which support benefit for the public.  

Solution/Approach: The overarching objective of this effort is to investigate and validate the performance of a variety of adhesives across various substrates with different surface characteristics, to support the overall light-weighting of vehicles and systems that can ultimately benefit maintenance and sustainment activities for organizations.  Phase II will further develop and refine adhesive based systems for applications within the military ground combat vehicle environment and to further the transition of Group 1 adhesive systems for commercial applications.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Minimize vehicle weight 
  • Increase fuel economy 
  • Decrease fossil fuel usage and subsequent pollution 
  • Reduce wear and tear on structural members and suspension  
  • Lower maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Maximize warfighter readiness and lethality 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)
  • Army Research Lab (ARL)

Industry Participation:

  • Oakland University
  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Survivability
  • Durability
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement (hardware)