Reversible Adhesives – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 140914

Problem: Reversible adhesives can provide the solution so that lightweight adhesives can be used, allowing for better vehicle/vessel/aircraft sustainment in use, and easier maintenance so that the vehicle/vessel/aircraft can be easily repaired and quickly put back into service.

Benefit: Having a safe adhesive that works on dissimilar components and is removable and reusable would make vehicle research and re-engineering both easier and would broaden the possibilities for experimentation,  With an adhesive component that is reliable, reusable, and adaptable to work with various components, manufacturers would have a wider berth for their research on reducing the weight and thereby improving the fuel efficiency of their vehicles be they airplanes, cars, ships, trucks, motorcycles, trains, heavy machinery, or anything with moving parts. Companies that could remove and replace adhesives quickly and easily would greatly reduce the downtime needed for equipment repair.

Solution/Approach: Phase II of the project will continue reversible material development and characterization. This will include new thermoplastic adhesive material development, suitable to the reversible adhesive application and debonding. Characterization will include fatigue testing and modeling of developed materials. Sensors will be used to assist characterization of materials.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Increase fuel efficiency
  • Reduce maintenance repair time
  • Reduce maintenance cost
  • Increased readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army TARDEC

Industry Participation:

  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • Michigan State University
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Costs savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Coatings/corrosion prevention