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Scrigrip Solar Boat completes sea trials

News International-French

16 Jun 2014

The team completes stability and speed tests on the water for the DONG World Cup Solar Power Challenge.

The global supplier of adhesive solutions, is sponsoring the team and providing technical advice and structural bonding products throughout the build process and also during the race.

Scigrip’s two component, high viscosity methacrylate (MMA) adhesive, SG 230HV has been used to bond the largest and most demanding joints such as the bulkheads, engine column and floater beam sections.

The product has a 10:1 mix ratio with adjustable cure rates ranging from 30 to 120 minutes, therefore giving the team good flexibility with regards to working times.

For applications where substrates have to bond and cure quickly, Scigrip’s SG300-05 has been applied in areas such as the perimeter of the electrical box. A black formulation of SG3000 was also used to bond the deck to the hull, allowing the joint to blend seamlessly and be hidden from view. SG100 White has been used to adhere the structure’s floats to the deck and also provides UV protection and prevents discolouration.

The Scigrip Solar Boat Team possess a wealth of experience in terms of design, mechanical and boat building skills and the use of advanced composites. This expertise has been channelled into the boat’s construction and the team is delighted to report their 2014 entry is the most lightweight structure they have produced to date.

Having achieved 2nd place in 2008 and 3rd place plus the Innovation Award for the lightest boat in the competition in 2012, hopes remain high for an outstanding performance.

Should any mishaps occur on the water during this highly competitive regatta, Scigrip will be issuing specially packaged ‘Repair Packs’ to all of the 42 teams participating.

These will include:

  • SG5000-03: The high strength, two component MMA adhesive which requires no surface preparation and is suitable for bonding composites, metals and plastics
  • CA 25 Pen: An instant, general purpose ethyl based cyanoacrylate adhesive which bonds almost immediately on contact
  • CA44: Thixotropic gel or paste is non-drip with a fast set formulation and does not run on vertical surfaces
  • Plus a selection of other Scigrip fast curing adhesives and waterproof epoxy sticks formulated to bond easily with wood, aluminium and steel as well as composite substrates

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