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DELO Launches Thermally Conductive FR Structural Adhesive for HEV Batteries

Published on 2021-02-01. Author : SpecialChem

DELO Launches Thermally Conductive FR Structural Adhesive for HEV Batteries DELO launches DELO-DUOPOX TC8686, a thermally conductive, flame-retardant structural adhesive for batteries used in hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). The adhesive is designed for high-volume series production.

Suitable for Low-voltage Batteries

The new adhesive is suitable for low-voltage batteries as found in mild hybrids. The adhesive allows battery cells to be bonded into the battery housing while also efficiently dissipating the heat generated during operation.

DELO-DUOPOX TC8686 combines structural bonding and connection of the thermal management system in one step instead of mechanically connecting the battery cells and then using so-called gap fillers for heat dissipation. This saves one process step and simplifies production. The product is not only suitable for mild hybrids, but also for conventional hybrids and for other batteries in the low-voltage range, such as those used in e-bikes and e-scooters.

Adhesive Properties Optimized for Batteries

The adhesive is designed for temperatures ranging from -40° C to +85° C and offers good strength on battery cells and typical housing materials. The adhesive also meets the strength requirements of the automotive industry at typical operating temperatures between 10 °C and 40 °C up to the maximum service temperature of 80 °C, a temperature at which the battery electrolyte can already be irreversibly damaged. The adhesive's properties in terms of elongation at tear also help to meet these requirements. A certain flexibility compensates for the different thermal expansion behaviors of cell and housing material during operation.

The product's thermal conductivity, which is a very important factor for battery cell applications, is 1.1 W/m*K. Another major benefit is that it meets the requirements for flame retardancy according to UL 94 V-0.

Developed for High-volume Series Production

DELO-DUOPOX TC8686 has also been optimized for manufacturing processes. It offers a simple mixing ratio of 2:1. It has a processing time of approximately 30 minutes after mixing. This is long enough for prototypes and small series and fast enough for fully automated systems. After four hours, the adhesive reaches its initial strength; 90 percent of its final strength can be achieved after 24 hours. Even with low heat input, this amount of time can be reduced significantly. Depending on the battery electrolyte used, temperatures of 60 °C are conceivable.

Beige in color, the product is easily detectable by cameras, ensuring accurate application control. In addition, the filler for thermal conductivity is only slightly abrasive, contributing to the dispensing systems' long lifetimes. The product being classified in transport category 1 and suitable for transport and storage at room temperature, complicated logistics processes are avoided.

Source: DELO
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