Bonding Aircraft Structures to the Next Level

The aerospace adhesives are widely utilized in the aerospace applications. These applications cover the exterior, interior and engine compartment of an aircraft. The typical applications of the aerospace adhesives are written as follows: -

  • Thread Locking: It is also known as thread locker and commonly used in the aerospace manufacturing industry. The threaded fasteners may loosen in the airplanes, when they are exposed to air.
  • Gasketing: The gaskets and seals in the aircrafts fill up the spaces between mating surfaces on military, civilian and commercial airplanes.
  • Bonding: There are basically two basic classes of the adhesive bonding in the aerospace domain. The one is sealants, which is used to protect against corrosion at the interfaces. The other one is structural bonding incorporating phenolic, epoxy hardeners or acrylic adhesives.
  • Sealing: The airplane or aircraft are the adhesives which are fabricated to seal and reinforce parts of the aircrafts to enhance the structural integrity.
  • Tamper Proofing: The tamper proof sealant is the ideal solution to protect calibrations and settings of the pneumatic, hydraulic, and electronic equipment against the probable tampering.
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The basic characteristics of adhesives are customized to the needs of the aerospace industry. Various additives are widely used for getting increased toughness, altered viscosity, and shorter cure time. In this blog, we will discuss about the products which are cyanoacrylates, epoxies, anaerobic, UV curing adhesives, and structural acrylics.

  • Anaerobic adhesives - These are used for retaining, thread locking, sealing, and gasketing. Almost all these applications are in the engine section, although the thread lockers are used throughout to eradicated vibration loosening.
  • Epoxies - The extensive usage of the adhesives is required because the final product needs to be of lesser weight and robust. In aerospace industry the epoxy resins are widely used in innovative ways, which includes space suit reinforcement, space craft hardware fabrication, and improving flame retardancy.
  • Structural acrylics - The structural acrylics are widely used throughout in myriad of applications such as bonding magnets into electric motors and further to attach harness clips.
  • Cyanoacrylates - The cyanoacrylates are used to perpetually bond various items. Moreover, they are also used as a processing aid to instantly hold the parts. These products have high strength with viscosity of around 2200-2400 cps at the room temperature.
  • UV Curing Adhesives – These types of adhesives are usually available in acrylate and epoxy formulations and they function by curing with special UV light sources. These adhesives are widely used in the aerospace industry as they cure in a matter of seconds and thus allow higher production output.
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Aerospace Adhesives Market Analysis:

The global aerospace adhesives market was valued at around USD 881 million in the year 2022 and is projected to reach USD 1730 million by 2035 by growing at a CAGR of around 5% between 2023 and 2035. There has been an increasing penetration of the composites in current aircraft manufacturing. Secondly, the increasing aircraft deliveries is acting as prominent growth driving factor. Epoxy resin is the widely used adhesive in the aerospace industry. These resins have hardiness and very minimal shrinkage. Since the aerospace adhesives are utilized in myriad of places such displays, lights, seats, AC, cock pit doors, fasteners, electronics, etc.

Some of the Recent Developments in the

Domain of Aerospace Adhesives Market

  • In year 2022, Spirit AeroSystems Europe joined Hexcel Corporation in a strategic partnership to fabricate a sustainable aircraft manufacturing technologies.
  • In March 2022, a partnership between Wichita State University National Institute for Aviation and Solvay declared partnership on material and research developments. The prominent companies in the domain of aerospace adhesives market are Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, 3M, Hexcel Corporation, Solvay, and Huntsman International LLC, Cytec Solvey Group, H.B Fuller Company, The Dow Chemical Company, Parker Hannifin Corp, etc.

Wrapping up,

The above written details are the testimony that the aerospace adhesives market holds innumerable opportunities. If you are also interested in investing in this domain, it is prudent to know the intricacies of the market. Recently, Research Nester has published a research report incorporating important details of the market like market constraints, regional analysis, recent developments etc. Knowing all these imperative details will help you to take a sound decision for your business in the future.

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