Munich, February 20, 2019 – WACKER, the Munich-based chemical company, will be unveiling its new pyrogenic silica grade HDK® H21 at the 2019 European Coatings Show. The product was designed as an additive for adjusting the flow properties of polar adhesive systems. Despite its highly hydrophobic, i.e. water-repellent properties, the silica can be readily and efficiently incorporated into polar adhesive compounds. The rheological activity of HDK® H21 is extraordinarily high in epoxy, vinyl ester and polyurethane based adhesives, allowing customers to produce non-sag formulations for use in structural bonds for a number of industries. The European Coatings Show (ECS) will be held in Nuremberg, Germany, from March 19 to 21, 2019.
A high-performance adhesive formulated with HDK® H21. WACKER, the
Munich-based chemical group, will be introducing the new pyrogenic silica at
the 2019 European Coatings Show. The product was developed especially for
the efficient manufacturing of non-sag industrial adhesives. (Photo: WACKER)
WACKER’s pyrogenic silica HDK® is a white amorphous powder. It is based on highly pure hyperpure silicon dioxide and has a low density. This is also true for HDK® H21, a new pyrogenic silica that WACKER will be unveiling at this year’s ECS. The product has a large specific particle surface area. Due to the nature of the particle surface, the silica can be readily incorporated into polar liquids, even though it is itself highly hydrophobic, i.e. non-polar.
WACKER laboratory experiments show that HDK® H21 blends into an adhesive formulation significantly faster than other hydrophobic products. Nevertheless, it offers pronounced rheological activity and surpasses the effectiveness of other hydrophobic pyrogenic silicas, especially in highly polar systems. This makes HDK® H21 suitable for manufacturing high-performance adhesives efficiently and in less time and makes it possible to manufacture sag-resistant formulations.
Industrial adhesives formulated with WACKER’s HDK® H21 pyrogenic
silica are extremely resistant to sagging and do not run on sloping or
curved bonding surfaces. (Photo: WACKER)
As a consequence of its large specific surface area and its hydrophobicity, HDK® H21 gives pronounced shear-thinning properties to polar liquids. A suitable amount of pyrogenic silica will make the compound viscous when at rest and prevent sagging. When shear forces are applied, however, the viscosity drops. As a result, a polar industrial adhesive containing the new additive can be readily pumped and precisely applied. When modified with the appropriate concentration of HDK® H21, adhesive compounds will not run until fully cured – not even when applied in very thick layers and when the bonding surface is sloping or curved.
In this way, HDK® H21 creates the conditions for efficient adhesive application and a reproducible, flawless bond. The product also enhances the shelf life of reactive adhesive components. It prevents fillers from settling and, due to its hydrophobic character, barely interacts with the adhesive matrix.
HDK® H21 is perfect for use as a rheological additive in high-strength industrial adhesives, such as those in automotive industry bonding applications, in chemical dowels for the construction industry, and in bonds between the half shells of wind turbine rotor blades.
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