Dual-curing high-temperature adhesive for electric motors

Production of electric vehicles has increased at an exponential rate. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that EVs made up a whopping 10 percent of global new car sales—a new record—and that figure will only continue to rise in the coming years. As such, the need for not only a durable adhesive to bond electric motors, but also efficient processes to streamline production and meet high demand, is more prevalent than ever. That is why DELO, having over 10 years of e-mobility industry experience, came up with DELO DUALBOND HT2990.

This adhesive is DELO’s first dual-curing high-temperature structural adhesive. It is designed for use in multiple processes, including magnet bonding and magnet stacking, both of which can be found in electric motor manufacturing. It is the first heat-resistant adhesive capable of light fixation. Having this second means of curing helps electric motor manufacturers quicken assembly processes, optimize efficiency in their production.

DUALBOND HT2990 is fast curing as well, achieving light fixation in 5–10 seconds. In magnet bonding, while heat is the standard method of curing, supplementing it with light fixation creates an already-cured outer layer that helps keep everything in place. The adhesive does not seep outside or onto the motor laminations. In magnet stacking, supplementing heat curing with light fixation lets you forego having to keep magnets under a jig in the oven to reach the desired bond line thickness.

Final curing with heat takes 30 minutes at 150 °C or 60 minutes at 130 °C. If exposure to heat occurs later in electric motor assembly, for example via heat shrinkage, there is a possibility for the heat curing step to be skipped. Induction curing can be another alternative to oven curing as well.

At room temperature, DUALBOND HT2990 can achieve a compression shear strength of up to 70 MPa on steel. This compares to 45 MPa achieved by standard high-performance heat-curing epoxies. It also has a high glass transition temperature of 165 °C. In heat as extreme as 180 °C, it still exhibited a tensile shear strength of 7 MPa on aluminum. While this figure may seem small, it’s equivalent to 70 kg/cm² of force, a very secure bond.

To learn more about DELO DUALBOND HT2990 and its applications, please contact our project consulting service.


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