FINDLAY, Ohio—Endurica L.L.C. is partnering with Michigan State University and Robert Bosch L.L.C. to move research forward on durability testing for adhesive bonds.
Endurica, a provider of elastomer durability and fatigue tests and software, will team up with Roozbeh Dargazany, an assistant professor of civil engineering at MSU, for the project, Endurica President Will Mars said.
Dargazany will be developing durability evaluation methods for adhesive joints during the three-year project. The models will be used to predict damage accumulation in polymeric adhesives. Endurica will integrate the developed testing and simulation methods with the company's existing fatigue solvers, Mars said.
"Our angle on it is the commercialization path," Mars said. "Once the research is completed, we're here to have something to speak to the adhesives space. Our current solutions really are not very well geared for adhesives. We look at this really as kind of part of our technology pipeline."
Dargazany has done research on similar durability modeling that Endurica's software is built on, and he and Mars have known each other's work for years, Mars said.
"I think he recognized that the kinds of things he wants to do are compatible in some ways with what we're doing. So it was one of those things where it just kind of makes sense, it's a natural extension of what we're both doing," Mars said.
The $1.5 million project is being jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through a 2018 Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Award, Bosch and Endurica. The department's interest is in supporting and encouraging auto makers to continue lightweighting vehicles, Mars said.
"Adhesives are important, especially in automotive," Mars said. "There are a lot of places where people are replacing metal things with plastics and composites, where before, you could join metal things with a weld. You can't do that with plastics. You've got to find some way to glue them together, and that's where the adhesives come in."