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Cements currently used to bond rubber to metal and rubber to rubber contain large amounts of hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), toluene, and methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK).

These adhesives are essential to the bonding of gaskets, door seals, bumpers, heater boots, and other applications during Naval Aircraft maintenance and assembly operations. Environmental laws and regulations require the development of new non-hazardous cements that meet or exceed the performance requirements of MMM-A-121, MMM-A-122, and MMM-A-1617.

TRI Austin formulated and  tested new environmentally compliant, high performance cements. Advanced water based and high solids cement formulations were investigated. Screening tests were carried out to evaluate physical properties, and the best formulation were optimized. TRI Austin teamed with an adhesive manufacturer and packager for commercialization.

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