Elevated temperatures have long been recognised as the number one enemy of organic adhesives, degrading their efficiency in a number of ways. There are two main reactions that cause a breakdown of bond strength at elevated temperature – thermal oxidation and pyrolysis.
When developing a new product, fire protection is a fundamental consideration – there can never be any compromise on standards or product performance. Whilst the threat of fire is a constant across all sectors, each sector has its own rules and regulations.
VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are defined as “any organic compound whose boiling point is in the range from 50°C - 100°C to 240°C - 260°C, corresponding to having saturation vapour pressures at 25°C greater than 100kPa" (World Health Organisation, as cited in ISO 16000-6).