University of Warwick - Filip for bonding trials

August 28, 2008

Engineers are developing "Velcro" car parts to make recycling and disposal easier. The new material, which can be used for bumpers and wing mirrors, has received £60,000 for additional research and trials. Gordon Smith, the lead researcher of the project at Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, said: "We were able to show that microscale and even nanoscale indentations were picked up and reproduced by the plastic surface. The idea was then born that if you could somehow engineer those surfaces to have the same sort of hooks and eyes as Velcro it would be an ideal way of bonding surfaces together."

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