Now, I’m absolutely aware that there is probably not one single realistic situation in which you would need to pull a train using a rig which is held together by adhesive. But we did it. Why? Because we can :-)! Don’t take my word for it though – see for yourselves.
And here’s how that was done.
The product that was used is a Universal Bonder, based on Hybrid technology. In adhesive world this means that it combines properties of two chemical components, in this case: cyanoacrylate and methyl methacrylate, and sort of combines the best of both worlds: speed of curing typical for cyanoacrylates and strength and durability typical for MMAs.
It also means that this adhesive has structural and environmental durability, universal adhesion to multitude of substrates and cures fast through high gap, but it is also one of the safest adhesives to handle in terms of minimised health hazards.
I’ve talked and talked and talked about how to choose the right adhesive for your application and emphasised time and again how important it is to get expert help in making this decision. I’m coming back to this topic because Loctite now has a tool that can make this process considerably shorter for you. You will still need to contact an expert and likely test the product at the end, but instead of reading through pages and pages of technical data in search for the answers, you can “tell” what you need to a simple digital selection tool by answering some simple, but specific questions: which substrate you want to bond to which other substrate, what kind of strength is required from the assembled parts, do they need to withstand high temperatures, are they subjected to static loads or is there movement, how quickly do you need the adhesive to cure or what kind of a gap needs to be filed. It takes only a few minutes, and apart from English, it’s available in several other languages you can choose from.