The SCIGRIP Solar Boat.
The SCIGRIP Solar Boat.

Adhesive supplier SCIGRIP is sponsoring the team and providing technical advice and structural bonding products for composites throughout the build process and also during the race.

Last week the Polish entry, named the SCIGRIP Solar Boat, successfully completed stability and speed tests on the water and the team remains confident of an excellent result in this year’s championships hosted in Holland between 28th June and 3rd July.

SCIGRIP’s two component, high viscosity methacrylate (MMA) adhesive, SG 230HV has been used to bond the largest and most demanding joints such as the bulkheads, engine column and floater beam sections.

The product has a 10:1 mix ratio with adjustable cure rates ranging from 30 to 120 minutes, therefore giving the team greater flexibility with regards to working times.

For applications where substrates have to bond and cure very quickly, SCIGRIP’s SG300-05 has been applied in areas such as the perimeter of the electrical box. A black formulation of SG3000 was also used to bond the deck to the hull, allowing the joint to blend and be hidden from view. SG100 White has been used to adhere the structure’s floats to the deck and also provides UV protection and prevents discolouration.