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UBC4 Optimizing the Atomization of Adhesives and Coatings for Manufacture of Composites, Cabinets and FurnitureCompleted

Project leaders: Evans, Phil



The objectives of the project were to:

1. Determine the influence of liquid properties (rheology, adhesive/coating composition), and equipment
application parameters on the atomization of the most important adhesives and coatings used by the
wood industry

2. Examine the effect of droplet size distribution in atomized adhesive or coating plumes on the
performance of strand based composites and the quality of coating films
A Ph.D student will pick-up the project after 1 year and will examine the effect of atomization on the
performance of strand-based composites.

1. Construct system to atomize, measure and capture atomized droplets of adhesives and coatings in
spray plumes. The deliverable is the completed system (Section 4)

2. Examine the influence of spraying parameters (gun type/tip-size/air pressure) on atomization of
coatings and edge seals (Section 5)

3. Examine the effect of droplet size distribution in atomized coating plumes on the quality of coating
films (Section 6)

4. Examine the influence of adhesive characteristics on atomization of adhesives (Section 7)

Start date: 2011-04-01 End date: 2012-03-31



For more information on this project, please contact:

Evans, Phil
University of British Columbia
Email: phil.evans@ubc.ca
Telephone: (604) 822-0517
Fax: (604) 822-9159
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