BAE Systems is using Wessex Resins and Adhesives products to clad submarines with acoustic tiles

Romsey, 29th January 2015 – Wessex Resins and Adhesives has published a case study showing how Ministry of Defence (MOD) approved epoxy primer and adhesive is used to bond the state-of-the-art 'acoustic cladding' in modern submarine construction by BAE Systems. This cutting-edge epoxy system has been developed to successfully and safely ensure the tiles remain attached, even under extreme changes in both temperature and pressure.

MOD developed 'acoustic cladding' solutions make submarines extremely hard to locate with sonar signals and therefore, hard to attack. In practice, the adhesive used to hold the acoustic tiles in position must be exceptionally durable, able to resist extremely harsh marine conditions and cope with the massive changes in pressure caused by submarines moving up and down in the water.

"While many epoxy manufacturers have made contact with BAE Systems over the years, no competing product can rival the Wessex Resins epoxy primer and adhesive in terms of quality and bond strength," says John Hargreaves, Project Lead at BAE Systems. "Lots of companies would like to work with us, but none is even halfway to improving on the Wessex Resins MOD approved formulations."

After the hull is prepared and the Wessex Resins and Adhesives epoxy primer applied, a specially formulated Wessex Resins and Adhesives epoxy adhesive is used to create an exceptionally strong, durable bond between the tiles and the hull. This epoxy system has been designed to keep the tiles in place for a market-leading 25 years.

Ian Oliver, Managing Director at Wessex Resins and Adhesives, says: "The case study gives an excellent insight into the specialist underwater epoxies developed in partnership with the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). This custom formulated epoxy system is the result of an extremely close working partnership with BAE Systems based on trust and a shared dedication to customer service."

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