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Tuesday, 24 September 2019
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The world’s strongest adhesive

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Delo has broken the world record for the heaviest weight lifted with glue. The new record is 17.5 tons.

Delo has set a new world record for the heaviest weight lifted with adhesive. Source: Delo.

Delo has set a new world record for the heaviest weight lifted with adhesive. Source: Delo.

The new adhesive record has been officially recognised by Guinness World Records. The epoxy resin used forms a very dense network during heat curing. A special filler was used among other things to modify the resin properties in order to achieve the extreme strength required for the world record. This made it possible to lift a weight of 17.5 tons with only three grams of adhesive.

New adhesive world record with truck

On July 12, 2019, Delo lifted a three-axle truck in the air. The 220 t truck-mounted crane used for lifting extended its arm 40 meters into the air. Additional concrete slaps were used to increase the truck's unladen weight of 13 tons to a total of 17.5 tons.
"The great result is an absolutely collaborative success that also shows how we work every day. If we take on a challenge, we will not let it go until we find a solution”, says Sabine Herold, Managing Partner of Delo.

The Numbers Behind the World Record

  • Lifted weight: 17.5 t (metric)
  • Adhesive quantity: 3 g
  • Bonding are: 39.8 cm²
  • Applied force (front bonding): 43.1 N/mm²
  • Improvement compared to the old record: 7 %

Learn more on adhesives

Book tip: The text book Formulating Adhesives and Sealants teaches adhesive and sealant formulation in two steps. Each section first describes the application and chemical basis of the type of adhesive or sealant concerned.

Event tip: The European Coatings intensive seminar Composition of reactive sealants and adhesives will familiarise participants with the most important types of adhesives and sealants, focusing on the composition and ingredients, their chemical structures and functional groups.

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