Nearly 120 delegates attended the Polyurea Development Association (PDA) Europe 2014 conference in Krakow, Poland in November. Jane Denny reports.
The event took place from 5 – 7 November 2014 and included live polyurea demonstrations, exhibition stands promoting the innovations in spray PU machinery and accessories from various firms.
Delegates from a number of companies including BASF, Bayer MaterialScience and Huntsman gave presentations on polyurea applications and developments.
Swedish institute’s tyre test unveiled
The relative durability of substrates for car park decks is the subject of an ongoing study of practical tests at the Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute (CBI).
The project, to devise an efficient and revealing way to measure the effect of tyre wear and tear on the range of substrate materials used, began in 2013.
Ylva Edwards, a senior researcher at the institute, told delegates about the testing suites and systems put in place for the study to assess the weathering of substrates exposed to studded tyres. The tyres are used in northern winters.
The studies are designed to measure the resistance to scuffing on substrates including PU-based coatings and polyurea. Nine rolling wheel abrasion tests were initially set up at a site in Gothenburg, Sweden in November 2013 and in a further six were installed in Stockholm in 2014….