Post-doc: Aging Performance of Adhesives

Delft University of Technology
October 04 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

We have an opening in a two-year post-doctoral project to study the long-term behaviour of adhesives of solar panels when subjected to an outside environment. The adhesives are used in small panel constructions and encounter harsh environmental conditions such as water, temperature, and UV light fluctuations. This may lead to detoriation and/or delamination of the adhesive bond, at worst leading to failure of the construction. The aim of this research project is to optimise the adhesive bond by improving the adhesion to the polymer solar panel frame, and to understand which physical phenomena are relevant for the overall degradation in order to predict a lifetime for the adhesive bond of 20 years. This may help the industry to develop panels with a long-term life expectancy. The research comprises literature research, physical surface treatments and mechanical/physical testing. The accelerated aging will take place in climate rooms. The physical phenomena have to be modelled theoretically, and the results will be verified experimentally in the DASML lab of the TU Delft.

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