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Plasma Surface Modification Improves Drone Aerodynamics

Posted by Dave Biering

June 17, 2014

2)	Plasma Surface Modification Improves Drone AerodynamicsDrones are big in the headlines lately, as more businesses recognize the future potential of near-immediate delivery.   They are being considered for everything from the delivery of packages to even talks of delivering beer(!).  Clearly, the potential is unlimited.   In fact, the FAA has just cleared a nationwide testing program of drones.

Reading this, I recalled when our Surface Modification Division worked with a drone manufacturer to improve the aerodynamic properties of their wings.  The result was a superior bond strength that excelled at resisting wind forces.

Our client needed to gain a better bond edge on their wing material.  Since the drones were built of a strong carbon composite, they were ideally suited for Plasma Treatment.  By priming both the carbon fiber and resin of the wing edges, we increased the adhesion properties and reliability of the wing edge so it could withstand wind forces during flight.

Plasma treatment readily primes any surface for better acceptance of secondary manufacturing applications.  It is a reactive treatment process where positive and negative ions, electrons, and radicals react and collide as long as an electric potential difference exists.   Materials ranging from ceramics, polymers, elastomers and metal assemblies are all good candidates for plasma treatment.

Our free Surface Modification technical white paper explores many other manufacturing advantages of altering the surface properties of plastics.  Or you can always reach a Surface Modification Engineer for a custom quote.

Topics: Surface Modification, Plasma Treatment, Aerospace Bearings

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