AkzoNobel coatings make Nuna7 a hot prospect

AkzoNobel coatings make Nuna7 a hot prospect 
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwired) -- 07/02/13 -- 
Technicians from AkzoNobel and a group of students from the
Netherlands today unveiled the race car they will be entering into
this year's World Solar Challenge. 
The Nuna7 solar-powered vehicle - which features pioneering
pore-filling technology - will take part in the competition in
Australia in October, representing the fourth time that the Nuon
Solar Team from the Technical University in Delft and Sikkens paint
experts from the company's Automotive and
Aerospace Coatings business
have worked together. 
This year, however, will be the first time that the Nuna has used the
new composite pinhole filler Aerowave 2501, which has already been
used on commercial aircraft. 
"When the carbon fiber shell of the Nuna is manufactured, the process
creates
pinholes that must be filled with putty and then sanded,
often multiple times,"
explained John Grevers, AkzoNobel's Technical
Coordinator for Benelux and Sikkens project leader for the Nuna. 
"Our water-based pinhole filler replaces much of the putty and
doesn't require
sanding, because it can be easily wiped away. Which
means it also adds less weight to the car than traditional fillers." 
As well as the new pinhole filler, the Nuna 7 also features an
aerodynamically
advanced Sikkens coatings system designed to reduce
wind drag and cut down on
preparation time. Products used include
Colorbuild Plus, Autocryl Plus LV, and
Autoclear LV Superior. 
"AkzoNobel is helping us a lot in terms of making sure that we have
the best
possible aerodynamics thanks to the finish they provide,"
said Leslie Nooteboom,
the Delft team's Public Relations manager. "We
feel that the company is playing
a very important role in our chances
of winning the race in Australia." 
Added Grevers: "It has been a valuable experience for us to develop
coatings
that not only provide advanced aerodynamics, but can also
perform well under the extreme temperatures of solar car racing. And
it's always good to work with students because they bring a fresh
vision." 
The team hopes to go one better than 2011, when the Nuna 6 finished
second in
the 11th World Solar Challenge. The biennial event - which
aims to promote research on solar-powered cars - attracts teams from
across the globe. The 2013
race will be staged from October 6 to 13. 
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producer
of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers
worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about
developing sustainable answers for
our customers. Our portfolio
includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens,
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