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Loopwheels - re-inventing the wheel

Huntsman Advanced Materials (Basel) : 17 April, 2015  (Application Story)
Loopwheels is a shock-absorbing wheel with an integral suspension system. It was created with the help of an Araldite composite bonder and has been nominated for the prestigious ′Designs of the Year 2015’ sponsored by the Design Museum in the UK.
Following on from the success of Loopwheels in the cycling market, the company is now set to expand the range further by adapting the product to make it suitable for the production of wheelchairs. Loopwheels for wheelchairs is being formally launched at the Naidex Show, NEC Birmingham from 28-30 April. Sam Pearce, Loopwheels’ Director and designer said, “We’ve had great feedback from people who use wheelchairs - they say the wheels are more comfortable and give them greater independence because getting about requires less effort.”
 
Designed to move more easily over uneven surfaces, grass and gravel paths with less effort, the carbon springs in Loopwheels give the extra power needed to get up or down kerbs. Furthermore, Loopwheels are extremely strong, durable and more comfortable than standard wheels as they absorb tiring vibration, as well as bumps and shocks.
 
In selecting Araldite, the manufacturers of Loopwheels benefitted from ease and speed of application during production, ensuring a resilient bond, outstanding toughness, low shrinkage, and exceptional resistance to impact and shear. The specific Araldite epoxy adhesives chosen by Loopwheels not only offer general-purpose, superior structural stability and flexibility but also thermal stability and fatigue resistance.
 
Huntsman Advanced Materials recently featured Loopwheels on its booth at the JEC Paris composites echibition, which it attracted considerable attention.
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