Being sustainable requires continuous innovation and market transformation. That is why we are involved in large research, development and educational initiatives with industry and multidisciplinary partners.
Some of the organizations we are collaborating with are:
CEPE (European Confederation of Paint, Printing Ink and Artists’ Colours Manufacturers Association)
CEPE is an organization that aims to improve sustainability standards in the paint industry by creating an extensive raw materials database, which is a crucial component of its new Eco Footprint tool. The tool and database help companies to measure and understand the impact of their raw material choices. For more information visit CEPE.
Imperial College London
We have been collaborating with the Materials Section of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College London for over 10 years. We have worked together on developing ideas on Structure Property Relationships in order to get a better idea of how to assemble molecular architecture so that we can get the most out of our coatings and predict the performance of a coating by carrying out a few simple measurements.
University of Surrey
The University of Surrey has collaborated with Beckers for over 25 years. We have worked together on many aspects of the application of Surface Analysis to coatings. Various students have revealed how coil coatings adhere to metal both conventional and unconventional. They have also looked at intercoat adhesion and how it works and how it fails. More recently Rene Tshulu looked at how incompatible polyesters separate out and segregate into their respective volumes. A recent paper presented to the Nordic ECCA entitled a Smörgåsbord of Adhesion and Corrosion Testing summarised many of the results on adhesion to metal.
University of Swansea
Our collaboration with the University of Swansea started in 2014. Emily Radley has been investigating the causes of stress whitening, a common problem encountered when forming pre painted metal. Her results were somewhat surprising in that she revealed that stress cracking can be induced around particles softer than the surrounding matrix as well as around particles that are much harder. Another project was started in 2016 with the target of finding an alternative to HHPA in super-durable polyesters in order to counter act potential threat to this material from more stringent EU legislation. This year we have initiated another project on looking at a Creep on pre-painted Galvalume.
Oxford Brookes University
The Beckry®Therm coil coatings technology has been designed to maximize building envelope thermal control performance at affordable cost and can be used in a wide range of applications and colours.
As part of our innovation strategy, one of our LTD UK Lab chemists has teamed up with scientists at the Oxford Brookes University, School of the Built Environment, Dept. of Architecture. They have developed a dynamic model of a retail shed coated to test the solar-reflective properties of our Beckry®Therm coil coatings, simulating and comparing performance under varying weather patterns in six international locations. The results indicate that the use of solar reflective coatings is effective in reducing cooling load and overall electricity consumption in five of the six locations.
For more information about the project, download an abstract of the study.
Purchase the full paper from ScienceDirect.
Based on the model developed by Oxford Brookes University we have launched a Beckry®Therm app that allows you to easily estimate the potential energy savings for a building covered with our Beckry®Therm coatings. More information about the Beckry®Therm app. Our Beckry®Therm app can be downloaded at AppStore and Google Play.
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