A University of Limerick research project which aims to develop new ways to join components has been awarded €1.35 million funding through the Science Foundation Ireland Investigators Programme.
Principal Investigator, Dr. Conor McCarthy explains the significance of this project: “Nuts and bolts have been used for centuries to join safety-critical structures together. However, bolts require holes to be drilled in the assembled parts and this leads to a drastic reduction in their ability to withstand the forces of nature and impacts from everyday use. The component-joining industry in Europe is estimated to be worth over €100 billion annually and it underpins a vast number of industries from aircraft manufacture to medical implants. Our research is developing an innovative solution to join components together by blending the best elements from bolting and gluing technologies. This novel solution will be reliable, reversible, cheap and efficient and we expect it will underpin the development of virtually every future component composed of different parts and materials."...more.