Title:
Fiberglass splicing method
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A method for splicing reinforcement panels using a UV curable adhesive. The method includes the steps of: (a) aligning facing ends of two reinforcement panels; (b) applying adhesive on said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; (c) butting together said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; and (d) applying an ultraviolet light source to the adhesive. The method eliminates waste, reduces splicing time and improves the mechanical properties of the resultant mat.



Inventors:
Khan, Amir (Wayne, NJ, US)
Uludag, Burhan (Budd Lake, NJ, US)
Application Number:
11/242478
Publication Date:
05/03/2007
Filing Date:
10/03/2005
Assignee:
BUILDING MATERIALS INVESTMENT CORPORATION
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E04B1/00
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Primary Examiner:
SCHATZ, CHRISTOPHER T
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP (New York, NY, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A splicing method comprising the steps of: a. aligning facing ends of two reinforcement panels; b. applying adhesive on said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; c. butting together said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; and d. applying an ultraviolet light source to the adhesive.

2. The method as recited in claim 1, further comprising the step of securing said reinforcement panels after aligning the facing ends in step a so as to reduce movement or shifting.

3. The method as recited in claim 2, wherein the step of securing said reinforcement panels may be performed by application of a restraining apparatus or clamp to the reinforcement panels.

4. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein said reinforcement panels comprise fiberglass, polyester and combinations thereof.

5. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein said adhesive is an ultraviolet cure adhesive.

6. The methods as recited in claim 1, wherein said adhesive is and acrylic based ester adhesive with UV curing technology.

7. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein said ultraviolet light source is high intensity ultraviolet light.

8. The method as recited in claim 1, wherein said ultraviolet light source is applied to the adhesive for 5-20 seconds.

9. The method as recited in claim 7, wherein said ultraviolet light source is applied to the adhesive for 5 seconds.

10. A method for forming a spliced glass mat comprising the steps of: a. diametrically aligning facing ends of two reinforcement panels; b. applying adhesive on said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; c. butting together said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; and d. applying an ultraviolet light source to the adhesive.

11. The method as recited in claim 10, further comprising the step of securing said reinforcement panels after aligning the facing ends in step a so as to reduce movement or shifting.

12. The method as recited in claim 10, wherein said reinforcement panels comprise fiberglass, polyester and combinations thereof.

13. The method as recited in claim 10, wherein said adhesive is an ultraviolet cure adhesive.

14. The method as recited in claim 10, wherein said ultraviolet light source is high intensity ultraviolet light.

15. The method as recited in claim 10, wherein said ultraviolet light source is applied to the adhesive for 5-20 seconds.

16. A method of increasing the shear and tensile strength of a glass mat comprising the steps of: aligning facing ends of two reinforcement panels; a. applying adhesive on said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; b. butting together said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; and c. applying an ultraviolet light source to the adhesive.

17. The method as recited in claim 16, further comprising the step of securing said reinforcement panels after aligning the facing ends in step a so as to reduce movement or shifting.

18. The method as recited in claim 16, wherein said reinforcement panels comprise fiberglass, polyester and combinations thereof.

19. The method as recited in claim 16, wherein said adhesive is an ultraviolet cure adhesive.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a splicing method. More particularly, the invention relates to a method for splicing fiberglass, polyester or combinations thereof and which eliminates waste, reduces splicing time and improves the mechanical properties of the resultant mat.

BACKGROUND

Currently, a hot melt tape is used to splice reinforcement panels together. This method, however, is ineffective and wasteful since much of the coated material must be discarded. Other methods of splicing reinforcement together require the overlap of one end of a first reinforcement panel on the end of the reinforcement panel that is being spliced with. This method is also wasteful and does not permit utilization of the entire length of the reinforcement panel since part of one reinforcement panel receives the overlapping portion of the other panel.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The invention provides a splicing method comprising the steps of: aligning facing ends of two reinforcement panels; securing said reinforcement panels to reduce movement or shifting; applying adhesive on said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; butting together said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; and applying an ultraviolet source to the adhesive.

The invention further provides a method for forming an adhered reinforcement panel comprising the steps of splicing method comprising the steps of: aligning facing ends of two reinforcement panels; securing said reinforcement panels to reduce movement or shifting; applying adhesive on said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; butting together said facing ends of said two reinforcement panels; and applying an ultraviolet source to the adhesive.

The method of the present invention provides for precision bonding is faster and simpler thus rendering the splicing more efficient. Additionally, the method provides improved tensile strength and eliminates waste.

The above and other features of the invention, including various novel details of construction and combinations of parts, will now be more particularly described with reference to the accompanying drawings and pointed out in the claims. It will be understood that the particular device embodying the invention is shown by way of illustration only and not as a limitation of the invention. The principles and features of this invention may be employed in various and numerous embodiments without departing from the scope of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The method according to the present invention first requires the alignment of facing reinforcement panels. The facing panels are not overlapped, but are brought together in an end-to-end fashion and diametrically opposite one another. An adhesive is then applied on each of the facing ends of the panels. The ends with adhesive thereon are then brought together and cured by application of an ultraviolet light source to the adhesive. In order to prevent or diminish movement of the panels during curing, the panels may be secured by a restraining apparatus or clamp.

Reinforcement panels are typically roofing or waterproofing membranes that have been strengthened by the addition or incorporation of one or more reinforcing materials, including woven or nonwoven glass fibers, polyester mats or scrims, nylon, or polyethylene sheeting. The reinforcement panels in accordance with the present invention are advantageously fiberglass or polyester, although the invention is not intended to be limited in this respect. The panels which are adhered to each other and cured in accordance with the method of the invention may be of the same composition, different or combinations thereof. For example, the reinforcement panels being spliced together may both be polyester, or they may both be fiberglass. Additionally, one panel may be fiberglass and spliced to a polyester panel.

The adhesive used in accordance with the present invention may be any commercially available UV curable adhesive. Preferable UV curable adhesives include Loctite® 3494, 3491, 3492, 3525, 3526, but not are not limited thereto. The adhesive can be acrylic based esters with UV curing technology and may also can contain silicones and derivatives thereof. The adhesive may be applied by hand or may be dispensed through a series of nozzles or the syringes on to the ends of the reinforcements and allowed to cure under UV light when the reinforcements are brought together in butting configuration. The dispensation of adhesive is typically metered in accordance with predetermined and pre-set parameters.

The UV light source may be any commercially available ultraviolet source which can be quickly and easily applied to the adhesive. The UV light source may be low, medium or high intensity. In a preferred embodiment, the UV light source has a high intensity and is applied to the adhesive for 5-20 seconds. Depending on various factors such as the type of adhesive use, the duration of application of the UV light to the adhesive will vary. The UV light source may be low, medium or high intensity, with a high intensity source being preferable.

The method in accordance with the present invention increases the shear and tensile strength both in the machine and cross machine directions over the traditional hot melt approach. Comparative results are shown in the following chart:

Max LoadTensile
Sample Type and ID(lbf)Strain (%)Comments
Current Stocton Heat331.5Hot Pressed. The
Activated Tapepolyester backing
does not saturate
with asphalt.
Loctite ® Adhesive543.4Adhesive across the
splice
Loctite ® Adhesive663.7More adhesive
Loctite ® Adhesive40.42.5Spaced with small
amounts of adhesive
applied as dots
Loctite ® Adhesive34.42.3Saw Tooth Less
Adhesive
Loctite ® Adhesive48.42.8Saw Tooth More
Adhesive

While there has been shown and described what is considered to be preferred embodiments of the invention, it will, of course, be understood that various modifications and changes in form or detail could readily be made without departing from the spirit of the invention. It is therefore intended that the invention be not limited to the exact forms described and illustrated, but should be constructed to cover all modifications that may fall within the scope of the appended claims.