Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Improving Elastomeric Adhesion Under High Thermomechanical Stress

Request Number
Due Date
Jan 15, 2015
Program Manager


Nick Kacsandi


Depending on the nature of the proposed solution, this RFP could result in one or more of the following: technology licensing, supply/purchasing agreements, joint developmment congtracts, contract research, or funding to show proof of concept leading ot scalee-up to manufacturing.



Phase 1 - Proof of concept (Q1 2015)

Phase 2 - Commercial development (8 months following Phase 1 completion)



Phase 1 - Research or proof of concept funding is available depending upon the technology and project scope.


Phase 2 - Financial agreements will vary dependent upon proposed solution, nature of the business arrangement, and intellectual property status of the technology, as required.


Any and all agreements are negotiable at the discretion of the client.




Phone: +1-216-283-3901


RFP was closed on

RFP Title


Improving Elastomeric Adhesion Under High Thermomechanical Stress
RFP Description
NineSigma, representing a Global Supplier of Industrial Elastomer Products, invites proposals for technologies that will strengthen the bonding integrity at elastomer-to-elastomer and/or elastomer-to-fabric interfaces.

Both flexible and rigid composites across the industrial landscape (rubber, PVC, other thermoplastics, etc.) employ a range of traditional bonding techniques to join layers of dissimilar elastomeric materials. NineSigma’s client employs a multi-ply system of engineered rubber, fabric / fiber reinforcements, and adhesive coatings to optimize bonding potential. However, thermal failure modes during operation can cause the various layers to unacceptably separate at high temperature (>400F).

Each individual layer in the structure represents a separate potential failure point. As such, the client seeks to identify technology solutions that can improve adhesion at any or all of these interfaces under high thermal stress. Additionally, proposals that would enable a reduction in the overall number of layers / interfaces by eliminating or reducing the need for coatings, adhesives or integrated fabrics are of significant interest.

Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Phase 1 – Proof of concept


Phase 2 – To be determined based on scope and maturity of the proposed solution


Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2

  • Proof of technical concept against client’s specifications
    • Technical report
    • Performance against strip adhesion standards
    • Samples
    • Ability to produce material at volume
  • Plan for prototyping / commercial scale-up
  • Cost analysis


Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Create a long-lasting bond
  • Improve bonding at one or more of the following interfaces:
    • Direct rubber to rubber interface (ideal)
    • Rubber to uncoated fiber/fabric interface
      • e.g. polyester, nylon, aramid, etc.
    • Rubber to coating or coated fabric interface
    • e.g. coatings, adhesives, resins, etc.
    • Fiber to coating interface
  • Maintain bond integrity under high thermomechanical stress
  • Adhesion: 50 lb/inch
  • Operating Temperature: Range in operation is typically 400F to >700F
  • Maintain adhesion after heat aging at elevated temperatures for extended time periods.
  • Withstand continuous temperature cycling without fluctuation or failure in bond integrity.



Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Cross-industrial technologies and materials
  • Elastomer technology (formulations or additives) that would improve adhesion levels
  • Other elastomer additives that are adaptable to rubber
  • Novel adhesives, coatings, or surface treatments
  • Encapsulations or nanotechnologies
  • Improved fabrics or fiber technologies
  • Technologies to enhance the bonding affinity of coatings to fabric
  • Solutions that enhance bonding at high temperature
  • Computational solutions supported by material science and testing capabilities


Approaches not of Interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Solutions that cannot be adapted for compatibility with rubber substrates
  • Solutions not viable at elevated temperatures


Items to be Submitted

To respond, use the Response options at the bottom of the page, which are only available when registered and logged into the NineSights Innovation Community. You may submit supplemental files in addition to your completed response form.


Appropriate responses will use the response template or response form and address the following:

  • High level, non-confidential description of proposed technology including:
    • Working principle or knowledge basee to support your approach
    • Availability of technical data
    • Technology maturity (concept, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized)
  • Pathway to industrail scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture
  • Estimataed cost of technology (if available)
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience


Other Request information includes:



Respondents from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. You represent an organization with an elastomer, rubber or related material solution that should provide a solution for testing in the intended application

You represent an organization with expertise and capabilities related to adhesion and bonding that can provide a solution for development and prototyping.

You represent an organization with technology that should provide a solution but that requires further research and development to ready it for transfer to commercial use.



Area of Interest