Adhesive bonding is increasingly regarded as a cost effective and effectual way to join mechanical structures. This book reviews recent improvements in adhesive bonding and their wide-ranging potential in structural engineering. Part one discusses methods for selecting the correct adhesive. The second set of chapters discusses the various types of adherents. A third set of chapters analyses methods and techniques for joint design. The final chapters give useful and practical insight into the problems and solutions of adhesive bonding in a variety of hostile environments such as chemical, wet, and extreme temperatures.
Adhesive Selection. Selecting the Right Adhesive. Epoxy Adhesives. Polyurethane Adhesives. Silicone Adhesives. Cyanoacrylate Adhesives. Acrylic Adhesives. Nanoparticle Reinforcement. Adherents. Bonding Wood. Bonding Metals. Bonding Plastics. Bonding Composites. Joint Design. Joint Design Using Finite Element Modelling. Hybrid Joint Design. Joint Design Using Fracture Mechanics. Fracture and Fatigue Characterisation. Testing Adhesive Joints. Testing Adhesively Bonded Composites. Environmental Effects and Durability of Adhesives. Designing for Impact. Designing for Fatigue and Creep. Bonding for High and Low Temperature Conditions. Bonding in Wet Conditions. Bonding in Hostile Chemical Environments. Post-Mortem Analysis.