Adhesive bonding is capable of being used in load‐bearing engineering applications, particularly for joining sheet materials. However, it is also used for a wide range of applications up to the large structures used in civil engineering. Modern structural adhesives are strong, but will only work effectively if surface preparation is correctly carried out. It is possible to use simple design rules to predict the strength of some joints, but care must be used, especially where advanced composites are to be joined.
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