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Joining using adhesives

R.D. Adams (Professor of Applied Mechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol BS6 6DU, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 117 928 7743; Fax: +44 (0) 117 929 4423; E‐mail: R.D.Adams@bristol.
J. Comyn (Senior Fellow at the Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering (IPTME), University of Loughborough, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1509 223165; E‐mail: J.Comyn@

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 1 June 2000


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.



Adams, R.D. and Comyn, J. (2000), "Joining using adhesives", Assembly Automation, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 109-117.




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