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2 The final test for any adhesive is that it should give joints which are strong and durable. Although ways do exist of assessing the quality of joints by ultrasonic non- destructive testing, the ultimate test is to measure the force or energy needed to break a joint.

3 Many types of joints are available and illustrated in thenFigure are single and double laps, cylindrical butts, and 90˚ peels.

4 There are three principal modes of fracture: Mode I is due to peel or cleavage forces. Mode II is a shearing mode, Mode III is a shearing mode but here shearing is in torsion around an axis instead of along a plane.

5 In general, rigid adhesives are strong in shear but weak in peel, whereas Rubbery adhesives are resistant to peel but creep in shear. Rubber toughening of modern structural adhesives improves their peel strength.

6 Important considerations: (i) Size of the adherends and amount of overlap. (ii) Control of the thickness of the adhesive layer. This can be done by the use of jigs, or by adding small glass spheres (Ballotini) or incorporating wires (fuse wire or fishing line). Commercial film adhesives may contain knitted or woven fabrics known as carriers (UK) or scrims (USA). Stronger joints are obtained with thin glue-lines; optimum practical glue-line thickness would be mm. (iii) Conditions of cure such as time, temperature, application of pressure. (iv) Ageing of joints prior to testing, e.g. in ambient or hot and humid conditions. (v) Joint testing conditions are most commonly ambient temperatures and humidities and in a mechanical testing instrument. constant crosshead speed, usually of a few mm per minute with single lap joints, slipping of the adherends in the jaws can mean that the set crosshead speed is greater than the rate at which the joints are strained. In hydraulic instruments a constant loading rate (kN min - ') can be used.

7 Failure can be by interfacial/ adhesive failure, cohesive failure of the adhesive, or failure of an adherend. In some cases there is a mixture of failure modes. Interfacial failure indicates that an improved surface treatment is needed, and if failure is cohesive the adhesive may need strengthening with a mineral filler.

8 A simple view might be that strength will be proportional to area but this is not the case. Wang, Ryan and Schonhorn measured the strengths of some joints in aluminium etched in chromic acid and bonded with an epoxide adhesive with an aliphatic amine hardener. Strength was proportional to joint width, but a plot of strength against overlap tended to level out as overlap increased. strength is independent of bonded area.

9 The stress in each adherend falls to zero at the free-end of the overlap, and hence the strain decays in a proportionate manner.

10 The mean shear stress is 8.96MPa, but this is concentrated to give a maximum of 96.5MPa very near the ends. The central region bears no loads

11 Peeling a flexible tape from a rigid substrate, to which it had been bonded using a flexible adhesive. The peeling force P is assumed to produce a steady rate of peeling.

12 Kaelbles treatment assumes that the tape is pivoted about the point O, such that there is a cleavage force to the right of O, and a compressive force just to the left. Strength improvement obtains by: (i) increasing adhesive flexibility, i.e. reducing Y; (ii) increasing the modulus of the tape E; (iii) increasing tape thickness; (iv) increasing the thickness of the adhesive.

13 where m is the sum of cleavage moments and I is the moment of inertia of the tape section.

14 The Boeing wedge test : Two stiff adherends are bonded together, leaving a non-bonded section at one end; inserting a film of polyolefin or PTFE can be useful here. A metal wedge is forced into this to initiate a crack. The joint is then exposed to some hostile condition such as warm, wet air, and the increase in crack length is measured. It is particularly useful for examining the effect of surface treatments on wet-durability. Crack length can be measured by holding the sample up to light and using a plastic ruler.

15 Tack is the ability to bond under conditions of light pressure and short time, and can be measured by the time needed for a ball or cylinder to roll down an inclined plane coated with the adhesive, or by a probe method. Here a probe is lowered at a constant speed onto the adhesive coated surface, and, after a fixed dwell time, the force needed to remove it is measured.

16 tack force increases with the critical surface tension of the probe surface, and with dwell time

17 It is best to report the strength of a lap joint as the force needed to break it in newtons, at the same time specifying the joint geometry. Example: The adherends were of aluminium alloy, which had been degreased and etched in chromic acid, and bonded with an epoxide adhesive into 25mm square lap joints, which were cured for 3 h at 80 ˚C. They were tested at a crosshead speed of 6mmmin-', and all failed cohesively. Joint strengths (kN): 17.3, 18.7, 15.8, 20.4, 17.8, 20.4, 14.2, Mean = 17.5 kN. Standard deviation = 2.2 kN or 12%.


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