The course content consists of twenty lectures that cover the principles of adhesion science, polymers and adhesive formulation ahead of providing an in depth description of the properties of the various adhesives and the methods of pretreating surfaces (of all types) prior to adhesive bonding.
The design of adhesive joints is introduced and both a fracture mechanics and a finite element approach are developed as means of predicting the response of such joints to mechanical loading. The various test methods, particularly those relating to the durability of bonded structures, are introduced and a critical comparison made of the geometries in general use. The use of adhesive bonding as a manufacturing process is investigated, an integral part of this section being statistical process control methods and health and safety considerations.
The module then considers a series of case histories relating to the use of adhesive bonding in the automobile, packaging and microelectronics industries and its role in the production of high performance, lightweight, cars.
The Fundamentals of Adhesion Science
Adhesive Formulation and the Chemistry of Adhesive Types
Pre-treatment Prior to Bonding
Health and Safety and Environmental Aspects
Mechanical Properties of Structural Adhesives
Other Adhesive Types
Selection of Adhesives
Design of Adhesive Joints
Finite Element Analysis and its Application to Adhesive Joints
The Bonding Process
Modelling the Structural Response of Bonded Structures to Service Loading
Fracture Mechanics Applied to Adhesive Joints
Manufacturing Case Studies I: The Automobile Industry
Manufacturing Case Studies II: The Packaging Industry
Manufacturing Case Studies III: The Microelectronics Industry
Mechanical Testing of Adhesive Joints
Durability of Adhesive Joints
Quality Assurance in Adhesive Bonding
Using Structural Adhesives for High Performance, Lightweight Cars