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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3M27
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: WATTS JF Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Short course

Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment



Continuous assessment

Post short course assessment package.


Module Overview
Module Aims
This course aims to:
• provide a thorough grounding in the technology of industrial adhesive bonding.
• impart knowledge of adhesive types and formulations, design, modelling and mechanical 
 properties of adhesive joints
• show current case studies of adhesive joints in practice - e.g. automobile, packaging industries

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course and associated assessment package, students will be able to:
• understand the different types of adhesive
• select adhesives for different applications
• design adhesively bonded joints.

• demonstrate knowledge of the use of adhesives in industry

Module Content
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
Polymer 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
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Adhesive Bonding Technology will feature lecturers from the University, industry and independent consultants. It has been selected by the EPSRC for sponsorship as a stand alone, masters level course. Intensive five day teaching period including lectures, tutorials, problem solving and laboratory sessions, followed by assessment package of a nominal 120 hours work, to be submitted within six months (part-time) or six weeks (full-time) of the end of the course week.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading - None
Recommended background reading:
Comyn J, Adhesion Science, Royal Society of Chemistry, 1997.
Kinloch AJ, Adhesion and Adhesives : Science And Technology, Chapman and Hall, 1987.
Adams RD, Comyn J and Wake WC, Structural Adhesive Joints in Engineering, Chapman & Hall, 1997,
Lee LH (ed) Adhesive Bonding, Plenum, 1991.
Last Updated

06 May 2011