Adhesion and Adhesives Technology. An Introduction by Alphonsus V. Pocius

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In addition, adhesives are used in a far wider array of applications than could have been imagined by our ancestors. The primary boost in the use of adhesives came with the advent of synthetic polymeric materials with improved mechanical properties. There are many types of adhesives, both organic and inorganic. The inorganic adhesives are familiar to most people and include materials such as Portland cement and solder. The chemistry and physical properties of these adhesives are not discussed in this book although the sections on mechanical properties and surfaces for organic materials apply just as well to these adhesives.

Hence, shock-sensitive materials can be easily made into an assembly. For example, one would not consider joining of dynamite sticks with nails. However, dynamite sticks can be easily joined by pressure-sensitive adhesive-backed tape. The primary disadvantage of adhesive bonding is that it relies on adhesion for the transfer of load through the assembly. Adhesion is a surface physico-chemical phenomenon that is discussed in Chapters 4 and 6. Since adhesion is a surface phenomenon, it follows that the physical properties of the adhesive joint depend strongly on the character of the surface of the adherend and how the adhesive interacts with that surface.

6 Introduction to Linear Viscoelasticity A dilatant liquid is also known as a “shear thickening” liquid. The pseudoplastic liquid shows a curve that bends towards the abscissa (x-axis). A pseudoplastic liquid is also known as a “shear thinning” liquid. A primary example of a shear thinning material is a polymer melt. Polymers are high molecular weight molecules and their pseudoplasticity is caused by alignment of their long chains in the stress field. Other examples of pseudoplastic liquids are emulsions and suspensions.

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