Location

La Jolla, CA

Start Date

1-1-1998 12:00 AM

Description

An adhesive joint consisting of aluminum adherends bonded with an epoxy adhesive is composed of three main layers. The adherends are usually a few millimeters thick with a layer of epoxy adhesive between one and three hundred microns thick between them. The surfaces of the adherends are typically pre-treated to produce a thin film of porous aluminum oxide, which has a honeycomb-like structure. The epoxy adhesive may then penetrate into these honeycomb cells or pores. The resulting layer between the adhesive and adherend is therefore a micro-composite and it is typically of the order of one micron in thickness. The use of the surface pre-treatment is a major factor in increasing the durability of the adhesive joint when it is exposed to water. Additionally, joints which have been in use for some time, especially ones which have been subject to environmental attack, usually experience a failure along the plane of this film. Therefore, characterization of this epoxy/oxide interlayer is very important in understanding adhesive joints and how they are affected by environmental factors. Unfortunately, not much is known about their mechanical properties.

Book Title

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Volume

17B

Chapter

Chapter 5: Engineered Materials

Section

Coatings, Films and Bond

Pages

1261-1268

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4615-5339-7_163

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Characterization Of Epoxy-Coated Oxide Films Using Acoustic Microscopy

La Jolla, CA

An adhesive joint consisting of aluminum adherends bonded with an epoxy adhesive is composed of three main layers. The adherends are usually a few millimeters thick with a layer of epoxy adhesive between one and three hundred microns thick between them. The surfaces of the adherends are typically pre-treated to produce a thin film of porous aluminum oxide, which has a honeycomb-like structure. The epoxy adhesive may then penetrate into these honeycomb cells or pores. The resulting layer between the adhesive and adherend is therefore a micro-composite and it is typically of the order of one micron in thickness. The use of the surface pre-treatment is a major factor in increasing the durability of the adhesive joint when it is exposed to water. Additionally, joints which have been in use for some time, especially ones which have been subject to environmental attack, usually experience a failure along the plane of this film. Therefore, characterization of this epoxy/oxide interlayer is very important in understanding adhesive joints and how they are affected by environmental factors. Unfortunately, not much is known about their mechanical properties.