Successful adhesive bonding requires precise control of the physical and chemical properties of a vanishingly small volume of material: the first few molecular layers that surround the interface. This in turn requires developing a sensitivity to the factors that affect this region as well as imposing effective process control protocols. This seminar will review the requirements for high-performance surface treatment processes, strategies for developing these processes for new material systems, and protocols for control of these processes after implementation in manufacturing.

Primary Topics:
– Basic principles of adhesive bonding for joining composite structures
– Common composite surface preparation methods, their advantages and disadvantages
– Development of surface treatment processes: how to evaluate and optimize performance
– Deployment of adhesive bonding processes in manufacturing: how to ensure control to achieve consistent bond performance