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Practical methods by which one can generate surfaces that are amenable to adhesive bonding are discussed in Chapter 7. Adhesives display several other advantages over mechanical fastening. One of these advantages is the reason for the widespread use of adhesives in the aerospace industry, specifically the ability of adhesives to not only form a joint but also to seal the assembly in one step. Mechanical fastening often requires separate sealing steps to create a pressurizable assembly. Adhesives also allow galvanically dissimilar materials to adhere to one another without accelerating corrosion.

Treatise on Adhesion and Adhesives, vols.  D.  7 (1991) Marcel Dekker, New York [9] Adhesion, vols. 1 ff. (1977–) Applied Science Publishers, London [10] Aspects of Adhesion, vols. 1–8 (1963–1975) University of London Press, London [11] Satas, D. ), Handbook of Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Technology, 2nd ed. , Pressure Sensitive Adhesives and Applications, 2nd ed.  V. ), Adhesion Science and Engineering, vols. 1 Introduction It has been emphasized that adhesives are engineering materials. To understand how adhesives work, it is necessary to understand their mechanical properties and the chemistry used to create those properties.

For example, cyanoacrylate adhesives (discussed in Chapter 8) are widely known as Super-Glue4. One type of pressure-sensitive adhesive-backed tape (discussed in Chapter 10) is recognized as Scotch5 tape. Poly(vinyl acetate) emulsions that are used as wood bonding and paper adhesives are often called Elmer’s Glue6. Other adhesive products are also well accepted in the consumer marketplace. Vinyl adhesives used to repair such items as vinyl inflatables are not only widely sold to consumers but are also a very good example of one of the primary theories of adhesion, the diffusion theory, which is discussed in Chapter 6.

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