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Durability performance of adhesive joints.


Broughton, W R

Measurement Good Practice Guide No. 28, March 2000
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PDB: 3164
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Considerable effort is required in selecting adhesive systems and optimising process variables to maximise long-term strength retention under hostile environments. This document is intended to give guidance on the selection and use of test methods and environmental conditioning procedures (including accelerated testing) for generating design data and for quality assurance purposes. The document is primarily concerned with structural applications. Guidance is provided on specimen preparation, hot/wet conditioning and testing bulk adhesives and adhesive joints. Static, cyclic fatigue and creep rupture testing are covered. Consideration is given to the effect of material and geometric factors on joint performance under static, cyclic and creep loading, and hostile environments.The guide also provides a summary of surface analytical techniques, thermal analysis tools and non-destructive testing (NDE) techniques for inspecting bonded joints before, during and after testing.

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