Adhesive Bonding and Surfaces - Material Science and Mechanical Engineering
Modern light-weight design has revolutionised transportation construction over recent years. Regardless of whether we are talking about ships, aircraft, cars or rolling stock, the use of the best available materials has resulted in significant improvements to weight, safety and comfort. At the same time, cost-savings have been realised. This has been possible due to the intelligent application of modern bonding technology. This has allowed the bonding of hitherto unrealisable combinations of materials – in transportation construction, for example, the bonding of glass with steel, aluminium with magnesium and the bonding of fibre-reinforced composite materials with metal. Additional functions can also be incorporated via the adhesive, for example vibration damping, electrical insulation and corrosion protection. These extremely flexible bonding techniques have also resulted in a significant increase in vehicle rigidity. Today, adhesive bonds are able to meet the highest requirements and can be excellently com bined with mechanical joining techniques such as clinching, riveting, screwing and also spot welding.