Advances in Structural Adhesive Bonding
Edited by: Lucas F. M. da Silva (University of Porto, Portugal) and Robert D. Adams (University of Oxford, UK)
In order to increase transport efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and contaminant emissions, weight reduction coupled with improvement of the safety performance of candidate materials must be achieved. This drive for higher-performance systems has resulted in the development of a new range of hybrid structures and materials. Multimaterial structures such as aircraft, boats, cars and railcars use several types of materials, such as steel, aluminium, magnesium, fibre-reinforced plastics and sandwich structures. Welding is simply impossible to use when metal/composite hybrid structures are involved for obvious reasons, and rivets or screws introduce stress concentrations and offer poor fatigue strength. Adhesive bonding is generally the preferred method because it allows more flexibility in the design, it is more efficient in mechanical and energy aspects and it is more corrosion resistant.
This collection in Applied Adhesion Science contains selected papers presented at the 4th International Conference on Structural Adhesive Bonding (AB 2017), held in Porto, Portugal, from July 6–7, 2017. The goal of the conference was to provide a unique opportunity to exchange information, present the latest results as well as to discuss issues relevant to structural adhesive bonding research today.