Surface preparation for bonding and coating operations include processes that can be very effective if implemented with proper process control feedbacks. However, recent experience with these kinds of operations across a range of industries has revealed that processes that were successfully demonstrated in a materials and process laboratory don't always translate into reliable and repeatable processes in manufacturing.
This webinar presents a compendium of variables that have been uncovered during failure analysis of common bonding operations and shows how awareness of these variables permits implementation of simple process control steps that significantly increase bond reliability. Bonding processes are usually treated as a straightforward combination of mechanical and physical steps, such as abrasion and wiping followed by adhesive or sealant application, fixturing and curing. However, bonding and coating are not physical/mechanical processes: They are chemical synthesis processes.
- Develop a conceptual understanding of bonding and coating processes
- Gain an awareness of non-obvious variables that affect the reliability of adhesion
- Learn about process control strategies to significantly increase bond reliability
- Acquire an appreciation for the delicate, chemical nature of a bond surface and the often-overlooked ways this surface is altered throughout a manufacturing process
- Learn process monitoring techniques to build predictability into adhesion processes
Dr. Giles Dillingham has worked in the areas of surfaces, interfaces and adhesive bonding for 30 years and has over 120 publications and patents in these areas. After receiving his PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1987, Dr. Dillingham worked in the Advanced Composites Laboratory of the Dow Chemical Co. Returning to Cincinnati, he worked on plasma processing of materials and adhesive bonding of advanced composites and has been growing BTG Labs since its founding in 2001