Bonding and Joining Composites and Multi-Material Parts: The Structural Adhesive Advantage

August 21

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The joining of thermoset and thermoplastic composites is a challenge when designing and manufacturing multi-material assemblies.  There are many different types of joining methods for these types of assemblies, which include: mechanical fastening, fusion or sonic welding, and structural adhesive bonding.  With the trend to adopt fiber-reinforced thermosets, low surface energy thermoplastics, and engineered thermoplastics in new products, using 3M adhesive solutions can provide many advantages.  The focus of this webinar is to review various structural adhesive chemistries and provide an overview of the selection criteria of adhesively-bonded multi-material assemblies.

Primary Topics:

  • Trends for adopting multiple materials in new products
  • Advantages of adhesive bonding in composite applications
  • Factors to consider when bonding multi-materials
  • Advances in bonding to low surface energy thermoplastics

Presenter:
Greg Moriarty
Structural Adhesive Application Engineer, 3M
 Greg Moriarty began his career with 3M in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Composite Materials Engineering from Winona State University and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Texas A&M University. Since joining 3M, he has held various positions in the 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tape Division’s Adhesives and Sealants laboratory including product development and application engineering. He has supported the structural adhesive technology platform in both roles and is currently an Application Engineer for structural adhesives, including one- and two-part epoxies, two-part urethanes, two-part acrylics, PURs, cyanoacrylates, and anaerobic adhesives.