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Adhesives.org BLOG: Let’s Define “Structural Joint”

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

BLOG:  Let’s Define “Structural Joint” – to Ensure the Integrity of the Joint Design and Bond

 

By Dan Daley, ChemQuest, an Adhesives.org Expert Blogger

 

Let me start by introducing myself and my colleague, James Swope, at the ChemQuest Group, Inc., as new contributors to the ASC Blog. In 2017, we will discuss adhesive and sealant technology for use in transportation applications. Jim and I are both excited to be contributing posts on topics that are relevant to adhesives’ end users and tap into our working knowledge – having spent decades in our previous roles – at formulating and end-use companies, respectively. In our current roles, identifying unmet market needs is central to nearly every ChemQuest project in which we are engaged, especially on behalf of automotive tier suppliers and their end customers.


A buyer or user of adhesives – who is new to adhesives technology – might want to learn all they can about chemistries, resin types, application methods, performance properties, dissimilar substrates, vendors and formulated products on the market. In our discussion of blog topics, we found that even our most experienced colleagues had different opinions as to the meaning of “structural bonding” or “structural joint”, which can and does lead to intriguing discussions.


While the word “structural” might conjure up images of “strength” for many people, Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of “relating to the way something is built or organized, ”certainly resonates with me as a materials engineer. The durability and integrity of the structural joint is completely dependent on how expertly it is designed and organized: Materials and their properties are a factor as well as...Read More

 

 

 

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