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Handbook of Adhesion, 2nd Edition

D. E. Packham (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-80874-9
692 pages
May 2005
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This second edition of the successful Handbook of Adhesion provides concise and authoritative articles covering many aspects of the science and technology associated with adhesion and adhesives. It is intended to fill a gap between the necessarily simplified treatment of the student textbook and the full and thorough treatment of the research monograph and review article. The articles are structured in such a way, with internal cross-referencing and external literature references, that the reader can build up a broader and deeper understanding, as their needs require.

This second edition includes many new articles covering developments which have risen in prominence in the intervening years, such as scanning probe techniques, the surface forces apparatus and the relation between adhesion and fractal surfaces. Advances in understanding polymer - polymer interdiffusion are reflected in articles drawing out the implications for adhesive bonding. In addition, articles derived from the earlier edition have been revised and updated where needed. Throughout the book there is a renewed emphasis on environmental implications of the use of adhesives and sealants.

The scope of the Handbook, which features nearly 250 articles from over 60 authors, includes the background science - physics, chemistry and material science - and engineering, and also aspects of adhesion relevant to the use of adhesives, including topics such as:
* Sealants and mastics
* Paints and coatings
* Printing and composite materials
* Welding and autohesion
* Engineering design
The Handbook of Adhesion is intended for scientists and engineers in both academia and industry, requiring an understanding of the various facets of adhesion.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.


List of Articles—Alphabetical.

Abrasion treatment.

Accelerated ageing.

Acid-base interactions.

Acid-base surface energy parameters.


Acrylic adhesives.


Adhesion fundamental and practical.

Adhesion in dentistry: orthodontics and prosthodontics.

Adhesion in dentistry: restorative materials.

Adhesion in medicine.

Adhesive classification.

Adhesives - historical perspective.

Adhesives for textile fibre bonding.

Adhesives in textile coating laminating and printing.

Adhesives in the textile industry.

Adsorption theory of adhesion.

Aerospace applications.

Alky1-2 cyanoacrylates.

Anaerobic adhesives.

Animal glues and technical gelatins.


Appendix: Literature and test methods.

Atomic force microscopy.

 Auger electron spectroscopy.

Automotive applications.

Autophoretic primers.

Blister test .

Bonds between atoms and molecules.

Cathodic disbondment.

Chain polymerisation.

Climbing drum peel test.



Composite materials.

Contact Adhesives.

Contact angle.

Contact angle measurement.

Contact angles and interfacial tension.

Conversion coating.

Corona discharge treatment.


Critical surface tension.

Cyanoacrylate adhesives.


Diffusion theory of adhesion.

Dispensing of adhesives.

Dispersion forces.

Displacement mechanisms.

Durability: creep rupture.

Durability: fatigue.

Durability: fundamentals.

Durability: sub-critical debonding.

Electrical adhesion.

Electrochemical pretreatment of polymers.

Electron microscopy.

Electron probe microanalysis.

Electrostatic theory of adhesion.


Emulsion and dispersion adhesives.

Engineering design with adhesives.

Engineering surfaces of metals.

Environment and the impact of adhesive technology.

Environment: sustainability.

Epoxide adhesives.

Epoxide adhesives: curatives.

Etch primers.

Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers.

Extrusion coating.

Fibre composites - introduction.

Fibre composites – joining.

Fibre composites – matrices and fibres.

Fibre composites – processing techniques.

Fibre-matrix adhesion – assessment techniques.

Fibre-matrix adhesion – carbon fibres.

Fibre-matrix adhesion – glass fibres.

Filler-matrix adhesion.

Finite element analysis.

Finite element analysis: rubber.

Flame treatment.

FPL etch.


Fractals and fractal dimension.

Fractals and surface roughness.

Fracture mechanics.

Fracture mechanics test specimens.

Friction - adhesion aspects.

Glass transition temperature.

Good-Girifalco interaction parameter.

Health and safety.

High-temperature adhesives.

High-temperature stability principles.

Hot melt adhesives.


Hydrogen bonding.

Impact resistance.

Industrial applications of adhesives.

Inelastic electron tunnelling spectroscopy.

Infra-red spectroscopy.

Infra-red spectroscopy: attenuated total reflection.

Infra-red spectroscopy: RAIR.

Internal stress.

Inverse gas chromatography.

Inverse gas chromatography and acid-base interactions.

JKR equation.

Joint design – cylindrical joints.

Joint design - general.

Joint design: strength and fracture perspectives.


Lifshitz-van der Waals forces.

Mechanical theory of adhesion.

Metallising plastics.

Microfibrous surfaces.

Microstructure of joints.

Moisture cure of adhesives.

Mould adhesion - measurement.

Mould adhesion and fouling.

Napkin ring test.

Natural Rubber Based Adhesives.

Nitrile Rubber Adhesives.

Non-destructive testing of adhesively bonded surfaces.

Optical microscopy.

Packaging industry.

Paint constitution and adhesion.

Paint primers.

Paint service properties and adhesion.

Peel tests.

Phenolic adhesives: novolacs.

Phenolic adhesives: resoles.

Plasma-polymerised coatings.

Plasma pretreatment.

Polar forces.


Polychloroprene Rubber Adhesives: Applications and Properties.

Polychloroprene Rubber Adhesives: Modifiers and Additives.

Polyether ether ketone.

Polyimide adhesives.

Polymer diffusion: reptation and interdigitation.

Polymer-polymer adhesion: incompatible interfaces.

Polymer-polymer adhesion: models.

Polymer-polymer adhesion: molecular weight dependence.

Polymer-polymer adhesion: weld strength.



 Polyvinyl alcohol in adhesives.

Power adhesion.

Pressure-sensitive adhesives.

Pressure-sensitive adhesives - adhesion properties.

Pretreatment of aluminium.

Pretreatment of copper.

Pretreatment of fluorocarbon polymers.

Pretreatment of metals prior to bonding.

Pretreatment of metals prior to painting.

Pretreatment of steel.

Pretreatment of titanium.

Pretreatments of polymers.

Pretreatments of polyolefins.

Primary bonding at the interface.

Primers for adhesive bonding.

Primers for sealants.

Radiation-cured adhesives.

Reaction setting adhesives.


Renewable sources of adhesives.

Repair methods.

Rheological theory.

Roughness and adhesion.

Roughness of surfaces.

Rubber fillers.

Rubber to metal bonding -applications.

Rubber to metal bonding- basic techniques.

Rubber to metal bonding- pretreatments.

Rubber to metal bonding- testing.

Rubber to metal bonding: processing effects.

Rubber: tyre cord adhesion.

Rubber-based adhesives.

Rubber-Based Adhesives: compounding.

Rubber-based Adhesives: typical characteristics.

Scanning electron microscopy.

Scanning probe microscopy.

Scratch test.

Sealant joint design.


Sealants in double glazing.

Secondary ion mass spectrometry.

Selection of adhesives.

Selection of joint sealants.

Shear tests.

Silanes as metal pretreatments.

Silane adhesion promoters.

Silicone adhesion.

Silicone adhesives: addition cure.

Silicone adhesives: condensation cure.

 Silicones: properties.

Silicones: structures.

Solvent welding.

Solvent-based adhesives.

Standards for adhesives and adhesion.


Step polymerisation.

Stress distribution: beam on elastic foundation.

Stress distribution: bond thickness.

Stress distribution: mode of failure.

Stress distribution: Poisson's ratio.

Stress distribution: shear lag solution.

Stress distribution: stress singularities.

Structural adhesives.

Surface analysis.

Surface characterisation by contact angles - metals .

Surface characterisation by contact angles - polymers.

Surface energy.

Surface energy components.

Surface forces apparatus.

Surface nature of polymers.


Tensile tests.

Testing of adhesives.

Tests of adhesion.

Theories of adhesion.

Thermal analysis.

Thermal spray coatings: adhesion.

Thermal spray processes.


Toughened acrylic adhesives.

Toughened adhesives.

Toughened epoxide adhesives.

Toughened epoxide adhesives: blend synergy.

Toughened epoxide adhesives: particle formation prior to cure.

Toughened epoxide adhesives: precipitation during cure.

Tyre cord adhesion.

Underwater adhesives.


Viscoelasticity – time- temperature superposition.

Weathering of adhesive joints.

Weathering tests.

Wedge test.

Welding plastics - electromagnetic radiation.

Welding plastics – external heating.

Welding plastics - mechanical movement.

Wetting and spreading.

Wetting and work of adhesion.

Wetting kinetics.

Wood adhesives - aminoplastics.

Wood adhesives - basics.

Wood adhesives - hot metals.

Wood adhesives - isocyanates/urethanes.

Wood adhesives - phenolics.

Wood bonding by vibration welding.

Wood composites - adhesives.

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

List of Articles—Classified.

List of Contributors.

Handbook Entries.



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"…a comprehensive yet very technical treatment of the subject of adhesion…" (E-STREAMS, June 2006)

"This book is an excellent reference and source of information for the general practitioner, researcher, and adhesive users…a must have book for the industry. Very highly recommended." (Adhesives & Sealants Newsletter, September 12, 2005)

"…provides concise and authoritative articles covering many aspects of the science and technology associated with adhesion and adhesives." (Paint & Coatings Industry Magazine, March 2006)

"...an impressive volume...handy and comprehensive..." (MST Newsletter, August 2005)

"250 concise and authoritative articles" (Worlds Surface Abstracts Coatings, September 2006)

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