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Rapid Development of Surface Treatment Processes for Bonding Dissimilar Materials

A recent concept in automotive light-weighting is that of the ‘joining of dissimilar materials.’ The purpose is to allow tailoring the materials in a structure so as to ensure that each part of the structure has the optimum mechanical properties and minimum weight. An example would be the bonding...

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Correlating Water Contact Angle With Water Break Measurements as an Indicator of Surface Energy

The water break test is a common pass/fail method used to evaluate surfaces for the presence of hydrophobic contaminants, which can be detrimental to the adhesion performance of paint or an adhesive. It is a qualitative means of evaluating surface energy, which is directly related to surface...

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Rapid Evaluation of Surface Properties of Medical Tubing for Process Development and Quality Assurance

This paper is a joint creation between Brighton Science and Teleflex Inc., a prominent provider of medical devices such as medical tubing.

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Control of Cleaning Processes to Maximize Sealant Performance

Cleanliness in automotive powertrain manufacture is critical for several reasons. Particulates generated in the various casting and machining processes must be effectively removed to prevent both the premature wear of sliding and rotating parts as well as the catastrophic failure of components such...

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Effect of Grit-Blasting on the Surface Energy of Graphite/Epoxy Composites

Composites consisting of polymer matrices reinforced with graphite fibers are attractive materials for structural applications in the aerospace industry because they are light in weight and have a high strength-to-weight ratio.

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Qualification of Surface Processes for Bonded Aircraft Repair

This paper demonstrates how contact angle is an extremely sensitive and rapid method to check for surface cleanliness and consistency for aircraft repair.

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Investigating the Impact of Solvent Wiping and Sanding Procedures on Surface Energy

Solvent wiping and sanding procedures can greatly affect the surface energy of a substrate. To investigate the surface energy differences following different preparation procedures of an epoxy/composite laminate, several different surface conditions were created utilizing different cleaning...

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