A comprehensive methodology to analyse and optimize adhesive application, flow, and curing in industrial adhesive bonding processes
Smart Calll: 05
Smart Code: S0512
Start date: 01/01/2023
Duration: 36 months
Adhesive bonding is widely used in different advanced industrial sectors. However, the way the adhesive is applied has a significant impact on the performance of bonded joints. Modifications such as fillets and bi-adhesive joints have been shown as suitable to increase the mechanical performance of bonded structures but lead to exceedingly complex manufacturing procedures and do not translate well to industrial processes. On the other hand, manufacturing a reliable and consistent adhesive joint is fundamental for industrial applications, but is also difficult to address even for simple joint geometries. Therefore, developing a methodology and tools that can precisely model and control the application, flow, and curing process of multiple adhesives in a single joint will greatly improve the production processes and will significantly increase the mechanical performance and overall quality and durability of the final products. Accordingly, the principal objective of the proposed project is to develop and validate the methodologies and tools that can support a complete manufacture process for joints with single or dual adhesives. Considering the methodologies proposed for the project, practitioners will be able to manufacture consistent joints with higher strength, lower weight, and longer service life, using complex joint configurations.