May 15 - 19, 2023

By taking this course, participants will:

  • Review adhesion basics: relevant polymer, adhesion, and characterization terminology and concepts

  • Understand significance of surfaces for good adhesion: surface energies; adsorption on surfaces; surface preparation methods; analysis of failure surfaces; applications

  • Learn how polymer properties affect adhesion: adhesive chemistries; polymer parameters that control behavior; elastomers, glasses, and semi-crystalline polymers; time-temperature dependence; free volume and physical aging

  • Gain understanding of polymer characterization methods: DSC; DMA; adhesive, sealant, and waterborne rheology; TTSP and accelerated characterization applications

  • Understand importance of stresses, strength, and fracture: shear and peel stresses in common joints;, strength and fracture; basic design concepts

  • Explore appropriate test methods for adhesive joint characterization: methods for strength and fracture resistance; interpreting results; durability characterization

  • Gain insights about special applications: PSAs; wood adhesives; soft matter adhesion

  • Apply concepts by exploring case studies: Bring your own adhesion challenge to share or participate in discussing case studies raised by attendees

  • Perform hands-on adhesion experiments: Chemistry laboratory, Polymer Viscoelasticity laboratory, Mechanical Testing laboratory.


Registration Fees:

  • Industry Registration:  $1,950.00

  • Student Registration: $250.00

Your registration fee includes instruction, instructional materials, lab materials and safety equipment, lunch Monday through Thursday, breaks Monday through Friday, and the Thursday evening banquet.

For more information, please visit https://mii.vt.edu/outreach/short-courses/adhesion-science.html.

Registration Deadline: May 4, 2023

Enroll Now - Select a section to enroll in
Section Title
Adhesion Science Short Course
M, T, W, Th
8:00AM to 5:00PM
May 15, 2023 to May 18, 2023
8:00AM to 12:00PM
May 19, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virginia Tech - Blacksburg (Main Campus)
569956 Industry Registration $1,950.00
569956 Student Registration $250.00
Section Notes

Course Topics:

  • Adhesives and Polymer Design Parameters
  • Adhesives, Sealant and Waterborne Rheology
  • Adsorption on Surfaces/Surface Energy
  • Classes of Adhesive Structure and Synthetic Methods
  • Stresses in Bonded Joints
  • Surfaces and Surface Preparation
  • Fracture of Adhesive Bonds
  • Viscoelasticity and Applications to Adhesives
  • Adhesive Test Methods
  • Analysis of Surfaces
  • Free Volume and DSC
  • Dynamic Mechanical Methodology
  • PSA Performance and Testing
  • Accelerated Characterization
  • Frontiers in Adhesion Science
  • Wood Adhesion
  • Durability and Design

Cancellation Policy: Refund requests must be received 14 calendar days prior to the program start date. A $100 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Requests should be sent by email or by initiating a drop request through the student portal in our online registration system. Please note: refunds will not be issued for no shows of for cancellations received on or after the program start date.

In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.



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