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

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