May 16 - 20, 2022

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

Registration Fees:

  • Participant Registration:  $2,000.00

  • Thursday Evening Banquet Guest Ticket:  $50.00

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 6, 2022

Enroll Now - Select a section to enroll in
Section Title
Adhesion Science Short Course 2022
Short Course
M, T, W, Th
8:00AM to 5:00PM
May 16, 2022 to May 19, 2022
Short Course
8:00AM to 12:00PM
May 20, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virginia Tech - Blacksburg (Main Campus)
Registration non-credit $2,000.00
Section Notes

Location:  Inn at Virginia Tech with lab sessions on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA

Program Schedule: 
May 16 -19: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
May 20: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Refund and 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. As an alternative to a refund, you may send a substitute at no additional cost. Please contact us at 540-231-5182 or e-mail cpeinfo@vt.edu to request a substitution. Please note: refunds will not be issued for no-shows or 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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