In many industrial applications, plastics are commonly replacing metals due to benefits such as high strength-to-weight ratio, wear resistance, the ability to mold three-dimensional shapes, aesthetics, and overall cost savings. This presentation discusses the various types of structural adhesives that could be considered for making permanent bonds to these plastics. Topics covered include the basics of adhesion, surface energy, different surface preparation techniques, details on specific plastics including difficult-to-bond materials, and example applications. The presentation finishes with some comments on the adhesive selection process, to help design and manufacturing engineers understand the procedure for qualifying a structural adhesive for a particular application.
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