Bonding is now a full partner with bolting, riveting and welding as an assembly method. Joining materials with adhesives offers significant beneits over mechanical methods of uniting two materials.
An adhesive distributes a load over an area rather than concentrating it at a point, resulting in a more even distribution of stresses. The adhesive bonded joint is therefore more resistant to flex and vibration stresses than, for examle, a riveted joint. An adhesive forms a seal as well as a bond. This eleminates corrosion which often occurs in a mechanical fastened joint. An adhesive joins irregularly shaped surfaces more easily than does a mechanical fastener. Other benefits include negligible weight addition and virtually no change to the time in which strength must be achieved, the need for surface preparation, and the need for eventual disassembly.
The growing variety of adhesives available in the marketplace makes selection of the proper adhesive a challenging experience. Proper choice of an adhesive is based on knowledge of suitability of the adhesive for the particular substrates to be bonded, appropriate surface preparation, cruing the adhesive correctly, and matching the strength and durability characteristics of the adhesive to its intended use. Please select on of the adhesive types below to leartn more about the many bonding options available from Loctite.