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  • Fred Starr

    Driving me crazy - the engineering issues behind the decline of the car industry

    Fred Starr recollects some of the engineering and materials failures with British cars.

  • FV432 vehicles with identical visual colour and differing coatings

    MASTering defence - UK work to improve defence

    Team MAST has been delivering the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) low to medium maturity materials and structures research since November 2007. This article presents case studies from that work - coatings to lower solar heat absorption, self healing of fibre-reinforced polymer composites and integrated damage resistance in composite structures.

  • Keith Harrison - Chairman SED

    Profile of the Surface Engineering Division's new chairman.

  • Surface Engineering Division - Hub

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    The SED Technology Hub is under development but when live will allow members to access information and articles on each of the technology sectors within the hub (Transport, Packaging, Energy, Manufacturing, Consumer Products and Medical) and allow  members to access articles on the supporting technologies (Legislation/REACH, Education/Training, Best Practice and Metrology/Measurement).

     

  • Investigation of the epoxy-metal-interphase by micro-extensometry

    The polymer interphase in adhesively bonded metal joints plays an important role concerning the mechanical behaviour and durability under service conditions. Recent investigations have been able to identify a polymer interphase region adjacent to the metal surface with a thickness of up to 100μm where cross linking density and glass transition temperatures differ significantly from those of the bulk polymer due to the long-range influence of the adhesive interactions in the contact zone to the metal surface.

    In a joint research project the mechanical behaviour of the interphase region has been investigated by microextensometry using scanning electron microscopy as an imaging device and computational image analysis.

  • Progressive damage and lap joint residual strength predictions

    Adhesion and adhesives at the University of Surrey

    The four main areas of activity in the field of adhesion and adhesives at the University of Surrey are outlined: structural adhesive bonding; pressure-sensitive adhesive research; the interfacial chemistry of adhesion; and smart adhesive research.

  • Formation of a void in a rubbery particle

    Toughening epoxy resins to meet today's challenges

    There are many advantages that polymeric adhesives can offer compared to the more traditional methods of joining, but the structure of such thermosetting adhesives also generally results in brittle materials, with a poor resistance to crack initiation and growth. The incorporation of a second phase of dispersed rubbery particles into the epoxy polymer can greatly increase toughness for applications where a very high impact resistance is required for the adhesively-bonded joint.

  • Obituary - Bill Lees

    Obituary of the technical director of Permabond and winner of the 2005 de Bruyne Medal - Bill Lees, the 'guru of glue'

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