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  • 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.
  • In the frame — tennis racket development

    Materials selection can affect tennis racket and player performance. The stiffness-related vibration of the frame and shock transmission to the player are common complaints that manufacturers are addressing through applications such as piezo materials.
  • Unweaving a rainbow – Transparent materials and refractive indices

    It is axiomatic that nothing can move faster than light, but it is worth remembering that this is only true for propagations in vacuo. In all natural transparent materials the...

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