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Cyanoacrylate Adhesives – Instant and Universal (Well Almost)

SpecialChem / Edward M. Petrie & Edward Petrie – May 27, 2013

The focus of this article is on the limitations of cyanoacrylate adhesives, the potential problems that may result, and the ways in which modern formulations have solved these issues. The use of cyanoacrylate adhesives has increased significantly in recent years due to their unique combination of application and performance properties. Although cyanoacrylate adhesives are relatively expensive on a cost per unit weight basis, their value propositions generally justify the higher cost. In reference to these unique properties, cyanoacrylate adhesives were initially referred to as "superglue". The name is well deserved since cyanoacrylate adhesives have many superior characteristics. Perhaps no other adhesive bonds so rapidly and so easily to such a variety of substrates as does a cyanoacrylate. However, cyanoacrylate adhesives also have certain limitations, and these problems were well defined in the early period of their development.

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