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New Toughening Agents (Micro & Nano) for Structural Adhesives

Edward M. Petrie & Edward Petrie – Mar 31, 2017

New Toughening Agents for Structural AdhesivesThe two qualities required for high strength, creep and environmental resistant structural adhesives that unmodified resins often lack are flexibility and toughness. Formulators have overcome these problems either by flexibilizing the molecular structure or incorporating toughening modifiers into the adhesive.

However, flexibilizers present a major problem for both the adhesive formulator and end-user. As they improve elongations but reduce other valuable properties.

Whereas, toughening agents using micro and nano-sized entities improve fracture toughness and impact strength without significantly affecting other properties of the base resin as flexibilizers do.

So, how does toughening agents work? Is there any difference between flexibility and toughness? Read more to discover the best techniques to toughen your structural adhesive.

2 Comments on "New Toughening Agents (Micro & Nano) for Structural Adhesives"
Sreeparna D Oct 26, 2017
Thanks Hartwig for sharing your comments. We've made the updates.
Hartwig L Oct 13, 2017
I recommend replacing the first picture showing the bonding of an automotive windshield. Due to the mechanical requirements epoxy adhesives are not used and are also not suitable for this application. Windshiled bonding is typically done by moisture curing polyurethane adhesives. Besodes this the article provides a good overview about the different toughening technologies for epoxy adhesives

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