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Adhesive Bonding

Adhesive Bonding is an intensive short course taught over a five day period comprising lectures, case studies, a practical session and discussions with lecturers. This course is designed for people across a wide range of industrial sectors, dealing with adhesion and adhesive bonding.

Frequency: Once per Year

Duration: 5 Days

Date of next course:  November 2018 TBC

Venue: Loughborough University, Loughborough Campus, LE11 3TU

Cost: £TBC (£TBC for registered postgraduate students, IOM3 and BPF members)

Accommodation:  Not included.

Recommended convenient hotels: Burleigh Court or The Link

Other Information:
Lunches for short course delegates are included, however short course delegates study alongside full-time MSc students and need to organise their own light refreshments outside of lunchtimes.


Adhesive Bonding is an intensive course taught over a five day period comprising lectures, case studies, a practical session and discussions with lecturers. This course is designed for people across a wide range of industrial sectors, dealing with adhesion and adhesive bonding.
The course is relevant to those in industry who need both fundamental and applied knowledge in this field. It is particularly suited to process and design engineers and technologists involved with high performance applications who want to acquire additional technical knowledge in this specialised field

For further information:

Anne Courtenay-Smith
Telephone: (0) 1509 227220

Gary Critchlow
Telephone: (0) 1509 222949

This event has been recognised by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining for PD.

‘Professional development is the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skill, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional, managerial and technical duties throughout the practitioner’s working life.’

Disclaimer - Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the details of this course are accurate, Loughborough University Department of Materials reserves the right to alter the course content and/or lecturers if the need should arise.

iom3 pd approved  

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge of the underlying principles of adhesion and an understanding of how methods of joining materials together with adhesives can be optimised to maximise bond strength and longevity.

The course covers all the important aspects of adhesive bonding science and technology, including: adhesion theories; surface characterisation; surface pretreatment; thermodynamics.

Specific technologies covered include: structural and non-structural adhesion; sealants; formulations; mechanisms of drying/solidification; joining methods and joint configurations; bond strength testing; failure analysis; applications.

In this way you and your company will benefit from being able to:

Choose appropriate adhesives for specific applications

  • Choose the appropriate surface pretreatments for specific applications
  • Understand the relationship between structure and fundamental adhesion properties of adhesives and adherends
  • Assess the adhesion behaviour of materials
  • Use basic tests to determine surface adhesion properties of materials
  • Participate more fully in your development projects
  • Confidently discuss and identify requirements with suppliers, customers and workplace colleagues

Throughout the week you will have ample opportunity to clarify these issues and your specific interests in one-to-one free-time discussions with the lecturers. Our main aim is to give you the knowledge, understanding and confidence that you need to develop your role within your company.

  • Molecular Forces and Adhesion.
  • Aspects of Adhesives.
  • Surface Preparation of Non-Metals.
  • Surface Preparation of Metals and Durability.
  • Primers and Coupling Agents.
  • Non-Structural Adhesives.
  • Structural Adhesives.
  • Case Studies.
  • Contact Angle Measurements and Adhesion.
  • Surface Analysis and Related Techniques Applied to Adhesion.
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy.
  • Sealants
  • Rubber to Metal Bonding – An Introduction.
  • Rubber to Metal Bonding – Latest Technological Developments.
  • Predicting Failure in Bonded Structures.
  • PRACTICAL SESSION - Joint assembly and testing.

Case studies relating real-life activities to the lecture content are scattered throughout the week in areas such as automotive and aerospace bonding.

Note: Course information may be subject to change due to unavoidable circumstances

The lecturers are both from within Loughborough University and external, all of whom have extensive experience in the industrial application of adhesives and adhesion. In this way we ensure that the key elements relevant to industry are brought out and developed.

Prof. Gary Critchlow – Course Organiser and Head of the Department of Materials at Loughborough University. Gary is Professor of Surface and Interface Science and has over 25 years involvement in adhesion and surface modification technologies and is the sole or co-author of over 70 journal papers concerning adhesion, adhesives and surface engineering and many studies focus on the relationship between surface condition and structural adhesion performance. Prof. Critchlow is currently engaged in a number of industrial consultancies and large scale fundamental research programmes in this area.

Dr. Ali Ansarifar – Lecturer in Polymer Engineering in the Department of Materials , with particular interest in, Rubbers: fillers, adhesion, fracture and fatigue, rubber to metal and rubber to nylon bonding. Extensive research and industrial collaboration portfolio with 68 publications to date.

Dr. David Grandy – Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Materials, has over ten years' experience in using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) in the analysis of surface properties and has been instrumental in the development of nanoscale thermal analysis and thermal imaging. Prior to this he worked as a Materials Engineer in the construction of rail vehicles and was heavily involved in the development and application of adhesive bonding processes.

In addition we usually have a number of external presenters from industry, who are experts in this area. Details will be posted as they are confirmed.