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The Application of Adhesives to Connect Steel

By Rita Sharma Subscribe to RSS | May 18th 2012 | Views:

Adhesives have a number of benefits that make them a great choice in mechanical joints, or fastening, and so, they are great for use in brazing, welding, and soldiering. Their main advantages is that they can be used on different substrates with differing melting points; they do not cause any change in the material being joined, no drilling or welding is required and the adhesive product distributes the weight load evenly over the surface being joined. There are mainly two types of adhesives that are used in joining items in the assembly point. Structural adhesives are used to join components in a bond, and are the primary holding force; machinery adhesives seal the joint firmly, and offer additional support.

However, the use of metal adhesive in structural bonds has not been so common place. This is because other means of joining items, joints or pieces are commonly used. But the popularity of structural adhesive is slowly increasing.

When looking to use adhesive in a mechanical setting, one needs to realize that there are a number of adhesive types that are used. This is because different materials will usually need different adhesive. For example, plastic adhesive is usually used in cases where industrial plastics need to be joined together; this is because the glue has been designed for use by plastics.

In other cases, the shape of the item being joined usually determines the type of glue that one needs to use. The reason for this is that some shapes, like cylinders may need stronger adhesives than flat shapes. Therefore, there are many things that are usually considered when trying to get the right adhesive for industrial purposes.

When applying an adhesive product, the preparation of the surface is the most important part of joining process. This is because if the surface is contaminated, the efficacy of the adhesive will be compromised. This means that the adhesive will not work for long, or the mechanical joint stuck together may come apart easily.

For example, surface oxidation can greatly affect the quality of adhesion. Therefore, if there is any rust, or any sought of oxidation on a surface it needs to be removed. Most metals, such as Carbon steel are usually treated with rust preventives or oil so that the surface may be kept as pure as possible. In fact, cleaning of the surface is usually encouraged by an adhesive supplier. This is so that one can be certain that the adhesive will work well.

Common causes that lead to joint failure is usually attributed to failure to use the right adhesive; using plastic adhesive on a metal surface, or choosing an adhesive that is not suited to the shape of materials being joined. Therefore, today, the application of adhesives to connect steel is increasing by the day. This is because people are realizing the importance and usefulness of metal adhesive.

Nonetheless, if you are looking to use an adhesive to connect steel, you need to make sure that you choose the best adhesive, or simply talk to the adhesive supplier so that you may know the best adhesive to use.

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