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Silicone (RTV) sealant bonded aluminum joints: An experimental study

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1991
Summary:
The performance of adhesively bonded joints in terms of strength, sealing capacity and environmental resistance is of concern to designers in many fields including the marine industry. In the present work floating roller peel tests were utilized to study the bond properties of aluminum-silicone (RTV) joints. An attempt was made to identify the factors that affect the joint strength. Experiments revealed that peel strength increased with sealant thickness and decreased at high peel rates. Organo-silane primer SS4044 was found to improve the weatherability and strength of the joint. Results point out that mechanical interlocking combined with chemical alteration of the substrate surface was responsible for this improved adhesion. Combinations of three different environmental parameters were studied, and it was shown that seawater was the most hostile single type and a combined exposure to seawater and UV radiation (to simulate a marine environment) proved to be the worst overall. Tests showed that relaxation was governed by sealant thickness alone and was not affected by the marine environment.
Title: Silicone (RTV) sealant bonded aluminum joints: An experimental study.
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Name(s): Antony, Melvin.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Hartt, William H., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1991
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 90 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The performance of adhesively bonded joints in terms of strength, sealing capacity and environmental resistance is of concern to designers in many fields including the marine industry. In the present work floating roller peel tests were utilized to study the bond properties of aluminum-silicone (RTV) joints. An attempt was made to identify the factors that affect the joint strength. Experiments revealed that peel strength increased with sealant thickness and decreased at high peel rates. Organo-silane primer SS4044 was found to improve the weatherability and strength of the joint. Results point out that mechanical interlocking combined with chemical alteration of the substrate surface was responsible for this improved adhesion. Combinations of three different environmental parameters were studied, and it was shown that seawater was the most hostile single type and a combined exposure to seawater and UV radiation (to simulate a marine environment) proved to be the worst overall. Tests showed that relaxation was governed by sealant thickness alone and was not affected by the marine environment.
Identifier: 14711 (digitool), FADT14711 (IID), fau:11502 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thesis (M.S.E.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1991.
Subject(s): Aluminum--Bonding
Sealing compounds
Strength of materials
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