Structural Adhesives

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Technology Map Detailed Contents May 2004

Recent Developments

  • Researchers Develop Smart Adhesive for Electronic Applications
  • Lehigh Develops Temperature-Dependent Adhesive
  • Mit Investigates Smart Surfaces
  • Researchers Unveil Gecko Glue
  • Montana Develops Novel Adhesives from Bacteria
  • PHA Research Effort Continues
  • USDA Turns to Bio-Based Materials
  • Researchers Develop Nano-Velcro
  • New-Car Smell Is Bad for One's Health
  • BASF Completes Coatings Center


Importance of the Technology

The Technology in Brief

  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • Types of Adhesives
  • Surface Preparation
  • Surface-Analysis Techniques
  • Application/Processing Techniques
  • Curing Systems and Techniques
  • UV-Curable Adhesives
  • Adhesive Selection
  • Design of Adhesive Joints
  • Adhesive-Bond Testing

Commercial Development Parameters

  • Timing
  • General Constraints
  • Demand Factors
  • Synergistic Technologies
  • Competing Technologies
  • Required Resources
  • Regulatory Factors
  • International Scenario

Areas to Monitor

  • The Ongoing Development of Alternative Joining Methods
  • Environmental Regulations on the Adhesives Industry
  • Potential Replacements for Lead Solder
  • Adhesives and Automation
  • R&D Opportunities to Improve Adhesives
  • Academia and Industry Links for Technology Acceleration
  • Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation

Implications of Commercialization

  • Integrating Adhesives into Product Design
  • The Internet and Adhesives
  • Adhesives-Industry Challenge of Service
  • Influence of New Players
  • Novel Adhesives Technologies
  • Environmental Concern
  • Product Liability
  • A Systems Approach
  • Globalization, Mergers, and Acquisitions

Market Development


  • Automotive/Transportation Uses
  • Aerospace/Aircraft
  • Building and Construction Industry
  • Electrical and Electronics Industries
  • Infrastructure
  • Appliance/Consumer Applications
  • Medical Adhesives and Devices