Chapter 13

Quality Control

Industrial processing of adhesives has made considerable progress from the crude processes of the past. Unfortunately, one of the disadvantages of adhesive bonding as an assembly method is that a bond area cannot be inspected visually. Inspection must be carried out by two methods: destructive and nondestructive. Destructive inspection may be carried out on process-control test specimens prepared from the same adherend and adhesive materials as used for the production parts. The process-control specimen, as the name implies, accompanies the production parts throughout the stages of cleaning, assembly, and cure. The adhesives and adherends are all assembled at the same time and cured in the same press or autoclave.

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