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Quasi-Static Lap Shear and Dynamic Impact of High Performance VHB™ Acrylic Foam and Adhesive Transfer Tape Bonded Aluminum Joints Subjected to Environmental Degradation

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Manoj Anakapalli, P. Raju Mantena, Ahmed Al-Ostaz

University of Mississippi

S. Jimmy Hwang

3M Center

Paper No. IMECE2005-79425, pp. 603-604; 2 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Design Engineering, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4215-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


A range of 3M™ VHB™ acrylic foam tapes and high performance adhesive transfer tapes were used to bond 1” × 1/8″ (25.4 mm × 3.175 mm) aluminum 2024 T-4 adherends in single-lap joint (SLJ) and three-point end-notched flexure (ENF) configurations. Three types of 0.045” thick double-coated acrylic foam tapes: Foam 41, 50 and 52 (firm, soft and softer), and three types of adhesive transfer tapes: Adhesives 69, 73 and 85 (0.005”, 0.01” and 0.005” thick, respectively) were used for this study. The samples were subjected to two types of aggressive environments simulating extreme service conditions: freeze-thaw cycling from 10°F to 50°F at 6 cycles per day (ASTM C666 Procedure A) for 21 days with samples immersed in water; heat-cool cycling (with 90% of maximum recommended temperature by the manufacturer of both acrylic foam and adhesive transfer tapes attained at 70% relative humidity) and 3 cycles per day for 21 days. Initially the impulse-frequency response vibration and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques were used for monitoring bond quality nondestructively and selecting the best out of 250 fabricated samples. After obtaining baseline data, the specimens were subjected to quasi-static lap-shear and dynamic impact loading to compare their lap-shear failure loads and shear energy along with the impact load and energy absorbed.

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