Special Issue "Adhesive Bonding Lightweight Materials in Modern Vehicles Construction"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Marco Alfano
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering University of Waterloo, Canada
Interests: adhesive bonding; surface pre-treatments; interface modeling & identification; architected materials and interfaces
Dr. Fabrizio Moroni
Co-Guest Editor
Engineering and Architecture Department, University of Parma, 43124 Parma, Italy
Interests: adhesive bonding, surface preparation, finite element modeling, composite materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The mandatory carbon dioxide emission reduction schemes established by national governments from across the globe have induced an irreversible shift toward low-emission mobility in the strategic field of transportation. Priority has been given to weight reduction through the clever use of a consistent mix of materials, such as aluminum alloys and fiber reinforced composites.

However, joining still represents one of the industrialization hurdles that prevents the potential of lightweight materials from being fully realized. Adhesive bonding has surfaced as a candidate technology that can supplement/replace the existing techniques for modern vehicle construction. The structural bonding of the body-in-white (BIW; i.e., assembly of frame and panels) is perhaps the most important area of application, and because the surfaces that are bonded are relatively large, the structural bonding increases the stiffness, fatigue life, and the crash resistance. While it does provide advantages, adhesive bonding brings in its own issues, for example, the need for consistent surface preparation techniques and tailored adhesive formulations, the need for structural health monitoring techniques that can cope with potential disbonds, and so on. These issues are currently hampering a wider application of adhesive bonding not only in the automotive field, but also in aerospace applications. The Special Issue aims to represent a platform for researchers, in both academia and industry, in order to disseminate their ideas and most recent results in this area. In particular, original research articles and review papers are welcome, and topics include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  • The adhesive bonding of metals, polymers, and fiber reinforced composites, including hybrid joining techniques;
  • Surface pre-treatments for metals and polymers, including mechanical, chemical, and physical treatments;
  • Formulation and characterization of novel adhesives, including graded and mixed adhesives;
  • Mechanical characterization techniques for adhesives and adhesive joints, including the assessment of strength, fracture toughness, and long-term durability;
  • Structural health monitoring techniques;
  • Modeling techniques, including the analytical and numerical models for the analysis of strength and fracture toughness under static and/or dynamic loading;
  • Development and characterization of dismantlable adhesives for the recycling of structural materials.

Dr. Marco Alfano
Dr. Fabrizio Moroni
Guest Editors

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  • Joining lightweight materials
  • Structural adhesives
  • Surface pre-treatments
  • Joints strength and fracture toughness
  • Fatigue crack growth and impact strength
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Interface modeling and identification

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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