Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Source Publication Title

Presented at the American Society for Composites: Thirty-Second Technical Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, October 23-25, 2017; Published in the Proceedings of the American Society for Composites



This paper will focus on an approach to study the mechanical as well as the dielectric properties of an adhesive bond. The dielectric testing is done by using Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BbDS), wherein the dielectric characteristics of the material are analyzed in a wide frequency spectrum. The data obtained by this technique are used to demonstrate the charge transport, the combined dipolar fluctuation, and the effects of polarization occurring between the boundaries of materials. The continuous modifications of the dielectric spectra are due to the changes in the electrical and structural interactions between the particles, shapes, and orientations of the constituent phases of the morphological structure of the material system. Information about the morphologies, impurities/contamination or interaction of the dissimilar surfaces of the pristine bond can be obtained from the initial BbDS properties. The dielectric properties for adhesively bonded composites with different surface adhesion properties have shown promising evidence of predicting the final mechanical performance of the bonded material system. The success and limitations of this approach will be discussed, and needs for continued investigation identified.


Aerospace Engineering | Engineering | Mechanical Engineering

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