The subject of this paper is the quantitative evaluation of the correlation which exists between the surface characteristics of parts in a titanium alloy, Ti-6Al-4V, and the mechanical strength of the joints, made linking these parts using a structural epoxy adhesive. In particular, the surfaces were prepared by using vacuum plasma as a prebonding treatment with various process gases (air, Ar and O2). For each of these treatments, tests were performed for the mechanical characterisation of the joints, and surveys on the wettability properties were carried out by using a sessile drop method in order to estimate the surface energy of plasma treated surfaces. The results were related to the morphological and electrical properties of the substrates, defined in parallel through SKPM assessment. Further XPS analyses of their chemical state allowed the evaluation of the effect of vacuum plasma on both contaminant removal and formation of a weak oxide layer. The results obtained highlighted interesting relationships between vacuum plasma surface preparation and mechanical resistance of the bonded joints, as well as synergy between the morphological, electrical and chemical properties present in adhesive phenomena.
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|Titolo:||Effect of process gases in vacuum plasma treatment on adhesion properties of titanium alloy substrates|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|