Bonding with Composites: Pictured is a driveshaft with bonded end fittings that withstood 420 ft. lbs. of torque and ultimately caused the steel to fail prior to the bond.

Bonding-imageAn area that customers frequently have questions about is bonding with composites. Some customers are skeptical as to how strong a bonded area will be within their composite structure. However when designed and manufactured properly, a bond can withstand expected loads and provide numerous benefits.

Adhesive bonded joints in composites are preferred over mechanical fastened (bolted or riveted) for the following reasons:

  • Reduces stress concentrations (better transfer of load)
  • Lighter weight
  • Improved alignment of mating parts
  • Easily joins thin sections
  • No galvanic corrosion of bolts

Adhesive Joints are strongest when the joint is loaded in shear. Recommended bond line thicknesses are on the order of 0.005 to 0.010 inches. Normal loads which produce peel stresses greatly weaken adhesive joints.

Ability Composites has the experience and knowledge you need when producing bonded composite parts. If we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.