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Adhesive Joints under the Magnetic Microscope
Over the next two years, the researchers working on the newly launched NMRBond research project at the SKZ plastics centre will be focusing on the non-destructive testing of several different types of adhesive joints using single-sided nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR).
Adhesives are playing an increasingly important role in industrial applications. "The constantly growing demand for lightweight components and the continuous improvements being made to adhesive systems are the driving forces behind the latest developments. Although previous methods used to inspect adhesive joints produce reliable results, they are only suitable for random testing and are often destructive," explains SKZ researcher Norbert Halmen.