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Joining composite materials by means of reactive microparticles

  • Sandra Schreiber
  • Michael F. Zaeh
Production Joining Technology

Reactive systems generate high temperatures within a few seconds through exothermic reactions. Researchers of the Technical University of Munich use the energy from the reaction of the so-called reactive microparticles to create joints in plastics, metals or ceramics.

Joining Different Types of Material

Resource-efficient lightweight structures are a result of the targeted use of plastics, fiber-reinforced plastics or metals. However, joining materials of the same type or of different types is a key challenge in production engineering, as the joint partners can only be exposed to thermal or mechanical stress to a limited extent. Diverging thermophysical properties in particular, such as different coefficients of thermal expansion, make it more difficult to use conventional methods and demand innovative and adaptable joining technologies. Reactive systems, which react in an exothermic combustion reaction,enable a specific amount of heat to be released into the joint zone within a short...



This research and development project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the Framework Concept “Research for Tomorrow’s Production” (funding number 02P16Z010—02P16Z014) and managed by the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA). The author is responsible for the contents of this publication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra Schreiber
    • 1
  • Michael F. Zaeh
    • 1
  1. 1.Technical UniversityMunichGermany

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