The Science and Technology of Adhesive Bonding

This is a one week postgraduate level course. The aim is to provide an intensive introduction to the basic principles, technology and applications of adhesive bonding.


University of Surrey


To be confirmed

Number of days

Five weekdays

Hours of study

9am - 5:30pm

Course overview

The course will be staffed by lecturers with considerable experience in structural adhesive bonding, drawn from both industry and academia. Each day will comprise lectures, laboratory demonstrations and classes with the course tutors.

Attendees with specific problems will have ample opportunity to consult the lecturers.

The number of registrants will be limited to ensure maximum benefit from both the practical classes and tutorial sessions.

Who is this course for?

Those with a higher education qualification in science or engineering are likely to benefit most.

This course is for you if your wish to gain a more complete understanding of the science and technology of the adhesive bonding process, or if you have responsibility for the design of systems involving adhesive joints, or for moving such designs through to production.

You may be a materials scientist, a design engineer or production engineer or similar. No specific previous qualifications will be assumed but the level is set to appeal to those of graduate or equivalent status with some industrial experience.

Course details

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

Over this week long course we will go through the following:

  • Mechanisms of adhesion
  • Wetting and spreading 1: An introduction
  • Adhesive formulation and the chemistry of adhesive types
  • Methods for the analysis of interfacial chemistry (SEM, EDX, TEM, XPS, SIMS, AES)
  • Mechanical properties of structural adhesives
  • Design of adhesive joints
  • Selection of adhesives
  • Health and safety aspects
  • The surface pretreatment of metals
  • The surface pretreatment of plastics
  • Industrial applications of anaerobic, cyanoacrylate and UV curable
  • Science and technology of silane adhesion promoters
  • Modelling the structural response of bonded structures to service loading
  • The bonding process
  • Quality assurance in adhesive bonding
  • Manufacturing case studies I-IV.

The course leader is Professor John F Watts.


Price per person is to be confirmed.

How to apply

Payment can be accepted by purchase order, credit card or bank transfer on our online store, which will be available soon.

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

Register your interest

If you are interested in taking this course then please contact the Short Course Administrator, Jenna Flint:

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