Why Adhesives vs. Other Fasteners

(Courtesy Edward M. Petrie, EMP Solutions)

This section addresses the process of choosing a method of joining. In many applications, several joining methods are possible. These include welding, brazing and soldering, mechanical fastening, and adhesive bonding. Each joining application must be considered with regard to its specific processing and performance requirements. There are times when adhesives may be the worst possible option for joining two substrates, and there are times when adhesives may be the best or only alternative.

About the Author

Edward M. Petrie,
EMP Solutions
Cary, NC

Edward M. Petrie has been active in the adhesives industry for over 40 years. Mr. Petrie is currently an independent consultant and technical advisor to, an online service platform dedicated entirely to adhesives and sealants. Mr. Petrie has authored the popular Handbook of Adhesives and Sealants, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2007), Epoxy Adhesives Formulations (McGraw-Hill, 2005), and Plastic Materials and Processes– A Concise Encyclopedia (John Wiley & Sons, 2003).

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