Adhesive bonding of aluminium alloys is a widely used joining technology across
many industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, marine, defence and
construction. One of the key attractions of adhesive bonding is the superior fatigue
performance and joint stress distribution. The applications are not without
limitations and adhesive joints often suffer from premature failure when put into
service in harsh environments such as those containing high degrees of moisture. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.