Enhancement of adhesion strength by micro-rolling-based surface texturing

Dongkai Xu, Man Kwan Ng, Rong Fan, Rui Zhou, Hui Ping Wang, Jun Chen, Jian Cao*

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Structural adhesive bonding technology is widely utilized in various applications in modern automotive and aviation industries. Finding new techniques to enhance adhesion strength between bonded components in a more economical and environmental-friendly way is becoming an important issue. In this paper, a novel micro-surface texturing method by using a developed deformation-based micro-rolling system has been applied to modify surface conditions of a sheet metal in order to increase metal-to-metal adhesion strength. Additionally, different surface texturing patterns, such as micro-channel arrays and grid pattern, are produced by single-pass or two-pass micro-rolling strategies. The effect of these texture patterns on adhesion strength is studied through single-lap-joint shear strength test. Results indicate that surface with micro-textures are able to achieve noticeable improvement in adhesion strength.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1427-1435
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number9-12
StatePublished - Jun 18 2015


  • Adhesion strength
  • Micro-rolling
  • Structural adhesive bonding
  • Surface texturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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