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Section 0 (Fundamental principles of adhesive bonding) outlines fundamental principles of adhesive bonding that are essential for understanding the subsequent sections. Terms such as "adhesion" and "wetting" are explained.

Section 1 (Planning to manufacture bonded joints) covers the key points that have to be considered when planning to manufacture bonded joints. The importance of "quality management" is also outlined.

Section 2 (Substrate selection and properties) describes the selection of substrate materials. The most common material groups such as metals, plastics, glass, wood and fibre composites are presented.

Section 3 (Bonded joint design) considers aspects of bonded joint design. The complex process of adhesive selection is covered in detail in Section 4 (Adhesive selection). A variety of adhesives are presented. Special focus is put on processing and curing and on the properties of the cured or hardened adhesive.

Once the substrate and adhesive have been selected, suitable surface treatment has to be considered. Section 5 (Surface treatment) outlines a variety of surface treatment methods for different substrates.

Once the substrate, adhesive, and surface treatment have been chosen, the usage safety of the bonded joint must be demonstrated. This aspect is covered in Section 6 (Demonstration of usage safety).

After all the planning steps have been successfully completed, practical implementation must be initiated. These activities are summarized in Section 7 (Preparations for production).

Finally, Section 8 (Production of bonded joints) presents aspects that must be taken into account to manufacture effective bonded joints and to prevent errors occurring.

If you wish to acquire a full picture of adhesive bonding or if you have little or no experience working with adhesives, then it is best to go through these guidelines in full and in the given sequence.

If you wish to only acquire information about specific aspects, then specific sections can be referred to. It is possible to switch between sections at any time. Technical terms are summarised in the glossary. The relevant information is displayed on clicking the term.

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