Surface treatment for effective bonding in the sports industry

Antonia Rabl*, Maximilian Stummer, Michael Pfund, Altenmarkt Im Pongau, Norbert Enzinger

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The sports industry, in particular the ski industry, uses high strength aluminum alloys in adhesive compounds in order to achieve higher torsional stiffness, high strength and nevertheless lightweight construction. These alloys must be surface treated prior to bonding to achieve the required service properties. Subsequently, the bonding process takes place. Occasionally, there can be local defects in the bonding. The analysis of the cause of the locally appearing failures by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is part of this study along with the testing of alternative surface treatment techniques and comparing them by using contact angle measurement (CAM). Furthermore, peeling tests are performed to determine and compare the alternative surface treatments regarding their impact on the joint strength. The focus is on achieving a high peeling resistance and a reduction of the defect rate.

Translated title of the contributionOberflächenbehandlung für effektives Kleben in der Sportindustrie
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-133
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Testing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Aluminum alloy
  • Bonding
  • Sports industry
  • Surface treatment
  • Wetting behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

Fields of Expertise

  • Mobility & Production
  • Advanced Materials Science

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