1 Introduction</h5> The surface treatment of aluminium aircraft structure prior to application of bonded repairs has successfully employed a process of grit-blasting and epoxy silane treatment for a number of years  . This treatment may also be employed to modify a range of metallic substrates such as titanium and steel. However, the environmental resistance of adhesive bonds prepared with the grit-blast and epoxy silane treated titanium have typically been poorer than for aluminium alloys. A number of intermediate steps are used in the grit-blast and epoxy silane process and an examination of some critical steps in the process have been undertaken in an attempt to determine how each step may affect the performance of the adhesive to titanium bonding.</P>Titanium represents a desirable material for the aerospace industry largely due to its high strength to weight ratio and high resistance to elevated temperatures and corrosion  . The preferred joining method for titanium structures is adhesive bonding, however, the key to its success relies on suitable surface treatments, which produce good bond strengths and durability. A variety of surface treatments for titanium have been described in the literature. Some initial work by Stone examined the performance grit-blasted titanium
International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives – Elsevier
Published: Jan 1, 2014
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