Influence of the Size and Amount of Cork Particles on the Impact Toughness of a Structural Adhesive Articles uri icon


  • BARBOSA, A. Q.
  • DA SILVA, L. F. M.

publication date

  • April 2012

start page

  • 452

end page

  • 470


  • 4-6


  • 88

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8464

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-5823


  • Special Issue on Papers from the 1st International Conference on Structural Adhesive Bonding (AB2011), Porto, Portugal, 7-8 July 2011. The Journal of Adhesion. [Resumen]. The inclusion of particles (nano or micro) is a method to improve the mechanical properties, such as toughness, of structural adhesives. Structural adhesives are known for their high strength and stiffness but also for their low ductility and toughness. There are many processes described in the literature to increase the toughness, one of the most common being the use of rubber particles. In the present study, natural micro particles of cork were used with the objective to increase the impact resistance of a brittle epoxy adhesive. The idea is for the cork particles to act like crack stoppers and absorb impact leading to higher absorption of energy. The influence of the cork particle size and amount were studied. Particles of cork ranging from 38 to 250 µm were mixed in the epoxy adhesive Araldite® 2020 from Huntsman. The amount of cork in the adhesive was varied between 1 and 5% by weight. Surface treatment (low pressure plasma) was applied to the cork powder to assess the effect of the interaction adhesive-cork with several degrees of adhesion. This evaluation was made using impact tests and it was evident that impact absorption was related to the size and amount of cork particles in the resin, considering a uniform particle distribution.