Bonding mechanisms in laser-assisted joining of metal-polymer composites

Metal-Plastic hybrid components and assemblies are gaining importance due to novel lightweight constructions and a growing integration of functions by using the right material at the right place. Thermal joining enables a joining technology for thermoplastic materials and engineering metals without using adhesive or joining elements. The paper provides novel investigations on the interaction between form fit and physicochemical interactions due to the combined use of specifically used oxide layers, interaction barriers and defined surface structuring by laser processing. Thereby, the design of experiments allows the investigation of the form fit as dominant interaction mode.


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