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Adhesive bonding is a well-established technique for composite materials.Despite advanced surface treatments and preparations, surface contamination and application errors still occur, resulting in localised areas with a reduced adhesion. The dramatic reduction of the bond strength limits the applicability of adhesive bonds and hampers further indu...
We have studied the degradation of pure magnesium wire in simulated body fluid and its subsets under physiological conditions to enable the prediction of the degradation rate based on the medium's ionic composition. To this end, micro-computed tomography and scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used, followed...
We present a quantum mechanical / molecular mechanics (QM/MM) to tackle chemical reactions with substantial molecular reorganization. For this, molecular dynamics simulations with smoothly switched interaction models are used to suggest suitable product states, whilst a Monte Carlo algorithm is employed to assess the reaction likeliness subject to...
Thermal degradation detection of cured epoxy resins and composites is currently limited to severe thermal damage in practice. Evaluating the change in mechanical properties after a short-time thermal exposure, as well as estimating the history of thermally degraded polymers, has remained a challenge until now. An approach to accurately predict the...