A multi-year research program has made an effort that has yielded surprisingly effective results in its quest to develop reversible adhesive joints that can be debonded and rebounded, not just once, but multiple times. The research team found that taking center stage in making this possible are ferromagnetic nanoparticles in thermoplastic adhesives, using electromagnetic energy. According to the researchers, this capability could reportedly “facilitate composites use in mixed-material vehicle structures because it gives adhesively bonded joints the durability and the reversibility of mechanically fastened joints, with reduced weight.”

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