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Surface texturing of fluoropolymersA method is disclosed for improving surface texture for adhesive bonding, metal bonding, substrate plating, decal substrate preparation, and biomedical implant applications. The surface to be bonded is dusted in a controlled fashion to produce a disbursed layer of fine mesh particles which serve as masks. The surface texture is produced by impinging gas ions on the masked surface. The textured surface takes the form of pillars or cones. The bonding material, such as a liquid epoxy, flows between the pillars which results in a bond having increased strength. For bonding metals a thin film of metal is vapor or sputter deposited onto the textured surface. Electroplating or electroless plating is then used to increase the metal thickness in the desired amount.
Document ID
Document Type
Other - Patent
Banks, B. A.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Mirtich, M. J.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Sovey, J. S.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 4, 2013
Publication Date
August 17, 1982
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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