Adhesive Glossary

Adhesive –  A substance capable of bonding material together by surface attachment.

Assembly Adhesive – An adhesive that can be used for bonding parts together, such as in the manufacture of a boat, airplane, and furniture.

Cold-Setting Adhesive – An adhesive that sets at a temperature below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius)

Construction Adhesive – Any adhesive used to assemble primary building materials into components during building construction; most commonly applied to elastomeric-based adhesives.

Contract Adhesive – An adhesive that is apparently dry to the touch and that will adhere to itself instantaneously upon contact; also called contact bond adhesive.

Gap-Filling Adhesive – An adhesive capable of forming and maintaining a bond between surfaces that are not close fitting.

Hot-Melt Adhesive – An adhesive that is applied in a molten state and forms a bond upon cooling to a solid state.

Hot-Setting Adhesive An adhesive that requires a temperature at or above 212 degrees F.

Room Temperature Curing Adhesive – An adhesive that sets in the temperature range of 68 to 86 degrees F, in accordance with the limits for Standard Room Temperature specified in the Standard Methods of Conditioning Plastics and Electrical Insulting Materials for Testing.

Solvent Adhesive – An adhesive having a volatile organic liquid as a vehicle.

Structural Adhesive – A bonding agent used for transferring required loads between adherents exposed to service environments typical for the structure involved.