Integrated Structures from Dissimilar Materials: The Future Belongs to Aluminum–Polymer Joints

Tamas Temesi, Tibor Czigany

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The spread of integrated structural elements and parts made from low-density materials (for example aluminum and polymers) created a need for joining technologies with which these can be joined. Herein, the most important surface preparation methods and joining processes, with which the surface structure of aluminum can be modified and aluminum and polymer structures can be joined, are reviewed. For both topics, a new classification method is introduced: surface preparation methods are grouped based on the method of creating surface structures, whereas joining technologies are grouped according to heat input and structural changes in the polymer material. Herein, “hot” joining technologies (in which so much heat is formed that the polymer material is melted) are reviewed. This grouping category includes techniques based on friction and induction, ultrasonic and laser welding, and some in situ joining technologies. With these, materials with highly different chemical structures and melting temperatures are joined in fast cycles, in a reliable manner. In the coming years, more integrated structures containing aluminum–polymer joints manufactured with fast, automatable joining techniques (such as ultrasonic and laser welding, in compliance with the requirements of Industry 4.0) will be used throughout the industry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2000007
JournalAdvanced Engineering Materials
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2020


  • aluminum
  • joining technologies
  • surface preparation
  • thermoplastic polymers
  • welding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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