Synthetic adhesive

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An adhesive composed of a synthetic resin or elastomer. Synthetic resins used as adhesives provide a wider range of properties than natural based adhesives. Examples of synthetic adhesives are:

1) Thermoplastic resins - Cellulose nitrate, Polyvinyl acetate, Ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, polyamides, polyesters, acrylics, and cyanoacrylics.

2) Thermoset resins - phenol formaldehyde, urea formaldehyde, unsaturated polyesters, epoxies, and polyurethanes.

3) Elastomers - natural rubber, Butyl rubber, Polybutadiene, Styrene-butadiene rubber, Nitrile rubber, silicone, and Neoprene.

Synonyms and Related Terms

synthetic adhesives; adhesivo sintético (Esp.)


Physical Properties for Selected Thermoset Resins

Physical Properties for Selected Thermoplastic Resins

General Characteristics of Polymers

Resources and Citations

  • Irving Skeist, Handbook of Adhesives, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, 1977