Strain contours of a double cantilever beam test specimen for a soft pressure-sensitive adhesive

High-Rate Testing of Adhesives and Composites

Free, One-hour Webinar

The high-rate mechanical properties of adhesives and composites are important for numerous industries, including automotive, consumer electronics, and defense.  However, measuring the mechanical properties of adhesives under high-rate loading conditions is experimentally challenging.  To obtain repeatable and robust measurements of our materials, we must pay careful attention to how our test specimens are designed and how our test data is analyzed.  We will demonstrate how to characterize composites and adhesive joints to understand joint performance under impact loading conditions.  We will conclude by discussing how recent innovations in high-speed imaging can be leveraged to characterize structural adhesives at high strain rates.


1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Web-based Course
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Question and Answer Session
EDT - Eastern Daylight Time
Registration deadline

Course Instructor

Dr. Scott Grindy is a Lead Engineer at Veryst Engineering. Dr. Grindy’s expertise is in the design of functional polymeric materials through materials chemistry and structure. He has worked extensively with polymeric materials such as soft hydrogels, thermoplastics, photo-curing systems, and biodegradable polymers. Dr. Grindy has experience using both mechanical characterization and rheology and analytical methods to analyze materials in areas such as drug delivery, implantable biomedical devices, adhesives, and consumer products.

Dr. Grindy earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



This course is intended for people with some experience in mechanics or materials science. We will briefly cover conventional adhesive test methods to provide background for attendees who are not familiar with adhesive and composite joint characterization.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • understand how the high strain-rate properties of adhesives are different than properties at low strain rates, and identify which mechanical properties are most likely to be different for different adhesive classes
  • discuss the toughness of adhesive joints and composites through the lens of fracture mechanics
  • understand how computer vision and high-speed video can be combined to characterize adhesives
Upper figure: diagram of the impact wedge double cantilever beam specimen; lower figure: image of the impact wedge double cantilever beam specimen



The March 14, 2024 High-Rate Testing of Adhesives and Composites web-based course is free, but registration is required and class size is limited.

Use our on-line registration form (see below) or print out this page and submit by one of the following:

  • Scan and email to:
  • Fax to: 781.433.0933
  • Mail to:
    • Seminars
    • Veryst Engineering
    • 47A Kearney Road
    • Needham, MA 02492

Deadline for registration is Friday, March 8, 2024.

Cancellation Policy

Veryst reserves the right to reject registrations and to cancel a webinar based on class size.


Important Information

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