Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 26–29 | Cite as

Thread-Locking Adhesive Failure and a Unique Corrective Action

  • W. John Wolfgong
  • Joseph Colangelo
Case History---Peer-Reviewed


Thread-locking adhesives are commonly added to impart extra torque strength as well preventing screws from backing out during use. Many of these adhesives rely on anaerobic (oxygen free) conditions for curing. Often, if not properly cured, the locking compounds which are usually oily liquids, actually behave in a manner completely opposite of design and screws intended to be strengthened are in fact compromised beyond if no locking compound were present at all. Discussed herein is such an example in which, if a solution were not found to allow for curing of the locking compounds on assembled systems, over 2,000 costly sensor assemblies would have been scrapped. Fortunately, an unconventional solution was found.


Thread lock Thread locker Adhesive Adhesive cure Characterization Chemistry Failure analysis 


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© ASM International 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Raytheon Network Centric SystemsMcKinneyUSA

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