Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 633–640 | Cite as

Use of Anaerobic Adhesive for Prevailing Torque Locking Feature in Threaded Fasteners

  • A. Hernandez
  • D. P. Hess
Technical Article---Peer-Reviewed


This paper presents results from tests to assess the use of anaerobic adhesive for providing a prevailing torque locking feature in threaded fasteners. Test procedures are developed and tests are performed on three fastener materials, four anaerobic adhesives, and both seated and unseated assembly conditions. Five to ten samples are tested for each combination. Tests for initial use, reuse without additional adhesive, and reuse with additional adhesive are performed for all samples. A 48 h cure time was used for all initial use and reuse tests. Test data are presented as removal torque versus removal angle with the specification required prevailing torque range added for performance assessment. Percent specification pass rates for all combinations of fastener material, adhesive, and assembly condition are tabulated and reveal use of anaerobic adhesive as a prevailing torque locking feature is viable. Although not every possible fastener material and anaerobic adhesive combination provides prevailing torque values within specification, any combination can be assessed using the test procedures presented. Reuse without additional anaerobic adhesive generally provides some prevailing torque, and in some cases within specification. Reuse with additional adhesive often provides comparable removal torque data as in initial use.


Fastener Anaerobic adhesive Prevailing torque Locking Aerospace Aviation 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the funding and support of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) and Dr. Michael Dube for this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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