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The extreme importance of correctly establishing the locus of separation in an adhering system, such as a film on a solid, is pointed out. Two theories as to the level of possibility that true interfacial separation will occur are described and both are criticized. A logically rigorous formulation which draws upon both these theories is given.
adhesion, films, coatings, adhesives, bond strength, joint strength, fracture, cracks, flaws, fracture mechanics, interfaces, failure locus, interfacial separation, interfacial failure, cohesive failure, weak boundary layers
Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N. Y.