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Cohesion (Cohesive Strength, Internal Bond)

The ability of the adhesive to resist shear stress and splitting.   Good cohesion is necessary for clean removal.

Cold Flow

The tendency of a pressure sensitive adhesive to act as a heavy viscous liquid over long  periods of time.  Such phenomena as oozing and increase in adhesion with time are the result of this characteristic.

Color Stability

The ability of a tape to retain its original color, particularly when exposed to light.


The slow movement of the adhesive or backing under shear stress.


Developing a three-dimensional molecular structure in an adhesive normally activated by heat or irradiation.  An improvement in shear resistance, high temperature resistance, and oil or solvent resistance will normally result.


To alter the properties of an adhesive by chemical reaction, which may be condensation, polymerization, or vulcanization.   Usually accomplished by the action of heat and catalysts, alone or in combination, with or without pressure.


The tendency of paper by itself or in a laminate to bend or partly wrap around the axis of one of its dimensions.


A separation or splitting of the tape such as the separation of the backing into two distinct layers, separation between laminations of a tape consisting of more than one backing, separation between filaments and backing of a filament-reinforced tape, or separation of the adhesive from the backing.

Dielectric Strength

The measure of the maximum voltage stress that a single layer of tape can withstand before dielectric failure occurs, the test being carried out under prescribed conditions.

Dimensional Stability

That property of a material that relates to the constancy of its dimensions, particularly in relation to external influences such as moisture or temperature.


An adhesive application to both sides of a backing.

Edge Curl

The peeling back or lifting of the outer edge of an applied tape in a curved manner.

Edge Lift

The tendency for the edge of an adhesive label to lift from a surface to which it has been adhered.


The extensible property of adhesive films or adhesive interfaces to contract and expand in such a manner as to overcome the differential contraction and expansion rates that the bonded adherends may exhibit.


An elastic, polymeric substaance, such as natural or synthetic rubber.

Electrolyte Corrosion Factor

A measure of the tape's corrosive effect on an electrical conductor, particularly copper.   This is particularly important in the selection of tapes for electrical insulation.

Elongation (Stretch, Ultimate Elongation)

The distance a tape will stretch in the machine or cross direction before breaking under controlled conditions, expressed as a percentage of original length.   Elongation is not necessarily an indication of conformability.


Any paper, film, fabric, laminate, or foil material suitable for converting into pressure-sensitive material stock.   

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When a tape pulls completely off from the surface to which it is applied and drops off.


A weakness resulting from stress created by repeated flexing or impact force upon the adhesive-adhered interface.