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Development of design allowables for the design of composite bonded double-lap joints in aerospace applications

Khan, Minhaj, Aglietti, Guglielmo, Crocombe, Andrew, Viquerat, Andrew and Hamar, C (2018) Development of design allowables for the design of composite bonded double-lap joints in aerospace applications International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 82. pp. 221-232.

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This paper describes progress towards developing design guidelines for a number of composite bonded joints in aerospace applications. The premise of a universal failure criterion is impractical given the number of adherend-adhesive configurations and layups available. However, for a finite number of joint configurations, design rules can be developed based on experimental test data and detailed finite element (FE) modelling. By using these techniques rather than the traditional overly conservative knock down factors, more of the performance of composite bonded joints can be accessed. The work presented here experimentally studied the effect of the substrate layup, adhesive type and adhesive thickness on double-lap joint (DLJ) strength. The corresponding failure surfaces were analysed and failure modes identified. Following this, detailed FE models were developed to identify the trends associated with altering joint parameters. Finally, the stresses and strains within the adhesive and substrate were analysed at the joints respective failure loads to identify critical parameters. These parameters can provide an insight as to the stress state of the joint at failure or near failure loads, and hence its true performance.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
Hamar, C
Date : 31 January 2018
Funders : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
DOI : 10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2018.01.011
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Uncontrolled Keywords : Joint design; Composite; Finite element stress analysis; Microscopy
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 09 Feb 2018 13:58
Last Modified : 31 Jan 2019 02:08

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