Failure prediction and optimal selection of adhesives for glass/steel adhesive joints

Ioannis Katsivalis*, Ole Thybo Thomsen, Stefanie Feih, Mithila Achintha

*Corresponding author for this work

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Mild steel/tempered glass adhesive joints are becoming a common occurrence in the construction industry. A numerical parametric study for adhesive property optimisation is conducted and determines strength and ductility as the main parameters affecting the joint performance. Numerical simulations include adhesive pressure-sensitivity, plasticity and failure modelling and are also used to further investigate onset and progression of damage leading to failure of the joints. Following this, the market of structural adhesives is scanned, resulting in the identification of an adhesive system that aligns with the ‘optimal’ strength and ductility parameters identified from the parametric study. The chosen adhesive system is experimentally compared and benchmarked against a brittle and a ductile adhesive in steel/glass adhesive joints subjected to four different load-cases. It is demonstrated that the proposed modelling methodology yields accurate predictions of the adhesive and adherend stress states and failure behaviour for the four different load-cases, thus highlighting the model's ability to predict the response and failure of all three adhesives and tempered glass.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109646
JournalEngineering Structures
Early online date14 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2019

Structured keywords

  • Bristol Composites Institute ACCIS


  • Numerical modelling
  • Glass structures
  • Glass adhesive joints
  • Material characterization testing


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