Joint strength predictions for adhesive joints to be used over a wide temperature range

LFM da Silva, RD Adams

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Abstract

The objective of this investigation was to design a joint, suitable for use from low- to high-temperatures, by the combination of two adhesives, one for strength at high-temperatures and one for strength at low-temperatures. Such a joint is needed for the fuselage of supersonic aircraft, where aluminium or titanium /composite joints are common and kinetic heating at high speeds can lead to high skin temperatures. The mixed modulus concept described by Hart-Smith is the starting point of the analysis. At high-temperatures, a brittle adhesive (high modulus) in the middle of the joint retains the strength and transfers the entire load. At low-temperatures, a ductile adhesive at the ends of the joint is the load-bearing adhesive. To guarantee that the load is transferred through the low-temperature adhesive, the ends of the overlap can be stiffened. A numerical analysis was carried out using finite element models to study the stress distribution in a mixed adhesive joint so as to find the best possible design of titanium/titanium and titanium/composite double lap joints. It has been shown that, for a joint with dissimilar adherends, the combination of two adhesives gives a better performance (increased load capacity) over the temperature range considered than the use of a high-temperature adhesive alone.
Translated title of the contributionJoint strength predictions for adhesive joints to be used over a wide temperature range
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362 - 379
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives
Volume27 (5)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

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Publisher: Elsevier

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