On controlling interfacial heterogeneity to trigger bridging in secondary bonded composite joints: An efficient strategy to introduce crack-arrest features

Ran Tao, Xiaole Li, Arief Yudhanto, Marco Alfano, Gilles Lubineau*

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Abstract

Secondary adhesive bonding of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer laminates is of great interest for the aerospace and automotive industries. However, joint reliability is still a major concern because of fabrication-induced or service-related cracks that are difficult to monitor and can lead to catastrophic failure. In this work, we propose a patterning strategy where the careful design of spatially-varying interface properties enables the formation of an adhesive ligament that acts as a crack-arrest feature. Bi-dimensional finite element models of adhesively bonded double cantilever beams were employed to investigate the role of the main parameters of the pattern (i.e., geometrical parameters and interfacial properties) under mode I loading. The results show that an adhesive ligament can either bridge the separating arms, largely enhancing the dissipated energy, or fail, thereby limiting the attainment of a R-curve-like response. The precise scenario is heavily dependent on the contrast in interfacial properties rather than the geometrical details of the pattern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number107964
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Volume188
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

Keywords

  • Adhesive joints
  • CFRP
  • Cohesive zone model
  • Crack-arrest feature
  • Interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Engineering

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