Elastic-plastic model of adhesive-bonded single-lap composite joints

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Yang, Chihdar Charles
Huang, Hai
Tomblin, John S.
Sun, Wenjun

Yang, C., Huang, H., Tomblin, J. S., & Sun, W. (2004). Elastic-plastic model of adhesive-bonded single-lap composite joints. Journal of Composite Materials, 38(4), 293-309. doi:10.1177/0021998304039268


An analytical model for determining adhesive stress distributions within the adhesive-bonded single-lap composite joints was developed. ASTM D3165 Strength Properties of Adhesives in Shear by Tension Loading of SingleLap-Joint Laminated Assemblies test specimen geometry was followed in the model derivation. In the model derivation, the composite adherends were assumed linear elastic while the adhesive was assumed elastic-perfectly plastic following von Mises yield criterion. Laminated Anisotropic Plate Theory was applied in the derivation of the governing equations of the bonded laminates. The adhesive was assumed to be very thin and the adhesive stresses are assumed constant through the bondline thickness. The entire coupled system of equations was determined through the kinematics relations and force equilibrium of the adhesive and the adherends. The overall system of governing equations was solved analytically with appropriate boundary conditions. Computer software Maple V was used as the solution tool. The developed stress model was verified with finite element analysis using ABAQUS by comparing the adhesive stress distributions.

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