Strength and failure analysis of composite-to-composite adhesive bonds with different surface treatments

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Paranjpe, Nikhil
Alamir, Mohammed Abdullah
Alonayni, Abdullah
Asmatulu, Eylem
Rahman, Muhammad M.
Asmatulu, Ramazan

Nikhil Paranjpe, Nikhil Paranjpe, Mohammed Alamir, Mohammed Alamir, Abdullah Alonayni, Abdullah Alonayni, Eylem Asmatulu, Eylem Asmatulu, Muhammad M. Rahman, Muhammad M. Rahman, Ramazan Asmatulu, Ramazan Asmatulu, } "Strength and failure analysis of composite-to-composite adhesive bonds with different surface treatments", Proc. SPIE 10596, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites XII, 105961K (22 March 2018)


Adhesives are widely utilized materials in aviation, automotive, energy, defense, and marine industries. Adhesive joints are gradually supplanting mechanical fasteners because they are lightweight structures, thus making the assembly lighter and easier. They also act as a sealant to prevent a structural joint from galvanic corrosion and leakages. Adhesive bonds provide high joint strength because of the fact that the load is distributed uniformly on the joint surface, while in mechanical joints, the load is concentrated at one point, thus leading to stress at that point and in turn causing joint failures. This research concentrated on the analysis of bond strength and failure loads in adhesive joint of composite-to-composite surfaces. Different durations of plasma along with the detergent cleaning were conducted on the composite surfaces prior to the adhesive applications and curing processes. The joint strength of the composites increased about 34% when the surface was plasma treated for 12 minutes. It is concluded that the combination of different surface preparations, rather than only one type of surface treatment, provides an ideal joint quality for the composites.

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