Prediction of mechanical behaviour of adhesively bonded CFRP scarf jointed specimen under tensile loading using localised DIC and CZM

Matta, Seshadri and M, Ramji (2018) Prediction of mechanical behaviour of adhesively bonded CFRP scarf jointed specimen under tensile loading using localised DIC and CZM. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives. ISSN 0143-7496 (In Press)

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The present study focuses on the mechanical behaviour of both single and double tapered scarf adhesively bonded joint of Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminate as adherend subjected to tensile loading. The layup sequence of the CFRP adherend having unidirectional (UD) [0°]16 and quasi [+45/−45/0/90]2S are studied. The adhesive used here is Araldite 2015 sup-plied by Huntsman which is a two part epoxy system of intermediate toughness grade. Here, 2D digital image correlation (DIC) technique is used for capturing the whole field longitudinal, peel and shear strain distribution over the adhesive bond line of the CFRP specimen. Further, a localised DIC measurement is also carried out using microscopic tube lens for precisely capturing strain field over concentrated zones where damage initiation occurs. The evolution of whole field strain distribution with increasing load is captured to predict the mechanical behaviour and failure mechanism of a tapered scarf joint specimen. In addition, 2-D finite element analysis (FEA) of scarf joint model is carried out for validating the DIC results. In the finite element model cohesive zone elements are used for the modelling of both adhesive layer and inter/intra laminar interface of the composite laminate. Initially, to verify the proposed numerical model, joint's initial stiffness, failure load and corresponding displacement obtained from FEA are compared against the experimental load – displacement results. Later, qualitative and quantitative comparison of longitudinal, peel and shear strain values obtained over the adhesive layer by DIC and FEA is carried out to confirm the accuracy of the DIC results. A descent correlation is found to exist between the DIC predictions and numerical results thereby confirming the accuracy of the DIC technique. Analytical solutions are also derived for the same problem based on mechanics of material and further it is compared with both FEA and DIC predictions for completeness.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital image correlation, Tapered scarf, Adhesive joint, Cohesive zone and failure
Subjects: Others > Mechanics
Divisions: Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 09:02
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 09:02
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