Investigating the fracture behavior of adhesively bonded metallic joints using the Arcan fixture

Type Article
Date 2016-04
Language English
Author(s) Stamoulis G.1, Carrere N.2, Cognard J. -Y.2, Davies PeterORCID3, Badulescu C.2
Affiliation(s) 1 : UBO, IUT Brest, ENSTA UBO ENIB, Lab Brestois Mecan & Syst,EA4325,GMP, Rue Kergoat,CS 93837, F-29238 Brest 3, France.
2 : ENSTA Bretagne, ENSTA UBO ENIB, Lab Brestois Mecan & Syst, EA4325, 2 Rue Francois Verny, F-29806 Brest 9, France.
3 : IFREMER, Marine Struct Lab, Ctr Bretagne, BP 70, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
Source International Journal Of Adhesion And Adhesives (0143-7496) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2016-04 , Vol. 66 , P. 147-159
DOI 10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2016.01.001
WOS© Times Cited 21
Keyword(s) Arcan fixture, Structural adhesives, Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics, Fracture toughness, Finite element analysis
Abstract In the present study, the fracture behavior of a crash optimized adhesive was examined by means of the Arcan fixture. The specimens were prepared using substrates of Aluminum 2017 A and two pre-cracks (one per each extremity of the joint) were created. The section of the substrates has been specially designed to stabilize crack propagation. The thickness of the adhesive layer was fixed at 0.5 mm. The tests were performed in the mixed mode I/II plane and under compression/shear load, at a speed of 0.5 mm/min. To avoid measuring the crack length during the experiments, an alternative methodology to calculate the fracture toughness is proposed. The results are in good accordance with previously published data on the same adhesive using “classical” TDCB (Tapered Double Cantilever Beam) and MMB (Mixed Mode Bending) tests. The influence of compression/shear loading on the fracture properties of the joint is also discussed.
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