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Composite Joints and Connections

Principles, Modelling and Testing

The growing use of composites over metals for structural applications has made a thorough understanding of the behaviour of composite joints in various applications essential for engineers, but has also presented them with a new set of problems. Composite joints and connections addresses these differences and explores the design, modelling and testing of bonded and bolted joints and connections.

Part one discusses bolted joints whilst part two examines bonded joints. Chapters review reinforcement techniques and applications for composite bolted and bonded joints and investigate the causes and effects of fatigue and stress on both types of joint in various applications and environments. Topics in part one include metal hybridization, glass-reinforced aluminium (GLARE), hybrid fibre metal laminates (FML), glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) and carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites. Topics in part two include calculation of strain energy release rates, simulating fracture and fatigue failure using cohesive zone models, marine and aerospace applications, advanced modelling, stress analysis of bonded patches and scarf repairs.

Composite joints and connections is a valuable reference for composite manufacturers and composite component fabricators, the aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding and civil engineering industries and for anyone involved in the joining and repair of composite structures.

Hardbound, 544 Pages

Published: October 2011

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-990-1


  • Part 1 Bolted joints: Reinforcement of composite bolted joints by local metal hybridization; Bolted joints in glass-reinforced aluminium (Glare) and other hybrid fibre metal laminates (FML); Bolted joints in pultruded glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) composites; Bolt-hole clearance effects in composite joints; Stress analysis of bolted composite joints under multiaxial loading; Strength prediction of bolted joints in carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites; Fatigue of bolted composite joints; Influence of dynamic loading on fastened composite joints; Effects of temperature on the response of composite bolted joints. Part 2 Bonded joints: Calculation of strain energy release rates for bonded composite joints with a prescribed crack; Simulating fracture in bonded composite joints using cohesive zone models; Simulating fatigue failure in bonded composite joints using a modified cohesive zone model; Strength of bonded overlap composite joints in marine applications; Advanced modelling of the behaviour of bonded composite joints in aerospace applications; Mixed mode energy release rates for bonded composite joints; Stress analysis of bonded patch and scarf repairs in composite structures; High strain behaviour of bonded composite joints.


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