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Analysis of adhesive bonded composite lap joints with transverse stitching

Abstract

The effect of transverse stitching on the stresses in the adhesive is investigated using an adhesive sandwich model with nonlinear adhesive properties and a transverse stitching model for adhesive bonded composite single-lap and double-lap joints. Numerical results indicate that, among all stitching parameters, thread pretension and stitch density have significant effect on the peel stresses in the adhesive; increase in the thread pretension and the stitch density leads to a decrease in peel stress in the adhesive, while an increase in other parameters generally results in a negligible reduction in peel stress. The effect of stitching was found to be negligible on the shear stresses in the adhesive. Thus it is concluded that stitching is effective for the joints where peel stresses are critical and ineffective for those where shear stresses are critical.

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Tong, L., Jain, L.K. Analysis of adhesive bonded composite lap joints with transverse stitching. Appl Compos Mater 2, 343–365 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00564573

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Key words

  • transverse stitching
  • adhesive bonding
  • composite
  • lap joints
  • stresses