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Mode-I behavior of adhesively bonded composite joints at high loading rates

Ravindran, Suraj and Sockalingam, Subramani and Kodagali, Karan and Kidane, Addis and Sutton, Michael and Justusson, Brian and Pang, Jenna (2020) Mode-I behavior of adhesively bonded composite joints at high loading rates. Composites Science and Technology . ISSN 0266-3538. (In Press)

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This study investigates the high loading rate behavior of adhesively bonded carbon/epoxy composite joints under mode I loading. A computationally guided experimental setup is developed to study the mode-I behavior of composite joints in the range of quasi-static to high loading rates. A double cantilevered beam specimen with wedge insert type loading setup is used to conduct quasi-static and dynamic experiments. For the dynamic loading, a modified split Hopkinson bar is used to load the sample at high rates. The local deformation field is measured using high Spatio-temporal resolution digital image correlation (DIC). From the experiments, the mode-I energy release rate is calculated from the load, crack extension and crack root rotation data measured using load cell and DIC. A decrease in the initiation fracture toughness with increase in loading rate was observed which is attributed to the strain rate dependent behavior of the epoxy-based film adhesive. For both quasi-static and high loading rates, a mixed adhesive-cohesive failure is observed from the fracture surface analysis.

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Additional Information:© 2020 Elsevier Ltd. Received 6 January 2020, Revised 18 May 2020, Accepted 17 June 2020, Available online 20 June 2020.
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Subject Keywords:Interlaminar; Fracture toughness; Mode-I; DCB; High strain rate; Adhesive bonded joint
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Official Citation:Suraj Ravindran, Subramani Sockalingam, Karan Kodagali, Addis Kidane, Michael Sutton, Brian Justusson, Jenna Pang, Mode-I behavior of adhesively bonded composite joints at high loading rates, Composites Science and Technology, 2020, 108310, ISSN 0266-3538, (
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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