A new testing methodology for simultaneous assessment of monotonic and fatigue behaviour of adhesive joints

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1163/016942411X580199
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Journal titleJournal of Adhesion Science and Technology
Pages25012520; # of pages: 20
SubjectAdhesive joint; fatigue behaviour; monotonic behaviour; simultaneous assessment; comportement monotonique; adhésif
AbstractAdhesive joints are normally subjected to different working conditions in their service-life. This may involve both static and cyclic loadings. In many instances, a combination of various loading conditions occurs that can be further provoked by exposure to hostile environments. This, in turn, leads to the need to characterize the joint behavior under different combinations of working conditions. Extensive experimental tests are needed in order to evaluate the joint performance under such variable working conditions. This implies the development of low cost and efficient testing techniques that reduces the extra needs to operator time and sophisticated test procedures. Taking this objective into account, a novel technique in mechanical evaluation of adhesive joints was developed in the present work. Alternative monotonic and variable-amplitude cyclic loads were applied on the same double-cantilever-beam (DCB) specimens under cleavage mode. DCB specimens were made from aluminum bars joined together by a two-part toughened structural adhesive. On one face, a series of crack detection sensors were bonded to control the testing machine for switching between monotonic and cyclic loadings. The testing machine had two aligned hydraulic actuators applying bending forces on the upper and lower arms of the DCB specimen. The effects of testing frequency and applied load history were also investigated within a range of 4 to 20 Hz for a nominal adhesive thickness of 0.5 mm. The fatigue performance of each configuration was represented by a power-law relationship and was compared for different testing conditions. The test results revealed that the fatigue damage occurred at relatively lower load levels (35%) when compared with monotonic fracture load. The power-law constants for the tested adhesive were influenced by testing frequency but not sensitive to loading order.
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AffiliationNRC Industrial Materials Institute; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number53430
NPARC number16910696
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