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Title: Cohesive zone finite element analysis of crack initiation from a butt joint’s interface corner

The Cohesive zone (CZ) fracture analysis techniques are used to predict the initiation of crack growth from the interface corner of an adhesively bonded butt joint. In this plane strain analysis, a thin linear elastic adhesive layer is sandwiched between rigid adherends. There is no preexisting crack in the problem analyzed, and the focus is on how the shape of the traction–separation (T–U) relationship affects the predicted joint strength. Unlike the case of a preexisting interfacial crack, the calculated results clearly indicate that the predicted joint strength depends on the shape of the T–U relationship. Most of the calculations used a rectangular T–U relationship whose shape (aspect ratio) is defined by two parameters: the interfacial strength σ* and the work of separation/unit area Γ. The principal finding of this study is that for a specified adhesive layer thickness, there is any number of σ*, Γ combinations that generate the same predicted joint strength. For each combination there is a corresponding CZ length. We developed an approximate CZ-like elasticity solution to show how such combinations arise and their connection with the CZ length.
  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0020-7683; PII: S0020768314003321
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Solids and Structures
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 51; Journal Issue: 25-26; Journal ID: ISSN 0020-7683
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE cohesive zone; bonded joint; interface corner; interfacial fracture