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Optimization of Adhesively Bonded Single Lap Joints by Tapering of Adherends

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Prasad Nirantar, Erol Sancaktar

University of Akron, Akron, OH

Paper No. IMECE2002-33432, pp. 575-588; 14 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Design Engineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3628-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The effect of tapering the ends of the adherend on the joint strength and joint deformation behavior of the single lap joint geometry was studied. First, the joints were geometrically modeled using finite element (FE) techniques involving linear, as well as nonlinear (bilinear) material behavior. Then, the FEA results were compared with the experimental results for different configurations of the single lap joints, and the FEA results were found to be consistent with the experimental results with the normal and shear stresses significantly decreasing in the modified geometries over those in unmodified geometries leading to increased loading capacity in modified joints, especially with small-angle taper (~10°).

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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