Volume 24, Issue 4 (December 2002)

    Adhesion of Stainless Steel to Fiber Reinforced Vinyl Ester Composite

    (Received 27 July 2001; accepted 19 March 2002)


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    Joints between stainless steel and composites have many applications. For example, marine vessels may be composed of a steel hull joined to a composite bow, stern, and/or topside structure. Joining these components adhesively is a major structural challenge, and overcoming this challenge necessitates the development of strong adhesion between steel and composites. The present study investigates AL-6XN stainless steel and glass fiber reinforced vinyl ester. Several specimens were manufactured with different surface preparations, adhesives, and/or additives. Short-term transverse tensile strength in dry conditions was used as the measure by which the different strategies were compared. All specimens were manufactured using a vacuum infusion technique, with the steel embedded within the fiber reinforcements before the molding. No secondary bonding was done.

    Author Information:

    Melograna, JD
    Graduate student, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

    Grenestedt, JL
    Associate Professor, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

    Stock #: CTR10932J

    ISSN: 0884-6804

    DOI: 10.1520/CTR10932J

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    Title Adhesion of Stainless Steel to Fiber Reinforced Vinyl Ester Composite
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee D30