(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.
Graduate student, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Associate Professor, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
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