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    Effect of Adhesive Debond on Stress-Intensity Factors in Bonded Composite Panels

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    Stress-intensity factors are calculated for a cracked infinite sheet adhesively bonded to a stringer, and debonding of the adhesive layer is predicted. The stringer is modeled as a semi-infinite sheet. Adhesive nonlinearity is also included. Both the sheet and stringer are treated as homogeneous, orthotropic materials. A set of integral equations is formulated and solved to obtain the adhesive shear stresses and crack-tip stress-intensity factors. Adhesive debonding is predicted using a rupture criterion based on the combined adhesive stresses. A through-the-thickness crack is located in the infinite sheet perpendicular to the edge of the stringer. When the crack is not under the stringer, the debond extends along the edge of the stringer. When the crack tip is beneath the stringer, the debond extends to the crack tip, then along the edge of the stringer. Stress levels required for debond initiation decrease as the crack tip is moved beneath the stringer. With a nonlinear adhesive, the debond initiates at higher applied stress levels than in linear adhesive cases. Compared with the linear adhesive solution, modeling a nonlinear adhesive causes the stress-intensity factor to decrease when debonding is included.


    orthotropic materials, adhesive nonlinearity, integral equations, stringer panel, debond prediction

    Author Information:

    Bigelow, CA
    Research Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

    Committee/Subcommittee: D14.03

    DOI: 10.1520/STP30338S