Journal Published Online: 01 October 2000
Volume 22, Issue 4

Fiber-Reinforced Composite and Wood Bonded Interfaces: Part 2. Fracture



The evaluation of durability and shear strength of FRP-wood bonded interfaces is presented in Part 1 of this two-part study (see Davalos et al. [1]); here, in Part 2, an innovative contoured double-cantilever beam (CDCB) specimen is used to evaluate Mode I fracture of bonded interfaces, and interface fracture toughness data are experimentally obtained for dry and wet conditions. The specimens are designed by the Rayleigh-Ritz method to achieve a linear rate of compliance with respect to crack length. The proposed CDCB specimen is an efficient tool to evaluate Mode I fracture of hybrid interfaces, and the fracture toughness data obtained can be used to predict whether or not a bonded interface will delaminate under general service conditions. Based on the results of this two-part study, recommendations and guidelines are given for evaluation and qualification of FRP-wood bonded interfaces; the methods presented are useful for designing bonded joints, evaluating in-service durability of interfaces, and obtaining fracture toughness data for FRP-wood material combinations.

Author Information

Davalos, JF
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Qiao, P
The University of Akron, Akron, OH
Trimble, BS
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
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DOI: 10.1520/CTR10545J