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Analytical Approach to Joint Design


This chapter presents analytical approach for determining stress and strength of adhesively bonded joints. Selected applications of adhesively bonded joints are discussed first, and then mathematical models for stress analysis of these joints are outlined. Various closed-form solutions for adhesive stresses and edge bending moment for balanced single lap joints are presented and compared. The method for finding analytical solutions for asymmetric and unbalanced adhesive joints is also discussed. Explicit expressions for mode I and mode II energy release rates for cohesive failure and interfacial debonding are presented for asymmetric joints with a semi-infinitive length subjected to general load combinations.


Adhesive bonding technology is increasingly being used in practical structures due to its load-transferring performance. It can be used to effectively join similar and dissimilar thin sheets of materials via forming