Geometrically non-linear analysis of adhesively bonded modified double containment corner joints - II

Apalak M. K.

JOURNAL OF ADHESION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.12, no.2, pp.135-160, 1998 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Page Numbers: pp.135-160


In this study, the geometrical non-linear analysis of an adhesively bonded modified double containment corner joint, which is presented as an alternative to previous corner joints, was carried out using the incremental finite element method based on the small strain-large displacement (SSLD) theory. The analysis method assumes the joint members such as the support, plates, and adhesive layers to have linear elastic properties. Since the adhesive accumulations (spew fillets) around the adhesive free ends have an important effect on the peak adhesive stresses, their presence was taken into account by idealizing them as triangular in shape. The joint was analysed for two different loading conditions: one load normal to the horizontal plate plane, P-y, and one load horizontal at the horizontal plate free edge, P-x. Finally, small strain-small displacement (SSSD) analysis of the joint was carried out and the results of both analyses were compared in order to determine the capability of the two theories in predicting the effects of large displacements on the stress and deformation states in the joint members. Both analyses showed that the peak stress values appeared at the slot corners inside the adhesive fillets and at the upper and lower-longitudinal fibres (top and bottom longitudinal surfaces) of the horizontal and Vertical plates corresponding to the horizontal and vertical slot free ends. In the case of the load P-y, the right vertical adhesive fillet and both plates were the most critical joint regions, whereas the lower horizontal fillet and both plates were determined to be the most critical regions for the load P-x. The SSLD theory predicted a non-linear effect on the variations of the displacement and stress components at these critical adhesive and plate locations for the load P-x, whereas the stress components at the critical adhesive locations presented variations very close to those determined by the SSSD theory for the load P-y, but this non-linear effect appeared on the displacement and stress variations at the critical locations of both plates. In addition, the SSSD theory predicted that the displacement and stress components would have lower variations proportional to the increasing load for both loading conditions. The stress and deformation states of all joint members are strictly dependent on the boundary and loading conditions. In addition, whereas the SSSD theory may be misleading for some loading conditions, the SSLD theory gives more realistic results, since it takes into account the non-linear effect of large displacements and rotations.