APALAK M. K., Davies R.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADHESION AND ADHESIVES, vol.13, no.4, pp.219-235, 1993 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


In this study, the stress and stiffness analyses of corner joints with a single corner support, consisting of two plates, one of which plain and the other bent af right element method. It was assumed that angles, have been carried out using the finite element method. It was assume that the plates and adhesive had linear elastic properties Corner joints without a fillet af the free ends of the adhesive layer were considered. The joint support was analysed under three loading conditions, two linear and one bending moment. In the stress analysis, it was found that for loading in the x-direction and by bending moment, the maximum stresses occurred around the lower end of the vertical adhesive layer/vertical plate interface; for loading in the x-direction, the maximum stresses occurred around the right free end of the horizontal adhesive layer/vertical plate interface. The effects of upper support length, support taper length and adhesive thickness on the maximum stresses have been investigated. Since the peel stresses are critical for this type of joint, a second corner joint with double corner support (i.e., one in which the horizontal plate is reinforced by a support that is an extension of the vertical plate) was investigated which showed considerable decreases in the stresses, particularly peel stresses. A third type of corner joint with single corner support plus an angled reinforcement member was investigated as an alternative to the previous two configurations. It was found that increasing the length and particularly the thickness of the angled reinforcement reduced the high peel stresses around the lower free end of the adhesive/vertical plate interface, but resulted in higher compressive stresses. In the stiffness analysis, the effects of the geometry of the joints, relative stiffness of adhesive/adherends and adhesive thickness were investigated under three loading conditions. For three types of corner joint, results were compared and recommended designs were determined based on the overall static stiffness of the joints and on the stress analysis.