Investigation of Integral Composite T-Joints under Mixed Mode Loading


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This paper presents experimental and numerical results on the deformations and failureof integral composite T-joints subjected to a realistic combined tensile and bending (mixed mode)load case. For this reason, standard pull-off and mixed mode load cases are experimentally studiedby means of a novel test fixture which keeps the force angle constant to the T-joint’s base and allowsfor repositioning of the specimen in order to minimize constraining forces. Two types of specimenswith varying deltoid radius are investigated. Additionally, kinematically nonlinear numerical simulationsare performed to locate damage onset and deformations of the specimens. It is found that thesimulations are in good agreement with the experimental results.



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Luis Rodríguez-Tembleque, Jaime Domínguez and Ferri M.H. Aliabadi




F. Nolte et al., "Investigation of Integral Composite T-Joints under Mixed Mode Loading", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 774, pp. 197-202, 2018

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August 2018




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