2005 Volume 48 Issue 4 Pages 256-263
The adhesive strengths of glass fiber reinforced plastics/metal adhesive joints reinforced with glass mat under tensile shear loads and tensile loads were investigated analytically and experimentally. First, the stress singularity parameters of the bonding edges were analyzed by FEM for various types of adhesive joints reinforced with glass mat. The shear stress and normal stress distributions near the bonding edge can be expressed by two stress singularity parameters. Second, tensile shear tests were performed on taper lap joint and taper lap joint reinforced with glass mat and tensile tests were performed on T-type adhesive joint and T-type adhesive joint reinforced with glass mat. The relationships between the loads and the crosshead displacements were measured. We concluded that reinforcing adhesive joints has a greater effect on strength under tensile load than under tensile shear load. The adhesive joints strength reinforced with glass mat can be evaluated by using stress singularity parameters.