An evaluation of the performance of advanced melded composite joints

Adamson, Benjamin P. and Fox, Bronwyn L. 2010, An evaluation of the performance of advanced melded composite joints, Composite structures, vol. 92, no. 9, pp. 2071-2076, doi: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2009.10.025.

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Title An evaluation of the performance of advanced melded composite joints
Author(s) Adamson, Benjamin P.
Fox, Bronwyn L.
Journal name Composite structures
Volume number 92
Issue number 9
Start page 2071
End page 2076
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010-08
ISSN 0263-8223
Summary Melding is an efficient three step composite joining process that involves the selective cure of composite adherends before the final adhesive joint is created using the adherends own resin system. Melding does not require many of the processes and compromises associated with conventional techniques like adhesive bonding and mechanical fastening.

The Taguchi design of experiments technique was used to optimise three melded joint factors for a unidirectional epoxy prepreg material. The performance of the joint was evaluated using tensile and flexural strength as well as flexural modulus. It was found that not having a step for every ply in the joint was the most influential factor affecting joint performance. This was due to the differing failure modes induced by this factors various levels, which varied the amount of fibre breakage at failure.
Notes Available online 20 October 2009.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.compstruct.2009.10.025
Field of Research 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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