Development of design rules for adhesive bonded joints
van Straalen, IJ.J.
van Tooren, M.J.L.
This article deals with the development of design rules for structural adhesive bonded joints. In daily practice engineers are confronted with the problem to verify the reliability of their designs. This can be done with use of an experimental programme, but for the marine, transport, building and civil engineering sectors this will not be an option, because it is too expensive and time consuming. The use of design rules might be an alternative, but current guidelines for structural adhesive bonded joints do not guarantee the reliability. To develop design rules that meet the required level of reliability, new approaches have to be used. Such a systematic approach is presented in this article. It is based on the current structural adhesive bonding technology and on structural reliability methods. Partial factors are used to take the required reliability level into account. Additional conversion factors are introduced to cover the effects of ageing. Methods are discussed how to calibrate these factors. To illustrate the developed approach, examples of calibrating design rules for metal overlap joints with epoxy and polyurethane adhesives are presented.
Adhesive bonded joints
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Aging of materials
Buildings and Infrastructure
Heron, 47 (47), 263-274