Finite Element Analysis of Composite Joint Configurations with Gaps and Overlaps
- Krueger, Ronald
- June 2014.
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- 1 electronic document
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- The goal of the current study is to identify scenarios for which thermal and moisture effects become significant in the loading of a composite structure. In the current work, a simple configuration was defined, and material properties were selected. A Fortran routine was created to automate the mesh generation process. The routine was used to create the models for the initial mesh refinement study. A combination of element length and width suitable for further studies was identified. Also, the effect of the overlap length and gap length on computed shear and through-thickness stresses along the bondline of the joints was studied for the mechanical load case. Further, the influence of neighboring gaps and overlaps on these joint stresses was studied and was found to be negligible. The results suggest that for an initial study it is sufficient to focus on one configuration with fixed overlap and gap lengths to study the effects of mechanical, thermal and moisture loading and combinations thereof on computed joint stresses
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20140010076., NIA Report No. 2014-0619., NASA/CR-2014-218284., and NF1676L-18699.
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