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Title:Influence of surface morphology on the adhesive strength of aluminum/epoxy interfaces
Author(s):Zhang, Sulin; Panat, Rahul Padmakar; Hsia, K. Jimmy
Subject(s):experimental solid mechanics
Abstract:Adhesively bonded aluminum joints have been increasingly used in automotive industry because of their structural and functional advantages. Interfacial debonding in these joints has become a major concern limiting their performance. The present work is focused on experimental investigation of the influence of surface morphology on the interfacial fracture behavior of aluminum/epoxy interface. The specimens used in this experimental study were made of an aluminum/epoxy bimaterial stripe in the form of a layered double cantilever beam (LDCB). The LDCB specimens were debonded by peeling off the epoxy layer from the aluminum substrate using a steel wedge. Interfacial fracture energy was extracted from the debonding length by using a solution for the specimen geometry based on a model of a beam on an elastic foundation. This model was validated by direct finite element analysis. The experimental observations establish a direct correlation between the surface roughness of aluminum substrate and the fracture resistance of the aluminum/epoxy interface. The results emphasize the importance of choosing surface features at an appropriate length scale in studying their effects on interfacial fracture resistance.
Issue Date:2002-10
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (UIUC)
Citation Info:Published as: Sulin Zhang, Rahul Panat, and K. Jimmy Hsia. Influence of surface morphology on the adhesive strength of aluminum/epoxy interfaces. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 17:12, 1685-1711 (2003). DOI: 10.1163/156856103322396749. Copyright 2003 Brill Academic Publishers.
Series/Report:TAM Reports 1010
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-03-08

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