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Integrity of hybrid steel-to-composite joints for marine application

Boyd, S.W., Blake, J.I.R., Shenoi, R.A. and Kapadia, A. (2004) Integrity of hybrid steel-to-composite joints for marine application Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, 218, (4), pp. 235-246.

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There are many instances where the use of weight-saving polymer composite material for an entire structure is either too complex, too expensive or unfeasible. In these circumstances the use of a hybrid structure can incorporate the benefits of traditional (e.g. steel) construction coupled with the advantages of composite materials [e.g. glass-reinforced polymers, glass-reinforced plastic (GRP)] in weight-critical areas. A number of studies have been carried out on the static strength of hybrid steel-to-composite joints.
In the present study, an experimental investigation was undertaken into the fatigue life characterization of a hybrid steel-to-GRP joint. It was found that the fatigue data correlated well with the statistical-based Weibull cumulative distribution function. In addition, post fatigue (in-plane and out-of-plane) residual strength tests were undertaken to ascertain the joint structural performance after cyclic loading. Finite-element-based progressive damage analyses incorporating damage initiation and propagation characteristics, showed good correlation with experimental results.

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Published date: 2004
Keywords: composite materials, hybrid steel-to-composite joints, fatigue life characterization, residual strength tests


Local EPrints ID: 23162
ISSN: 1475-0902
PURE UUID: 2cd78561-ae56-410d-9aa0-2dc40694ae63

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Date deposited: 24 Mar 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:19

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Author: S.W. Boyd
Author: J.I.R. Blake
Author: R.A. Shenoi
Author: A. Kapadia

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