Influence of dynamic loading on fastened composite joints

G. Pearce and D. Kelly,     University of New South Wales, Australia

A. Johnson,     German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Germany

R. Thomson,     Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS), Australia


This chapter discusses experimental and numerical investigation of dynamically loaded bolted joints in carbon fibre/epoxy laminates. Bolted joint testing at loading rates between 1 mm/s and 10 m/s found that joints loaded at or above 1 m/s exhibited significant rate sensitivity. Changes in failure mode, failure load and total energy absorption were found for some joint geometries. Increased loading rate led to increased bearing damage in most joint ...

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