Advanced modeling of the behavior of bonded composite joints in aerospace applications
J. Ahn, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., USA
S. Stapleton and A.M. Waas, University of Michigan, USA
Adhesively bonded structural components are increasingly being considered for lightweight aerospace structures. This chapter provides a state-of-the-art description of how contemporary advances in computational mechanics, based on the finite element method, can be used to obtain a basic understanding of the deformation response of adhesive joints in aerospace composite structures. Engineering approaches that can be used to design bonded structural joints are also described, with particular attention being given to bonded ...