Experimental investigation of reinforced bonded joints for composite laminates

Chiara Bisagni*, Domenico Furfari, Marco Pacchione

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An experimental study has been carried out to investigate the behaviour of co-bonded carbon fibre reinforced plastics joints with a novel design incorporating a through the thickness local reinforcement. Different specimens were manufactured to investigate static and fatigue behaviour, as well as delamination size after impact and damage tolerance characteristics. The mechanical performances of the specimens with local reinforcement, consisting of the insertion of spiked thin metal sheets between co-bonded laminates, were compared with those ones obtained from specimens with purely co-bonded joints. This novel design demonstrated by tests that damage progression under cycling load results significantly delayed by the reinforcements. A significant number of experimental results were obtained that can be used to define preliminary design guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-447
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Composite Materials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Bonded joint
  • composite laminate
  • damage tolerance
  • fatigue
  • Redundant High-Efficiency Assembly
  • tests


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