Although adhesively bonded lap joint has already been widely applied in structures, the strength prediction of the joint is still a challenge. Among many parameters which affect the failure load of the lap joint, the adhesive layer thickness is a very important one. In this book, fracture mechanics is used to analyze the failure mechanism of the lap joint and evaluate the thickness effect on strength of the lap joint. For brittle material, constant effective fracture toughness is proposed for better strength prediction by considering of the non- singular stress term ahead of the crack tip. For ductile material, CTOA is proven to be insensitive to the constraining of the rigid boundaries and can be used as the failure criterion for fracture analysis. Both experimental and FEA simulation show that constant CTOA criterion well predicts the adhesive thickness effect on strength of the DCB specimens for Mode I fracture failure. The failure initiation mode of single lap joint is analyzed and the constant CTOA criterion is also proven to be capable to prediction the strength of single lap joint.
Haiyang Qian was born in Suzhou, China, 1978. In January 2002, he jointed the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University as a graduate student working with Prof. Chin-Teh Sun. He received his Ph.D. degree in May 2008. His research is focused on Fracture Mechanics, design and damage tolerance of composite material structures.