Mixed Mode Fracture Toughness of an Adhesive Bonded Joint

  • M. Alfano
  • F. Furgiuele
  • C. Maletta
Conference paper


The use of adhesive bonded joints is constantly increasing owing to the advantages that they offer with respect to the traditional methods of joining, e.g., fewer sources of stress concentration, improved stress distribution, weight and cost reduction, ability to join dissimilar materials, etc. [1]. However, adhesive joints contain defects and they do appear in the manufacturing cycle or in service condition. The most common type of defect occurs at the interface and is represented by voids and contamination of substrates surfaces by foreign objects. Joint strength is affected by crack location and crack path [8, 4] and, as a result, a knowledge of the interfacial toughness become of critical concern in design calculations. A great research effort has been made in this field in the last decades and different specimens type have been employed: Brazil nut specimen


Stress Intensity Factor Crack Path Adhesive Joint Double Cantilever Beam Critical Energy Release Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Alfano
    • 1
  • F. Furgiuele
    • 1
  • C. Maletta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of CalabriaRende (CS)Italy

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