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American Journal of Materials Science and Engineering. 2015, 3(2), 21-28
DOI: 10.12691/ajmse-3-2-1
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Progressive Failure Analysis and Failure Map into Plain Weave Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer Bolted Joint

Khudhayer J. Jadee1,

1Technical Engineering College-Baghdad, Middle Technical University, Baghdad, Iraq

Pub. Date: August 28, 2015

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Khudhayer J. Jadee. Progressive Failure Analysis and Failure Map into Plain Weave Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer Bolted Joint. American Journal of Materials Science and Engineering. 2015; 3(2):21-28. doi: 10.12691/ajmse-3-2-1


The performance of the glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) composite bolted joint has been investigated using experimental and finite element methods. The glass fibre reinforcement was plain weave fabric of 800g/m2 weight. The investigation has been carried out on a double-lap composite bolted joint with many geometric parameters. Progressive failure analysis has been conducted using Hashin failure criteria to determine the failure load, failure mode and bearing strength. Failure map has been also defined with respect to the geometric parameters.

bolted joint progressive failure analysis GFRP failure map

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