Mechanical performance of carbon-glass hybrid composite joints in quasi-static tension and tension-tension fatigue

Umair Javaid, Chen Ling, Philip Cardiff*

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Abstract

The ever increasing size of wind turbines has given rise to a need for robust glass to carbon joint designs. This study investigates the effect of different ply layups on the static and fatigue behaviour of hybrid glass/carbon fibre composite joints. Uni-directional carbon fibre prepreg was co-cured to 8H glass prepreg using an overlap to thickness ratio of 20:1, where four joint designs were examined: scarf, interleaving and two forms of double scarf. The joints were tested statically in uniaxial tension and dynamically in tension-tension fatigue. Finite element analysis has been performed to provide insight into stress distributions within each joint. The double scarf joint (with glass on the outside) was found to perform best in fatigue and static tension, while the interleaving joint performed second best in fatigue in static tension but poorest in fatigue. For joint designs that will be used under highly stressed cyclic loading conditions, the current study indicates that static tests alone are a poor indicator of the joint performance and fatigue tests are required.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104730
Number of pages11
JournalENGINEERING FAILURE ANALYSIS
Volume116
Early online date15 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Carbon fibre
  • Finite element analysis
  • Glass fibre
  • Hybrid composite joint
  • Tension-tension fatigue

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