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Toughness and Durability of Interfaces in Dissimilar Adhesive Joints of Aluminum and Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastics

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posted on 09.11.2020, 17:42 by Lingyun Lyu, Yoshino Ohnuma, Yuri Shigemoto, Takeshi Hanada, Tamaki Fukada, Haruhisa Akiyama, Nao Terasaki, Shin Horiuchi
The toughness and the durability under a high humidity condition of the interfaces in dissimilar adhesive joints of carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic with a polyamide-6 matrix and Al alloy were evaluated by two test methods, in which a tensile opening load was applied to the specimens to cleave the interfaces apart in two different ways. In the double cantilever beam (DCB) test, the specimens were continuously pulled apart at a constant velocity, while in the wedge test, the specimens are pulled apart at a constant displacement. The crack growth along the interface in the DCB test was dynamically monitored with the assistance of mechanoluminescence for the accurate detection of the phenomena at the crack tip. The wedge test was employed for the evaluation of the durability of the interfaces under high humidity conditions. It was found that the adhesive joints were failed by various failure modes depending on the surface pretreatment and environmental conditions. Throughout the work, discussion was made concerned with the interfacial structures and the adhesion mechanism of dissimilar adhesive joints.