Failure analysis of pin-loaded aluminum-glass-epoxy sandwich composite plates

Icten B., Sayman O.

COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.63, no.5, pp.727-737, 2003 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 63 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0266-3538(02)00260-9
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.727-737
  • Keywords: failure mode, mechanical properties, sandwich, MECHANICALLY FASTENED JOINTS, PROGRESSIVE DAMAGE, STRENGTH, LAMINATE, HOLES
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


The aim of this study is to investigate failure load and failure mode in an aluminum-glass-epoxy sandwich composite plate, with a circular hole, which is subjected to a traction force by a pin. To evaluate the effects of joint geometry and fiber orientation on the failure strength and failure mode, parametric studies were performed experimentally. The end distance to diameter (E/D), and width to diameter (W/D) ratios in the plate were changed from 1 to 5 and 2 to 5, respectively. Experimental results show that the first failure load and ultimate failure load increase by increasing E/D and W/D ratios, and when these ratios are equal or greater than 4, full bearing strength occurs. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.