A means for industry to determine the economic life of bonded joints under representative operation flight loads

Rhys Jones, Anthony J. Kinloch, John G. Michopoulos, Daren Peng

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The present paper shows that the variability in the cyclic fatigue crack growth (FCG) rate in structural adhesives that is frequently observed in laboratory test results can be captured by using a Hartman-Schijve methodology. To this end the Hartman-Schijve equation has been used to access an 'upper-bound' FCG rate curve that (a) encompasses all the experimental data, (b) provides a conservative, 'worst-case' FCG rate curve, and (c) accounts for the experimental scatter that is frequently seen under fatigue loading. The importance of allowing for the variability in the measured FCG rate is illustrated by considering FCG in a bonded double-overlap joint subjected to an industry-standard, combat-aircraft flight-load fatigue-cycle spectrum (i.e. FALSTAFF).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia Structural Integrity
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventVirtual European Conference on Fracture 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 29 Jun 20201 Jul 2020
Conference number: 1st
https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/procedia-structural-integrity/vol/28/suppl/C (Proceedings)


ConferenceVirtual European Conference on Fracture 2020
Abbreviated titleVECF 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address


  • CFRP
  • Composites
  • Fatigue
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Modelling
  • Service-life

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