Bond behaviour between CFRP laminates and steel members under different loading rates

Alaa Al-Mosawe, Riadh Al-Mahaidi, Xiao Ling Zhao

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Carbon fibre reinforced polymers are widely used to strengthen steel structural elements. These structural elements are normally subjected to static, dynamic and fatigue loadings during their life-time. A number of studies have focused on the characteristics of CFRP sheets bonded to steel members under static, dynamic and fatigue loadings. However, there is a gap in understanding the bonding behaviour between CFRP laminates and steel members under impact loading. This paper shows the effect of different load rates from quasi-static to 300 × 103 mm/min on this bond. Two types of CFRP laminate, CFK 150/2000 and CFK 200/2000, were used to strengthen steel joints using Araldite 420 epoxy. The results show a significant bond strength enhancement under impact loading, whereas the high loading rates have little influence on the effective bond length.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-251
Number of pages16
JournalComposite Structures
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2016


  • Bond behaviour
  • CFRP laminate
  • Finite element analysis
  • High loading rates
  • Impact loading

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