On the analysis of bonded step lap joints

Rhys Jones, Daren Peng, John G. Michopoulos, Nam Phan, Filippo Berto

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This paper discusses the stress and strain states in adhesively bonded step lap joints from the perspective of the strain energy density solutions determined via the elastic and elastic-plastic solutions obtained using the computer code A4EI, which as outlined in the US Defence Departments Composite Materials Handbook CMH-17-3G, is the industry standard for designing adhesively bonded joints. Whereas it has previously been shown that the load carrying capacity of an adhesively bonded double lap joint could be estimated using the strain energy density associated with the elastic solution and the critical value of the adhesive strain energy density, the present paper reveals that this approach also yields a reasonable first approximation for the load carrying capacity bonded step lap joints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-466
Number of pages10
JournalTheoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Bonded step lap joints
  • Composite adherend failure
  • Residual strength
  • Strain energy density

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