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Analysis and optimization of mixed-mode conical adhesively bonded joints under thermo-mechanical loadings

Abstract : In the aerospace industry, composite structures are nowadays optimized with adhesively bonded joints supplemented by/or completed with mechanical fasteners such as bolts, rivets or welds. The structural design of launch vehicles is complex and must take into account lot of constraints related to large-scale structures, influence by environment conditions during storage, transport stages and thermo-mechanical stresses applied during launcher's flight. The purpose of this work was to provide a numerical tool for predicting the mechanical behaviour of the Adhesive Hysol EA-9321 in a spatial bonded assembly such as the SYLDA structure during its life course. First of all, a thermo-kinetic coupling was experimentally and numerically investigated to describe the couple (curing degree-temperature) in a bonded assembly regardless of the thermal load applied. Then, an experimental database was made by studying the mechanical behaviour of the adhesive under proportional loadings, using the Arcan Evolution experimental device. Cure-dependent elastoplastic and elasto-visco-plastic model based on Mahnken-Schlimmer constitutive laws were proposed in order to describe the 3D mechanical behaviour of the adhesive Hysol EA-9321. A global identification strategy allowed identifying material parameters by coupling finite element computations and optimization procedure. An extension of those models to the visco-elasticity was evenly provided. At last, a conical bonded joint and a bonded assembly in the SYLDA structure were numerically compared to propose a test representative of the adhesive behaviour in the SYLDA. The latter will aim at validating the constitutive laws established.
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Ophélie Devaux. Analysis and optimization of mixed-mode conical adhesively bonded joints under thermo-mechanical loadings. Mechanical engineering [physics.class-ph]. Université de Bretagne occidentale - Brest, 2015. English. ⟨NNT : 2015BRES0048⟩. ⟨tel-01898611⟩



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