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Enhanced Fracture Toughness of Adhesive Joints with Doping Epoxy by Graphene Nanoplatelets

SABRINE KHAMMASSI, MOSTAPHA TARFAOUI

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It is necessary to enhance the mechanical properties of adhesives to replace conventional joint methods with adhesive bonding. Epoxy in its pure state often suffers catastrophic damage due to its obvious brittleness and low fracture toughness. In this study, the double cantilever beam (DCB - Mode I) was used to characterize the fracture toughness of graphene/DGEBA-epoxy nanocomposite adhesive in bonded aluminium alloy joints and bonded composite joints. Adhesives based on an epoxy adhesive DGEBA (Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether) reinforced with two percentages (1wt.% and 2wt.%) of graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) were prepared. In this study, one shows that the fracture toughness of adhesive nanocomposites was significantly better than neat epoxy-bonded adhesives. Both types of joints contain graphene resulting in increased fracture toughness. Therefore, the maximum fracture toughness was observed until the GNP reached 1wt.%, and then it began to decrease, but it is still higher than that of the pure adhesive joint. On the other hand, this work aims to determine the influence of interfacial interactions on the behavior of enhanced bonded joints and how graphene nanoplatelets can enhance the rigidity of the interface between the substrate and the adhesive. In addition, a numerical study using ABAQUS was performed and compared with the experiments performed on DCB. For the modeling of the damage in an assembly joint, the Cohesive Zone Model (CZM) was used for the fracture behavior of the adhesive.


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10.12783/asc36/35835

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