Additively manufactured cylindrical systems with stiffness-tailored interface: Modeling and experiments

Khan, M.A., Kumar, S. and Cantwell, W. J. (2018) Additively manufactured cylindrical systems with stiffness-tailored interface: Modeling and experiments. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 152-15, pp. 71-84. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2018.06.002)

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The structural performance of multi-material bonded systems can be significantly improved by tailoring interfaces. Here, we report the performance of cylindrical bonded systems with stiffness-tailored interface both experimentally enabled by 3D printing, as well as by modeling. Stiffness-tailored systems are additively manufactured by engineering edge-compliance into the bondlayer. The deformation and failure behavior of 3D printed shaft-tube joints with such stiffness-tailored bondlayer was evaluated experimentally under axial tensile loads and was found to have about 40% and 25% more load carrying capacity and toughness, respectively, compared to joints with homogeneous bondlayer. A linear-elastic finite element (FE) model benchmarked with experimental results was employed to examine how the stress redistribution in the bondlayer due to stiffness-tailoring led to improved performance of graded joints. Motivated by the superior performance of stiffness-tailored joints, an analytical model for such joints is proposed within the purview of axisymmetric linear elastostatics. The effect of smoothly grading the interface properties of 3D printed shaft-tube joints on stress distribution is investigated and the influence of grading on shear-transfer length is identified using the developed model considering power-law variation of bondlayer’s modulus along bondlength. A reduction in peak shear stress of about 45% was observed for systems with bondlength (l) greater than the shear-transfer length (lcri) i.e., l ≥ lcri for relatively stiff bondlayers. Subsequently, the stresses in more general class of bonded systems comprising metallic adherends and epoxy adhesive with power-law and exponential gradation schemes were analyzed. These gradation schemes were found to have a significant influence on stress redistribution along the bondlength of the adhesive providing guidelines for the optimal design of stiffness-tailored high performance bonded systems.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kumar, Dr Shan
Authors: Khan, M.A., Kumar, S., and Cantwell, W. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:International Journal of Solids and Structures
Published Online:06 June 2018

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