Numerical Characterization of a Composite Bonded Wing-Box

Stanley Smeltzer, Andrew Lovejoy, Arunkumar Satyanarayana
2008 49th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference 16th AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference 10t   unpublished
The development of composite wing structures has focused on the use of mechanical fasteners to join heavily-loaded areas, while bonded joints have been used only for select locations. The focus of this paper is the examination of the adhesive layer in a generic bonded wing box that represents a "fastenerless" or unitized structure in order to characterize the general behavior and failure mechanisms. A global/local approach was applied to study the response of the adhesive layer using a global
more » ... er using a global shell model and a local shell/solid model. The wing box was analyzed under load to represent a high-g up-bending condition such that the strains in the composite sandwich face sheets are comparable to an expected design allowable. The global/local analysis indicates that at these wing load levels the strains in the adhesive layer are well within the adhesive's elastic region, such that yielding would not be expected in the adhesive layer. The global/local methodology appears to be a promising approach to evaluate the structural integrity of the adhesively bonded structures.
doi:10.2514/6.2008-2328 fatcat:ufupstqi4jaavcrohd4xualavq