The Effect of Glue Cohesive Stiffness on the Elastic Performance of Bent Wood–CFRP Beams

Bartosz Kawecki, Jerzy Podgórski
2020 Materials  
This paper presents experimental, theoretical and numerical studies of wood-CFRP beams bonded with polyurethane (PUR) adhesive. The analyses include two types of CFRP (carbon fibre-reinforced polymer) strengthening configurations and pure glue laminated timber beams as a reference. Through detailed analyses of a double-lap connection on blocks with and without CFRP strips, the authors state that neglecting the cohesive stiffness of adhesive layers may lead to an overestimation of an overall
more » ... 's stiffness. This is significant with wood–CFRP connections, which showed values two times lower than with wood–wood connections. Theoretical modelling of the equivalent area used in a theory of composites provided much stiffer behaviour of the beams than in laboratory experiments. It proves that a PUR glue eliminates the possibility of using simple models that assume a perfect connection between bonded parts. These conclusions led the authors to use the finite element method (FEM) to take into account the cohesive stiffness. The FEM, based on the properties obtained from a double-lap joint analysis, allowed for the precise prediction of the elastic stiffness of the beams.
doi:10.3390/ma13225075 pmid:33187175 fatcat:nsu4gpw7azbdfp2fgpcaviqhpi