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The bond behaviour of CFRP-to-steel bonded joints with varying bond properties at elevated temperatures

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  • Hao Zhou
  • Dilum Fernando
  • Juan Torres
  • Angus Law
  • Richard Emberley

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1121-1133
JournalEngineering Structures
Early online date6 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019


The mechanical properties of different adhesives at elevated temperatures can change differently due to the differences in adhesive molecular chain structure. Therefore, a profound understanding of the effect of these property changes on the bond behaviour of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP)-to-steel bonded joints is of great importance when designing bonded CFRP strengthening systems for steel structures. Existing studies on CFRP-to-steel bonded joints under monotonic loading have clearly shown that both adhesive mechanical properties and geometrical properties of the bonded joints (e.g. bond length) may significantly influence the bond strength. Existing studies on adhesive mechanical properties under elevated temperatures have shown that the variation of adhesive mechanical properties, especially fracture energy with temperature depends significantly on the adhesive type. No comprehensive study exists so far on understanding the effects of key mechanical and geometrical parameters of a CFRP-to-steel bonded joints at elevated temperatures on bond strength. This paper presents a study aimed at understanding the effects of different parameters such as temperature dependent mechanical properties of adhesive and bond length on the behaviour of CFRP-to-steel bonded joints at elevated temperatures. Results of this study showed that (1) load-displacement behaviour of the bonded joints is sensitive to temperature variations, (2) for bonded joints with sufficiently long bond length, the ultimate load depends only on the fracture energy of the final temperature, and (3) the maximum load of the bonded joints depends on the ratio between the loading and heating rates.

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  • CFRP-to-steel, FDM, Bond-slip relation, Temperature change, bond length

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