The use of composite materials has become more prevalent in recent years. Not only has the range of applications grown, but the configuration of the composite materials has increased in scope as well. The combination of high strength to weight, ability to tailor strength directionally and acoustic properties have pushed the development of fabrication techniques and application for increasingly thick load bearing composites. This project was developed with the desire to study these structures in a manner that would lead to advances in applications and greater understanding of the mechanics involved. Specifically, the response of a thick composite panel fabricated from a woven carbon fiber reinforced polymer epoxy in a clamped bolted joint configuration and the strength of the composite-bolt interface for an applied bending load are evaluated. This study adds to the body of knowledge regarding this configuration, develops an FEA model that will allow study of similar configurations for evaluation without the extensive need for prototype development and correlates the analytical results to experimental data.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Composite materials--Testing--Mathematical models; Bolted joints--Reliability--Testing; Fibrous composites--Testing; Composite materials--Mechanical properties--Testing
Department, Program, or Center
Mechanical Engineering (KGCOE)
Dreese, David, "Correlation of a predictive analytical model to experimental results for a thick composite plate in a bolted joint configuration" (2000). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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