It is supposed that the adhesively bonded structures would perform well during their lifetime, but the action of high temperatures may affect the initial integrity of the joints, as recognized by some researchers. Still, there are few studies proposing a model to locally predict the interfacial bond behaviour of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymers (CFRP) bonded to a steel substrate when subjected to temperature changes. The influence of temperature on CFRP-to-steel bonded joints is, therefore, not very well understood yet and more studies are needed to better understand how these joints behave under such circumstances. The present work aims to contribute to the mitigation of the existing lack of knowledge on the performance of CFRP-to-steel bonded joints under high temperatures. Therefore, an experimental program was considered and specimens were tested at different temperatures: 20 °C, 35 °C, 50 °C, 65 °C, 80 °C, and 95 °C. To help the interpretation of the results, an analytical model is proposed to predict the load capacity of the CFRP-to-steel joints. The local bond-slip behaviour of the tested specimens is also analyzed and, based on a literature review, a temperature-dependent bond-slip model with a bi-linear shape is proposed and implemented into a commercial software based on the Finite Element Method (FEM).
- Bond-slip model
- Fiber Reinforced Polymer