Effect of mechanical anchorage on the bond performance of double overlapped CFRP-to-steel joints

Yongming Yang, Jun Zhao, Shishun Zhang, Carlos Chastre, Hugo Biscaia

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Mechanical anchorage devices have the potential to efficiently improve the bond behavior of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymers (CFRP) Externally Bonded (EB) onto steel with an adhesive. Existing relevant studies, however, have been very limited. Against this background, experimental and numerical studies on the double overlapped CFRP-to-steel bonded joints with an end mechanical anchorage were carried out in the present study. Two types of CFRP laminates (i.e., SIKA CFRP and the other type made in Harbin Institute of Technology – HIT) were used in the bond tests, with or without end mechanical anchorage devices. The test results showed that the end mechanical anchorage had marginal effect on the bond-slip relationship between EB CFRP and steel as well as debonding load, but could increase the ultimate load. It was also found that CFRP laminate from HIT had a better bond performance than that from SIKA, in terms of both debonding load and ultimate load. Using ABAQUS, Finite Element (FE) model was established on such bonded joints and the accuracy was verified with test results. The verified FE model was adopted in a parametric study to further clarify the effect of key parameters on the bond behavior of such bonded joints.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113902
JournalComposite Structures
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • Bond
  • CFRP
  • Mechanical anchorage
  • Steel


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