Nowadays, the use of the Digital Image Correlation (DIC) technique has spread and it is being used in several engineering areas to measure displacements. The available data obtained from the DIC measurement to evaluate the bond performance between a Carbon fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) externally bonded to a timber substrate is scarce. From the existing data obtained with other materials, this contactless technique revealed to be quite useful but its accuracy with other well-established techniques, such as the use of electric strain gauges is not well understood yet. Therefore, the current work aims to study the accuracy of 2D DIC measurements with the measurements obtained from the use of strain gauges within a low-cost perspective. To that end, several CFRP-to-timber bonded joints were tested under the single-lap shear test and different bonding techniques were considered as well. Some flaws intrinsically derived from the DIC measurements that complicate the bond assessment, such as the fluctuations in the generated displacements field, are identified, and to bypass this problem a new methodology is proposed. This new methodology is based on two different closed-form solutions that, after defining the local and global bond behaviours of different CFRP-to-timber bonded joints, allowed to eliminate the fluctuations found from the DIC measurements, facilitating the estimation and the comprehension of the full debonding process of the CFRP-to-timber joints, which was achieved with a good proximity to the homologous debonding process derived from the strain gauge measurements.
|Journal||Composites Part C: Open Access|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2021|
- CFRP laminates
- Closed-form solutions
- DIC technique