Bolted double-lap composite joints under mechanical and thermal loading

V. Kradinov, A. Barut, E. Madenci, D. R. Ambur

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This study concerns the determination of the contact stresses and contact region around bolt holes and the bolt load distribution in single- and double-lap joints of composite laminates with arbitrarily located bolts under general mechanical loading conditions and uniform temperature change. The unknown contact stress distribution and contact region between the bolt and laminates and the interaction among the bolts require the bolt load distribution, as well as the contact stresses, to be as part of the solution. The present method is based on the complex potential theory and the variational formulation in order to account for bolt stiffness, bolt-hole clearance, and finite geometry of the composite laminates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7801-7837
Number of pages37
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number44-45
StatePublished - Oct 12 2001


  • Bolt
  • Composite
  • Double lap
  • Joint
  • Mechanical
  • Thermal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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