Analysis of the symmetrical 90°-peel test with extensive plastic deformation

Q. D. Yang, M. D. Thouless, S. M. Ward

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A numerical 2-D study of the symmetrical 90°-peel test (a similar geometry to the T-peel test) in which extensive plastic deformation occurs in the adherends is presented in this paper. A traction-separation relation is used to simulate failure of the interface, and the conditions for both crack initiation and steady-state crack growth are investigated. The numerical predictions for the steady-state peel force are compared with those based on elementary beam theory. It is shown that two competing effects dominate the mechanics of the peel test to such an extent that the results of beam-bending analyses cannot be used to predict the peel force. At one extreme range of parameters, delamination is driven by shear rather than by bending, resulting in a lower peel force than would be predicted by beam-bending analyses. At the other extreme, where delamination is bending-dominated, the constraint induced by the interfacial tractions cause an increase in the peel force. The numerical results are compared with the results of experiments in which adhesively-bonded specimens are tested in the symmetrical 90°-peel configuration. Excellent agreement between the numerical and experimental results validates the numerical approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-132
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Adhesion
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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