Damage Tolerance Evaluation of Adhesively Laminated Titanium

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W. S. Johnson

NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23665

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 105(3), 182-187 (Jul 01, 1983) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3225641 History: Received July 14, 1982; Online September 23, 2009


Basic damage tolerance properties of Ti-6Al-4V titanium plate can be improved by laminating thin sheets of titanium with adhesives. Compact tension and center-cracked tension specimens made from thick plate, thin sheet, and laminated plate (six plies of thin sheet) were tested. The fracture toughness of the laminated plate was 39 percent higher than the monolithic plate. The laminated plate’s through-the-thickness crack growth rate was about 20 percent less than that of the monolithic plate. The damage tolerance life of the surface-cracked laminate was 6 to over 15 times the life of a monolithic specimen.

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