Centrifuge testing of pre-bond contaminated composite-to-metal adhesively bonded joints
In the present work, the effect of pre-bond contamination scenarios related to production and repair processes on the adhesion strength of composite-to-metal joints is investigated by means of the novel centrifuge testing technology. The composite substrates have been subjected to contamination with release agent, moisture, fingerprint, thermal degradation and de-icing fluid before being bonded on the metallic stamp. Different contamination levels have been considered for each scenario. The standard deviation of adhesion strength values differs for each sample category and in some cases, is relatively high. The experimental results show a considerable decrease of adhesion strength for all contamination scenarios. The evaluation of the adhesion strength values is assisted by the characterization of the failure modes. In most cases, the transition between the failure modes explains the variation of adhesion strength.