The present investigation concerns the analysis of bolted patch repairs of flat composite panels by using a complex potential- variational method. The validity of the current analysis predictions is established by comparison against experimental measurements and previous predictions. The experimental investigation used two patch repairs, with different bolt patterns, of a cutout in an aluminum skin under uniaxial loading. The previous predictions were made for a patch-repaired composite skin with 16 bolts under uniaxial loading. The same patch repair configuration is analyzed here under more complex loading conditions and with two bolts missing, leading to a non-symmetric bolt arrangement. Also, the influence of patch geometry and bolt pattern on the effectiveness of the repair is investigated by considering an elliptical cutout in the skin.
- Multiple bolts
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Civil and Structural Engineering