Assessment of alternative joining techniques for Ti–6Al–4V/CFRP hybrid joints regarding tensile and fatigue strength


CFRP and titanium joints are used in the aerospace industry. These materials are usually joined by titanium rivets which are inserted into holes drilled through both materials. Conventional riveted hybrid joints of CFRP and titanium parts fail under quasi static loading due to the uneven load distribution at the titanium rivets. Under cyclic loading, the fatigue failure occurs mainly in the titanium part because of the higher notch sensitivity. The aim of this work is the comparison of different joining concepts in terms of stiffness, strength and fatigue limit. First, laser riveting, here titanium pins are Nd:YAG laser beam welded to the Ti–6Al–4V parts. Second, conventional riveted hybrid joint is combined with adhesive bonding. Third, surface structuring of the Ti–6Al–4V parts is used to enhance friction in the riveted joint. Tensile and fatigue tests as well as fractographical examinations are performed to establish the process–property–performance relationship of the hybrid joints. Laser riveting leads to higher stiffness but equal strength, when compared to conventional riveted joints. Fatigue life is improved by the implementation of adhesive bonding and surface structuring.
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