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Shear Strengths of Different Bolt Connectors on the Large Span of Aluminium Alloy Honeycomb Sandwich Structure

Key Laboratory of Concrete and Prestressed Concrete Structure, Ministry of Education, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(5), 450; https://doi.org/10.3390/app7050450
Received: 19 January 2017 / Revised: 24 March 2017 / Accepted: 24 April 2017 / Published: 27 April 2017
This study investigates the shear capacity of aluminum alloy honeycomb sandwich plates connected by high-strength, ordinary, or self-tapping bolts. For that purpose, experimental tests and finite elements are carried out. The failure of a high-strength bolt connector is driven by bending deformations developed in the bolt that deform connection plate and pad openings. In the case of ordinary bolt connectors, stress concentration on the bolt shear surface causes a large shear deformation that finally leads to failure. In the case of self-tapping bolt connectors, the insufficient mechanical bite force of the screw thread yields the bolt misalignment and concentrates shear deformation. As a result, the high-strength bolt connector is the most efficient design solution. If the bolt hole edge distance is more than 1.5 times as much as the bolt diameter, the connection performance becomes insensitive to this parameter. The practical formula for evaluating the connector shear capacity is derived from experimental data. View Full-Text
Keywords: honeycomb sandwich structure; large-span Vierendeel roof; connection performance; hole wall pressure bearing; shear resistance honeycomb sandwich structure; large-span Vierendeel roof; connection performance; hole wall pressure bearing; shear resistance
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Zhao, C.; Zheng, W.; Ma, J.; Zhao, Y. Shear Strengths of Different Bolt Connectors on the Large Span of Aluminium Alloy Honeycomb Sandwich Structure. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 450.

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