Effect of adhesive thickness and overlap on the behaviour of composite single-lap joints Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2021

start page

  • 1111

end page

  • 1120


  • 11


  • 28

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1537-6494

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-6532


  • The effect of adhesive thickness and adherent overlap on behavior of composite single-lap joints (SLJ) under tensile load is studied by using a 3D finite-element model. A bilinear Cohesive Zone Model (CZM) law is used to represent the adhesive behavior and its parameters are determined as a function of adhesive thickness by carrying out Double Cantilever Beam and End-Notched Flexure tests. The performance of SLJ is defined by peak load, maximum shear, and peel stresses. For the range of adhesive thicknesses considered, both maximum shear and peel stresses decrease with increasing adhesive thickness, while they increase with increasing overlap length.


  • Materials science and engineering


  • adhesive thickness; overlap length; cohesive zone model; finite element model; experimental test