A computational analysis of the scarf angle on a composites repair

Kim, Yun-Hae;Jo, Young-Dae;Murakami, Ri-Ichi

  • 투고 : 2010.12.09
  • 심사 : 2011.01.29
  • 발행 : 2011.03.02


This study examined the relationship between the scarf angle and stress distribution, and estimated the strength recovery via a finite element analysis. The following conclusions were drawn from this study. Resin will fracture due to a tensile load with a high scarf angle, which is similar to the patch repair method. An applied stress can be loaded to a repaired laminate if the scarf angle is $5^{\circ}$. The Von-Mises stress increases with decreasing scarf angle, with the exception of a scarf angle of $30^{\circ}$, where the scarf angle can indicate the rates of shear and normal stresses. Strength recovery can be better if the scarf angle is decreased to a lower angle. However, scarf machining requires more time, a high skill level and considerable expense. Therefore, a scarf angle of $5^{\circ}$ is the most effective for a repair. These results may provide a guide for engineers wishing to formulate a standard for repair. The scarf angle needs to be carefully managed for a more efficient composite repair.


Composite repair;Finite element method;Scarf angle;Strength recovery;Sliding mode control


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