In the present study, the mechanical behaviour of polymer–metal hybrid connections produced by clinching is investigated. Thin sheetswere joined using different tools including grooved, split and flat dies aswell as rectan- gular tools.The effect of the joining force on joinabilitywas also analysed. Polycarbonatewasused as the polymer partner because of its high strength and toughness,while aluminiumalloy AA6082-T6,which is characterized by a high yield stress but lowductility, was used as themetal sheet.Mechanical characterization involved single lap shear tests and peelingtests. According to the achieved results, grooveddies are not suitable for joining polymers. Rectangular clinching tools required lower joining forces and produced the highest peeling performances; how- ever, because of the low ductility of the aluminium alloy, the joints were partially damaged resulting in the weakest shear strength. Round clinching tools required higher joining force compared to rectangular ones. The joints produced by flat dieswere characterized by higher shear strength; however, because of thesmall interlock produced, they were characterized by small values of peeling strength. Round split dies allowed producing the joints with the highest performances in shear and peeling tests.

Mechanical behaviour of polymer-metal hybrid joints produced by clinching using different tools

LAMBIASE, FRANCESCO
2015-01-01

Abstract

In the present study, the mechanical behaviour of polymer–metal hybrid connections produced by clinching is investigated. Thin sheetswere joined using different tools including grooved, split and flat dies aswell as rectan- gular tools.The effect of the joining force on joinabilitywas also analysed. Polycarbonatewasused as the polymer partner because of its high strength and toughness,while aluminiumalloy AA6082-T6,which is characterized by a high yield stress but lowductility, was used as themetal sheet.Mechanical characterization involved single lap shear tests and peelingtests. According to the achieved results, grooveddies are not suitable for joining polymers. Rectangular clinching tools required lower joining forces and produced the highest peeling performances; how- ever, because of the low ductility of the aluminium alloy, the joints were partially damaged resulting in the weakest shear strength. Round clinching tools required higher joining force compared to rectangular ones. The joints produced by flat dieswere characterized by higher shear strength; however, because of thesmall interlock produced, they were characterized by small values of peeling strength. Round split dies allowed producing the joints with the highest performances in shear and peeling tests.
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