Process Development of Dissimilar Clinch Joints in Cross-Tension Specimens of AA5052/TP-CFRP Sheets 2020-01-0225
This paper studied the process development of dissimilar clinch joints in cross-tension specimens of aluminum alloy 5052-H32 (AA5052-H32)/thermoplastic carbon fiber reinforced plastic (TP-CFRP) sheets. The AA5052-H32 and TP-CFRP sheets with a thickness of 1.6 mm were used. The critical processing parameters for AA5052/TP-CFRP clinch joints, such as the compressive load, pre-heating type, pre-heating temperature, and die depth, were considered. The failure loads, failure modes, and metallographic micrographs of AA5052/TP-CFRP clinch joints were analyzed to determine an available processing parameter set for fatigue tests. Finally, fatigue performance and failure modes of AA5052/TP-CFRP clinch joints were obtained.