CAD Design of Arcan Fixture and Finite element Simulation Based on Stress Analysis for Optimum Shear Mode


Mohammed Y. Abdellah†,‡*, Mohamed K. Hassan†, ‡† **, Mohammed M Al-Shwihi†, Ahmed H. Backar†,‡‡, Ahmed F. Mohamed†,‡‡†


† Mechanical engineering Department, College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, Umm Al-Qura University, Makah, KSA

‡ Mechanical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, South Valley University, Egypt

‡† Production Engineering& Design Department, Faculty of Engineering, Minia University, 61111-Egypt

‡‡ Production Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt

‡‡† Mechanical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Sohag University, Egypt

Corresponding Author Email: kibrahiem@uqu.edu.sa, mohamed_abdalla@eng.svu.edu.eg

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Arcan fixtures are widely used for mechanical characterization and determining the in-plane shear tensile load for fiber-reinforced polymer composite material (FRP) in the three modes of fracture. This work aims at CAD design for Arcan fixtures with a butterfly-shaped specimen. This is carried out by ABAQUS/CAE finite element method, with seven angle positions and sample thickness varies from 0.5 to 8 mm for (FRP). The axial-shear response is obtained under different biaxial in-plane stress states by changing the loading angles. In particular, these fixtures will be used for testing of composite samples in order to achieve an ideal and highly efficient design suitable for samples. On the other hand, finite element stress analysis of the Arcan fixture under different loads is conducted and shown an improvement in fixture design leading to optimum design of the Arcan fixture. Moreover, this work describes the designing and manufacturing of an Arcan fixture. The amended Arcan test for the composite and hybrid bonded assembly behavior of a wide variety of tensile– shear off-plane loadings. The main advantages are to examine thin composite plates and to use a sample-fixing fix. Moreover, optimizing the design of the proposed system, using simulations of finite elements to achieve reliable experimental outcomes, considerably limits the influence of edge effects.