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ISRN Materials Science
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 746308, 25 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/746308
Review Article

Fatigue in Adhesively Bonded Joints: A Review

Department of Mechanical Construction and Production, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, 9052 Zwijnaarde, Belgium

Received 22 August 2012; Accepted 3 October 2012

Academic Editors: J. F. Bartolomé, D. Chicot, and J. E. Lowther

Copyright © 2012 M. M. Abdel Wahab. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper presents a literature review on fatigue in adhesively bonded joints and covers articles published in the Web of Science from 1975 until 2011. About 222 cited articles are presented and reviewed. The paper is divided into several related topics such as fatigue strength and lifetime analysis, fatigue crack initiation, fatigue crack propagation, fatigue durability, variable fatigue amplitude, impact fatigue, thermal fatigue, torsional fatigue, fatigue in hybrid adhesive joints, and nano-adhesives. The paper is concluded by highlighting the topics that drive future research.