Mechanical Connections for Structural Plastics

by Vernon J. Meyers, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, Ind.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 1, Pg. 93-103

Document Type: Journal Paper


A survey of existing literature on mechanical connections of structural plastic components reveals a dearth of hard data available for civil engineering type materials. The largest body of quantitative information discovered was for bolted connections of fiberglass (E-glass) reinforced polyester laminates. A more limited amount of data was found for riveted and screwed connections of these laminates. These data are summarized herein. Qualitative criteria to be considered in the design of bolted, riveted, and screwed connections of any structural plastic components are presented. Also the general relationships of mechanical connections to welded and adhesive bonded connections of plastics are considered. It is recommended that additional experimental work be carried out to broaden the quantitative design data available for the practicing engineer.

Subject Headings: Plastics | Bolted connections | Welded connections | Laminated materials | Rivets | Plastic design | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Computing in civil engineering

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