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Resistance of bonded structures to fatigue loading

The behaviour of bonded structures subjected to cyclic loads has been investigated through a series of experimental fatigue tests performed at the CETENA laboratory at Riva Trigoso Shipyard owned by FINCANTIERI. Tests have been performed on two full-scale fairing samples (Fincantieri AC1). After fabrication, in January 2003, samples have been left exposed to weather conditions (sun, rain, salt environment), without any protection, for about six months.

The achieved results can be considered very satisfactory from the point of view of the joint resistance and contribute to improved the knowledge on the fatigue resistance of bonded structures.

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