Modeling of skin/rivet contact: Application to fretting fatigue

Harish Ganapathy, T. N. Farris

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The contact at a typical aircraft skin/rivet interface was analyzed using plane and shell finite elements. The focus was on fretting as a crack nucleation mechanism in lap joints. Crack nucleation lives were predicted using a multiaxial fatigue theory. For low remote stresses, an increase in friction coefficient increased life. The opposite was true for high remote stresses. The increase in rivet head clamping pressure increased the crack nucleation life. Plasticity blunted the effects of friction coefficient and clamping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2761-2771
Number of pages11
JournalCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 38th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference. Part 4 (of 4) - Kissimmee, FL, USA
Duration: Apr 7 1997Apr 10 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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