Paper Information

Journal:   INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING   2018 , Volume 10 , Number 1; Page(s) 37 To 47.
 
Paper: 

EXPERIMENTAL CHARACTERIZATION AND NUMERICAL SIMULATION OF RIVETED LAP?SHEAR JOINTS USING RIVET ELEMENT

 
 
Author(s):  VIVIO FRANCESCO*, FANELLI PIERLUIGI, FERRACCI MICHELE
 
* DEPARTMENT OF ENTERPRISE ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF ROME TOR VERGATA, VIA DEL POLITECNICO 1, 00133 ROME, ITALY
 
Abstract: 

In aeronautical and automotive industries the use of rivets for applications requiring several joining points is now very common. In spite of a very simple shape, a riveted junction has many contact surfaces and stress concentrations that make the local stiffness very difficult to be calculated. To overcome this difficulty, commonly finite element models with very dense meshes are performed for single joint analysis because the accuracy is crucial for a correct structural analysis. Anyhow, when several riveted joints are present, the simulation becomes computationally too heavy and usually significant restrictions to joint modelling are introduced, sacrificing the accuracy of local stiffness evaluation. In this paper, we tested the accuracy of a rivet finite element presented in previous works by the authors. The structural behaviour of a lap joint specimen with a rivet joining is simulated numerically and compared to experimental measurements. The Rivet Element, based on a closed-form solution of a reference theoretical model of the rivet joint, simulates local and overall stiffness of the junction combining high accuracy with low degrees of freedom contribution. In this paper the Rivet Element performances are compared to that of a FE non-linear model of the rivet, built with solid elements and dense mesh, and to experimental data. The promising results reported allow to consider the Rivet Element able to simulate, with a great accuracy, actual structures with several rivet connections.

 
Keyword(s): RIVET, ANALYTICAL MODEL, RIVET ELEMENT, LAP-SHEAR JOINT
 
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