Applicability of Empirical Formulae for the Fatigue Notch Factor to Estimate Riveted Lap Joint Fatigue Strength


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A semi-empirical fatigue life prediction model under development by the present authors for riveted lap joints used in aircraft structures is outlined. In contrast to existing models, it will account for the influence of the rivet squeeze force on the fatigue life of riveted joints. To determine the effect of rivet-hole interference on the fatigue behaviour of a riveted joint, a series of fatigue tests on filled hole coupons with different amounts of interference will be carried out under loading conditions representing the bypass load, transfer load and secondary bending. These experiments will allow evaluating of the dependency of the fatigue notch factors on rivet hole expansion. Preliminary results obtained so far are presented in this paper.



Solid State Phenomena (Volume 224)

Edited by:

Dariusz Skibicki




T. Machniewicz et al., "Applicability of Empirical Formulae for the Fatigue Notch Factor to Estimate Riveted Lap Joint Fatigue Strength", Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 224, pp. 81-86, 2015

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November 2014




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