Publication :


Effect of axial preload on durability of aerospace fastened joints

Authors: T. Benhaddou, P. Stephan, A. Daidié, F. Alkatan, C. Chirol and J.-B. Tuery
Year: janvier 2018
Journal: International Journal Of Mechanical Sciences.
Volume: 137, Pages: 214-223

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2018.01.023
Référencé ISI Web Of Science
Référencé Scopus

The main aim of the present work is to study the effect of axial preload on the durability of aerospace fastened joints. For that purpose, experimental and numerical approaches are adopted to demonstrate the beneficial effect of axial preload on the fatigue life of representative aerospace fastened joints. In the experimental approach, an innovative tightening technique, based on iterative tightening, is used to reduce the scatter habitually induced on preload when the conventional torque tightening technique is employed. The main benefit, besides the use of this alternative tightening technique, is to allow an accurate preload to be introduced without geometry or stiffness modification, thus enabling the preload effect to be determined precisely. The results show the effect of preload on the static resistance, fatigue life and failure mode of fastened joints. In the numerical approach, a 3D finite element model is developed and the analysis of its behavior confirms and explains experimental observations. Analysis of longitudinal stresses through critical paths shows that the effect of high preload is beneficial because it reduces hydrostatic pressure and shear stress amplitude, thus leading to longer fatigue lives. The correlation between experimental observations and the numerical results is studied using SWT and Crossland multiaxial fatigue criteria.

Bibtex citation :
Author={Benhaddou, T. and Stephan, P. and Daidi\'e, A. and Alkatan, F. and Chirol, C. and Tuery, J.-B.},
Title={Effect of axial preload on durability of aerospace fastened joints},
Journal={International Journal Of Mechanical Sciences},

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