FE modeling of bolted joints in structures
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
This paper presents the development of a finite element method for modeling fastener joints in aircraft structures. By using connector element in commercial software Abaqus, the finite element method can handle multi-bolt joints and secondary bending. The plates in the joints are modeled with shell elements or solid elements.
First, a pre-study with linear elastic analyses is performed. The study is focused on the influence of using different connector element stiffness predicted by semi-empirical flexibility equations from the aircraft industry. The influence of using a surface coupling tool is also investigated, and proved to work well for solid models and not so well for shell models, according to a comparison with a benchmark model.
Second, also in the pre-study, an elasto-plastic analysis and a damage analysis are performed. The elasto-plastic analysis is compared to experiment, but the damage analysis is not compared to any experiment. The damage analysis is only performed to gain more knowledge of the method of modeling finite element damage behavior.
Finally, the best working FE method developed in the pre-study is used in an analysis of an I-beam with multi-bolt structure and compared to experiments to prove the abilities with the method. One global and one local model of the I-beam structure are used in the analysis, and with the advantage that force-displacement characteristic are taken from the experiment of the local model and assigned as a constitutive behavior to connector elements in the analysis of the global model.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 56 p.
Bolted joints, Fastener joints, Load distribution, Flexibility, Connector element
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81110ISRN: LIU-IEI-TEK-A—12/014446-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-81110DiVA: diva2:550529
Subject / course
2012-08-23, A37, Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden, 11:28 (Swedish)
Sjöström, Sören, Professor
Simonsson, Kjell, Professor