Behaviors of a single crack in multiple bolted joints

S. H. Ju, T. L. Horng

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This paper examines the pin load ratios and the stress intensity factors (SIFs) of a single crack in the multiple bolted joints by using finite element analyses. Cubic-spline contact elements and rigid links were used to model the contact surface between the bolt and the rigid pin. The least-squares method was used to determine the SIFs. The finite element results indicate that the cracked hole can still sustain the major part of the original loading at the uncracked condition. The first hole sustains the largest pin load and mode-I SIF, which are reduced little for crack propagation. This critical condition cannot be reduced by the arrangement of more pins in the plate. In this paper, two simple formulae were also investigated to fit the load ratios and SIFs of the multiple bolted-joints problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4055-4070
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Sep 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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