Self-pierce riveting - A new way for joining structures

Li Han, Y. K. Chen, A. Chrysanthou, J. M. O'Sullivan

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    Self-pierce riveting is a relatively new joining technique that is attracting interest for various engineering applications. The process does not require a pre-drilled hole and this can eliminate the alignment problem encountered by conventional mechanical fastening. A range of materials covering similar or dissimilar materials can be joined with multiple layers by such means. The study showed that the strength and fatigue behaviour of self-piercing rivets is affected by selecting a suitable rivet and anvil design as well as suitable sheet materials. Fretting scars were observed to occur at the contact of the joined sheets near the rivet. This observation has not been reported by previous studies. It was shown that fretting leads to crack initiation and fatigue failure of the joints.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)123-127
    Number of pages5
    JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pressure Vessels and Piping Division (Publication) PVP
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2002
    EventEmerging Technologies in Fluids, Structures and Fluid/Structure Interactions (2002 ASME Prssure Vessels and Piping Conference) - Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Duration: 5 Aug 20029 Aug 2002


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