A Finite Element Study of Electromagnetic Riveting

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E. A. Repetto, R. Radovitzky, M. Ortiz

Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125

R. C. Lundquist, D. R. Sandstrom

The Boeing Company, Mail Stop 7L-25, P. 0. Box 3707, Seattle, WA 98124-2207

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 121(1), 61-68 (Feb 01, 1999) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2830576 History: Received April 01, 1997; Revised October 01, 1997; Online January 17, 2008


Electromagnetic riveting, used in some aerospace assembly processes, involves rapid deformation, leading to the finished rivet configuration. Analysis of this process is described for the case of an aluminum rivet joining typical aluminum structural elements. The analysis is based on a finite element method that includes the effects of heating, due to rapid plastic deformation of the material, on the material properties. Useful details of material deformation and thermal history and the final rivet and structure configuration and states of stress and strain are obtained. These results have significant implications in the design, implementation, and improvement of practical fastening processes in the aerospace industry.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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