StressCheck Tutorial: Linear vs Nonlinear Results for a Single Lap Joint
Abstract: Comparison between linear, material nonlinear (plasticity effects) and general nonlinear (plasticity + geometric nonlinear effects) for a single lap joint under uniaxial load. Large deformations result for the linear analysis, including unrealistically large rotations at the adhesive, indicating geometric nonlinear analysis is required to represent the solution.
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“At DST Group, we have effectively used StressCheck® over the last 10 years to determine accurate stress intensity factors. The results have been used to improve our residual strength and structural life estimates for aircraft in service with the Royal Australian Airforce, including C-130, P-3C and F/A-18 A/B. We have found it to be extremely easy to use and a very versatile code with which to create parametric models.
We have recently used StressCheck® to obtain improved stress intensity factor solutions (Improved stress intensity factors for selected configurations in cracked plates and Improved stress intensity factors for a single corner crack at a loaded fastener hole) for five key generic configurations. These transferable parametric results have been published externally. One specific example is the non-linear contact analysis of a cracked, filled fastener hole, with both fastener and remote plate loading.”
Dr. Manfred Heller, HeadStructural & Damage Mechanics, DST Group