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Dynamic characterisation and longitudinal strength of swaged joints

Caresta, M and Wassink, D (2012) Dynamic characterisation and longitudinal strength of swaged joints. Applied Acoustics, 73. pp. 484-490. ISSN 0003-682X

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Swaging is a cold working process involving plastic deformation of the work piece to change its shape. A swaged joint is a connection between two components whereby a swaging tool induces plastic deformation of the components at their junction to effectively bind them together. This is commonly used when welding or other standard joining techniques are not viable. Swaged joints can be found for example, in nuclear fuel assemblies to connect the edges of thin rectangular plates to a supporting structure or frame. The aim of this work is to find a model to describe the vibrational behaviour of a swaged joint and to estimate its strength in resisting a longitudinally applied load. The finite element method and various experimental rigs were used in order to find relationships between the natural frequencies of the plate, the joint stiffness and the force required to shift the plate against the restraining action of the swage connection. It is found that a swaged joint is dynamically equivalent to a simple support with the rotation elastically restrained and a small stiffness is enough to resist an important load. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div C > Applied Mechanics
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Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:41
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