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EPSRC Reference: GR/R12749/01
Title: Efficient Modelling Strategies For Aircraft and Automotive Structural Joints
Principal Investigator: Price, Professor M
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Project Partners:
Altair Engineering Ltd Bombardier Jaguar Land Rover
Department: Aeronautical Engineering
Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Scheme: Fast Stream
Starts: 01 September 2001 Ends: 28 February 2003 Value (£): 60,785
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials testing & eng.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Transport Systems and Vehicles Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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The programme will undertake detailed Finite element Analyses of a selection of typical joints in aircraft structure. The basic response of these joints will be assessed for standard loading e.g. the rotation of skin and stringer at the edge of a panel. This basic data will then be used to obtain an equivalent stiffness which could be inserted into coarse design models. For example the interface between a stringer and the skin panel could be represented as a series of springs which will respond as the detailed riveted flange would.The initial work will therefore require a study of standard aircraft joints to select the cases for study. Once the FE study has been completed the representative models will be used in a simple design study of a fuselage section to illustrate the effect of changing the stiffness of joints on the global behaviour of the model.
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