Stress distributions and crack growth in riveted lap joints fastening thick steel plates Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 Elsevier Ltd Single shear lap joints have been a common method to fasten steel plates in railroad bridges and can be highly susceptible to fatigue cracking under the cyclic loading bridges experience. To better comprehend the fatigue process of these connections, it is important to understand the stress state near the rivet hole. While the fatigue behavior of these riveted connections has been studied, few have been carried out on stress distribution and crack formation in riveted lap joints fastening thick steel plates. This study is to provide information regarding the stress distributions developed in a single shear lap joint connecting plates of varying thicknesses. Results from the stress contour analysis are utilized to detect possible regions for fatigue crack nucleation under cyclic heavy axle loads. The study also provides information regarding the fatigue crack geometry typically found in single shear lap joints.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kafie-Martinez, J., Keating, P. B., Chakra-Varthy, P., Correia, J., & de Jesus, A.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Kafie-Martinez, Jackeline||Keating, Peter B||Chakra-Varthy, Pranav||Correia, Jose||de Jesus, Abilio

publication date

  • January 2018