Experimental and numerical investigation of fretting fatigue behavior in bolted joints

Janne Juoksukangas, Arto Lehtovaara, Antti Mäntylä

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    Bolted joints may suffer from fretting damage which can significantly decrease fatigue life. A testing arrangement was developed to study the effect of different operating and design parameters of a single bolted joint on fretting fatigue life. Fretting fatigue stress-life (S-N) tests were conducted to investigate in particular the effect of bolt preload and cyclic bulk loading on fatigue life. Fretting fatigue life decreased when increasing the preload and also when increasing the bulk stress. The Digital Image Correlation method was applied to measure tangential displacements close to the contact. A corresponding finite element model of the test setup was used to analyze contact variables in greater detail. The numerical results corresponded well to the experimental results.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)440-448
    Number of pages9
    JournalTribology International
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Contact
    • Fatigue
    • Finite-element method
    • Fretting

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 2

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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