Riveted Lap Joints in Aircraft Fuselage

Design, Analysis and Properties

  • Andrzej Skorupa
  • Malgorzata Skorupa

Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 189)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Andrzej Skorupa, Małgorzata Skorupa
    Pages 1-9
  3. Andrzej Skorupa, Małgorzata Skorupa
    Pages 27-100
  4. Andrzej Skorupa, Małgorzata Skorupa
    Pages 101-114
  5. Andrzej Skorupa, Małgorzata Skorupa
    Pages 115-144
  6. Andrzej Skorupa, Małgorzata Skorupa
    Pages 145-184
  7. Andrzej Skorupa, Małgorzata Skorupa
    Pages 207-240
  8. Andrzej Skorupa, Małgorzata Skorupa
    Pages 241-271
  9. Andrzej Skorupa, Małgorzata Skorupa
    Pages 273-314
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 315-332

About this book


Fatigue of the pressurized fuselages of transport aircraft is a significant problem all builders and users of aircraft have to cope with for reasons associated with assuring a sufficient lifetime and safety, and formulating adequate inspection procedures. These aspects are all addressed in various formal protocols for creating and maintaining airworthiness, including damage tolerance considerations. In most transport aircraft, fatigue occurs in lap joints, sometimes leading to circumstances that threaten safety in critical ways. The problem of fatigue of lap joints has been considerably enlarged by the goal of extending aircraft lifetimes.

Fatigue of riveted lap joints between aluminium alloy sheets, typical of the pressurized aircraft fuselage, is the major topic of the present book. The richly illustrated and well-structured chapters treat subjects such as: structural design solutions and loading conditions for fuselage skin joints; relevance of laboratory test results for simple lap joint specimens to riveted joints in a real structure; effect of various production and design related variables on the riveted joint fatigue behaviour; analytical and experimental results on load transmission in mechanically fastened lap joints; theoretical and experimental analysis of secondary bending and its implications for riveted joint fatigue performance; nucleation and shape development of fatigue cracks in riveted longitudinal lap joints; overview of experimental investigations into the multi-site damage for full scale fuselage panels and riveted lap joint specimens; fatigue crack growth and fatigue life prediction methodology for riveted lap joints; residual strength predictions for riveted lap joints in a fuselage structure. The major issues of each chapter are recapitulated in the last section.


aircraft engineering aluminium alloys fatigue fuselage systems riveted joints riveting process safety

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrzej Skorupa
    • 1
  • Malgorzata Skorupa
    • 2
  1. 1., Faculty of Mechanical Eng. & RoboticsAGH University of Science and TechnologyKrakowPoland
  2. 2., Faculty of mechanical eng. & RoboticsAGH University of TechnologyKrakowPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4281-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4282-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-0042
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