Joining and Mechanical Strength of Selfpiercing Riveted Structure - Numerical Modeling and Experimental Validation
To decrease the weight of new cars, aluminium alloys are progressively replacing steels in parts of the “body-in-white”. However, the use of aluminium alloys requires sometimes new joining techniques to replace classical welding-points. Self-piercing riveting (SPR) or clinching are two of these relatively new joining techniques in which joining comes from the materials plastic deformation. In this study, we focus on the numerical modelling of self-piercing riveting and its experimental validation.