Stress analysis of bolted composite joints under multiaxial loading

E. Madenci, A. Barut, I. Guven

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This chapter presents a two-dimensional, semi-analytical solution method for the stress analysis of bolted composite lap joints under mechanical and/or thermal loading. It is based on a combined complex potential and variational formulation. The method is capable of modeling finite geometries, bolt stiffness, bolt-hole clearance, variable plate thickness and metallic inserts without any symmetry requirements. It accounts for the contact phenomenon and the interaction among the bolts explicitly under bearing and by-pass loading with or without thermal loading. It is computationally not demanding and, thus, is suitable for parametric studies and design optimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComposite Joints and Connections
PublisherElsevier Ltd.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781845699901
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • Bolts
  • Composite
  • Contact stresses
  • Lap joints
  • Semi-analytical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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