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Proceedings 2018, 2(8), 414;

Mechanical Behaviour of Clinched Joints in Configurations

Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Presented at the 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM18), Brussels, Belgium, 1–5 July 2018.
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Published: 31 May 2018
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Clinch joining or clinching is a mechanical joining technique for sheet material. In this paper, the mechanical behaviour of multiple clinched joints under mixed-mode loads (peel, shear and pull-out) is investigated using a modified Arcan test. The experimental results are compared with a proposed equivalent model for clinched joints to validate if the model can reproduce the deformation behaviour up to maximum force. The theoretical maximum resistance force of the configurations are then compared to the experimental maximum resistances to investigate the influence of interaction effects on the maximum strength of the configuration. This study is part of a global design strategy for clinched joints in large structures.
Keywords: clinch joining; mechanical behaviour; design rules; equivalent model clinch joining; mechanical behaviour; design rules; equivalent model
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Breda, A.; Coppieters, S.; Debruyne, D. Mechanical Behaviour of Clinched Joints in Configurations. Proceedings 2018, 2, 414.

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