Fast and economic stiffness evaluation of mechanical joints 2003-01-2751
Car body structures and the joints between beam members have a great impact on global vehicle stiffness. With the method presented in this paper it is possible to experimentally assess the stiffness of joints by a robust and economic means. The stiffness of a beam can easily be found experimentally just by cutting it in two and using the cross-sections to calculate the polar moment of inertia. When it comes to a joint, there are no formulae or explicit expressions describing its behavior. Therefore, measurement of its mechanical behavior has to be made. The dynamic joint method presented here does not need levers or a costly, rigid set-up, but an economical free-free set-up and cast-on weights. Furthermore, the same method can be emulated by FEM when a digital model exists.