The thesis consists of an analysis of spot joint fatigue estimation models suitable for aluminium car body. The gaps were identified in the existing models and a new approach put forth for SPR fatigue estimation, with a body in white validation plan. In the process, SPR fatigue failure mechanisms were also analysed. The models were critically analysed, including the proposed one. Fatigue as a phenomenon and its perception in the automotive industry were also discussed. Avenues of future work were identified and discussed briefly.
|Date of Award||2011|
|Supervisor||Paul Briskham (Supervisor) & Philip Swanson (Supervisor)|