Mechanics modeling of the contact loads on dovetail attachments

Matthew C. Gean, Thomas Farris

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A procedure for calculating contact loads on a dovetail surface for given engine performance parameters such as speed and temperature is described. The procedure requires a small number of predetermined calibrating finite element analyses to obtain empirical constants. Verification is provided by detailed finite element analyses. Contact loads can be calculated for an entire mission history in near real-time. The contact load histories could be used to calculate local stress necessary for fatigue life prediction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number021004
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 10 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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