In-situ computed tomography and transient dynamic analysis of a single-lap shear test with a composite-metal clinch point

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Clinching is a well-established joining technology, e.g. in automotive production, because of its cost-efficiency and the ability to join different materials at low cycle times. Nowadays, a detailed quality inspection of clinch points is usually carried out ex-situ, e.g. via macroscopic examination after joining. However, only 2D-snapshots of the complex three-dimensional and time-dependent forming and damaging phenomena can be made. The closing of cracks and the resetting of elastic deformations due to unloading and specimen preparation are also disadvantageous. In contrast, the use of non-destructive in-situ testing methods enables a deeper insight into the joint deformation and failure phenomena under specific load conditions. In this paper, progressive damage is observed during the single-lap shear testing of a clinch point using in-situ computed tomography (CT) and transient dynamic analysis (TDA). The TDA can continuously monitor the characteristic dynamic response of the joint, which is sensitive to damage and process deviations. In-situ CT creates 3D images of the inner structure of the clinch point at specific process steps. In this work, the sensitivity of both testing methods to detect damage in joints with EN AW 6014 and glass fibre reinforced polypropylene (GF-PP) is evaluated. As a reference, joints with both joining partners made of aluminium alloy (EN AW 6014) are analyzed. It is shown, that TDA and in-situ CT has the potential to identify joint quality as well as critical processing times.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProduction at the Leading Edge of Technology
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages11
ISBN (electronic)978-3-031-18318-8
ISBN (print)978-3-031-18317-1, 978-3-031-18320-1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2023

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Production Engineering


Title12th Congress of the German Academic Association for Production Technology
SubtitleProduction at the Leading Edge of Technology
Abbreviated titleWGP 2022
Conference number12
Duration11 - 14 October 2022
LocationUniversität Stuttgart

External IDs

Scopus 85166646234
ORCID /0000-0003-0014-3039/work/142233870
ORCID /0000-0003-2689-1203/work/142234013
ORCID /0000-0003-1370-064X/work/142243856
ORCID /0000-0001-6422-2196/work/142250490



  • Computed tomography, Active acoustic testing, Clinching