Dynamical modeling and simulations of structures containing joint interfaces require reduced-order fretting models for efficiency. The reduced-order models in the literature compromise accuracy and physical basis of the modeling procedure, especially in regards to interface contact and friction modeling. Recently, physics-based fretting models for flat-on-flat contacts, including roughness effects have been developed and tested on individual (isolated) mechanical lap joints [1]. These models follow a “bottom up” modeling approach; utilizing the micromechanics of sphere-on-flat fretting contact (asperity scale), and statistical summation to model flat-on-flat contact (macroscale). Since these models are derived from first principles, the effects of surface roughness, contact conditions, and material properties on fretting and dynamical response of the jointed interfaces can be studied. The present work illustrates an example of how the physics-based models can be incorporated in dynamics of jointed structures. A comparison with the friction models existing in the literature is also provided.

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