Stress analysis and fatigue of welded structures

A. Chattopadhyay*, G. Glinka, M. El-Zein, J. Qian, R. Formas

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    Fatigue analyses of weldments require detailed knowledge of the stress fi elds in critical regions. The stress information is subsequently used for fi nding high local stresses where fatigue cracks may initiate and for calculating stress intensity factors and fatigue crack growth. The method proposed enables the determination of the stress concentration and the stress distribution in the weld toe region using a special shell fi nite element modelling technique. The procedure consists of a set of rules concerning the development of the fi nite element mesh necessary to capture the bending and membrane structural stresses. The structural stress data obtained from the shell fi nite element analysis and relevant stress concentration factors are subsequently used to determine the peak stress and the non-linear through-thickness stress distributions. The peak stress at the weld toe is subsequently used for the determination of fatigue crack initiation life. The stress distribution and the weight function method are used for the determination of stress intensity factors and for the analysis of subsequent fatigue crack growth.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2-21
    Number of pages20
    JournalWelding in the World
    Issue number7-8
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Finite element analysis
    • Stress distribution
    • Structural analysis


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