Fatigue Damage and Dynamic Natural Frequency Response of Spot-Welded Joints 2003-01-0695
The changes of dynamic frequency response, commonly used to determine the dynamic characteristic of built-up structures, were studied over the entire fatigue failure process for tensile-shear spot-welded joints. The results of an experimental study showed that the natural frequency varies non-linearly with the fatigue damage fraction. This behavior was modeled using finite element analysis of a progressively growing crack, initiating at the joining surface, then progressing to the outside surface of the specimen, and finally extending from the spot weld nugget. The relationship between dynamic frequency response and crack propagation may be applied to study effect of aging (high mileage) in NVH quality.