A Comparative Study on the Finite Element Models for Spot Welds and Their Verification 2006-01-0590
It is an important problem to estimate the fatigue life of spot welds. There are a number of spot weld models in literature put forward to represent spot welds in finite element models. In this study, five popular spot weld models are compared with each other and experimental results. It is concluded that 9-point contact method is the best one among other models considered in this study based on strain measurements. In terms of fatigue tests, 9-point contact and umbrella models yield better-correlated results than the rigid and elastic beam models.