1998-09-29

Fatigue Life Prediction of MAG-Welded Thin-Sheet Structures 982311

A finite-element (FE) based method for numerically predicting fatigue life of MAG-welded thin-sheet structures has been established and tested. The method uses nodal forces and moments calculated along the weld line, together with an analytical expression for the structural stress at the weld toe. The calculated stress is used together with an experimentally determined Wöhler, or S-N, curve. A “stiff” welded joint with structural stress dominated by membrane forces is found to have a steeper S-N curve than a “flexible” joint with structural stress dominated by bending moment. All test results were seen to lie close to one of two different S-N curves. The proportion of bending stress over total structural stress could be used for choosing the appropriate S-N curve.

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