The paper deals with the high-cycle fatigue behaviour of steel butt-welded joints in the as-welded condition, under constant amplitude loading. It tackles the problem of strength assessment by changing the geometrical shape and features of the weldment. This investigation considers the recommendations available in design standards, particularly referring to the Eurocodes, and it re-analyses experimental data where a clear profile of the actual weld shape is available. For the available weld profiles, numerical investigations are shown by applying the Implicit Gradient approach for the evaluation of the nonlocal effective stress in the fatigue strength assessment. The results are very promising since the nonlocal approach significantly agrees with design standard recommendations in conventional cases, but it is also able to provide specific indications on the influence of the geometrical features, as well as the tip radius and opening angles, specifying their influence when no explicitly detailed indications are available in the design standards.

Overview of the geometrical influence on the fatigue strength of steel butt welds by a nonlocal approach

Livieri, Paolo
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Tovo, Roberto
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2020

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The paper deals with the high-cycle fatigue behaviour of steel butt-welded joints in the as-welded condition, under constant amplitude loading. It tackles the problem of strength assessment by changing the geometrical shape and features of the weldment. This investigation considers the recommendations available in design standards, particularly referring to the Eurocodes, and it re-analyses experimental data where a clear profile of the actual weld shape is available. For the available weld profiles, numerical investigations are shown by applying the Implicit Gradient approach for the evaluation of the nonlocal effective stress in the fatigue strength assessment. The results are very promising since the nonlocal approach significantly agrees with design standard recommendations in conventional cases, but it is also able to provide specific indications on the influence of the geometrical features, as well as the tip radius and opening angles, specifying their influence when no explicitly detailed indications are available in the design standards.
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