This paper summarises an attempt at proposing a new engineering method suitable for estimating the fatigue lifetime of steel and aluminium welded connections subjected to variable amplitude multiaxial fatigue loading. In particular, the proposed approach is based on the use of the so-called Modified Wöhler Curve Method (MWCM), i.e., a bi-parametrical critical plane approach, whose accuracy has been checked so far solely in addressing the constant amplitude multiaxial fatigue problem. In order to extend the use of our criterion to variable amplitude situations, the critical plane is suggested here as being determined by taking full advantage of the maximum variance concept, that is, such a plane is assumed to be the one containing the direction along which the variance of the resolved shear stress reaches its maximum value. The main advantage of such a strategy is that the cycle counting can directly be performed by considering the shear stress resolved along the maximum variance direction: by so doing, the problem is greatly simplified, allowing those well-established cycle counting methods specifically devised to address the uniaxial variable amplitude problem to be extended to those situations involving multiaxial fatigue loading. The validity of the proposed methodology was checked by using two different datasets taken from the literature and generated by testing both steel and aluminium tube-to-plate welded connections subjected to in-phase and 90° out-of-phase variable amplitude bending and torsion. This new fatigue life assessment technique was seen to be highly accurate allowing the estimates to fall within the calibration scatter bands not only when the constants in the governing equations were calculated by using the experimental uniaxial and torsional fully-reversed fatigue curves, but also when they were determined by using the reference curves supplied, for the investigated geometry, by the available standard codes. These results seem to strongly support the idea that, thanks to its peculiar features, our method can be considered as an effective engineering approach capable of performing multiaxial fatigue assessment under variable amplitude loading which fully complies with the recommendations of the available standard codes.

A novel engineering method based on the critical plane concept to estimate lifetime of weldments subjected to variable amplitude multiaxial fatigue loading

SUSMEL, Luca;TOVO, Roberto;BENASCIUTTI, Denis
2009

Abstract

This paper summarises an attempt at proposing a new engineering method suitable for estimating the fatigue lifetime of steel and aluminium welded connections subjected to variable amplitude multiaxial fatigue loading. In particular, the proposed approach is based on the use of the so-called Modified Wöhler Curve Method (MWCM), i.e., a bi-parametrical critical plane approach, whose accuracy has been checked so far solely in addressing the constant amplitude multiaxial fatigue problem. In order to extend the use of our criterion to variable amplitude situations, the critical plane is suggested here as being determined by taking full advantage of the maximum variance concept, that is, such a plane is assumed to be the one containing the direction along which the variance of the resolved shear stress reaches its maximum value. The main advantage of such a strategy is that the cycle counting can directly be performed by considering the shear stress resolved along the maximum variance direction: by so doing, the problem is greatly simplified, allowing those well-established cycle counting methods specifically devised to address the uniaxial variable amplitude problem to be extended to those situations involving multiaxial fatigue loading. The validity of the proposed methodology was checked by using two different datasets taken from the literature and generated by testing both steel and aluminium tube-to-plate welded connections subjected to in-phase and 90° out-of-phase variable amplitude bending and torsion. This new fatigue life assessment technique was seen to be highly accurate allowing the estimates to fall within the calibration scatter bands not only when the constants in the governing equations were calculated by using the experimental uniaxial and torsional fully-reversed fatigue curves, but also when they were determined by using the reference curves supplied, for the investigated geometry, by the available standard codes. These results seem to strongly support the idea that, thanks to its peculiar features, our method can be considered as an effective engineering approach capable of performing multiaxial fatigue assessment under variable amplitude loading which fully complies with the recommendations of the available standard codes.
Susmel, Luca; Tovo, Roberto; Benasciutti, Denis
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