MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 165, 201812th International Fatigue Congress (FATIGUE 2018)
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||25 May 2018|
Seam weld shell element model for thin walled structure FE fatigue design
LOHR Industrie, Duppigheim, France
2 PSA Groupe, Voujeaucourt, France
3 PSA Groupe, Vélizy Villacoublay, France
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
In automotive industry, the FE fatigue analysis of mechanical structures made of steel thin walled parts and seam welded assemblies uses a dedicated technique based on shell element modelling for components and on 1D rigid elements for welds. This method has been validated with several intensive fatigue test campaigns using gas metal arc welded samples with different assemblies, for both bending and torsional loads. The fatigue results are relative to crack initiation at the weld toe with bending normal stress or with longitudinal shear stress for several load ratios. The purpose of the current work is the transposition of the initial method to another FE welded model. In a recent IIW guideline for the assessment of weld root fatigue, a shell element weld model has been proposed for seam weld fatigue assessment in case of weld root crack initiation. The idea is to analyse the possible extension of this FEA weld element model for weld toe fatigue analysis and several comparisons of stress results are detailed and discussed. Different fatigue criteria are used to verify the correlation with the fatigue test results. First, the approach is based on maximum shear stress, then structural stress is calculated and results are compared to IIW S/N curves.
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