MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 300, 2019ICMFF12 - 12th International Conference on Multiaxial Fatigue and Fracture
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Published online||02 December 2019|
Multiaxial fatigue assessment of welded steel details according to the peak stress method based on tetra elements
University of Padova, Department of Industrial Engineering, 35131 Padova, Italy
2 Zamperla Spa, 36077 Altavilla Vicentina, Italy
3 Limitorque Fluid Power System, Flowserve S.r.l., 29122 Piacenza, Italy
4 University of Parma, Department of Engineering and Architecture, 43124 Parma, Italy
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The Peak Stress Method (PSM) is an engineering, FE-oriented application of the notch stress intensity factor (NSIF) approach to fatigue design of welded joints, which takes advantage of the singular linear elastic peak stresses from FE analyses with coarse meshes. Originally, the PSM was calibrated by using 3D, eight-node brick elements, taking advantage of the submodeling technique. Recently, the PSM has been calibrated by using ten-node tetra elements, which are able to directly discretize complex 3D geometries without the need for submodels. The PSM was validated for pure axial or bending loadings as well as pure torsion loadings; recently it has been extended to multiaxial loadings by adopting a design stress, the so-called equivalent peak stress, in conjunction with a reference design fatigue curve. After having briefly recalled the calibration of the PSM with tetra elements, the paper presents some applications of the PSM relevant to steel plate-to-tube welded details of industrial interest under in-phase bending-torsion fatigue loadings. Experimental data have been re-analysed using the PSM based on tetra elements. Eventually a good agreement between experimental and theoretical results has been obtained in terms of fatigue crack initiation location as well as total fatigue life.
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