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# Institut of Materials Engineering

PHD Programme

## Fatigue life calculation of welded joints based on fracture

mechanics

Ahmed M. Al-Mukhtar*
MSc. Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
BSc. Aeronatical Engineering

Supervisors:

## Prof. Dr.- Ing. habil. H. Biermann*

Prof. Dr.- Ing. P. Hbner**

## *Institute of Materials Engineering, Technische Universitt Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

**Fachhochschule Mittweida, Mittweida, Germany

Outlines
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2)

3)

## Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

- Modelling
- Crack path direction

4)

## Standard and fatigue design recommendations

5)

Results (benchmarking)
- SIF calculation and comparison for some welded joints
- Fatigue life calculation and comparison for some welded joints
- Case study not presented in the recommendation

6)

Conclusions

1.1.
Aim
andProecdures
Ziel
und Aufgabenstellung

Aim
- Accurate SIF calculation
- Moreover, calculate the fatigue life, and the fatigue strength (FAT) of the welded
joints with different geometries that not presented in recommendations

Procedures
1) FE modeling which give accurate stress intensity factor.
2) With knowledge of the stress intensity factors KI at different crack depths (a), it
was possible to make curve fits for KI(a) for the different loading and use Paris
law to integrate numerically and calculate the expected fatigue life for the
specimens.
3) Case studies can be consulted, and the need for well thought out benchmarking
of analytical results against experimental databases-IIW
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2.1.
Introdcution
- Why
Fracure Mechanics?
Ziel und
Aufgabenstellung
- One of the most important deterioration mechanisms of

Aloha Airlines.1988

## Aircrafts, ships and steel bridge structures which occur in

service condition is Fatigue.
- Fatigue Failure, accounts for at least 75% of all machines

## and structures failures

- Crack normally existed! But may be accelerated due to

De Havilland First commercial jet aircraft
fatigue cracks initiated at square windows, 1954

## crack growth parameters

Fatigue life
calculation and FAT

## Safe life and lower cost

consuming for experiments
tests

## 2. Introdcution - Why Fracure Mechanics?

Seven of the Liberty ships built during the world war II has broken completely in two as a
result of brittle fractures. (1943)

## 2. Introdcution - Why Fracure Mechanics?

Fontana Dam, North Carolina, USA

Ref.Ingraffea A R. Case Studies of Simulation of Fracture in Concrete Dams. Eng. Fracture Mech., 35, 1/2/3, 1990, 553-564.

## 3. FRacture ANalysis Code (Finite Element Analysis FEA) Two Dimension

FRANC2D & CASCA (*)

## FRANC2D is a FE based simulator for

curvilinear crack propagtion planar
structures. CASCA which used for the
creating the meshes, is a preprocessor for
genrating initial input file for FRANC2D.

Applicatons

## Civil Engineering (Dams)

Mechanical Engineering (Welded joints)

Output

## Compare with other FEM sofware

The results have been shown that FRANC2D
has advantages over other simulations to
calculate SIF because there are:

## No effect of, mesh size, densitry distributon

and those save time and effort.

## Also no problem with badly shaped meshes

http://www.cfg.cornell.edu

## 3. FRacture ANalysis Code (Finite Element Analysis FEA) Two Dimension

Simulation and prediction crack growth in welded and complex structures

## 4. Standard and fatigue design recommendations

- International insitute of Welding-IIW
- British standards- BS
- Japanese Society of Steel construction-JSSC

5. Results
SIF calculation and comparison

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800
700

40

Frank,Fisher,Modified
BS.B=T=15,h=6mm

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SIF (Mpa.m^0.5)

K (Mpa.mm1/2)

600

FRANC2D.B=T=15.h=6

500
400
300

30
25
20
FRANC2D
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New approach

10

200

100

10

3
Crack length (mm)

a (mm)

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5. Results
SIF calculation and comparison
-Butt weld (V-Butt,incomplete and complete penetration-machined and non machined flash)

140
FRANC2D

120

Empirical solution.Ref.19

SIF (Mpa.m1/2)

100
80
60
40

20
0
0

Crack length (m m )

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5. Results
Fatigue life calculation and comparison
-Comparison with IIW. FAT 63 Mpa.

-Butt weld.
-Comparison with IIW. FAT 80 Mpa.
1000

## Stress Rang (M pa.)

1000

100

10

FAT63.IIW

100

10

FRANC2D
1
1,E+04

1,E+05

FAT80.IIW

FRANC2D
1,E+06

Log N (Cycle)

1,E+07

1,E+08

1
1,E+03

1,E+04

1,E+05

1,E+06

1,E+07

1,E+08

Log N (Cycle)

12

1,E+09

1,E+10

5. Results
-New Geometry not presenetd in IIW recommendations
-Fatigue life calculation and comparison
provided a new value of FAT could be considered as the design value or lower bound.
The new case with fillet radius not consider in IIW and in BS. (FAT=71 Mpa.)
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## Stress Rang (Mpa.)

100

Experimental

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C=1,85E-13.m=3.mean values

1
1,E+04

1,E+05

1,E+06

1,E+07

Log N (Cycle)

13

1,E+08

6. Conclusions

## 1) Accurate SIF is calculated through FEM FRANC2D

2) Different weld geometries which are not yet listed in
previous recommendations could be easily modeled to
evaluate the fatigue life strength. Which means that,
2) The new approach saves the time and costs need for
experimental testes

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