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STRESS CONCENTRATION ANALYSIS OF SELECTED WELDS FROM FATIGUE SPECIMENS USING THE FINITE-ELEMENT METHOD

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1981
Summary:
The stress concentration which exists at the toe of an AWS class 'c' weld has been investigated by means of the finite element method. This type of weld is representative of that specified to join tubular members for offshore structures. Welded fatigue specimens were sectioned and the weld profile described in terms of 1) the weld toe radius (R), 2) the reinforcement angle (e) and 3) the filler metal height QH). A statistical analysis was performed to determine the correlation between R, e and H from which it was found that they are independent of each other. By use of the finite element method, trends were established for the effect each parameter has on the stress concentration at the weld toe. Analysis of the effect of undercutting was also perfonned and the results used to offer an explanation why fatigue cracks propagate to failure in some cases and arrest in others.
Title: A STRESS CONCENTRATION ANALYSIS OF SELECTED WELDS FROM FATIGUE SPECIMENS USING THE FINITE-ELEMENT METHOD.
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Name(s): NEROLICH, SHAUN MICHAEL.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Hartt, William H., Thesis advisor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1981
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 67 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The stress concentration which exists at the toe of an AWS class 'c' weld has been investigated by means of the finite element method. This type of weld is representative of that specified to join tubular members for offshore structures. Welded fatigue specimens were sectioned and the weld profile described in terms of 1) the weld toe radius (R), 2) the reinforcement angle (e) and 3) the filler metal height QH). A statistical analysis was performed to determine the correlation between R, e and H from which it was found that they are independent of each other. By use of the finite element method, trends were established for the effect each parameter has on the stress concentration at the weld toe. Analysis of the effect of undercutting was also perfonned and the results used to offer an explanation why fatigue cracks propagate to failure in some cases and arrest in others.
Identifier: AAI1316851 (UnM), 14069 (digitool), FADT14069 (IID), fau:10885 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thesis (M.S.E.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1981.
Subject(s): Offshore structures--Welding
Welded joints--Fatigue
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