Welding procedures for fatigue life improvement of the weld toe
2016 (English)In: Welding in the World, ISSN 0043-2288, E-ISSN 1878-6669, Vol. 60, no 3, 573-580 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper presents the results of an experimental study of gas metal arc welded, GMAW, cruciform joints made of common construction steel S355. The hypothesis is that smooth undercuts in as welded conditions can give enhanced fatigue properties similarly as post treated welds. Undercuts are generally seen as a defect or imperfection. Welders try to avoid these and repair them when they occur, which result in increased production lead time. Post weld improvement methods i.e. grinding or high-frequency-impact treatment (HFMI) as fatigue-enhancing post-treatment methods enforce amongst other effects a certain smooth undercut-shaped groove in the treated weld toe region. The obtained shallower weld toe transition reduces the geometrical notch effect and increases fatigue strength. This paper presents a study whereas welded specimens with a weld toe geometry similar to what is obtained by weld toe grinding or HFMI-treatment, has been produced, fatigue tested and analyzed. The improvement of the fatigue strength is comparable to post-weld treated specimens. It has proven to be an efficient way to achieve high-quality welds without introducing any additional operations in production, thus enabling weight reduction using cost-effective methods.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Publishing Company, 2016. Vol. 60, no 3, 573-580 p.
Weld toes, Weld shape, Fatigue improvement, Fillet welds, GMA welding
Research subject Vehicle and Maritime Engineering; Solid Mechanics; Production Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-188224DOI: 10.1007/s40194-016-0309-9ISI: 000379434400016ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84966378339OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-188224DiVA: diva2:934610
QC 201606102016-06-092016-06-092016-08-12Bibliographically approved