Fatigue strength improvement factors for high strength steel welded joints treated by high frequency mechanical impact
Journal article, 2012

Numerous studies have observed that the fatigue strength of improved welds increases with material yield strength. This paper provides a comprehensive evaluation of published data for high frequency mechanical impact treated welds. In total, 228 experimental results for three weld geometries subject to R = 0.1 axial loading have been reviewed. A design recommendation including one fatigue class increase in strength (about 12.5%) for every 200 MPa increase in static yield strength is proposed and are shown to be conservative with respect to all available data. Special cautions are given for high R-ratio or variable amplitude fatigue and potential alternate failure locations.

Fatigue strength improvement

High frequency mechanical impact (HFMI)

High strength steel

Weld toe improvement


Halid Yildirim

G.B. Marquis

International Journal of Fatigue

0142-1123 (ISSN)

Vol. 44 168-176

Subject Categories

Mechanical Engineering

Materials Engineering

Civil Engineering

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)


Materials Science



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