Robustness of the HFMI techniques and the effect of weld quality on the fatigue life improvement of welded joints
Journal article, 2020

Robustness of HFMI treatment in different weld qualities according to ISO 5817 was studied, and fatigue testing of the treated samples was carried out in order to investigate the effect of the weld quality prior treatment. The results show that HFMI-treated welds with weld quality level D shows fatigue life improvements that fall within the IIW recommendations for HFMI. No significant influence from the HFMI operator or HFMI equipment on the fatigue life was found. However, the scatter in fatigue testing results varied with HFMI operator and indicated that different HFMI operators could produce consistent treatment results. A considerable effect on fatigue life from HFMI tool radius was found, where the 2-mm tool radius showed considerably greater fatigue life compared with the 1.5-mm tool radius. According to IIW (Marquis and Barsoum 2016), for steel grade SY = 700 MPa, the fatigue strength recommendation is FAT 160 (m = 5) for transverse stiffener–welded joints with as-welded quality B according to ISO 5817 (ISO/TC 44/SC 10 2011), prior to treatment. It can be observed in the current study that fatigue-tested HFMI-treated welded joints, welded with weld quality D, are in good agreement with the IIW recommendations.

Improvement techniques


Weld quality

Welded joints



R. Aldén

Swerim AB

Z. Barsoum

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

T. Vouristo

Swerim AB

Mohammad al-Emrani

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering

Welding in the World, Le Soudage Dans Le Monde

0043-2288 (ISSN) 18786669 (eISSN)

Vol. 64 11 1947-1956

Subject Categories

Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology

Other Materials Engineering

Metallurgy and Metallic Materials



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