An investigation of distortion-induced fatigue cracking under variable amplitude loading using 3D crack propagation analysis
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2014

The distortion-induced fatigue cracks in the welded details of the Soderstrom Bridge are analytically and numerically investigated by performing 3D crack propagation analyses with variable amplitude fatigue loading. In the crack propagation analyses, the effects of bridge loading are defined on the basis of the field measurements in order to simulate crack growth and predict the residual fatigue life of the studied detail as accurately as possible. The effect of crack closure and crack direction while considering the most common criteria is also studied. The results are compared with those obtained from the crack propagation analyses with constant amplitude fatigue loading presented in Ayg l et al. [1]. The results of the crack growth simulations with variable amplitude fatigue loading have generally shown good agreement with the real crack formation and reveal that the crack growth rates are different in different directions. The crack behaviour in the damaged detail is mainly controlled by the loading and geometrical arrangement of the detail components. There is generally a significant difference between constant and variable amplitude fatigue crack growth analyses and the variable amplitude fatigue crack growth analyses yield more conservative results. The main reason for this difference is the bridge loading and the number of stress cycles defined in the analyses. The crack direction criteria studied in this investigation showed basically the same crack formation and crack growth rate.

Mixed-mode conditions

Crack propagation analysis

Out-of-plane distortion

Variable amplitude loading

Distortion-induced fatigue cracking


Mustafa Aygül

Chalmers, Bygg- och miljöteknik, Konstruktionsteknik

Mohammad Al-Emrani

Chalmers, Bygg- och miljöteknik, Konstruktionsteknik

Z. Barsoum

Khalifa University of Science and Technology

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)

John Leander

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)

Engineering Failure Analysis

1350-6307 (ISSN)

Vol. 45 151-163