SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1972

Fatigue Life Predicton for Weldments with Internal Cavities


A method evolved for determining the local stress-strain response of notched members is extended to predict fatigue resistance of weldments with internal cavities. It is applied to both stress-relieved samples and as-received weldments. Test results from stress-relieved samples show good agreement with life predictions based on prestrained fully reversed strain controlled smooth specimen tests.

A calculation of inelastic deformations induced in the weld metal of as-received samples indicates that localized stresses will be of yield stress magnitude on the first load application. A fatigue parameter then incorporates ensuing mean stress effects. Good life predictions obtained in this application, where the local stress history is complex, demonstrate the adequacy of this method of analysis.

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van der Zanden, AM
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Can.
Robins, DB
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Can.
Topper, TH
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Can.
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Developed by Committee: G03
Pages: 268–284
DOI: 10.1520/STP34688S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4616-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0117-3