Effect of increased yield strength, R-ratio, and plate thickness on the fatigue resistance of high-frequency mechanical impact (HFMI)–treated steel joints

M. Leitner*, Z. Barsoum

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In 2016, the International Institute of Welding (IIW) published a recommendation for high-frequency mechanical impact (HFMI) treatment for improving the fatigue strength of welded joints. Since the publication of the HFMI recommendations, numerous of studies have been published with a considerable amount of new fatigue test data focusing on various aspects of the improvement; influence of base material yield strength, and loading and thickness effects. Since the data was scarce covering some of the aspects when the recommendation was published, re-evaluating the recommendation with these new test data, presented within this work, will further validate and extend the recommendations. The analysis reveals that the recommended improvement of fatigue classes based on the base material yield strength is well applicable. In addition, the reduction of fatigue classes for higher R-ratios up to the defined value of R = 0.52 is well considered. Finally, the practicability of the thickness correction factor is also confirmed by leading to a conservative fatigue assessment. The ratio of the statistically evaluated FAT class to the recommended value is shown to be conservative with a value of above one for almost every data set; however, even the ratio is below one in some minor cases, every single test data point in this study is assessed conservatively validating the applicability of the recommendation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245-1259
Number of pages15
JournalWelding in the World
Volume64
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

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