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Modelling and simulation of fatigue crack initiation in welded joints based on crystal plasticity

: Beckmann, C.; Frarajian, M.; Siegele, D.; Hohe, J.

International Institute of Welding -IIW-; Korean Welding and Joining Society -KWJS-:
67th IIW Annual Assembly & International Conference 2014 : Advanced Technology in Welding and Joining for Heavy, Automotive and Electronics Industries, 13th - 18th July 2014, Seoul, Korea; Commission XIII Fatigue of Welded Components and Structures
London: IIW, 2014
Paper XIII-2535-14, 8 pp.
International Institute of Welding (IIW Annual Assembly and International Conference) <67, 2014, Seoul>
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie BMWi
IGF; 17520 N/1; IBESS
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IWM ()
fatigue crack; Incipient Crack; welded joint; Polycrystalline Microstructure Model; probabilistic analysis

In the present study a numerical model to simulate the initiation growth of fatigue cracks in welded joints is shown. The developed model is based on a polycrystalline microstructure with potential slip bands whose directions are dependent on the grain orientations. Considering transgranular crack growth, the crack propagation direction at the grain boundaries is determined by the potential slip directions in the neighboring grain and an energy-based criterion. Subsequently, a statistic analysis of different computed crack path provides a distribution of the number of cycles up to a pre-defined crack length which is as an incipient crack important for many fracture mechanics evaluation concepts.