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Fatigue performance of high- and low-strength repaired welded steel joints

 
: Schubnell, J.; Ladendorf, P.; Sarmast, A.; Farajian, M.; Knödel, P.

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Metals 11 (2021), No.2, Art. 293, 20 pp.
ISSN: 2075-4701
Bundesministerium fur Wirtschaft und Energie BMWi (Deutschland)
IGF; 18988 N
English
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IWM ()
fatigue; repair welding; residual stress; non-destructive testing

Abstract
Large portions of infrastructure buildings, for example highway- and railway bridges, are steel constructions and reach the end of their service life, as a reason of an increase of traffic volume. As lifetime extension of a commonly used weld detail (transverse stiffener) of these structures, a validated approach for the weld repair was proposed in this study. For this, welded joints made of S355J2+N and S960QL steels were subjected to cyclic loading until a pre-determined crack depth was reached. The cracks were detected by non-destructive testing methods and repaired by removal of the material around the crack and re-welding with the gas metal arc welding (GMAW). Then, the specimens were subjected to cyclic loading again. The hardness, the weld geometry, and the residual stress state was investigated for both the original- and the repaired conditions. It was determined that nearly all repaired specimens reached at least the fatigue life of the original specimen.

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