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Fatigue assessment of laserbeam-welded aluminium joints under multiaxial loading

: Wiebesiek, J.; Zemke, M.; Sonsino, C.M.; Kaufmann, H.


Materialwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnik 42 (2011), Nr.10, S.855-865
ISSN: 0933-5137
Fraunhofer LBF ()

This paper presents the results and evaluation of the multiaxial fatigue behaviour of laserbeam-welded overlapped tubular joints made from the artificially hardened aluminium alloy AlSi1MgMn T6 (EN AW 6082 T6) under multiaxial loadings with constant and variable amplitudes. Several fatigue test series under pure axial and pure torsional loadings as well as combined axial and torsional proportional and non-proportional loadings have been carried out in the range of 2·104 to 2·107 cycles. The assessment of the investigated thin-walled joints is based on a local notch stress concept. In this concept the fatigue critical area of the weld root is substituted by a fictitious notch radius rref = 0.05 mm. The equivalent stresses in the notch, considering especially the fatigue life reducing influence of non-proportional loading in comparison to proportional loading, were calculated by a recently developed hypothesis, which is called the Stress Space Curve Hypothesis (SSCH). T his hypothesis is based on the time evolution of the stress state during one load cycle. In addition, the fatigue strength evaluation of multiaxial spectrum loading was carried out using a modified Gough-Pollard algorithm.