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Notch stress concept for assessing the multiaxial fatigue behaviour of laserbeam-welded aluminum joints under constant and variable amplitude loading

: Wiebesiek, Jens; Zemke, Matthias; Sonsino, Cetin Morris; Kaufmann, Heinz

Oechsner, M. ; TU Darmstadt; TU Darmstadt, Institut für Stahlbau und Werkstoffmechanik:
3rd Symposium on Structural Durability, SoSDiD 2011. Proceedings : May 26 - 27, 2011, Darmstadt, Germany
Darmstadt: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Stahlbau und Werkstoffmechanik, 2011
ISBN: 978-3-939195-26-9
Symposium on Structural Durability (SoSDiD) <3, 2011, Darmstadt>
Fraunhofer LBF ()
multiaxial fatigue; laserbeam welds; aluminium; proportional and non-proportional loading; axial; torsion; finite element modelling; fictitious notch radius; local stress concept

This paper presents the results and the 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 combined proportional and nonproportional loadings. Axial and torsional loadings with constant and variable amplitudes 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, 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). This 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.