Sensitivity of stress concentration factors to geometrical parameters in single side welded tubular joints

Nastaran Ayoubi, Mehrdad Kimiaei

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    Copyright © 2016 by the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers.Single sided welds are used widely in many areas around the world for brace-chord connection in tubular joints. Possible occurrence of crack initiators in the weld root where the weld inspection is very difficult is the main concern for fatigue design of single sided weld lines. Conventional fatigue design for tubular joints is usually based on estimation of the stress concentration factors (SCFs) on the external weld toes using parametric equations, calculation of the associated hot spot stress and obtaining the fatigue damage ratio using S-N curves. For single sided welds there is a general understanding in engineering practice that the SCFs on internal weld roots are usually much less than those on the weld toes and hence there is no need to check the fatigue damage on the weld roots. Knowing that S-N curves are more onerous for the internal weld root, for areas with high SCF on the internal weld root or with the improved S-N curves on the external weld toe, more attention should be paid to possible fatigue crack initiation from the internal weld root. This paper studies the ratio of SCF at the internal weld root to that at the external weld toe using existing parametric equations. Geometrical setups and loading conditions for the high ratio of internal to external SCFs are highlighted and sensitivity of the results to input parameters are discussed in detail.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th ISOPE Pacific-Asia Offshore Mechanics Symposium
    EditorsJ.S Chung
    PublisherInternational Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781880653982
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event12th ISOPE Pacific-Asia Offshore Mechanics Symposium: PACOMS 2016 - Gold Coast, Australia
    Duration: 4 Oct 20167 Oct 2016


    Conference12th ISOPE Pacific-Asia Offshore Mechanics Symposium
    CityGold Coast


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