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Low-Cycle Fatigue Evaluation Using the Weld Master S-N Curve

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P. Dong, Z. Cao, J. K. Hong

Battelle, Columbus, OH

Paper No. PVP2006-ICPVT-11-93607, pp. 237-246; 10 pages
  • ASME 2006 Pressure Vessels and Piping/ICPVT-11 Conference
  • Volume 1: Codes and Standards
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 23–27, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4752-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3782-3
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


In the context of fatigue evaluation in the low-cycle regime, the use of the master S-N curve in conjunction with elastic FE-based structural stress calculations is presented. An elastic pseudo structural stress estimation is introduced by assuming that Neuber’s rule applies in relating structural stress and strain concentration at a weld to the material’s cyclic stress-strain behavior. With the pseudo structural stress procedure, recent sources of recent full scale test data on pipe and vessel welds were analyzed as a validation of the proposed procedure. The estimated fatigue lives versus actual test lives show a reasonable agreement. Finally, the feasibility of using monotonic stress-strain curves as a first approximation is also examined for applications when cyclic stress-strain curve may not be readily found. The analysis results indicate that the life estimations using monotonic stress-strain curves are reasonable, with the recent test data falling within mean ± 2σ, where σ represents the standard deviation of the master S-N curve.

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