Validation of the fatigue strength assessment of HFMI-treated steel joints under variable amplitude loading

M. Leitner*, M. Stoschka, Z. Barsoum, M. Farajian

*Corresponding author for this work

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A recommendation for the application and fatigue assessment of the HFMI post-treatment was published by the IIW in 2016. Recently, the therein recommended HFMI design curves in case of constant amplitude loading (CAL) were validated involving test data with different base material yield strengths, increased plate thicknesses, and elevated load ratios. Continuative to this previous work, this paper focuses on the fatigue assessment of HFMI-treated steel joints under variable amplitude loading (VAL). Four test data sets including randomly distributed VAL and a sufficient amount of tested specimens to ensure a statistically verified assessment are investigated. It is shown that an application of the recommended equivalent stress range approach and a further comparison of the test results to the design curves under CAL lead to a conservative fatigue assessment if the recommended value of the specified damage sum of D = 0.5 is used. Furthermore, an increased value of D = 1.0 still maintains a conservative design as presented in the study. Based on this work involving the analysed data sets, it can be concluded that the recommended procedure is well applicable and a conservative fatigue design is facilitated
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1681-1689
Number of pages9
JournalWelding in the World
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Equivalent stress range
  • Fatigue strength
  • HFMI treatment
  • Specified damage sum
  • Steel
  • Variable amplitude loading
  • Welded joint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys

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