Effect of the mechanical properties and mode loading on the mechanical behaviour of weldment: a numerical analysis


Mat. Res.




Welding is used to realize permanent assembly in mechanical structures to assure the continuity of the parts to be assembled contrary to the other assembly techniques which have physical or chemical discontinuities. Generally, crack evolution depends on several intrinsic and extrinsic parameters of material. The aim of this work is to analyse the severity of crack defects on the mechanical behaviour of Welded joints. The cracks are considered located in the weld metal. The J-integral method was used to analyse the fracture behaviour of these structures by the two-dimensional finite element method using Cast3M code. The effect of the mechanical properties, the mismatching and the crack size on the J-integral values was highlighted. A good correlation between the FEM simulations and the literature analysis results was observed. We note that the loading mode affects directly the J-integral value and consequently on the mechanical behaviour of the weldment.

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