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Fatigue strength application of fracture mechanics to orthotropic steel decks

Fatigue strength application of fracture mechanics to orthotropic steel decks Modern fatigue design in civil constructions is mainly limited to the use of S-N curves and the hypothesis of Palmgren-Miner, as described in design standards and Eurocode. While using the latter, the fatigue evaluation may be conservative, since the outdated S-N curves are compared to current construction technology and weld properties. This shortcoming has a direct influence on the current design of orthotropic steel decks. To increase the understanding of the fatigue behaviour, an improved analysing tool using linear elastic fracture mechanics and extended finite element model is proposed. As a result, thickness effects are evaluated for both the longitudinal stiffener and the deck plate. These calculations indicated that increasing the thickness of the deck plate and the longitudinal stiffener increases the fatigue life of the structure. However, the thickness should be limited to maintain the advantage of a light-weighted construction. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Structural Engineering SAGE

Fatigue strength application of fracture mechanics to orthotropic steel decks

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SAGE
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© The Author(s) 2016
ISSN
1369-4332
eISSN
2048-4011
DOI
10.1177/1369433216649383
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Abstract

Modern fatigue design in civil constructions is mainly limited to the use of S-N curves and the hypothesis of Palmgren-Miner, as described in design standards and Eurocode. While using the latter, the fatigue evaluation may be conservative, since the outdated S-N curves are compared to current construction technology and weld properties. This shortcoming has a direct influence on the current design of orthotropic steel decks. To increase the understanding of the fatigue behaviour, an improved analysing tool using linear elastic fracture mechanics and extended finite element model is proposed. As a result, thickness effects are evaluated for both the longitudinal stiffener and the deck plate. These calculations indicated that increasing the thickness of the deck plate and the longitudinal stiffener increases the fatigue life of the structure. However, the thickness should be limited to maintain the advantage of a light-weighted construction.

Journal

Advances in Structural EngineeringSAGE

Published: Nov 1, 2016

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