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The application of strain field intensity method in the steel bridge fatigue life evaluation
Author(s): Xuefeng Zhao; Yanhong Wang; Yanjun Cui; Kaisheng Cao
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Paper Abstract

Asce's survey shows that 80%--90% bridge damage were associated with fatigue and fracture problems. With the operation of vehicle weight and traffic volume increases constantly, the fatigue of welded steel bridge is becoming more and more serious in recent years. A large number of studies show that most prone to fatigue damage of steel bridge is part of the welding position. Thus, it's important to find a more precise method to assess the fatigue life of steel bridge. Three kinds of fatigue analysis method is commonly used in engineering practice, such as nominal stress method, the local stress strain method and field intensity method. The first two methods frequently used for fatigue life assessment of steel bridge, but field intensity method uses less ,and it widely used in fatigue life assessment of aerospace and mechanical. Nominal stress method and the local stress strain method in engineering has been widely applied, but not considering stress gradient and multiaxial stress effects, the accuracy of calculation stability is relatively poor, so it's difficult to fully explain the fatigue damage mechanism. Therefore, it used strain field intensity method to evaluate the fatigue life of steel bridge. The fatigue life research of the steel bridge based on the strain field method and the fatigue life of the I-section plate girder was analyzed. Using Ansys on the elastoplastic finite element analysis determined the dangerous part of the structure and got the stress-strain history of the dangerous point. At the same time, in order to divide the unit more elaborate introduced the sub-structure technology. Finally, it applies K.N. Smith damage equation to calculate the fatigue life of the dangerous point. In order to better simulating the actual welding defects, it dug a small hole in the welding parts. It dug different holds from different view in the welding parts and plused the same load to calculate its fatigue life. Comparing the results found that the welding defect in different parts had different influence on the fatigue life. Simultaneously, it based on S-N curve the I-shaped beam and combined with Palmgren - Miner linear cumulative damage theory to calculate the fatigue life of the dangerous part. The corresponding calculation results proved the superiority of the strain field intensity method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8347, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2012, 83472G (4 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915096
Show Author Affiliations
Xuefeng Zhao, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Yanhong Wang, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Yanjun Cui, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Kaisheng Cao, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8347:
Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2012
Andrew L. Gyekenyesi, Editor(s)

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