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This project was part of a European Coal and Steel Community programme of research into corrosion fatigue in offshore structures. 11 welded tubular joints made of the fine-grain structural steel StE 355 were tested. Except for one test in air, all tests were conducted in artificial sea water. In addition, 4 welded tubular joints made of StE 690 and 4 hybrid nodes of StE 355 were tested, as were some 20 V-shaped cast steel specimens. Tests on the tubular joints were conducted under variable amplitude loading using the so-called Common Load Sequence. The axial loading of the two braces was conducted in antiphase. 4 tubular joints were tested under constant amplitudes. Results show that high strength steels can be used with success in fatigue stressed offshore structures when subjected to a post-weld treatment such as TIG dressing. The advantages of a hybrid design of tubular joint in rolled steel with cast steel insert in offshore constructions were also demonstrated.

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Authors: VEREIN DEUTSCHER EISENHÜTTENLEUTE, Verein Deutscher Eisenhüttenleute, Düsseldorf (DE);VEREIN DEUTSCHER EISENHUTTENLEUTE, Verein Deutscher Eisenhuttenleute, Dusseldorf (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14316 DE (1993) 239 pp., FS, ECU 28
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-5607-1
Record Number: 199310537 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: de
Available languages: de