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This project investigated HSS tailored blanks in order to improve fatigue behaviour using knowledge of material, material combinations, welding, pre-straining, strain restriction and defects. The results are presented in a database as fatigue strengths, S-N curves, Haigh-diagrams. It was found that longitudinal welds of homogeneous welds have a stabilising effect on the blanks, when no cyclic softening occurs. Heterogeneous welds are governed by the properties of the welded materials and show a rise in fatigue strength based on the strength of soft partners. Factors like pores, transversal weld seams or strain restriction reduce the fatigue strength. Pre-straining and a thickness difference in longitudinal welded blanks reveal an improvement of fatigue strength, but are related to a reduced capability to absorb compression stress. FEM calculations including the different welding zones show that the local notch concept generates too conservative results. Using a notch radius between 0.05 and 0.1 mm, the theoretical results confirm the experimental results.

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Authors: WÜNSCHE A, IMA, Dresden (DE);PIETZSCH S, EKO Stahl, Eisenhüttenstadt (DE);CASAJUS A, FQZ, Eisenhüttenstadt (DE);MESPLONT C, CRM, Zwijnaarde (BE);ALBUQUERQUE J, ISQ, Oeiras (PT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22036 EN (2006), 190 pp. Euro: 25
Availability: Katalogue Number: KI-NA-22036-EN-S The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-01684-9
Record Number: 200719296 / Last updated on: 2007-07-10
Original language: en
Available languages: en