Fatigue damage evaluation using S-N curves obtained by different data fitting methods

D. Leonetti, S.B. Hashemi, D. Allaix, J. Maljaars

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This paper investigates the differences in the predicted fatigue life of transverse butt weld joints and cover-plated beams considering statistically based fitting methods on fatigue test data and comparing the results with the S-N relation proposed in international standards. The test data fitting are performed by employing the Least Square Method (LSM) and the Maximum Likelihood Method (MLM) taking into account the contribution of the runouts. The Mean curve, the characteristic curve and the design curve have been derived. In order to consider the effect of Variable Amplitude loading, the S-N curves have been extended and the fatigue damage according to the Palmgren-Miner cumulative damage rule is evaluated for a load spectrum that follows a Rayleigh distribution. The results have been compared and discussed together with a Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM) based fatigue prediction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering the Future : 39th IABSE Symposium, 19-23 September 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783857481536
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event39th IABSE Symposium in Vancouver 2017: Engineering the Future: Engineering the Future - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Sept 201723 Sept 2017


Conference39th IABSE Symposium in Vancouver 2017: Engineering the Future
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  • Bridges
  • Fatigue damage
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Steel
  • Welds


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