ICCM Conferences, The 8th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM2017)

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Residual life assessment of incomplete fusion defects in welded bogie frame based on fracture mechanics
Hao Duan, SC Wu

Last modified: 2017-05-14


Key welded joints' fatigue has been one of critical factor which restricts the reliable operating and recondition cost of bogies. However, the existence of weld defects reduce the strength of bogie seriously,such as penetration, solid inclusions, cavities and misalignment. It is necessary to introduce the fracture mechanics based damage tolerance approach for the assessment on welded bogie with incomplete fusion defects, which always appear in welding. Based on traditional nominal stress method, the static strength of the bogie was calculated according to UIC615 loading criteria, and assessment of welded joints was completed with Goodman fatigue limit diagram. By using the singular finite element method, the stress strength intensity factor ΔK of welded joint included incomplete fusion was analyzed. Meanwhile, center cracked sheet testing located at different area of welded joint were conducted to acquire threshold of stress strength intensity factor ΔKth and fatigue crack growth rate da/dN. Finally, contrasting the value of ΔK and ΔKth indicates that weld joint in bogie is safe enough to use for 35years.

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