Nominal stresses have been used for a long time for the assessment of fatigue resistance of welded joints, however, this approach has strong limitations since the definition of the nominal stress may be subjective for complex welded details and/or complex loading. On the other hand, the hot-spot stress approach has been proposed to overcome these limitations considering the structural geometrical discontinuities. However, the hot-spot stress methods also present certain limitations, and the present study aims at evaluating the available numerical and analytical hot-spot stress methods proposed by DNVGL (2016) and IIW (2014). The particular case of an offshore tubular KT joint has been considered herein and discretized in two planes. It has been studied numerically using the ABAQUS software coupled with the hot-spot stress extrapolation methods described in IIW (2014) and DNVGL (2016). The influence of the weld geometry has been considered and evaluated. In addition to the numerical method, the present study has also considered the analytical approach proposed in DNVGL (2016) derived from the combination of Efthymiou solutions for the stress concentration factor with the method of superposition of stresses. The numerical models according to IIW (2014) have been found to be more conservative when compared with the mesh-size methods proposed by DNVGL (2016), both in numerical modelling without the weld or with weld. For the numerical models with weld cord, the mean values of normalized difference index obtained for all braces together, as a result of comparing numerical results with analytical solutions, are lower, when compared with results obtained from the numerical models without weld cord. © 2022 Elsevier Ltd

Numerical analysis and discussion on the hot-spot stress concept applied to welded tubular KT joints

Fantuzzi N.;De Jesus A.;Berto Filippo
2022

Abstract

Nominal stresses have been used for a long time for the assessment of fatigue resistance of welded joints, however, this approach has strong limitations since the definition of the nominal stress may be subjective for complex welded details and/or complex loading. On the other hand, the hot-spot stress approach has been proposed to overcome these limitations considering the structural geometrical discontinuities. However, the hot-spot stress methods also present certain limitations, and the present study aims at evaluating the available numerical and analytical hot-spot stress methods proposed by DNVGL (2016) and IIW (2014). The particular case of an offshore tubular KT joint has been considered herein and discretized in two planes. It has been studied numerically using the ABAQUS software coupled with the hot-spot stress extrapolation methods described in IIW (2014) and DNVGL (2016). The influence of the weld geometry has been considered and evaluated. In addition to the numerical method, the present study has also considered the analytical approach proposed in DNVGL (2016) derived from the combination of Efthymiou solutions for the stress concentration factor with the method of superposition of stresses. The numerical models according to IIW (2014) have been found to be more conservative when compared with the mesh-size methods proposed by DNVGL (2016), both in numerical modelling without the weld or with weld. For the numerical models with weld cord, the mean values of normalized difference index obtained for all braces together, as a result of comparing numerical results with analytical solutions, are lower, when compared with results obtained from the numerical models without weld cord. © 2022 Elsevier Ltd
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