A comparative study on the cyclic plasticity and fatigue failure behavior of different subzones in CrNiMoV steel welded joint

Su-Juan Guo, Run-Zi Wang, Haofeng Chen, Fu-Zhen Xuan

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The cyclic plasticity and the low cycle fatigue failure behavior of the weld metal (WM) and base metal (BM) of the CrNiMoV steel welded joint under the strain and stress-control modes were investigated respectively. Significant cyclic softening was observed for both the WM and BM under the low cycle fatigue tests with the two control modes. Besides, obvious ratcheting happened in the WM and BM under the stress-controlled cyclic loading conditions. It is shown that both the WM and BM exhibited lower fatigue strength at the stress control mode than that at the strain control mode due to the influence of tension-compression asymmetry. Meanwhile, the WM showed larger cyclic softening rate, lower ratchetting deformation and fatigue strength than the BM under the same loading levels. The failure location of the WM specimens shifted from BM region (nearby the heat affected zone) to the center of WM with the increasing of strain amplitude under the strain-controlled tests, which can be explained with the similar maximum equivalent plastic strain amplitude location shifting behavior observed from the corresponding finite element simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-78
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Science
Early online date12 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2019


  • cyclic softening
  • ratchetting
  • low cycle fatigue
  • failure location

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