Minimization of stress concentration factors in fatigue crack repairs

J.E Rodriguez, F.P Brennan, W.D Dover

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A numerical study is reported of a repair by flaw removal on a conventional welded joint. The repair profile is optimized with respect to the flaw and joint dimensions in order to minimize the resulting stress concentration factor (SCF). Two dimensional (edge repair) and three dimensional (surface repair) finite element analyses were made for the determination of SCF values and a graphical representation of results is presented. A relation between edge repair and surface repair is obtained and short and long repairs are defined. The weld geometry and repair orientation effects on SCF values are discussed. Finally, implications on using short and long repairs on fatigue initiation and inspection are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-725
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Fatigue
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 1998


  • fatigue crack growth
  • finite elements
  • repair technologies
  • stress concentration factors

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