Fatigue Life of Butt Weldments Made of S1100QL Steel

MATEUSZ KOWALSKI, TADEUSZ LAGODA, FABIAN ZOK, VLADIMIR CHMELKO

Abstract


Fields of application for quenched and tempered advanced high-strength steels are mainly ground-moving, mining equipment, commercial vehicles, and truck cranes. One of the main aspects determining range of applicability for the high strength steels is the possibility to obtain welded joints with the given fatigue strength. Information about fatigue behaviour of the weld joints strongly increases the operational safety of the structures. Factors influencing mechanical properties of the joints can be related to the welding parameters, i.e. welding current, voltage, and interpass and preheat temperatures. Thermo-mechanical process (fusion welding) also causes the diversification of the microstructure in the weld and heat affected zones. Microstructure changes induce residual stress, influencing the fatigue behaviour of the weld joint. The main topic of the paper are results of the experimental fatigue tests performed for S1100QL butt welds produced with two different technological parameter setups. Technological parameters configurations were selected on the basis of experimental tests carried out for sheets with a thickness of 12 mm. The low and high welding parameters differed due to energy introduced into the system. The energy was controlled by current parameters and the preheating of joined elements. In both configurations, it was possible to make welded joints that meet regulatory requirements but differ in the level of introduced internal stresses and microstructural properties in heat affected zone sizes. The joints were additionally subjected to standard strength and microstructural tests.

Keywords


welding, UHSS, fatigue, welding parametersText


DOI
10.12783/dtcse/fe2019/30672

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