Fatigue Analysis of Multi-Lap Spot Welding of High Strength Steel by Quasi Static Tensile- Shear Test
The welding quality of spot weldment is an important factor that significantly affects the strength, stiffness, safety, and other performance characteristics of vehicles. Therefore, quality control and fatigue life evaluation of spot weldment are necessary processes. This paper presents a method for determining the fatigue life of multi-lap spot weldment of a high strength steel sheet. In this method, the fatigue life is estimated by using the lethargy coefficient, which is the total defect coefficient according to rupture stress and time obtained by the quasi static tensile-shear test. Also, in this study, we modified the lethargy coefficient by using the welding current. And, we define a specific lapping constant, which is a characteristic constant of 2 or 3 lap weldments. The fatigue life obtained by the fatigue estimate equation, which contains a specific lapping constant was compared and verified with an experimental value. And we analyzed the relation of lap number, welding current and fatigue life. This method can save processing time and cost for predicting the life cycle of a structure.
S.W. Nam, Y.W. Chang, S.B. Lee and N.J. Kim
S. R. Sin et al., "Fatigue Analysis of Multi-Lap Spot Welding of High Strength Steel by Quasi Static Tensile- Shear Test ", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 345-346, pp. 251-254, 2007