Characterization of Early Fatigue Damage in Welded Structures by Thermal Imaging
The paper presents background information and experimental results regarding the assessment of fatigue damage in welded steel structures by thermographic investigations of thermomechanical coupling effects. The results confirm the high potential of specialized thermographic methods for the experimental characterization of all stages of fatigue damage in welded and un-welded components. The technique provides a new experimental mean to investigate early inhomogeneous fatigue damage as mesoplasticity and cracks in the weld toe. The method has been successfully applied during fatigue testing of welded components and allows detecting localized damage as early as 10% to 20% of the total fatigue lifetime of the tested specimens.
J. Alfaiate, M.H. Aliabadi, M. Guagliano and L. Susmel
J. Medgenberg and T. Ummenhofer, "Characterization of Early Fatigue Damage in Welded Structures by Thermal Imaging", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 348-349, pp. 297-300, 2007