Residual Stress Effects in Stiffened Structures - An Alternative Approach


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The fatigue crack growth behavior in integrally stiffened, welded panels is influenced by residual stresses caused by the welding process. The paper presents a semi-numerical method for the determination of stress intensity factors, taking into account the residual stresses in such a way that the relaxation of the residual stresses during the crack propagation phase is covered. This approach is different from the one presented in [1].



Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 417-418)

Edited by:

M.H Aliabadi, S. Abela, S. Baragetti, M. Guagliano and Han-Seung Lee




P. Horst and S. M. Häusler, "Residual Stress Effects in Stiffened Structures - An Alternative Approach", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 417-418, pp. 757-760, 2010

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October 2009




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