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Finite element analysis of laser cut edge beam section for high stress intensity structural assessment

Thomas, Daniel 2016. Finite element analysis of laser cut edge beam section for high stress intensity structural assessment. Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention 16 (4) , pp. 562-575. 10.1007/s11668-016-0124-z

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Abstract

This research has analyzed the stability of laser cut-edges in the location of high stress intensity of a structural beam. The cut-edge characteristic properties formed during laser-cutting processing have been over prolonged periods determined to have beneficial effects on fatigue life. During this study two high strength steel grades S355MC and DP600 have been examined. Optimal fatigue lives were attained by minimizing the laser cut-edge surface damage, maintaining the formation of shallow striations and by controlling the near edge microstructural deformations during the cutting process. This was validated using a bespoke component in which was tested under four-point loading in which there is a area of stress concentration forming a localized plastic zone. The importance of this region is critical due to the fact that it is the area that influences the fatigue life of the structure. Predicting the lives to crack initiation was determined through FE analysis which is based on the use of E–N cut-edge fatigue data.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Finite element analysis; Beam structures; Laser cutting Fatigue failure; Structural durability
Publisher: Springer US
ISSN: 15477029
Last Modified: 23 May 2019 14:13
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/104023

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