M ehdi Ghanadi

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Stockholm, Sweden

PhD student in the weld and composite mechanics group at the Department of Engineering Mechanics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Zuheir Barsoum. Current topics of research is about the size effect in fatigue strength of welded joints, especially for thinner joints in high-strength steel. Nine years of working experience as a calculation engineer at Volvo Construction Equipment working with fatigue strength calculations and fracture mechanical simulation of Articulated haulers and Wheel loaders.


The decreased fatigue capacity of welded components with increasing plate thickness, known as the size effect, is a well-known phenomenon in most fatigue design standards. The size effect links directly to the probabilistic nature of fatigue failure, where the extent of stress concentrations and stress gradients through the thickness govern the fatigue capacity of the joint. Fatigue design standards and recommendations address the thickness effect by reducing the S-N curve for joints thicker than the reference thickness value, where the increase in fatigue strength is often not considered due to the thinness effect.

The probabilistic nature of fatigue failure for welded joints is studied here using the weakest link modelling approach based on the stress distribution within the body of the joint. The modelling approach is evaluated and compared with the effective notch stress method for literature fatigue data on non-load carrying welded joints. The differences and similarities between the probabilistic and effective notch stress methods give a good insight into how the fatigue strength of welded joints is affected by the size effect.


Room 9Wednesday 29th November15:00-15:30Mehdi Ghanadi
S08-1 Fatigue and manufacturing process
14 - Modelling of Size Effect in Fatigue Strength for Welded Joints using Effective Notch Stress and Probabilistic Methods
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