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Fatigue Analysis of Spot-Welded Joint for Automative Structures

M. M. Rahman1, A. K. Arrifin2, M. J. M. Nor2, S. Abdullah2

1 Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, P. O. Box 12, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia. Phone: +(6)-09-5492207, Fax: +(6)-09-5492244, E-mail:
2 Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM, Bangi, Selangor DE, Malaysia

Structural Durability & Health Monitoring 2008, 4(3), 173-180.


This paper presents the fatigue analysis of spot-weld joints for automative structures to predict the lifetime and location of the weakest spot-welds due to the imposed loading conditions. A simple model was used to illustrate the technique of spot-weld fatigue analysis. Finite element model and analysis were carried out utilizing the finite element analysis commercial codes. Linear elastic finite element analysis was carried out to predict the stress state along the weld direction. It can be seen from the results that the predicted life greatly influence the sheet thickness, spot diameter and loading conditions of the model. Acquired results were shown the predicted life for the nugget and the two sheets around the circumference of the spot-weld at which angle the worst damage occurs. It is also observed that the sheet-2 appeared the maximum stress range among the model. The spot-welding fatigue analysis techniques are awfully essential for automotive structure design.


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Rahman, M. M., Arrifin, A. K., J., M., Abdullah, S. (2008). Fatigue Analysis of Spot-Welded Joint for Automative Structures. Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, 4(3), 173–180.

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