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The effects of undercut geometry on the static stress concentration factor of welds

Memduh Kurtulmuş, Ezgi Doğan
Published: 1 September 2021

Abstract: Undercutting is a welding defect that appears as a groove in the base metal directly along the edges of the weld metal. It is inevitable in fillet and butt joints if improper welding parameters are used in the operation. It is a discontinuity in the welding which produces stress concentration and lowers the strength of the weld. The stress concentration factor of an undercut is due to reinforcement angle, undercut width, undercut depth and undercut root radius. In this study 20 mm thick mild steel plates were welded by automatic gas metal arc welding with CO2 shielding gas process. Single-V butt joint was obtained after welding. Before welding 30° groove angles were obtained by milling on the longitudinal side of each work piece. Two plates were welded with several passes. After welding the weldment was tested with radiographic NDT process. A defect free weldment was obtained. Then standard tensile test samples were machined from the weldment. A groove was drilled in the heat affected zone, adjacent to the weld metal boundary on every tensile test sample. Each groove resembled an undercut. The length, root radius and depth of grooves were varied. Then samples were broken on a tensile test machine. From the test results the static stress concentration factor of each groove was calculated. The effects of groove geometry on stress concentration factors were determined.
Keywords: welding / undercut / groove / concentration factor / metal / weldment / tensile / static stress concentration

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