Fillet weld in fin plate joint

This is a selected chapter from book Component-based finite element design of steel connections by prof. Wald et al. The chapter is focused on verification of welds.

Description

In this chapter, component-based finite element method (CBFEM) of a fillet weld in a fin plate joint is verified with component method (CM). A fin plate is welded to open section column HEB. The height of the fin plate is changed from 150 to 300 mm. The plate/weld is loaded by normal and shear force and bending moment.

Analytical model

The fillet weld is the only component examined in the study. The welds are designed to be the weakest component in the joint according to Chapter 4 in EN 1993-1-8:2005. The design resistance of the fillet weld is described in section 4.1. Overview of considered examples and material is given in Tab. 4.3.1. Three load cases are considered: normal force N, shear force V, and bending moment M. Geometry of the joint with dimensions is shown in Fig. 4.3.1.

Tab. 4.3.1 Examples overview

Example  Material  Weld Fin plate Column
 fyfuEγM0γM2awhptpeSection
 [MPa][MPa][GPa][-][-][mm][mm][mm][mm] 
N15023536021011,25315010200HEB400
N17523536021011,25317510200HEB400
N20023536021011,25320010200HEB400
N22523536021011,25322510200HEB400
N25023536021011,25325010200HEB400
N27523536021011,25327510200HEB400
N30023536021011,25330010200HEB400











V15023536021011,25315015100HEB200
V17523536021011,25317515100HEB200
V20023536021011,25320015100HEB200
V22523536021011,25322515100HEB200
V25023536021011,25325015100HEB200
V27523536021011,25327515100HEB200
V30023536021011,25330015100HEB200











M15023536021011,25315015200HEB400
M17523536021011,25317515200HEB400
M20023536021011,25320015200HEB400
M22523536021011,25322515200HEB400
M25023536021011,25325015200HEB400
M27523536021011,25327515200HEB400
M30023536021011,25330015200HEB400

Fig. 4.3.1 Joint geometry with dimensions

Numerical model

The model of the weld in CBFEM is described in section 3.4. The weld model has an elastic-plastic material diagram, and stress peaks are redistributed along the weld length.

Verification of resistance

Design resistance calculated by CBFEM is compared with the results of CM. The comparison is presented in Tab. 4.3.2. The study is performed for one parameter: length of the weld, i.e. height of the fin plate, and three load cases: normal and shear force and bending moment. The shear force is applied in a weld plane to neglect the effect of an additional bending. The bending moment is applied at the end of the fin plate. The influence of the weld length on the design resistance of the fin plate joints loaded by the normal and shear force are shown in Fig. 4.3.2. The relation between the weld length and the bending moment resistance of the joint is shown in Fig. 4.3.3.

Tab. 4.3.2 Comparison of CBFEM and CM

Example Design resistance Example Design resistance Example Design resistance 
 CMCBFEMdiff. CMCBFEMdiff. CMCBFEMdiff.
 [kN][kN][%] [kN][kN][%] [kN][kN][%]
N150229227-1V150187184-1M1508,58,4-1
N175267264-1V175218216-1M17511,611,5-1
N200305301-1V200249247-1M20015,215,0-1
N225343338-1V225280278-1M22519,319,0-2
N250381375-2V2503103090M25023,823,4-2
N275419412-2V2753423410M27528,828,4-1
N300457449-2V300374372-1M30034,333,8-2

The results of CBFEM and CM are compared, and the sensitivity study is presented. The influence of weld length on the design resistance in a fin plate joint loaded by normal force is shown in Fig. 4.3.2, by shear force in Fig. 4.3.3, and by bending moment in Fig. 4.3.4. The study shows good agreement for all applied load cases.

Fig. 4.3.2 Parametric study of fin plate joint loaded by normal force

Fig. 4.3.3 Parametric study of fin plate joint loaded by shear force

Fig. 4.3.4 Parametric study of fin plate joint loaded by bending moment

To illustrate the accuracy of the CBFEM model, the results of the parametric studies are summarized in a diagram comparing the design resistances of CBFEM and CM; see Fig. 4.3.5. The results show that the difference between the two calculation methods is in all cases less than 10 %.

Fig. 4.3.5 Verification of CBFEM to CM

Benchmark example

Inputs

Column

  • Steel S235
  • HEB 400

Fin plate

  • Thickness tp = 15 mm
  • Height hp = 175 mm

Weld, double fillet weld see Fig. 4.3.6

  • Throat thickness aw = 3 mm

Outputs

  • Design resistance in poor bending MRd = 11,5 kNm

Fig. 4.3.6 Benchmark example for the welded fin plate joint

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