Design of a butt joint:
The main failure mechanism of welded butt joint is tensile failure. Therefore the strength of a butt joint is
P = sT lt
where sT =allowable tensile strength of the weld material.
t =thickness of the weld
l =length of the weld.
For a square butt joint is equal to the thickness of the plates. In general, this need not be so (see figure 1).
Design of transverse fillet joint:
Consider a single transverse joint as shown in figure 10.4.2. The general stress distribution in the weld metal is very complicated. In design, a simple procedure is used assuming that entire load P acts as shear force on the throat area, which is the smallest area of the cross section in a fillet weld. If the fillet weld has equal base and height, (h, say), then the cross section of the throat is easily seen to be With the above consideration the permissible load carried by a transverse fillet weld is
P = ss Athroat
where ss -allowable shear stress
Athroat =throat area.
For a double transverse fillet joint the allowable load is twice that of the single fillet joint.
Design of parallel fillet joint:
Consider a parallel fillet weld as shown in figure 10.4.3. Each weld carries a load P/2 . It is easy to see from the strength of material approach that the maximum shear occurs along the throat area (try to prove it). The allowable load carried by each of the joint is st At where the throat area The total allowable load is
P = 2 ss At
In designing a weld joint the design variables are and . They can be selected based on the above design criteria. When a combination of transverse and parallel fillet joint is required (see figure-10.4.4) the allowable load is
where At =throat area along the longitudinal direction.
At ' =throat area along the transverse direction.
Design of circular fillet weld subjected to torsion:
Consider a circular shaft connected to a plate by means of a fillet joint as shown in figure-10.4.5. If the shaft is subjected to a torque, shear stress develops in the weld in a similar way as in parallel fillet joint. Assuming that the weld thickness is very small compared to the diameter of the shaft, themaximum shear stress occurs in the throat area. Thus, for a given torque the maximum shear stress in the weld is
where T =torque applied.
d =outer diameter of the shaft
t throat = throat thickness
Ip =polar moment of area of the throat section.
The throat dimension and hence weld dimension can be selected from the equation
Design stresses of welds:
Determination of stresses in a welded joint is difficult because of
inhomogeneity of the weld joint metals
thermal stresses in the welds
changes of physical properties due to high rate of cooling etc.
The stresses in welded joints for joining ferrous material with MS electrode are tabulated below.
Welded joints are also subjected to eccentric loading as well as variable loading. These topics will be treated separately in later lessons.