Title: The Fatigue Module of the FITNET FFS Procedure
Citation: FITNET 2006- Fracture-Fatigue-Creep-Corrossion p. 23-30
Publisher: GKSS Research Centre
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC37165
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC37165
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: FITNET was a four-year European thematic network with the objective of developing and extending the use of fitness-for-service (FFS) procedures for welded and non-welded metallic structures throughout Europe. It was partly funded by European Commission within the fifth framework programme and it was launched in February 2002. The network currently consisted of about 50 organisations from 17 European countries and supported by institutions from USA, Japan and Korea. Further information can be found in the FITNET TN website: http://www.eurofitnet.org. The FITNET FFS Procedure is built up in four major analysis modules namely fracture, fatigue, creep and corrosion. The first official draft is available in middle of 2006 in the form of an official CEN document. Industrial components are as a rule exposed to fluctuating loads and hence consideration of fatigue damages accumulation or a fatigue crack growth is a critical issue. The aim of this paper is to present the features and the main analysis routes of the FITNET FFE Fatigue Module of the FITNET FFS Procedure to assess the fatigue life of the load carrying metallic components manufactured with and without welds. The paper includes an industrial case from ship structure for the application of two fatigue assessment routes.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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