Boundary element analysis of fatigue crack growth for CFRP-strengthened steel plates with longitudinal weld attachments

Qian Qian Yu, Tao Chen, Xiang Lin Gu, Xiao Ling Zhao, Zhi Gang Xiao

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In this paper, steel plates with longitudinal weld attachments strengthened by carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminates on one side were analyzed based on the boundary element method and compared with test data from the literature. Good agreement with the data indicated that the numerical analysis was reliable for estimation of the fatigue crack propagation of CFRP-bonded steel plates with longitudinal weld attachments. The effects of double-sided strengthening, double-sided weld attachment and CFRP stiffness on the fatigue behavior of retrofitted welded joints were also investigated. The results showed that double-sided strengthening was much more efficient than single-sided application. It was observed that the crack propagation of steel plates with weld attachments on both sides was accelerated compared with those with attachments on only one side. In comparison with steel plates without a weld attachment, the retrofitting efficiency, in terms of the fatigue life extension ratio, was significantly lowered in welded plates with single-sided repair, whereas only a slight difference was observed in those with double-sided strengthening. The effect of an increased modulus of the composite materials could result in better fatigue performance, especially with double-sided application.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Boundary element method
  • Carbon fiber
  • Crack propagation
  • Fatigue
  • Reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminate
  • Welded joint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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