This paper provides description and results from an investigation aimed to determine whether loading histories specific to marine and offshore structures cause shakedown of compressive residual stress produced by high-frequency mechanical impact (HFMI) treatment and therefore affect fatigue resistance of welded joints improved by these methods. Fatigue tests were carried out to investigate the influence of compressive fatigue loads on fatigue strength of non-load carrying specimens with transverse attachments subjected to ultrasonic impact treatment (UIT). It was found that significant relaxation of compressive residual stresses is achieved under application of compressive cycles in fatigue testing. It was also observed that not only the magnitude of the applied compressive stress/mean stress affects relaxation of the compressive residual stress but also the number of applied compressive cycles. This relaxation may reduce the beneficial effect of HFMI treatment under application of load histories specific to marine structures.
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- fatigue improvement
- mechanical stress relief
- fatigue strength
- service conditions