This paper aims to analyses the fatigue behavior of steel rollers using the average strain energy density (SED) criterion. Considering the variability of the V-notch opening angle, a simple scalar quantity, i.e. the value of the strain energy density averaged in a control volume surrounding the notch tip, has been introduced to overcome the complexities in failure assessment of this component. The strain energy is obtained using close form solutions based on the relevant Notch Stress Intensity Factors (NSIF) for modes I, II and III. Referring to the conventional arc welding processes, the radius of the control volume is carefully identified with reference to conventional arc welding processes being equal to 0.28 mm for welded joints made of steel. In this paper firstly the employed methodology for the fatigue assessment is described and then the first synthesis of fatigue data by means of local SED for a specific geometry is shown.
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