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Coupling Finite Element Analysis and the Theory of Critical Distances to Estimate Critical Loads in Al6060-T66 Tubular Beams Containing Notches

Marcos Sánchez, Sergio Cicero, Borja Arroyo, José Alberto Álvarez
2020 Metals  
This paper validates a methodology for the estimation of critical loads in tubular beams containing notch-type defects. The methodology is particularized for the case of Al6060-T66 tubular cantilever beams containing U-shaped notches. It consists in obtaining the stress field at the notch tip using finite element analysis (FEA) and the subsequent application of the theory of critical distances (TCD) to derive the corresponding critical load (or load-bearing capacity). The results demonstrate
more » ... ults demonstrate that this methodology provides satisfactory predictions of fracture loads.
doi:10.3390/met10101395 fatcat:4772ftrybfe2pc3rt2hou3lule