0 Replies Latest reply on Mar 8, 2016 9:16 AM by Stephen Callegari

    Simulation Edge Welds Vs Hand Calcs

    Stephen Callegari

      As an exercise, I am comparing simulation results of a simple fillet weld attaching a pipe to a plate.

      The Simulation FEA results seem to be much more conservative than hand calcs from Blodgett - Design of Weldments.


      Hand calcs = 0.058"

      FEA = 0.208"


      See below comparisons. Does anyone see anything amiss in my set up?

      I am assuming the E70 (SUTS = 70 ksi) electrode is divided by the safety factor of 3.


      Note: In the FEA, the pipe wall thickness is 0.25" and the plate thickness was considered to be 10" x 10" x 2"  thick (rigid).


      Hand Calcs:


      Reference: Section modulus of a circular weld group from Blodgett:



      Simulation (Edge Welds):