The “Cumulative Damage” object adds the post processing feature to evaluate a fatigue duty cycle built of different loading blocks.
Grouping Weld Fatigue result objects of the same type with the same geometry scoping and FAT Class but different Load cases together with a “Cumulative Damage” object will sum the damage from the grouped objects and calculate the total damage and safety factor results. Load cases (from different analyses) can also be selected using the “Solution Editor”.
Inputs to define the Cumulative Damage are defined in the table below.
|Geometry Selection/Named Selection
|Edges/Faces/Nodes to display results on (i).
|Load Case Definition
|Load Case Grouping
|Grouped Results (Default)/Solution Editor
|Tabular Data (visible only if selecting “Solution Editor”)
|Load Group Properties
|Click here to load! (Default)
|FAT (@ Nfat cycles)
|Select a Result Item to display.
|Time step to use for deformed shape. Does not influence the result.
To limit post processing to specific points in the group edit the geometry scoping of edges of faces. The node numbers from the selected weld object will be compared with the node numbers in the selection and results will only be plotted for nodes/welds that are scooped in the selection.
The cumulative load case can be defined in two different ways using either “Grouped Results” (Legacy) or “Solution Editor”.
- Create a grouping folder in the model tree containing the Weld Fatigue objects that builds the duty cycle and add a Cumulative Damage object to the group.
- You may drag and drop result objects into or out from the group to edit the duty cycle.
- Click the Load Group Properties “Click here to load!” to validate the grouped result objects and loading the geometry and S-N curve details.
Do not group different result items of the same load case, e.g. Life, Damage and Stress range, since this will sum the damage for each one, use a Child Result to plot those result instead!
You may have several Cumulative Damage and Child Results in the same group.
You may use the Load Case Grouping “Solution Editor” option to select result objects from any linked analysis to define the cumulative load case.
Child Setup must be used to define the bolts in all linked analyses so that the bolt load object is the same.
- To edit the “Solution Editor” click on “Tabular Data”.
- Click the “Add row” icon in the table editor.
- For each row select the “Analysis Name” (Default “Current Analysis”) and a “Result Object”.
- To delete a row right-click on a cell and select “Delete selected row(s)”.
- Click “Apply” to confirm and close the editor (or click “Cancel” to discard the changes).
- Click the Load Group Properties “Click here to load!” to validate the selected result objects and loading the geometry and S-N curve details.
If selecting result objects with different scoping, type or S-N curve an error message is displayed. The validation of the solution combination is also always done when evaluating the result.
The result items are also marked in the figure above.
|Cumulative Damage [-]
|Sum of the damage from each load block, Dcum.
|Safety factor life [#blocks]
|Number of loading blocks, SFN = 1/Dcum = N(Δσeqv)/Ncum.
|Equivalent Stress range
|Constant stress range with same total damage as the duty cycle, Δσeqv.
|Safety factor stress
|Ratio of allowed stress range to Equivalent stress range, SFS = Δσ(Ncum)/Δσeqv.
|1/SFS = Δσ/Δσ(Ncum)
|Quality measure based on mesh size.
The Cumulative Damage object writes a property and result csv files to the solver files directory of the analysis. These files are used by the Weld Report features and can easily be imported to Word or Excel.