Characterization of mechanical properties in weld metal using inverse modelling

  • J. Beddeleem
  • W. De Waele
  • S. Hertelé
  • M. Verstraete
  • K. Van Minnebruggen


Nowadays, more oil and gas transportation pipelines are constructed in areas with permafrost and/or higherseismic activity. These pipelines can be subjected to longitudinal plastic deformations necessitating a strainbased design. Since girth- and seam welds are critical in terms of structural integrity, it is desirable to knowtheir mechanical properties. In a strain based design context, the accurate determination of yield strengthand hardening are necessary. A longitudinally extracted (is parallel to the pipe axis) specimen notched atthe weld region and loaded in tension, in combination with inverse modelling is assumed to be a valuabletool to determine these properties. This notched cross weld test ensures that the largest deformations willoccur at the weld, thereby allowing to fully determine the stress-strain behaviour of the weld metal. Inversemodelling combines experimental full-field strain data with numerical simulations to determine theconstitutive parameters. Strains will be measured experimentally and compared with simulated data. Byminimizing their difference, i.e. a certain cost function, a correspondence is found and the desiredparameters are determined. This paper focuses on one aspect of the inverse modelling framework, thedevelopment of the parametric finite element model.

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Beddeleem, J., De Waele, W., Hertelé, S., Verstraete, M. & Van Minnebruggen, K., (2012) “Characterization of mechanical properties in weld metal using inverse modelling”, International Journal of Sustainable Construction and Design 3(1), 19-24. doi:

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Published on
05 Nov 2012
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