Much can be done to avoid fatigue failures by studying those that have occurred in the past. With this in mind, Commission XIII of the International Institute of Welding has been collecting information about service fatigue failures since 1954. In 1967 the reports of 65 such failures which had been collected at that time were put together and published in book form. This was followed in 1979 by the publication of a second volume containing 33 reports. These two books should be compulsory items of study for all designers of welded plant. From them can be learnt a great deal about the possible pitfalls in design. They are the only documents known to the writer covering such a wide range of structural types. One other document is of interest. This refers to failures in a specific class of structure, namely, ships. This article analyses the information that can be derived from an overall review of the two IIW volumes.

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    Welding Institute

    Abingdon Hall
    Cambridge CB1 6AL,   England 
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  • Publication Date: 1980-3

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  • Accession Number: 00312190
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R183/3/80 Reprint
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM