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Advances in Civil Engineering
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 3597356, 16 pages
Review Article

Review of Fatigue Assessment Methods for Welded Steel Structures

Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Correspondence should be addressed to Ivan Lukačević; rh.darg@aci

Received 25 August 2017; Revised 29 December 2017; Accepted 22 January 2018; Published 1 April 2018

Academic Editor: Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan

Copyright © 2018 Boris Fuštar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Due to high stress concentrations, welded joints represent the most common locations of fatigue crack initiation in steel structures that are prone to fatigue. Welding affects material properties by the process of heating, cooling, and combining basic and additional material. Since welding is the primary process of joining elements in steel structures, it is obvious that fatigue assessment during the design and maintenance process becomes inevitable. There are many fatigue assessment methods of welded joints, but their precision remains questionable. This paper represents a review of the most common fatigue assessment methods used for welded steel joints. As a result of this review, areas that require additional research are highlighted.