Stress concentration factors for tubular joints were computed using solid quadratic elements. The results of the computations are compared with experiments reported in the literature and with expressions reported in the literature and in design codes. An influence of element size and element type was observed, which leads to recommendations regarding element size of four quadratic elements in thickness, which is finer than in different published recommendations. A parametric study was performed, showing that stress concentration factors from the literature are not always conservative, particularly at the crown toe of the chord, while they tend to be overconservative at the chord saddle. The stress concentration factor for the inside of the member was also computed; it is found that it can be close to the stress concentration factor at the weld toe for both the in plane or out of plane bending modes.

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