This study investigates the reliability of a cracked fillet welded T-joint typically found in offshore structures. A formulation for the aspect ratio (a/c) of a propagating semi-elliptical fatigue crack located at the toe of the weld is developed using Newman and Raju’s stress intensity factor for a cracked flat plate in conjunction with a weld magnification factor. The reliability in terms of fatigue lifetime is then calculated using the aspect ratio and Paris’s law of crack propagation with both fracture toughness and elastic-plastic failure criteria. The variation in crack aspect ratio in the T-joint is compared to that in a cracked flat plate, and examples are provided of reliability calculations for tension and bending loads.

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