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Service loads in dragline tubular structures: a case study of cluster A5


Mashiri, FR and Joshi, S and Pang, NL and Dayawansa, DP and Zhao, XL and Chitty, G and Jiao, H and Price, JWH, Service loads in dragline tubular structures: a case study of cluster A5, Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 20, (2) pp. 90-109. ISSN 1545-2263 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/stc.484


Draglines are used extensively for removal of overburden in the coal mining industry. Draglines with tubular booms are among the structures most susceptible to fatigue cracking due to the large number of high load cycles to which they are subjected during operation. Circular hollow section tubes are used as both lacing and chord members. In this paper, a study was carried out to better understand the stresses in a 4-lacing cluster during operation. Strain gauges were installed on a typical dragline cluster A5 to measure strains generated while in operation. Static and dynamic (swing and digging) tests were carried out, and strains obtained during the different tests were used to calculate both nominal stresses and hot spot stresses. For cluster A5, the hot spot stresses at weld toes in the lacing members were found to be significantly larger than those at weld toes in the chord members. Bending stresses were found to form a relatively larger portion of the nominal stresses at the weld toes in the lacing members compared to chord members. The results of this work highlight a conclusion found in the authors’ previous work that the high tensile residual stresses resulting from welding are an important issue not measured in hot spot stress testing, but these stresses are relevant to the levels and location of cracking observed in practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mining dragline, thin circular hollow sections, welded clusters, strain gauges, hot spot stress
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Civil engineering
Research Field:Structural engineering
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Other construction
Objective Field:Other construction not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jiao, H (Dr Hui Jiao)
ID Code:76212
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2012-03-01
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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