Fracture mechanics fatigue life estimation procedures have been developed for offshore structural tubular joints through analyzing a K-joint under the North Sea environment. The objective of this study was to establish reliable procedures for estimating the remaining fatigue life of a tubular joint with cracklike defects. The analysis approach was the utilization of fracture mechanics methods for fatigue crack growth and failure analyses. In this study, the fully mixed mode stress intensity factors of weld toe surface flaws of the K-joint, which were calculated through detailed three-dimensional finite element analyses, were used for fatigue crack growth simulation. For the failure analyses, the failure assessment diagram method was used to predict the conditions for brittle fracture during fatigue crack propagation. The loading conditions considered in the analyses are the brace axial force, in and out-of-plane bending, and torsion.

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