DIN 15018 (1984)

DIN 15018 performs the static stress check and fatigue check for the steel structures of crane and crane equipment. Fatigue calculations are performed according to the Allowable Stress Design method (ASD).

DIN 15018

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To perform the fatigue check three classifications should be defined: Weld Type, Element Group and Material Type.

Weld Type - also called Notch Case, determines which elements belong to what weld type (K0-K4 - joints affected by welding, W0-W2 - elements and joints, not affected by welding). Weld Type depends on the shape, structural design, whole pattern or type and quality of the welds.

Element Group - depends on the Load Spectrum and Class of Utilization (number of cycles). Can be set from B1 to B6.

Load Spectrum:

Load Spectrum Remarks
S0 Very light P=0 Crane by exception loaded with the working load, and as a rule, with very light loads
S1 Light P=1/3 Crane sometimes loaded with the working load, and as a rule with loads of about 1/3 of the working load
S2 Moderate P=2/3 Crane repeatedly loaded with the working load, and as a rule with loads between 1/3 and 2/3 of the working load
S3 Heavy P=1 Crane frequently loaded with the working load

Class of utilization (number of cycles):

Class of utilization Number of expected load cycles Remarks
Over To...incl
N1 - 2 x 105 Irregular use with long periods of rest
N2 2 x 105 6.3 x 105 Regular use in interrupted operation
N3 6.3 x 105 2 x 106 Regular use in continuous operation
N4 2 x 106 - Full, continuous operation

Element Group (Table 14):

Design load spectrum Class of utilization
N1 N2 N3 N4
S0 B1 B2 B3 B4
S1 B2 B3 B4 B5
S2 B3 B4 B5 B6
S3 B4 B5 B6 B6

Material Type - define which steel is used St37 or St52.

Formulas of DIN15018 standard use Yield Stress and Tensile Strength from the materials. It is important to set this value for each material. Standard check if Yield Stress or Tensile Strength is not equal to zero:

If count > 0 then press to edit Yield Stress and Tensile Strength:


By default, the full model is set for the selection, but it is possible to edit the selection.

Press to define safety factors for static stress check for individual loads and loads sets should be defined:

The fatigue calculations (2..Fatigue) are performed on Load Group only, stress range from load group is required. Check "3..Fatigue Summation" performs additional calculations and sum damage from different load groups based on stress history defined in Fatigue Group.


Static Check

The allowable static stress check equal to the minimum of material yield stress and 70% of tensile strength:

For the shear direction the allowable stress is divided on √3

Fatigue Check


The Kappa factor is the ratio between the minimum and the maximum stresses

Smin and Smax - minimum and maximum values of calculated result stresses;

For K-factor [-1;0]:

For K-factor (0;1]:

Where Sf – the allowable stress fatigue when K=-1. The Stress fatigue can be set by the exact value or by setting the crane group and the weld type.

Allowable fatigue stress is divided on coefficient (depends on the direction and the weld type):

Coefficient = 1 – for the normal and equivalent stresses.

Coefficient = – for the shear stress with the weld classification K0-K4.

Coefficient =– for the shear stress the with weld classification W0-W2.

Combined utilization factor fatigue is calculated using the following formula (the sign of Ufx, Ufy and Ufz are taken into the account) :

Maximum Utilization factor fatigue: