This paper analyzes the effect of different cutting methods on the fatigue life of high strength steel S690Q. The research covers three cutting methods (oxy-fuel, plasma and laser) and two specimen geometries: plain specimens with rectangular sections and cut edges, and specimens with machined edges and a cut hole in the middle section. All the specimens were conducted to failure by applying fatigue cycles, the stress ratio (R) being 0.1, and the corresponding S-N curves were obtained for each combination of cutting method and specimen geometry. Measurements of roughness and hardness have been performed in order to explain the influence of the cutting method on the fatigue life of this particular steel. Fatigue results have been compared with the predictions provided by current fatigue standards, analyzing the possibility of extrapolating their S-N curves, focused on oxy-fuel cuts, to plasma and laser cuts.

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