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Strain Rate and Loading Waveform Effects on an Energy-Based Fatigue Life Prediction for AL6061-T6

[+] Author Affiliations
Todd Letcher, M.-H. Herman Shen

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Onome Scott-Emuakpor, Tommy George, Charles Cross

Air Force Research Laboratory, WPAFB, OH

Paper No. GT2012-68911, pp. 225-233; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2012: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 7: Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, June 11–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4473-1
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


The energy-based lifing method is based on the theory that the cumulative energy in all hysteresis loops of a specimens’ lifetime is equal to the energy in a monotonic tension test. Based on this theory, fatigue life can be calculated by dividing monotonic strain energy by a hysteresis energy model, which is a function of stress amplitude. Recent studies have focused on developing this method for a sine wave loading pattern — a variable strain rate. In order to remove the effects of a variable strain rate throughout the fatigue cycle, a constant strain rate triangle wave loading pattern was tested. The testing was conducted at various frequencies to evaluate the effects of multiple constant strain rates. Hysteresis loops created with sine wave loading and triangle loading were compared. The effects of variable and constant strain rate loading patterns on hysteresis loops throughout a specimens’ fatigue life are examined.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Fatigue life



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