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Numerical Modeling of Distributed Inhomogeneities and Their Effect on Rolling Contact Fatigue Life

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Qinghua Zhou, Zhanjiang Wang, Qian Wang

Chongqing University, Chongqing, ChinaNorthwestern University, Evanston, IL

Xiaoqing Jin, Leon M. Keer

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Jiaxu Wang

Chongqing University, Chongqing, China

Paper No. IJTC2012-61156, pp. 313-315; 3 pages
  • ASME/STLE 2012 International Joint Tribology Conference
  • ASME/STLE 2012 International Joint Tribology Conference
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, October 7–10, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Tribology Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4508-0
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This research explores the influence of distributed non-overlapping inhomogeneities on the contact properties of a material. Considered here is the half-space Hertzian contact of a sphere with an inhomogeneous material. The numerical analysis is conducted utilizing a simplified model based on Eshelby’s Equivalent Inclusion Method (EIM) and the principle of superposition. The solutions take into account interactions between all inhomogeneities. Benchmark comparisons with the results obtained with the finite element method (FEM) demonstrate the accuracy and efficiency of the proposed solution methods. The emphasis is given to a parametric study of the effect of inhomogeneities in a Gaussian distribution on material properties. Both compliant and stiff inhomogeneities are modeled. Material inhomogeneities strongly affect rolling contact fatigue (RCF) of a material, and a modified RCF life model is suggested. Homogenization and extensive numerical simulations result in semi-empirical fatigue-life reduction parameters to characterize the influence of material inhomogeneities.

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