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Materials 2017, 10(5), 532;

Static and Fatigue Behavior Investigation of Artificial Notched Steel Reinforcement

School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Changsha University of Science & Technology, Changsha 410114, China
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Academic Editor: Nicola Pugno
Received: 20 March 2017 / Revised: 4 May 2017 / Accepted: 11 May 2017 / Published: 14 May 2017
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Pitting corrosion is one of the most common forms of localized corrosion. Corrosion pit results in a stress concentration and fatigue cracks usually initiate and propagate from these corrosion pits. Aging structures may fracture when the fatigue crack reaches a critical size. This paper experimentally simulates the effects of pitting morphologies on the static and fatigue behavior of steel bars. Four artificial notch shapes are considered: radial ellipse, axial ellipse, triangle and length-variable triangle. Each shape notch includes six sizes to simulate a variety of pitting corrosion morphologies. The stress-strain curves of steel bars with different notch shape and depth are obtained based on static tensile testing, and the stress concentration coefficients for various conditions are determined. It was determined that the triangular notch has the highest stress concentration coefficient, followed by length-variable triangle, radial ellipse and axial ellipse shaped notches. Subsequently, the effects of notch depth and notch aspect ratios on the fatigue life under three stress levels are investigated by fatigue testing, and the equations for stress range-fatigue life-notch depth are obtained. Several conclusions are drawn based on the proposed study. The established relationships provide an experimental reference for evaluating the fatigue life of concrete bridges. View Full-Text
Keywords: fatigue testing; static testing; reinforcing bar; notch; stress concentration; fatigue life fatigue testing; static testing; reinforcing bar; notch; stress concentration; fatigue life

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Ma, Y.; Wang, Q.; Guo, Z.; Wang, G.; Wang, L.; Zhang, J. Static and Fatigue Behavior Investigation of Artificial Notched Steel Reinforcement. Materials 2017, 10, 532.

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