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Investigation of Changes in Fatigue Damage Caused by Mean Load under Block Loading Conditions

Department of Mechanics and Machine Design, Opole University of Technology, 45-271 Opole, Poland
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Materials 2021, 14(11), 2738; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14112738
Received: 12 April 2021 / Revised: 14 May 2021 / Accepted: 20 May 2021 / Published: 22 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fatigue and Fracture of Materials)
The literature in the area of material fatigue indicates that the fatigue properties may change with the number of cycles. Researchers recommend taking this into account in fatigue life calculation algorithms. The results of simulation research presented in this paper relate to an algorithm for estimating the fatigue life of specimens subjected to block loading with a nonzero mean value. The problem of block loads using a novel calculation model is presented in this paper. The model takes into account the change in stress–strain curve parameters caused by mean strain. Simulation tests were performed for generated triangular waveforms of strains, where load blocks with changed mean strain values were applied. During the analysis, the degree of fatigue damage was compared. The results of calculations obtained for standard values of stress–strain parameters (for symmetric loads) and those determined, taking into account changes in the curve parameters, are compared and presented in this paper. It is shown that by neglecting the effect of the mean strain value on the K′ and n′ parameters and by considering only the parameters of the cyclic deformation curve for εm = 0 (symmetric loads), the ratio of the total degree of fatigue damage varies from 10% for εa = 0.2% to 3.5% for εa = 0.6%. The largest differences in the calculation for ratios of the partial degrees of fatigue damage were observed in relation to the reference case for the sequence of block n3, where εm = 0.4%. The simulation results show that higher mean strains change the properties of the material, and in such cases, it is necessary to take into account the influence of the mean value on the material response under block loads. View Full-Text
Keywords: block loads; cyclic stress–strain curve; mean load; fatigue damage accumulation block loads; cyclic stress–strain curve; mean load; fatigue damage accumulation
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Pawliczek, R.; Lagoda, T. Investigation of Changes in Fatigue Damage Caused by Mean Load under Block Loading Conditions. Materials 2021, 14, 2738. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14112738

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Pawliczek R, Lagoda T. Investigation of Changes in Fatigue Damage Caused by Mean Load under Block Loading Conditions. Materials. 2021; 14(11):2738. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14112738

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Pawliczek, Roland, and Tadeusz Lagoda. 2021. "Investigation of Changes in Fatigue Damage Caused by Mean Load under Block Loading Conditions" Materials 14, no. 11: 2738. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14112738

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