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Fretting fatigue crack growth for a spherical indenter with constant and cyclic bulk load
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Solid Mechanics (Dept.).
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Solid Mechanics (Dept.).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6896-1834
2005 (English)In: Engineering Fracture Mechanics, ISSN 0013-7944, E-ISSN 1873-7315, Vol. 72, no 11, 1664-1690 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Fatigue growth of edge cracks subjected to non-proportional fretting loads was investigated experimentally and numerically. The cracks were produced during fretting experiments with a spherical contact between two alpha + beta titanium alloys. Constant normal load was combined with cyclic tangential load and constant or cyclic bulk load. Crack propagation was detected during the experiments by strain gauges on the specimen surface and acoustic emission measurements. A parametric crack growth description procedure was used to model fatigue growth of the three-dimensional fretting cracks that were loaded with multiaxial and non-proportional stresses from the fretting contact. The predicted crack growth lives and crack shapes agreed with the experimental results. A crack path prediction based on the maximum principal value of the stress range tensor Delta sigma(ij) was evaluated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 72, no 11, 1664-1690 p.
Keyword [en]
fretting fatigue; fretting experiment; titanium alloys; fatigue crack growth; crack path
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6422DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2005.01.004ISI: 000228682300002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-15544367252OAI: diva2:11127
QC 20100827Available from: 2006-11-23 Created: 2006-11-23 Last updated: 2011-11-08Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Life prediction and mechanisms for the initiation and growth of short cracks under fretting fatigue loading
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Life prediction and mechanisms for the initiation and growth of short cracks under fretting fatigue loading
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Fretting fatigue is a damage process that may arise in engineering applications where small cyclic relative displacements develop inside contacts leading to detrimental effects on the material fatigue properties. Fretting is located in regions not easily accessible, which makes it a dangerous phenomenon. It is therefore important to be able to make reliable predictions of the fretting fatigue lives.

The work presented in this thesis has its focus on different aspects related to fretting fatigue in the titanium alloy Ti-17. A fretting experiment was developed which allowed for separate control of the three main fretting loads. Initially, the evolution of the coefficient of friction inside the slip region was investigated experimentally and analytically. Subsequently, 28 fretting tests were performed in which large fatigue cracks developed.

The fretting tests were firstly evaluated with respect to fatigue crack initiation through five multiaxial fatigue criteria. The criteria predicted a too high fretting fatigue limit. A possible clue to the discrepancy was found in the fretting induced surface roughness with the asperity-pit interactions.

The fatigue growth of the large fretting cracks was numerically modelled through a parametric crack growth procedure. The predicted lives were compared to the experimental outcome. The numerical simulations showed that linear elastic fracture mechanics was an appropriate tool for the prediction of fretting fatigue propagation lives in the long crack regime.

Fatigue cracks spend most of their propagation life in the small crack regime. The possibility of modelling the small crack behaviour is therefore very important from the engineering point of view. The fatigue growth of through thickness short cracks was studied experimentally and numerically in the four-point bend configuration. It was found that linear elastic fracture mechanics and closure-free material growth data furnished conservative estimates for cracks longer than 50 μm.

One method to improve fretting fatigue life is to shot peen the contact surfaces. Experimental results on fretting life with or without shot peening were simulated. The fatigue life enhancement in shot peened specimens could be explained by slower crack growth in the surface material layer with residual compressive stresses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2006. 29 p.
Trita-HFL. Report / Royal Institute of Technology, Solid mechanics, ISSN 1654-1472 ; 0423
Fretting fatigue; Fretting experiment; Friction evolution; Fatigue crack initiation; Fatigue crack growth; Short crack; Non-destructive testing; Acoustic emission; Potential drop; Shot peening; Stress relaxation; Crack closure; Finite element method; Titanium alloy.
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Mechanical Engineering
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4185 (URN)
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2006-12-06, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 28, KTH - Stockholm, 10:00

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Available from: 2006-11-23 Created: 2006-11-23 Last updated: 2013-01-14Bibliographically approved

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