MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 165, 201812th International Fatigue Congress (FATIGUE 2018)
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||High Cycle Fatigue, Fatigue at Notches|
|Published online||25 May 2018|
Fatigue strength characterization of Al-Si cast material incorporating statistical size effect
Christian Doppler Laboratory for Manufacturing Process based Component Design, Montanuniversität Leoben, Chair of Mechanical Engineering, 8700 Leoben, Austria
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Cast aluminium components may exhibit material imperfections such as shrinkage and gas pores, or oxide inclusions. Therefore, the fatigue resistance is significantly influenced by the size and location of these inhomogenities. In this work, two different specimen geometries are manufactured from varying positions of an Al-Si-Cu alloy casting. The specimen geometries are designed by means of shape optimization based on a finite element analysis and exhibit different highly-stressed volumes. The numerically optimized specimen curvature enforces a notch factor of only two percent. To enable the evaluation of a statistical size effect, the length of the constant testing region and hence, the size of the highly-stressed volume varies by a ratio of one to ten between the two specimen geometries. Furthermore, the location of the crack initiation is dominated by the comparably greatest defects in this highly-stressed volume, which is also known as Weibull’s weakest link model. The crack initiating defect sizes are evaluated by means of light microscopy and modern scanning electron microscope methods. Finally, the statistical size effect is analysed based on the extreme value distribution of the occurring defects, whereby the size and location of the pores is non-destructively obtained by computed tomography (CT) scanning. This elaborated procedure facilitates a size-effect based methodology to study the defect distribution and the associated local fatigue life of CPS casted Al-Si lightweight components.
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