MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 165, 201812th International Fatigue Congress (FATIGUE 2018)
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||High Cycle Fatigue, Fatigue at Notches|
|Published online||25 May 2018|
Influence of graphite morphology on static and cyclic strength of ferritic nodular cast iron
Institute for Materials Applications in Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, 52062 Aachen, Germany
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High silicon alloyed nodular cast iron consists of a purely ferritic matrix and graphite nodules, mainly. Varying wall thicknesses and manufacturing conditions result in different graphite morphologies throughout a structural component. From an experimental point of view, axial fatigue and tensile tests were carried out on specimens with differently degraded graphite. From a numerical point of view, the microstructure has been modelled using a finite element (FE) approach with representative volume elements (RVE). The RVE models were built according to micrographs of fatigue specimens. The generated RVEs determine effective material properties through elasto-plastic homogenization and were subsequently analysed using a shakedown approach. In shakedown theory, the material re-enters the elastic regime after a few cycles of initial plastic deformation. This work uses the shakedown theorem to derive a lower bound estimation of the endurance limit from a non-incremental simulation. Here, the material has to be modelled elastic-perfectly plastic. The major challenge in modelling nodular cast iron is to determine suitable material parameters for the graphite and ferrite phase, revealed by parameter studies on the static and cyclic model. By using reasonable material parameters, fundamental effects, observed in the fatigue tests, were reproduced on the model level.
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