Title: Strain-based approach for fatigue crack propagation simulation of the 6061-T651 aluminium alloy

Authors: José A.F.O. Correia; Abílio M.P. De Jesus; Alfredo S. Ribeiro; António A. Fernandes

Addresses: INEGI, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal ' INEGI, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal ' INEGI, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal; University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal ' INEGI, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal

Abstract: Fatigue crack growth models based on elastic-plastic stress-strain histories, at the crack tip vicinity, and strain-life damage models have been proposed. The UniGrow model is a particular case of fatigue crack propagation models. The residual stresses developed at the crack tip play a central role in these models, since they are used to assess the actual fatigue crack driving force, taking into account mean stress and loading sequential effects. The performance of the UniGrow model is assessed based on available experimental constant amplitude crack propagation data, derived for the 6061-T651 aluminium alloy. Key issues in fatigue crack growth prediction, using the UniGrow model, in particular the residual stresses evolution, are discussed. Using available strain-life data, it was possible to model the fatigue crack propagation behaviour for the AA6061-T651, taking into account the stress R-ratio effects. A satisfactory agreement was found, between the predictions and the experimental crack propagation data.

Keywords: AA6061-T651; local strain approach; crack propagation; UniGrow model.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMSI.2017.087336

International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity, 2017 Vol.11 No.1/2/3, pp.1 - 15

Available online: 28 Sep 2017 *

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