Papers by Keyword: Theory of Critical Distance (TCD)

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Authors: Radu Negru, Liviu Marsavina, Hannelore Filipescu, Cristiana Caplescu
Abstract: The aim of this paper is the application of two methods for notch fatigue life assessment, methods which are based on finite element analysis: the theory of critical distances and the volumetric method. Firstly, un-notched and notched specimens (for three different geometries) were tested in tension under constant-amplitude loading. The use of theory of critical distances (TCD) to predict the notch fatigue life involves the determination of the material characteristic length L based on experimental results obtained for the un-notched and one type of notched specimens. For the others notched geometries, based on linear-elastic finite element analysis, the fatigue strength is predicted using the TCD. In order to apply the volumetric method, elastic-plastic stress field around notches are considered and notch strength reduction factor are determined. Finally, the predictions of the two methods were compared with experimental fatigue data for notched specimens.
Authors: Richard E. Clegg, Kai Duan, Alan J. McLeod
Abstract: Fatigue failure of metal components containing notches, cracks and other defects has been a very active research topic for well over seven decades because of its important practical and theoretical implications. Recently, Taylor and his colleagues have re-visited this topic and proposed the Theory of Critical Distance (TCD), which summarizes the early work by Neuber, Peterson and others in a unifying theory and predicts fatigue fracture with the use of a critical distance, L0. In this paper, an experimental and numerical study of the fatigue of notched and unnotched 6061 aluminium alloys is used to verify the TCD and some of the limitations of the TCD are discussed on this basis.
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