Mechanical Engineering Faculty Research

Title

A Semi-Empirical Unified Model of Strain Fatigue Life for Insulation Plastics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-9-2009

Abstract

The paper focuses on modeling the strain fatigue lives of three commonly used cable insulation polymers, namely (1) polyvinyl chloride, (2) crosslinked polyethylene, and (3) polyphenylene ether under selected strain and temperature ranges. On the basis of results obtained from their fatigue tests, Coffin–Manson model, mean/maximum strain fatigue model, and a set of new semi-empirical equations were applied to establish the relationship between fatigue lives and strains. The unified strain model, herein we name it the Wei–Wong model, is developed to predict the fatigue lives of three polymers studied and their prediction capability was examined using our experimental data. It was found that the proposed Wei–Wong model can provide a better life prediction compared to the experimental data and other methods in the literature at selected temperatures, namely −40, 25, and 65 °C.

Publication Title

Journal of Materials Science

Volume

45

Issue

2

First Page

326

Last Page

333