Mechanical Engineering Faculty Research


Influence of Microstructure on Strain-Controlled Fatigue and Fracture Behavior of Ultra High Strength Alloy Steel AerMet 100

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Spring 4-2014


In this paper, the results of a study aimed at understanding the specific role of microstructure on cyclic stress response, cyclic strain resistance, and cyclic stress versus strain response, deformation and fracture behavior of high strength alloy steel AerMet® 100 is presented and discussed. The cyclic strain amplitude-controlled fatigue properties of this ultra-high strength alloy steel revealed a linear trend for the variation of log elastic strain amplitude with log reversals-to-failure, and log plastic strain amplitude with log reversals-to-failure. Cyclic stress response revealed a combination of initial hardening for the first few cycles followed by stability for large portion of fatigue life before culminating in rapid softening to failure at the lower cyclic strain amplitudes and intermediate cyclic strain amplitudes and resultant enhanced cyclic fatigue life. Fracture characteristics of test specimens of this high strength alloy steel were different at both the macroscopic and fine microscopic levels over the entire range of cyclic strain amplitudes examined. Both macroscopic and fine microscopic observations revealed fracture to be essentially ductile with features reminiscent of locally occurring ductile mechanisms. The intrinsic microscopic mechanisms governing stress response, deformation characteristics, fatigue life and final fracture behavior are presented and discussed in light of the competing and mutually interactive influences of intrinsic microstructural effects, deformation characteristics of the microstructural constituents, cyclic strain amplitude and concomitant response stress.

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Materials Science and Engineering: A





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