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Materials (Basel). 2018 May 2;11(5). pii: E719. doi: 10.3390/ma11050719.

Correlation between Thermal Behaviour of AA5754-H111 during Fatigue Loading and Fatigue Strength at Fixed Number of Cycles.

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1
Politecnico di Bari-Department of Mechanics Mathematics and Management (DMMM), 70126 Bari, Italy. rosa.definis@poliba.it.
2
Politecnico di Bari-Department of Mechanics Mathematics and Management (DMMM), 70126 Bari, Italy. davide.palumbo@poliba.it.
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Politecnico di Bari-Department of Mechanics Mathematics and Management (DMMM), 70126 Bari, Italy. liviamaria.serio@poliba.it.
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Politecnico di Bari-Department of Mechanics Mathematics and Management (DMMM), 70126 Bari, Italy. luigi.defilippis@poliba.it.
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Politecnico di Bari-Department of Mechanics Mathematics and Management (DMMM), 70126 Bari, Italy. umberto.galietti@poliba.it.

Abstract

The characterization of the fatigue behaviour of aluminium alloys is still capturing the attention of researchers. As it is well known in literature, for certain alloys, in a specific range of cycles number, the S-N curves do not present any asymptote. So that, problems result in the assessment of the fatigue life. In these conditions, the concept of the fatigue limit has to be replaced by the fatigue strength at a fixed number of loading cycles. Temperature acquisitions during fatigue tests allow for a specific analysis that can support the researchers in understanding the complex processes that are involved in fatigue and their influence on fatigue life, even for aluminium alloys. In fact, the analysis of the surface temperature signal that was detected during a self-heating test provides a curve that is characterized by a distinct slope-change point at a specific stress value. Even though researchers have been investigating fatigue life characterisation and temperature variations for more than a decade, it is not clear what this point represents in terms of fatigue strength. The aim of the present paper is to find out a possible correlation between the thermal behaviour of AA5754-H111 undergoing self-heating testing procedure and fatigue strength at a specific loading cycles.

KEYWORDS:

aluminium alloy 5754-H111; fatigue; high diffusive materials; thermoelastic stress analysis; thermography

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