Modeling cyclic ratcheting based fatigue life of HSLA steels using crystal plasticity FEM simulations and experiments

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This paper develops a plastic ratcheting based fatigue failure model for HSLA steels from a combination of results from experiments and finite element simulations using crystal plasticity constitutive relations. It predicts the nucleation of major cracks in the microstructure in ratcheting. Subsequently, the total life is limited by the growth of ductile fracture in the microstructure, which is factored in by comparing the simulated results with experiments. A crystal plasticity based FEM (CPFEM) model is used in this paper to predict the local plastic strain in the microstructure which plays a role in the ratcheting life. Orientation imaging based microstructural information (orientation and misorientation distributions) is incorporated in CPFEM. The model proposed has the ability to represent a range of behavior from low and high cycle behavior in the life models. The predictions from it are found to be in excellent agreement with experimental data. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Sinha, S., & Ghosh, S. (2006). Modeling cyclic ratcheting based fatigue life of HSLA steels using crystal plasticity FEM simulations and experiments. International Journal of Fatigue, 28(12), 1690–1704. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2006.01.008

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