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Title: Computational micromechanics of fatigue of microstructures in the HCF–VHCF regimes

Advances in higher resolution experimental techniques have shown that metallic materials can develop fatigue cracks under cyclic loading levels significantly below the yield stress. Indeed, the traditional notion of a fatigue limit can be recast in terms of limits associated with nucleation and arrest of fatigue cracks at the microstructural scale. Though fatigue damage characteristically emerges from irreversible dislocation processes at sub-grain scales, the specific microstructure attributes, environment, and loading conditions can strongly affect the apparent failure mode and surface to subsurface transitions. This paper discusses multiple mechanisms that occur during fatigue loading in the high cycle fatigue (HCF) to very high cycle fatigue (VHCF) regimes. We compare these regimes, focusing on strategies to bridge experimental and modeling approaches exercised at multiple length scales and discussing particular challenges to modeling and simulation regarding microstructure-sensitive fatigue driving forces and thresholds. Finally, we discuss some of the challenges in predicting the transition of failure mechanisms at different stress and strain amplitudes.
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  2. Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (United States)
  3. Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0142-1123; PII: S0142112316301219
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Fatigue
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: International Journal of Fatigue; Journal ID: ISSN 0142-1123
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; very high cycle fatigue; failure mechanisms; microstructure effects; mesoscale modeling
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