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Title: Mixed-mode fatigue crack growth behaviour in aluminium alloy
Authors: Borrego, L. P. 
Antunes, F. V. 
Costa, J. M. 
Ferreira, J. M. 
Keywords: Aluminium alloy; Mixed-mode loading; Fatigue crack propagation; Crack closure
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: International Journal of Fatigue. 28:5-6 (2006) 618-626
Abstract: Fatigue crack propagation tests in compact mixed-mode specimens were carried out for several stress intensity ratios of mode I and mode II, KI/KII, in AlMgSi1-T6 aluminium alloy with 3 mm thickness. The tests were performed in a standard servo-hydraulic machine. A linkage system was developed in order to permit the variation of the KI/KII ratio by changing the loading angle. Crack closure loads were obtained through the compliance technique. A finite element analysis was also done in order to obtain the KI and KII values for the different loading angles. Crack closure increases under mixed-mode loading conditions in comparison to mode-I loading due the friction between the crack tip surfaces. Moreover, the crack closure level increases with the KI/KII ratio decrease. Correlations of the equivalent values of the effective stress intensity factor with the crack growth rates are also performed. Finally, an elastic-plastic finite element analysis was performed to obtain the plastic zones sizes and shapes and model the effect of mixed-mode loading on crack closure.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2005.07.047
Rights: openAccess
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