Fatigue Limit of Blunt-Notched Components
Abstract:The position and effective resistance of microstructural barriers and their relation to the fatigue strength of blunt-notched specimens are analysed and modelled for three low-carbon steel microstructures. A relationship for the notch size effect on the basis of the experimental evidence that the fatigue limit (both plain and notched) represents the threshold stress for the propagation of the nucleated microstructurally short cracks, was derived. The derived relationship characterizes the fatigue notch sensitivity by means of the parameter ktd defined as the stress concentration introduced by the notch at a distance d from the notch root surface equal to the distance between microstructural barriers, and was experimentally verified for two notch geometries in three microstructures: ferrite, ferrite–bainite and bainite–martensite.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1998-12-01