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Influence of residual fatigue damage on the fracture toughness parameters of an AA6082-T6 aluminium alloy

type de publication      article dans une revue internationale avec comité de lecture
date de publication 2010
auteur(s) Cadenas Pedro; Amrouche Abdelwaheb; Mesmacque Gerard; Jozwiak Karol; Puchi-Cabrera E.S.
journal (abréviation) Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures (Fatig Fract Eng Mater Struct)
volume (numéro) 33 (1)
  
pages 54 – 65
résumé The present investigation has been carried out in order to study the influence of the previous accumulated fatigue damage induced during high cycle fatigue (HCF), on the fracture toughness parameters of an AA6082-T6 aluminium alloy. The results show that previous fatigue damage accumulated in HCF does not affect the tensile static mechanical properties of the material, but gives rise to a significant debit of the toughness properties on this aluminium alloy. The fracture toughness results have shown that the crack opening displacement at a crack extension of 0.2 mm (COD0.2) decreases in the range of ∼18 to 36% whereas the value of the non-linear fracture mechanics parameter J0.2, decreases in the range of ∼11 to 25% at applied maximum stresses of 200 and 275 MPa, respectively. Optical microscopy observations conducted on the surface of the specimens subjected to HCF damage indicate the existence of microcracks ∼15 to 25 μm long nucleated along the grain boundaries of the material. Also, the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations of the fracture surfaces after the tearing tests show the predominance of a ductile fracture mechanism for the material prior to residual fatigue damage, whereas a mixed ductile–brittle fracture mechanism and the presence of flat facets were observed on the fracture surfaces of the specimens with a fatigue damage of 0.70.
mots clés AA6082-T6 aluminium alloy • fatigue damage • high cycle fatigue • toughness parameters
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