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A Study of Fatigue and Fracture Response of Cantilevered Luminaire Structures Made from Aluminum Alloy 6063
Materials Science and Engineering: A
  • Craig C. Menzemer, University of Akron, main campus
  • Diya Azzam, University of Akron Main Campus
  • Tirumalai S. Srivatsan, University of Akron, main campus
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
7-15-2010
Abstract
In the experimental results elegantly and exhaustively elaborated upon in this paper the local stresses, obtained from finite element analysis, was used to develop estimates of the stress intensity factor (SIF). In combination with crack growth data, the fatigue lives of both the through-plate and an integrally stiffened socket connection were estimated using software developed by the U.S. Air Force (and referred to as AFGROW). The fatigue life estimates correlated well with the test results provided the crack growth rate data was obtained under conditions of minimal closure at higher stress ratios (of the order R = 0.7). In an attempt to establish the fatigue lives in the high cycle regime, the measured residual stresses had to be included in the analysis. For identical stress ranges, the 25 mm thick through-plate socket connection exhibited noticeably lower fatigue lives when compared to the integrally stiffened shoe-base structure. Scanning electron microscopy observations revealed pockets of well-defined striations consistent with stable growth of the crack through the microstructure prior to the onset of unstable crack growth culminating in catastrophic fracture. In the slow growth region, the fracture surface revealed pockets of shallow, well-defined striations that were uniformly spaced indicative of the occurrence of localized microplastic deformation.
Citation Information
Craig C. Menzemer, Diya Azzam and Tirumalai S. Srivatsan. "A Study of Fatigue and Fracture Response of Cantilevered Luminaire Structures Made from Aluminum Alloy 6063" Materials Science and Engineering: A Vol. 527 Iss. 18-19 (2010) p. 4680 - 4686
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/craig_menzemer/7/