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Geometrical size effect in the fatigue life predictions of aluminum wires with micro holes using methods of the critical distance

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Recent research has shown that fretting fatigue is the main cause of fatigue failure in electrical transmission lines, and this phenomenon can be modeled as a stress concentration problem. The present study investigates the expected fatigue life of aluminum alloy 6201-T81 wires with micro holes, used in cables for transmission lines. The expected fatigue life of wires with micro holes is calculated based on the Theory of Critical Distances (TCD), where the characteristic size of the material (L-M) varies with the number of cycles to failure (N-f), establishing an L-M(N-f) relation. To calibrate this relation, two S-N calibration curves were plotted with fully reversed uniaxial fatigue tests carried out on smooth wires (unnotched) and wires with a sharp notch. Experimental a-N curves were constructed for different types of holes to validate and evaluate fatigue life prediction results of wires with micro holes, more precisely: (1) two through holes (TH), with diameters of 0.5 and 0.7 mm, and (ii) two types of blind holes (BH), with diameters and depths of 0.1 x 0.1 mm and 0.7 x 0.7 mm, respectively.
ISSN: 1873-7315
Volume: 209
Pages: 147 - 161
Publication year:2019
BOF-publication weight:0.1
Authors from:Higher Education