Because a fatigue limit of high strength steel with Vickers hardness H V > 400 is scattered, it is difficult to predict the fatigue limit for S-N curve experimentally. The authors have proposed a nondestructive method for predicting the fatigue limit reliability of plain specimen of the high strength steel by the stress-strength model which consists of "statistical characteristics of hardness of a matrix under a small indentation load" and "statistical characteristics of hardness required for non-propagations of fatigue cracks from microstructural defects in a material". In this paper, a nondestructive method for predicting the fatigue limit reliability of notched specimen of the high strength steel with microstructural defects such as non-metallic inclusions and pits from characteristics of a stress field near a notch, statistical characteristics of Vickers hardness and defect size is proposed. Especially, the method is applied to a structure with a deep notch under a mean stress σ m = 0. Then, fatigue tests were carried out on the notched specimens of quenched-tempered 0.5% carbon steels with H V ≈ 600 changing a notch root radius under a constant notch depth, and the validity of the prediction method is examined by comparing predicted results to experimental ones.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computational Mechanics
- Modelling and Simulation
- Mechanics of Materials