STP1371: Thermo-mechanical Fatigue Behavior of Al-Si-Cu-Mg Casting Alloy

    Ikuno, H
    Researcher, Senior Researcher and Principal Researcher, Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc., Nagakute Aichi,

    Iwanaga, S
    Researcher, Senior Researcher and Principal Researcher, Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc., Nagakute Aichi,

    Awano, Y
    Researcher, Senior Researcher and Principal Researcher, Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc., Nagakute Aichi,

    Pages: 12    Published: Jan 2000


    Abstract

    This paper describes the thermo-mechanical fatigue behavior of Al-Si-Cu-Mg casting alloy. The alloy is widely used for cylinder heads and pistons of automobile engines. Repeated cycling between driving and resting, or low-power and high-power driving cause thermal cycling in the engine materials. The thermo-mechanical fatigue property is therefore very important to develop high-performance engines. This study aims to characterize the cyclic stress-strain behavior of this alloy and to clarify the factors dominating the fracture life. Results obtained are : (1) The stress-strain behavior changes remarkably during thermal cycling. Cyclic hardening and cycling softening occur in the higher and lower strain ranges, respectively. (2) A thermo-mechanical fatigue fracture limit diagram is obtained by connecting fracture points on the inelastic strain range — number of cycles relationship. (3) Consequently, in 103 – 104 cycles, it is considered that poor ductility and inelastic strain increase due to overaging dominate the thermo-mechanical fatigue life of the alloy.

    Keywords:

    thermo-mechanical fatigue, cast aluminum alloy, stress-strain behavior, overaging, elastic strain range, hysteresis energy, fatigue limit diagram


    Paper ID: STP15258S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E08.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP15258S


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