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A fatigue damage computational algorithm utilizing a multiaxial, isothermal, continuum-based fatigue damage model for unidirectional metal-matrix composites has been implemented into the commercial finite element code MARC using MARC user subroutines. Damage is introduced into the finite element solution through the concept of effective stress that fully couples the fatigue damage calculations with the finite element deformation solution. Two applications using the fatigue damage algorithm are presented. First, an axisymmetric stress analysis of a circumferentially reinforced ring, wherein both the matrix cladding and the composite core were assumed to behave elastic-perfectly plastic. Second, a micromechanics analysis of a fiber/matrix unit cell using both the finite element method and the generalized method of cells (GMC). Results are presented in the form of S-N curves and damage distribution plots.
continuum damage mechanics, cracking, fatigue (materials), fracture (materials), metal-matrix composites, coupled deformation damage, uncoupled deformation damage, finite element methods
Research engineer, University of Akron, Akron, OH
Research engineer, NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH
Professor, University of Akron, Akron, OH