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Isothermal, in-phase and out-of-phase axial-torsional fatigue experiments have been conducted at 760°C on uniform gage section, thin-walled tubular specimens of a wrought cobalt-base superalloy, Haynes 188. Test control and data acquisition were accomplished with a minicomputer. Fatigue lives of the in- and out-of-phase axial-torsional fatigue tests have been estimated with four different multiaxial fatigue life prediction models, a majority of which were developed primarily for predicting axial-torsional fatigue lives at room temperature. The models investigated were: (1) the von Mises equivalent strain range, (2) the modified multiaxiality factor approach, (3) the modified Smith-Watson-Topper parameter, and (4) the critical shear plane method of Fatemi, Socie, and Kurath. In general, life predictions by the von Mises equivalent strain range model were within a factor of 2 for a majority of the tests, and the predictions by the modified multiaxiality factor approach were within a factor of 2, while predictions of the modified Smith-Watson-Topper parameter and of the critical shear plane method of Fatemi, Socie, and Kurath were unconservative and conservative, respectively, by up to factors of 4. In some of the specimens tested under combined axial-torsional loading conditions, fatigue cracks initiated near extensometer indentations. Two design modifications have been proposed to the thin-walled tubular specimen to overcome this problem.
axial-torsional fatigue, elevated temperature, life prediction, multiaxiality, in-phase loading, out-of-phase loading, cobalt-base superalloy
Senior research engineer, Sverdrup Technology, Inc., NASA Lewis Research Center Group, Cleveland, OH
Research engineer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Vehicle Propulsion Directorate, NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH