SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2005

High Cycle Variable Amplitude Fatigue of a Nodular Cast Iron


This paper provides a brief summary of life prediction methods for variable amplitude fatigue. Special attention is given to cracks propagating from nominally defect free components in the high cycle regime where a significant portion of the fatigue damage can be attributed to cycles with amplitude less than the fatigue limit observed under constant amplitude loading. Constant and variable amplitude fatigue data for a nodular cast iron are presented. An effective stress method for variable amplitude loaded similar to the Topper model is developed. Most model parameters are derived from constant amplitude S-N curves and the Haigh diagram, but two sets of long life variable amplitude tests are needed to derive the variable amplitude interaction parameters.

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Marquis, GB
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland
Rabb, BR
Wärtsilä Technology, Vaasa, Finland
Karjalainen-Roikonen, P
VTT Industrial Systems, VTT (Espoo), Finland
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 215–231
DOI: 10.1520/STP11308S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5503-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-3479-9