SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1994

Yield, Plastic Flow, and Fatigue of an Orthotropic Material Under Biaxial Loadings


Yield, plastic flow, and low-cycle fatigue damage behavior of an orthotropic Al-6061-T6 plate were investigated. Anisotropic constitutive relations and multiaxial fatigue damage models of the material were obtained to predict its yield, plastic deformation, and low-cycle fatigue life under multiaxial loading conditions. Low-cycle fatigue tests were conducted along three orientations of the plate at room temperature under three loading conditions, uniaxial tension/compression, torsion, and combined tension/torsion in-phase, to verify the theoretical predictions. The theoretical yield functions and flow relations under combined tension/torsion loading condition agreed with experimental data reasonably well. Four multiaxial fatigue damage models were evaluated and used to predict the low-cycle fatigue life along the three orientations of the plate. A damage model based on the strain vector and an anisotropic shear cracking model gave better predictions than the effective strain and the plastic work models.

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Lin, H
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Nayeb-Hashemi, H
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 178–203
DOI: 10.1520/STP18125S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5263-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1989-5