Fatigue life of fibrous metal matrix composites is limited by the distribution of fibre strengths, the fibre-matrix interfacial strength, and the fatigue resistance of the matrix. The aim of this work is to provide fatigue results for a beta titanium alloy over a range of temperatures and stresses that can be used as input for predicting fatigue life of a titanium matrix composite. Stress controlled tests having fatigue ratios between - 1 and -0.2 were conducted on a limited number of samples machined from unreinforced laminated Ti-15Mo-3Al-2.TNb-0.2Si (TLMETAL®21S) sheets to represent as closely as possible the in situ matrix material. Stress control was used to enable quantification of strain ratcheting for tensile mean stresses and a fast loading rate was used to minimize time-dependent (creep) deformation. Stress amplitude-life data at 20, 482 and 648 °C for fully reversed loading are well fit by a power law. Normalizing the stress amplitude with respect to the power law coefficient appears to account for the temperature dependence of the S-N curves. As the tests had large strains and lives were in the low-cycle fatigue range, strain range at the half-life was also correlated to life. For tensile mean stress cycling at 482 and 648 °C, the rate of strain ratcheting per cycle increased to failure; shakedown was not observed.
|Number of pages
|Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
|Published - Oct 1 2004
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Materials Science
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering