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Influence of load signal form and variable amplitude loading on the corrosion fatigue behaviour of aluminium alloys

: Bauer-Troßmann, Kathrin; Yu, Liuhao; Melz, Tobias; Oechsner, Matthias; Kaufmann, Heinz


Clark, G.:
Fatigue 2014, 11th International Fatigue Congress. Pt.1 : Selected, peer reviewed papers from the 11th International Fatigue Congress 2014, March 2-7, 2014, Melbourne, Australia
Durnten-Zurich: TTP, 2014 (Advanced materials research 891-892)
ISBN: 978-3-0383-5008-8
International Fatigue Congress <11, 2014, Melbourne>
Fraunhofer LBF ()
load signal form; amplitude loading; corrosion fatigue behavour; aluminium alloy

Aluminium alloys are used for a large variety of safety relevant applications for example in the automotive and aviation industries. With the introduction of high strength but possibly less corrosion resistant alloys it is essential to determine if an enhanced sensitisation against corrosion comes into effect under simultaneous mechanical and corrosive loading. Within this work corrosion fatigue tests under constant and variable amplitude loading were carried out on aluminium alloys established for chassis applications such as EN AW-5018 with slightly elevated magnesium content (AlMg3.5Mn), EN AW-6082-T6, EN AW-6110A-T6 and EN AC‑42100-T6 as well as alloys sensitised to corrosion. Sensitisation was obtained by a borderline (17 h at 130 °C) and an excessive (500 h at 130 °C) thermal ageing treatment and elevated copper contents for the forged and cast alloys. Aforementioned alloys and material conditions were assessed concerning the impact of mechanical loading conditions such as load signal type (sinusoidal and square-wave signal), strain rate and load spectra on the damaging process and on corrosion fatigue life. Fatigue tests were complemented by simultaneous determination of electrochemical characteristics as well as the type of corrosion by metallographic investigations.