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Experimental investigation of the damage characteristics of two cast aluminium alloys: Pt.III - Influence of the local microstructure and initial defect size on the fatigue properties

: Fischer, C.; Schweizer, C.


International journal of fatigue 152 (2021), Art. 106388
ISSN: 0142-1123
Bundesministerium fur Wirtschaft und Energie BMWi (Deutschland)
IGF; 18921N
Fraunhofer IWM ()
cast aluminium alloy; damage mechanisms; extreme value statistics; initial defect size; low cycle fatigue

In the present paper, the influence of locally varying microstructures in case of an AlSi12 cast aluminium alloy is investigated by means of extracting the test pieces from different removal positions and low cycle fatigue tests. The temperature-dependent damage mechanisms, the material specific defect types, sizes and their influence on the fatigue properties of two AlSi7 and AlSi12 cast aluminium alloys are studied. An extreme value statistics methodology is applied to predict maximum defect sizes expected in a critical surface volume from two-dimensional metallographic micrographs. A damage map for the AlSi12 cast aluminium alloy is presented explaining the influence of the temperature- and load-dependent damage mechanisms on the observed isothermal and thermomechanical lifetime behavior.