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A comprehensive energy approach to predict fatigue life in CuAlBe shape memory alloy

Abstract : Stabilized dissipated energy is an effective parameter on the fatigue life of shape memory alloys (SMAs). In this study, a formula is proposed to directly evaluate the stabilized dissipated energy for different values of the maximum and minimum applied stresses, as well as the loading frequency, under cyclic tensile loadings. To this aim, a one-dimensional fully coupled thermomechanical constitutive model and a cycle-dependent phase diagram are employed to predict the uniaxial stress-strain response of an SMA in a specified cycle, including the stabilized one, with no need of obtaining the responses of the previous cycles. An enhanced phase diagram in which different slopes are defined for the start and finish of a backward transformation strip is also proposed to enable the capture of gradual transformations in a CuAlBe shape memory alloy. It is shown that the present approach is capable of reproducing the experimental responses of CuAlBe specimens under cyclic tensile loadings. An explicit formula is further presented to predict the fatigue life of CuAlBe as a function of the maximum and minimum applied stresses as well as the loading frequency. Fatigue tests are also carried out, and this formula is verified against the empirically predicted number of cycles for failure.
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Shima Sameallah, Vincent Legrand, Luc Saint-Sulpice, Mahmoud Kadkhodaei, Shabnam Arbab-Chirani. A comprehensive energy approach to predict fatigue life in CuAlBe shape memory alloy. Smart Materials and Structures, IOP Publishing, 2015, 24 (2), pp.025004. ⟨10.1088/0964-1726/24/2/025004⟩. ⟨hal-01286030⟩



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