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Axial and Bending Fatigue Performance of Shallow-Carburized SAE 8615 Steel

The previous blog examined the performance of SAE 8615 simulated-carburized steel in monotonic tensile tests and compared its performance in axial and bending fatigue conditions. This blog will explore the performance of SAE 8615 steel with a shallow-carburized case depth … Continue reading

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Fatigue Properties of Modified Steels Carburized at High Temperatures

The objective of phase XI is to compare the performance of carburized steel in bending and axial fatigue loading conditions. Carburization is a surface heat treatment process which adds carbon to the surface of a material to increase its hardness … Continue reading

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Neuber Stress Plots

This article explains how a “Neuber Stress” is calculated from fatigue test data obtained from un-notched axially-loaded specimen. In the presence of a geometric stress concentration feature on a part, the fatigue life of that part is often under-predicted as … Continue reading

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Mechanical Properties versus Carburization Depth

In this article we will examine the relationship between ultimate tensile strength, fatigue strength, and elongation versus the depth of carburization. The data for this comparison was taken from several iterations discussed in previous articles and shown in Table 1. … Continue reading

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2017 Bar Fatigue Blog – Year in Review

During 2017 the SMDI Bar Steel Fatigue sub-committee continued work on numerous studies, test protocols, as requested by the committee members who represent key ground vehicle OEMs and suppliers. The committee continues to concentrate test efforts on those steel grades … Continue reading

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Carburized Case-Core Samples

In this article we will examine Iterations #62, #63 and #70. These are carburized samples with a case/core composite to simulate an actual carburized part. Until now, all of the carburized samples we have looked at have been through carburized … Continue reading

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Additional Data on the Effects of Cooling Rate on the Overload Fatigue Properties of Carburized Steels

In the previous post (Dec. 30, 2016), the effects of cooling rate on both constant amplitude and overload core fatigue properties of a carburized Ni-Cr-Mo alloy steel (4320) were compared.  As was noted, the study involved subjecting steel bars of … Continue reading

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Effect of Overloads on Fatigue Performance

Strain-life fatigue data are most often developed under conditions of steady state constant amplitude. This provides a means of comparing the fatigue performance of various combinations of steel grade and processing. Many components, however, often experience random “spike” loads, or … Continue reading

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Additional Effects of Sulfur on the Fatigue Properties of Low Alloy Steels

In the previous posting, it was shown that, as a result of the presence of elongated manganese sulfide inclusions, the fatigue properties of low alloy steels can exhibit directionally dependent behavior.  Fatigue properties obtained in a test direction transverse to … Continue reading

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Repeatability Study: SAE 4140 Steel

As part of the development of the Bar Steel Fatigue Database, AISI undertook a limited investigation to examine the amount of scatter that might be expected from fatigue data. Of particular concern was scatter that might result due to securing … Continue reading

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