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The investigation of artificial and natural defects on the fatigue strength of vacuum-assisted high pressure die cast AlSi9Cu3(Fe) aluminum alloy
  • Péter Szalva,
  • Imre Orbulov
Péter Szalva
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
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Imre Orbulov
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
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Abstract

AlSi9Cu3(Fe) vacuum-assisted high pressure die cast (VPDC) specimens were investigated by experimental fatigue test and fracture mechanics approach. The aims of the investigations were (i) to evaluate the fracture resistance and (ii) to indirectly determine the threshold stress intensity value (ΔKth) of casting alloy in uniaxial tension. The specimens were sorted into two groups: specimens with different size (0.01-0.40 mm2) natural defects, and specimens an additional artificial blind hole. The fatigue strength region was tested at R=-1 stress ratio to 107 number of cycles to fracture. The fracture mechanics approach was applied to study the behavior of the small cracks by Kitagawa diagram, the defect size was taken into account by the Murakami’s (√area) parameter. The fatigue strength values were 104.7 MPa for smooth specimen, 92.7 MPa for specimen with D0.3 artificial hole, and 87.2 MPa for specimen with D0.6 artificial hole at the prescribed cycles, respectively.