An analytical life prediction model for the crack propagation occurring in contact fatigue failure

M. T. Hanson, Leon M Keer

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Abstract

This analysis develops a three-dimensional analytical model for the crack propagation phase of the surface pitting failure process. An initiated pre-pitting crack is simulated as a semi-circular inclined planar surface crack in a half-space. The cyclic contact fatigue loading is approximated by a repetitious Hertzian line loading moving quasi-statically across the half-space surface with both normal and shear components. Three-dimensional fracture mechanics is utilized to determine the three modes of stress intensity factors around the crack front. A mixed mode fatigue crack growth law is employed to estimate both crack growth geometry and crack propagation life. Numerical results are presented for a 45 degree inclined crack and for the 20 to 30 degree shallow crack angle which is experimentally observed. Life estimates from the present calculations are in line with previous experimental measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-461
Number of pages11
JournalTribology Transactions
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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