A coupled multibody elastic–plastic finite element (FE) model was developed to investigate the effects of surface defects, such as dents on rolling contact fatigue (RCF). The coupled Voronoi FE model was used to determine the contact pressure acting over the surface defect, internal stresses, damage, etc. In order to determine the shape of a dent and material pile up during the over rolling process, a rigid indenter was pressed against an elastic plastic semi-infinite domain. Continuum damage mechanics (CDM) was used to account for material degradation during RCF. Using CDM, spall initiation and propagation in a line contact was modeled and investigated. A parametric study using the model was performed to examine the effects of dent sharpness, pile up ratio, and applied load on the spall formation and fatigue life. The spall patterns were found to be consistent with experimental observations from the open literature. Moreover, the results demonstrated that the dent shape and sharpness had a significant effect on pressure and thus fatigue life. Higher dent sharpness ratios significantly reduced the fatigue life.
A Coupled Multibody Finite Element Model for Investigating Effects of Surface Defects on Rolling Contact Fatigue
Contributed by the Tribology Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received July 26, 2018; final manuscript received December 3, 2018; published online January 22, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Wenzhong Wang.
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Golmohammadi, Z., and Sadeghi, F. (January 22, 2019). "A Coupled Multibody Finite Element Model for Investigating Effects of Surface Defects on Rolling Contact Fatigue." ASME. J. Tribol. April 2019; 141(4): 041402. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4042270
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