Numerical Fatigue Analysis of Induction-Hardened and Mechanically Post-Treated Steel Components

Martin Leitner, Roman Aigner, Florian Grün

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This paper presents a numerical simulation chain covering induction hardening (IH), superimposed stroke peening (StrP) as mechanical post-treatment, and a final fatigue assessment considering local material properties. Focusing on a notched round specimen as representative for engineering components, firstly, the electro-magnetic-thermal simulation of the inductive heating is performed with the software Comsol®. Secondly, the thermo-metallurgical-mechanical analysis of the hardening process is conducted by means of a user-defined interface, utilizing the software Sysweld®. Thirdly, mechanical post-treatment is numerically simulated by Abaqus®. Finally, a strain-based approach considering the evaluated local material properties is applied, which reveals sound accordance to the fatigue tests results, exhibiting a minor conservative deviation of only up to two per cent, which validates the applicability of the presented numerical fatigue approach
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Fatigue Design - Senlis, France
Duration: 29 Nov 201730 Nov 2017


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