A computationally efficient cohesive zone model for fatigue

Sarmed Salih, Keith Davey, Zhenmin Zou

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    Abstract A cohesive zone model has been developed for the simulation of both high and low cycle fatigue crack growth. The developed model provides an alternative approach that reflects the computational efficiency of the well-established envelop-load damage model yet can deliver the accuracy of the equally well-established loading-unloading hysteresis damage model. A feature included in the new cohesive zone model is a damage mechanism that accumulates as a result of cyclic plastic separation and material deterioration to capture a finite fatigue life. The accumulation of damage is reflected in the loading-unloading hysteresis curve, but additionally, the model incorporates a fast-track feature. This is achieved by ?freezing in? a particular damage state for one loading cycle over a predefined number of cycles. The new model is used to simulate mode I fatigue crack growth in austenitic stainless steel 304 at significant reduction in the computational cost.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)518-532
    Number of pages15
    JournalFatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
    Issue number2
    Early online date24 Sept 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • UMAT subroutine
    • cohesive model
    • fatigue crack growth modelling


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