Frequency-Dependent Cohesive Zone Models for Fatigue

S. Salih, K. Davey, Z. Zou

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This paper is concerned with a new cohesive zone model (CZM) to better describe the effects of rate and cyclic loading. Rate is known to affect the manner in which cracks propagate in materials, yet there presently exists no rate-dependent cohesive model for fatigue simulation. The frequency of the applied cyclic load is recognised to influence crack growth rates with crack growth significantly different at lower frequencies due to microstructural effects or other damage mechanisms such as creep or corrosion. A rate-dependent trapezoidal cohesive model is presented that has the ability to capture this behaviour and shows slower rates of crack propagation with higher loading frequencies. This is achieved by allowing the cohesive fracture energy to increase with frequency up to a specified limit. On unloading the cohesive model retains material separation, which accumulates with the number of loading cycles, leading to final failure. An experimental fatigue investigation is currently underway to validate the new cohesive model, which has been coded in a UMAT subroutine and implemented in ABAQUS.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012055
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2017
Event6th International Conference on Fracture Fatigue and Wear, FFW 2017 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 26 Jul 201727 Jul 2017


  • Cohesive zone model
  • Fatigue
  • Frequency effect
  • Rate effect
  • Rate-dependent CZM


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