Designing for the Effects of Corrosion on the Fatigue of Automotive Materials 2007-01-0389
With the renewed current interest in high strength steel and aluminum automotive body and chassis components it has again become important to properly assess the effects of corrosion on the fatigue behavior of structures. The present work summarizes the past work on fatigue and corrosion and presents new results on current automotive materials. The Neuber plasticity correction method, used throughout fatigue software of the ground vehicle industry to account for localized plastic behavior during fatigue, was found to give a very simple and useful technique for the computation of fatigue life of materials in corrosion environments. Data is offered for many common automotive structural materials and a method is given to adapt finite element calculations to compute corrosion fatigue life.