Long Life Axial Fatigue Strength Models for Ferrous Powder Metals 2018-01-1395
Two models are presented for the long life (107 cycles) axial fatigue strength of four ferrous powder metal material series: sintered and heat-treated iron-carbon steel, iron-copper and copper steel, iron-nickel and nickel steel and pre-alloyed steel. The materials are defined at ranges of carbon content and densities using the broad data available in the MPIF Standard 35 for powder metal structural parts. The first model evaluates 107 cycles axial fatigue strength as a function of ultimate strength, and the second model as a function of hardness. For all 118 studied materials, both models are found to have a good correlation between calculated and 107 cycles axial fatigue strength with a high Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.97. The paper provides details on the model development and the reasoning for selecting the ultimate strength and hardness as the best predictors for 107 cycles axial fatigue strength. The models can be used in structural and fatigue numerical analysis, and in product design and manufacturing.