Low Cycle Fatigue of A356-T6 Cast Aluminum Alloy Wheels 881707
Axial strain-controlled low cycle fatigue behavior was obtained from smooth specimens machined from spokes of A356-T6 cast aluminum alloy wheels. Two different foundries cast the wheels. Three wheels were used from one production run at one foundry and two wheels were used from two different production runs at the other foundry. Specimens from the three wheels of the same production run had essentially the same monotonic tensile properties and low cycle fatigue resistance. Specimens from the two wheels of the different production runs had different monotonic tensile properties and different low cycle fatigue resistance. All these A356-T6 wheel specimens cyclic strain harden with hysteresis loops typically offset to the compression side by five percent or less. The usual log-log linear model for low cycle fatigue adequately described the low cycle fatigue behavior. The low cycle fatigue resistance of these specimens from commercial mass production wheels fell within the scatter band of the SAEFDE committee's round-robin A356-T6 cast aluminum alloy program involving materials W, X, Y, and Z.