Crack Initiation and Propagation Predictions for ManTen and RQC-100 Steel Keyhole Notched Specimens Tested by the Fatigue Design & Evaluation Committee of SAE
1 Crack initiation and propagation test data gathered during tests on Keyhole notched samples is used to evaluate a fatigue life prediction technique. Materials tested include a lower strength ManTen steel and a higher strength Boron steel, RQC-100, both tested with constant and variable amplitude histories. Initiation fatigue life is predicted using the usual method of plasticity correction at the notch followed by a Palmgren-Miner summation of damage with mean stress correction. The emphasis of the study is on simulating the crack propagation results. For that phase discretetize da/dN vs ΔK lines and thresholds for negative R ratios, are used specifically to help predict the propagation for one of the VA histories that had a significant negative mean. The open source crack propagation simulation program applies a material memory model to determine the crack advance on a reversal by reversal basis.