An anisotropic mesoscale model of fatigue failure in a titanium alloy containing duplex microstructure and hard alpha inclusions

DY Hu and JC Pan and JX Mao and XJ Guo and HB Ji and RQ Wang, MATERIALS & DESIGN, 193, 108844 (2020).

DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2020.108844

Fatigue life estimation on hard alpha inclusion induced failure in titanium alloy remains in long-term interest, due to the local stress distribution induced by the interaction between inclusion and surface as well as the scatter in randomly oriented grains. In this paper, an anisotropic mesoscale model is established to describe the fatigue failure of typical bi-phase titanium alloy with hard alpha inclusion. The stress-life criterion is formulated by dislocation stress field elaborated from anisotropic fracture mechanics, taking in random variables to represent the scatter in grain size and orientation. Parameters include microstructures characterized by microscope, dislocation slip properties evaluated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, and information of activated slip system via crystal plasticity finite element method (CPFEM) simulation. By using the data of specimens with and without inclusion, the proposed model exhibits excellent capability in fatigue life prediction for a wide range of stress ratio. This work draws insights on physics-based life prediction for inclusion induced fatigue failure. (c) 2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (

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