Published in Computational Materials Science Vol. 32 (2), pp. 175-195, 2005
In this paper, a thermo-mechanical constitutive model for the predictions of fatigue in structures using the finite element method is formulated. The model is based on the damage mechanics of the continuous medium and allows the treatment in a unified way of coupled phenomena such as fatigue with damage, plasticity, viscosity and temperature effects. Basically it is gotten sensitive models to cyclic loads starting from classical non-linear constitutive formulations incorporating the special variable influenced by the characteristics of the cyclic load.
A formulation based on the theories of damage and plasticity is developed. The necessary modifications of these theories are outlined in order to include the fatigue phenomena. A brief description of the finite element implementation is given.
Finally, results of the performance of the proposed model are shown through the simple fatigue test and the fatigue analysis of an aluminium engine alternator support.