Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 475–491 | Cite as

Stress–strain time-dependent behavior of A356.0 aluminum alloy subjected to cyclic thermal and mechanical loadings

  • G. H. Farrahi
  • M. Ghodrati
  • M. Azadi
  • M. Rezvani Rad


This article presents the cyclic behavior of the A356.0 aluminum alloy under low-cycle fatigue (or isothermal) and thermo-mechanical fatigue loadings. Since the thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) test is time consuming and has high costs in comparison to low-cycle fatigue (LCF) tests, the purpose of this research is to use LCF test results to predict the TMF behavior of the material. A time-independent model, considering the combined nonlinear isotropic/kinematic hardening law, was used to predict the TMF behavior of the material. Material constants of this model were calibrated based on room-temperature and high-temperature low-cycle fatigue tests. The nonlinear isotropic/kinematic hardening law could accurately estimate the stress–strain hysteresis loop for the LCF condition; however, for the out-of-phase TMF, the condition could not predict properly the stress value due to the strain rate effect. Therefore, a two-layer visco-plastic model and also the Johnson–Cook law were applied to improve the estimation of the stress–strain hysteresis loop. Related finite element results based on the two-layer visco-plastic model demonstrated a good agreement with experimental TMF data of the A356.0 alloy.


Finite element simulation Stress–strain time-dependent behavior Aluminum–silicon–magnesium alloy Low-cycle fatigue Thermo-mechanical fatigue 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. H. Farrahi
    • 1
  • M. Ghodrati
    • 1
  • M. Azadi
    • 2
  • M. Rezvani Rad
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringSharif University of TechnologyTehranIran
  2. 2.Fatigue and Wear in Materials WorkgroupIrankhodro Powertrain Company (IPCO)TehranIran

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