Influence of surface hardening on low cycle tension compression and bending characteristics
This paper analyses monotonic and low cycle tension compression and pure bending characteristics of specimens with electromechanically hardened surface. The performed experiments showed that under monotonic tension strength characteristics (σpl, σ0.2, σ u) are increasing and strain characteristics (eu, ψ) are decreasing. During cyclic stress limited tension compression at low loading levels both the width of plastic strain hysteresis loop and accumulated plastic strain are decreasing, therefore the lifetime is increasing. Under pure bending this tendencies persist, but in this case the lifetime at all loading levels is larger than the lifetime at tension compression.