A Revised Approach for the Life Prediction of Metal Materials Fabricated by Additive Manufacturing
Keywords:damage mechanics, fatigue damage, life prediction, additive manufacturing, numerical simulation
In this work, a new fatigue damage model considering the additive manufacturing (AM) effects is established. We first present the elastoplastic constitutive model with the newly established fatigue damage model considering AM effects. The method to calibrate the material parameters is put forward, and the numerical solution of the theoretical model is implemented. Second, the fatigue lives of two AM metal materials are predicted, and the applicability of the theoretical model is verified by the test results. Finally, the influence of the volume energy density ratio on the fatigue life of AM metal materials is analyzed, and the results show that the volume energy density ratio has a great influence on the fatigue behavior of AM metal materials. When the ratio is less than 1.0, the fatigue life increases rapidly with the increase of the ratio. The fatigue life increases with the stress ratio when the volume density ratio keeps as a constant. The research work in this paper provides a feasible method to predict the fatigue life of AM metal materials by continuum damage mechanics in engineering.