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    A Bidimensional Finite Element Study of Crack Propagation in Austempered Ductile Iron

    Gustavo von Zeska de França, Roberto Luís de Assumpção, Marco Antonio Luersen*, Carlos Henrique da Silva

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.77, No.2, pp. 1411-1424, 2023, DOI:10.32604/cmc.2023.043811

    Abstract Austempered ductile iron (ADI) is composed of an ausferritic matrix with graphite nodules and has a wide range of applications because of its high mechanical strength, fatigue resistance, and wear resistance compared to other cast irons. The amount and size of the nodules can be controlled by the chemical composition and austenitizing temperature. As the nodules have lower stiffness than the matrix and can act as stress concentrators, they influence crack propagation. However, the crack propagation mechanism in ADI is not yet fully understood. In this study, we describe a numerical investigation of crack propagation in ADIs subjected to cyclic… More >

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    A Finite Element Study of the Influence of Graphite Nodule Characteristics on a Subsurface Crack in a Ductile Cast Iron Matrix under a Contact Load

    G. Suguinoshita1, C. H. Silva1, M. A. Luersen1, *

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.117, No.1, pp. 59-71, 2018, DOI:10.31614/cmes.2018.01777

    Abstract This paper describes a study of the effects of graphite nodule characteristics on a subsurface crack in austempered ductile iron (ADI). A representative specimen of ADI, subjected to sliding contact load, is modeled using finite elements aiming to obtain the shear stress intensity factor (KII). The parameters varied were (i) the nodule diameter (two different values were considered), (ii) the distance between the nodule and the tip of the crack and (iii) the position of the load relative to the tip of the crack. The results of the numerical simulations show that the smaller diameter nodule has a larger influence… More >

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