Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 6, Issue 10, pp 511–518 | Cite as

Effect of vibration on the creep of tensile-test specimens of the aluminum alloy Al−Mg−Si (PA-4)

Purpose of investigation described in this paper was to study the effect of superimposed harmonic vibrations on the creep of tensile-test specimens under uniaxial tension
  • A. Jakewluk
  • S. Ziemba


In this work are presented the results of research on vibrational creep at normal temperature of an aluminum alloy containing magnesium and silicon (designated PA-4). A uni-directional positive load is applied to a tensile-test specimen, such that the stress intensity in the specimen is of the type\(\sigma (t) = \sigma _m (1 + Asin\omega t)\) whereσ m is the mean (static) stress intensity andA =σ a /σ m is the ratio of the vibratory-stress intensity to the mean intensity. The results are given in the form of families of curves of plastic (i.e., permanent) deformation for various values ofA, namely,A=0.0000, 0.0065, 0.05500, 0.1000 and 0.2000.

Taking the creep limit for plastic strain as ε p = 1.8 percent, equations for this creep limit were deduced from experimental data.

The following conclusions are drawn from these investigations:
  1. 1.

    Vibrations of small-stress-amplitude ratioA encourage creep, particularly with more lengthy tests.

  2. 2.

    For medium depths of vibration (i.e., medium-stress-amplitude ratios)A, the primary factor affecting the creep limit appears to be the meanstress intensity,σ m .

  3. 3.

    For large depths of vibrationA, creep is concentrated in the first 2000 to 3000 cycles. In this process a primary role is played by the maximum stress intensity.



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distance from beam pivot to specimen end of beam (Fig. 1), cm


percent reduction of specimen area at 0.2 percent elongation under static load


σ a /σ m = ratio of vibratory axial-tensile stress intensity to mean axial stress intensity in test specimen=the stress-amplitude ratio


distance from beam pivot to statically loaded end of beam (Fig. 1), cm


a(k/I red )1/2=reduced value ofb, sec−1


amplitude ofz (Fig. 1), cm


percent reduction of specimen at fracture under static load


hardness, Rockwell B scale


reduced (effective) moment of inertia of pivoted beam with attached preloading massm, obtained experimentally by natural frequency measurements (Fig. 1), kg-cm-sec2


stiffness of spring applying load to the test specimen (Fig. 1), kg/cm


a2k=effective torsional stiffness of springk for angular oscillations of pivoted beam, kg-cm


mass applied to free end of pivoted beam to statically preload tensile specimen at opposite end (Fig. 1), kg


S·a=harmonic moment about beam pivot due to harmonic excitation of tensile-test specimen


kB-amplitude of the harmonic force applied to the specimen, kg


a particular alloy of aluminum, magnesium and silicon yielding pronounced rheological properties at room temperature (see text for its composition)


kBa/I red , sec−2


σmin/σmax ratio of minimum stress intensity to maximum stress intensity in the vibratory loaded specimen


stress intensity in specimen material at 0.02 percent elongation under static load, kg/cm2


stress intensity in specimen at 0.2 percent elongation under static load, kg/cm2


stress intensity in specimen at rupture (ultimate strength), kg/cm2


(x−z)k=instantaneous value of the harmonic load acting on the tensile-test specimen, kg


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Jakewluk
    • 1
  • S. Ziemba
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Machines TheoryPolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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