An energy-based life prediction method is used in this study to determine the fatigue life of tension-compression loaded components in the very low cycle regime between 102 and 104. The theoretical model for the energy-based prediction method was developed from the concept that the strain energy accumulated during both monotonic failure and an entire fatigue process are equal; In other words, the scalar quantity of strain energy accumulated during monotonic failure is a physical damage quantity that correlates to fatigue as well. The energy-based method has been successfully applied to fatigue life prediction of components failing in the fatigue regime between 104 and 107 cycles. To assess Low Cycle Fatigue (LCF) with the prediction method, a clearer understanding of energy dissipation through heat, system vibration, damping, surface defects and acoustics were necessary. The first of these topics analyzed is heat. The analysis conducted studies the effect of heat generated during cyclic loading and heat loss from slipping at the interface of the grip wedges of the servo-hydraulic load frame and the test specimen. The reason for the latter is to address the notion that slippage in the experimental setup may be the cause of the reduction in the accuracy of the energy-based prediction method for LCF, which was seen in previous research. These analyses were conducted on Titanium 6Al-4V, where LCF experimental data for stress ratios R = −1 and R = −0.813 were compared with the energy-based life prediction method. The results show negligible effect on both total and cyclic energy from heat generation at the interface of the grip wedges and heat generation in the fatigue zone of the specimen.

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