This paper discusses the mean strain effect on the crack initiation lives for notched specimens under biaxial nonproportional loading paths. Elastic-plastic finite element method was used to evaluate the local stresses and strains. Several prediction models related to the mean stress/strain effect were employed to correlate the experimental results with reference fatigue data for smooth specimens. It is found that Fatemi-Socie model gives good prediction for the present research with the assistance of finite element method. The stress behavior in this deflection-controlled tests is discussed in this study, and the failure surfaces are also examined after tests.

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