This paper proposes an analysis of variable amplitude fatigue data obtained for the P355NL1 steel, using a strain-based cumulative damage model. The fatigue data consist of constant and variable amplitude block loading, which was applied to both smooth and notched specimens, previously published by the authors. The strain-based cumulative damage model, which has been proposed by D.L. DuQuesnay, is based on the growth and closure mechanisms of microcracks. It incorporates a parameter termed net effective strain range, which is a function of the microcrack closure behavior and inherent ability to resist fatigue damage. A simplified version of the model is considered, which assumes crack closure at the lowest level for the entire spectrum and does not account for varying crack opening stresses. In general, the model produces conservative predictions within an accuracy range of two on lives, for both smooth and notched geometries, demonstrating the robustness of the model.

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