Proceedings of the 8th International Conference “Hot Sheet Metal Forming of High-Performance Steel (CHS2)
Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering: 400 (2022)
by S. Parareda (Eurecat); D. Gustafsson; P. Jonsén; J. Kajberg, E. Olson (Luleå University of Technology).
Effect from manufacturing processes on fatigue properties of high-strength thick steel sheets have gained increased attention the recent years, due to new demands on the heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) industry to reduce the carbon footprint. The aim of this study is to add knowledge of the effect of shear cutting clearance on the fatigue behaviour of complex phase CP800 thick steel sheets. In ad-dition, sandblasting and its effect on the fatigue properties are studied. Service loads are fluctuating loads acting on chassis component making fatigue an important failure mode. The fatigue strength usually follows the yield strength of the material and hence weight could in theory be saved by using steels of higher strength. However, in the presence of edge defects this relation does not necessarily hold, this leads to large safety factors of the design and under-utilization of the high-strength mate-rial. Thus, an increased knowledge about the effect from manufacturing processes on fatigue prop-erties is important for the quest to achieve weight reduction. This is particularly true for thick sheets which, to the best of our knowledge, are less investigated than their thinner counterparts, but of high importance for the HDV development.
In this paper, empirical results from fatigue testing of complex phase steel CP800, subjected to punching and trimming, are presented. Results for different cutting clearances are compared as well as the effect of sandblasting. A fast fatigue testing method called Rapid fatigue test based on stiffness evolution is utilized. The results show the improvement obtained by using sandblasting as well as illustrating the effect of different cutting clearances. These results can be used as a guidance for design and production of HDV components, where cutting clearance is set. Furthermore, the results can be used as an input for discussions whether the extra costs associated with sandblasting is mo-tivated or not for components made from high strength, thick steel sheets.