Effects of shot peening on the torsional fatigue limit of high‐strength steel containing an artificial surface defect

Koji Takahashi (Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan)
Hideki Okada (NHK Spring Co. Ltd, Yokohama, Japan)
Kotoji Ando (Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan)

International Journal of Structural Integrity

ISSN: 1757-9864

Publication date: 24 August 2012

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to clarify the effects of shot peening (SP) on the torsional fatigue limit of high‐strength steel specimens containing an artificial small defect.

Design/methodology/approach

Specimens containing a drilled hole 0.1‐0.4 mm deep or a semi‐circular slit 0.15 or 0.3 mm deep were subjected to SP. Torsional fatigue tests were then carried out.

Findings

The torsional fatigue limits of specimens containing a drilled hole and those with a semi‐circular slit were increased 25‐64 per cent and 156‐186 per cent by SP, respectively. The torsional fatigue limits of the specimens subjected to SP and containing a drilled hole less than 0.1 mm in depth or a semi‐circular slit less than 0.15 mm in depth were almost equal to those of SP specimens without a defect. Based on these results, it can be concluded that a drilled hole less than 0.1 mm in depth and a semi‐circular slit less than 0.15 mm in depth could be rendered harmless by SP.

Practical implications

The proposed method can be applied to mechanical parts subjected to cyclic torsion, such as coil springs, crank shafts and drive shafts.

Originality/value

This is the first paper to investigate the torsional fatigue limits after SP in materials containing a surface defect. In this paper, the effect of SP on the torsional fatigue limit having a surface defect is investigated.

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Citation

Takahashi, K., Okada, H. and Ando, K. (2012), "Effects of shot peening on the torsional fatigue limit of high‐strength steel containing an artificial surface defect", International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 274-284. https://doi.org/10.1108/17579861211264389

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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