Matthias Merzkirch, Volker Schulze, Kay André Weidenmann:
In: International Journal of Fatigue 56 (2013) 60–68


In the field of lightweight construction for transportation means, hybrid structures composed of high-strength and low-density materials exhibit a high application potential. The current work shows that a spring steel wire reinforcement content of 11.1 vol.% leads to a significant increase in lifetime of the magnesium alloy AZ31 under stress controlled fatigue loading. Based on the knowledge of the quasi-static behaviour of the single components and the fatigue behaviour of the single matrix material and on the understanding of mechanisms and mechanics of constituent deformation and damage evolution a new model is deduced from the quantitative strain response in order to predict the lifetime for different unidirectionally reinforced material systems.