Fretting fatigue behavior of high-strength steel monostrands under bending load

Jan Winkler, Christos T. Georgakis, Gregor Fischer

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    In this paper, the fretting fatigue behavior of pretensioned high-strength steel monostrands is investigated. To measure the local deformations on the strands, a novel method based on the digital image correlation (DIC) technique was used to quantify the relative movement between individual wires along the
    length of the monostrand. Information about the monostrand bending stiffness and the extent of relative displacement between core and outer wires of a monostrand undergoing flexural deformations is provided. From the series of dynamic fatigue tests, a fretting fatigue spectrum is derived and compared with
    the localized bending fatigue spectrum. The presented spectra can be used for the estimation of monostrand bending fatigue life. The results presented herein form the basis for the development of a fretting failure criterion for monostrand cables experiencing transverse displacements and are of special interest
    for the fatigue analysis of modern stay cable assemblies where fretting constitutes a major mechanism of the fatigue life reduction.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Fatigue
    Pages (from-to)13-23
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • Steel monostrands
    • Fretting fatigue
    • Bending
    • Cyclic loading
    • Fatigue spectrum


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