Abstract

In recent years, a fatigue life law based on inelastic strain energy density as proposed by Morrow has been applied to solder materials. In this study, the effectiveness of the fatigue life law based on inelastic strain energy density was compared with the conventional law based on inelastic strain range.

First, the fatigue properties of Sn-Ag-Cu solder alloy were investigated by a torsional fatigue test with strain control. It was found that the stress–strain hysteresis loop arising from inelastic deformation occurred even under a low strain load with a fatigue life of about 1 million cycles. Therefore, as an extension of the low-cycle fatigue test, evaluation was performed using inelastic strain range and inelastic strain energy density. Experimental results show that when fatigue life was evaluated using inelastic strain energy density, a single power law was found over a wide range from the low-cycle region to the high-cycle region, and the validity of the fatigue life law based on inelastic strain energy density was confirmed.

Next, a simple prediction method for the fatigue life law based on inelastic strain energy density was examined, taking the physical background into account. Two material constants of the fatigue life law based on the inelastic strain energy density were estimated from the stress–strain curve for a monotonic load and shown to be close to the actual fatigue test results.

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