Title page for ETD etd-09052009-041041

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Girardin, Benoit
URN etd-09052009-041041
Title Contact stress analysis and fatigue life prediction for a cam-roller follower system
Degree Master of Science
Department Engineering Science and Mechanics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Landgraf, Ronald W. Committee Chair
Eiss, Norman S. Jr. Committee Member
Loos, Alfred C. Committee Member
Meirovitch, Leonard Committee Member
  • fatigue life prediction
Date of Defense 1994-06-05
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An analytical treatment of the fatigue performance of a cam-roller followler system as influenced by residual stresses induced by grinding, is developed. An approach based on an extended Hertzian analysis is used to determine the 3-D contact stress fields, which are then combined by elastic superposition with the residual stress fields. These residual stresses were measured previously by the x-ray diffraction technique and represent a range of grinding protocols from mild to abusive.

The maximum cyclic component, generally occurring subsurface, is then identified in terms of an effective stress amplitude and mean which are used with a fatigue damage model to predict fatigue crack initiation. Results, pending experimental confirmation, appear reasonable and provide a useful basis for optimizing cam performance in terms of manufacturing and design parameters.

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