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Master of Science


Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

First Advisor

Shankar Mall, PhD


The primary goal of this study was to find the effects on the fretting fatigue life when systematically holding the fretting fatigue variables, peak contact pressure, maximum/minimum nominal bulk stress, and the ratio of shear traction to pressure force constant while varying the contact semi-width through changes in pad radius and normal load. Experimental tests were performed on a test setup capable of independent pad displacement. Analytical and finite element simulations of the different experimental tests were performed. The local mechanistic parameters were inspected. Five different critical plane based fatigue predictive parameters lacked effectiveness in predicting changes in life with changes in contact width. The Ruiz parameter, and a modified version of the Ruiz parameter performed better than the five critical plane based parameters. Correlations between slip amplitude and fretting fatigue life were found. Tests experiencing infinite fatigue life, in contrast to the typical shortened fretting fatigue life, were experiencing the gross slip condition, which led to fretting wear instead of fretting fatigue.

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