Ultrasonic fatigue testing system, Very high cycle fatigue test, VHCF
Testing machine with VHCF device
aluminium welded joint, very high cycle fatigue test, VHCF
VHCF test

Fatigue testing of metals - VHCF test

Universal testing machine Inspekt 20 kN with VHCF device

The growing demand for efficient lightweight construction in various fields of application demands the use of modern materials with ever increasing numbers of load cycles. Research and development, and especially testing technology, present a number of new challenges.

With conventional vibration testing technology, this area can no longer be investigated within a reasonable time frame. This is why a new ultrasonic method is used here. Using a frequency generator, sinusoidal high-frequency signals are generated and transformed by a piezoelectric transducer into a mechanical vibration which, in a conventional system, causes the specimen clamped on one side to vibrate at approx. 18 to 22 kHz at constant amplitude in the form of a symmetrical tensile compressive stress (R = -1). 

Experimental setup 

The external load frame inspekt table 5 from Hegewald & Peschke serves to accommodate the individual components of the ultrasonic system. The load frame has a total height of 420 mm and is driven by two backlash-free recirculating ball screws and an AC servo motor with a maximum force of 5 kN. With the help of this clamping and the preload generated by the frame, VHCF tests can also be carried out in the tensile threshold area. 

Procedure of the VHCF test

To investigate the fatigue strength of metals, the specimens are vibrated. With 1,000,000,000 load cycles, one speaks of a VHCF test (Very High Cycle Fatigue). This high number of load cycles is realized by a correspondingly high frequency of the test setup, so that the test duration is as short as possible. Such a test facility consists of three components:

  1. highly dynamic piezo drive for oscillations up to approx. 20,000 Hz 
  2. precision microscope on a ring raceway for optical evaluation of the sample 
  3. universal testing machine Inspekt table 20kN with 1600mm test space height for the generation of the static load

The universal testing machine Inspekt table 20 kN from Hegewald & Peschke GmbH meets the requirements with regard to positioning accuracy, static force application and the flexible attachment of customer-specific accessories (parts 1+2). Furthermore, the electronics of the universal testing machine can be individually controlled so that complex test sequences can run fully automatically.

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