Measurement and modelling of the fatigue life of rubber mounts for an automotive powertrain at high temperatures

A fatigue experiment is carried out on filled natural rubber specimens with two different Shore hardnesses (45 and 50) and three different temperatures (23?°C, 60?°C and 90?°C) under uniaxial tension loads. The measured fatigue life data obtained under different displacement loads are used to formulate fatigue life prediction models corresponding to different operating temperatures for the two hardnesses using the peak engineering strain as the damage parameter. The influences of the temperature, the stress softening at high temperatures and the hardness on the fatigue life of rubbers are measured and discussed. The proposed models are used to predict the fatigue life of a rubber mount for a powertrain mounting system. The validity of the prediction model is demonstrated by comparisons with the measured fatigue life data of the rubber mount at 90?°C. A method for determining the damage parameters required for predicting the fatigue life is presented on the basis of the finite element model of the rubber mount. The Mooney–Rivlin constitutive constants of the hyperelastic rubber material are identified on the basis of the measured data on the specimens. Comparisons of the measured and the estimated fatigue lives of the rubber mount at 90?°C revealed reasonably good agreement. The ratio of the predicted fatigue life to the measured fatigue life was within a factor of 2 under the range of loading conditions considered.


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  • Accession Number: 01602969
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2016 11:55AM