Experiments on static and fatigue behaviour of corroded Q235B and 42CrMo steels

Hengyao Dang, Anrui Liang, Ran Feng, Jingzhou Zhang, Yongbo Shao, Michael C.H. Yam

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This paper studies the mechanical properties and low-cycle fatigue behaviour of corroded Q235B and 42CrMo steels. Tensile test and low-cycle fatigue test were conducted on the corroded specimens after the accelerated corrosion process in the 25 °C salt spray, 25 °C dry/wet cycle or 50 °C dry/wet cycle conditions. Based on the accelerated corrosion test, the corrosion rate and ratio of weight loss were calculated and their relationships with the exposure time were described by a time-dependent model. The tensile test results indicate that the 50 °C dry/wet cycle condition caused the most degradation on the strength and ductility of both Q235B and 42CrMo steels. The modified three-stage constitutive model is used to describe the stress-strain curve of specimens under different conditions and the key parameters in the model were obtained by regression analysis on the experimental data. The low-cycle fatigue test results demonstrate that the coupling effect of corrosion environment, such as chloride ion and higher temperature, and applied cyclic load can lead to decrease in the fatigue life of these two metallic materials. Comparisons between the test fatigue life and the design values demonstrate that the current design codes cannot provide accurate fatigue life predictions for the Q235B and 42CrMo steels in the salt spray and dry/wet cycle conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107535
JournalJournal of Constructional Steel Research
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


  • 42CrMo steel
  • Dry/wet cycle
  • Fracture morphology analysis
  • Low-cycle fatigue
  • Q235B steel
  • Salt spray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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