The whole low-to-high cycle fatigue behavior of a pseudoelastic NiTi SMA was analyzed. Global and local strains measurements were carried out by an extensometer and digital image correlation. Significant differences were observed at the two scales, due to the localized nature of stress-induced transformations. Local mechanisms play a crucial role on fatigue damage and have a direct effect on the Z-shaped strain-life curves observed in previous works. The effective nature of this unusual behavior was revealed by systematic analysis of local strain. Finally, strain decomposition was made and data were analyzed by a recent modified Coffin-Manson approach.
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