It is well known that combination of multiaxial cyclic loading and geometrical discontinuities (such as notches and holes) frequently occurs in engineering practice, and different methods are available in the literature for multiaxial notch fatigue analysis. In such a context, a new analytical approach is here proposed in order to assess the fatigue lifetime of notched components. Such an approach consists in the joint application of (i) the multiaxial high-cycle fatigue criterion by Carpinteri et al. (formulated in terms of stresses on the critical plane) and (ii) the Critical Distance Theory by Taylor (in the form of the Line Method). In order to evaluate the accuracy of the proposed approach, experimental data, recently published in the literature and related to severely notched specimens under uniaxial and multiaxial fatigue loading, are examined, being the specimens made of Ti-6Al-4 V, material attracting significant interest by leading industries, such as the biomedical one.
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