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  1. PROBABILISTIC METHODOLOGY OF LOW CYCLE FATIGUE ANALYSIS

    Jin Hui; Wang Jinnuo; Wang Libin

    2003-01-01

    The cyclic stress-strain responses (CSSR), Neuber's rule (NR) and cyclic strain-life relation (CSLR) are treated as probabilistic curves in local stress and strain method of low cycle fatigue analy sis. The randomness of loading and the theory of fatigue damage accumulation (TOFDA) are consid ered. The probabilistic analysis of local stress, local strain and fatigue life are constructed based on the first-order Taylor's series expansions. Through this method proposed fatigue reliability analysis can be accomplished.

  2. High-cycle fatigue / low-cycle fatigue interactions in Ti-6Al-4V

    Knipling, Keith Edward

    2002-01-01

    The largest single cause of failure in fan and compressor components in the cold frontal sections of commercial and military gas turbine engines has been attributed to high cycle fatigue (HCF). Additionally, both high-cycle fatigue (HCF) and low-cycle fatigue (LCF) loadings are widely recognized as unavoidable during operation of these components and because the classic Linear Damage Rule (LDR) neglects to account for the synergistic interaction between these damage contributors, dangerous o...

  3. Low cycle fatigue problem in RAPP fuel

    In a nuclear power plant, the fuel sheath is subjected to power cycling during start-up and shut-down, and also during normal operation. Power reactors operating in relatively small electrical grids, as for example RAPS-1 are prone to large number of such power cycles. RAPS fuel sheath being of the collapsible design is subjected to high initial plastic strains. These environmental conditions pose serious low cycle fatigue problem in RAPS fuel operations. The limitations on fuel life due to low cycle fatigue are described. The low cycle fatigue behaviour of zircaloy under normal and irradiation is discussed. UO2 expansion model used for calculating plastic strains is also described. (author)

  4. High cycle fatigue properties of inconel 690

    Inconel 690 is presently used as sleeve material and a replacement alloy in degraded steam generators, as well as the material for new steam generators. But Inconel 690 has low thermal conductivity which are 3-8% less than that of Inconel 600 at operating temperature. For the same power output, conduction area must be increased. As a result, more fluid induced vibration can cause a fatigue damage of Inconel 690. High cycle fatigue ruptures occurred in the U-bend regions of North Anna Unit 1 and Mihama Unit 2 steam generators. At this study, the effect of temperature on fatigue crack growth rate in Inconel 690 steam generator tube was investigated at various temperature in air environment. With increasing temperature, fatigue crack growth rate increased and grain size effect decreased. Chromium carbides which have large size and semi-continuous distribution in the grain boundaries decreased fatigue crack growth rate

  5. Modified low-cycle fatigue (LCF) test

    M. Maj; A. Klasik; K. Pietrzak; D. Rudnik

    2015-01-01

    The fatigue test results obtained by the common low-cycle fatigue test (LCF) and its modified MLCF counterpart were presented. A satisfactory agreement of results was achieved for the two selected materials. With the MLCF method it is possible to examine from ten to twenty parameters using one single sample only. These parameters characterise the tested material in terms of its mechanical properties under the conditions of mechanical loads. Simultaneously, the study shows the implementation o...

  6. Low cycle fatigue: high cycle fatigue damage accumulation in a 304L austenitic stainless steel

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the consequences of a Low Cycle Fatigue pre-damage on the subsequent fatigue limit of a 304L stainless steel. The effects of hardening and severe roughness (grinding) have also been investigated. In a first set of tests, the evolution of the surface damage induced by the different LCF pre-cycling was characterized. This has permitted to identify mechanisms and kinetics of damage in the plastic domain for different surface conditions. Then, pre-damaged samples were tested in the High Cycle Fatigue domain in order to establish the fatigue limits associated with each level of pre-damage. Results evidence that, in the case of polished samples, an important number of cycles is required to initiate surface cracks ant then to affect the fatigue limit of the material but, in the case of ground samples, a few number of cycles is sufficient to initiate cracks and to critically decrease the fatigue limit. The fatigue limit of pre-damaged samples can be estimated using the stress intensity factor threshold. Moreover, this detrimental effect of severe surface conditions is enhanced when fatigue tests are performed under a positive mean stress (author)

  7. Combined Cycle Fatigue Investigation Based on Energy Principle

    Kalynenko Mykyta

    2016-01-01

    We present a modified energy-principle based model of fatigue damage accumulation in high temperature alloys usually used in gas turbine engine under combined high cycle fatigue and low cycle fatigue (LCF/HCF) loading conditions. Our model is based on the energy principle which includes a modified approximation formula that describes fatigue crack origin depending on the relative amplitude of stress intensity in the ranges of both high- and low-cycle fatigue under non-isothermal loading. Func...

  8. Low cycle fatigue on crack initiation life basis

    A review is given of the following subjects: A proposed formula, from which the strain cycling fatigue strength can be estimated, on the basis of crack initiation life, from static tensile strength and reduction in area. Relation between crack initiation life and failure life. Distribution of strain cycling fatigue life. Cyclic characteristics of notch root strain and the interrelation between fatigue life of a notched plate subjected to load cycling and fatigue life of an hour-glass shaped specimen subjected to strain cycling. Effect of angular distribution and misalignment in a butt-welded joint on load-controlled low cycle fatigue strength. Fatigue strength ratio of bending to axial strain cycling. Low cycle bending fatigue strength of the fillet welded joint. Fatigue strength of welded tubular conncetions in offshore structures. Creep-fatigue interaction problems for stainless steels. Material constants in the simplified elastic-plastic analysis in ASME Sec. III. (orig.) 891 RW/orig. 892 RKD

  9. Very high cycle fatigue of high performance steels

    Kazymyrovych, Vitaliy

    2008-01-01

    Many engineering components reach a finite fatigue life well above 109 load cycles. Some examples of such components are found in airplanes, automobiles or high speed trains. For some materials the fatigue failures have lately been found to occur well after 107 load cycles, namely in the Very High Cycle Fatigue (VHCF) range. This finding contradicted the established concept of fatigue limit for these materials, which postulates that having sustained 107 load cycles the material is capable of ...

  10. High cycle fatigue characteristics of 2124-T851 aluminum alloy

    LI Xue; YIN Zhimin; NIE Bo; ZHONG Li; PAN Qinglin; JIANG Feng

    2007-01-01

    The fatigue crack growth rate, fracture toughness and fatigue S-N curve of 2124-T851 aluminum alloy at high cycle fatigue condition were measured and fatigue fracture process and fractography were studied using optical microscopy (OM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique, trans-mission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that at room tempera-ture and R = 0.1 conditions, the characteristics of fatigue fracture could be observed. Under those conditions, the fatigue strength and the fracture toughness of a 2124-T851 thick plate is 243 MPa and 29.64 MPa·m1/2,respectively.At high cycle fatigue condition, the higher the stress amplitude,the wider the space between fatigue striations, the faster the rate of fatigue crack developing and going into the intermittent fracture area, and the greater the ratio between the intermittent fracture area and the whole fracture area.

  11. HIGH CYCLE FATIGUE PROPERTIES OF NICKEL-BASE ALLOY 718

    K.Kobayashi; K.Yamaguchi; M.Hayakawa; M.Kimura

    2004-01-01

    The fatigue properties of nickel-base Alloy 718 with fine- and grain-coarse grains were investigated. In the fine-grain alloy, the fatigue strength normalized by the tensile strengtn was 0.51 at 107 cycles. In contrast, the fatigue strength of the coarse-grain alloy was 0.32 at the same cycles, although the fatigue strengths in the range from 103to 105 cycles are the same for both alloys. The fracture appearances fatigued at around 106 cycles showed internal fractures originating from the flat facets of austenite grains for both alloys. The difference in fatigue strength at 107 cycles between the fine- and coarse-grain alloys could be explained in terms of the sizes of the facets from which the fractures originated.

  12. Low cycle thermal fatigue testing of beryllium

    A novel technique has been used to test the relative low cycle thermal fatigue resistance of different grades of US and Russian beryllium, which is proposed as plasma facing armor for fusion reactor first wall, limiter and divertor components. The 30 kW electron beam test system at Sandia National Laboratories was used to sweep the beam spot along one direction at 1 Hz. This produces a localized temperature ''spike'' of 750 C for each pass of the beam. Large thermal stresses in excess of the yield strength are generated, due to very high spot heat flux, 25 MWm-2. Cyclic plastic strains on the order of 0.6% produced visible cracking on the heated surface in less than 3000 cycles. An in-vacuo fiber optic borescope was used to visually inspect the beryllium surfaces for crack initiation. Grades of US beryllium tested included: S-65C, S-65H, S-200F, S200F-H, SR-200, I-400, extruded high purity, HIP'd spherical powder, porous beryllium (94 and 98% dense), Be/30%, BeO, Be/60% BeO, and TiBe12. Russian grades included: TPG-56, TShGT, DShG-200, and TSHG-56. Both thenumber of cycles tocrack initiation and the depth of crack propagation, were measured. The most fatigue resistant grades were S-65C, DShG-200, TShGT and TShG-56. Rolled sheet Be (SR-200) showed excellent crack propagation resistance in the plane of rolling, despite early formation of delamination cracks. Only one sample showed no evidence of surface melting, Extruded (T). Metallographic and chemical analyses are provided. Good agreement was found between the measured depth of cracks and a 2-D elastic-plastic finite element stress analysis. (orig.)

  13. High temperature low cycle biaxial fatigue of two steels

    Biaxial low cycle fatigue tests at various temperatures and strain rates were performed on 1% Cr-Mo-V steel and AISI 316 stainless steel under combined torsional and axial loads. A correlation for fatigue strength has been derived, and it is also shown that if the Gough ellipse quadrant criterion is rephrased in terms of strain amplitudes, it may be used as a safe design rule for ductile metals in both the low and high cycle fatigue regimes. (author)

  14. A Very High-Cycle Fatigue Test and Fatigue Properties of TC17 Titanium Alloy

    Jiao, Shengbo; Gao, Chao; Cheng, Li; Li, Xiaowei; Feng, Yu

    2016-03-01

    The present work studied the very high-cycle fatigue (VHCF) test and fatigue properties of TC17 titanium alloy. The specimens for bending vibration were designed using the finite element method and the VHCF tests were conducted by using the ultrasonic fatigue testing system. The results indicated that there is no the fatigue limit for TC17 titanium alloy, and the S-N curve shows a continuously descending trend. The fatigue crack initiates at the specimen surface within the range of VHCF and the VHCF lives follow the log-normal distribution more closely.

  15. Understandiong of low cycle fatigue behaviour of ODS steels

    Kuběna, Ivo; Kruml, Tomáš

    Berlín: DMV, 2013, s. 439-444. ISBN 978-3-9814516-2-7. [LCF7 - International Conference on Low Cycle Fatigue /7./. Aachen (DE), 09.09.2013-11.09.2013] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0068; GA ČR(CZ) GP13-28685P Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : crack nucleation * fatigue life prediction * low cycle fatigue * ODS steels * surface relief evolution Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  16. Influence Of Surface Roughness On Ultra-High-Cycle Fatigue Of Aisi 4140 Steel.

    Daniel Januário Cordeiro Gomes.; Ernani Sales Palma

    2015-01-01

    Low and high-cycle fatigue life regimes are well studied and are relatively well understood. However, recent fatigue studies on steels have shown that fatigue failures can occur at low amplitudes even below the conventional fatigue limit in the ultra-high-cycle fatigue range (life higher than 107 cycles). Fatigue life in the regime of 106 to 108 cycles-to-failure in terms of the influence of manufacturing processes on fatigue strength is examined. Specifically, the influe...

  17. Microstructural study of multiaxial low cycle fatigue

    Masao Sakane

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the relationship between the stress response and the microstructure under tension-torsion multiaxial proportional and nonproportional loadings. Firstly, this paper discusses the material dependency of additional hardening of FCC materials in relation with the stacking fault energy of the materials. The FCC materials studied were Type 304 stainless steel, pure copper, pure nickel, pure aluminum and 6061 aluminum alloy. The material with lower stacking fault energy showed stronger additional hardening, which was discussed in relation with slip morphology and dislocation structures. This paper, next, discusses dislocation structures of Type 304 stainless steel under proportional and nonproportional loadings at high temperature. The relationship between the microstructure and the hardening behavior whether isotropic or anisotropic was discussed. The re-arrangeability of dislocation structure was discussed in loading mode change tests. Microstructures of the steel was discussed in more extensively programmed multiaxial low cycle fatigue tests at room temperature, where three microstructures, dislocation bundle, stacking fault and cells, which were discussed in relation with the stress response. Finally, temperature dependence of the microstructure was discussed under proportional and nonproportional loadings, by comparing the microstructures observed at room and high temperatures.

  18. Thermal-mechanical low-cycle fatigue under creep-fatigue interaction on type 304 stainless steel

    Thermal-mechanical low-cycle fatigue tests as well as isothermal low-cycle fatigue tests were carried out on Type 304 stainless steels in order to investigate the fatigue failure properties under creep-fatigue interactions from the viewpoint of correlations between the failure life, and mode. Also an attempt was made to apply the strain rate partitioning method to thermal fatigue life prediction. The results are presented and discussed. (author)

  19. Low cycle fatigue and creep fatigue behavior of alloy 617 at high temperature

    Alloy 617 is the leading candidate material for an intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) application of the very high temperature nuclear reactor (VHTR), expected to have an outlet temperature as high as 950 C. Acceptance of Alloy 617 in Section III of the ASME Code for nuclear construction requires a detailed understanding of the creep-fatigue behavior. Initial creep-fatigue work on Alloy 617 suggests a more dominant role of environment with increasing temperature and/or hold times evidenced through changes in creep-fatigue crack growth mechanisms and failure life. Continuous cycle fatigue and creep-fatigue testing of Alloy 617 was conducted at 950 C and 0.3% and 0.6% total strain in air to simulate damage modes expected in a VHTR application. Continuous cycle fatigue specimens exhibited transgranular cracking. Intergranular cracking was observed in the creep-fatigue specimens and the addition of a hold time at peak tensile strain degraded the cycle life. This suggests that creep-fatigue interaction occurs and that the environment may be partially responsible for accelerating failure. (authors)

  20. Combined Cycle Fatigue Investigation Based on Energy Principle

    Kalynenko Mykyta

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a modified energy-principle based model of fatigue damage accumulation in high temperature alloys usually used in gas turbine engine under combined high cycle fatigue and low cycle fatigue (LCF/HCF loading conditions. Our model is based on the energy principle which includes a modified approximation formula that describes fatigue crack origin depending on the relative amplitude of stress intensity in the ranges of both high- and low-cycle fatigue under non-isothermal loading. Functional dependence that presents the influence of HCF mechanisms on a fatigue life of our structural material is gradual and it has not breaks of the curve that yields a possibility to rewrite the equation of the S-N curve with taking into account combined cycle fatigue loading. We used the same number of parameters as the initial model. Note, that new parameter interpretation gives clear physical picture. The proposed model is verified by comparing the computed results with the experimental data for one high temperature alloy GH4133.

  1. Low cycle fatigue behavior of thermo-mechanically treated rebar

    Highlights: • Strain and stress controlled low cycle fatigue behavior of TMT rebar. • Decrease in the cyclic yield stress is responsible for cyclic softening of TMT rebar. • Fatigue crack initiates form the transverse rib root and propagate along the same region. • Stress concentration and high stress triaxiality observed at the root of the transverse rib. - Abstract: The strain and stress controlled low cycle fatigue behavior of thermo-mechanically treated rebar are examined in this current work at room temperature. Severe cyclic softening is observed in all applied strain amplitudes during strain controlled low cycle fatigue. Cyclic softening deteriorates the seismic resistance property of the rebar. Decrease in the cyclic yield stress (linear portion of the hysteresis loop) is responsible for cyclic softening. Cyclic softening results progressive opening up the hysteresis loop during stress controlled low cycle fatigue. It is experimentally observed that irrespective of control mode (stress/strain) and loading conditions, fatigue crack initiates form the transverse rib root and propagate along the same region. Finite element simulation result reveal that stress concentration takes place at the root of the transverse rib and stress triaxiality become higher in the same region. Tensile strain accumulation at the transverse rib root is detected in simulation. Simulation result explains the experimental fact that fatigue crack initiate and propagate along the transverse rib root

  2. Influence Of Surface Roughness On Ultra-High-Cycle Fatigue Of Aisi 4140 Steel.

    Daniel Januário Cordeiro Gomes

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Low and high-cycle fatigue life regimes are well studied and are relatively well understood. However, recent fatigue studies on steels have shown that fatigue failures can occur at low amplitudes even below the conventional fatigue limit in the ultra-high-cycle fatigue range (life higher than 107 cycles. Fatigue life in the regime of 106 to 108 cycles-to-failure in terms of the influence of manufacturing processes on fatigue strength is examined. Specifically, the influence of surface roughness of turned surfaces of AISI 4140 steel specimens on fatigue strength in the giga cycle or ultra-high-cycle fatigue range is evaluated. The fatigue experiments were carried out at room temperature, with zero mean stress, on a rotating-bending fatigue testing machine of the constant bending moment type. The fatigue strength of the specimens were determined using the staircase (or up-and-down method.

  3. Low cycle fatigue behaviour of ODS steels for nuclear application

    Kuběna, Ivo; Kruml, Tomáš; Fournier, B.; Polák, Jaroslav

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 465, - (2011), s. 556-559. ISSN 1013-9826 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/09/1954; GA ČR GA101/09/0867 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : Generation IV nuclear reactors * fusion energy * ODS steels * low cycle fatigue * cyclic softening Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  4. Competition between microstructure and defect in multiaxial high cycle fatigue

    F. Morel

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This study aims at providing a better understanding of the effects of both microstructure and defect on the high cycle fatigue behavior of metallic alloys using finite element simulations of polycrystalline aggregates. It is well known that the microstructure strongly affects the average fatigue strength and when the cyclic stress level is close to the fatigue limit, it is often seen as the main source of the huge scatter generally observed in this fatigue regime. The presence of geometrical defects in a material can also strongly alter the fatigue behavior. Nonetheless, when the defect size is small enough, i.e. under a critical value, the fatigue strength is no more affected by the defect. The so-called Kitagawa effect can be interpreted as a competition between the crack initiation mechanisms governed either by the microstructure or by the defect. Surprisingly, only few studies have been done to date to explain the Kitagawa effect from the point of view of this competition, even though this effect has been extensively investigated in the literature. The primary focus of this paper is hence on the use of both FE simulations and explicit descriptions of the microstructure to get insight into how the competition between defect and microstructure operates in HCF. In order to account for the variability of the microstructure in the predictions of the macroscopic fatigue limits, several configurations of crystalline orientations, crystal aggregates and defects are studied. The results of each individual FE simulation are used to assess the response at the macroscopic scale thanks to a probabilistic fatigue criterion proposed by the authors in previous works. The ability of this criterion to predict the influence of defects on the average and the scatter of macroscopic fatigue limits is evaluated. In this paper, particular emphasis is also placed on the effect of different loading modes (pure tension, pure torsion and combined tension and torsion on

  5. Low-cycle fatigue of type 316 stainless steel

    Creep tests, temperature and pressure transient tests, and low-cycle temperature and/or pressure tests were conducted on irradiated and unirradiated type 316 stainless steel. The resulting failure data were combined by means of cumulative damage formulism and the Larson-Miller Parameter (LMP) to establish a unified failure criterion. The LMP constants that characterize the material failure were found to be a strong function of the irradiation environment. Little or no fatigue effects were noted, and the low-cycle fatigue failures could be predicted entirely from creep test results. (author)

  6. High-cycle Fatigue Fracture Behavior of Ultrahigh Strength Steels

    Weijun HUI; Yihong NIE; Han DONG; Yuqing WENG; Chunxu WANG

    2008-01-01

    The fatigue fracture behavior of four ultrahigh strength steels with different melting processes and therefore different inclusion sizes were studied by using a rotating bar two-point bending fatigue machine in the high-cycle regime up to 107 cycles of loading. The fracture surfaces were observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). It was found that the size of inclusion has significant effect on the fatigue behavior.For AISI 4340 steel in which the inclusion size is smaller than 5.5 μm, all the fatigue cracks except one did not initiated from inclusion but from specimen surface and conventional S-N curve exists. For 65Si2MnWE and Aermet 100 steels in which the average inclusion sizes are 12.2 and 14.9 μm, respectively, fatigue cracks initiated from inclusions at lower stress amplitudes and stepwise S-N curves were observed. The S-N curvedisplays a continuous decline and fatigue failures originated from large oxide inclusion for 60Si2CrVA steel in which the average inclusion size is 44.4 μm. In the case of internal inclusion-induced fractures at cycles beyond about 1×106 for 65Si2MnWE and 60Si2CrVA steels, inclusion was always found inside the fish-eye and a granular bright facet (GBF) was observed in the vicinity around the inclusion. The GBF sizes increasewith increasing the number of cycles to failure Nf in the long-life regime. The values of stress intensity factor range at crack initiation site for the GBF are almost constant with Nf, and are almost equal to that for the surface inclusion and the internal inclusion at cycles lower than about 1×106. Neither fish-eye nor GBF was observed for Aermet 100 steel in the present study.

  7. The effect of low cycle fatigue cracks and loading history on high cycle fatigue threshold

    Moshier, Monty Allen

    High cycle fatigue (HCF) has been of great concern of late in light of the many HCF gas turbine engine failures experienced by the U.S. Air Force. Due to the high frequency, failures occur rapidly when components sustain damage from other sources. Low cycle fatigue (LCF) can initiate cracks that produce such damage. This study investigates the HCF threshold of Ti-6A1-4V when naturally initiated small surface cracks (2a = 25 mum--600 mum) are present. Small surface cracks are initiated in notched specimens using two different LCF loading histories at room temperature and 10 Hz. Direct current potential difference (DCPD) is used to detect crack initiation. Surface crack measurements are made using a scanning electron microscope prior to HCF testing. Heat tinting prior to HCF testing is used to mark the crack front to allow for post fracture crack measurements. HCF thresholds at R = 0.1 and R = 0.5 are determined for each specimen using step loading at room temperature and 600 Hz. Additionally, the HCF threshold is measured at R = 0.1 for specimens with small cracks that have been stress relief annealed to eliminate residual stresses and load history. Long crack thresholds are determined using a similar step loading procedure at R = 0.1 and R = 0.5 for specimens which have been precracked using a range of Kmax. Long crack threshold measurements are also determined for specimens which have been precracked using a range of Kmax, but stress relief annealed prior to testing. Comparisons show that HCF threshold measurements, when naturally initiated small cracks are present, are dependent on the load histories that are used to initiate the cracks. Further comparisons show that the measured small crack thresholds follow similar trends for load history effects which occur in the long crack threshold data. Additionally, it is found that thresholds can be measured free of load history effects by using a stress relief annealing process after the precracking and prior to the

  8. A criterion for high-cycle fatigue life and fatigue limit prediction in biaxial loading conditions

    Pejkowski, Łukasz; Skibicki, Dariusz

    2016-08-01

    This paper presents a criterion for high-cycle fatigue life and fatigue strength estimation under periodic proportional and non-proportional cyclic loading. The criterion is based on the mean and maximum values of the second invariant of the stress deviator. Important elements of the criterion are: function of the non-proportionality of fatigue loading and the materials parameter that expresses the materials sensitivity to non-proportional loading. The methods for the materials parameters determination uses three S-N curves: tension-compression, torsion, and any non-proportional loading proposed. The criterion has been verified using experimental data, and the results are included in the paper. These results should be considered as promising. The paper also includes a proposal for multiaxial fatigue models classification due to the approach for the non-proportionality of loading.

  9. PO2 cycling reduces diaphragm fatigue by attenuating ROS formation.

    Li Zuo

    Full Text Available Prolonged muscle exposure to low PO2 conditions may cause oxidative stress resulting in severe muscular injuries. We hypothesize that PO2 cycling preconditioning, which involves brief cycles of diaphragmatic muscle exposure to a low oxygen level (40 Torr followed by a high oxygen level (550 Torr, can reduce intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS as well as attenuate muscle fatigue in mouse diaphragm under low PO2. Accordingly, dihydrofluorescein (a fluorescent probe was used to monitor muscular ROS production in real time with confocal microscopy during a lower PO2 condition. In the control group with no PO2 cycling, intracellular ROS formation did not appear during the first 15 min of the low PO2 period. However, after 20 min of low PO2, ROS levels increased significantly by ∼30% compared to baseline, and this increase continued until the end of the 30 min low PO2 condition. Conversely, muscles treated with PO2 cycling showed a complete absence of enhanced fluorescence emission throughout the entire low PO2 period. Furthermore, PO2 cycling-treated diaphragm exhibited increased fatigue resistance during prolonged low PO2 period compared to control. Thus, our data suggest that PO2 cycling mitigates diaphragm fatigue during prolonged low PO2. Although the exact mechanism for this protection remains to be elucidated, it is likely that through limiting excessive ROS levels, PO2 cycling initiates ROS-related antioxidant defenses.

  10. The effect of shot peening on notched low cycle fatigue

    Highlights: → Shot peening improves notched component three point bend low cycle fatigue life. → Notch shape does not affect the efficacy of the peening process. → Strain hardening and residual stress effects need separate consideration. → Loading direction residual stresses do not relax under bend load. - Abstract: The improvement in low cycle fatigue life created by shot peening ferritic heat resistant steel was investigated in components of varying geometries based on those found in conventional power station steam turbine blades. It was found that the shape of the component did not affect the efficacy of the shot peening process, which was found to be beneficial even under the high stress amplitude three point bend loads applied. Furthermore, by varying the shot peening process parameters and considering fatigue life it has been shown that the three surface effects of shot peening; roughening, strain hardening and the generation of a compressive residual stress field must be included in remnant life models as physically separate entities. The compressive residual stress field during plane bending low cycle fatigue has been experimentally determined using X-ray diffraction at varying life fractions and found to be retained in a direction parallel to that of loading and to only relax to 80% of its original magnitude in a direction orthogonal to loading. This result, which contributes to the retention of fatigue life improvement in low cycle fatigue conditions, has been discussed in light of the specific stress distribution applied to the components. The ultimate aim of the research is to apply these results in a life assessment methodology which can be used to justify a reduction in the length of scheduled plant overhauls. This will result in significant cost savings for the generating utility.

  11. In pile AISI 316L. Low cycle fatigue. Final report

    In pile testing of the effect of neutron irradiation on the fatigue life of the reference material AISI 316L was performed in the framework of the European fusion technology program. The overall programme, carried out at SCK CEN (Mol,Belgium), exists of two instrumented rigs for low cycle fatigue testing, which were consecutively loaded in the BR-2 reactor during periods Jan (94) June (94) and Aug (94)-Dec(94). In each experiment, two identical samples were loaded by means of a pneumatically driven system. The samples were instrumented with thermocouples, strain gages, linear variable displacement transducers, and activation monitors. The experimental conditions are given. Type of fatigue test: load controlled, symmetric, uniaxial, triangular wave shape; stress range: about 580 MPa; sample shape: hourglass, diameter 3.2 mm, radius 12.5 mm; environment: NaK (peritectic); temperature: 250 C; maximum dpa value up to fracture: 1.7. Two of four samples were broken (one in each experiment) after having experienced 17 419 respectively 11 870 stress cycles. These new data points confirm earlier results from pile fatigue tests: irradiation causes no degradation of fatigue life of AISI 316L steel, at least for the parameters corresponding to these experiments

  12. Strain cycling fatigue resistance of stainless steels at elevated temperature

    Strain cycling fatigue tests of 304 and 316 stainless steel at elevated temperatures of 3500, 5500 and 6500 were made using solid cylinder specimens. The strain rate was changed in the range of 0.01 to 0.5%/sec. A comparative study with American results exhibited the shorter life of Japanese results, approx. 1/4 of fatigue life of the American result in maximum. The possible reason for the difference in life are discussed from the points of specimen shape, temperature distribution, material and others. (orig.) 891 RW/orig. 892 RK

  13. Virtual stress amplitude-based low cycle fatigue reliability analysis

    A method for virtual stress amplitude-based low cycle fatigue reliability analysis is developed. Different from existent methods, probability-based modified Ramberg-Osgood stress-strain relations (P-ε-σ curves) are newly introduced to take into account the scatter of stress-strain responses, where the metallurgical quality of material is not enough good i.e. weld metal to show a same stress-strain response for different specimens under same loading level. In addition, a virtual stress amplitude-based analysis is used to be in agreement with the existent codes for nuclear components. i.e. ASME section III. The analysis is performed by a principle of the stochastic analysis system in same safety level concurrently. Combined the probability-based modified Ramberg-Osgood stress-strain relations, the probability-based Langer S-N curves (P-S-N curves) and the Neuber's local stress-strain rule, the method can be applied to predict the fatigue life at specified reliability and loading history and to estimate the reliability at specified loading history and expectation fatigue life. Applicability of the method has been indicated by a test analysis of 1Cr18Ni9ti steel-weld metal, which was used for machining the pipes of some nuclear reactors, during low cycle fatigue

  14. High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) Science and Technology Program

    Bartsch, Thomas M.

    2002-05-01

    This fifth annual report of the National Turbine Engine High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) Program is a brief review of work completed, work in progress, and technical accomplishments. This program is a coordinated effort with participation by the Air Force, the Navy, and NASA. The technical efforts are organized under seven action teams Materials Damage Tolerance Research, Forced Response Prediction, Component Analysis, Instrumentation, Passive Damping Technology, Component Surface Treatments, and Engine Demonstration and two Programs Test and Evaluation, and Transitions (ENSIP).

  15. The effect of shot peening on notched low cycle fatigue

    Soady, K.A.; B.G. Mellor; Shackleton, J; Morris, A.(School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom); Reed, P.A.S.

    2011-01-01

    The improvement in low cycle fatigue life created by shot peening ferritic heat resistant steel was investigated in components of varying geometries based on those found in conventional power station steam turbine blades. It was found that the shape of the component did not affect the efficacy of the shot peening process, which was found to be beneficial even under the high stress amplitude three point bend loads applied. Furthermore, by varying the shot peening process parameters and conside...

  16. Low-cycle fatigue properties of high manganese content steel

    Fatigue tests in the low-cycle range had been performed to investigate the fatigue crack initiation characteristics under a completely reversed push-pull load. The material used in this test is high manganese content austenitic steel (HM steel) in comparison with a typical austenitic stainless steel SUS304. Then, it is confirmed that there are no differences in the fatigue crack initiation and the relatively small crack growth properties, and that the Manson-Coffin law can be applied to these two kinds of materials. In addition, the gradient in the relationship between the plastic strain and the number of cycles under the strain-controlled condition becomes larger for HM steel than that for SUS304. On the other hand, HM steel shows the same properties as SUS304 in the relation between the cumulative plastic strain and the number of cycles to failure not only under the strain-controlled condition but also under the stress-controlled condition. (author)

  17. Low cycle fatigue of PM/HIP astroloy

    Choe, S.J.; Stoloff, N.S.; Duquette, D.J. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (USA))

    Low cycle fatigue and creep-fatigue-environment interactions of PM/HIP Astrology were studied at 650 C and 725 C. Total strain range was varied from 1.5% to 2.7% at a frequency of 0.3Hz. Creep-fatigue tests were performed with 2 min. or 5 min. tensile hold times. All tests were run in high purity argon in an attempt to minimize environmental effects. Employing a tensile hold was more damaging than raising temperature by 75 C. Slopes of Coffin-Manson plots were nearly independent of temperature and hold time. Raising temperature from 650 C to 725 C did not change the transgranular (TG) crack propagation mode, whereas employing hold times caused TG+IG propagation. All samples displayed multiple fracture origins associated with inclusions located at the specimen surface; pre-existing pores did not affect fatigue crack initiation. Examination of secondary cracks showed no apparent creep damage. Oxidation in high purity argon appeared to be the major factor in LCF life degradation due to hold times.

  18. INVESTIGATION OF THE LOW-CYCLE FATIGUE AND FATIGUE CRACK GROWTH BEHAVIORS OF P91 BASE METAL AND WELD JOINTS

    H.C. Yang; Y. Tu; M.M. Yu; J. Zhao

    2004-01-01

    Low cycle fatigue tests and crack growth propagations tests on P91 pipe base metal and its weld joints were conducted at three different temperatures: room temperature,550℃ and 575℃. The strain-life was analyzed, and the changes in fatigue life behavior and fatigue growth rates with increasing temperature were discussed. The different properties of the base metal and its weld joint have been analyzed.

  19. Low Cycle Fatigue Behavior and Life Prediction of a Cast Cobalt-Based Superalloy

    Yang, Ho-Young; Kim, Jae-Hoon; Yoo, Keun-Bong

    Co-base superalloys have been applied in the stationary components of gas turbine owing to their excellent high temperature properties. Low cycle fatigue data on ECY-768 reported in a companion paper were used to evaluate fatigue life prediction models. In this study, low cycle fatigue tests are performed as the variables of total strain range and temperatures. The relations between plastic and total strain energy densities and number of cycles to failure are examined in order to predict the low cycle fatigue life of Cobalt-based super alloy at different temperatures. The fatigue lives is evaluated using predicted by Coffin-Manson method and strain energy methods is compared with the measured fatigue lives at different temperatures. The microstructure observing was performed for how affect able to low-cycle fatigue life by increasing the temperature.

  20. A Modified Fatigue Damage Model for High-Cycle Fatigue Life Prediction

    Meng Wang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Based on the assumption of quasibrittle failure under high-cycle fatigue for the metal material, the damage constitutive equation and the modified damage evolution equation are obtained with continuum damage mechanics. Then, finite element method (FEM is used to describe the failure process of metal material. The increment of specimen’s life and damage state can be researched using damage mechanics-FEM. Finally, the lifetime of the specimen is got at the given stress level. The damage mechanics-FEM is inserted into ABAQUS with subroutine USDFLD and the Python language is used to simulate the fatigue process of titanium alloy specimens. The simulation results have a good agreement with the testing results under constant amplitude loading, which proves the accuracy of the method.

  1. Low-cycle fatigue of turbine rotor wheels

    By means of low cycle fatigue achieved by the application of cyclic speed tests on turbine rotor wheels and in comparison with test values and by evaluating the formation of rim cracks caused by temperature change stress, the dangers of cracks appearing during operation in integrally moulded small gas turbine rotor wheels are assessed with the aid of fracture mechanisms. It was determined in short cycle tests that the objects under test with a higher stress gradient (1.0 mm-1) exhibited a higher endurance strength (104 stress cycle) than objects tested under a lower stress gradient. The results of these tests were put to discussion. In spite of a large dispersion of the cracking resistance factor Ksub(c), an additional operational life of up to 1,000 h could be approximated. Following further operational experience, it was shown that this approximation could be increased up to 2,000 h. (orig.)

  2. Very high cycle fatigue of duplex stainless steels and stress intensity calculations

    Tofique, Muhammad Waqas

    2014-01-01

    Very high cycle fatigue (VHCF) is generally considered as the domain of fatigue lifetime beyond 10 million (107) load cycles. Few examples of structural components which are subjected to 107-109 load cycles during their service life are engine parts, turbine disks, railway axles and load-carrying parts of automobiles. Therefore, the safe and reliable operation of these components depends on the knowledge of their fatigue strength and the prevalent damage/failure mechanisms. Moreover, the fati...

  3. High cycle thermal fatigue crack initiation behavior of type 304 stainless steel in pure water

    In order to maintain the integrity of engineering plants, it is necessary to evaluate the thermal fatigue life of certain structures. While low cycle thermal fatigue behavior has been widely studied in the past, high cycle thermal fatigue behavior has not been studied due to some difficulties with experiment. In this paper, an apparatus for performing high cycle thermal fatigue tests in pure water is described. High and low temperature water is continuously supplied into each passage in an autoclave, so that the surface of a revolving cylindrical specimen in the autoclave suffers from revolution synchronized thermal fatigue. The beat transfer coefficients between the water and the metal surface were considerably high. These were 50,000--70,OOOW/m 2K for the thermal cycle frequency less than 5Hz and 70,000--120,000W/m2K for the thermal cycle frequency higher than 5Hz. A high stress amplitude can therefore be obtained at a high thermal cycle frequency by the high heat transfer coefficient. Thermal fatigue cracks were observed in specimens under the testing conditions of fictitious stress amplitudes over 290MPa in Type 304 stainless steel. The thermal fatigue limit is therefore considered to be around 290MPa. The number of cycles to crack initiation agreed with that for the mechanical fatigue when the fictitious stress amplitudes were identical. It is considered that the thermal fatigue crack initiation life can be predicted from the mechanical fatigue crack initiation life

  4. Creep fatigue behavior of heat resistant steels under service-type strain cycling at high temperature

    On three typical heat resistant steels the creep fatigue behaviour is investigated up to about 10000 h test duration using a service-type strain cycle. In a creep fatigue life analysis the cyclic deformation behaviour and the applicability of the generalized damage accumulation rule are investigated and possibilities of long-term creep fatigue prediction are studied. (orig.)

  5. Thermal Fatigue with Freeze-thaw Cycles of Polymer Modified Bitumen

    Bachir Glaoui

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This research contributes to characterize the EVA polymer modified bitumen, which was subjected to thermal fatigue. The aim of this work was to determine the rheological components and their evolutions under thermal fatigue with freezing - thawing cycles. To represent thermal fatigue phenomenon of polymer modified bitumen in laboratory, both freezer and controlled temperature room were used to produce the real cycles of freeze-thaw of winter season. The results suggest that thermal fatigue is more complicated on rheological behavior of polymer modified bitumen. It is shown that thermal fatigue influenced thermal cracking, fatigue cracking and permanent deformation resistance. It is concluded that thermal fatigue due to thermal cycling, is a big problem to accelerate the degradation of pavement.

  6. HIGH-TEMPERATURE LOW CYCLE FATIGUE BEHAVIOR OFNICKEL BASE SUPERALLOY GH536

    M. Zhao; L.Y. Xu; K.S. Zhang; B.Y. Yang

    2001-01-01

    Low cycle fatigue tests on nickel base superalloy GH536 were performed at 600. 700and 800°C. The strain-life and cyclic stress-strain relationship were given at various temperatures. The change in fatigue life behavior and fatigue parameters with temperature increasing was discussed. At low and intermediate total strain amplitudes,the fatigue life was found to decrease with increasing temperature.``

  7. Fatigue performance of laser additive manufactured Ti-6Al-4V in very high cycle fatigue (VHCF regime up to 109 cycles

    Eric eWycisk

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Additive manufacturing technologies are in the process of establishing themselves as an alternative production technology to conventional manufacturing such as casting or milling. Especially laser additive manufacturing (LAM enables the production of metallic parts with mechanical properties comparable to conventionally manufactured components. Due to the high geometrical freedom in LAM the technology enables the production of ultra-light weight designs and therefore gains increasing importance in aircraft and space industry. The high quality standards of these industries demand predictability of material properties for static and dynamic load cases. However, fatigue properties especially in the very high cycle fatigue regime until 109 cycles have not been sufficiently determined yet. Therefore this paper presents an analysis of fatigue properties of laser additive manufactured Ti-6Al-4V under cyclic tension-tension until 107 cycles and tension-compression load until 109 cycles.For the analysis of laser additive manufactured titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V Woehler fatigue tests under tension-tension and tension-compression were carried out in the high cycle and very high cycle fatigue regime. Specimens in stress-relieved as well as hot-isostatic-pressed conditions were analyzed regarding crack initiation site, mean stress sensitivity and overall fatigue performance. The determined fatigue properties show values in the range of conventionally manufactured Ti-6Al-4V with particularly good performance for hot-isostatic-pressed additive-manufactured material. For all conditions the results show no conventional fatigue limit but a constant increase in fatigue life with decreasing loads. No effects of test frequency on life span could be determined. However, independently of testing principle, a shift of crack initiation from surface to internal initiation could be observed with increasing cycles to failure.

  8. Low cycle fatigue behavior of high strength gun steels

    Maoqiu Wang; Han Dong; Qi Wang; Changgang Fan

    2004-01-01

    The low cycle fatigue (LCF) behavior of two high strength steels, with nominal chemical compositions (mass fraction, %)of 0.40C-1.5Cr-3Ni-0.4Mo-0.2V (PCrNi3MoV) and 0.25C-3Cr-3Mo-0.8Ni-0.1Nb (25Cr3Mo3NiNb), was investigated by using the smooth bar specimens subjected to strained-controlled push-pull loading. It is found that both steels show cyclic softening, but 25Cr3Mo3NiNb steel has a lower tendency to cyclic softening. 25Cr3Mo3NiNb steel has higher fatigue ductility, and its transition fatigue life is almost three times that of PCrNi3MoV. 25Cr3Mo3NiNb steel also shows higher LCF life either at a given total strain amplitude above 0.5% or at any given plastic strain amplitude, despite its lower monotonic tensile strength than that of PCrNi3MoV.It also means that 25Cr3Mo3NiNb steel can endure higher total strain amplitude and plastic strain amplitude at a given number of reversals to failure within 104. 25Cr3Mo3NiNb steel is expected to be a good gun steel with high LCF properties because only several thousand firings are required for gun barrel in most cases.

  9. Probabilistic Material Strength Degradation Model for Inconel 718 Components Subjected to High Temperature, High-Cycle and Low-Cycle Mechanical Fatigue, Creep and Thermal Fatigue Effects

    Bast, Callie C.; Boyce, Lola

    1995-01-01

    The development of methodology for a probabilistic material strength degradation is described. The probabilistic model, in the form of a postulated randomized multifactor equation, provides for quantification of uncertainty in the lifetime material strength of aerospace propulsion system components subjected to a number of diverse random effects. This model is embodied in the computer program entitled PROMISS, which can include up to eighteen different effects. Presently, the model includes five effects that typically reduce lifetime strength: high temperature, high-cycle mechanical fatigue, low-cycle mechanical fatigue, creep and thermal fatigue. Results, in the form of cumulative distribution functions, illustrated the sensitivity of lifetime strength to any current value of an effect. In addition, verification studies comparing predictions of high-cycle mechanical fatigue and high temperature effects with experiments are presented. Results from this limited verification study strongly supported that material degradation can be represented by randomized multifactor interaction models.

  10. Macroscopic cumulative fatigue damage of material under nonsymmetrical cycle

    盖秉政

    2002-01-01

    Hashin's macroscopic theory of fatigue damage is further discussed and a new method has been proposed for prediction of cumulative fatigue damage of material and its lifetime under nonsymmetrical cyclic loading.

  11. Effects of recrystallization on the low cycle fatigue behavior of directionally solidified superalloy DZ40M

    ZHAO Yang; WANG Lei; LI Hongyun; YU Teng; LIU Yang

    2008-01-01

    The effects of recrystallization on low cycle fatigue behavior were investigated on directionally solidified Co-base superalloy DZAOM.Optical microscopy and SEM were used to examine the mierostructure and fracture surface of the specimens.The mechanical testing results demonstrated that the low cycle fatigue property of DZ40M significantly decreased with the partial reerystallization.Fatigue cracks initiate near the carbides and the grain boundaries with slip-bands.Both the fatigue crack initiation and propagation can be accelerated with the occurrences of recrystallized grain boundaries.

  12. Influence of neodymium on high cycle fatigue behavior of die cast AZ91D magnesium alloy

    杨友; 李雪松

    2010-01-01

    High cycle fatigue behavior of die cast AZ91D magnesium alloy with different Nd contents was investigated.Axial mechanical fatigue tests were conducted at the stress ratio R=0.1 and the fatigue strength was evaluated using up-to-down load method on specimens of AZ91D with different Nd contents.The results showed that the grain of AZ91D alloy was refined,the size and amount of β-Mg17Al12 phase decreased and distributed uniformly with increasing Nd content.At the number of cycles to failure,Nf=107,the fatigue...

  13. A methodology for on line fatigue life monitoring : rainflow cycle counting method

    Green's function technique is used in on line fatigue life monitoring to convert plant data to stress versus time data. This technique converts plant data most efficiently to stress versus time data. To compute the fatigue usage factor the actual number of cycles experienced by the component is to be found out from stress versus time data. Using material fatigue properties the fatigue usage factor is to be computed from the number of cycles. Generally the stress response is very irregular in nature. To convert an irregular stress history to stress frequency spectra rainflow cycle counting method is used. This method is proved to be superior to other counting methods and yields best fatigue estimates. A code has been developed which computes the number of cycles experienced by the component from stress time history using rainflow cycle counting method. This postprocessor also computes the accumulated fatigue usage factor from material fatigue properties. The present report describes the development of a code to compute fatigue usage factor using rainflow cycle counting technique and presents a real life case study. (author). 10 refs., 10 figs

  14. Creep fatigue interaction. Hold time effects on low cycle fatigue resistance of 316 L steel at 6000C

    This is a study of hold time effects on the low cycle fatigue properties of 316 L austenitic stainless steel at 6000C in air. Results obtained for different plastic strain levels indicate that a tension hold time at peak strain lead to a reduction in fatigue life. The importance of this effect depend on the length of hold period, and also on the strain amplitude. No saturation had been observed. Metallographic and microstructural analysis of failed specimens indicates mechanisms by which failure is produced. For continuous cycling the fracture occurs by the initiation and the propagation of a transgranular crack. Creep damage in the bulk of material is formed during periods of tensile stress relaxation; it causes a change in the failure mode which became intergranular. It is the interaction between this creep-damage and fatigue cracks which is partly responsable for the reduction in the fatigue life. Several approaches are used for evaluating creep-fatigue interaction damage and estimating the fatigue life. Among those proposed approaches, the linear damage rule and the strain range partitioning method are discussed

  15. Low cycle fatigue: high cycle fatigue damage accumulation in a 304L austenitic stainless steel; Endommagement et cumul de dommage en fatigue dans le domaine de l'endurance limitee d'un acier inoxydable austenitique 304L

    Lehericy, Y

    2007-05-15

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the consequences of a Low Cycle Fatigue pre-damage on the subsequent fatigue limit of a 304L stainless steel. The effects of hardening and severe roughness (grinding) have also been investigated. In a first set of tests, the evolution of the surface damage induced by the different LCF pre-cycling was characterized. This has permitted to identify mechanisms and kinetics of damage in the plastic domain for different surface conditions. Then, pre-damaged samples were tested in the High Cycle Fatigue domain in order to establish the fatigue limits associated with each level of pre-damage. Results evidence that, in the case of polished samples, an important number of cycles is required to initiate surface cracks ant then to affect the fatigue limit of the material but, in the case of ground samples, a few number of cycles is sufficient to initiate cracks and to critically decrease the fatigue limit. The fatigue limit of pre-damaged samples can be estimated using the stress intensity factor threshold. Moreover, this detrimental effect of severe surface conditions is enhanced when fatigue tests are performed under a positive mean stress (author)

  16. New energy-based low cycle fatigue model for reactor steels

    Highlights: • A novel low cycle fatigue model based on stored energy is proposed using an additional parameter to describe the plastic energy balance. • Low cycle fatigue tests were performed to validate the model, and its accuracy was demonstrated. - Abstract: A new low cycle fatigue criterion is presented based on the stored energy, which accumulates in the material’s microstructure during fatigue loading. The new damage parameters are based on the assumption that only the stored part of the introduced energy causes the changes in the microstructure, while the other part does not contribute to the fatigue process. Moreover the dissipated part may depends on the fatigue conditions, especially on the strain rate, which could affect the lifetime prediction accuracy of the applied models. To demonstrate the prediction capability of the proposed model a comprehensive experimental work were conducted on two types of reactor pressure vessel structural material. Investigation on the fraction of plastic work dissipated to heat was carried out to provide information on thermo-mechanical behavior on the tested materials, which can be used as input parameters of the new model. Furthermore isothermal and thermo-mechanical low cycle fatigue tests were performed with in-service loading conditions. The result is higher prediction accuracy than by the classical strain amplitude and strain energy based approaches. The developed model may provide a useful analytical tool for the low cycle fatigue evaluation of reactor components

  17. A method for calculation of finite fatigue life under multiaxial loading in high-cycle domain

    M. Malnati

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available A method for fatigue life assessment in high-cycle domain under multiaxial loading is presented in this paper. This approach allows fatigue assessment under any kind of load history, without limitations. The methodology lies on the construction - at a macroscopic level - of an “indicator” in the form of a set of cycles, representing plasticity that can arise at mesoscopic level throughout fatigue process. During the advancement of the loading history new cycles are created and a continuous evaluation of the damage is made.

  18. Fatigue

    ... to help you find out what's causing your fatigue and recommend ways to relieve it. Fatigue itself is not a disease. Medical problems, treatments, and personal habits can add to fatigue. These include Taking certain medicines, such as antidepressants, ...

  19. High-cycle fatigue behavior of ultrafine-grained austenitic stainless and TWIP steels

    High-cycle fatigue behavior of ultrafine-grained (UFG) 17Cr-7Ni Type 301LN austenitic stainless and high-Mn Fe-22Mn-0.6C TWIP steels were investigated in a reversed plane bending fatigue and compared to the behavior of steels with conventional coarse grain (CG) size. Optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopy were used to examine fatigue damage mechanisms. Testing showed that the fatigue limits leading to fatigue life beyond 4 x 106 cycles were about 630 MPa for 301LN while being 560 MPa for TWIP steel, and being 0.59 and 0.5 of the tensile strength respectively. The CG counterparts were measured to have the fatigue limits of 350 and 400 MPa. The primary damage caused by fatigue took place by grain boundary cracking in UFG 301LN, while slip band cracking occurred in CG 301LN. However, in the case of TWIP steel, the fatigue damage mechanism is similar in spite of the grain size. In the course of cycling neither the formation of a martensite structure nor mechanical twinning occurs, but intense slip bands are created with extrusions and intrusions. Fatigue crack initiates preferentially on grain and twin boundaries, and especially in the intersection sites of slip bands and boundaries.

  20. Influences of overload on low cycle fatigue behaviors of elbow pipe with local wall thinning

    Low cycle fatigue tests were conducted using 100A elbow pipe specimens with or without local wall thinning. Local wall thinning was machined on the inside of the extrados of test elbows to simulate metal loss due to flow-accelerated corrosion or liquid droplet impingement erosion. Low cycle fatigue tests were carried out under displacement control with an inner pressure of 9 MPa. To simulate seismic events, low cycle fatigue tests were carried out on elbow pipe subjected to cyclic overloads. Regardless of local wall thinning, fatigue life of overload pipe was not so different from that of the non-overload pipe in appearance. Miner's rule can be applied to evaluate fatigue life of the elbow pipes with and without wall thinning, even if overload is applied. (author)

  1. Identification of low cycle fatigue parameters of high strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel at room temperature

    Bulatović, S.; Lj. Milović; A. Sedmak; Samardžić, I.

    2014-01-01

    Low cycle fatigue test was performed in ambient atmosphere at room temperature. Cycle loading of material, in case of High strength low-alloy steel, entails modifications of its properties and in this paper is therefore shown behavior of fatigue life using low cycle fatigue parameters. More precisely, crack initiation life of tested specimens was computed using theory of Coffin-Manson relation during the fatigue loading. The geometry of the stabilized hysteresis loop of welded joint HSLA stee...

  2. Observation of fatigue crack initiation and growth in stainless steel to quantify low-cycle fatigue damage for plant maintenance

    Quantifying the low-cycle fatigue damage accumulated in nuclear power plant components is one of the important issues for aged plants. In this study, detailed observations of crack initiation and growth were made using scanning electron microscopy in order to correlate the crack size and the magnitude of the fatigue damage. Type 316 stainless steel specimens were subjected to the strain-controlled axial fatigue test (strain range: 1.2%) in air at room temperature. The test was interrupted several times in order to observe the specimen surface. The spatial distribution of inhomogeneously accumulated damage by cyclic loading was identified by crystal orientation measurements using the electron backscatter diffraction technique. Cracks were initiated at grain boundaries and slip steps, where relatively large damage accumulated. The changes in the number of cracks and their length were quantified. The crack growth rates were well correlated with the strain intensity factor. The change in crack size during the fatigue test was predicted using the obtained growth rate and assumed initial crack size. The fatigue lives estimated by the crack growth prediction agreed well with those obtained experimentally. It was concluded that the fatigue damage could be estimated from the crack size measured in plant components. (author)

  3. Numerical Studies of Low Cycle Fatigue in Forward Extrusion Dies

    Pedersen, Thomas Ø

    2000-01-01

    Forward extrusion dies typically fail due to transverse fatigue cracks or wear. Fatigue cracks are initiated in regions where the material is subjected to repeated plastic deformations, e.g. the transition radius in a forward extrusion die, in the present work, a material model capable of...

  4. Low-Cycle Fatigue in Ni-Base Superalloy IN738LC at Elevated Temperature

    For many years, high-strength nickel-base superalloys have been used to manufacture turbine blades because of their excellent performance at high temperatures. The prediction of fatigue life of superalloys is important for improving the efficiency of the turbine blades. In this study, low cycle fatigue tests are performed for different values of total strain and temperature. The relations between strain energy density and number of cycles before failure occurs are examined in order to predict the low cycle fatigue life of IN738LC super alloy. The results of low cycle fatigue lives predicted by strain energy methods are found to coincide with experimental data and with the results obtained by the Coffin-Manson method

  5. Real-time monitoring of acoustic linear and nonlinear behavior of titanium alloys during low-cycle fatigue and high-cycle fatigue

    Frouin, Jerome; Sathish, Shamachary; Na, Jeong K.

    2000-05-01

    An in-situ technique to measure sound velocity, ultrasonic attenuation and acoustic nonlinear property has been developed for characterization and early detection of fatigue damage in aerospace materials. For this purpose we have developed a computer software and measurement technique including hardware for the automation of the measurement. New transducer holder and special grips are designed. The automation has allowed us to test the long-term stability of the electronics over a period of time and so proof of the linearity of the system. Real-time monitoring of the material nonlinearity has been performed on dog-bone specimens from zero fatigue all the way to the final fracture under low-cycle fatigue test condition (LCF) and high-cycle test condition (HCF). Real-time health monitoring of the material can greatly contribute to the understanding of material behavior under cyclic loading. Interpretation of the results show that correlation exist between the slope of the curve described by the material nonlinearity and the life of the component. This new methodology was developed with an objective to predict the initiation of fatigue microcracks, and to detect, in-situ fatigue crack initiation as well as to quantify early stages of fatigue damage.

  6. Low cycle fatigue behavior of pressure vessel steels in high temperature pressurized water

    Low cycle fatigue behavior of low alloy steels ASTM A508 Cl.3(JIS SFVQ1A) and ASTM A533B Cl.1(JIS SQV2A) for nuclear reactor pressure vessels was investigated in high temperature pressurized water simulating BWR coolant environments. Total strain range, strain rate and dissolved oxygen concentration were varied from 0.5 to 2.2 %, 0.1 to 0.001 %/s and 10 to 8 000 ppb, respectively. Fatigue tests in ambient air and 561 K air were also conducted for comparison. It was found that fatigue lives in high temperature water were shorter than those in ambient air. However, the reduction of fatigue life decreased with decreasing total strain range and rather longer fatigue lives than those in ambient air were observed at lower total strain range. A533B material showed the distinct strain rate dependence of fatigue life compared with A508 material, while they showed the similar dependence on dissolved oxygen concentration. It was found that fatigue cracks initiated at corrosion pits generated by dissolution of MnS inclusions and the low cycle fatigue behavior depended on sulfur content of the material. It can be concluded that the materials tested possess safety margins in reactor coolant environments by judging from the fact that all the present data fell on a region above the design fatigue curves in the ASME Code Sec. III. (author)

  7. Effects of high mean stress on the high-cycle fatigue behavior of PWA 1480

    PWA 1480 is a potential candidate material for use in the high-pressure fuel turbine blade of the Space Shuttle Main Engine. As an engine material it will be subjected to high-cycle fatigue loading superimposed on a high mean stress due to combined centrifugal and thermal loadings. This paper describes results obtained in an ongoing program to determine the effects of a high mean stress on the high-cycle fatigue behavior of this material

  8. Sensitivity Variation on Low Cycle Fatigue Cracks Using Level 4/Method B Penetrant

    FULWOOD,HARRY; MOORE,DAVID G.

    1999-09-02

    The Federal Aviation Administration's Airworthiness Assurance NDI Validation Center (AANC) is currently conducting experiments with Level 4, Method B penetrant on low cycle fatigue specimens. The main focus of these experiments is to document the affect on penetrant brightness readings by varying inspection parameters. This paper discusses the results of changing drying temperature, drying time, and dwell time of both penetrant and emulsifier on low cycle fatigue specimens.

  9. Integrating Water Flow, Locomotor Performance and Respiration of Chinese Sturgeon during Multiple Fatigue-Recovery Cycles

    Cai, Lu; Chen, Lei; Johnson, David; Gao, Yong; Mandal, Prashant; Fang, Min; Tu, Zhiying; Huang, Yingping

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study is to provide information on metabolic changes occurring in Chinese sturgeon (an ecologically important endangered fish) subjected to repeated cycles of fatigue and recovery and the effect on swimming capability. Fatigue-recovery cycles likely occur when fish are moving through the fishways of large dams and the results of this investigation are important for fishway design and conservation of wild Chinese sturgeon populations. A series of four stepped velocity tes...

  10. Compilation of low-cycle fatigue data of reactor structural materials

    This report summarizes the low-cycle fatigue data of reactor structural materials, which had been acquired by a series of contract researches between JAERI and Japan Welding Engineering Society (JWES) concerning the fatigue life evaluation of reactor structural components and the material aging from FY1979 to FY1990. These contract researches had been executed by subcommittees organized under cooperation with universities, neutral institutions and the industry. Subsequently, the fatigue data base 'FADAL' was developed by accumulating fatigue data acquired by the above contract researches as well as those obtained from literature survey under contract between JAERI and High Pressure Institute of Japan (HPI). Low-cycle fatigue data compiled in this report are tabulated and illustrated as εta-Nf diagram by retrieving the FADAL. (author)

  11. High cycle fatigue crack propagation resistance and fracture toughness in ship steels (Short Communication

    R.S. Tripathi

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, two grades of steel, viz., plain carbon steel and low alloy steel used in naval ships have been selected for studies on high cycle fatigue, crack propagation, stress intensity and crack opening displacement (COD. Specimen for high cycle fatigue was prepared as per IS: 1608. High cycle fatigue was carried out up to 50,000 cycles at 1000 kgfto 2000 kgfloads. Up to 2000 kgfloads, both the materials were observed within elastic zones. A number of paran1eters, including stress, strain and strain range, which indicate elastic behaviour of steels, have been considered. Low alloy steel specimen was prepared as per ASTM standard: E-399 and subjected to 5,00,000 cycles. Crack propagation, COD, stress intensity, load-cycle variations, load-COD relation, and other related paran1eters have been studied using a modem universal testing machine with state-of-the-art technology

  12. Strength calculation of NPP equipment and pipelines during operation. Low- and high-cycle corrosion fatigue

    This paper presents empirical equations and design curves for structural steels employed in nuclear power facilities with light water reactors. These equations allow to take into account the effects of cycle asymmetry, water coolant and ductility decrease during operation. The fatigue curves cover the low-cycle and high-cycle regions (up to 1012 cycles). The equations include the mechanical characteristics of steels under static tension. The coolant effect on steel fatigue is allowed for using a model developed at the Argonne National Laboratory

  13. IN-SITU HIGH TEMPERATURE LOW CYCLE FATIGUE STUDY

    Petrenec, M.; Polák, Jaroslav; Šamořil, T.; Dluhoš, J.; Obrtlík, Karel

    Ostrava : Tanger Ltd, 2014. ISBN 978-80-87294-52-9. [23. mezinárodní konference metalurgie a materiálů METAL 2014. Brno (CZ), 21.05.2014-23.05.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA13-23652S Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : In-situ * SEM * high temperature * fatigue * superalloy Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  14. Low-Cycle Fatigue Life Prediction in GTD-111 Superalloy at Elevated Temperatures

    The Ni-base super-heat-resistant alloy, GTD-111, is employed in gas turbines because of its high temperature strength and oxidation resistance. It is important to predict the fatigue life of this superalloy in order to improve the efficiency of gas turbines. In this study, low-cycle fatigue tests are performed as variables of total strain range and temperature. The relationship between the strain energy density and number of cycles to failure is examined in order to predict the low-cycle fatigue life of the GTD-111 superalloy. The fatigue life predicted by using the strain-energy methods is found to coincide with that obtained from the experimental data and from the Coffin-Manson method

  15. Monitoring Low-Cycle Fatigue Material-Degradation by Ultrasonic Methods

    R. Himawan

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Any system consisting of structural material often undergoes fatigue, which is caused by dynamic load cycle. As a structural system, nuclear power plant is very likely to have low-cycle fatigue at many of its components. Taking into account the importance of monitoring low-cycle fatigue on structural components to prevent them from getting failure, the authors have conducted a work to monitor material degradation caused by low-cycle fatigue by using ultrasonic method. An alloy of Cu-40Zn was used as a test specimen. Ultrasonic water immersion procedure was employed in this ultrasonic test. The probe used is a focusing type and has frequency as high as 15 MHz. The specimen area tested is in the middle part divided into 14 points × 23 points. The results, which were frequency spectrums, were analyzed using two parameters: frequency spectrum peak intensity and attenuation function gradient. The analysis indicates that peak intensity increases at the beginning of load cycle and then decreases. Meanwhile, gradient of attenuation function is lower at the beginning of fatigue process, and then consistently gets higher. It concludes that low-fatigue material degradation can be monitored by using ultrasonic method.

  16. Theoretical study on low cycle fatigue strength of elbows with local wall thinning

    Low cycle fatigue tests and finite element analysis were conducted using 100A elbow specimens made of STPT 410 steel with local wall thinning in order to investigate the influences of local wall thinning on the low cycle fatigue behavior of elbows with internal pressure. Local wall thinning was machined on the inside of the elbow and was prepared at extrados, crown and intrados. The parameters of the wall thinning were same (eroded ratio=0.5, eroded angle=180 degrees and eroded length=100mm) in the all test cases. The elbow specimens were subjected to the prescribed cyclic in-plane bending displacement with constant internal pressure of 0 to 12 MPa. Also, low cycle fatigue tests using sound elbows were carried out for comparison. Low cycle fatigue life of wall thinned elbows was not so different regardless of location of wall thinning. Low cycle fatigue strength of the elbow specimens were beneath the best fit fatigue curve and its reason can be explained by combining the equivalent strain range and cumulated damage theory, considering reduction of ductility under multi-axial stress state. (author)

  17. Fatigue limit investigation of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy in giga-cycle regime

    In order to investigate the fatigue limit micro-mechanism of a precipitation-hardened Al–Mg–Si alloy (6061-T6), the alloy was subjected to very-high-cycle fatigue (VHCF) of over 109 cycles by an ultrasonic fatigue method. Two kinds of specimens, one with smooth surface and the other with a small artificial hole on the surface, were compared. The smooth specimens showed no distinct fatigue limit. Conversely, the holed specimens showed clear fatigue limit which had been generally deemed to be absent in non-ferrous alloys. In addition to the conventional fatigue crack growth (FCG) observation by replica technique, metallographically critical analyses by electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and cross-sectional focused ion beam (FIB) were conducted to reveal the micro-plasticity associated with FCG. It was found that the fatigue life of smooth specimens at low stress amplitude was controlled by an unstoppable FCG mechanism mediated by persistent slip bands (PSBs). On the other hand, the emergence of distinct fatigue limit in holed specimens was attributed to a non-propagating crack having mode I characteristics in essence. No coaxing effect was, however, confirmed for such non-propagating cracks. The above results, which were somewhat different from previous ones obtained by rotating bending under normal frequency, were discussed in terms of both metallurgical and mechanical points of view

  18. Low-cycle fatigue of Fe-20%Cr alloy processed by equal- channel angular pressing

    Kaneko, Yoshihisa; Tomita, Ryuji; Vinogradov, Alexei

    2014-08-01

    Low-cycle fatigue properties were investigated on Fe-20%Cr ferritic stainless steel processed by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP). The Fe-20%Cr alloy bullets were processed for one to four passes via Route-Bc. The ECAPed samples were cyclically deformed at the constant plastic strain amplitude ɛpl of 5x10-4 at room temperature in air. After the 1-pass ECAP, low-angle grain boundaries were dominantly formed. During the low-cycle fatigue test, the 1-pass sample revealed the rapid softening which continued until fatigue fracture. Fatigue life of the 1-pass sample was shorter than that of a coarse-grained sample. After the 4-pass ECAP, the average grain size reduced down to about 1.5 μm. At initial stage of the low-cycle fatigue tests, the stress amplitude increased with increasing ECAP passes. At the samples processed for more than 2 passes, the cyclic softening was relatively moderate. It was found that fatigue life of the ECAPed Fe-20%Cr alloy excepting the 1-pass sample was improved as compared to the coarse-grained sample, even under the strain controlled fatigue condition.

  19. High-temperature low cycle fatigue behavior of a gray cast iron

    The strain controlled low cycle fatigue properties of the studied gray cast iron for engine cylinder blocks were investigated. At the same total strain amplitude, the low cycle fatigue life of the studied material at 523 K was higher than that at 423 K. The fatigue behavior of the studied material was characterized as cyclic softening at any given total strain amplitude (0.12%–0.24%), which was attributed to fatigue crack initiation and propagation. Moreover, this material exhibited asymmetric hysteresis loops due to the presence of the graphite lamellas. Transmission electron microscopy analysis suggested that cyclic softening was also caused by the interactions of dislocations at 423 K, such as cell structure in ferrite, whereas cyclic softening was related to subgrain boundaries and dislocation climbing at 523 K. Micro-analysis of specimen fracture appearance was conducted in order to obtain the fracture characteristics and crack paths for different strain amplitudes. It showed that the higher the temperature, the rougher the crack face of the examined gray cast iron at the same total strain amplitude. Additionally, the microcracks were readily blunted during growth inside the pearlite matrix at 423 K, whereas the microcracks could easily pass through pearlite matrix along with deflection at 523 K. The results of fatigue experiments consistently showed that fatigue damage for the studied material at 423 K was lower than that at 523 K under any given total strain amplitude. - Highlights: • The low cycle fatigue behavior of the HT250 for engine cylinder blocks was investigated. • TEM investigations were conducted to explain the cyclic deformation response. • The low cycle fatigue cracks of HT250 GCI were studied by SEM. • The fatigue life of the examined material at 523 K is higher than that at 423 K

  20. A multi-scale approach for high cycle anisotropic fatigue resistance: Application to forged components

    Forged components exhibit good mechanical strength, particularly in terms of high cycle fatigue properties. This is due to the specific microstructure resulting from large plastic deformation as in a forging process. The goal of this study is to account for critical phenomena such as the anisotropy of the fatigue resistance in order to perform high cycle fatigue simulations on industrial forged components. Standard high cycle fatigue criteria usually give good results for isotropic behaviors but are not suitable for components with anisotropic features. The aim is to represent explicitly this anisotropy at a lower scale compared to the process scale and determined local coefficients needed to simulate a real case. We developed a multi-scale approach by considering the statistical morphology and mechanical characteristics of the microstructure to represent explicitly each element. From stochastic experimental data, realistic microstructures were reconstructed in order to perform high cycle fatigue simulations on it with different orientations. The meshing was improved by a local refinement of each interface and simulations were performed on each representative elementary volume. The local mechanical anisotropy is taken into account through the distribution of particles. Fatigue parameters identified at the microscale can then be used at the macroscale on the forged component. The linkage of these data and the process scale is the fiber vector and the deformation state, used to calculate global mechanical anisotropy. Numerical results reveal an expected behavior compared to experimental tendencies. We proved numerically the dependence of the anisotropy direction and the deformation state on the endurance limit evolution.

  1. A Real-Time Fatigue Monitoring and Analysis System for Lower Extremity Muscles with Cycling Movement

    Szi-Wen Chen

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A real-time muscle fatigue monitoring system was developed to quantitatively detect the muscle fatigue of subjects during cycling movement, where a fatigue progression measure (FPM was built-in. During the cycling movement, the electromyogram (EMG signals of the vastus lateralis and gastrocnemius muscles in one leg as well as cycling speed are synchronously measured in a real-time fashion. In addition, the heart rate (HR and the Borg rating of perceived exertion scale value are recorded per minute. Using the EMG signals, the electrical activity and median frequency (MF are calculated per cycle. Moreover, the updated FPM, based on the percentage of reduced MF counts during cycling movement, is calculated to measure the onset time and the progressive process of muscle fatigue. To demonstrate the performance of our system, five young healthy subjects were recruited. Each subject was asked to maintain a fixed speed of 60 RPM, as best he/she could, under a constant load during the pedaling. When the speed reached 20 RPM or the HR reached the maximal training HR, the experiment was then terminated immediately. The experimental results show that the proposed system may provide an on-line fatigue monitoring and analysis for the lower extremity muscles during cycling movement.

  2. Low cycle fatigue behavior of Sanicro25 steel at room and at elevated temperature

    Austenitic heat resistant Sanicro 25 steel developed for high temperature applications in power generation industry has been subjected to strain controlled low cycle fatigue tests at ambient and at elevated temperature in a wide interval of strain amplitudes. Fatigue hardening/softening curves, cyclic stress–strain curves and fatigue life curves were evaluated at room temperature and at 700 °C. The internal dislocation structures of the material at room and at elevated temperature were studied using transmission electron microscopy. High resolution surface observations and FIB cuts revealed early damage at room temperature in the form of persistent slip bands and at elevated temperature as oxidized grain boundary cracks. Dislocation arrangement study and surface observations were used to identify the cyclic slip localization and to discuss the fatigue softening/hardening behavior and the temperature dependence of the fatigue life

  3. Low-cycle fatigue/high-cycle fatigue (LCF/HCF) interaction studies using a 10- to 40-kHz HCF loading device

    Matikas, Theodore E.

    1999-02-01

    To simulate the testing conditions experienced by aircraft engine turbine blades, a new experimental facility was developed capable of providing interactive low cycle fatigue (LCF)/high cycle fatigue (HCF) loading. The new facility is based on a HCF cell that can operate in the 10-40 kHz frequency range. This HCF testing cell can also be interfaced to a servo-hydraulic load frame, which provides a second fatigue cycle. Sample geometry is critical for the HCF cell to produce the desired applied load on the specimen. The objective of this research is to develop analytical modeling necessary for the design of test coupons to be used in the new HCF testing cell operating at ultrasonic frequencies, and also to demonstrate the capabilities of the new device by performing LCF/HCF interaction studies in Ti-6Al-4V. The results of these studies clearly showed the effect of the HCF component of the load in spite the fact that the HCF component was only 15-19 percent of the overall load. It was also found that the HCF component of the load was the major cause of observed damage with the LCF component having much less effect. Eliminating the HCF component completely resulted in increasing the fatigue life at least an order of magnitude.

  4. Influence of interstitial nitrogen on low cycle plastic fatigue behaviour of austenitic stainless steels

    Effect of interstitial nitrogen on austenitic steels tensile properties and low cycle fatigue is examined. Nitrogen content increases elasticity and strength by reducing ductility. Cyclic hardening shows a softening for low deformation and a hardening for high deformations. Stress evolution during cycling is discussed, especially in the accommodation phase. This phase comprises a initial hardening growing with nitrogen content up to 0.1% and a softening for higher contents. Life span in low cycle fatigue increases continuously with N content, for an imposed deformation over 1%. Analysis structure shows that nitrogen make dislocations flat, homogeneous and that arrangement in cells is delayed

  5. High cycle fatigue property of Ti-600 alloy at ambient temperature

    Research highlights: Ti-600, developed by Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research (NIN) in China, is a near alpha titanium alloy designed for components used in turbine engines up to 600 deg. C. Mechanical behavior of the alloy at ambient temperature and its service temperature has widely been studied, the fatigue property for the alloy has never been systematically discussed. Smooth axial fatigue tests were taken for solutioned plus aged alloy, and the fractographies were observed. In order to get the damage mechanism, OM and TEM microstructures were also investigated. - Abstract: Smooth axial fatigue tests were carried out at ambient temperature on one kind of near alpha titanium alloy named after Ti-600 at a frequency of 120-130 Hz and with two kinds of load ratios. The high cycle fatigue (HCF) strength for the solutioned and aged alloy is found to be 475 MPa fatigued with a load ratio R of 0.1, and which is 315 MPa with a load ratio R of -1. The observed high HCF strength for the samples fatigued with a load ratio R of 0.1 is attributed to its overlapping fine and thin plate like α + β phase microstructure. During the crack propagation region, at the same stress of 600 MPa, the sample with a fatigue life of 1.78 x 106 cycles has a better fatigue resistance than that of the sample with a fatigue life of 8.61 x 105 cycles, because of its smaller striation distance, its well-developed secondary cracks, more wider and coarsened α lathes precipitated at grain boundaries, and the heavily arranged interlacing transformed β microsructures. The average grain size of rare earth phases varies from several micrometers to 0.2 μm, no cracks corresponding to rare earth particles can be initiated.

  6. The path to crack initiation during low cycle thermal shock fatigue

    Low cycle thermal shock fatigue crack initiation, and the microstructural changes in materials during this process, have been studied for three types of steam pipeline steels. The roles of thermal strain ageing, subgrain formation, dislocation density, high temperature void formation and grain boundary segregations have been studied and the number of cycles needed for the formation of microcracks has been established. (author)

  7. Very high cycle fatigue behavior of SAE52100 bearing steel by ultrasonic nanocrystalline surface modification.

    Cho, In Shik; He, Yinsheng; Li, Kejian; Oh, Joo Yeon; Shin, Keesam; Lee, Chang Soon; Park, In Gyu

    2014-11-01

    In this paper, the SAE52100 bearing steel contained large quantities of cementite dispersed in ferrite matrix was subjected to the ultrasonic nanocrystalline surface modification (UNSM) treatment that aims for the extension of fatigue life. The microstructure and fatigue life of the untreated and treated specimens were studied by using electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and a developed ultra-high cycle fatigue test (UFT). After UNSM treatment, the coarse ferrite grains (- 10 μm) were refined to nanosize (- 200 nm), therefore, nanostructured surface layers were fabricated. Meanwhile, in the deformed layer, the number density and area fraction of cementite were increased up to - 400% and - 550%, respectively, which increased with the decrease in depth from the topmost treated surface. The improvement of hardness (from 200 Hv to 280 Hv) and high cycles fatigue strength by - 10% were considered the contribution of the developed nanostructure in the UNSM treated specimen. PMID:25958512

  8. Application of a cycle jump technique for acceleration of fatigue crack growth simulation

    Moslemian, Ramin; Karlsson, A.M.; Berggreen, Christian

    2010-01-01

    A method for accelerated simulation of fatigue crack growth in a bimaterial interface is proposed. To simulate fatigue crack growth in a bimaterial interface a routine is developed in the commercial finite element code ANSYS and a method to accelerate the simulation is implemented. The proposed...... method is based on conducting finite element analysis for a set of cycles to establish a trend line, extrapolating the trend line spanning many cycles, and use the extrapolated state as initial state for additional FE simulations. The inputs of the developed method are the crack growth rate vs. energy...... release rate diagrams for different mode-mixities. Once these diagrams for a specific interface are available, fatigue crack growth in any structure with the same interface can be simulated. Using the developed method, fatigue crack growth in the interface of a sandwich beam is simulated. Results of the...

  9. High temperature low-cycle fatigue strength of Hastelloy-XR

    This paper describes the low-cycle fatigue and creep-fatigue interaction properties of Hastelloy-XR in air and helium containing a small quantity of impurity gas. All tests at temperatures of 700, 800, 900 and 1000 deg. C are carried out at the strain rate of 0.1 and 0.01%/sec under the control of axial strain. Wave forms are triangular for continuous cycling tests and trapezoidal for tension hold time tests. The test results are compared with the fatigue property of Hastelloy-X which is the original alloy of Hastelloy-XR. The applicability of linear damage rule in ASME Code Case N-47 is discussed about creep-fatigue interaction property of Hastelloy-XR in High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor's temperature region. (author). 6 refs, 7 figs, 2 tabs

  10. Fatigue of extracted lead zirconate titanate multilayer actuators under unipolar high field electric cycling

    Testing of large prototype lead zirconate titanate (PZT) stacks presents substantial technical challenges to electronic testing systems, so an alternative approach that uses subunits extracted from prototypes has been pursued. Extracted 10-layer and 20-layer plate specimens were subjected to an electric cycle test under an electric field of 3.0/0.0 kV/mm, 100 Hz to 108 cycles. The effects of measurement field level and stack size (number of PZT layers) on the fatigue responses of piezoelectric and dielectric coefficients were observed. On-line monitoring permitted examination of the fatigue response of the PZT stacks. The fatigue rate (based on on-line monitoring) and the fatigue index (based on the conductance spectrum from impedance measurement or small signal measurement) were developed to quantify the fatigue status of the PZT stacks. The controlling fatigue mechanism was analyzed against the fatigue observations. The data presented can serve as input to design optimization of PZT stacks and to operation optimization in critical applications, such as piezoelectric fuel injectors in heavy-duty diesel engines

  11. High-cycle fatigue characterization of titanium 5Al-2.5Sn alloy

    Mahfuz, H.; Xin, Yu T.; Jeelani, S.

    1993-01-01

    High-cycle fatigue behavior of titanium 5Al 2.5Sn alloy at room temperature has been studied. S-N curve characterization is performed at different stress ratios ranging from 0 to 0.9 on a subsized fatigue specimen. Both two-stress and three-stress level tests are conducted at different stress ratios to study the cumulative fatigue damage. Life prediction techniques of linear damage rule, double linear damage rule and damage curve approaches are applied, and results are compared with the experimental data. The agreement between prediction and experiment is found to be excellent.

  12. High cycle fatigue of nickel-based superalloy MAR-M 247 at high temperatures

    Šmíd, Miroslav; Kunz, Ludvík; Hutař, Pavel; Hrbáček, K.

    Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2014 - (Gulagliano, M.; Vergani, L.), s. 329-332 ISSN 1877-7058. - (Procedia Engineering. 74). [ICMFM 2014 International Colloquium on Mechanical Fatigue of Metals /17./. Verbania (IT), 25.06.2014-27.06.2014] R&D Projects: GA MPO FR-TI4/030; GA MŠk(CZ) EE2.3.20.0214 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : High cycle fatigue * Superalloy * MAR-M 247 * High temperature * Fracture surface * S-N curve Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  13. Tensile hold time effects on isothermal and thermal low-cycle fatigue of 304 stainless steel

    In high temperature low-cycle fatigue tests, it has often been noted that the fatigue life can be reduced, sometimes drastically, by imposing hold periods under tensile strain and that the effect increases with the length of the hold time. The generally accepted reason for this is that creep effects become more significant with time, and this has sometimes been substantiated by metallographic evidence of increasingly brittle intergranular fracture with increasing hold time or with decreasing cyclic frequency. This paper presents results of Isothermal and Thermal-Mechanical low-cyclic fatigue tests on 304 stainless steel with various tensile hold times. (author)

  14. Evolution of steel grain structure under high-cycle fatigue tests at electrostimulating conditions

    The use of electric pulses for a fatigue life increase is studied on stainless steel 08Kh18N10T specimens. Fatigue tests at 105 cycles are shown to result in a decrease of a mean grain size and a relative content of high anisotropy grains in the steel. Electrostimulation leads to some increase of high anisotropy grain size and to a decrease of a mean size for grains of medium anisotropy and for isotropic ones. The results obtained show that on fatigue testing under conditions of electrostimulation the process of recrystallization proceeds and gives rise to changes in grain structure of the steel

  15. High Cycle Fatigue Damage Mechanisms of MAR-M 247 Superalloy at High Temperatures

    Šmíd, Miroslav; Horník, Vít; Hutař, Pavel; Hrbáček, K.; Kunz, Ludvík

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 69, č. 2 (2016), s. 393-397. ISSN 0972-2815 R&D Projects: GA TA ČR(CZ) TA04011525; GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0068 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : High cycle fatigue * S-N curves * Fractography * High temperature * EBSD analysis Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 0.615, year: 2014

  16. High-cycle fatigue of Ni-base superalloy Inconel 713LC

    Kunz, Ludvík; Lukáš, Petr; Konečná, R.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 32, č. 6 (2010), s. 908-913. ISSN 0142-1123 R&D Projects: GA MPO FT-TA4/023; GA MŠk MEB080812 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : IN 713LC * High-cycle fatigue * Effect of mean stress * Fractography * Casting defetcts * Extreme value statistics Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 1.799, year: 2010

  17. Effect of microstructure on low cycle fatigue properties of ODS steels

    Kuběna, Ivo; Fournier, B.; Kruml, Tomáš

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 424, 1-3 (2012), s. 101-108. ISSN 0022-3115 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/09/1954; GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0068 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : ODS steels * low cycle fatigue * fusion energy Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 1.211, year: 2012

  18. Non-local high cycle fatigue criterion for metallic materials with corrosion defects

    May Mohamed El; Saintier Nicolas; Palin-Luc Thierry; Devos Olivier

    2014-01-01

    Designing structures against corrosion fatigue has become a key problem for many engineering structures evolving in complex environmental conditions of humidity (aeronautics, civil engineering …). In this study, we investigate the effect of corrosion defects on the high cycle fatigue (HCF) strength of a martensitic stainless steel with high specific mechanical strength, used in aeronautic applications. A volumetric approach based on Crossland equivalent stress is proposed. This can be applied...

  19. Low-cycle fatigue behavior of HT-9 alloy in a flowing-lithium environment

    Low-cycle fatigue data have been obtained on normalized/tempered or lithium-preexposed HT-9 alloy at 755 K in flowing lithium of controlled purity. The results show that the fatigue life of this material decreases with an increase in nitrogen content in lithium. A reduction in strain rate also decreases the fatigue life in high-nitrogen lithium. However, in the range from approx. 4 x 10-4 to 4 x 10-2 s-1, the strain rate has no effect on fatigue life in lithium containing <200 wppM nitrogen. The fatigue life of the HT-9 alloy in low-nitrogen lithium is significantly greater than the fatigue life of Fe-9Cr-1Mo steel or Type 403 martensitic steel in air. Furthermore, a 4.0-Ms preexposure to low-nitrogen lithium has no influence on fatigue life. The reduction in fatigue life in high-nitrogen lithium is attributed to internal corrosive attack of the material. The specimens tested in high-nitrogen lithium show internal corrosion along grain and martensitic lathe boundaries and intergranular fracture. This behavior is not observed in specimens tested in low-nitrogen lithium. Results for a constant-load corrosion test in flowing lithium are also presented

  20. On low cycle fatigue in metal matrix composites

    Pedersen, Thomas Ø; Tvergaard, Viggo

    2000-01-01

    , in which continuum damage mechanics is incorporated to model fatigue damage evolution. This material model uses a superposition of kinematic and isotropic hardening, and is able to account for the Bauschinger effect as well as ratchetting, mean stress relaxation, and cyclic hardening or softening. The cell...

  1. Comparison of low-cycle fatigue data of 2 1/4 % CrMo steels

    Data files have been produced on international strain-controlled fatigue information available for 2 1/4 %CrMo steels. The available data have been considered generally in terms of total strain range vs. cycles to failure (Nsub(f)), tensile stress at Nsub(f)/2 vs. cycles to failure and time to failure vs. cycles to failure. Where possible the continuous cycling data been statistically analysed in terms of the elastic and plastic strain components and cycles to failure to yield best-fit equations over defined temperature (T) regime viz: T 0C, 4270C 0C and 5500C 0C. Increasing test temperatures result in a progressive decrease in continuous cycling fatigue endurance and sustainable stress range

  2. Thermally Induced Ultra High Cycle Fatigue of Copper Alloys of the High Gradient Accelerating Structures

    Heikkinen, Samuli; Wuensch, Walter

    2010-01-01

    In order to keep the overall length of the compact linear collider (CLIC), currently being studied at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), within reasonable limits, i.e. less than 50 km, an accelerating gradient above 100 MV/m is required. This imposes considerable demands on the materials of the accelerating structures. The internal surfaces of these core components of a linear accelerator are exposed to pulsed radio frequency (RF) currents resulting in cyclic thermal stresses expected to cause surface damage by fatigue. The designed lifetime of CLIC is 20 years, which results in a number of thermal stress cycles of the order of 2.33•1010. Since no fatigue data existed in the literature for CLIC parameter space, a set of three complementary experiments were initiated: ultra high cycle mechanical fatigue by ultrasound, low cycle fatigue by pulsed laser irradiation and low cycle thermal fatigue by high power microwaves, each test representing a subset of the original problem. High conductiv...

  3. Thermal-structural response and low-cycle fatigue damage of channel wall nozzle

    Cheng Cheng; Wang Yibai; Liu Yu; Liu Dawei; Lu Xingyu

    2013-01-01

    To investigate the thermo-mechanical response of channel wall nozzle under cyclic work-ing loads, the finite volume fluid-thermal coupling calculation method and the finite element thermal-structural coupling analysis technique are applied. In combination with the material low-cycle fatigue behavior, the modified continuous damage model on the basics of local strain approach is adopted to analyze the fatigue damage distribution and accumulation with increasing nozzle work cycles. Simulation results have shown that the variation of the non-uniform temperature distribution of channel wall nozzle during cyclic work plays a significant role in the thermal-structural response by altering the material properties;the thermal-mechanical loads interaction results in serious defor-mation mainly in the front region of slotted liner. In particular, the maximal cyclic strains appear in the intersecting regions of liner gas side wall and symmetric planes of channel and rib, where the fatigue failure takes place initially;with the increase in nozzle work cycles, the residual plastic strain accumulates linearly, and the strain amplitude and increment in each work cycle are separately equal, but the fatigue damage grows up nonlinearly. As a result, a simplified nonlinear damage accumulation approach has been suggested to estimate the fatigue service life of channel wall nozzle. The predicted node life is obviously conservative to the Miner’s life. In addition, several workable methods have also been proposed to improve the channel wall nozzle durability.

  4. Simulation and analysis of data for enhancing low cycle fatigue test procedures

    The simulation and analysis of data for enhancing low cycle fatigue test procedures is discussed in this report. The analysed materials are an austenitic stainless piping steel and an austenitic weld material. This project continues the work performed in 2003 and 2004. The fatigue test data treatment application developed within the project in 2004 for the preparation of the fatigue data has been developed further. Also, more fatigue test data has been analysed with the application than in 2004. In addition to this numerical fatigue simulations were performed with FEM code ABAQUS. With the fatigue test data treatment application one can e.g. both calculate cyclically certain relevant characteristic values, e.g. elastic range, and form a set of certain cyclical parameter values needed as a part of ABAQUS analysis input files. The hardening properties of metals were modelled with both isotropic and kinematic hardening models. The further development of the application included trimming of the analysed data, and consequently trimming of resulting hardening parameters. The need for the trimming arose from the fact that the analysed fatigue test data presents some scatter caused by the limited accuracy of the test equipment and the sampling rate. The hardening parameters obtained from the application analysis results were used in the subsequent ABAQUS analyses, and then the fatigue test data were compared with the ABAQUS simulation results. After finding a procedure to trim result data to get smooth curves for cyclic hardening, hardening and softening could be reproduced in ABAQUS analysis with a reasonable accuracy. The modelling of the fatigue induced initiation and growth of cracks was not considered in this study. On the other hand, a considerable part of the fatigue life of nuclear power plant (NPP) piping components is spent in the phase preceding the initiation and growth of cracks. (au)

  5. Crack propagation under conditions of low cycle fatigue

    A literature review is given of convenient concepts describing the mechanical behaviour of a cracked body under cyclic loading. Only the range of high growth rates is considered. However, caused by large scale yielding in this range, the application of linear elastic fracture mechanics is no longer possible. Mechanical parameters which control fatigue crack growth are a modified stress intensity factor, the J-integral, the crack tip opening displacement and a suitable strain amplitude. (orig.) With 20 figs

  6. Low cycle fatigue life of two nickel-base casting alloys in a hydrogen environment

    Results of low cycle fatigue tests on alloy Mar-M-246 and Inconel 713 are presented. Based on the limited data, it was concluded that the Mar-M-246 material had a cyclic life in hydrogen that averaged three times higher than the alloy 713LC material for similar strain ranges. The hydrogen environment reduced life for both materials. The life reduction was more than an order of magnitude for the 713LC material. Porosity content of the cast specimens was as expected and was an important factor governing low cycle fatigue life

  7. High cycle fatigue of a CoCrNi--TaC aligned eutectic

    High cycle tension-tension fatigue tests at room temperature and at 10000C were conducted on a Co-10%Ni-10%Cr-14Ta-1%C directionally solidified eutectic. The room temperature S-N plot exhibited two distinct curves which converged at lower stress levels. The upper curve results when no cracking of the TaC reinforcing fibers occurs except at the crack tip. The lower curve is observed either when widespread fiber cracking occurs on the first cycle (the maximum stress being above that required to fracture fibers), or when fibers are precracked by overload followed by fatigue testing conducted below the minimum stress required to break fibers. The fatigue crack path of all room temperature specimens was macroscopically oriented at 900 to the tensile axis but microscopically consisted of Stage I (crystallographic) facets. Fibers intersecting the fracture surface showed classical cleavage characteristics indicating brittle fracture. At 10000C fatigue strengths were reduced by a factor of three and precracking of fibers led to a still lower fatigue resistance. The characteristics of fatigue crack initiation and propagation are discussed in relation to the characteristic deformation of these alloys at each temperature

  8. A structural strain method for low-cycle fatigue evaluation of welded components

    In this paper, a new structural strain method is presented to extend the early structural stress based master S–N curve method to low cycle fatigue regime in which plastic deformation can be significant while an elastic core is still present. The method is formulated by taking advantage of elastically calculated mesh-insensitive structural stresses based on nodal forces available from finite element solutions. The structural strain definition is consistent with classical plate and shell theory in which a linear through-thickness deformation field is assumed a priori in both elastic or elastic–plastic regimes. With considerations of both yield and equilibrium conditions, the resulting structural strains are analytically solved if assuming elastic and perfectly plastic material behavior. The formulation can be readily extended to strain-hardening materials for which structural strains can be numerically calculated with ease. The method is shown effective in correlating low-cycle fatigue test data of various sources documented in the literature into a single narrow scatter band which is remarkable consistent with the scatter band of the existing master S–N curve adopted ASME B and PV Code since 2007. With this new method, some of the inconsistencies of the pseudo-elastic structural stress procedure in 2007 ASME Div 2 Code can now be eliminated, such as its use of Neuber's rule in approximating structural strain beyond yield. More importantly, both low cycle and high cycle fatigue behaviors can now be treated in a unified manner. The earlier mesh-insensitive structural stress based master S–N curve method can now be viewed as an application of the structural strain method in high cycle regime, in which structural strains are linearly related to traction-based structural stresses according to Hooke's law. In low-cycle regime, the structural strain method characterizes fatigue damage directly in terms of structural strains that satisfy linear through

  9. Crack path for run-out specimens in fatigue tests: is it belonging to high- or very-high-cycle fatigue regime?

    A. Shanyavskiy

    2015-01-01

    Fatigue tests run-out specimens up to 106 – 5x107 load cycles are used to determine the stress level named “fatigue limit”. Nevertheless, it is not clear what kind of fatigue cracking takes or will take place in these specimens. To discuss this problem, fatigue tests of titanium alloy VT3-1 specimens have been performed under tension with different values of R-ratio and under rotating-bending after various thermo-mechanical treatments (tempering, surface hardening and their combin...

  10. A Direct Method For Predicting The High-Cycle Fatigue Regime In SMAs: Application To Nitinol Stents

    Colombé Pierre

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In fatigue design of metals, it is common practice to distinguish between high-cycle fatigue (occurring after 10000–100000 cycles and low-cycle fatigue. For elastic-plastic materials, there is an established correlation between fatigue and energy dissipation. In particular, high-cycle fatigue occurs when the energy dissipation remains bounded in time. Although the physical mechanisms in SMAs differ from plasticity, the hysteresis observed in the stress-strain response shows that some energy dissipation occurs, and it can be reasonably assumed that situations where the energy dissipation remains bounded is the most favorable for fatigue design. We present a direct method for determining if the energy dissipation in a SMA structure is bounded or not. That method relies only on elastic calculations, thus bypassing incremental nonlinear analysis. Moreover, only a partial knowledge of the loading (namely the extreme values is needed. Some results related to Nitinol stents are presented.

  11. A simple approximative procedure for taking into account low cycle fatigue loads

    Larsen, G.; Thomsen, K.

    1996-09-01

    In this paper a simple approximative algorithm for taking into account low cycle fatigue loads is presented. Traditionally, the fatigue life consumption of a wind turbine is estimated by considering a number of (independent) load cases and performing a rainflow counting analysis on each of those. These results are then subsequently synthesized into a total load spectrum by performing a weighed sum of the number of individual load case ranges. The fatigue life consumption is thus obtained by applying the Palmgren-Miner rule on the total load spectrum. However, due to the assumption of isolated basic load cases, the above procedure fail to represent the low-frequency contributions related to the transition between those load cases. The procedure to be described in the following aims at taking the fatigue contribution, related to the transitions between the defined load cases, into account in an approximative manner. (au)

  12. High-cycle Fatigue Life Extension of Glass Fiber/Polymer Composites with Carbon Nanotubes

    Christopher S Grimmer; C K H Dharan

    2009-01-01

    The present work shows that the addition of small volume fractions of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to the matrix results in a significant increase in the high-cycle fatigue life. It is proposed that carbon nanotubes tend to inhibit the formation of large cracks by nucleating nano-scale damage zones. In addition, the contribution to energy absorption from the fracture of nanotubes bridging across nano-scale cracks and from nanotube pull-out from the matrix are mechanisms that can improve the fatigue life. An energy-based model was proposed to estimate the additional strain energy absorbed in fatigue. The distributed nanotubes in the matrix appear to both distribute damage as well as inhibit damage propagation resulting in an overall improvement in the fatigue strength of glass fiber composites.

  13. Identification of low cycle fatigue parameters of high strength low-alloy (HSLA steel at room temperature

    S. Bulatović

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Low cycle fatigue test was performed in ambient atmosphere at room temperature. Cycle loading of material, in case of High strength low-alloy steel, entails modifications of its properties and in this paper is therefore shown behavior of fatigue life using low cycle fatigue parameters. More precisely, crack initiation life of tested specimens was computed using theory of Coffin-Manson relation during the fatigue loading. The geometry of the stabilized hysteresis loop of welded joint HSLA steel, marked as Nionikral 70, is also analyzed. This stabilized hysteresis loop is very important for determination of materials properties.

  14. Ratcheting Assessment of GFRP Composites in Low-Cycle Fatigue Domain

    Ahmadzadeh, G. R.; Varvani-Farahani, A.

    2014-06-01

    The present study intends to examine ratcheting response of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) composites over fatigue cycles by means of parametric variables. Stages of ratcheting deformation were related to stress cycles, lifespan, mechanical properties and cyclic stress levels by means of linear and non-linear functions. The coefficients B and C in the proposed ratcheting formulation calibrated ratcheting equation by means of material properties over ratcheting stages. Coefficients A and C calibrated the stages I and II of ratcheting strain curve over stress cycles. The ratcheting curve over initial and final stages was affected as composite modulus of elasticity ( E c ) increased. An increase in E c -dependent coefficients A and B increased the magnitude of ratcheting strains over stress cycles. Ratcheting data for continuous and short fiber GFRP composites with various volume fractions were employed to evaluate the proposed ratcheting formulation. Interaction of ratcheting and fatigue phenomena was further assumed when the proposed parametric ratcheting equation was coupled with a fatigue damage model developed earlier by present authors. Overall damage is achieved from accumulation of ratcheting and fatigue over stress cycles.

  15. Structure and low-cycle fatigue of steel AISI 316 after ECAP

    M. Greger

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Main aim of this paper is to describe the plastic deformation executed by ECAP on low cycle fatigueof steel AISI 316. Among others was attention fixed on mechanical properties after this treatment.Design/methodology/approach: Experiments were planned and realised at the temperature ranging fromroom temperature up to 280 °C. After application of deformation the structure was investigated in dependence onaccumulation of deformation and deformation temperature as well as abovementioned final properties.Findings: Accumulated real (logarithmic deformation varied from the value 2 to 8. Investigation of structure byelectron microscopy was made with use of microscope JEOL JEM 2100. Mechanical properties were investigatedby conventional tensile test and penetration test. Selected samples were subjected to low-cycle fatigue. Statisticevaluation of angular disorientation and of size of grains/sub-grains was also made with use of electron diffraction(EBSD in combination with scanning electron microscope FEG SEM Philips.Practical implications: The Technology ECAP was applied on austenitic steel AISI 316. It was verificationof ECAP application possibility on steel AISI 316 importantly for following applying on similar kinds of steel,because ECap technology influence on fatigue properties was confirmed.Originality/value: It can be predicted on the basis of obtained results that, contrary to low-cycle fatigue theultra-fine grained material will manifest at fatigue load in the mode of constant amplitude of stress higher fatiguecharacteristics, particularly fatigue limit.

  16. Development of the ultrasonic fatigue testing machine due to study on giga-cycle fatigue at elevated temperature. 2001 annual report. Document on collaborative study

    An ultrasonic fatigue testing machine was developed to obtain the giga-cycle fatigue life at elevated temperature for safety and reliability of structural components in the faster breeder reactor (FBR). This testing machine consists of an amplifier, booster, horn and the equipments such as a system controller and data acquisition. The test specimen is attached at the end of the horn. The electric power generated in the amplifier is transformed into the mechanical vibration in the converter and is magnified in the booster and horn. The vibration was enough to fatigue the specimen. Since the test frequency is set at a resonant frequency, the shape and dimensions of specimen were designed so as to vibrate itself resonantly. However, the maximum amplitudes of stress and strain in the specimen can be calculated easily by measuring the amplitude of displacement at the end of the specimen. The developed ultrasonic fatigue testing machine enables to carry out the fatigue tests at 20 kHz so that it can perform the giga-cycle fatigue test within a very short time as compared with the regular fatigue testing machines such as a hydraulic fatigue testing machine. By clarifying the material strength characteristics in giga-cycle region, the life evaluation, design and examination of components will be more suitable than ever. This study will contribute to improve the safety and reliability of components in FBR. In this technical report, the specification and characteristics of the testing machine were described along with the several experimental results. (author)

  17. Low cycle fatigue behaviors of elbow pipe containing local wall thinning

    Low cycle fatigue tests were conducted using 100A elbow specimens of STPT410 with local wall thinning. Local wall thinning was machined on the inside of elbow specimens in order to simulate erosion/corrosion metal loss. The local wall thinning areas were located at three different areas, called extrados, crown and intrados. The elbow specimens were subjected to cyclic in-plane bending under displacement control without internal pressure. The effects of eroded conditions, such as eroded ratio, eroded angle and position, on the low cycle fatigue behavior and fatigue life were discussed. Three-dimensional elasto-plastic analyses were also carried out using the finite element method, which could accurately predict the location of crack initiation and the crack growth direction. In addition, the safety margin of the eroded elbows against seismic loading was evaluated by comparing the fictitious stress of elbows and the design code against seismic loadings. (author)

  18. Effect of the Machining Processes on Low Cycle Fatigue Behavior of a Powder Metallurgy Disk

    Telesman, J.; Kantzos, P.; Gabb, T. P.; Ghosn, L. J.

    2010-01-01

    A study has been performed to investigate the effect of various machining processes on fatigue life of configured low cycle fatigue specimens machined out of a NASA developed LSHR P/M nickel based disk alloy. Two types of configured specimen geometries were employed in the study. To evaluate a broach machining processes a double notch geometry was used with both notches machined using broach tooling. EDM machined notched specimens of the same configuration were tested for comparison purposes. Honing finishing process was evaluated by using a center hole specimen geometry. Comparison testing was again done using EDM machined specimens of the same geometry. The effect of these machining processes on the resulting surface roughness, residual stress distribution and microstructural damage were characterized and used in attempt to explain the low cycle fatigue results.

  19. Low cycle fatigue behaviors of elbow pipe with local wall thinning

    Low cycle fatigue tests were conducted using 100A elbow specimens made of STPT410 carbon steel with local wall thinning. Local wall thinning by erosion/corrosion was simulated by machined pipe wall thinning. The local wall thinning areas were located at three different areas, called extrados, crown and intrados. The elbow specimens were subjected to cyclic in-plane bending under displacement control without internal pressure. The effects of eroded conditions, such as eroded ratio, eroded angle and position, on the low cycle fatigue behavior and fatigue life were discussed by using experimental results and finite element analyses. Also the location of crack initiation and the crack growth direction could be predicted by three dimensional elastoplastic finite element analyses. In addition, the safety margin of eroded elbows against seismic loading was discussed by comparing the fictitious stress of elbows with the allowable stress limit demanded by the design code. (author)

  20. Modification of creep and low cycle fatigue behaviour induced by welding

    A. Carofalo

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the mechanical properties of Waspaloy superalloy have been evaluated in case of welded repaired material and compared to base material. Test program considered flat specimens on base and TIG welded material subjected to static, low-cycle fatigue and creep test at different temperatures. Results of uniaxial tensile tests showed that the presence of welded material in the gage length specimen does not have a relevant influence on yield strength and UTS. However, elongation at failure of TIG material was reduced with respect to the base material. Moreover, low-cycle fatigue properties have been determined carrying out tests at different temperature (room temperature RT and 538°C in both base and TIG welded material. Welded material showed an increase of the data scatter and lower fatigue strength, which was anyway not excessive in comparison with base material. During test, all the hysteresis cycles were recorded in order to evaluate the trend of elastic modulus and hysteresis area against the number of cycles. A clear correlation between hysteresis and fatigue life was found. Finally, creep test carried out on a limited number of specimens allowed establishing some changes about the creep rate and time to failure of base and welded material. TIG welded specimen showed a lower time to reach a fixed strain or failure when a low stress level is applied. In all cases, creep behaviour of welded material is characterized by the absence of the tertiary creep.

  1. Use of strainrange partitioning to predict high temperature low-cycle fatigue life. [of metallic materials

    Hirschberg, M. H.; Halford, G. R.

    1976-01-01

    The fundamental concepts of the strainrange partitioning approach to high temperature, low low-cycle fatigue are reviewed. Procedures are presented by which the partitioned strainrange versus life relationships for any material can be generated. Laboratory tests are suggested for further verifying the ability of the method of strainrange partitioning to predict life.

  2. Very high cycle regime fatigue of thin walled tubes made from austenitic stainless steel

    Carstensen, J.V.; Mayer, H.; Brøndsted, P.

    2002-01-01

    Fatigue life data of cold worked tubes (diameter 4 mm, wall thicknesses 0.25 and 0.30 mm) of an austenitic stainless steel, AISI 904 L, were measured in the regime ranging from 2 × 105 to 1010 cycles to failure. The influence of the loading frequency was investigated as data were obtained in...

  3. Ultra-high cycle fatigue behavior of high strength steel with carbide-free bainite/martensite complex microstructure

    Xue-xia Xu; Yang Yu; Wen-long Cui; Bing-zhe Bai; Jia-lin Gu

    2009-01-01

    The ultra-high cycle fatigue behavior of a novel high strength steel with carbide-free bainite/martensite (CFB/M) complex microstructure was studied. The ultra-high cycle fatigue properties were measured by ultrasonic fatigue testing equipment at a fre-quency of 20 kHz. It is found that there is no horizontal part in the S-N curve and fatigue fracture occurs when the life of specimens exceeds 107 cycles. In addition, the origination of fatigue cracks tends to transfer from the surface to interior of specimens as the fa-tigue cycle exceeds 107 , and the fatigue crack originations of many specimens are not induced by inclusions, but by some kind of "soft structure". It is shown that the studied high strength steel performs good ultra-high cycle fatigue properties. The ultra-high fa-tigue mechanism was discussed and it is suggested that specific CFB/M complex microstrueture of the studied steel contributes to itssuperior properties.

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    ... chemotherapy and radiation Recovering from major surgery Anxiety, stress, or depression Staying up too late Drinking too much alcohol or too many caffeinated drinks Pregnancy One disorder that causes extreme fatigue is chronic ...

  6. Effects of sodium on the low-cycle fatigue behavior of austenitic stainless steel

    Low-cycle fatigue data have been obtained on annealed Type 316 stainless steel specimens during exposure to well-characterized sodium. Instrumented sodium loops, in which the oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen concentrations in sodium are controlled and measured, provide the desired test environment. Two closed-loop servohydraulic testing machines have been used for the low-cycle fatigue tests, which have been conducted with axial stroke-control loading at a strain rate of approximately 4 x 10-3 sec-1. The fatigue life of annealed Type 316 stainless steel tested in sodium is substantially greater than that tested in air. The fatigue life of sodium-exposed stainless steel (1512 hr at 6000C) that resulted in surface carburization of the material has also been investigated. The applied stress range for the sodium-exposed specimens decreased by 15-20 percent relative to the annealed specimens. For total strain ranges below approximately 1 percent, the fatigue life was enhanced by the 1500-hr sodium exposure

  7. Low cycle fatigue analysis of a last stage steam turbine blade

    Měšťánek P.

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available The present paper deals with the low cycle fatigue analysis of the low pressure (LP steam turbine blade. The blade is cyclically loaded by the centrifugal force because of the repeated startups of the turbine. The goal of the research is to develop a technique to assess fatigue life of the blade and to determine the number of startups to the crack initiation. Two approaches were employed. First approach is based on the elastic finite element analysis. Fictive 'elastic' results are recalculated using Neuber's rule and the equivalent energy method. Triaxial state of stress is reduced using von Mises theory. Strain amplitude is calculated employing the cyclic deformation curve. Second approach is based on elastic-plastic FE analysis. Strain amplitude is determined directly from the FE analysis by reducing the triaxial state of strain. Fatigue life was assessed using uniaxial damage parameters. Both approaches are compared and their applicability is discussed. Factors that can influence the fatigue life are introduced. Experimental low cycle fatigue testing is shortly described.

  8. Isothermal Low Cycle Fatigue of Uncoated and Coated Nickel-Base Superalloys

    High strength nickel-base superalloys have been used in turbine blades for many years because of their superior performance at high temperatures. However, the superalloys have limited oxidation and corrosion resistance and to solve this problem, protective coatings are deposited on the surface of the superalloys. The positive effect of coatings is based on protecting the surface zone in contact with hot gas atmosphere with elements like aluminium, chromium, which form a thermodynamically stable oxide layer that acts as a diffusion barrier to slow down the reaction between the substrate material and the aggressive environment. There are also other degradation mechanisms that affect nickel-base superalloys such as aging of microstructure, fatigue and creep. Long-term aging in metallic coating results in the changes of mechanical properties due to the significant interdiffusion of the main alloying elements between substrate and coatings. However, application of the coatings has mechanical side effects, the significance of which is not yet fully investigated. This work covers a study on the fatigue behaviour of a polycrystalline, IN792. and two single crystal nickel-base superalloys, CMSX-4 and SCB, coated with three different coatings. an overlay coating AMDRY997, a platinum aluminide modified diffusion coating RT22 and an innovative coating with an interdiffusion harrier of NiW called IC1, under low cycle fatigue loading conditions. Both low cycle fatigue properties, cyclic strain and stress response and fracture behaviour of the uncoated, coated and long-term aged coated specimens are presented. The main conclusions are that at 500 deg C the presence of the coatings have, in most cases, reduced the fatigue lives of the nickel-base substrates while at 900 deg C the coatings do improve the fatigue lives of the superalloys except RT22 coated on some superalloys and under certain test conditions. The reduction of the fatigue life at 500 deg C can be related to early

  9. Experimental investigation on low cycle fatigue and creep-fatigue interaction of DZ125 in different dwell time at elevated temperatures

    Research highlights: → This paper has researched creep-fatigue interaction of directionally solidified superalloy DZ125 with different dwell time at high temperature combined with micro-mechanism by experiment. → The results indicated that the life of creep-fatigue decreases as dwell time increases, but the life of this alloy was almost unchanged when dwell time exceeds a critical value at 850 deg. C. - Abstract: The low cycle fatigue (LCF) and creep-fatigue tests have been conducted with directionally solidified nickel-based superalloy DZ125 at 850 and 980 deg. C to study the creep-fatigue interaction behavior of alloy with different dwell time. On the average, the life of creep-fatigue tests are about 70% less than the life of LCF tests under the same strain range at 850 deg. C. The life of creep-fatigue decreases as dwell time increases, but the life of this alloy was almost unchanged when dwell time exceeds a critical value at 850 deg. C. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses of the fracture revealed that the fracture modes were influenced by different way of loading. In case of LCF, the primary fracture mode was transgranular, while in case of creep-fatigue, the primary fracture mode was mixed with transgranular and intergranular. There were also obvious different morphologies of surface crack between LCF and creep-fatigue.

  10. Low cycle thermomechanical fatigue of reactor steels: Microstructural and fractographic investigations

    The fatigue life of the structural materials 15Ch2MFA (CrMoV-alloyed ferritic steel) and 08Ch18N10T (CrNi-alloyed austenitic steel) of a VVER-440 reactor pressure vessel were investigated under fully reversed total strain controlled low cycle fatigue tests. The measurements were carried out in isothermal conditions at 260 °C and with thermal-mechanical conditions in the range 150–270 °C using a GLEEBLE-3800 servo-hydraulic thermal-mechanical simulator. The low cycle fatigue results were evaluated with the Coffin–Manson law, and the parameters of the Ramberg–Osgood stress–strain relation were investigated. Fracture mechanics behavior was observed using scanning electron microscopic analysis of the crack shapes and fracture surfaces. Crack propagation was assessed in relation to the actual crack size and the loading level. Interrupted fatigue tests were also carried out to investigate the kinetics of the fatigue evolution of the materials. Microstructural evaluation of the samples was performed using light, scanning and transmission electron microscopy as well as X-ray diffraction, and measurement of dislocations was completed using TEM and XRD. The course of dislocation density in relation to cumulative usage factor was similar for both steels. However, the nature and distribution of dislocations were different in the individual steels and this resulted in different mechanical behaviors. The nature of the fracture surfaces of both steels appeared similar despite differences in dislocation arrangement. The distances between striation lines initially increased with increasing crack length and then became saturated. The low cycle fatigue behavior investigated can provide a reference for the remaining life assessment and lifetime extension analysis of nuclear power plant components

  11. Low cycle thermomechanical fatigue of reactor steels: Microstructural and fractographic investigations

    Fekete, Balazs, E-mail: fekete.mm.bme@gmail.com [College of Dunaujvaros, Tancsics 1A, Dunaujvaros H-2400 (Hungary); Department of Applied Mechanics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Muegyetem 5, Budapest H-1111 (Hungary); Kasl, Josef; Jandova, Dagmar [Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o., Tylova 1581/46, 316 00 Plzen (Czech Republic); Jóni, Bertalan [College of Dunaujvaros, Tancsics 1A, Dunaujvaros H-2400 (Hungary); Eötvös Loránd University, Egyetem tér 1-3, Budapest H-1053 (Hungary); Misják, Fanni [Centre for Energy Research, Institute of Technical Physics and Materials Science, Konkoly-Thege M. 29-33, Budapest H-1121 (Hungary); Trampus, Peter [College of Dunaujvaros, Tancsics 1A, Dunaujvaros H-2400 (Hungary)

    2015-07-29

    The fatigue life of the structural materials 15Ch2MFA (CrMoV-alloyed ferritic steel) and 08Ch18N10T (CrNi-alloyed austenitic steel) of a VVER-440 reactor pressure vessel were investigated under fully reversed total strain controlled low cycle fatigue tests. The measurements were carried out in isothermal conditions at 260 °C and with thermal-mechanical conditions in the range 150–270 °C using a GLEEBLE-3800 servo-hydraulic thermal-mechanical simulator. The low cycle fatigue results were evaluated with the Coffin–Manson law, and the parameters of the Ramberg–Osgood stress–strain relation were investigated. Fracture mechanics behavior was observed using scanning electron microscopic analysis of the crack shapes and fracture surfaces. Crack propagation was assessed in relation to the actual crack size and the loading level. Interrupted fatigue tests were also carried out to investigate the kinetics of the fatigue evolution of the materials. Microstructural evaluation of the samples was performed using light, scanning and transmission electron microscopy as well as X-ray diffraction, and measurement of dislocations was completed using TEM and XRD. The course of dislocation density in relation to cumulative usage factor was similar for both steels. However, the nature and distribution of dislocations were different in the individual steels and this resulted in different mechanical behaviors. The nature of the fracture surfaces of both steels appeared similar despite differences in dislocation arrangement. The distances between striation lines initially increased with increasing crack length and then became saturated. The low cycle fatigue behavior investigated can provide a reference for the remaining life assessment and lifetime extension analysis of nuclear power plant components.

  12. Monitoring fatigue loads on wind turbines using cycle counting data acquisition systems

    Soeker, H.; Seifert, H. [Deutsches Windenergie-Institut (Germany); Fragoulis, A.; Vionis, P.; Foussekis, D. [Center for Renewable Energy Sources (Greece); Dahlberg, J.A.; Poppen, M. [The Aeronautical Research Institue of Sweden (Sweden)

    1996-09-01

    As in any industrial application, the duration of a wind turbine`s life is a key parameter for the evaluation of its economic potential. Assuming a service life of 20 years, components of the turbine have to withstand a number of load cycles of up to 10{sup 8}. Such numbers of load cycles impose high demands on the fatigue characteristics of both, the used materials and the design. Nevertheless, fatigue loading of wind turbine components still remains a parameter of high uncertainty in the design of wind turbines. The specific features of these fatigue loads can be expected to vary with the type of turbine and the site of operation. In order to ensure the reliability of the next generation of larger scale wind turbines improved load assumptions will be of vital importance. Within the scope of the presented research program DEWI, C.R.E.S. and FFA monitored fatigue loads of serial produced wind turbines by means of a monitoring method that uses on-line cycle counting techniques. The blade root bending moments of two pitch controlled, variable speed wind turbines operating in the Hamswehrum wind farm, and also that of a stall controlled, fixed speed wind turbine operating in CRES` complex terrain test site, were measured by DEWI and CRES. In parallel FFA used their database of time series measurements of blade root bending moments on a stall controlled, fixed speed turbine at Alsvik Windfarm in order to derive semi-empirical fatigue load data. The experience gained from application of the on-line measurement technique is discussed with respect to performance, data quality, reliability and cost effectiveness. Investigations on the effects of wind farm and complex terrain operation on the fatigue loads of wind turbine rotor blades are presented. (au)

  13. Dwell effect on low cycle fatigue behaviour of cast superalloy Inconel 792-5A at 800 °C

    Šmíd, Miroslav; Obrtlík, Karel; Polák, Jaroslav

    Berlín: DMV, 2013, s. 113-118. ISBN 978-3-9814516-2-7. [LCF7 - International Conference on Low Cycle Fatigue /7./. Aachen (DE), 09.09.2013-11.09.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP204/11/1453; GA ČR(CZ) GAP107/11/2065; GA MPO FR-TI4/030 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : nickel base superalloy * low cycle fatigue * dwell * high temperature fatigue * surface relief * dislocation structure Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  14. Model-experiment dialog in low cycle fatigue of stainless steels

    In this HDR report (accreditation to supervise research), the author first proposes a synthesis of her research activities in the study of the mechanical behaviour in low cycle fatigue (cyclic hardening, plasticity surfaces), of modelling of the fatigue mechanical behaviour (phenomenological modelling, modelling with scale change), of progressive deformation (experimental analysis, analysis and simulation of plasticity at the microstructure scale). The second part addresses other activities in the field of research (behaviour and damage characterization of an austenitic-ferritic stainless steel), publication and education supervising, teaching

  15. Coupling damage and reliability model of low-cycle fatigue and high energy impact based on the local stress–strain approach

    Chen Hongxia; Chen Yunxia; Yang Zhou

    2014-01-01

    Fatigue induced products generally bear fatigue loads accompanied by impact processes, which reduces their reliable life rapidly. This paper introduces a reliability assessment model based on a local stress–strain approach considering both low-cycle fatigue and high energy impact loads. Two coupling relationships between fatigue and impact are given with effects of an impact process on fatigue damage and effects of fatigue damage on impact performance. The analysis of the former modifies the ...

  16. Estimation of low cycle fatigue life of elbows considering bi-axial stress effect

    Elbow pipes are commonly used in the piping systems of power plants and chemical plants. The stress states at elbow part are complex and quite different from those of the straight pipes. It is well known that the fatigue lives of metals under simple push-pull conditions were successfully predicted by the Manson's universal slope method. However, it have been pointed out by the several researchers that the low cycle fatigue lives of elbows under combined cyclic bending and inner pressure could not be predicted by the Manson's universal slope method. However, the reasons for this are not made clear. In this work, the low cycle fatigue tests and the finite element analysis of elbows under cyclic bending and inner pressures were carried out. It was found that the bi-axial stress ratio, which is a ratio of hoop stress and axial stress, at elbows are quite high. Considering the bi-axial stress ratio, the revised Manson's universal slope method was proposed in this paper. It was shown that the low cycle fatigue lives of elbows under combined cyclic bending and inner pressure were predicted conservatively by the proposed method. (author)

  17. Analysis of methods for determining high cycle fatigue strength of a material with investigation of titanium-aluminum-vanadium gigacycle fatigue behavior

    Pollak, Randall D.

    Today, aerospace engineers still grapple with the qualitative and quantitative understanding of fatigue behavior in the design and testing of turbine-driven jet engines. The Department of Defense has taken a very active role in addressing this problem with the formation of the National High Cycle Fatigue Science & Technology Program in 1994. The primary goal of this program is to further the understanding of high cycle fatigue (HCF) behavior and develop methods in order to mitigate the negative impact of HCF on aerospace operations. This research supports this program by addressing the fatigue strength testing guidance currently provided by the DoD to engine manufacturers, with the primary goal to investigate current methods and recommend a test strategy to characterize the fatigue strength of a material at a specified number of cycles, such as the 109 design goal specified by MIL-HDBK-1783B, or range of cycles. The research utilized the benefits of numerical simulation to initially investigate the staircase method for use in fatigue strength testing. The staircase method is a commonly used fatigue strength test, but its ability to characterize fatigue strength variability is extremely suspect. A modified staircase approach was developed and shown to significantly reduce bias and scatter in estimates for fatigue strength variance. Experimental validation of this proposed test strategy was accomplished using a dual-phase Ti-6Al-4V alloy. The HCF behavior of a second material with a very different microstructure (beta annealed Ti-6Al-4V) was also investigated. The random fatigue limit (RFL) model, a recently developed analysis tool, was investigated to characterize stress-life behavior but found to have difficulty representing fatigue life curves with sharp transitions. Two alternative models (bilinear and hyperbolic) were developed based on maximum likelihood methods to better characterize the Ti-6Al-4V fatigue life behavior. These models provided a good fit to the

  18. Effects of Hydrogen Gas Environment on Fatigue Strength at 107 cycles in Plain Specimen of Type 316L Stainless Steel

    Kawamoto, Kyohei; Ochi, Kazuhiko; Oda, Yasuji; Noguchi, Hiroshi

    In order to clarify the hydrogen effect on the fatigue strength at 107 cycles in a plain specimen of type 316L austenitic stainless steel, rotating bending fatigue tests in laboratory air and plane bending fatigue tests in 1.0 MPa dry hydrogen gas and in air at 313 K were carried out. The main results obtained are as follows. The observed fatigue behavior showed that the fatigue strength at 107 cycles in both environments is determined by the non-propagation of a fatigue crack of the order of the grain size. Also, the strength at 107 cycles in hydrogen gas is slightly higher than that in air. In the region of high-cycle fatigue, the fatigue life in hydrogen gas is longer than that in air, which is mainly caused by the longer crack initiation life in hydrogen gas. The crack propagation life in hydrogen gas is shorter than that in air but has only a small ratio to the fatigue life in this region.

  19. Prediction of three-dimensional crack propagation paths taking high cycle fatigue into account

    Guido Dhondt

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Engine components are usually subject to complex loading patterns such as mixed-mode Low Cycle Fatigue Loading due to maneuvering. In practice, this LCF Loading has to be superimposed by High Cyclic Fatigue Loading caused by vibrations. The changes brought along by HCF are twofold: first, the vibrational cycles which are superposed on the LCF mission increase the maximum loading of the mission and may alter the principal stress planes. Secondly, the HCF cycles themselves have to be evaluated on their own, assuring that no crack propagation occurs. Indeed, the vibrational frequency is usually so high that propagation leads to immediate failure. In the present paper it is explained how these two effects can be taken care of in a standard LCF crack propagation procedure. The method is illustrated by applying the Finite Element based crack propagation software CRACKTRACER3D on an engine blade.

  20. Life estimation of low-cycle fatigue of pipe elbows. Proposed criteria of low-cycle fatigue life under the multi-axial stress field

    Pipe elbows were important parts frequently used in the pipelines of nuclear power, thermal power and chemical plants, and their integrity needed to be assured under seismic loads and thermal stresses considering local wall thinning or complex stress distribution due to special configuration different from straight pipe. This article investigated in details elastic-plastic stress-strain state of pipe elbow using finite element analysis and clarified there existed high bi-axial stress field at side inner surface of pipe elbow axial cracks initiated. Bi-axial stress factor was around 0.6 for sound elbow and up to 0.95 for local wall thinning at crown. Fracture strain of 1.15 was reduced to around 0.15 for bi-axial stress factor from 0.6 to 0.9. Normalized fatigue life for bi-axial stress field (0.6 - 0.8) was largely reduced to around 15, 19 and 10% of fatigue life of uni-axial state dependent on material strength level. Proposed revised universal slopes taking account of multi-axial stress factor could explain qualitatively effects of strain range, internal pressure and ratchet strain (pre-strain) on low-cycle fatigue life of pipe elbow. (T. Tanaka)

  1. Low cycle fatigue damage in nickel-base superalloy single crystals at elevated temperature

    Fleury, E. (Centre des Materiaux P.M. Fourt, Ecole des Mines, 91 Evry (France)); Remy, L. (Centre des Materiaux P.M. Fourt, Ecole des Mines, 91 Evry (France))

    1993-08-15

    Low cycle fatigue tests on AM1 nickel-base superalloy single crystals were conducted under axial strain control at 650, 950 and 1100 C. The behaviour of the 001 orientation was investigated at the three temperatures, that of the 111, 101 and 213 specimens was studied at the two lower temperatures. The orientation dependence of fatigue life-total strain range curves was mainly due to variations in Young's modulus with orientation. Most cracks grow in stage II mode whatever the temperature. Cracks nucleate at micropores and in the interior of specimens at low temperatures; surface cracks induced by oxidation are dominant at high temperatures and low strain ranges. Most of fatigue life is spent in microcrack growth. (orig.)

  2. Low-cycle fatigue properties of stainless steels and aluminum alloys at liquid helium temperature

    Axial-strain controlled fatigue tests of stainless steels (SUS 304 L, SUS 316 L and WM-X) and aluminum alloys (A 5083-O and A 5356) were conducted at 4 K with the strain rate of 0.4 %/s and the strain ratio of -1. The fatigue tests at 77 and 300 K were also conducted for comparison. The TIG weld metal of stainless steel (WM-X) showed cyclic strain-hardening at 4 and 77 K, and cyclic strain-softening at 300 K, although other materials showed cyclic strain-hardening at 4, 77 and 300 K. It seemed that the strain-induced martensitic transformation influenced the cyclic stress responce of stainless steel. In the fatigue life range of 1000 cycles or more, the fatigue resistance, that means the strain capability at given cycles of fatigue life, of SUS 304 L, SUS 316 L, WM-X and A 5083-O at 4 K were nearly equal to or a bit higher than that at 77 K. At 4 K, the fatigue resistance of SUS 316 L was higher than that of SUS 304 L, but lied in the middle of a scatter band by a factor of 2 among base metals of stainless steels in literatures. The fatigue resistance of A 5083-O was the lowest in a scatter band by a factor of 1.4 among base metals of aluminum alloys in literatures. At 4 K, the fatigue resistance of WM-X was almost equivalent to that of SUS 304 L and was lower than that of SUS 316 L by 20 %, being away below that of base metals of stainless steels at 300 K. However, the fatigue resistance of the MIG weld metal of aluminum alloy (A 5356) was lower than that of A 5083-O by 45 %, being closer to that of base metals of aluminum alloy at 300 K. One must be careful to use the weld metal A 5356 at 4 K. (author)

  3. Energy Approach-Based Simulation of Structural Materials High-Cycle Fatigue

    Balayev, A. F.; Korolev, A. V.; Kochetkov, A. V.; Sklyarova, A. I.; Zakharov, O. V.

    2016-02-01

    The paper describes the mechanism of micro-cracks development in solid structural materials based on the theory of brittle fracture. A probability function of material cracks energy distribution is obtained using a probabilistic approach. The paper states energy conditions for cracks growth at material high-cycle loading. A formula allowing to calculate the amount of energy absorbed during the cracks growth is given. The paper proposes a high- cycle fatigue evaluation criterion allowing to determine the maximum permissible number of solid body loading cycles, at which micro-cracks start growing rapidly up to destruction.

  4. Cycle-Dependent Matrix Remodeling Gene Expression Response in Fatigue-Loaded Rat Patellar Tendons

    Hui B. Sun; Andarawis-Puri, Nelly; Li, Yonghui; Fung, David T.; Jonathan Y. Lee; Wang, Vincent M.; Basta-Pljakic, Jelena; Leong, Daniel J.; Sereysky, Jedd B.; Ros, Stephen J.; Klug, Raymond A.; Braman, Jonathan; Schaffler, Mitch B.; Jepsen, Karl J.; Flatow, Evan L.

    2010-01-01

    Expression profiling of selected matrix remodeling genes was conducted to evaluate differences in molecular response to low-cycle (100) and high-cycle (7,200) sub-failure-fatigue loading of patellar tendons. Using our previously developed in vivo patellar tendon model, tendons were loaded for 100 or 7,200 cycles and expression of selected metalloproteinases (MMPs), tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), and collagens were quantified by real-time RT-PCR at 1- and 7-day post-loading. ...

  5. Influence of subsolvus thermomechanical processing on the low-cycle fatigue properties of haynes 230 alloy

    Vecchio, Kenneth S.; Fitzpatrick, Michael D.; Klarstrom, Dwaine

    1995-03-01

    Strain-controlled low-cycle fatigue tests have been conducted in air at elevated temperature to determine the influence of subsolvus thermomechanical processing on the low-cycle fatigue (LCF) behavior of HAYNES 230 alloy. A series of tests at various strain ranges was conducted on material experimentally processed at 1121 °C, which is below the M23C6 carbide solvus temperature, and on material fully solution annealed at 1232 °C. A comparative strain-life analysis was performed on the LCF results, and the cyclic hardening/softening characteristics were examined. At 760 °C and 871 °C, the fatigue life of the experimental 230/1121 material was improved relative to the standard 230/1232 material up to a factor of 3. The fatigue life advantage of the experimental material was related primarily to a lower plastic (inelastic) strain amplitude response for a given imposed total strain range. It appears the increase in monotonic flow stress exhibited by the finer grain size experimental material has been translated into an increase in cyclic flow stress at the 760 °C and 871 °C test temperatures. Both materials exhibited entirely transgranular fatigue crack initiation and propagation modes at these temperatures. The LCF performance of the experimental material in tests performed at 982 °C was improved relative to the standard material up to a factor as high as 2. The life advantage of the 230/1121 material occurred despite having a larger plastic strain amplitude than the standard 230/1232 material for a given total strain range. Though not fully understood at present, it is suspected that this behavior is related to the deleterious influence of grain boundaries in the fatigue crack initiations of the standard processed material relative to the experimental material, and ultimately to differences in carbide morphology as a result of thermomechanical processing.

  6. Electrostimulation of defect structure and phase composition of 18Cr-10Ni steel under low cycle fatigue tests

    The change of structure and phase composition of austenitic steel Kh18N10T subjected to low cyclic fatigue test under electric current impulses action are studied. It is shown that the electrostimulation slows down a dislocation substructure evolution. The result is a sharp decreasing a density of sites of microcrack formation, significant plastification of steel under fatigue loading and shift of fatigue curve to a large number of loading cycles

  7. Crack propagation mechanism and life prediction for very-high-cycle fatigue of a structural steel in different environmental medias

    Guian Qian; Chengen Zhou; Youshi Hong

    2013-01-01

    The influence of environmental medias on crack propagation of a structural steel at high and very-high-cycle fatigue (VHCF) regimes is investigated based on the fatigue tests performed in air, water and 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution. Crack propagation mechanisms due to different crack driving forces are investigated in terms of fracture mechanics. A model is proposed to study the relationship between fatigue life, applied stress and material property in different environmental medias, which refl...

  8. Influence of niobium alloying on the low cycle fatigue of cast TiAl alloys at room and high temperatures

    Kruml, Tomáš; Petrenec, Martin; Obrtlík, Karel; Polák, Jaroslav; Buček, Petr

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 2, č. 1 (2010), s. 2297-2305. ISSN 1877-7058. [Fatigue 2010. Praha, 06.06.2010-11.06.2010] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/08/1631; GA ČR GA106/07/0762 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : Low cycle fatigue * lamellar TiAl alloy * fracture surface Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  9. The structure of austenitic steel AISI 316 after ECAP and low-cycle fatigue

    L. Kander

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The article presents results of investigation of structure and properties of austenitic steel grade AISI 316 after application of Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP at the temperature of approx. 290ºC.Design/methodology/approach: The ECAP method led to significant improvement of strength of investigated material. Experiments were planned and realised at the temperature ranging from room temperature up to above mentioned temperature.Findings: It was established with use of the EBSD technique that after 8 passes through the ECAP die the sub-grains with an angle of disorientation smaller than 10º formed less than 20% of resulting structure. Average size of austenitic grains with high angle boundary after 8 passes was approx. 0.32 µm. It was proven that the ECAP method enables obtaining of ultra fine-grained austenitic structure formed by recrystallised grains with very low density of dislocations.Practical implications: The Technology ECAP was applied on austenitic steel AISI 316. It was verification of ECAP application possibility on steel AISI 316 importantly for following applying on similar kinds of steel, because ECAP technology influence on fatigue properties was confirmed.Originality/value: It can be predicted on the basis of obtained results that, contrary to low-cycle fatigue the ultra-fine grained material will manifest at fatigue load in the mode of constant amplitude of stress higher fatigue characteristics, particularly fatigue limit.

  10. Low cycle fatigue failure propensity of WWER fuel rod under load following operation

    The evaluation of published results on fatigue properties of Zr-alloys leads to a Coffin-Manson relation, which is considered to describe the tolerable plastic strain range within the limit of low cycle fatigue of ZrNb-1 cladding with an accuracy corresponding to a factor of less than 2. WWER fuel rods were analysed by means of the one-dimensional, integral fuel rod performance modelling code STOFFEL-1. Stresses and strains of the cladding were calculated in dependence on a number of power ramps and power cycles with periods of one week and one day, respectively, and for various linear heat generation rates. The calculated permanent tangential strains at the inner surface of the cladding are assumed to represent the plastic strain range independently of their origin. This plastic strain range is used to estimate the number of cycles to failure according to the deduced Coffin-Manson relation. It follows that the contribution of pure low cycle fatigue under load following operation to the damage of fuel rod cladding is not critical. (author)

  11. Effects of High Mean Stress on High-cycle Fatigue Behavior of PWA 1480

    Majumdar, S.; Antolovich, S. D.; Milligan, W. W.

    1985-01-01

    PWA 1480 is a potential candidate material for use in the high-pressure fuel turbine blade of the space shuttle main engine. As an engine material it will be subjected to high-cycle fatigue loading superimposed on a high mean stress due to combined centrifugal and thermal loadings. The present paper describes the results obtained in an ongoing program at the Argonne National Laboratory, sponsored by NASA Lewis, to determine the effects of a high mean stress on the high-cycle fatigue behavior of this material. Straight-gauge high-cycle fatigue specimens, 0.2 inch in diameter and with the specimen axis in the 001 direction, were supplied by NASA Lewis. The nominal room temperature yield and ultimate strength of the material were 146 and 154 ksi, respectively. Each specimen was polished with 1-micron diamond paste prior to testing. However, the surface of each specimen contained many pores, some of which were as large as 50 micron. In the initial tests, specimens were subjected to axial-strain-controlled cycles. However, very little cyclic plasticity was observed.

  12. Fatigue crack initiation and propagation in stainless steels subjected to thermal cycling conditions

    The thermal fatigue crack initiation and propagation promoted by thermal quenches of AISI 316 and 304 stainless steels have been studied to correlate with their known behaviour in isothermal strain cycling fatigue at elevated temperatures. Axially unconstrained specimens of rectangular section were held at bulk temperatures of 250-5000C and symmetrically water-quenched on the narrow faces to give equivalent surface strain ranges from 2.8 x 10-3 to 5.4 x 10-3. Crack initiation in smooth samples showed an apparent threshold at a surface strain range of 2.8 x 10-3 equivalent to a thermal amplitude of 1500C, no cracking being produced in 500000 cycles. The crack growth in prenotched samples was evaluated by direct observation and by subsequent fractography and showed two modes of growth. The crack growth was strain-controlled during the early stages of propagation where the crack tip was within the surface zone under conditions of fully plastic cyclic yield. At greater depths the propagation rates in the remaining elastically cycled material were found to correlate with calculated stress intensity values. In the chosen symmetrically quenched axially unconstrained configuration the crack growth rates decreased towards the centre of the specimen, indicating a crack arrest condition as expected from analysis. The results indicated a good correlation with the fracture behaviour observed from isothermal strain cycling fatigue behaviour in an air environment. (author)

  13. Integrating water flow, locomotor performance and respiration of Chinese sturgeon during multiple fatigue-recovery cycles.

    Lu Cai

    Full Text Available The objective of this study is to provide information on metabolic changes occurring in Chinese sturgeon (an ecologically important endangered fish subjected to repeated cycles of fatigue and recovery and the effect on swimming capability. Fatigue-recovery cycles likely occur when fish are moving through the fishways of large dams and the results of this investigation are important for fishway design and conservation of wild Chinese sturgeon populations. A series of four stepped velocity tests were carried out successively in a Steffensen-type swimming respirometer and the effects of repeated fatigue-recovery on swimming capability and metabolism were measured. Significant results include: (1 critical swimming speed decreased from 4.34 bl/s to 2.98 bl/s; (2 active oxygen consumption (i.e. the difference between total oxygen consumption and routine oxygen consumption decreased from 1175 mgO2/kg to 341 mgO2/kg and was the primary reason for the decrease in Ucrit; (3 excess post-exercise oxygen consumption decreased from 36 mgO2/kg to 22 mgO2/kg; (4 with repeated step tests, white muscle (anaerobic metabolism began contributing to propulsion at lower swimming speeds. Therefore, Chinese sturgeon conserve energy by swimming efficiently and have high fatigue recovery capability. These results contribute to our understanding of the physiology of the Chinese sturgeon and support the conservation efforts of wild populations of this important species.

  14. Crack mode and life of Ti-6Al-4V under multiaxial low cycle fatigue

    Takamoto Itoh

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper studies multiaxial low cycle fatigue crack mode and failure life of Ti-6Al-4V. Stress controlled fatigue tests were carried out using a hollow cylinder specimen under multiaxial loadings of λ=0, 0.4, 0.5 and 1 of which stress ratio R=0 at room temperature. λ is a principal stress ratio and is defined as λ=II/I, where I and II are principal stresses of which absolute values take the largest and middle ones, respectively. Here, the test at λ=0 is a uniaxial loading test and that at λ=1 an equi-biaxial loading test. A testing machine employed is a newly developed multiaxial fatigue testing machine which can apply push-pull and reversed torsion loadings with inner pressure onto the hollow cylinder specimen. Based on the obtained results, this study discusses evaluation of the biaxial low cycle fatigue life and crack mode. Failure life is reduced with increasing λ induced by cyclic ratcheting. The crack mode is affected by the surface condition of cut-machining and the failure life depends on the crack mode in the multiaxial loading largely.

  15. The Rehbinder effect in iron during giga-cycle fatigue loading

    Bannikov, M. V., E-mail: mbannikov@icmm.ru; Naimark, O. B. [Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics UrB RAS, Perm, 614013 (Russian Federation)

    2015-10-27

    The influence of the adsorptive strength reduction effect (the Rehbinder effect) on the fatigue life of pure iron under the giga-cycle loading regime was investigated. Specimens were loaded by an ultrasonic testing machine with a frequency of 20 kHz in air and in contact with eutectic alloy of gallium with tin and indium. A significant (by several orders of magnitude) worsening of the life-time of iron in contact with a molten metal as compared with tests in air was established. The liquid metal penetrates into the material to a depth of 200 μm to the center of a fatigue crack. The mechanism of the fatigue crack initiation in the giga-cycle regime of loading in contact with a surfactant is differing: the crack is formed on the surface of the specimen rather than within it as is the case for air. Based on the electron and optical microscopy data for the fracture surface, it can be concluded that exactly the change in the crack initiation mechanism reduces the fatigue life of iron in contact with a liquid metal because the initiated crack propagates regardless of the surfactant.

  16. Surface-finish effects on the high-cycle fatigue of Alloy 718

    Alloy 718 us a precipitation-hardening nickel-base superalloy that is being specified for various components for liquid-meal fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs). This alloy maintains high strength at elevated temperatures making it a desirable structural material. But the property that justifies most LMFBR applications is the alloy's resistance to thermal striping damage due to its high fatigue endurance strength. Thermal striping is a high-cycle fatigue phenomenon caused by thermal stresses from the fluctuating mixing action of sodium streams of differing temperatures impinging on the metal surfaces. Most of the design data is generated from laboratory fatigue specimens with carefully controlled surface finishes prepared with a low-stress grind and buffed to a surface finish 8--12 in. Since Alloy 718 has been shown to be quite notch sensitive under cyclic loading, the detrimental effect on the high-cycle fatigue properties caused by shop surface finishes of actual components has been questioned. This report examines some of the surface finishes that could be produced in a commercial shop on an actual component

  17. The Rehbinder effect in iron during giga-cycle fatigue loading

    Bannikov, M. V.; Naimark, O. B.

    2015-10-01

    The influence of the adsorptive strength reduction effect (the Rehbinder effect) on the fatigue life of pure iron under the giga-cycle loading regime was investigated. Specimens were loaded by an ultrasonic testing machine with a frequency of 20 kHz in air and in contact with eutectic alloy of gallium with tin and indium. A significant (by several orders of magnitude) worsening of the life-time of iron in contact with a molten metal as compared with tests in air was established. The liquid metal penetrates into the material to a depth of 200 μm to the center of a fatigue crack. The mechanism of the fatigue crack initiation in the giga-cycle regime of loading in contact with a surfactant is differing: the crack is formed on the surface of the specimen rather than within it as is the case for air. Based on the electron and optical microscopy data for the fracture surface, it can be concluded that exactly the change in the crack initiation mechanism reduces the fatigue life of iron in contact with a liquid metal because the initiated crack propagates regardless of the surfactant.

  18. The Rehbinder effect in iron during giga-cycle fatigue loading

    The influence of the adsorptive strength reduction effect (the Rehbinder effect) on the fatigue life of pure iron under the giga-cycle loading regime was investigated. Specimens were loaded by an ultrasonic testing machine with a frequency of 20 kHz in air and in contact with eutectic alloy of gallium with tin and indium. A significant (by several orders of magnitude) worsening of the life-time of iron in contact with a molten metal as compared with tests in air was established. The liquid metal penetrates into the material to a depth of 200 μm to the center of a fatigue crack. The mechanism of the fatigue crack initiation in the giga-cycle regime of loading in contact with a surfactant is differing: the crack is formed on the surface of the specimen rather than within it as is the case for air. Based on the electron and optical microscopy data for the fracture surface, it can be concluded that exactly the change in the crack initiation mechanism reduces the fatigue life of iron in contact with a liquid metal because the initiated crack propagates regardless of the surfactant

  19. Fatigue

    ... organs. Your body also changes the way it processes foods and nutrients. All of these changes are stressful for your body and may lead to fatigue. Physical and psychological changes during pregnancy can also cause mental and emotional stress. This stress can add to your feelings ...

  20. Experimental study on properties of high cycle thermal fatigue. Outline and test plan of high cycle fatigue test equipment on sodium

    At a nuclear power plant, where fluids of high and low temperature flow into each other, it is necessary to prevent structural failure damage caused by high cycle thermal fatigue (thermal striping phenomenon). High cycle fatigue test equipment on thermal can be develop by modifying the thermal transient test facility for structure (TTS) in order to clarify the effect of temperature fluctuation induced by the thermal striping phenomenon on crack initiation and their propagation behavior. The test equipment has the following characteristic. (1) Fluid is controlled by a circulation pump, and by continuously changing the flow quantity ratio of high and low temperature Sodium, sinusoidal temperature fluctuations at various period of the test samples can be taken. (2) Mixing is done by the jet flow mix, thus it can generate axisymmetric temperature fluctuations by accelerating the mixing process of high and low temperature Sodium. (3) It can also control the temperature fluctuation, in which short and long term changes are superimposed. (4) Because the test sample cylinder is hollow, analysis of thermal stress and data from crack initiation to crack propagation can easily be obtained. Sinusoidal temperature fluctuations, random temperature fluctuations, and strength testing of the weld zone by test samples made of stainless steel are planned in the next stage. (author)

  1. Low cycle fatigue of mechanically heterogeneous welded joints

    A consideration is given to welded joints made of two dissimilar materials, namely, a material M of lesser strength and a material T of higher strength. It is shown that in near the contact mild - hard material zones under elastic - plastic deformation of the material M a triaxial stress state is realized as the strains are distributed irregularly. An increase in the rigidity of stress state results in a decrease of plasticity and durability of M material. Mild interlayers have a stronger effect on the strength of welded joint, especially, when low cycle loading. In mechanically nonuniform welded joints with V- and X- shaped welds in the most loaded zones the intensity of strains increases with a decrease of relative thickness of a root of penetration α0 for a mild weld, and with an increase of 2α angle for a hard material. Then, it is not recommended to take α048 grad

  2. Experimental investigation of high cycle thermal fatigue in a T-junction piping system

    Selvam, P. Karthick; Kulenovic, Rudi; Laurien, Eckart [Stuttgart Univ. (Germany). Inst. of Nuclear Technology and Energy Systems (IKE)

    2015-10-15

    High cycle thermal fatigue damage of structure in the vicinity of T-junction piping systems in nuclear power plants is of importance. Mixing of coolant streams at significant temperature differences causes thermal fluctuations near piping wall leading to gradual thermal degradation. Flow mixing in a T-junction is performed. The determined factors result in bending stresses being imposed on the piping system ('Banana effect').

  3. Thermal High- and Low-Cycle Fatigue Behavior of Thick Thermal Barrier Coating Systems

    Miller, Robert A.

    1998-01-01

    Ceramic thermal barrier coatings have received increasing attention for advanced gas turbine and diesel engine applications because of their ability to provide thermal insulation to engine components. However, the durability of these coatings under the severe thermal cycling conditions encountered in a diesel engine (ref. 1) still remains a major issue. In this research at the NASA Lewis Research Center, a high-power laser was used to investigate the thermal fatigue behavior of a yttria-stabilized zirconia coating system under simulated diesel engine conditions. The mechanisms of fatigue crack initiation and propagation, and of coating failure under complex thermal low-cycle fatigue (LCF, representing stop/start cycles) and thermal high-cycle fatigue (HCF, representing operation at 1300 rpm) are described. Continuous wave and pulse laser modes were used to simulate pure LCF and combined LCF/HCF, respectively (ref. 2). The LCF mechanism was found to be closely related to the coating sintering and creep at high temperatures. These creep strains in the ceramic coating led to a tensile stress state during cooling, thus providing the major driving force for crack growth under LCF conditions. The combined LCF/HCF tests induced more severe coating surface cracking, microspallation, and accelerated crack growth than did the pure LCF test. HCF thermal loads also facilitated lateral crack branching and ceramic/bond coat interface delaminations. HCF is associated with the cyclic stresses originating from the high-frequency temperature fluctuation at the ceramic coating surface. The HCF thermal loads act on the crack by a wedging mechanism (ref. 1), resulting in continuous crack growth at temperature. The HCF stress intensity factor amplitude increases with the interaction depth and temperature swing, and decreases with the crack depth. HCF damage also increases with the thermal expansion coefficient and the Young's modulus of the ceramic coating (refs. 1 and 3).

  4. Generalization of low-cycle fatigue characteristics of R2MA rotor steel

    Generalized data are presented on low-cycle fatigue of the R2MA steel used for production of rotors of high-power steam turbines. A statistical method has been used due to a wide natural spread in the strength and deformation properties of steels under investigations in order to obtain the generalized deformation characteristics. A zeneral-purpose curve of cyclic deformation for the R2MA steel is given

  5. Modification of creep and low cycle fatigue behaviour induced by welding

    A. Carofalo; V. Dattoma; R. Nobile; F.W. Panella; G. Alfeo; A. Scialpi; G.P. Zanon

    2014-01-01

    In this work, the mechanical properties of Waspaloy superalloy have been evaluated in case of welded repaired material and compared to base material. Test program considered flat specimens on base and TIG welded material subjected to static, low-cycle fatigue and creep test at different temperatures. Results of uniaxial tensile tests showed that the presence of welded material in the gage length specimen does not have a relevant influence on yield strength and UTS. However, elonga...

  6. Low-cycle-fatigue behavior of copper materials and their use in synchrotron beamline components

    The third generation synchrotron facilities such as the 7-GeV Advanced Photon Source Project (APS) generate x-ray beams with very high heat loads and heat flux levels. The front-end and beamline components are required to sustain total heat loads of 5 to 15 kW and heat flux levels exceeding 400 W/mm2. Grazing geometry and enhanced heat transfer techniques are used in the design of such components to reduce heat flux levels below the 30 W/mm2 level, which is sustainable by the special copper materials routinely used in the component design. Although the resulting maximum surface temperatures can be sustained, the structural stresses and the fatigue issues remain viable concerns for the copper, particularly under brazing or bonding of the parts. Brazing and bonding are almost always utilized in the design of the components, and the drastically lowered yield stress of the annealed copper subjected to bonding temperatures above 400 degree C is a real concern. Such materials with reduced post-bonding stress levels easily reach yield point under thermal stresses during ordinary use on the beamline. The resulting plastic deformation in each load cycle may cause low-cycle-fatigue problems. The two common copper materials are OFHC and Glidcop. This paper critically reviews the available literature for low-cycle-fatigue properties, of OFHC at the elevated temperatures typically found in synchrotron operations

  7. Study of crack initiation in low-cycle fatigue of an austenitic stainless steel

    The material studied is an austenitic stainless steel, that is widely used in nuclear equipment for its very high corrosion resistance combined to good mechanical properties. Although crack initiation is proved to play an important role in fatigue, its mechanisms have not been fully understood. Some crack initiation criteria based on physical mechanisms of plastic deformation have been defined. However, these criteria are not easy to use and valid, as they need local variables at the grain scale. The present study aims at establishing a crack initiation criterion in low-cycle fatigue, which should be usable under variable amplitude loading conditions. Tension-compression fatigue tests were first carried out to characterize the mechanical behavior of the stainless steel AISI 316L. The mechanical behavior was simulated using a self-consistent model using a crystalline plastic law based on dislocation densities. The evolution of surface damage was observed during a fatigue test using an in situ optical microscopic device. Cracks were analyzed after 2000 cycles and their crystallographic characteristics calculated. As surface grains exhibit larger strain because they are less constraint by neighbor grains, a specific numerical frame is necessary to determine stress state in surface grains. A localization law specific to surface grains under cyclic loading was identified from finite element simulations. The proposed form needs an intergranular accommodation variable, on the pattern of the localization law of Cailletaud-Pilvin. Stress-strain state in surface grains was simulated. Potential indicators for crack initiation were then compared on a same experimental data base. Indicators based on the equivalent plastic strain were found to be suitable indicators of fatigue damage. (author)

  8. Experimental study on properties of high cycle thermal fatigue. 3. Results of sinusoidal temperature fluctuation test at 20 second cycle

    In a nuclear power plant, it is necessary to be attentive to fatigue fracture of the structural material caused by cyclic thermal stress due to the mixing of temperature different fluids. The purpose of this study is to obtain data to demonstrate high cycle thermal fatigue evaluation methods by applying the effects of the frequency of temperature fluctuation. A sinusoidal temperature fluctuation test of with a 20 second period was conducted using high cycle fatigue test equipment (SPECTRA). A SUS304 steel pipe was used as the test sample, at an average sodium temperature of 425 deg C, fluctuation amplitude of 200 deg C and a sodium flow rate of 300 l/min in the test pipe. The results obtained are as follows: (1) Valid strength data to verify evaluation methods could be obtained by applying a 20 second cycle temperature fluctuation to the test sample with SPECTRA. A Crack penetrated at about 157,150 cycles. (2) Numerous cracks in an axial direction were observed on the inner surface of the test sample in the upper flow area. An air fatigue test demonstrated the difference in the strength of the test sample between axial direction and circumferential direction, revealing that cracks were distributed in an axial direction since anisotropic influences easily appear on the high cycle side. (3) An approximated curve obtained by the common relation of crack and axial direction distance indicates that the boundary of a crack would be located about 430 mm downstream from the tapered end of the test sample with the upper flow. (4) Crack occurring on the inner surface progressed to a depth of 1 to 2 mm in the crystal grain, then progressed along the crystal grain boundary. Striations were formed on areas of the fracture surface in the grain, but were not found on the fracture surface of the grain boundary. Sinusoidal temperature fluctuation tests at the periods of 2, 5, 10, and 40 seconds are planned to confirm the influence of fluctuation frequency responsiveness on

  9. Resistance to fatigue and prediction of lifetime of wire tendons cast into concrete up to 10^8 cycles

    Heinrich, Jens; Heeke, Guido; Maurer, Reinhard; Müller, Christine H.

    2016-01-01

    Usually for verification of compliance, the fatigue resistance of prestressing steel is determined from tests of naked specimens at 2 million cycles. However, for design the fatigue resistance of tendons cast into concrete, is substantially lower. To verify the resistance of existing older prestressed concrete bridges and for the design of new bridges, S-N curves of prestressing steel in curved steel ducts embedded into concrete are needed. In bridges, the load cycles due to heavy...

  10. The role of the microstructure and defects on crack initiation in 316L stainless steel under multiaxial high cycle fatigue

    GUERCHAIS, Raphaël; Morel, Franck; Saintier, Nicolas

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study is to analyse the influence of both the microstructure and defects on the high cycle fatigue behaviour of the 316L austenitic stainless steel, using finite element simulations of polycrystalline aggregates. High cycle fatigue tests have been conducted on this steel under uniaxial (push-pull) and multiaxial (combined in-phase tension and torsion) loading conditions, with both smooth specimens and specimens containing artificial semi-spherical surface defects. 2D numerical...

  11. Leg joint power output during progressive resistance FES-LCE cycling in SCI subjects: developing an index of fatigue

    Faghri Pouran D; Haapala Stephenie A; Adams Douglas J

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background The purpose of this study was to investigate the biomechanics of the hip, knee and ankle during a progressive resistance cycling protocol in an effort to detect and measure the presence of muscle fatigue. It was hypothesized that knee power output can be used as an indicator of fatigue in order to assess the cycling performance of SCI subjects. Methods Six spinal cord injured subjects (2 incomplete, 4 complete) between the ages of twenty and fifty years old and possessing ...

  12. Diametral low-cycle fatigue testing. A comparison of first experimental results from diametral low-cycle fatigue tests with results from axial tests

    The first experimental results of diametral low-cycle fatigue tests on DIN 1.4948 (similar to AISI type 304) at 823 K are reported. The cyclic hardening behaviour of diametral tests and axial tests only differs for the first (ten) cycles. Due to progressive strain hardening this difference reduces at increasing number of cycles. The cyclic stresses of diametral and axial tests are equal after cyclic hardening to values of about twice the 0.2 yield stress or higher. At low strain ranges (Δepsilonsub(t) < 1.0%) the number of cycles to failure (Nsub(f)) of diametral tests on hour-glass specimens do not differ from those of axial tests on the uniform gauge length type (GRIM) specimen. At high strain ranges (Δepsilonsub(t) < 1.0%) Nsub(f)-values of diametral tests are higher. This is attributed to the hour-glass shape of the specimen which allows high compressive stresses without buckling. (Auth.)

  13. High cycle fatigue of a die cast AZ91E-T4 magnesium alloy

    This study reveals the micro-mechanisms of fatigue crack nucleation and growth in a commercial high-pressure die cast automotive AZ91E-T4 Mg component. Mechanical fatigue tests were conducted under R=-1 conditions on specimens machined at different locations in the casting at total strain amplitudes ranging from 0.02% to 0.5%. Fracture surfaces of specimens that failed in the high cycle fatigue regime with lives spanning two orders of magnitude were examined using a scanning electron microscope. The difference in lives for the Mg specimens was primarily attributed to a drastic difference in nucleation site sizes, which ranged from several hundred μm's to several mm's. A secondary effect may include the influence of average secondary dendrite arm spacing and average grain size. At low crack tip driving forces (Kmaxmax>3.5 MPa √ m fractured particles and boundary decohesion created weak paths for fatigue crack propagation, and consequently the cracks followed the interdendritic regions, leaving serrated markings as the crack progressed through this heterogeneous region. The ramifications of the results on future modeling efforts are discussed in detail

  14. Low cycle fatigue of steels for nuclear pressure vessels in hot water (ASTM-508 Cl 3)

    Low cycle fatigue analysis is a very important problem in structural mechanics, especially for nuclear pressure vessels. The design procedure is based on the knowledge of the experimental results on test specimen. The design curves are based on tests in air at room temperature. But the fatigue behavior may be affected by hot water environment when light water reactors are concerned. A general program on low cycle fatigue in hot water is in progress at Saclay in order to assess the conservatism of design fatigue curves. In order to keep control of water chemistry, the test rig is connected with the Primeau loop and therefore a constant flow of water is get through the specimens. Tested samples are small strips of rectangular cross section (2x10x61 mm). They are loaded in circular bending with controlled deflection. Practically they are placed between four supports, two moving and two fixed. The water temperature is kept near 2650C while the oxygen and hydrogen contents and the pH are monitored. A frequency as low as 0.1 cpm has been choosed in order to take into account time effects. Calibration tests in air at room temperature are also made with the same type of device. The steel is the french steel for light water reactor vessels, its specification is roughly according with the specification ASTM 508 (Cl 3), but with special requirements. For these tests results, the best fit curve can be written: epsilon a=5.6Nsup(-0.30) with epsilon a=strain amplitude, N=number of cycles at failure. There is no noticeable difference between hot water test results and air-room temperature results

  15. A Comparative Evaluation of the Effect of Low Cycle Fatigue and Creep-Fatigue Interaction on Surface Morphology and Tensile Properties of 316L(N) Stainless Steel

    Mariappan, K.; Shankar, Vani; Sandhya, R.; Bhaduri, A. K.; Laha, Kinkar

    2016-04-01

    In the present work, the deformation and damage evolution in 316L(N) stainless steel during low cycle fatigue (LCF) and creep-fatigue interaction (CFI) loadings have been compared by evaluating the residual tensile properties. Towards this, LCF and CFI experiments were carried out at constant strain amplitude of ±0.6 pct, strain rate of 3 × 10-3 s-1 and temperature of 873 K (600 °C). During CFI tests, 30 minutes hold period was introduced at peak tensile strain. Experiments were interrupted up to various levels of fatigue life viz. 5, 10, 30, 50, and 60 pct of the total fatigue life ( N f) under both LCF and CFI conditions. The specimens subjected to interrupted fatigue loadings were subsequently monotonically strained at the same strain rate and temperature up to fracture. Optical and scanning electron microscopy and profilometry were conducted on the untested and tested samples to elucidate the damage evolution during the fatigue cycling under both LCF and CFI conditions. The yield strength (YS) increased sharply with the progress of fatigue damage and attained saturation within 10 pct of N f under LCF condition. On the contrary, under CFI loading condition, the YS continuously increased up to 50 pct of N f, with a sharp increase of YS up to 5 pct of N f followed by a more gradual increase up to 50 pct of N f. The difference in the evolution of remnant tensile properties was correlated with the synergistic effects of the underlying deformation and damage processes such as cyclic hardening/softening, oxidation, and creep. The evolution of tensile properties with prior fatigue damage has been correlated with the change in surface roughness and other surface features estimated by surface replica technique and fractography.

  16. Impact of choice of stabilized hysteresis loop on the end result of investigation of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA steel on low cycle fatigue

    S. Bulatović

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available High strength low-alloy steel under low cycle fatigue at a certain level of strain controlled achieve stabilized condition. During the fatigue loading stabilized hysteresis loop is determined, which typical cycle of stabilization is calculated as half number of cycles to failure. Stabilized hysteresis loop is a representative of all hysteresis and it’s used to determine all of the parameters for the assessment of low cycle fatigue. This paper shows comparison of complete strain-life curves of low cycle fatigue for two chosen stabilized hysteresis loop cycles of base metal HSLA steel marked as Nionikral 70.

  17. Dwell Notch Low Cycle Fatigue Behavior of a Powder Metallurgy Nickel Disk Alloy

    Telesman, J.; Gabb, T. P.; Yamada, Y.; Ghosn, L. J.; Jayaraman, N.

    2012-01-01

    A study was conducted to determine the processes which govern dwell notch low cycle fatigue (NLCF) behavior of a powder metallurgy (P/M) ME3 disk superalloy. The emphasis was placed on the environmentally driven mechanisms which may embrittle the highly stressed notch surface regions and reduce NLCF life. In conjunction with the environmentally driven notch surface degradation processes, the visco-plastic driven mechanisms which can significantly change the notch root stresses were also considered. Dwell notch low cycle fatigue testing was performed in air and vacuum on a ME3 P/M disk alloy specimens heat treated using either a fast or a slow cooling rate from the solutioning treatment. It was shown that dwells at the minimum stress typically produced a greater life debit than the dwells applied at the maximum stress, especially for the slow cooled heat treatment. Two different environmentally driven failure mechanisms were identified as the root cause of early crack initiation in the min dwell tests. Both of these failure mechanisms produced mostly a transgranular crack initiation failure mode and yet still resulted in low NLCF fatigue lives. The lack of stress relaxation during the min dwell tests produced higher notch root stresses which caused early crack initiation and premature failure when combined with the environmentally driven surface degradation mechanisms. The importance of environmental degradation mechanisms was further highlighted by vacuum dwell NLCF tests which resulted in considerably longer NLCF lives, especially for the min dwell tests.

  18. Effect of rare earth elements on high cycle fatigue behavior of AZ91 alloy

    Mokhtarishirazabad, M., E-mail: mehdi-mokhtari@hotmail.com [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Boutorabi, S.M.A. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Azadi, M.; Nikravan, M. [Irankhodro Powertrain Company (IPCO), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-12-10

    This article investigates effects of adding rare earth elements (RE) into a magnesium–aluminum–zinc alloy (the AZ91 alloy) on its high cycle fatigue (HCF) behavior. For this purpose, AZ91 and AZ91+1% RE (AZE911) alloys were gravity casted in a metallic die. RE elements were added to the AZ91 alloy in the form of mischmetals. Microscopic evaluations with the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and mechanical tests include tensile, hardness and HCF behaviors, were performed on prepared samples. Rotary bending fatigue tests were carried out at a stress ratio (R) of −1 and a frequency of 125 Hz, at the room temperature, in the air. The microscopic investigation demonstrates that the addition of 1% RE elements leads to the formation of Al{sub 11}RE{sub 3} intermetallic particles which is associated to the reduction of β-(Mg{sub 17}Al{sub 12}) phases. Results of mechanical experiments suggest a negligible effect of adding 1% RE elements on mechanical properties of the AZ91 alloy. Curves of stress-life (S–N) shows an increase in the fatigue strength at 10{sup 5} cycles, from 100±10 MPa to 135±10 MPa, when RE elements were added to the AZ91 alloy.

  19. Crack initiation and propagation in welded joints of turbine and boiler steels during low cycle fatigue

    Low cycle fatigue (LCF) tests have been performed at 300 and 565 degrees C on welded joints and on microstructures to be found in or near welded joints in a low alloy ferritic steel 0.5 Cr, 0.5 Mo, 0.25 V. The difference in lifetimes between the 300 degrees C and 565 degrees C tests was small comparing the same microstructures and strain ranges, although the stress amplitude was greater at 300 degrees C. Under constant stress conditions the fatigue life depended on the fatigue life of the parent metal but under constant strain conditions the lifetime was governed by that of the bainitic structures. Strain controlled LCF tests have been performed at 750 degrees C on welded joints in the austenitic steel AISI 316 and on different parent and weld metals used in these joints. In continuously cycled samples all cracks were transgranular and initiated at the surface; hold-time samples displayed internally initiated intergranular cracking in the weld metal. Under constant strain conditions the 316 parent and weld metals exhibited similar lifetimes. When considering a constant stress situation the strength of the microsturctures decreased in the following order: Sanicro weld metal, cold deformed parent metal, undeformed parent metal and weld metal (K.A.E.)

  20. Impact of choice of stabilized hysteresis loop on the end result of investigation of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel on low cycle fatigue

    Bulatović, S.; Burzić, Z.; Aleksić, V.; A. Sedmak; Lj. Milović

    2014-01-01

    High strength low-alloy steel under low cycle fatigue at a certain level of strain controlled achieve stabilized condition. During the fatigue loading stabilized hysteresis loop is determined, which typical cycle of stabilization is calculated as half number of cycles to failure. Stabilized hysteresis loop is a representative of all hysteresis and it’s used to determine all of the parameters for the assessment of low cycle fatigue. This paper shows comparison of complete strain-life curves of...

  1. Effects of environment and hold times on high temperature low cycle fatigue behaviour of 316L stainless steel

    Previous investigations of high temperature low cycle fatigue (LCF) of austenitic stainless steels have shown that a decrease in the number of cycles to fracture (Nsub(f)) is produced by an increase in test temperature, and that the incorporation of a tensile hold time (tsub(h)) into a continuous elevated temperature fatigue cycle may substantially reduce Nsub(f). In this study some critical experiments including a comparison of fatigue lives determined in air and in vacuum were conducted in order to answer this question. Moreover, since it is generally recognized that creep damage occurring when hold times are introduced into continuous fatigue may be coincident with a transition to intergranular failure, intergranular damage was measured using quantitative metallography. This part of the investigation is an attempt to use microstructural assessment of damage as a basis for modelling LCF behaviour by its incorporation into a predictive life assessment procedure in a manner already suggested for pure creep. (author)

  2. Microstructure and Low-Cycle Fatigue of a Friction-Stir-Welded 6061 Aluminum Alloy

    Feng, A. H.; Chen, D. L.; Ma, Z. Y.

    2010-10-01

    Strain-controlled low-cycle fatigue (LCF) tests and microstructural evaluation were performed on a friction-stir-welded 6061Al-T651 alloy with varying welding parameters. Friction stir welding (FSW) resulted in fine recrystallized grains with uniformly distributed dispersoids and dissolution of primary strengthening precipitates β″ in the nugget zone (NZ). Two low-hardness zones (LHZs) appeared in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) adjacent to the border between the thermomechanically-affected zone (TMAZ) and HAZ, with the width decreasing with increasing welding speed. No obvious effect of the rotational rate on the LHZs was observed. Cyclic hardening of the friction-stir-welded joints was appreciably stronger than that of base metal (BM), and it also exhibited a two-stage character where cyclic hardening of the friction-stir-welded 6061Al-T651 alloy at higher strain amplitudes was initially stronger followed by an almost linear increase of cyclic stress amplitudes on the semilog scale. Fatigue life, cyclic yield strength, cyclic strain hardening exponent, and cyclic strength coefficient all increased with increasing welding speed, but were nearly independent of the rotational rate. Most friction-stir-welded joints failed along the LHZs and exhibited a shear fracture mode. Fatigue crack initiation was observed to occur from the specimen surface, and crack propagation was mainly characterized by the characteristic fatigue striations. Some distinctive tiremark patterns arising from the interaction between the hard dispersoids/inclusions and the relatively soft matrix in the LHZ under cyclic loading were observed to be present in-between the fatigue striations.

  3. Effect of microstructure on non-linear behavior of ultrasound during low cycle fatigue of pearlitic steels

    Research highlights: → Development of online NLU parameter determination system with proper calibration. → Correlation of microstructural changes with the variation of NLU parameter during low cycle fatigue in 0.3 wt.% carbon steel. → NLU parameter follows fatigue hardening and softening trends during low cycle fatigue in test material. → Before failure, fracture of cementite plates due to compressive stress causes a sharp increase in NLU parameter that could be the alarm for failure of components. Hence this technique may prevent catastrophic failure of components. - Abstract: Influence of microstructural changes on the second harmonics of sinusoidal ultrasonic wave during low cycle fatigue (LCF) deformation in pearlitic steel was studied. Fatigue tests were interrupted and at every interruption, non-linear ultrasonic (NLU) parameter (β) was determined. Microstructures of cyclically deformed specimens at various cycles were examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The variation of β with fatigue cycles was correlated with the microstructural changes and the results were explained through the variation in dislocation morphology and carbon content of the steel.

  4. Formation of stress/strain cycles for analytical assessment of fatigue crack initiation and growth

    This paper discusses standard techniques for setting up cycles of stresses, strains and stress intensity factors (SIF) for use in analysing the fatigue characteristics of crack-free components or the fatigue crack growth if crack-like flaws are present. A number of improved techniques are proposed. An enhanced procedure for analytical description of true metal stress-strain curves, covering plastic effects, is presented. This procedure involves standard physical and mechanical properties of the metal in question, such as ultimate stress, yield stress and elasticity modulus. It is emphasized that the currently practiced rain-flow method of design cycle formation, which is effective for an actual (truly known) cyclic loading history, is not suitable for a projected (anticipated) history, as it leaves out of account possible variations in the sequence of operating conditions. Improved techniques for establishing design stress/strain and SIF cycles are described, which make allowance for the most unfavourable sequence of events in the projected loading history. The paper points to a basic difference in the methods of design cycle formation, employed in assessment of the current condition of a component (with the actual history accounted for) and in estimation of the residual lifetime or life extension (for a projected history). (authors)

  5. Low-cycle fatigue of austenitic welds. Analyses of collected data

    The austenitic stainless steels are used for the main vessel and other main components of LMFBRs. Various grades were specified in the past: 316 stainless steel for plants in the UK, 304 stainless steel for SNR 300, 316L steel modified for Superphenix. The weld metals used in relation to these parent materials were: (i) several grades of Mo containing weld metals as 17Cr8Ni2Mo (UK), 19Cr12Ni2Mo (France) and 16Cr8Ni2Mo (France and USA). (ii) CrNi weld metals (USA on 308 and Germany on 18Cr11Ni). In a preliminary part of this work, low-cycle fatigue (LCF) data were collected for a number of austenitic weld metals, over range of temperature (20 to 625 deg C), orientation and composition. The second part of this programme involves statistical analyses of the database, to determine the influence of a range of factors on fatigue life and on cyclic behaviour. Both fatigue stress strain and fatigue life results of welds have been compared to weld metal and base metal data. In each particular situation (strain, stress control cycle, stress, strain range, weld thickness) apparent discrepancies have been discussed. Mean curves have been established. Statistical analyses of available data on weld metals, with and without molybdenum addition, used respectively for welding of 316L (N) and 304 stainless steels, have been performed using three types of equations: Basquin-Manson-Coffin, Langer and multiple regression. The analysis of particular tests and comparison of the various mean curves have provided information about: comparison of regression analysis, orientation effects, temperature effect, composition effect, comparison with parent material, cyclic stress-strain behaviour. (author). 3 refs., 41 figs., 18 tabs

  6. Low-cycle fatigue behavior of a high manganese austenitic twin-induced plasticity steel

    The monotonic tensile properties and deformation mechanisms of Fe–Mn–C twinning-induced plasticity (TWIP) steels have been extensively studied; however, the low-cycle fatigue (LCF) properties of this series of advanced steels have not been well understood. The present paper addresses the cyclic deformation behavior and the deformed microstructure of an as-annealed TWIP steel. Fully reversed push–pull LCF tests were performed at room temperature under total strain amplitude control with a strain rate of 0.006 s−1 and strain amplitudes ranging from 0.002 to 0.01. The results show initial rapid cyclic hardening within the initial 10% of the fatigue life at all strain amplitudes, and demonstrate an obviously enhanced cyclic yield strength. Different types of cyclic stress responses were revealed, which are featured by initial cyclic hardening followed by cyclic saturation, or followed by cyclic softening and saturation, or followed by cyclic softening without saturation till the final fracture, depending on the strain amplitude applied. The microstructure prior to and after fatiguing were examined by means of optical and transmission electron microscopy. The typical optical microstructure of fatigued samples is characterized by increases in slip band density with increasing strain amplitude or number of cycles at a given strain amplitude applied. The substructures of the deformed samples are featured by the formation of stacking faults and vein/labyrinth dislocation structures, while fine twins and cell or wall dislocation structures, besides those generated at lower strain amplitudes, are formed at high strain amplitudes

  7. Prediction of residual life of low-cycle fatigue in austenitic stainless steel based on indentation test

    In this study, a method to predict residual life of low-cycle fatigue in austenitic stainless steel (SUS316NG) was proposed based on indentation test. Low-cycle fatigue tests for SUS316NG were first conducted based on uniaxial tensile-compressive loading under the control of true strain range. Applied strain ranges were varied from about 3 to 12%. Their hysteresis loops of stress and strain were monitored during the fatigue tests. Plastic deformation range in hysteresis loop at each cycle could be roughly expressed by bi-linear hardening rule, whose plastic properties involve yield stress and work-hardening coefficient. The cyclic plastic properties were found to be dependent on the number of cycles and applied strain range, due to work-hardening. We experimentally investigated the empirical relationship between the plastic properties and number of cycles for each applied strain range. It is found that the relationship quantitatively predicts the applied strain range and number of cycles, when the plastic properties, or yield stress and work-hardening coefficient were known. Indentation tests were applied to the samples subjected to low cycle fatigue test, in order to quantitatively determine the plastic properties. The estimated properties were assigned to the proposed relationship, yielding the applied strain range and the cycle numbers. The proposed method was applied to the several stainless steel samples subjected to low cycle fatigue tests, suggesting that their residual lives could be reasonably predicted. Our method is thus useful for predicting the residual life of low-cycle fatigue in austenitic stainless steel. (author)

  8. Effect of severe shot peening on ultra-high-cycle fatigue of a low-alloy steel

    Highlights: • Severe shot peening was applied to obtain a nanostructured surface of 50Crmo4 steel. • An nanocrystalline structured is generated by severe shot peening. • Ultra-high-cycle fatigue test results show the remarkable effect of severe shot peening. • The results were discussed in the light the surface modifications induced by SSP. - Abstract: It is well known that shot peening is able to increase the fatigue strength and endurance of metal parts, especially with a steep stress gradient due to a notch. This positive effect is mainly put into relation with the ability of this treatment to induce a compressive residual stress state in the surface layer of material and to cause surface work hardening. Recently the application of severe shot peening (shot peening performed with severe treatment parameters) showed the ability to obtain more a remarkable improvement of the high cycle fatigue strength of steels. In this paper severe shot peening is applied to the steel 50CrMo4 and its effect in the ultra-high cycle fatigue regime is investigated. Roughness, microhardness, X-ray diffraction residual stress analysis and crystallite size measurement as well as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations were used for characterizing the severely deformed layer. Tension–compression high frequency fatigue tests were carried out to evaluate the effect of the applied treatment on fatigue life in the ultra-high cycle region. Fracture surface analysis by using SEM was performed with aim to investigate the mechanism of fatigue crack initiation and propagation. Results show an unexpected significant fatigue strength increase in the ultra-high cycle region after SSP surface treatment and are discussed in the light of the residual stress profile and crystallite size

  9. Coupling damage and reliability model of low-cycle fatigue and high energy impact based on the local stress-strain approach

    Chen Hongxia; Chen Yunxia; Yang Zhou

    2014-01-01

    Fatigue induced products generally bear fatigue loads accompanied by impact processes, which reduces their reliable life rapidly. This paper introduces a reliability assessment model based on a local stress-strain approach considering both low-cycle fatigue and high energy impact loads. Two coupling relationships between fatigue and impact are given with effects of an impact process on fatigue damage and effects of fatigue damage on impact performance. The analysis of the former modifies the fatigue parameters and the Manson-Coffin equation for fatigue life based on material theories. On the other hand, the latter proposes the coupling variables and the difference of fracture toughness caused by accumulative fatigue damage. To form an overall reliability model including both fatigue failure and impact failure, a competing risk model is developed. A case study of an actuator cylinder is given to validate this method.

  10. Coupling damage and reliability model of low-cycle fatigue and high energy impact based on the local stress–strain approach

    Chen Hongxia

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Fatigue induced products generally bear fatigue loads accompanied by impact processes, which reduces their reliable life rapidly. This paper introduces a reliability assessment model based on a local stress–strain approach considering both low-cycle fatigue and high energy impact loads. Two coupling relationships between fatigue and impact are given with effects of an impact process on fatigue damage and effects of fatigue damage on impact performance. The analysis of the former modifies the fatigue parameters and the Manson–Coffin equation for fatigue life based on material theories. On the other hand, the latter proposes the coupling variables and the difference of fracture toughness caused by accumulative fatigue damage. To form an overall reliability model including both fatigue failure and impact failure, a competing risk model is developed. A case study of an actuator cylinder is given to validate this method.

  11. The role of high cycle fatigue (HCF) onset in Francis runner reliability

    High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) plays an important role in Francis runner reliability. This paper presents a model in which reliability is defined as the probability of not exceeding a threshold above which HCF contributes to crack propagation. In the context of combined Low Cycle Fatigue (LCF) and HCF loading, the Kitagawa diagram is used as the limit state threshold for reliability. The reliability problem is solved using First-Order Reliability Methods (FORM). A study case is proposed using in situ measured strains and operational data. All the parameters of the reliability problem are based either on observed data or on typical design specifications. From the results obtained, we observed that the uncertainty around the defect size and the HCF stress range play an important role in reliability. At the same time, we observed that expected values for the LCF stress range and the number of LCF cycles have a significant influence on life assessment, but the uncertainty around these values could be neglected in the reliability assessment.

  12. Low cycle fatigue behavior of ITER-like divertor target under DEMO-relevant operation conditions

    Highlights: • LCF behavior of the cooling tube and the interlayer of an ITER-like divertor target is studied. • For the cooling tube, LCF failure will not be an issue under an HHF load of up to 18 MW/m2. • Plastic strain in the interlayer is concentrated at the free surface edge of the bond interface. • The predicted LCF lifetime of the interlayer may not meet the design requirement. - Abstract: In this work the low cycle fatigue (LCF) behavior of the copper alloy cooling tube and the copper interlayer of an ITER-like divertor target is reported for nine different combinations of loading and cooling conditions relevant to DEMO divertor operation. The LCF lifetime is presented as a function of loading and cooling conditions considered here by means of cyclic plasticity simulation and using LCF data of materials relevant for ITER. The numerical predictions indicate, that fatigue failure will not be an issue for the copper alloy tube under a high heat flux (HHF) load of up to 18 MW/m2 as long as it preserves its initial strength. In contrast, the copper interlayer exhibits significant plastic dissipation at the free surface edge of the bond interface adjacent to the cooling tube, where the LCF lifetime is predicted to be below 3000 load cycles for HHF loads higher than 15 MW/m2. Most of the bulk region of the copper interlayer away from the free surface edge does not experience severe plastic fatigue and hence does not pose any critical concern as the LCF lifetime is predicted to be at least 7000 load cycles. LCF lifetime decreases as HHF load is increased or coolant temperature is decreased

  13. Combining heat stress and moderate hypoxia reduces cycling time to exhaustion without modifying neuromuscular fatigue characteristics

    Girard, Olivier; Racinais, Sébastien

    2014-01-01

    Purpose This study investigated the isolated and combined effects of heat [temperate (22 °C/30 % rH) vs. hot (35 °C/40 % rH)] and hypoxia [sea level (FiO2 0.21) vs. moderate altitude (FiO2 0.15)] on exercise capacity and neuromuscular fatigue characteristics. Methods Eleven physically active subjects cycled to exhaustion at constant workload (66 % of the power output associated with their maximal oxygen uptake in temperate conditions) in four different environmental conditions [temperate/sea ...

  14. Simulation of Delamination Under High Cycle Fatigue in Composite Materials Using Cohesive Models

    Camanho, Pedro P.; Turon, Albert; Costa, Josep; Davila, Carlos G.

    2006-01-01

    A new thermodynamically consistent damage model is proposed for the simulation of high-cycle fatigue crack growth. The basis for the formulation is an interfacial degradation law that links Fracture Mechanics and Damage Mechanics to relate the evolution of the damage variable, d, with the crack growth rate da/dN. The damage state is a function of the loading conditions (R and (Delta)G) as well as the experimentally-determined crack growth rates for the material. The formulation ensures that the experimental results can be reproduced by the analysis without the need of additional adjustment parameters.

  15. RELIABILITY ANALYSIS FOR AN AERO ENGINE TURBINE DISK UNDER LOW CYCLE FATIGUE CONDITION

    C.L. Liu; Z.Z. Lü; Y.L. Xu

    2004-01-01

    Reliability analysis methods based on the linear damage accumulation law (LDAL) and load-life interference model are studied in this paper. According to the equal probability rule, the equivalent loads are derived, and the reliability analysis method based on load-life interference model and recurrence formula is constructed. In conjunction with finite element analysis (FEA) program, the reliability of an aero engine turbine disk under low cycle fatigue (LCF) condition has been analyzed. The results show the turbine disk is safety and the above reliability analysis methods are feasible.

  16. Low cycle fatigue improvement of powder metallurgy titanium alloy through thermomechanical treatment

    LIU Bin; LIU Yong; HE Xiao-yu; TANG Hui-ping; CHEN Li-fang

    2008-01-01

    A low-cost β type Ti-1.5Fe-6.8Mo-4.8Al-1.2Nd (mass fraction, %)(T12LCC) alloy was produced by blended elemental powder metallurgy(P/M) method and subsequent thermomechanical treatment. Low cycle fatigue(LCF) behavior of P/M T12LCC alloy before and after thermomechanical treatment was studied. The results show that the LCF resistance of P/M titanium alloy is significantly enhanced through the thermomechanical treatment. The mechanisms for the improvement of LCF behavior are attributed to the elimination of residual pores, the microstructure refining and homogenization.

  17. Seismic risk evaluation of steel structures based on low-cycle fatigue

    A methodology to incorporate low-cycle fatigue as part of the ductility requirement in seismic risk assessment of steel structures is presented. As expected, the correction factor γ for the conventional ductility (i.e., ratio of maximum deformation to yield deformation) is proportional to strong motion duration and structural system characteristics (i.e., the expected number and distribution parameters of plastic excursions). For the example presented in this paper, γ was calculated to be between 1,35 to 2.6 for a strong motion duration of 7.5 seconds to 20 seconds. (orig./HP)

  18. Low-cycle fatigue of welded joints of alloy AMg5

    The authors study the low-cycle fatigue of welded joints of aluminum alloy AMg5 in order to determine the cyclic strength coefficient of welded seams. Tests were carried out on cylindrical specimens of the parent metal, welded specimens, and models of welded vessels. The average values of mechanical properties of the specimens and the parent metal are shown. It is shown that when designing welded vessels of aluminum alloy AMg5, the permissible amplitudes of conventional compressive stresses are recommended to be determined as the lower of the two values calculated using the equations presented

  19. The hold-time effects on the low cycle fatigue behaviors of 316 SS in PWR primary environment

    The effects of the environments on fatigue life of the structural materials used in nuclear power plants (NPPs) were known to be significant according to the extensive test results. Accordingly, the fatigue analysis procedures and the design fatigue curves were proposed in the ASME Code. However, the implication that the existing ASME design fatigue curves did not sufficiently reflect the effect of the operation conditions of nuclear power plants emerged as an issue to be resolved. One of possible reasons to explain the discrepancy is that the laboratory test conditions do not represent the actual plant transients. Therefore, it is necessary to clarify the effects of light water environments on fatigue life while considering more plant-relevant transient conditions such as hold-time. For this reason, this study will focus on the fatigue life of type 316 stainless steel (SS) in the pressurized water reactor (PWR) environments while incorporating the hold-time during the low cycle fatigue (LCF) test in simulated PWR environments. The objective of this study is to characterize the effects of hold-time on the fatigue life of austenitic stainless steels in PWR environments in comparison with the existing fixed strain rate results. Low cycle fatigue life tests were conducted for the type 316 SS in 310 .deg. C air and simulated PWR environments. To simulate the heat-up and cool-down transient, sub-peak strain holding during the down-hill of strain amplitude was chosen. Currently, LCF tests with 60 seconds holding are in progress. The 0.4, 0.04%/s strain rate condition test results are presented in this study, which shows somewhat longer fatigue life

  20. The Effect of Boron on the Low Cycle Fatigue Behavior of Disk Alloy KM4

    Gabb, Timothy; Gayda, John; Sweeney, Joseph

    2000-01-01

    The durability of powder metallurgy nickel base superalloys employed as compressor and turbine disks is often limited by low cycle fatigue (LCF) crack initiation and crack growth from highly stressed surface locations (corners, holes, etc.). Crack growth induced by dwells at high stresses during aerospace engine operation can be particularly severe. Supersolvus solution heat treatments can be used to produce coarse grain sizes approaching ASTM 6 for improved resistance to dwell fatigue crack growth. However, the coarse grain sizes reduce yield strength, which can lower LCF initiation life. These high temperature heat treatments also can encourage pores to form. In the advanced General Electric disk superalloy KM4, such pores can initiate fatigue cracks that limit LCF initiation life. Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) during the supersolvus solution heat treatment has been shown to improve LCF initiation life in KM4, as the HIP pressure minimizes formation of the pores. Reduction of boron levels in KM4 has also been shown to increase LCF initiation life after a conventional supersolvus heat treatment, again possibly due to effects on the formation tendencies of these pores. However, the effects of reduced boron levels on microstructure, pore characteristics, and LCF failure modes in KM4 still need to be fully quantified. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of boron level on the microstructure, porosity, LCF behavior, and failure modes of supersolvus heat treated KM4.

  1. Thermal cycling fatigue behavior of hardfacing heat-resistant stainless steel for continuous caster rolls

    The variation of tensile properties and hardness as a function of tempering temperature and time has been investigated using a hardfacing 12%Cr stainless steel. The mechanical properties of the hardfacing 12%Cr stainless steel could be generalized by the Larson-Miller parameter, which concurrently considers the effects of tempering temperature and time. Thermal cycling fatigue behavior of a hardfacing 12%Cr stainless steel has been investigated using a special thermal fatigue testing apparatus. The resistance of thermal fatigue was deteriorated mainly by the low ductility and true fracture strength of material. The temperature distribution in the specimen was calculated using finite element program and compared to experimental results. The strain and stress distributions were evaluated taking into account the temperature distribution and the temperature dependence of the material properties. The results showed that maximum values of strain and stress were produced within the induction-heating region. The strain amplitude obtained in this study was much smaller than that of fully constrained case, which corresponds to thermal expansion due to temperature difference. This result arises from the reduction of the temperature gradient due to thermal conduction to the neighboring region. The magnitude of strain raised with the increase in the temperature gradient, which is due to the rapid cooling and heating rates in the induction-heating region

  2. Microstructure Variation and Hardness Diminution During Low Cycle Fatigue of 55NiCrMoV7 Steel

    2007-01-01

    The influence of temperature and hardness level on the cyclic behavior of 55NiCrMoV7 steel, and the microstructure variation and hardness diminution during low cycle fatigue behavior were investigated. By means of SEM and XRD, the modality of carbides and the full-width half-maximum (FWHM) of martensite (211) [M(211)] of Xray diffraction spectrum in fatigue specimen were studied. The results showed that the cyclic stress response behavior generally showed an initial exponential softening for the first few cycles, followed by a gradual softening without cyclic softening saturation. The fatigue behavior of the steel is closely related to the hardness level. The hardnessdiminution and the variation of half-width M(211) are remarkably influenced by the interaction between the cyclic plastic deformation and the thermal loading when the fatigue temperature exceeds the tempering temperature of the steel.

  3. A New Ductility Exhaustion Model for High Temperature Low Cycle Fatigue Life Prediction of Turbine Disk Alloys

    Zhu, Shun-Peng; Huang, Hong-Zhong; Li, Haiqing; Sun, Rui; Zuo, Ming J.

    2011-06-01

    Based on ductility exhaustion theory and the generalized energy-based damage parameter, a new viscosity-based life prediction model is introduced to account for the mean strain/stress effects in the low cycle fatigue regime. The loading waveform parameters and cyclic hardening effects are also incorporated within this model. It is assumed that damage accrues by means of viscous flow and ductility consumption is only related to plastic strain and creep strain under high temperature low cycle fatigue conditions. In the developed model, dynamic viscosity is used to describe the flow behavior. This model provides a better prediction of Superalloy GH4133's fatigue behavior when compared to Goswami's ductility model and the generalized damage parameter. Under non-zero mean strain conditions, moreover, the proposed model provides more accurate predictions of Superalloy GH4133's fatigue behavior than that with zero mean strains.

  4. Crack propagation mechanism and life prediction for very-high-cycle fatigue of a structural steel in different environmental medias

    Guian Qian

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The influence of environmental medias on crack propagation of a structural steel at high and very-high-cycle fatigue (VHCF regimes is investigated based on the fatigue tests performed in air, water and 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution. Crack propagation mechanisms due to different crack driving forces are investigated in terms of fracture mechanics. A model is proposed to study the relationship between fatigue life, applied stress and material property in different environmental medias, which reflects the variation of fatigue life with the applied stress, grain size, inclusion size and material yield stress in high cycle and VHCF regimes. The model prediction is in good agreement with experimental observations.

  5. Influence of microstructure of different stainless steels on their low cycle fatigue damage mechanisms

    The present study is focused on understanding low cycle fatigue damage mechanisms in three different kind of stainless steels. In all structures, crack propagation is conditioned by microstructural barriers. In single phase austenitic alloys, short cracks initiation and growth are crystallographic. Cracks are arrested by grain and twin boundaries both at surface and in the bulk. Grain size refinement improve the fatigue life at applied Δεp. The second barrier in the bulk is shown to be very efficient because of the important number of misoriented grains. In the metastable austenitic alloy, the martensitic transformation induced by cyclic straining leads to significant modifications of damage mechanisms. The fatigue behaviour has been investigated between -50 deg. C and 120 deg. C. The γ→α' transformation takes place at the surface, in the bulk (except at 120 deg. C) and locally at the crack tip. At all temperatures, the amount of martensite formed and the fatigue life increase as the grain size decreases, even if at the same Δεp, the maximal stresses are considerably higher than in a stable γ. Short cracks growth takes place in transformed regions, γ→α' transformation being assisted by strain concentrations at the crack tip. This mechanism consumes a part of plastic deformation, which would have been available for crack propagation. Such a dynamic barrier can decrease crack propagation rate. The austenite grain size is shown to have a decisive influence both on the amount of martensite formed and on the fatigue resistance through the effect of γ grain boundaries as indirect barriers to the crack propagation. The fatigue life of the 475 deg. C aged α/γ alloy decreases sharply at high applied Δεp compared to the solution annealed one. This behaviour is explained by the modification of short cracks nucleation sites. Indeed, cleavage occurs in the hard and brittle α phase, even if plastic deformation is concentrated in γ phase. Then, easy growth

  6. High Cycle Fatigue Properties of Die-Cast Magnesium Alloy AZ91D with Addition of Different Concentrations of Cerium

    2006-01-01

    The effect of addition of different concentrations of Ce on high-cycle fatigue behavior of die-cast magnesium al-loy AZ91D was investigated. Mechanical fatigue tests were conducted at the stress ratio of R = 0.1, and fatigue strength was evaluated using up-and-down loading method. The results show that the grain size of AZ91D alloy is remarkably refined, and the amount of porosity decreases and evenly distributes with the addition of Ce. The fatigue strength of AZ91D alloy at room temperature increases from 96.7 up to 116.3 MPa (1% Ce) and 105.5 MPa (2% Ce), respectively, at the number of cycles to failure, Nf = 1 × 107. The fatigue crack of AZ91D alloy initiates at porosities and inclusions, and propagates along grain boundaries. The fatigue striations on fractured surface appear with Ce addition. The fatigue fracture surface of test specimens shows mixed-fracture characteristics of quasi-cleavage and dimple.

  7. Influence of mechanical surface treatments on the high cycle fatigue performance of TIMETAL 54M

    Research highlights: → Effect of mean stress and environmental sensitivities on high cycle fatigue (HCF) performance in TIMETAL 54M compared to Ti-6Al-4V. → TIMETAL 54M shows normal mean stress sensitivity but Ti-6Al-4V shows anomalous mean stress. → Both alloys are sensitive to air environment. → HCF performance of TIMETAL 54 M was enhanced after shot peening and ball-burnishing but deteriorated in Ti-6Al-4V. - Abstract: TIMETAL 54M (in the following Ti-54M) is a newly developed (α + β) titanium alloy with nominal composition Ti-5Al-4V-0.6Mo-0.4Fe. The alloy can provide a cost benefit over Ti-6Al-4V due to improved machinability and formability. These attractive properties might be a driving force for replacing Ti-6Al-4V in many aircraft as well as biomedical applications. Since HCF performance is one of the most important requirements for these applications, it is essential to improve this property by microstructural optimization and by mechanical surface treatments such as shot peening or ball burnishing. The latter improvement is mainly the result of induced near-surface severe plastic deformation which results in work-hardening and the generation of compressive residual stresses that retard fatigue crack propagation. The main aim of the present study was to investigate the potential fatigue life improvements in Ti-54M due to shot peening and ball-burnishing. The process-induced residual stresses and stress-depth profiles were determined by energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction (ED) of synchrotron radiation with the beam energy of 10-80 keV. Results on Ti-54M and Ti-6Al-4V will be compared and correlated with the mean stress and environmental sensitivities of the fatigue strengths in the microstructures.

  8. Can the Lamberts and Lambert Submaximal Cycle Test Indicate Fatigue and Recovery in Trained Cyclists?

    Hammes, Daniel; Skorski, Sabrina; Schwindling, Sascha; Ferrauti, Alexander; Pfeiffer, Mark; Kellmann, Michael; Meyer, Tim

    2016-04-01

    The Lamberts and Lambert Submaximal Cycle Test (LSCT) is a novel test designed to monitor performance and fatigue/recovery in cyclists. Studies have shown the ability to predict performance; however, there is a lack of studies concerning monitoring of fatigue/recovery. In this study, 23 trained male cyclists (age 29 ± 8 y, VO2max 59.4 ± 7.4 mL · min-1 · kg-1) completed a training camp. The LSCT was conducted on days 1, 8, and 11. After day 1, an intensive 6-day training period was performed. Between days 8 and 11, a recovery period was realized. The LSCT consists of 3 stages with fixed heart rates of 6 min at 60% and 80% and 3 min at 90% of maximum heart rate. During the stages, power output and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) were determined. Heart-rate recovery was measured after stage 3. Power output almost certainly (standardized mean difference: 1.0) and RPE very likely (1.7) increased from day 1 to day 8 at stage 2. Power output likely (0.4) and RPE almost certainly (2.6) increased at stage 3. From day 8 to day 11, power output possibly (-0.4) and RPE likely (-1.5) decreased at stage 2 and possibly (-0.1) and almost certainly (-1.9) at stage 3. Heart-rate recovery was likely (0.7) accelerated from day 1 to day 8. Changes from day 8 to day 11 were unclear (-0.1). The LSCT can be used for monitoring fatigue and recovery, since parameters were responsive to a fatiguing training and a following recovery period. However, consideration of multiple LSCT variables is required to interpret the results correctly. PMID:26263163

  9. Influence of HVOF sprayed WC/Co coatings on the high-cycle fatigue strength of mild steel

    HVOF thermally sprayed WC/Co coatings are applied onto components which are exposed to wear caused by abrasion, erosion, fretting and sliding. Beside wear attacks and static stresses in lots of cases alternating mechanical stresses caused by dynamic loads occur additionally. Therefore, the fatigue resistance of WC/Co 88/12 and WC/Co 83/17 coated specimens was investigated by high-cycle fatigue tests (HCF). The results of the fatigue tests were documented in statistically ascertained Woehler-diagrams (S-N-curves). Furthermore, the mechanisms of failure are discussed

  10. Performance of a martensitic steel with 12 wt % Cr under low-cycle fatigue at elevated temperature

    Monotonic tensile strength and low-cycle fatigue tests between 350 and 600 deg C were performed on a martensitic stainless steel with 12% Cr improved with additions of Mo and V. The behaviour of this material essentially exhibits a cyclic softening phenomenon, both for the comparison of the monotonic hardening and cyclic curves and the change in the stress amplitude during the fatigue tests. The breaking facies have been the subject of macroscopic observations and by scanning microscopy. The study of the fatigue strength shows, for the deformation rate used, the dominating influence of the two parameters: plastic deformation amplitude and test temperature

  11. Low Cycle Fatigue and Analysis of the Cyclic Stress-strain Response in Superalloy Inconel 738LC

    Tobiáš, Jiří; Chlupová, Alice; Petrenec, Martin; Polák, Jaroslav

    Praha: Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics AS CR, v.v.i, 2012 - (Náprstek, J.; Fischer, C.), s. 1407-1411 ISBN 978-80-86246-40-6. [Engineering Mechanics 2012 /18./. Svratka (CZ), 14.05.2012-17.05.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP204/11/1453 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : low cycle fatigue * Inconel 738LC * hardening/softening curves * cyclic stress-strain curve * fatigue life curve Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics http://www.engmech.cz/2012/proceedings/

  12. LOW CYCLE FATIGUE BEHAVIOUR OF NICKEL BASE SUPERALLOYS IN713 LC AND MAR-M-247 HIP AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURE

    Šulák, Ivo; Obrtlík, Karel

    Lausanne: Federation of european materials societies, 2014 - (Hofmann, M.) [Junior Euromat 2014. 21.07.2014-25.07.2014, Lausanne] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) EE2.3.20.0214 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : IN713LC LG * MAR-M247 * High Temperature * Low Cycle Fatigue Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics http://www.dgm.de/tagungen/?tgnr=1511& cat =prg&edate=25.07.2014&lg=en&op=us

  13. Advanced Experimental and Analytical Investigations on Combined Cycle Fatigue (CCF) of Conventional Cast and Single-crystal Gas Turbine Blades

    Weser, S.; Gampe, U.; Raddatz, M.; Parchem, R.; Lukáš, Petr

    Volume 6. Vancouver: ASME, 2011, s. 19-28. ISBN 978-0-7918-5466-2. [ASME 2011 Turbo Expo: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition (GT2011). Vancouver (CA), 06.06.2011-10.06.2011] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : superalloys * Inconel 713 * combined cycle fatigue * Ti6242 * CMSX-4 Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/GT2011-45171

  14. A discrete damage zone model for mixed-mode delamination of composites under high-cycle fatigue

    Jimenez, Stephen

    2014-01-01

    A discrete damage zone model (DDZM) is developed within the finite element framework to simulate mode-mix ratio- and temperature-dependent delamination in laminated composite materials undergoing high cycle fatigue loading. In the DDZM, discrete spring elements are placed at the finite element nodes along the laminate interface. Static and fatigue damage laws are used to define the behavior of the spring elements and model irreversible damage growth. The static damage model parameters are obt...

  15. EFFECT OF HIP ON LOW CYCLE FATIGUE OF MAR-M247 AT 900°C

    Šulák, Ivo; Obrtlík, Karel; Škorík, Viktor; Hrbáček, K.

    Ostrava : Tanger Ltd, 2014. ISBN 978-80-87294-52-9. [METAL 2014. International Conference on Metallurgy and Materials /22./. Brno (CZ), 21.05.2014-23.05.2014] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) EE2.3.30.0063 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : MAR-M-247 * High temperature * Low cycle fatigue Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  16. Effects of processing and thermal ageing on the low cycle fatigue and creep-fatigue interaction behaviour of 9Cr-1Mo ferritic steel

    9Cr-1Mo ferritic steel is at present under consideration for thick-section tube plates and tubing for steam generators in liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactor. The low cycle fatigue (LCF) behaviour of 300mm thick section forged 9Cr-1Mo steel was studied under total axial strain control in simulated post-weld heat treatment (SPWHT) and isothermally aged (5000h at 793K) conditions at 793K. A symmetrical triangular wave form and a strain rate of 1 x 103s-1 were employed for all the LCF tests performed over strain amplitudes in the range of ±0.25% to ±1.0%. In both the material conditions cyclic softening was seen at all strain amplitudes. Prior ageing improved the fatigue resistance of simulated post weld heat treat (SPWHT). The fatigue life of forged thick section 9Cr-1Mo steel was lower than that of thin section rolled bar material. LCF life of SPWHT material could be predicted successfully using Tomkins crack growth model. A tentative fatigue design curve for 793K has been proposed based on the information generated in the laboratory using the philosophy outlined in the code case N-47. Creep-fatigue interaction tests, conducted by introducing one minute hold periods at maximum strain amplitude (±0.50%) in tension only, compression only and combined tension and compression, showed little effect on the fatigue life. Attempts at fitting the hold time data to the linear interaction damage model yielded a value of unity for the summation of creep and fatigue damages. (author). 26 refs., 14 figs., 2 tabs

  17. Effect of specimen geometry on low-cycle fatigue property of Inconel 617 at HTGR temperatures

    In order to select a suitable specimen geometry for the evaluation of environment effect on fatigue property at HTGR temperatures, comparison was made between low-cycle fatigue strengths obtained for two types of specimens, solid cylindrical and hourglass specimens. A set of low-cycle fatigue tests were carried out on Ni-base wrought alloy Inconel 617 at 800 deg C and 1000 deg C in air and helium 4-nine purity. Strain was measured by two types of extensometers; (1) Hourglass specimen with a diametral extensometer, (2) Solid cylindrical specimen with a diametral extensometer, and (3) Solid cylindrical specimen with an axial extensometer. In all cases, the axial strain was controlled. The life of the hourglass specimens was consistently longer than that of the solid cylindrical specimens in both environments. The life of test type (2) was nearly equal to that of type (1) in air, but in helium the life of type (2) was between those (1) and (3). The effects of segregation and grain size on the specimen geometry were discussed. In the cases of the specimens machined at right angle to the segregation layer and those with fine grains, the difference of the lives obtained for two types of specimens increased. Furthermore, the difference of crack initiation behaviors in air and helium was discussed. The internal oxidation layer and the decarburized zone were observed near the specimen surface in helium, and more surface cracks occured in helium than in air. These may be related to the larger difference in lives of two types of specimens in helium, compared to in air. (author)

  18. Evaluation of design values for strain limitation on the basis of cycling fatigue data

    The aim of the investigations was to describe the alternate deformation behaviour in the area of low fatigue cycle failure for large plastic strain amplitudes. The results of the tests should represent an expansion (TRD 301) or verification (KTA 3201.2) of the relevant control curves in the area < 100 LW. By means of strain-controlled alternating tensile-compressive tests, steels important for the manufacture of pipelines in nuclear technology were examined at room temperature and at 350deg C, according to the design temperature. The effect of speed of strain on the number of load cycles to the start of cracks was examined for the material 15 NiCuMoNb 5 (St 1.6368, WB 36). (orig./DG)

  19. On the reversibility of dislocation slip during small scale low cycle fatigue

    The evolution of low cycle fatigue damage in copper is studied by in situ micro Laue diffraction. Free standing single crystalline micro-cantilevers with a cross-section of 10 × 10 μm2 were loaded in displacement controlled mode with a surface strain amplitude up to 5%. The point to point misorientation and the diffraction peak width as a measure of geometrically necessary dislocation density was analyzed locally during deformation and globally after 0, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1 and multiples up to a maximum of 22 full cycles. Two different behaviors were observed (i) samples geometrically suppressing cross-slip show a steady state deformation pattern with dislocations in a pile-up. (ii) The sample with cross-slip does not reach a steady state with dislocations accumulating at the neutral plane

  20. High Cycle Fatigue Crack Initiation Study of Case Blade Alloy Rene 125

    Kantzos, P.; Gayda, J.; Miner, R. V.; Telesman, J.; Dickerson, P.

    2000-01-01

    This study was conducted in order to investigate and document the high cycle fatigue crack initiation characteristics of blade alloy Rene 125 as cast by three commercially available processes. This alloy is typically used in turbine blade applications. It is currently being considered as a candidate alloy for high T3 compressor airfoil applications. This effort is part of NASA's Advanced Subsonic Technology (AST) program which aims to develop improved capabilities for the next generation subsonic gas turbine engine for commercial carriers. Wrought alloys, which are customarily used for airfoils in the compressor, cannot meet the property goals at the higher compressor exit temperatures that would be required for advanced ultra-high bypass engines. As a result cast alloys are currently being considered for such applications. Traditional blade materials such as Rene 125 have the high temperature capabilities required for such applications. However, the implementation of cast alloys in compressor airfoil applications where airfoils are typically much thinner does raise some issues of concern such as thin wall castability, casting cleaningness, and susceptibility to high-cycle fatigue (HCF) loading.

  1. Low cycle fatigue behavior of a quenched and tempered niobium bearing HSLA steel

    Kwun, S.I. (Korea Univ., Seoul); Fournelle, R.A.

    1980-08-01

    The low cycle fatigue behavior of a quenched and tempered niobium (columbium) bearing high strength low alloy steel heat treated to give tempered martensitic microstructures presumably with and without fine niobium carbides was studied by transmission electron microscopy, stress relaxation, X-ray diffraction line broadening and strain-controlled fatigue testing. The steel without the niobium carbides cyclically softened rapidly at all strain amplitudes studied. This softening was attributed to the rearrangement of the dislocation substructure into a cell structure and to the accompanying decrease in internal stress. The steel presumably containing the fine niobium carbides cyclically softened to a lesser extent. This correlated with the observation that dislocations in this steel did not rearrange themselves into a cell structure and, hence, there was less change in the internal stress during cycling. The steel without the niobium carbides exhibited somewhat better strain-life behavior at large strain amplitudes. This was attributed to the cell structure being able to accomodate a greater amount of plastic strain in that steel.

  2. Comparison of low-cycle fatigue data of 2 1/4%CrMo steels

    Data files have been produced on international strain-controlled fatigue information available for 2 1/4%CrMo steels; data assessment from these files is treated in three categories viz: annealed and isothermally annealed 2 1/4%Cr1%Mo steel; normalised and tempered and quenched and tempered 2 1/4%Cr1%Mo steel; and 2 1/4%CrMo variants. The available data have been considered generally in terms of total strain range vs. cycles to failure (Nsub(f)), tensile stress at Nsub(f)/2 vs. cycles to failure and time to failure vs. cycles to failure. Where possible the continuous cycling data have been statistically analysed in terms of the elastic and plastic strain components and cycles to failure to yield best-fit equations over defined temperature (T) regimes viz: T <= 427 deg. C, 427 deg. C < T <= 550 deg. C. and 550 deg. C < T <= 600 deg. C. The behaviour of the steels within the various classifications is discussed. (author)

  3. Low cycle fatigue and strengthening mechanism of cold extruded large diameter internal thread of Q460 steel

    Miao, Hong; Mei, Qing; Yuan, Jingyun; Zheng, Zaixiang; Jin, Yifu; Zuo, Dunwen

    2016-05-01

    large diameter internal thread of high-strength steel(LDITHSS) manufactured by traditional methods always has the problems of low accuracy and short life. Compared with traditional methods, the cold extrusion process is an effective means to realize higher accuracy and longer life. The low-cycle fatigue properties of LDITHSS are obtained by experiments, and the initiation and propagation of fatigue cracks are observed by scanning electron microscope(SEM). Based on the mechanical properties, surface microstructure and residual stress, the strengthening mechanism of cold extruded large diameter internal thread(LDIT) is discussed. The results show that new grains or sub-grains can be formed on the surface of LDIT due to grain segmentation and grain refinement during cold extrusion. The fibrous structures appear as elongated and streamlined along the normal direction of the tooth surface which leads to residual compressive stress on the extruded surface. The maximum tension stress of LDIT after cold extrusion is found to be 192.55 kN. Under low stress cycling, the yield stress on thread increases, the propagation rate of crack reduces, the fatigue life is thus improved significantly with decreasing surface grain diameter and the average fatigue life increases to 45.539×103 cycle when the maximum applied load decreases to 120 kN. The low cycle fatigue and strengthening mechanism of cold extruded LDIT revealed by this research has significant importance to promote application of internal thread by cold extrusion processing.

  4. Effects of δ-ferrite and welding structure on high-cycle fatigue properties of austenitic stainless steels weld metals

    We studied the effects of δ-ferrite and welding structure on high-cycle fatigue properties for austenitic stainless steel weld metals at cryogenic temperatures. SUS304L and SUS316L weld metals contained 0% δ-ferrite (0% material) and 10% δ-ferrite (10% material) were prepared. High-cycle fatigue tests were carried out at 293, 77 and 4 K. The S-N curves of those weld metals shifted towards higher stress levels, i.e., the longer life side, with decreasing test temperature. The ratios of 106-cycles fatigue strength (FS) to tensile strength (TS) of 0% material decreased from 0.8 to 0.45 and those of 10% material decreased between 0.35 to 0.65 with decreasing test temperature. Fatigue crack initiation sites of SUS304L 10% material were almost at blowholes, and those of SUS316L 10% material were at weld pass interface boundaries. On the other hand, those of 0% materials were considered to be due to the interface of the solidification structure. Although δ-ferrite reduces toughness at cryogenic temperatures in austenitic stainless steel weld metals, the effects of δ-ferrite on high-cycle fatigue properties are not significant

  5. Laser High-Cycle Thermal Fatigue of Pulse Detonation Engine Combustor Materials Tested

    Zhu, Dong-Ming; Fox, Dennis S.; Miller, Robert A.

    2001-01-01

    Pulse detonation engines (PDE's) have received increasing attention for future aerospace propulsion applications. Because the PDE is designed for a high-frequency, intermittent detonation combustion process, extremely high gas temperatures and pressures can be realized under the nearly constant-volume combustion environment. The PDE's can potentially achieve higher thermodynamic cycle efficiency and thrust density in comparison to traditional constant-pressure combustion gas turbine engines (ref. 1). However, the development of these engines requires robust design of the engine components that must endure harsh detonation environments. In particular, the detonation combustor chamber, which is designed to sustain and confine the detonation combustion process, will experience high pressure and temperature pulses with very short durations (refs. 2 and 3). Therefore, it is of great importance to evaluate PDE combustor materials and components under simulated engine temperatures and stress conditions in the laboratory. In this study, a high-cycle thermal fatigue test rig was established at the NASA Glenn Research Center using a 1.5-kW CO2 laser. The high-power laser, operating in the pulsed mode, can be controlled at various pulse energy levels and waveform distributions. The enhanced laser pulses can be used to mimic the time-dependent temperature and pressure waves encountered in a pulsed detonation engine. Under the enhanced laser pulse condition, a maximum 7.5-kW peak power with a duration of approximately 0.1 to 0.2 msec (a spike) can be achieved, followed by a plateau region that has about one-fifth of the maximum power level with several milliseconds duration. The laser thermal fatigue rig has also been developed to adopt flat and rotating tubular specimen configurations for the simulated engine tests. More sophisticated laser optic systems can be used to simulate the spatial distributions of the temperature and shock waves in the engine. Pulse laser high-cycle

  6. Low-cycle fatigue of P91 and P92 steels used in the power engineering industry

    M. Cieśla; G. Junak

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of the study was to determine the life characteristics of low-cycle P91 and P92 steels used in the power unit components that work under the highest effort. The life of the steels was determined for constant ranges of total strain from the range of ∆εt= 0.6-1.2% and with the application of gradual loading two-stage.Design/methodology/approach: Low-cycle fatigue tests of the material in its initial state were performed at room temperature. The fatigue tests were conducted on a...

  7. Simulation of the high cycle fatigue life reduction due to internal hydrogen embrittlement using a commercial Finite Element program

    Riccius, Jörg; BRUCHHAUSEN MATTHIAS; Fischer, Burkhard

    2013-01-01

    The effect of internal hydrogen on the high cycle fatigue (HCF) life duration of Inconel X-750® in the hydrogen concentration range between 5 and 39 wppm at ambient temperature was investigated using an ultrasonic HCF test bench. For an alternating stress equal to 0.6 times the yield stress of the hydrogen-free material, a drop of two orders of magnitude in the high-cycle fatigue durability of the material has been measured over the investigated hydrogen concentration range. New tools have be...

  8. Leg joint power output during progressive resistance FES-LCE cycling in SCI subjects: developing an index of fatigue

    Faghri Pouran D

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The purpose of this study was to investigate the biomechanics of the hip, knee and ankle during a progressive resistance cycling protocol in an effort to detect and measure the presence of muscle fatigue. It was hypothesized that knee power output can be used as an indicator of fatigue in order to assess the cycling performance of SCI subjects. Methods Six spinal cord injured subjects (2 incomplete, 4 complete between the ages of twenty and fifty years old and possessing either a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury at or below the fourth cervical vertebra participated in this study. Kinematic data and pedal forces were recorded during cycling at increasing levels of resistance. Ankle, knee and hip power outputs and resultant pedal force were calculated. Ergometer cadence and muscle stimulation intensity were also recorded. Results The main findings of this study were: (a ankle and knee power outputs decreased, whereas hip power output increased with increasing resistance, (b cadence, stimulation intensity and resultant pedal force in that combined order were significant predictors of knee power output and (c knowing the value of these combined predictors at 10 rpm, an index of fatigue can be developed, quantitatively expressing the power capacity of the knee joint with respect to a baseline power level defined as fatigue. Conclusion An index of fatigue was successfully developed, proportionalizing knee power capacity during cycling to a predetermined value of fatigue. The fatigue index value at 0/8th kp, measured 90 seconds into active, unassisted pedaling was 1.6. This indicates initial power capacity at the knee to be 1.6 times greater than fatigue. The fatigue index decreased to 1.1 at 2/8th kp, representing approximately a 30% decrease in the knee's power capacity within a 4 minute timespan. These findings suggest that the present cycling protocol is not sufficient for a rider to gain the benefits of FES and thus

  9. Effects of laser peening treatment on high cycle fatigue and crack propagation behaviors in austenitic stainless steel

    Laser peening without protective coating (LPwC) treatment is one of surface enhancement techniques using an impact wave of high pressure plasma induced by laser pulse irradiation. High compressive residual stress was induced by the LPwC treatment on the surface of low-carbon type austenitic stainless steel SUS316L. The affected depth reached about 1mm from the surface. High cycle fatigue tests with four-points rotating bending loading were carried out to confirm the effects of the LPwC treatment on fatigue strength and surface fatigue crack propagation behaviors. The fatigue strength was remarkably improved by the LPwC treatment over the whole regime of fatigue life up to 108 cycles. Specimens with a pre-crack from a small artificial hole due to fatigue loading were used for the quantitative study on the effect of the LPwC treatment. The fracture mechanics investigation on the pre-cracked specimens showed that the LPwC treatment restrained the further propagation of the pre-crack if the stress intensity factor range ΔK on the crack tip was less than 7.6 MPa√m. Surface cracks preferentially propagated into the depth direction as predicted through ΔK analysis on the crack by taking account of the compressive residual stresses due to the LPwC treatment. (author)

  10. Influence of precipitates on low-cycle fatigue and crack growth behavior in an ultrafine-grained aluminum alloy

    The strain-controlled fatigue and near-threshold fatigue crack growth behavior of an ultrafine-grained (UFG), age-hardening aluminum alloy after severe plastic deformation by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) are discussed. The main question addressed is how different precipitate morphologies affect low-cycle fatigue (LCF) and fatigue crack growth. An AlMg0.5Si0.4 alloy is subjected to two and eight passes of ECAP to obtain different degrees of grain refinement and fragmentation of the initially semi-coherent precipitates. Furthermore, a thermally recovered condition with newly formed, small coherent precipitates, which is obtained by aging after two ECAP passes, is considered. Strain-controlled fatigue tests and ΔK-controlled crack growth measurements are conducted and microstructural evolution during cycling and fracture surfaces are carefully analyzed using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Most importantly, the results of this study show that newly formed, coherent precipitates in the thermally recovered condition directly contribute to a more planar slip behavior, to slip localization and to early failure during LCF loading. It is clearly demonstrated that precipitate morphology also affects fatigue crack propagation, and that this is closely related to slip reversibility, even in the UFG regime

  11. Low cycle thermal fatigue testing of beryllium grades for ITER plasma facing components

    A novel technique has been used to test the relative low cycle thermal fatigue resistance of different grades of US and Russian beryllium, which is proposed as plasma facing armor for fusion reactor first wall, limiter, and divertor components. The 30 kW electron beam test system at Sandia National Laboratories was used to sweep the beam spot along one direction at 1 Hz. This produces a localized temperature ''spike'' of 750 degree C for each pass of the beam. Large thermal stresses in excess of the yield strength are generated due to very high spot heat flux, 250 MW/m2. Cyclic plastic strains on the order of 0.6% produced visible cracking on the heated surface in less than 3000 cycles. An in-vacuo fiber optic borescope was used to visually inspect the beryllium surfaces for crack initiation. Grades of US beryllium tested included: S-65C, S- 65H, S-200F, S-200F-H, SR-200, I-400, extruded high purity, HIP'd spherical powder, porous beryllium (94% and 98% dense), Be/30% BeO, Be/60% BeO, and TiBe12. Russian grades included: TGP-56, TShGT, DShG-200, and TShG-56. Both the number of cycles to crack initiation, and the depth of crack propagation, were measured. The most fatigue resistant grades were S-65C, DShG-200, TShGT, and TShG-56. Rolled sheet Be (SR-200) showed excellent crack propagation resistance in the plane of rolling, despite early formation of delamination cracks. Only one sample showed no evidence of surface melting, Extruded (T). Metallographic and chemical analyses are provided. Good agreement was found between the measured depth of cracks and a 2-D elastic-plastic finite element stress analysis

  12. Low cycle thermal fatigue testing of beryllium grades for ITER plasma facing components

    Watson, R.D.; Youchison, D.L. [Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (United States); Dombrowski, D.E. [Brush Wellman, Inc., Cleveland, OH (United States); Guiniatouline, R.N. [Efremov Institute, (Russia); Kupriynov, I.B. [Russian Institute of Inorganic Materials (Russia)

    1996-02-01

    A novel technique has been used to test the relative low cycle thermal fatigue resistance of different grades of US and Russian beryllium, which is proposed as plasma facing armor for fusion reactor first wall, limiter, and divertor components. The 30 kW electron beam test system at Sandia National Laboratories was used to sweep the beam spot along one direction at 1 Hz. This produces a localized temperature ``spike`` of 750{degree}C for each pass of the beam. Large thermal stresses in excess of the yield strength are generated due to very high spot heat flux, 250 MW/m{sup 2}. Cyclic plastic strains on the order of 0.6% produced visible cracking on the heated surface in less than 3000 cycles. An in-vacuo fiber optic borescope was used to visually inspect the beryllium surfaces for crack initiation. Grades of US beryllium tested included: S-65C, S- 65H, S-200F, S-200F-H, SR-200, I-400, extruded high purity, HIP`d spherical powder, porous beryllium (94% and 98% dense), Be/30% BeO, Be/60% BeO, and TiBe{sub 12}. Russian grades included: TGP-56, TShGT, DShG-200, and TShG-56. Both the number of cycles to crack initiation, and the depth of crack propagation, were measured. The most fatigue resistant grades were S-65C, DShG-200, TShGT, and TShG-56. Rolled sheet Be (SR-200) showed excellent crack propagation resistance in the plane of rolling, despite early formation of delamination cracks. Only one sample showed no evidence of surface melting, Extruded (T). Metallographic and chemical analyses are provided. Good agreement was found between the measured depth of cracks and a 2-D elastic-plastic finite element stress analysis.

  13. Hold-time effects on the low cycle fatigue of Ti-24Al-11Nb at 650 C

    The influence of hold time on fatigue of Ti-24Al-11Nb is studied at 650 C. At 0.167 Hz, the alloy exhibits cyclic hardening. A 100 s hold at peak tensile or compressive strain at ± 0.6% strain has no observable effect on cycles to failure. For hold times at ± 0.5% strain, however, the fatigue lives are nearly halved and specimens show extensive secondary cracking, similar to that observed in creep tests. At ± 0.6% strain, a transition from stress-assisted environmental degradation to fatigue characterized by PSB formation and cracking is observed when compression hold times are introduced. An energy based criterion appears to predict reasonably well the fatigue life

  14. Effects of Hot Rolling on Low-Cycle Fatigue Properties of Zn-22 wt.% Al Alloy at Room Temperature

    Dong, X. H.; Cao, Q. D.; Ma, S. J.; Han, S. H.; Tang, W.; Zhang, X. P.

    2016-06-01

    The effects of the reduction ratio (RR) on the low-cycle fatigue (LCF) properties of the Zn-22 wt.% Al (Zn-22Al) alloy were investigated. Various grain sizes from 0.68 to 1.13 μm were obtained by controlled RRs. Tensile and LCF tests were carried out at room temperature. Superplasticity and cyclic softening were observed. Strength and ductility of the rolled Zn-22Al alloy increased with the RR, owing to the decrease in its grain size. The RR did not affect the cyclic softening behavior of the alloy. The fatigue life of the alloy decreased with increasing strain amplitude, while the fatigue life first decreased and then increased with increasing RR. The longest fatigue life was observed for the alloy rolled at a RR of 60%. A bilinear Coffin-Manson relationship was observed to hold true for this alloy.

  15. Experimental study on elevated temperature low cycle fatigue of P92 steel

    A supercritical water cooled reactor (SCWR) is being considered as a candidate reactor of the Generation IV nuclear reactors due to its high thermal efficiency and simple system composition. A critical question to attain is to choose proper materials for the core components, especially for the fuel cladding. The mechanic properties, corrosion and stress corrosion cracking susceptibilities, radiation resistances, etc., of these materials at high temperature are extremely important for the safety of nuclear power plant. The paper presents the low cycle fatigue behaviors of P92, a kind of F/M type candidate materials for the SCWR. The experiments were carried out at 600 degree C and 650 degree C with total strain controlled. The strain range is from ±0.2%-±0.6%, respectively. The results show that P92 steel is cyclic strain softening at both temperatures, but stable cyclic phenomena were not observed. The decline ratio of macro-crack appearance with the strain range increasing is milder at 650 degree C than that at 600 degree C, and the cycles to failure are remarkably higher at 650 degree C than those at 600 degree C under the same total strain ranges. The relationship of cycle stable stress vs. strain range and number of cycles to failure vs. total strain range were obtained. (authors)

  16. Challenges in high temperature low cycle fatigue testing of metallic materials

    The evaluation of the high strain Low Cycle Fatigue properties of structural materials is an involved and complicated procedure requiring skill and diligence from the experimentalist. This presentation describes the various testing methods to evaluate the LCF properties of structural materials, the complexities involved and some solutions to exacting requirements, not covered by the testing procedure standards. The basic components of servo-hydraulic fatigue testing machines is described, as are the calibration and maintenance procedures. Results of LCF tests conducted at the authors' laboratory on AISI 316L(N) stainless steel and Mod.9Cr-1Mo ferritic steel are described. The complications in total strain controlled testing of weld joints is brought out and soft zone development in Mod. 9Cr-1Mo ferritic steel is described. The special requirements for testing in environmental chambers is a challenging task. In-house chambers, designed to carry out testing in dynamic sodium environment is highlighted. These chambers have provision to accommodate extensometers for strain measurements, and also house all the safety instrumentation needed to carry out to mechanical testing in dynamic sodium environment. The variation of LCF results as a function of specimen geometry is examined. The various failure criteria adopted by laboratories in different countries are also touched upon. (author)

  17. Very high cycle fatigue strength and crack growth of thin steel sheets

    Mohand Ouarabi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available For basic observations or for industrial applications it is of interest to use flat specimens at very high frequency in the gigacycle regime. In this work, thin flat sheet, with 1.2 mm thickness of a complex phase ferrite-martensitic steels were considered for carrying out fatigue tests at high frequency (20 kHz up to the gigacycle regime (>109 cycles. The crack initiation tests were carried out with water cooling, while the crack growth test were carried out in laboratory air at room temperature. All the tests were carried out under loading ratio R=-1. To do that, special designs of specimens were made and computed using FEM for defining the stress amplitude for endurance tests. Special attachments for specimens to the ultrasonic system’s horn were enhanced. A particular FEM computing of the stress intensity range on crack growth specimens was carried out for determining the specimen dimensions and an equation that defines the stress intensity range as a function of the harmonic displacement amplitude, dynamic Young’s modulus, material density and crack length. Detailed procedures and fatigue results are presented in this paper.

  18. Very-High-Cycle-Fatigue of in-service air-engine blades, compressor and turbine

    Shanyavskiy, A. A.

    2014-01-01

    In-service Very-High-Cycle-Fatigue (VHCF) regime of compressor vane and turbine rotor blades of the Al-based alloy VD-17 and superalloy GS6K, respectively, was considered. Surface crack origination occurred at the lifetime more than 1500 hours for vanes and after 550 hours for turbine blades. Performed fractographic investigations have shown that subsurface crack origination in vanes took place inspite of corrosion pittings on the blade surface. This material behavior reflected lifetime limit that was reached by the criterion VHCF. In superalloy GS6K subsurface fatigue cracking took place with the appearance of flat facet. This phenomenon was discussed and compared with specimens cracking of the same superalloy but prepared by the powder technology. In turbine blades VHCF regime appeared because of resonance of blades under the influenced gas stream. Both cases of compressor-vanes and turbine blades in-service cracking were discussed with crack growth period and stress equivalent estimations. Recommendations to continue aircrafts airworthiness were made for in-service blades.

  19. Problems of the high-cycle fatigue of the materials intended for the parts of modern gas-turbine engines and power plants

    Petukhov, A. N.

    2010-10-01

    The problems related to the determination of the life of the structural materials applied for important parts in gas-turbine engines and power plants from the results of high-cycle fatigue tests are discussed. Methods for increasing the reliability of the high-cycle fatigue characteristics and the factors affecting the operational reliability are considered.

  20. Effects of sodium on the low-cycle fatigue behaviour of 2.25Cr-1Mo steel in flowing sodium at high temperatures

    This paper describes the results of investigations of the low-cycle fatigue test, which were conducted to determine the effects of sodium on the low-cycle fatigue property of normalized and tempered 2 1/4 Cr-1Mo steel in flowing sodium at high temperatures. (author)

  1. High-Cycle Fatigue Resistance of Si-Mo Ductile Cast Iron as Affected by Temperature and Strain Rate

    Matteis, Paolo; Scavino, Giorgio; Castello, Alessandro; Firrao, Donato

    2015-09-01

    Silicon-molybdenum ductile cast irons are used to fabricate exhaust manifolds of internal combustion engines of large series cars, where the maximum pointwise temperature at full engine load may be higher than 973 K (700 °C). In this application, high-temperature oxidation and thermo-mechanical fatigue (the latter being caused by the engine start and stop and by the variation of its power output) have been the subject of several studies and are well known, whereas little attention has been devoted to the high-cycle fatigue, arising from the engine vibration. Therefore, the mechanical behavior of Si-Mo cast iron is studied here by means of stress-life fatigue tests up to 10 million cycles, at temperatures gradually increasing up to 973 K (700 °C). The mechanical characterization is completed by tensile and compressive tests and ensuing fractographic examinations; the mechanical test results are correlated with the cast iron microstructure and heat treatment.

  2. Comparison of the low cycle fatigue behaviour of F82H mod. and Eurofer 97 in water coolant

    A comparative study has been done about the susceptibility to environmentally induced damage of the reduced activation martensitic steels F82H mod and Eurofer 97. Both alloys were found to suffer premature fracture compared to air behaviour, during conventional fully reversed load controlled low cycle fatigue tests, run in high temperature aqueous environment with the alkaline chemistry specified for the lithium lead blanket water coolant. The different steel low cycle fatigue responses in water, especially, the scatter of fatigue lives and fracture modes observed from plate-to-plate and from specimen-to-specimen in F82H and Eurofer, respectively, appeared to coincide with the presence of different inclusion types, size and density. Based on electrochemical and fractographic indexes, the results were discussed with the support of the hydrogen decohesion model, in terms of mutually competitive trap effects on hydrogen diffusion and partitioning among the susceptible cracking sites

  3. Evaluation of the available data on the effect of the environment on the low cycle fatigue properties in light water reactor environments

    The existing design procedures for light water reactors doe not define the effect of the coolant environment on the fatigue properties of the materials. Although Section III of the ASME Boiler and pressure Vessel Code states that the tests on which the design fatigue curves are based did not include tests in the presence of corrosive environments which might accelerate fatigue failure, no guidance is given as to when environments may be corrosive. It is sometimes assumed the light water reactor (LWR) coolant environments are not corrosive. There are results from a number of research programs reported in the literature in which low cycle fatigue experiments have been conducted in simulated LWR environments and substantial effects observed. In this paper, the available low cycle fatigue data from the literature will be compared with the ASME fatigue data and design curve. In addition, the significant variables which appear to affect the fatigue properties of the material will be discussed

  4. Effect of the structure on the low-cycle fatigue behaviour of alloy 800

    Alloy 800 (grade I) is used for making the steam generators of liquid metal fast breeder reactors. At working temperature (5250C) alloy 800 is strengthned by γ' (Ni3(Ti,Al)) precipitation which occurs during thermal aging. The mechanical properties of this alloy depend on the parameters which define the γ' precipitation and obviously on the structural characteristics due to the thermomechanical treatments which govern the manufacture of the product. For one cast of alloy 800 this work aims to analyse the influence, on low cycle fatigue behaviour at 5500C, of structural and microstructural variations originating either in different elaboration procedures or in γ' precipitation obtained by a thermal aging of 3000h at 5500C with or without a preceeding cold working of 10%

  5. Corrosion and low-cycle fatigue properties of AISI 316L in flowing Pb-17Li

    Corrosion and low-cycle fatigue (LCF) tests were performed on AISI 316L steel specimens in a flowing lithium lead environment. The LCF and corrosion tests were conducted simultaneously in the ''LIFUS 2'' forced convection loop, at a temperature of 723 K and a flow velocity of approximately 0.01 m/s. The LCF tests, which had a strain amplitude ranging from 0.008 to 0.016, were compared with reference tests performed in an inert argon atmosphere. The results show that liquid Pb-17Li has no detrimental effect on the LCF behaviour of 316L at the test temperature of 723 K. The corrosion tests extended from 650 to 1600 h with intermediate steps. Metallographic and SEM-EDAX analyses indicated the presence of an irregular porous ferritic layer. The results are discussed in terms of ferrite growth rate and the effect of corrosion phenomena on LCF behaviour. ((orig.))

  6. Effect of adjusting pulse durations of functional electrical stimulation cycling on energy expenditure and fatigue after spinal cord injury

    Ashraf S. Gorgey, MPT, PhD, FACSM

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the current study was to determine the effects of three different pulse durations (200, 350, and 500 microseconds [P200, P350, and P500, respectively] on oxygen uptake, cycling performance, and energy expenditure (EE percentage of fatigue of the knee extensor muscle group immediately and 48 to 72 h after cycling in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI. A convenience sample of 10 individuals with motor complete SCI participated in a repeated-measures design using a functional electrical stimulation (FES cycle ergometer over a 3 wk period. There was no difference among the three FES protocols on relative oxygen uptake or cycling EE. Delta EE between exercise and rest was 42% greater in both P500 and P350 than in P200 (p = 0.07, whereas recovery oxygen uptake was 23% greater in P350 than in P200 (p = 0.03. There was no difference in the outcomes of the three pulse durations on muscle fatigue. Knee extensor torque significantly decreased immediately after (p < 0.001 and 48 to 72 h after (p < 0.001 FES leg cycling. Lengthening pulse duration did not affect submaximal or relative oxygen uptake or EE, total EE, and time to fatigue. Greater recovery oxygen updake and delta EE were noted in P350 and P500 compared with P200. An acute bout of FES leg cycling resulted in torque reduction that did not fully recover 48 to 72 h after cycling.

  7. Biaxial high cycle fatigue: experimental investigation and two-scale damage model

    This research thesis first describes the multi-axial fatigue phenomenon in the cases of mechanical and complex loadings, discusses multi-axial fatigue criteria, and presents the approach of fatigue by incremental damage mechanics. Then, it reports an experimental investigation of fatigue crack initiation under biaxial polycyclic fatigue in 304L austenitic stainless steel and in titanium alloy. The author presents a probabilistic two-scale damage model, and then reports the assessment of multi-axial fatigue life by means of this model

  8. Benefits of high gradient solidification for creep and low cycle fatigue of AM1 single crystal superalloy

    The influence of high thermal gradient processing on the creep and low cycle fatigue properties of the AM1 Ni-based single crystal superalloy has been studied. Isothermal creep (from 750 °C up to 1200 °C) and low cycle fatigue (750 °C and 950 °C) experiments were performed for AM1 alloy solidified with a conventional radiation cooled (Bridgman) and higher thermal gradient liquid-metal cooled (LMC) casting process to produce coarse and finer-scaled dendritic structures, respectively. There was no significant effect of the casting technique on creep properties, due to the very similar microstructures (γ′-size and γ-channel width) established after full heat treatment of both Bridgman and LMC samples. For low cycle fatigue properties, the benefit of the higher gradient LMC process was dependent on the testing temperature. At 750 °C, cracks primarily initiated at pores created by solidification shrinkage in both Bridgman and LMC samples. Samples produced by the LMC technique demonstrated fatigue lives up to 4 times longer, compared to the Bridgman samples, due to refined porosity. At 950 °C the low cycle fatigue properties of the LMC and conventionally solidified material were not distinguishable due to a shift of crack initiation sites from internal pores to oxidized surface layers or near-surface pores. The benefit of the LMC approach was, however, apparent in fatigue at 950 °C when testing in a vacuum environment. Based on these results, a crack initiation model based on the local slip activity close to casting defect is proposed

  9. Benefits of high gradient solidification for creep and low cycle fatigue of AM1 single crystal superalloy

    Steuer, S., E-mail: Susanne.Steuer@ensma.fr [Institut Pprime, CNRS – ENSMA – Université de Poitiers, UPR CNRS 3346, Department of Physics and Mechanics of Materials, ENSMA – Téléport 2, 1 avenue Clément Ader, BP 40109, 86961 Futuroscope Chasseneuil Cedex (France); Villechaise, P. [Institut Pprime, CNRS – ENSMA – Université de Poitiers, UPR CNRS 3346, Department of Physics and Mechanics of Materials, ENSMA – Téléport 2, 1 avenue Clément Ader, BP 40109, 86961 Futuroscope Chasseneuil Cedex (France); Pollock, T.M. [Materials Department, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050 (United States); Cormier, J. [Institut Pprime, CNRS – ENSMA – Université de Poitiers, UPR CNRS 3346, Department of Physics and Mechanics of Materials, ENSMA – Téléport 2, 1 avenue Clément Ader, BP 40109, 86961 Futuroscope Chasseneuil Cedex (France)

    2015-10-01

    The influence of high thermal gradient processing on the creep and low cycle fatigue properties of the AM1 Ni-based single crystal superalloy has been studied. Isothermal creep (from 750 °C up to 1200 °C) and low cycle fatigue (750 °C and 950 °C) experiments were performed for AM1 alloy solidified with a conventional radiation cooled (Bridgman) and higher thermal gradient liquid-metal cooled (LMC) casting process to produce coarse and finer-scaled dendritic structures, respectively. There was no significant effect of the casting technique on creep properties, due to the very similar microstructures (γ′-size and γ-channel width) established after full heat treatment of both Bridgman and LMC samples. For low cycle fatigue properties, the benefit of the higher gradient LMC process was dependent on the testing temperature. At 750 °C, cracks primarily initiated at pores created by solidification shrinkage in both Bridgman and LMC samples. Samples produced by the LMC technique demonstrated fatigue lives up to 4 times longer, compared to the Bridgman samples, due to refined porosity. At 950 °C the low cycle fatigue properties of the LMC and conventionally solidified material were not distinguishable due to a shift of crack initiation sites from internal pores to oxidized surface layers or near-surface pores. The benefit of the LMC approach was, however, apparent in fatigue at 950 °C when testing in a vacuum environment. Based on these results, a crack initiation model based on the local slip activity close to casting defect is proposed.

  10. Neuromuscular function and fatigue resistance of the plantar flexors following short-term cycling endurance training

    Martin eBehrens

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Previously published studies on the effect of short-term endurance training on the neuromuscular function of the plantar flexors have shown that the H-reflex elicited at rest and during weak voluntary contractions was increased following the training regime. However, these studies did not test H-reflex modulation during isometric maximum voluntary contraction (iMVC and did not incorporate a control group in their study design to compare the results of the endurance training group to individuals without the endurance training stimulus. Therefore, this randomized controlled study was directed to investigate the neuromuscular function of the plantar flexors at rest and during iMVC before and after eight weeks of cycling endurance training. Twenty-two young adults were randomly assigned to an intervention group and a control group. During neuromuscular testing, rate of torque development, isometric maximum voluntary torque and muscle activation were measured. Triceps surae muscle activation and tibialis anterior muscle co-activation were assessed by normalized root mean square of the EMG signal during the initial phase of contraction (0-100, 100-200 ms and isometric maximum voluntary contraction of the plantar flexors. Furthermore, evoked spinal reflex responses of the soleus muscle (H-reflex evoked at rest and during iMVC, V-wave, peak twitch torques induced by electrical stimulation of the posterior tibial nerve at rest and fatigue resistance were evaluated. The results indicate that the endurance training did not lead to a significant change in any variable of interest. Data of the present study conflict with the outcome of previously published studies that have found an increase in H-reflex excitability after endurance training. However, these studies had not included a control group in their study design as was the case here. It is concluded that short-term cycling endurance training does not necessarily enhance H-reflex responses and fatigue