Sample records for block cracking

  1. Laboratory Study of Crack Development and Crack Interaction in Concrete Blocks due to Swelling of Cracking Agent

    Frühwirt, Thomas; Plößer, Arne; Konietzky, Heinz


    The main focus of this work was to investigate temporary and spatial features of crack development in concrete blocks due to the action of a swelling agent. A commercial available cement-based mortar which shows heavily swelling behaviour when hydrating is used to provide inside pressure in boreholes in conrete blocks and hence serves as cracking agent. As no data for the swelling behaviour of the cracking agent were available the maximum axial swelling stress and axial free swelling strain were determined experimentally. In a first series of tests on concrete blocks the influence of an external mechanical, unidirectional stress on the development-time and orientation of cracks has been investigated for a range of loading levels. The stress state in the blocks prepared with a single borehole was determined by a superposition of internal stresses caused by swelling pressure and external mechanical loading. For a second series of tests prismatic blocks with two boreholes where prepared. This test setup allowed to realize different orientation of boreholes with respect to the uniaxial loading direction. Complementary tests were done using the cracking agent in both, only one or none of the boreholes. Different modes of crack interaction and influence of filled or unfilled boreholes have been observed. Features of crack development showed significant sensitivity to external loading. Starting even at very low load levels crack orientation was primarely determined by the direction of the external load. Temporal change in crack development due to the different load levels was insignificant and no consistent conclusion could be drawn. Crack interaction phenomena only were observed with two boreholes orientated primarely in direction of the external loading. Even in these cases crack orientation was mainly determined by the external stress field and only locally influenced by other cracks or the unfilled borehole. The work provides us with an extensive catalogue of

  2. Tumbler blocking of the closure and holder of a crack detector gamma source

    The tumbler blocking mechanism uses a slot in the source holder as a key for releasing the closure of the gamma crack detector. At least one recess is made in the source holder. In the shielding container body and its closure, at least three holes serve to fit the two-part tumblers and springs. In the shielded position the tip of the second tumbler fits into the source holder recess, preventing the holder from moving out of the shielded position. The first and third tumblers check whether the source holder is retracted to the end position. The device features simple design and reliable function. (J.B.). 3 figs

  3. Single idealized cracks: A tool for understanding fractured glass block leaching

    Within the scope of the long term behaviour of the R7T7 glass, which is the French nuclear glass, leaching and its coupling with transport mechanisms is studied. Experiments carried out on a SON 68 glass (inactive R7T7 type glass) model cracks in static basic conditions show a strong coupling between solution transport and glass leaching, depending on crack aperture. Moreover, gravity driven convective transport was evidenced for vertical model cracks, whereas only molecular diffusion was detected for horizontal model cracks under the same alteration conditions. In addition, an original device was developed to study the influence of temperature gradients on alteration kinetics as a convective driving force. These experiments show conclusively that thermally- or gravity-induced convective flow must be taken into account, even if such convective effects have not been established experimentally in neutral condition, which is more realistic condition for geological storage. A modeling, based on a porous geochemical software (HYTEC) accounting for both chemistry and transport, has been successfully applied to describe alteration within simple silicate glass cracks. It will be extended to study SON 68 glass model cracks, and more complex fracture networks. (authors)

  4. Numerical Investigation of the Effect of the Location of Critical Rock Block Fracture on Crack Evolution in a Gob-side Filling Wall

    Li, Xuehua; Ju, Minghe; Yao, Qiangling; Zhou, Jian; Chong, Zhaohui


    Generation, propagation, and coalescence of the shear and tensile cracks in the gob-side filling wall are significantly affected by the location of the fracture of the critical rock block. The Universal Discrete Element Code software was used to investigate crack evolution characteristics in a gob-side filling wall and the parameter calibration process for various strata and the filling wall was clearly illustrated. The cracks in both the filling wall and the coal wall propagate inward in a V-shape pattern with dominant shear cracks generated initially. As the distance between the fracture and the filling wall decreases, the number of cracks in the filling wall decreases, and the stability of the filling wall gradually improves; thus, by splitting the roof rock at the optimal location, the filling wall can be maintained in a stable state. Additionally, we conducted a sensitivity analysis that demonstrated that the higher the coal seam strength, the fewer cracks occur in both the filling wall and the coal wall, and the less failure they experience. With the main roof fracturing into a cantilever structure, the higher the immediate roof strength, the fewer cracks are in the filling wall. With the critical rock block fracturing above the roadway, an optimal strength of the immediate roof can be found that will stabilize the filling wall. This study presents a theoretical investigation into stabilization of the filling wall, demonstrating the significance of pre-splitting the roof rock at a desirable location.

  5. Study of matrix micro-cracking in nano clay and acrylic tri-block-copolymer modified epoxy/basalt fiber-reinforced pressure-retaining structures


    Full Text Available In fiber-reinforced polymer pressure-retaining structures, such as pipes and vessels, micro-level failure commonly causes fluid permeation due to matrix cracking. This study explores the effect of nano-reinforcements on matrix cracking in filament-wound basalt fiber/epoxy composite structures. The microstructure and mechanical properties of bulk epoxy nanocomposites and hybrid fiber-reinforced composite pipes modified with acrylic tri-block-copolymer and organophilic layered silicate clay were investigated. In cured epoxy, the tri-block-copolymer phase separated into disordered spherical micelle inclusions; an exfoliated and intercalated structure was observed for the nano-clay. Block-copolymer addition significantly enhanced epoxy fracture toughness by a mechanism of particle cavitation and matrix shear yielding, whereas toughness remained unchanged in nano-clay filled nanocomposites due to the occurrence of lower energy resistance phenomena such as crack deflection and branching.Tensile stiffness increased with nano-clay content, while it decreased slightly for block-copolymer modified epoxy. Composite pipes modified with either the organic and inorganic nanoparticles exhibited moderate improvements in leakage failure strain (i.e. matrix cracking strain; however, reductions in functional and structural failure strength were observed.

  6. Knuckle Cracking

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  7. Modelling probabilistic fatigue crack propagation rates for a mild structural steel

    J.A.F.O. Correia; A.M.P. de Jesus; A. Fernández-Canteli; Calçada, R.A.B.


    A class of fatigue crack growth models based on elastic–plastic stress–strain histories at the crack tip region and local strain-life damage models have been proposed in literature. The fatigue crack growth is regarded as a process of continuous crack initializations over successive elementary material blocks, which may be governed by smooth strain-life damage data. Some approaches account for the residual stresses developing at the crack tip in the actual crack driving force asse...

  8. Seismic stability analysis of concrete gravity dams with penetrated cracks

    Shou-yan JIANG


    Full Text Available The seismic stability of a cracked dam was examined in this study. Geometric nonlinearity and large deformations, as well as the contact condition at the crack site, were taken into consideration. The location of penetrated cracks was first identified using the concrete plastic-damage model based on the nonlinear finite element method (FEM. Then, the hard contact algorithm was used to simulate the crack interaction in the normal direction, and the Coloumb friction model was used to simulate the crack interaction in the tangential direction. After verification of numerical models through a case study, the seismic stability of the Koyna Dam with two types of penetrated cracks is discussed in detail with different seismic peak accelerations, and the collapse processes of the cracked dam are also presented. The results show that the stability of the dam with two types of penetrated cracks can be ensured in an earthquake with a magnitude of the original Koyna earthquake, and the cracked dam has a large earthquake-resistant margin. The failure processes of the cracked dam in strong earthquakes can be divided into two stages: the sliding stage and the overturning stage. The sliding stage ends near the peak acceleration, and the top block slides a long distance along the crack before the collapse occurs. The maximum sliding displacement of the top block will decrease with an increasing friction coefficient at the crack site.

  9. Stress corrosion cracking and vibration corrosion cracking

    Under certain conditions of stress practically all metallic materials are subject to such cracking corrosion processes. They are much feared because as a rule they are not recognized until the damage - leakage of a container, fracture of a component part-occurs. They may belong to the category of either stress corrosion cracking or vibration corrosion cracking, depending on the different mechanisms of the damage process. As the denominations indicate, one constitutes the interaction between local corrosion attack and mainly static tensile stress (load stress and/or non-load stress) and the other a combination of varying mechanical stress over time and corrosion. Hydrogen-induced cracking is a special form of stress corrosion cracking characterized by trapping of atomic hydrogen in material and subsequent cracking owing to the interaction with mechanical stress. (orig./HP)

  10. Gear Crack Propagation Investigation


    Reduced weight is a major design goal in aircraft power transmissions. Some gear designs incorporate thin rims to help meet this goal. Thin rims, however, may lead to bending fatigue cracks. These cracks may propagate through a gear tooth or into the gear rim. A crack that propagates through a tooth would probably not be catastrophic, and ample warning of a failure could be possible. On the other hand, a crack that propagates through the rim would be catastrophic. Such cracks could lead to disengagement of a rotor or propeller from an engine, loss of an aircraft, and fatalities. To help create and validate tools for the gear designer, the NASA Lewis Research Center performed in-house analytical and experimental studies to investigate the effect of rim thickness on gear-tooth crack propagation. Our goal was to determine whether cracks grew through gear teeth (benign failure mode) or through gear rims (catastrophic failure mode) for various rim thicknesses. In addition, we investigated the effect of rim thickness on crack propagation life. A finite-element-based computer program simulated gear-tooth crack propagation. The analysis used principles of linear elastic fracture mechanics, and quarter-point, triangular elements were used at the crack tip to represent the stress singularity. The program had an automated crack propagation option in which cracks were grown numerically via an automated remeshing scheme. Crack-tip stress-intensity factors were estimated to determine crack-propagation direction. Also, various fatigue crack growth models were used to estimate crack-propagation life. Experiments were performed in Lewis' Spur Gear Fatigue Rig to validate predicted crack propagation results. Gears with various backup ratios were tested to validate crack-path predictions. Also, test gears were installed with special crack-propagation gages in the tooth fillet region to measure bending-fatigue crack growth. From both predictions and tests, gears with backup ratios

  11. Heart Block

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  12. Population Blocks.

    Smith, Martin H.


    Describes an educational game called "Population Blocks" that is designed to illustrate the concept of exponential growth of the human population and some potential effects of overpopulation. The game material consists of wooden blocks; 18 blocks are painted green (representing land), 7 are painted blue (representing water); and the remaining…

  13. Behavior of cracked materials

    François, Marc Louis Maurice


    Due to their microstructure, quasi brittle materials present rough cracks. Under sliding of the crack lips, this roughness involves in one hand induced opening and in the other hand some apparent plasticity which is due to the interlocking of the crack lips combined with Coulomb's friction. The proposed model is written under the irreversible thermodynamics framework. Micromechanics uses the Del Piero and Owen's structured deformation theory. Opening of the crack depends upon the crack shape and the relative sliding of the crack lips. The thermodynamic force associated to the sliding has the mechanical meaning of the force acting in order to make the crack slide. Yield surface is defined as a limitation of this force with respect to the Coulomb's friction and the Barenblatt cohesion. The crack orientation is defined as the one for which the criterion is reached for the lowest stress level. A decreasing cohesion, respect to sliding is supposed. Tension and compression reference cases are envisaged.

  14. Weld cracking - some examples

    The possible causes of cold cracking can be relatively clearly defined according to today's state of knowledge. By knowing these causes, it is possible to control the risk of cold cracking to the greatest extent; with the knowledge of the position and dimensions of these cracks, as well as the time of their occurence together with an optimization of the testing technique, the detection control of the cracking freedom can be almost considered as solved. (orig.)

  15. Tubing weld cracking test

    A tubing weld cracking (TWC) test was developed for applications involving advanced austenitic alloys (such as modified 800H and 310HCbN). Compared to the Finger hot cracking test, the TWC test shows an enhanced ability to evaluate the crack sensitivity of tubing materials. The TWC test can evaluate the cracking tendency of base as well as filter materials. Thus, it is a useful tool for tubing suppliers, filler metal producers and fabricators

  16. Automated system for crack detection using infrared thermograph

    The objective of this study was the development of the automated system for crack detection on square steel bars used in the automotive industry for axle and shaft construction. The automated system for thermographic crack detection uses brief pulsed eddy currents to heat steel components under inspection. Cracks, if present, will disturb the current flow and so generate changes in the temperature profile in the crack area. These changes of temperature are visualized using an infrared camera. The image acquired by the infrared camera is evaluated through an image processing system. The advantages afforded by the system are its inspection time, its excellent flaw detection sensitivity and its ability to detect hidden, subsurface cracks. The automated system consists of four IR cameras (each side of steel bar is evaluated at a time), coil, high frequency generator and control place with computers. The system is a part of the inspection line where the subsurface and surface cracks are searched. If the crack is present, the cracked place is automatically marked. The components without cracks are then deposited apart from defective blocks. The system is fully automated and its ability is to evaluate four meter blocks within 20 seconds. This is the real reason for using this system in real industrial applications. (author)

  17. Modified Dugdale cracks and Fictitious cracks

    Nielsen, Lauge Fuglsang


    A number of theories are presented in the literature on crack mechanics by which the strength of damaged materials can be predicted. Among these are theories based on the well-known Dugdale model of a crack prevented from spreading by self-created constant cohesive flow stressed acting in local a......-critical loads. Such information, which cannot be obtained experimentally, are needed in viscoelastic lifetime analysis.Finally, the question is considered whether or not fracture properties experimentally determined are real (genuine) material properties.......A number of theories are presented in the literature on crack mechanics by which the strength of damaged materials can be predicted. Among these are theories based on the well-known Dugdale model of a crack prevented from spreading by self-created constant cohesive flow stressed acting in local...... (displacement) respectively of material considered. The practical applicability of the two models is limited such that predicted strength sigma_CR must be less than sigma_L/3, which corresponds to an assumption that fictitious cracks are much smaller than real crack lengths considered. The reason for this...

  18. Elevated temperature crack growth

    Kim, K. S.; Vanstone, R. H.


    The purpose of this program was to extend the work performed in the base program (CR 182247) into the regime of time-dependent crack growth under isothermal and thermal mechanical fatigue (TMF) loading, where creep deformation also influences the crack growth behavior. The investigation was performed in a two-year, six-task, combined experimental and analytical program. The path-independent integrals for application to time-dependent crack growth were critically reviewed. The crack growth was simulated using a finite element method. The path-independent integrals were computed from the results of finite-element analyses. The ability of these integrals to correlate experimental crack growth data were evaluated under various loading and temperature conditions. The results indicate that some of these integrals are viable parameters for crack growth prediction at elevated temperatures.

  19. Eliminating cracking during drying

    Jin, Qiu; Tan, Peng; Schofield, Andrew B.; Xu, Lei


    When colloidal suspensions dry, stresses build up and cracks often occur - a phenomenon undesirable for important industries such as paint and ceramics. We demonstrate an effective method which can completely eliminate cracking during drying: by adding emulsion droplets into colloidal suspensions, we can systematically decrease the amount of cracking, and eliminate it completely above a critical droplet concentration. Since the emulsion droplets eventually also evaporate, our technique achiev...

  20. Crack identification in elasticity

    Crack and defect, e.g. hole, identification in elasticity, is formulated as an output optimization problem, where predictions of a suitably parametrized mechanical model are compared with measured data. For the mechanical part the elastostatic analysis is done by the boundary element method, including hypersingular boundary elements for the cracks. In addition, unilateral contact effects along the crack boundaries, i.e., the possibility of partially closed cracks, are considered. Unilateral crack identification has been studied. The numerical solution of the (ill-posed) inverse problem usually requires the use of specialized algorithms and techniques. Among others, we consider neural networks, filter-driven optimization and genetic algorithms. It seems that classical optimization works only in connection with sensitivity analysis for the accurate calculation of the first derivatives for classical cracks and for unilateral cracks). A short review of recent contributions in this area together with the numerical results of our on-going investigation will be presented in the conference. The effect of unilateral contact on the crack identification will be examined. Multiple-crack and multipleload identification problems will be considered. The effectiveness of various solution algorithms will be discussed. Promising directions of further research in this area will be pointed out. Refs. 7 (author)

  1. Structural Considerations on Fatigue Cracks

    Cornel Bit


    Full Text Available This paper has been focused on the modern theoretical and experimental investigations on fatigue of metals which are now largely concentrated on three important areas: fatigue crack nucleation, short crack growth and long crack propagation. The main differences concerning the short cracks and long cracks mechanical investigation analysis have been presented.

  2. Structural Considerations on Fatigue Cracks

    Cornel Bit


    This paper has been focused on the modern theoretical and experimental investigations on fatigue of metals which are now largely concentrated on three important areas: fatigue crack nucleation, short crack growth and long crack propagation. The main differences concerning the short cracks and long cracks mechanical investigation analysis have been presented.

  3. Crack depth measurement in concrete using diffuse ultrasound

    In, Chi Won; Kim, Jin-Yeon; Jacobs, Laurence L.; Kurtis, Kimberly


    Cracking in concrete structures is problematic because these cracks can significantly influence the stability of a concrete structure and compromise its durability. The first step to evaluate the serviceability of an in-field concrete structure is to have accurate information on existing crack depth. It is thus of paramount importance to be able to accurately determine the depth of cracks in these concrete structures. This research employs a diffusive ultrasonic technique to measure the depth of surface cracks in concrete. Ultrasonic measurements on a 25.4 × 33 × 60.96 cm3 concrete block containing an artificial crack with varying depths from 2.54 to 10.16 cm are conducted. Contact transducers with one transmitting and the other receiving the ultrasonic signals are mounted on the concrete surface on opposite sides of the crack. A pulse signal with the duration of 2μs is transmitted. In this frequency regime, wavelengths are sufficiently short (comparable with the aggregate size) so that a diffuse ultrasonic signal is detected. The arrival of the diffuse ultrasonic energy at the receiver is delayed by the existence of the crack. This lag-time and the diffusivity of the concrete sample are measured, and a finite element model is employed to solve the inverse problem to determine the crack depth from these measured diffuse ultrasonic parameters.

  4. BWR internal cracking issues

    The regulatory issues associated with cracking of boiling water reactor (BWR) internals is being addressed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff and is the subject of a voluntary industry initiative. The lessons learned from this effort will be applied to pressurized water reactor (PWR) internals cracking issues

  5. Crack layer theory

    Chudnovsky, A.


    A damage parameter is introduced in addition to conventional parameters of continuum mechanics and consider a crack surrounded by an array of microdefects within the continuum mechanics framework. A system consisting of the main crack and surrounding damage is called crack layer (CL). Crack layer propagation is an irreversible process. The general framework of the thermodynamics of irreversible processes are employed to identify the driving forces (causes) and to derive the constitutive equation of CL propagation, that is, the relationship between the rates of the crack growth and damage dissemination from one side and the conjugated thermodynamic forces from another. The proposed law of CL propagation is in good agreement with the experimental data on fatigue CL propagation in various materials. The theory also elaborates material toughness characterization.

  6. Small-crack test methods

    Larsen, James M.; Allison, John E.

    This book contains chapters on fracture mechanics parameters for small fatigue cracks, monitoring small-crack growth by the replication method, measurement of small cracks by photomicroscopy (experiments and analysis), and experimental mechanics of microcracks. Other topics discussed are the real-time measurement of small-crack-opening behavior using an interferometric strain/displacement gage; direct current electrical potential measurement of the growth of small cracks; an ultrasonic method for the measurement of the size and opening behavior of small fatigue cracks; and the simulation of short crack and other low closure loading conditions, utilizing constant K(max) Delta-K-decreasing fatigue crack growth procedures.

  7. Ghost Block

    Webb, Neil


    Filmed on the English south coast 'Ghost Block' depicts the uncanny and eerie atmosphere at the site of a WW2 coastal defence line. The concrete cubes were used as an anti-invasion blockade against potential landing forces. This protection line now slowly decaying and becoming enmeshed into the environment still acts as a defence to repel unwanted visitors. The area is a natural reserve to nesting birds that often lay eggs directly onto the beach surface. The blocks act as a final barrier ...

  8. Cracked fuel mechanics

    Fuel pellets undergo thermally induced cracking during normal reactor operation. Some fuel performance codes have included models that address the effects of fuel cracking on fuel rod thermal and mechanical behavior. However, models that rely too heavily on continuum mechanics formulations (annular gaps and solid cylindrical pellets) characteristically do not adequately predict cladding axial elongations. Calculations of bamboo ridging generally require many assumptions concerning fuel geometry, and some of the methods used are too complex and expensive to employ on a routine basis. Some of these difficulties originate from a lack of definition of suitable parameters which describe the cracked fuel medium. The methodology is being improved by models that describe cracked fuel behavior utilizing parameters with stronger physical foundations instead of classical continuum formulations. This paper presents a modelling concept and a set of measurable parameters that have been shown to improve the prediction of the mechanical behavior of cracked fuel/cladding systems without added computational expense. The transition from classical annular gap/cylindrical pellet models to modified bulk properties and further to local behavior for cracked fuel systems is discussed. The results of laboratory experiments to verify these modelling parameters are shown. Data are also presented from laboratory experiments on unirradiated and irradiated rods which show that fuel rod mechanical response depends on fuel fragment size. The impact of these data on cracked fuel behavior and failure modelling is also discussed. (author)

  9. Fatigue Crack Propagation Under Variable Amplitude Loading Analyses Based on Plastic Energy Approach

    Sofiane Maachou


    Full Text Available Plasticity effects at the crack tip had been recognized as “motor” of crack propagation, the growth of cracks is related to the existence of a crack tip plastic zone, whose formation and intensification is accompanied by energy dissipation. In the actual state of knowledge fatigue crack propagation is modeled using crack closure concept. The fatigue crack growth behavior under constant amplitude and variable amplitude loading of the aluminum alloy 2024 T351 are analyzed using in terms energy parameters. In the case of VAL (variable amplitude loading tests, the evolution of the hysteretic energy dissipated per block is shown similar with that observed under constant amplitude loading. A linear relationship between the crack growth rate and the hysteretic energy dissipated per block is obtained at high growth rates. For lower growth rates values, the relationship between crack growth rate and hysteretic energy dissipated per block can represented by a power law. In this paper, an analysis of fatigue crack propagation under variable amplitude loading based on energetic approach is proposed.

  10. Epidural block

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  11. Ethylene by Naphta Cracking

    Wiseman, Peter


    Presents a discussion of the manufacture of ethylene by thermal cracking of hydrocarbon feedstocks that is useful for introducing the subject of industrial chemistry into a chemistry curriculum. (MLH)

  12. Modelling of Corrosion Cracks

    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    Modelling of corrosion cracking of reinforced concrete structures is complicated as a great number of uncertain factors are involved. To get a reliable modelling a physical and mechanical understanding of the process behind corrosion in needed.......Modelling of corrosion cracking of reinforced concrete structures is complicated as a great number of uncertain factors are involved. To get a reliable modelling a physical and mechanical understanding of the process behind corrosion in needed....

  13. Crack growth and rupture characteristics of stress corrosion cracks

    The contribution describes rupture-mechanical studies on stress-corrosion cracks which occurred at components during use. The tests are complemented by test specimens with stress-corrosion cracks which were induced in the laboratory. The tests show that the stress-corrosion cracks of the tested higher-tensile heat-treatable steels have an intercrystalline crack development, crack branchings and multiple cracks with differing linear and depth expansions. With the same external stress and fracture toughness, the load on stress-corrosion cracks must be at least 1.4 times higher in order to initiate the fracture. The critical crack sizes are at least two times bigger than the result of a fracture-mechanical evaluation based on clean and unbranched cracks. (orig./RHM)

  14. 不同水基磁悬液对不同厚度涂覆层试块近表面裂纹的磁粉检测%Magnetic Particle Testing of Near Surface Cracks for Different Thickness Coatings Block by Different Water-based Magnetic Fluids

    洪勇; 史红兵; 沈沆; 舒霞; 吴玉程


    Fe3O4 water-based magnetic fluid of averaged particle diameter 18nm was prepared by chemical co-precipitation and characterized by TEM,VSM and XRD.Test block with a coating artificial crack for different thickness coatings was constructed by machining,welding and grinding processing and so on.We used nano-Fe3O4 magnetic fluids and water-based magnetic HR-1 red magnetic paste that can be bought in the market to the magnetic particle testing of crack defects block,the result shows:with the coating thickness increasing,the magnetic image of both using nano-Fe3O4 magnetic particle and HR-1 magnetic paste was changed as from being dense to being thinning.At the relatively thin coating location,nano-Fe3O4 magnetic image resolution was a bit better than the conventional HR-1 red magnetic paste,but at the thicker location,nano-Fe3O4 magnetic image was slightly superior to the conventional HR-1 red magnetic paste while applying an extra magnetic field,but when the magnetic field was moved away,nano-Fe3O4 magnetic image became loose,discontinuous,so the display effect was no better than conventional HR-1 red magnetic paste.%用化学共沉淀法制备平均粒径约为18 nm的Fe3O4水基磁悬液,并用XRD(X射线衍射)、TEM(透射电镜)、VSM(磁滞回线)测试手段进行了表征.利用锯床加工、焊接、打磨等工序制作不同厚度带裂纹缺陷涂覆层的人工试块;并分别用纳米Fe3O4水基磁悬液和HR-1型红磁膏配置的水基磁悬液,对制作的含裂纹缺陷试块进行磁粉检测.结果表明:随着涂覆层厚度的增大,使用纳米Fe3O4磁悬液和常规HR-1型红磁膏进行检测所得的磁痕均由密实变得稀疏;涂覆层厚度较小时,纳米Fe3O4磁悬液的磁痕清晰度稍优于常规HR-1型红磁膏的磁痕清晰度;涂覆层厚度较大时,外加磁场施加过程中,纳米Fe3O4磁悬液的磁痕清晰度稍优于常规HR-1型红磁膏的磁痕清晰度;但外加磁场撤离后,纳米Fe3O4磁悬液的磁痕显示

  15. Damage, crack growth and fracture characteristics of nuclear grade graphite using the Double Torsion technique

    The crack initiation and propagation characteristics of two medium grained polygranular graphites, nuclear block graphite (NBG10) and Gilsocarbon (GCMB grade) graphite, have been studied using the Double Torsion (DT) technique. The DT technique allows stable crack propagation and easy crack tip observation of such brittle materials. The linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) methodology of the DT technique was adapted for elastic-plastic fracture mechanics (EPFM) in conjunction with a methodology for directly calculating the J-integral from in-plane displacement fields (JMAN) to account for the non-linearity of graphite deformation. The full field surface displacement measurement techniques of electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI) and digital image correlation (DIC) were used to observe and measure crack initiation and propagation. Significant micro-cracking in the fracture process zone (FPZ) was observed as well as crack bridging in the wake of the crack tip. The R-curve behaviour was measured to determine the critical J-integral for crack propagation in both materials. Micro-cracks tended to nucleate at pores, causing deflection of the crack path. Rising R-curve behaviour was observed, which is attributed to the formation of the FPZ, while crack bridging and distributed micro-cracks are responsible for the increase in fracture resistance. Each contributes around 50% of the irreversible energy dissipation in both graphites.

  16. Modelling probabilistic fatigue crack propagation rates for a mild structural steel

    J.A.F.O. Correia


    Full Text Available A class of fatigue crack growth models based on elastic–plastic stress–strain histories at the crack tip region and local strain-life damage models have been proposed in literature. The fatigue crack growth is regarded as a process of continuous crack initializations over successive elementary material blocks, which may be governed by smooth strain-life damage data. Some approaches account for the residual stresses developing at the crack tip in the actual crack driving force assessment, allowing mean stresses and loading sequential effects to be modelled. An extension of the fatigue crack propagation model originally proposed by Noroozi et al. (2005 to derive probabilistic fatigue crack propagation data is proposed, in particular concerning the derivation of probabilistic da/dN-ΔK-R fields. The elastic-plastic stresses at the vicinity of the crack tip, computed using simplified formulae, are compared with the stresses computed using an elasticplastic finite element analyses for specimens considered in the experimental program proposed to derive the fatigue crack propagation data. Using probabilistic strain-life data available for the S355 structural mild steel, probabilistic crack propagation fields are generated, for several stress ratios, and compared with experimental fatigue crack propagation data. A satisfactory agreement between the predicted probabilistic fields and experimental data is observed.

  17. Blocked strainers

    Thermal insulation was the cause of the blockages that shut down five BWRs in Sweden. The main culprit was mineral wool installed when the plants started up. Physical degradation of the wool over the lifetime of the plant meant it could easily be washed out of place during a loss of coolant accident and could quickly block strainers in the emergency core cooling systems. The five BWRs are almost all back on line, equipped with larger strainers and faster backwashing capability. But the incident prompted more detailed investigation into how materials in the containment would behave during an accident. One material that caused particular concern is Caposil, a material often used to insulate the reactor vessel. Composed of natural calcium, aluminium silicates and cellulose fibres, in the event of a LOCA Caposil becomes particularly hazardous. Under high pressure, or when brought into contact with high pressure water and steam, Caposil fragments into 1 cm clumps, free fibres, and ''fines''. It is these fines which cause major problems and can block a strainer extremely quickly. The successful testing of a high performance water filter which can handle Caposil is described. (4 figures) (Author)

  18. Statistical crack mechanics

    Although it is possible to simulate the ground blast from a single explosive shot with a simple computer algorithm and appropriate constants, the most commonly used modelling methods do not account for major changes in geology or shot energy because mechanical features such as tectonic stresses, fault structure, microcracking, brittle-ductile transition, and water content are not represented in significant detail. An alternative approach for modelling called Statistical Crack Mechanics is presented in this paper. This method, developed in the seventies as a part of the oil shale program, accounts for crack opening, shear, growth, and coalescence. Numerous photographs and micrographs show that shocked materials tend to involve arrays of planar cracks. The approach described here provides a way to account for microstructure and give a representation of the physical behavior of a material at the microscopic level that can account for phenomena such as permeability, fragmentation, shear banding, and hot-spot formation in explosives

  19. Crack propagation in Hastelloy X

    The fatigue and creep crack growth rates of Hastelloy X were examined both in air and impure helium. Creep crack growth rate is higher in air and impure helium at 6500C. Initial creep crack growth from the original sharp fatigue crack is by an intergranular mode of fracture. As the cracking accelerates at higher stress intensities, growth is by a mixed mode of both intergranular and transgranular fracture. Fatigue crack growth rate increases with increasing temperature and decreasing frequency for the range of stress intensities reported in the literature and is lower in impure helium than in air

  20. Crack-arrest technology

    Over the last several years, the Heavy Section Steel Technology (HSST) Program has conducted several fracture mechanics experiments on large specimens that produced crack-arrest fracture-toughness values above 220 MPa·√m, which is the limit imposed by the ASME Code and the limit included in the Issues on Pressurized Thermal Shock studies. It is therefore appropriate and timely to investigate the influence that these high crack-arrest data have on the integrity assessment of nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessels (RPVs). A review of the evolution of the Pressurized Thermal Shock (PTS) issue and current methods of analysis provides insight into the motivation for the HSST Program performing the large-specimen fracture mechanics experiments. During the early 1970s, it was recognized that RPVs could be subjected to severe thermal shock as the result of a large-break loss-of-coolant accident (LBLOCA). Analyses performed at that time indicated that thermal shock alone would not result in failure (through-wall cracking) of the vessel. However, a combination of pressure and a less severe thermal shock, the result of some postulated transients, could result in vessel failure. In March 1978, such a transient occurred at the Rancho Seco nuclear power plant. As a result of these events, parametric PTS studies were undertaken. Because of the apparent need for and the existence of high-temperature crack-arrest capability, the NRC HSST Program and others began to investigate the effect of higher crack-arrest values on the probability of failure and to determine if these values actually exist for prototypical RPV materials. This report describes the results of HSST Program large-specimen crack-arrest testing

  1. A consistent partly cracked XFEM element for cohesive crack growth

    Asferg, Jesper L.; Poulsen, Peter Noe; Nielsen, Leif Otto


    Present extended finite element method (XFEM) elements for cohesive crack growth may often not be able to model equal stresses on both sides of the discontinuity when acting as a crack-tip element. The authors have developed a new partly cracked XFEM element for cohesive crack growth with extra...... was used to solve the non-linear equations. The performance of the element is illustrated by modelling fracture mechanical benchmark tests. Investigations were carried out on the performance of the element for different crack lengths within one element. The results are compared with previously...... enrichments to the cracked elements. The extra enrichments are element side local and were developed by superposition of the standard nodal shape functions for the element and standard nodal shape functions for a sub-triangle of the cracked element. With the extra enrichments, the crack-tip element becomes...

  2. Diagnostics - Crack Detection '87

    The Proceedings of the International Symposium Diagnostics -Crack Detection '87 which was held from June 23 to 26 1987 in Sala (CSSR) contains 5 papers falling under the INIS Subject Scope. The said papers mainly deal with the problems of in-service diagnostics of pumps and steam turbines of nuclear power plants with WWER reactors, as well as crack detection of materials and welded joints of equipment and the control of the water regimen of the primary circuit of such power plants. (Z.M.)

  3. Catalytic cracking process

    Lokhandwala, Kaaeid A.; Baker, Richard W.


    Processes and apparatus for providing improved catalytic cracking, specifically improved recovery of olefins, LPG or hydrogen from catalytic crackers. The improvement is achieved by passing part of the wet gas stream across membranes selective in favor of light hydrocarbons over hydrogen.

  4. Crack detection '86

    The participants of the conference heard 36 papers of which 13 were incorporated in INIS. The incorporated papers deal with the quality control of the equipment of nuclear power plants, with technical specifications and possibilities of diverse crack detection devices, as well as with personnel training for nondestructive materials testing. (E.S.)

  5. Cracking the Credit Hour

    Laitinen, Amy


    The basic currency of higher education--the credit hour--represents the root of many problems plaguing America's higher education system: the practice of measuring time rather than learning. "Cracking the Credit Hour" traces the history of this time-based unit, from the days of Andrew Carnegie to recent federal efforts to define a credit hour. If…

  6. Radon penetration of concrete slab cracks, joints, pipe penetrations, and sealants.

    Nielson, K K; Rogers, V C; Holt, R B; Pugh, T D; Grondzik, W A; de Meijer, R J


    Radon movement through 12 test slabs with different cracks, pipe penetrations, cold joints, masonry blocks, sealants, and tensile stresses characterized the importance of these anomalous structural domains. Diffusive and advective radon transport were measured with steady-state air pressure differences controlled throughout the deltaP = 0 to 60 Pa range. Diffusion coefficients (deltaP = 0) initially averaged 6.5 x 10(-8) m2 s(-1) among nine slabs with only 8% standard deviation, but increased due to drying by 0.16% per day over a 2-y period to an average of 2.0 x 10(-7) m2 s(-1). An asphalt coating reduced diffusion sixfold but an acrylic surface sealant had no effect. Diffusion was 42 times higher in solid masonry blocks than in concrete and was not affected by small cracks. Advective transport (deltaP pipe penetrations, and caulked gaps, but was significant for cracks, disturbed pipe penetrations, cold joints, masonry blocks, and concrete under tensile stress. Crack areas calculated to be as small as 10(-7) m2 significantly increased radon advection. Algebraic expressions predict air velocity and effective crack width from enhanced radon transport and air pressures. Masonry blocks, open cracks, and slab cold joints enhance radon penetration but stressed slabs, undisturbed pipe penetrations, and sealed cracks may not. PMID:9314229

  7. Neural crack identification

    The inverse, crack identification problem in elasticity can be formulated as an output error minimization problem which, nevertheless, can not be solved without difficulties by classical numerical optimization. A review of all these previous results, where we used neural networks, filter-driven optimization and genetic algorithms is presented and in a companion lecture during this conference. The use of neural networks for the solution of the inverse problem makes possible the on-line solution of the problem. In fact, one usually approximates the inverse mapping (measurements versus crack quantities). Most of the effort is spent for the learning of this relation, while a sufficiently trained neural network provides predictions with, practically, zero computational cost. Potential applications include on-line, in-flight health monitoring systems with applications in civil and mechanical engineering and production control. In this paper we present new developments in the design of specialized neural networks for the solution of the crack identification problem. Emphasis is posed on the effective use of the learning data, which are produced by the boundary element method. Several technical data will be discussed. They include thoughts about the effective choice of the neural network architecture, the number of training examples and of the learning algorithms will be provided, together with the results of our recent numerical investigation. A detailed application for one or more elliptical cracks using static analysis results with the use of back-propagation trained neural networks will be provided. The general methodology follows our previously published results. By using more refined algorithms for the numerical solution of the neural network learning problem, which are based on the MERLIN optimization system developed in the department of the second author, we are able to solve complicated tasks. First results based on dynamic investigations (wave propagation driven

  8. Crack Cocaine and Infectious Tuberculosis

    Story, A.; Bothamley, G.; Hayward, A.


    We hypothesize that crack cocaine is independently associated with smear-positive tuberculosis (TB). In a case-control study of TB in London, 19 (86%) of 22 crack cocaine users with pulmonary TB were smear positive compared with 302 (36%) of 833 non-drug users. Respiratory damage caused by crack cocaine may predispose drug users to infectivity.

  9. Crack patterns over uneven substrates.

    Nandakishore, Pawan; Goehring, Lucas


    Cracks in thin layers are influenced by what lies beneath them. From buried craters to crocodile skin, crack patterns are found over an enormous range of length scales. Regardless of absolute size, their substrates can dramatically influence how cracks form, guiding them in some cases, or shielding regions from them in others. Here we investigate how a substrate's shape affects the appearance of cracks above it, by preparing mud cracks over sinusoidally varying surfaces. We find that as the thickness of the cracking layer increases, the observed crack patterns change from wavy to ladder-like to isotropic. Two order parameters are introduced to measure the relative alignment of these crack networks, and, along with Fourier methods, are used to characterise the transitions between crack pattern types. Finally, we explain these results with a model, based on the Griffith criteria of fracture, that identifies the conditions for which straight or wavy cracks will be seen, and predicts how well-ordered the cracks will be. Our metrics and results can be applied to any situation where connected networks of cracks are expected, or found. PMID:26762761

  10. Reduced-order modeling for mistuned centrifugal impellers with crack damages

    Wang, Shuai; Zi, Yanyang; Li, Bing; Zhang, Chunlin; He, Zhengjia


    An efficient method for nonlinear vibration analysis of mistuned centrifugal impellers with crack damages is presented. The main objective is to investigate the effects of mistuning and cracks on the vibration features of centrifugal impellers and to explore effective techniques for crack detection. Firstly, in order to reduce the input information needed for component mode synthesis (CMS), the whole model of an impeller is obtained by rotation transformation based on the finite element model of a sector model. Then, a hybrid-interface method of CMS is employed to generate a reduced-order model (ROM) for the cracked impeller. The degrees of freedom on the crack surfaces are retained in the ROM to simulate the crack breathing effects. A novel approach for computing the inversion of large sparse matrix is proposed to save memory space during model order reduction by partitioning the matrix into many smaller blocks. Moreover, to investigate the effects of mistuning and cracks on the resonant frequencies, the bilinear frequency approximation is used to estimate the resonant frequencies of the mistuned impeller with a crack. Additionally, statistical analysis is performed using the Monte Carlo simulation to study the statistical characteristics of the resonant frequencies versus crack length at different mistuning levels. The results show that the most significant effect of mistuning and cracks on the vibration response is the shift and split of the two resonant frequencies with the same nodal diameters. Finally, potential quantitative indicators for detection of crack of centrifugal impellers are discussed.

  11. Modified Dugdale crack models - some easy crack relations

    Nielsen, Lauge Fuglsang


    The Dugdale crack model is widely used in materials science to predict strength of defective (cracked) materials. A stable Dugdale crack in an elasto-plastic material is prevented from spreading by uniformly distributed cohesive stresses acting in narrow areas at the crack tips. These stresses are......_Ldelta_CR where sigma_L is strength, and at the same time constant flow stress, of the uncracked material while delta_CR is flow limit (displacement).Obviously predictions by the Dugdale model are most reliable for materials with stress-strain relations where flow can actually be described (or well approximated......) by a constant flow stress (sigma_L). A number of materials, however, do not at all exhibit this kind of flow. Such materials are considered in this paper by Modified Dugdale crack models which apply for any cohesive stress distribution in crack front areas. Formally modified Dugdale crack models...

  12. Choked flow through cracks

    The leaks through steam-generator cracks are the subject of a research carried out in cooperation between EDF and UCL. A software called ECREVISSE to predict the mass flow rate has been developed and has been successfully validated. The purpose of the paper is to present the mathematical model used in ECREVISSE as well as some comparison between the results and the presently available data. The model takes into account the persistence of some metastable liquid in the crack and the special flow pattern which appears in such particular geometry. Although the model involves the use of several correlations (friction, heat transfer), no adjustment of parameters against the data has been needed, neither in the single-phase part of the flow, or in the two-phase part. (authors). 8 figs., 1 tab., 20 refs

  13. Delayed hydride cracking: alternative pre-cracking method

    The internal components of nuclear reactors built-in Zr alloys are prone to a failure mechanism known as Delayed Hydride Cracking (DHC). This situation has triggered numerous scientific studies in order to measure the crack propagation velocity and the threshold stress intensity factor associated to DHC. Tests are carried out on fatigued pre-crack samples to ensure similar test conditions and comparable results. Due to difficulties in implementing the fatigue pre-crack method it would be desirable to replace it with a pre-crack produced by the same process of DHC, for which is necessary to demonstrate equivalence of this two methods. In this work tests on samples extracted from two Zr-2.5 Nb tubes were conducted. Some of the samples were heat treated to obtain a range in their metallurgical properties as well as different DHC velocities. A comparison between velocities measured in test samples pre-cracked by fatigue and RDIH is done, demonstrating that the pre-cracking method does not affect the measured velocity value. In addition, the incubation (tinc), which is the time between the application of the load and the first signal of crack propagation, in samples pre-cracked by RDIH, was measured. It was found that these times are sufficiently short, even in the worst cases (lower speed) and similar to the ones of fatigued pre-cracked samples. (author)

  14. Subcritical crack growth in marble

    Nara, Yoshitaka; Nishida, Yuki; Toshinori, Ii; Harui, Tomoki; Tanaka, Mayu; Kashiwaya, Koki


    It is essential to study time-dependent deformation and fracturing in various rock materials to prevent natural hazards related to the failure of a rock mass. In addition, information of time-dependent fracturing is essential to ensure the long-term stability of a rock mass surrounding various structures. Subcritical crack growth is one of the main causes of time-dependent fracturing in rock. It is known that subcritical crack growth is influenced by not only stress but also surrounding environment. Studies of subcritical crack growth have been widely conducted for silicate rocks such as igneous rocks and sandstones. By contrast, information of subcritical crack growth in carbonate rocks is not enough. Specifically, influence of surrounding environment on subcritical crack growth in carbonate rock should be clarified to ensure the long-term stability of a rock mass. In this study, subcritical crack growth in marble was investigated. Especially, the influence of the temperature, relative humidity and water on subcritical crack growth in marble is investigated. As rock samples, marbles obtained in Skopje-City in Macedonia and Carrara-City in Italy were used. To measure subcritical crack growth, we used the load relaxation method of the double-torsion (DT) test. All measurements by DT test were conducted under controlled temperature and relative humidity. For both marbles, it was shown that the crack velocity in marble in air increased with increasing relative humidity at a constant temperature. Additionally, the crack velocity in water was much higher than that in air. It was also found that the crack velocity increased with increasing temperature. It is considered that temperature and water have significant influences on subcritical crack growth in marble. For Carrara marble in air, it was recognized that the value of subcritical crack growth index became low when the crack velocity was higher than 10-4 m/s. This is similar to Region II of subcritical crack growth

  15. Crack interaction with microstructure

    Sharvan Kumar


    Full Text Available Designing microstructure for damage tolerance requires a detailed understanding of how an advancing crack interacts with the microstructure (and sometimes modifies it locally at multiple length scales. Advances in experimental techniques, such as the availability of well-controlled straining stages for optical and electron microscopes, the focused ion beam, electron backscattered diffraction, and nanoindentation, enable probing at these length scales in real time and through interrupted tests. Simultaneously, increasing computational power coupled with new computational methods, such as finite element analysis (FEA incorporating cohesive elements at the continuum level, discrete dislocation methodology at the mesoscopic level, and coupled atomistic/continuum methods that transitions atomic level information to the mesoscopic level, have made it possible to begin addressing these complex problems. By reviewing crack growth in a variety of multiphase alloys including steels, titanium aluminides, Mo alloys, and nanocrystalline metals, we demonstrate various aspects of crack interaction with microstructure, and how these problems are being addressed through experiments and computations.

  16. Crack bridging in stress corrosion cracking of duplex stainless steels

    Wedge open loaded (WOL) specimens of age hardened Zeron 100 duplex stainless steel were tested in 3.5 wt % NaCl solution with cathodic polarizes applied at-900m V/SCE to investigate stress corrosion cracking mechanism in duplex stainless steel. The interaction between microstructure and mechanism of stress corrosion cracking was studied. Fracture mechanism was studied by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). The material was found cracked by ferrite cleavage, austenite tearing and austenite dissolution by environment. The ferrite cleavage took place along [100] planes and [112] twin habit planes. The austenite grains appear to act as crack bridging and crack arrester and failed by tearing and stress corrosion cracking. (author)


    I. I. Leonovich


    Full Text Available Crack formation is presently considered as an actual problem in the global practice. The paper provides various approaches pertaining to improvement of asphalt-concrete composition with the purpose to prevent formation of temperature and fatigue cracks and develop design and technology measures for avoidance of reflection cracking in asphalt-concrete strengthening layers. However there is no comprehensive solution of the problem that combines a material science and affirmative approaches. Existing technology for crack sealing in roadway covering is rather efficient at the stage of its operation and makes it possible to eliminate cracks  depending on their nature and opening width but there is no efficient diagnostic and control system for preventing cracks with opening width up to1 mmwith the purpose to exclude their further development.

  18. Asperities, Crack Front Waves and Crack Self Healing

    Rajak, Pankaj; Kalia, Rajiv; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya

    We have performed petascale simulations to study nanomaterial systems capable of sensing and repairing damage in high temperature/high pressure operating conditions. The system we have studied is a ceramic nanocomposite consisting of silicon carbide/silicon dioxide core/shell nanoparticles embedded in alumina. We observe that the interaction of the crack with core/shell asperities gives rise to crack-front waves. We also study crack healing by diffusion of silica into the crack as a function of nanoparticle size and inter-particle distance. Our results are well supported by experimental observations.

  19. On the Crack Bifurcation and Fanning of Crack Growth Data

    Forman, Royce G.; Zanganeh, Mohammad


    Crack growth data obtained from ASTM load shedding method for different R values show some fanning especially for aluminum alloys. It is believed by the authors and it has been shown before that the observed fanning is due to the crack bifurcation occurs in the near threshold region which is a function of intrinsic properties of the alloy. Therefore, validity of the ASTM load shedding test procedure and results is confirmed. However, this position has been argued by some experimentalists who believe the fanning is an artifact of the test procedure and thus the obtained results are invalid. It has been shown that using a special test procedure such as using compressively pre-cracked specimens will eliminate the fanning effect. Since not using the fanned data fit can result in a significantly lower calculated cyclic life, design of a component, particularly for rotorcraft and propeller systems will considerably be impacted and therefore this study is of paramount importance. In this effort both test procedures i.e. ASTM load shedding and the proposed compressive pre-cracking have been used to study the fatigue crack growth behavior of compact tension specimens made of aluminum alloy 2524-T3. Fatigue crack growth paths have been closely observed using SEM machines to investigate the effects of compression pre-cracking on the crack bifurcation behavior. The results of this study will shed a light on resolving the existing argument by better understanding of near threshold fatigue crack growth behavior.

  20. Ultrasound guided supraclavicular block.

    Hanumanthaiah, Deepak


    Ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia is becoming increasingly popular. The supraclavicular block has been transformed by ultrasound guidance into a potentially safe superficial block. We reviewed the techniques of performing supraclavicular block with special focus on ultrasound guidance.

  1. Optimization of stochastic database cracking

    Bhardwaj, Meenesh


    Variant Stochastic cracking is a significantly more resilient approach to adaptive indexing. It showed [1]that Stochastic cracking uses each query as a hint on how to reorganize data, but not blindly so; it gains resilience and avoids performance bottlenecks by deliberately applying certain arbitrary choices in its decision making. Therefore bring, adaptive indexing forward to a mature formulation that confers the workload-robustness that previous approaches lacked. Original cracking relies o...

  2. Cryptography cracking codes


    While cracking a code might seem like something few of us would encounter in our daily lives, it is actually far more prevalent than we may realize. Anyone who has had personal information taken because of a hacked email account can understand the need for cryptography and the importance of encryption-essentially the need to code information to keep it safe. This detailed volume examines the logic and science behind various ciphers, their real world uses, how codes can be broken, and the use of technology in this oft-overlooked field.

  3. Cracks in Fessenheim

    This document contains articles, expertises, comments on the problem of cracks as well as indications to other assumed lacks of safety in French and also German pressure water reactors. One chapter deals with the former Framatome safety engineer Etemad. Towards the end, there is also a chronological listing of regional events as well as articles from the supra-regional press. Now and then, selected remarks made by politicians are given which indicate an insufficient level of information in the responsible persons and which make clear that faults in the control instances can make existing reactor unsafeties even worse. (orig./HP)

  4. Stress corrosion cracking

    Comprehensive Structural Integrity is a reference work which covers all activities involved in the assurance of structural integrity. It provides engineers and scientists with an unparalleled depth of knowledge in the disciplines involved. The new online Volume 11 is dedicated to the mechanical characteristics of materials. This paper contains the chapter 11.03 and is structured as follows: General aspects of SCC testing; Non-precracked specimens; Precracked specimens - the fracture mechanics approach to SCC; Crack growth measurement; Limitations of the LEFM approach to SCC; The use of SCC data; Guide to selection of mechanical scc test method

  5. Some practical crack path examples

    Les P. Pook


    Full Text Available It is well known that many engineering structures and components, as well as consumer items, contain cracks or crack-like flaws. It is widely recognised that crack growth must be considered both in designand in the analysis of failures. The complete solution of a crack growth problem includes determination of the crack path. Macroscopic aspects of crack paths have been of industrial interest for a very long time.At the present state of the art the factors controlling the path taken by a crack are not completely understood.Eight brief case studies are presented. These are taken from the author’s professional and personal experience of macroscopic crack paths over many years. They have been chosen to illustrate various aspects of crack paths. One example is in a component from a major structure, three examples are in laboratory specimens, and four are in nuisance failures. Such nuisance failures cause, in total, a great deal of inconvenience and expensive, but do not normally receive much publicity.

  6. A study on fatigue crack propagation considering crack tip plasticity

    Fatigue crack propagation of materials considering crack tip plasticity was studied. For this, fatigue tests were performed with compact tension (CT) specimens of Inconel 690, Inconel 600, Inconel 718 and Type 304 stainless steel at room temperature. Fatigue test on Inconel 600 was performed to be used as a reference data of Inconel 690. Inconel 718 specimen, which has very high yield strength, was selected to simulate different plasticity at the crack tip in comparison with 304 stainless steel. The effect of specimen thickness on fatigue crack propagation was studied with 304 stainless steel of 3mm-, 6mm- and 25mm-thick specimens. Inconel 690 has been proposed as a substitute material for Inconel 600 in pressurized water reactor (PWR) steam generator tube application. This alloy was developed to improve the stress corrosion cracking resistance of Inconel 600. Now, it is known that Inconel 690 has better intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) property than Inconel 600. But, more data of Inconel 690 about mechanical properties are needed in steam generator design. To investigate the effects of heat treatment on yield strength and fatigue crack propagation of Inconel 690, tensile tests and fatigue tests were performed on heat-treated specimen. From the test results, it is believed that chromium carbide precipitates at the grain boundaries reduce fatigue crack growth rate (FCGR) of Inconel 690 by crack tip blunting as far as the fatigue cracking is intergranular fracture mode. To investigate the effect of residual stress on fatigue crack propagation, residual stresses were introduced by induction-heat treatment. And, the distribution of residual stresses was measured with 3mm-thick 304 stainless steel by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement. From the tests, it was found that FCGR was increased in tensile residual stress region and decreased in compressive region. From the fatigue tests on 304 stainless steel, it was found that FCGR of thick specimen was faster

  7. Effect of Crack Opening on Penetrant Crack Detectability

    Weaver, Devin


    Results: From the testing we were able to determine all the cracks within the test range were detectable or better with developer. Many of the indications after development lost their linearity and gave circular indications. Our tests were performed in a laboratory and our procedure would be difficult in an industrial setting. Conclusions: The "V" did not significantly affect our ability to detect the POD cracks with fluorescent penetrant. Conduct same experiment with more cracks. The 0.025 and 0.050 POD specimens are clean and documented with the SEM. Conduct water-wash fluorescent penetrant test at EAFB. The poppet cracks are tighter than the POD specimen cracks. Flight FCV poppets: 0.01 mils (0.3 microns) Langley fatigue cracked poppets: 0.02 mils (0.5 microns) POD specimen (post 5 mils): 0.05 mils (1.4 microns) We could not detect cracks in Langley fatigue-cracked poppets with fluorescent penetrant. Investigate inability of penetrant to wet the poppet surface.

  8. Replica-Based Crack Inspection

    Newman, John A.; Willard, Scott A.; Smith, Stephen W.; Piascik, Robert S.


    Surface replication has been proposed as a method for crack detection in space shuttle main engine flowliner slots. The results of a feasibility study show that examination of surface replicas with a scanning electron microscope can result in the detection of cracks as small as 0.005 inch, and surface flaws as small as 0.001 inch, for the flowliner material.

  9. Interface cracks in piezoelectric materials

    Govorukha, V.; Kamlah, M.; Loboda, V.; Lapusta, Y.


    Due to their intrinsic electromechanical coupling behavior, piezoelectric materials are widely used in sensors, actuators and other modern technologies. It is well known that piezoelectric ceramics are very brittle and susceptible to fracture. In many cases, fracture occurs at interfaces as debonding and cracks. This leads to an undesired degradation of electrical and mechanical performance. Because of the practical and fundamental importance of the problem, interface cracks in piezoelectric materials have been actively studied in the last few decades. This review provides a comprehensive survey of recent works on cracks situated at the interface of two materials, at least one of which has piezoelectric or piezoelectromagnetic properties. Different electric boundary conditions along the crack faces are discussed. The oscillating and contact zone models for in-plane straight interface cracks between two dissimilar piezoelectric materials or between piezoelectric and non-piezoelectric ones are reviewed. Different peculiarities related to the investigation of interface cracks in piezoelectric materials for the anti-plane case, for functionally graded and thermopiezoelectric materials are presented. Papers related to magnetoelectroelastic bimaterials, to steady state motion of interface cracks in piezoelectric bimaterials and to circular arc-cracks at the interface of piezoelectric materials are reviewed, and various methods used to address these problems are discussed. The review concludes with an outlook on future research directions.

  10. Experiences on IGSCC crack manufacturing

    Veron, P. [Equipos Nucleares, S.A., Maliano (Spain)


    The author presents his experience in manufacturing IGSCC realistic defects, mainly in INCONEL 600 MA Steam Generator Tubes. From that experience he extracts some knowledge about this cracking (influence of chemistry in the environment, stress state, crack growth rate, and occurrence in laboratory condition of break before leak).

  11. Factors controlling hydrogen cracking during cladding of nuclear vessel steels

    During cladding of low alloy steels in nuclear pressure vessels for corrosion resistance, a potential problem exists of underclad hydrogen cracking. Research was undertaken to gain a better insight into the factors controlling underclad hydrogen cracking during cladding A508 Cl 3 nuclear vessel steels and to ensure the continued development of safe welding procedures in this critical application. The project was divided into three experimental phases. Phase I studied the potential and deposit hydrogen levels in Type 309 austenitic stainless steel and Ni alloy consumables and weld metals. Phase II incorporated implant testing of the A508 Cl 3 base material. A large test panel was fabricated in Phase III to approach the conditions of restraint and heat sink that are present in the pressure vessel cladding operation, but not necessarily those of the most critical components, such as nozzles where the cylindrical geometry may increase the overall restraint. The A508 Cl 3 test material was electron beam welded into the center of the test block which was then submerged arc-strip clad using very severe welding conditions in an attempt to generate underclad hydrogen cracks. It was found that for the shielded metal-arc welding (SMAW) and submerged arc welding (SAW) processes, deposit hydrogen levels were primarily controlled by flux moisture content. With single layer deposition, the implant test did not show evidence of the influence of segregation on cold cracking. All SMAW implant tests, without preheat and regardless of consumable, gave lower critical stress thresholds below about 51 ksi. A preheat of 150 deg.C increased this threshold to 80 ksi with Type 306 consumables. Even under welding conditions favorable for cracking, underclad hydrogen cracks could not be developed in a large-scale simulation of a cladding operation, indicating that very high total system restraint is needed to induce cracking

  12. On grouting using a suspension of ultrafine clay on artificially cracked rock samples

    Recently there has been increasing social interest in the effective disposal of low-level radioactive wastes. The use of underground rock caverns is considered as a possible repository space. This paper presents a new grouting method which uses a suspension of liquefied ultrafine clay in fractured rock masses. In order to demonstrate the effect to block open cracks, two experiments were carried out on large-sized granite samples with open cracks. The experiments proved the method to be highly effective

  13. Block clustering with collapsed latent block models

    Wyse, Jason; Friel, Nial


    We introduce a Bayesian extension of the latent block model for model-based block clustering of data matrices. Our approach considers a block model where block parameters may be integrated out. The result is a posterior defined over the number of clusters in rows and columns and cluster memberships. The number of row and column clusters need not be known in advance as these are sampled along with cluster memberhips using Markov chain Monte Carlo. This differs from existing work on latent bloc...

  14. Prediction of fatigue lives of MAR-M247 LC based on the crack closure concept

    Gelmedin, Domnin; Lang, Karl-Heinz [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Applied Materials - Materials Science and Engineering (IAM-WK) Campus Sued, Engelbert-Arnold-Strasse 4, 76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Newman, James C. Jr. [Department of Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State University, 314C Walker Engineering Building P. O. Box A Mississippi State, MS 39762 (United States)


    Low cycle fatigue (LCF), high cycle fatigue (HCF), and combined LCF and HCF tests are carried out on MAR-M247 LC at 650 C in air environment. Under combined LCF and HCF loading, block striations form on the fracture surface which are used to complete an effective crack growth curve by using the linear summation model. Crack growth lives starting from equivalent initial flaw sizes are calculated by the crack closure code FASTRAN and compared with experimental fatigue lives. Under HCF loading, predicted and experimental fatigue lives agree well for lifetimes above 10{sup 5} cycles. Lower lifetimes are overestimated indicating that the linear summation model is not valid for MAR-M247 LC in this loading range. Interactions between the non-crystallographic HCF crack growth and striated crack growth that is caused by the LCF loading are probably responsible for this behavior. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  15. Fem Modelling and Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Section with Light Weight Blocks Infill

    T. Subramani


    Full Text Available In an attempt to reduce the self weight of reinforced concrete structures, a new development of lightweight sandwich reinforced concrete (LSRC section has been proposed as an alternative option to solid section. LSRC section is a reinforced concrete section which contains lightweight blocks as infill material. An experimental investigation into the strength of LSRC beams has shown promising results under flexural tests. To ensure the serviceability of LSRC members under service load, it is necessary to accurately predict the cracking and deflection of this section. This paper will focus on analysing the behaviour of the tested beam specimens after cracking occurs. ANSYS 12.1 was employed to study the crack propagation of LSRC beams under bending. The numerical model shows the crack in the area of AAC blocks which associates with the brittle failure of LSRC beams. The crack propagation of the beams analysed by ANSYS agrees well with the results from the experimental investigation.

  16. A Novel Dynamic Data Blocking Mechanism for Symmetric Cryptosystems

    Ijaz Ali Shoukat


    Full Text Available This study contributes a dynamic data blocking mechanism to replace the fixed (static data blocking mechanism in symmetric cryptosystems. The robustness of cryptosystems relies on dynamicity and probability to provide sufficient randomness. Any encryption method is considered as secure as it retains randomness properties. Current cryptographic algorithms (AES, DES utilize fixed (static data blocking mechanism that enable practical cracking of DES and academic cracking of AES-256 up to full 14 rounds with almost practical complexity of (q.267 queries through related-key distinguisher attack which works for 1 key out of 235 keys with 2120 data and time complexity trials. Fixed (static data blocking mechanism triggers the applicability of this kind of security attacks on symmetric cryptosystems by offering computable probability range. In this study, we proposed a dynamic (variable data blocking mechanism to achieve robust probabilistic randomness in computing of number of data blocks and their number of bits in symmetric cryptosystems for the enhancement of security strength. The ultimate objective behind this proposed dynamic data blocking mechanism is to produce different number of data blocks with different number of bits in order to lead the complexity (probability of block partitioning as a NP-hard problem (P ≠ NP-widely believed for which no efficient algorithm exists. In our proposed scheme the diversity of both parameters (block numbers, block bits is dependent on a plaintext data and key. We applied superlative tactics of digital logic and mathematics in order to evaluate and justify our proposed Dynamic Data Blocking Mechanism (DDBM.

  17. The Cracking of Irradiated Uranium

    Structural features other than fission-product gas bubbles seen in unrestrained, unalloyed uranium irradiated in the alpha range to burn-ups of up to 0.7% of all atoms are described. The main features are: (1) Brittle grain-boundary cracks in which the grains appear to have parted without plastic deformation. These cracks are associated with thermal cycling and high maximum temperatures (~600°C). (2) Transgranular cracks, which are comparatively rare. It is suggested that they may be related to the pseudo-cleavage or ''twin parting'' observed in unirradiated uranium by Cahn. (3) Grain boundary ''creep voids'' believed to arise from the coalescence of vacancies under tensile stress. The voids may form a path for crack propagation or may themselves coalesce to form cracks. Apart from the direct effects of these features in increasing the volume and changing the thermal conductivity and mechanical properties of the uranium, a mechanism is discussed by which cracks may accumulate fission-product gas and cause further volume increases. The possible effects of structural variations in the uranium and of restraint during irradiation on the incidence of cracking and void formation are considered. (author)

  18. Preheating to around 100°C under endcap blocks before welding at KHI.

    Loveless, D


    The 600mm thick sector blocks of the CMS endcaps are made from three layers of 200mm plates welded together. During the manufacture at KHI, the blocks are preheated to around 100°C to prevent cracks in the welds.

  19. Probabilistic Analysis of Crack Width

    J. Marková


    Full Text Available Probabilistic analysis of crack width of a reinforced concrete element is based on the formulas accepted in Eurocode 2 and European Model Code 90. Obtained values of reliability index b seem to be satisfactory for the reinforced concrete slab that fulfils requirements for the crack width specified in Eurocode 2. However, the reliability of the slab seems to be insufficient when the European Model Code 90 is considered; reliability index is less than recommended value 1.5 for serviceability limit states indicated in Eurocode 1. Analysis of sensitivity factors of basic variables enables to find out variables significantly affecting the total crack width.

  20. Incomplete block designs

    Dey, Aloke


    This book presents a systematic, rigorous and comprehensive account of the theory and applications of incomplete block designs. All major aspects of incomplete block designs are considered by consolidating vast amounts of material from the literature - the classical incomplete block designs, like the balanced incomplete block (BIB) and partially balanced incomplete block (PBIB) designs. Other developments like efficiency-balanced designs, nested designs, robust designs, C-designs and alpha designs are also discussed, along with more recent developments in incomplete block designs for special t

  1. Crack Tip Parameters for Growing Cracks in Linear Viscoelastic Materials

    Brincker, Rune

    In this paper the problem of describing the asymptotic fields around a slowly growing crack in a linearly viscoelastic material is considered. It is shown that for plane mixed mode problems the asymptotic fields must be described by 6 parameters: 2 stress intensity factors and 4 deformation inten...... value problem, and a displacement boundary value problem. The results show that the stress intensity factors and the displacement intensity factors do not depend explicitly upon the velocity of the crack tip.......In this paper the problem of describing the asymptotic fields around a slowly growing crack in a linearly viscoelastic material is considered. It is shown that for plane mixed mode problems the asymptotic fields must be described by 6 parameters: 2 stress intensity factors and 4 deformation...... intensity factors. In the special case of a constant Poisson ratio only 2 deformation intensity factors are needed. Closed form solutions are given both for a slowly growing crack and for a crack that is suddenly arrested at a point at the crack extension path. Two examples are studied; a stress boundary...

  2. Development of flaw evaluation software for structural integrity of nuclear power plants (part 1: crack growth evaluation procedure)

    Flaw evaluation software which includes the evaluation procedure of JSME Code for Nuclear Power Generation Plants, Rules of Fitness-for-Service was developed. The software consists of crack growth evaluation and failure assessment modules with a material database. This paper introduces the module for crack growth evaluation. The crack growth calculation can be taken place under applied and residual stresses with linear and non-linear distribution for fatigue, stress corrosion cracking and the combination of them using the stored crack growth data for main components of nuclear power plants. Several calculation procedures for stress intensity factor are prepared e.g. ASME linear and non-linear, Shiratori's and Wang's weight function methods etc. User can input loading history as a block loading. The crack growth calculation was performed for elbow under thermal loading with and without mean stress to demonstrate the software. (author)

  3. Caustic stress corrosion cracking

    Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactors (LMFBRs) use sodium as a coolant for transfer of heat from the core to the steam generators. Maintenance and examination of the system require removal of sodium from components of the system. One process for removal reacts the sodium with water vapor and removes the residual sodium hydroxide from the components by rinsing with liquid water. This process exposes components such as pumps, heat exchangers, valves, and fuel-handling machines to contact with aqueous NaOH solutions in various concentrations over a range of temperatures and times. Since stress can be present in these components, as generated by fabrication, structural loads, deformation in service, and possible wedging action by corrosion products, conditions are potentially available for the mechanism of caustic stress corrosion cracking (CSCC). Since LMFBR components are fabricated from Types 304 and 316 stainless steels which have been found to be susceptible to CSCC, it was therefore considered necessary to establish the threshold of CSCC so that the components could be processed under conditions avoiding CSCC. The materials used in the testing program included heats of Types 304 and 316 stainless steel, Inconel 600 and 718, hardfacing deposits of Stellite 6 and 156, and three special wear-resistant, carbide-type materials. The analysis of these materials is tabulated

  4. Super oil cracking update

    The conversion of residual fuel oil to usable middle distillates was discussed. The residue conversion processing paths are usually based on separation, carbon rejection, or hydrogen addition principles. Super Oil Cracking (SOC) uses a slurry catalyst system in a new, tubular reactor to achieve high levels of hydrothermal conversion. SOC can upgrade a variety of heavy, high metals residue feedstocks with high yields of middle distillates. The SOC products can also be further treated into feedstocks for FCC or hydrocracking. The SOC process can be incorporated easily into a refinery to obtain incremental residue conversion directly. It can also be integrated with other residue processes, acting as a demetallization and decarbonization step which results in enhanced overall conversion. The relative rate of coke formation and its handling are distinguishing characteristics between residue upgrading technologies. The SOC process operates at higher temperatures that other residue hydrocracking processes resulting in higher rates of thermal decomposition, thus preventing coke formation. SOC process can operate as a stand-alone upgrader or can be integrated with other bottoms processing steps to extend the refiner's range of options for increasing bottoms conversion.3 tabs., 14 figs

  5. Peridynamic model for fatigue cracking.

    Silling, Stewart A.; Abe Askari (Boeing)


    The peridynamic theory is an extension of traditional solid mechanics in which the field equations can be applied on discontinuities, such as growing cracks. This paper proposes a bond damage model within peridynamics to treat the nucleation and growth of cracks due to cyclic loading. Bond damage occurs according to the evolution of a variable called the %22remaining life%22 of each bond that changes over time according to the cyclic strain in the bond. It is shown that the model reproduces the main features of S-N data for typical materials and also reproduces the Paris law for fatigue crack growth. Extensions of the model account for the effects of loading spectrum, fatigue limit, and variable load ratio. A three-dimensional example illustrates the nucleation and growth of a helical fatigue crack in the torsion of an aluminum alloy rod.

  6. 21 CFR 137.190 - Cracked wheat.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Cracked wheat. 137.190 Section 137.190 Food and... Related Products § 137.190 Cracked wheat. Cracked wheat is the food prepared by so cracking or cutting into angular fragments cleaned wheat other than durum wheat and red durum wheat that, when tested...

  7. Effect of crack opening on UT response

    Virkkunen, I.; Kemppainen, M. [Trueflaw OY, Espoo (Finland); Pitkaenen, J. [Posiva, Olkiluoto (Finland)


    Crack opening is one of the key parameters affecting the UT response of the crack. Tight cracks with small opening tend to be more difficult to detect and characterize than cracks that have wider opening. In particular, the opening of crack tip has marked effect on the crack tip diffraction signal often used for crack sizing. Service-induced cracks found exhibit wide variety of different openings. The opening is affected by the service loads and crack growth mechanism. In general, cracks grown by high loads tend to have wider opening than cracks produced by small loads. Furthermore, residual stresses may alter the opening. In order to simulate the wide variety of openings of the service-induced cracks, a novel method for producing artificial flaws with controlled opening is presented. A set of similar realistic flaws was produced by controlled thermal fatigue loading. The as-produced ''baseline'' UT response of these cracks was recorded with phased array technique using shear waves. Some of the flaws were then subjected to different loading sequences to manipulate their opening. The UT response of the modified cracks was then recorded and compared to that of the baseline response. The crack tip signals were measured also with longitudinal waves before cutting the specimen. Finally, the sample was carefully sectioned to reveal the opening of the produced flaws and the effect of crack opening to the UT response is analyzed. (orig.)

  8. Kinking conditions for running cracks

    Andrianopoulos, N.; Kourkoulis, S.


    The problem of the abrupt change of the direction of a crack, propagating with high velocity, is studied in the present work. The study is based on a unified approach of the directional instability phenomena, which accompany running cracks. According to this approach, the running tip is simulated by a prebranched configuration, consisted of two microcracks of arbitrary lengths and orientations. The final macroscopically observed result depends both on these, a priori unknown, relative lengths...

  9. BWR pipe crack remedies evaluation

    This paper presents results on: (a) the influence of simulated BWR environments on the stress-corrosion-cracking (SCC) susceptibility of types 304, 316 NG, and 347 stainless steel (SS), (b) fracture-mechanics crack growth rate measurements on these materials and weld overlay specimens in different environments, and (c) residual stress measurements and metallographic evaluations of conventional pipe weldments treated by a mechanical-stress-improvement process (MSIP) as well as those produced by a narrow-gap welding procedure. Crack initiation studies on types 304 and 316 NG SS under crevice and non-crevice conditions in 2890C water containing 0.25 ppm dissolved oxygen with low sulfate concentrations indicate that SCC initiates at low strains (3%) in the nuclear grade material. Crack growth measurements on fracture-mechanics-type specimens, under low-frequency cyclic loading, show that the type 316 NG steel cracks at a somewhat lower rate (≅ 40%) than sensitized type 304 SS in an impurity environment with 0.25 ppm dissolved oxygen; however, the latter material stops cracking when sulfate is removed from the water. Crack growth in both materials ceases under simulated hydrogen-water chemistry conditions (6 ppb oxygen) even with 100 ppb sulfate present in the water. An unexpected results was obtained in the test on a weld overlay specimen in the impurity environment, viz., the crack grew to the overlay interface at a nominal rate, branched at 900 in both directions, and then grew at a high rate (parallel to the nominal applied load). Residual stress measurements on MSIP-treated weldments and those produced by a narrow-gap welding procedure indicate that these techniques produce compressive stresses over most of the inner surface near the weld and heat-affected zones. (orig.)

  10. Postural heart block.

    Seda, P E; McAnulty, J H; Anderson, C J


    A patient presented with orthostatic dizziness and syncope caused by postural heart block. When the patient was supine, atrioventricular conduction was normal and he was asymptomatic; when he was standing he developed second degree type II block and symptoms. The left bundle-branch block on his electrocardiogram and intracardiac electrophysiological study findings suggest that this heart block occurred distal to the His bundle. Orthostatic symptoms are usually presumed to be secondary to an i...

  11. Wide plate crack arrest testing

    To predict the behavior of a nuclear pressure vessel undergoing pressurized thermal shock, certain information on dynamic crack propagation and arrest is required. The purpose of the work described is to provide such data on wide plates fracturing at temperatures up to the upper shelf region. Four tests have been completed on the 26 MN Universal Testing Machine at NBS. The specimens are to be fractured in a thermal gradient that, in the most extreme case, might extend from -1000C to 2000 across the 1 meter specimen width. This is done so that the crack will initiate in a cold, brittle region and arrest in a hot, tough region. An important part of this study is data acquisition from the numerous strain gages, thermocouples, timing wires, crack mouth opening displacement gages, and acoustic emission transducers that are mounted on the specimen. Each test has been different with respect to conditions of testing, specimen configuration, and instrumentation used. The progressive changes in test procedure represent attempts to obtain the desired crack run and arrest behavior and to improve upon the quality of the data collected. In particular, efforts were made to initiate crack propagation at lower stress intensity factors. Also, strain gage combinations and locations were optimized to better deduce the crack position as a function of time. Another result of great interest that can be deduced from these tests is the initiation of fracture toughness and the arrest toughness

  12. Mitigation of Crack Damage in Metallic Materials

    Leser, Patrick E.; Newman, John A.; Smith, Stephen W.; Leser, William P.; Wincheski, Russell A.; Wallace, Terryl A.; Glaessgen, Edward H.; Piascik, Robert S.


    A system designed to mitigate or heal crack damage in metallic materials has been developed where the protected material or component is coated with a low-melting temperature film. After a crack is formed, the material is heated, melting the film which then infiltrates the crack opening through capillary action. Upon solidification, the healing material inhibits further crack damage in two ways. While the crack healing material is intact, it acts like an adhesive that bonds or bridges the crack faces together. After fatigue loading damages, the healing material in the crack mouth inhibits further crack growth by creating artificially-high crack closure levels. Mechanical test data show that this method sucessfully arrests or retards crack growth in laboratory specimens.


    Nwokedi I.C.; ,Okoye, C.C.


    The FTIR and GC - MS tests are necessary for identification of oleochemicals produced via cracking. In this research, thermal cracking (without catalyst) and catalytic cracking of palm oil were carried out in a batch reactor. The thermal cracking was performed at temperatures of 700 o C to 900 o C at a time of 30 to 150 minutes while the catalytic cracking was done at temperatures of 100 o C to 400 o C, time of 30 ...

  14. Generalized Block Failure

    Jönsson, Jeppe


    shows that no readily available tests with a well-defined substantial eccentricity have been performed. This paper presents theoretical and experimental work leading towards generalized block failure capacity methods. Simple combination of normal force, shear force and moment stress distributions along......Block tearing is considered in several codes as a pure block tension or a pure block shear failure mechanism. However in many situations the load acts eccentrically and involves the transfer of a substantial moment in combination with the shear force and perhaps a normal force. A literature study...... yield lines around the block leads to simple interaction formulas similar to other interaction formulas in the codes....

  15. Observation of Intralaminar Cracking in the Edge Crack Torsion Specimen

    Czabaj, Michael W.; Ratcliffe, James G.; Davidson, Barry D.


    The edge crack torsion (ECT) test is evaluated to determine its suitability for measuring fracture toughness associated with mode III delamination growth onset. A series of ECT specimens with preimplanted inserts with different lengths is tested and examined using nondestructive and destructive techniques. Ultrasonic inspection of all tested specimens reveals that delamination growth occurs at one interface ply beneath the intended midplane interface. Sectioning and optical microscopy suggest that the observed delamination growth results from coalescence of angled intralaminar matrix cracks that form and extend across the midplane plies. The relative orientation of these cracks is approximately 45 deg with respect to the midplane, suggesting their formation is caused by resolved principal tensile stresses arising due to the global mode-III shear loading. Examination of ECT specimens tested to loads below the level corresponding to delamination growth onset reveals that initiation of intralaminar cracking approximately coincides with the onset of nonlinearity in the specimen's force-displacement response. The existence of intralaminar cracking prior to delamination growth onset and the resulting delamination extension at an unintended interface render the ECT test, in its current form, unsuitable for characterization of mode III delamination growth onset. The broader implications of the mechanisms observed in this study are also discussed with respect to the current understanding of shear-driven delamination in tape-laminate composites.

  16. Crack growth and fracture behaviour of stress corrosion cracks of turbine generator steels

    The object of this investigation was the quantifying of the behaviour of cracks which were induced during service under corrosive media. To investigate the influence of stress corrosion crack configurations on stress intensity factor, six different test materials from 2 and 3.5% NiCrMoV and 2% Cr/1% Ni steels were chosen. The stress corrosion cracks were induced at wedge loaded compact tension specimens in a corrosive media in the laboratory. Fracture mechanics tests as well as fatigue crack growth tests were performed at these specimens. All stress corrosion cracks have an intercrystalline path and a crack length longer than 1 mm; they are multiple and have branched cracks tips. The fracture mechanics tests at these stress corrosion cracks induced in the laboratory and during service of components show that their stress intensity factor is 30 to 70% smaller than the stress intensity factor calculated for single straight cracks too. Theoretical calculations arrived to the same results. Crack initiation and growth behaviour under cyclic loading starting from these stress corrosion cracks results in that the load or the stress intensity range ΔK has to be increased three times larger than the ΔK-threshold value to induce crack initiation. The crack growth velocity influenced by multiple crack tips and multiple growing cracks from these crack tips is much lower than the crack growth velocity of a normal fatigue crack (one crack tip). (orig./MM) With 32 figs

  17. Off-center crack growth analysis of inner-surface crack pipe

    Background: There is a discrepancy between off-center crack and center-crack. Purpose: Crack grow rule and path need to be investigated under different load conditions. Methods: 3D elastic finite element method is used to create an off-center inner-surface crack model based on Paris-law crack grow equation by ABAQUS. Results: Crack grow rule and path are obtained under different load conditions, The influence of the crack rotation angle to crack extension has been researched. At the same time, centered circumferential crack model has been compared with off-centered circumferential crack model, and the discrepancy has been found. Conclusions: In LBB analysis, off-center influence should be considered in crack leakage analysis, but not necessary in crack stability analysis. (author)

  18. Simulation of Chloride Diffusion in Cracked Concrete with Different Crack Patterns

    Xiao-Yong Wang; Li-Na Zhang


    Chloride-induced corrosion of steel rebar is one of the primary durability problems for reinforced concrete structures in marine environment. Furthermore, if the surfaces of concrete structures have cracks, additional chloride can penetrate into concrete through cracked zone. For chloride ingression into cracked concrete, former researches mainly focus on influence of crack width on chloride diffusion coefficients. Other crack characteristics, such as chloride depth, crack shape (equal-width ...

  19. Blocked randomization with randomly selected block sizes.

    Efird, Jimmy


    When planning a randomized clinical trial, careful consideration must be given to how participants are selected for various arms of a study. Selection and accidental bias may occur when participants are not assigned to study groups with equal probability. A simple random allocation scheme is a process by which each participant has equal likelihood of being assigned to treatment versus referent groups. However, by chance an unequal number of individuals may be assigned to each arm of the study and thus decrease the power to detect statistically significant differences between groups. Block randomization is a commonly used technique in clinical trial design to reduce bias and achieve balance in the allocation of participants to treatment arms, especially when the sample size is small. This method increases the probability that each arm will contain an equal number of individuals by sequencing participant assignments by block. Yet still, the allocation process may be predictable, for example, when the investigator is not blind and the block size is fixed. This paper provides an overview of blocked randomization and illustrates how to avoid selection bias by using random block sizes. PMID:21318011

  20. Blocked Randomization with Randomly Selected Block Sizes

    Jimmy Efird


    Full Text Available When planning a randomized clinical trial, careful consideration must be given to how participants are selected for various arms of a study. Selection and accidental bias may occur when participants are not assigned to study groups with equal probability. A simple random allocation scheme is a process by which each participant has equal likelihood of being assigned to treatment versus referent groups. However, by chance an unequal number of individuals may be assigned to each arm of the study and thus decrease the power to detect statistically significant differences between groups. Block randomization is a commonly used technique in clinical trial design to reduce bias and achieve balance in the allocation of participants to treatment arms, especially when the sample size is small. This method increases the probability that each arm will contain an equal number of individuals by sequencing participant assignments by block. Yet still, the allocation process may be predictable, for example, when the investigator is not blind and the block size is fixed. This paper provides an overview of blocked randomization and illustrates how to avoid selection bias by using random block sizes.


    黄廷祝; 黎稳


    The block H-matrices are studied by the concept of G-functions, several concepts of block matrices are introduced. Equivalent characters of block H-matrices are obtained. Spectrum localizations claracterized by Gfunctions for block matrices are got.

  2. Crack propagation in prestressed plates

    Farshad, M.; Flueler, P. [EMPA, Duebendorf (Switzerland)


    A second-order theory of initially stressed plates in the plane stress mode was used to find the dynamic stress field in the vicinity of a crack tip. Rapid crack propagation (RCP) behaviour associated with stresses caused by internal pressure and temperature was examined. The flat plate was placed under thermal conditions and was prestressed in such a way as to simulate hoop stress that may be expected in a pipe made of the same material. The presence of the tensile prestress in the thin plate raised the levels of the principal stress values and affected the direction at which the maxima of principal stress occurred. Second-order effects played an important role in the vicinity of the crack tip. Increased crack speed caused increased stress levels. There existed a limiting value at which the stresses at the crack tip became unbounded. The limiting value was affected by prestressing. The concept of simulating RCP testing of polymer pipes by a test on a conditioned plate of the same material, prestressed to simulate hoop stress caused by internal pressure, was judged to be reasonable. 6 refs. 5 figs.

  3. Addressing concrete cracking in NPPs

    The phenomenon of concrete cracking is one of the most frequently encountered deterioration at NPPs as it has been shown by a wide Survey of NPPs performed by IAEA in 1994-95 It can be due to a multitude of causes such as the normal ageing process (shrinkage, creep, prestressing force loss) as well as exposure to the environment (temperature variation, moisture, freeze/thaw, etc) The above mentioned Survey has also shown that in 64% of cases, no action was taken or required. It became also obvious that there is a lack of guidance as when remedial actions are needed. The paper describes, with the help of a Flow Chart, the various stages to be considered, from the first step of identification of cracks, to the definition of causes, evaluation of extent of damage, evaluation of effect/implications (safety, reliability), to the final step of deciding if repair action is required. Finally, based upon a wide literature survey the paper proposes in a Chart format, Criteria for addressing concrete cracks in NPPs., when taking in considerations all these factors. This paper discusses the process which should lead to the selection of an effective repair method and proposes, based upon worldwide standards and literature, criteria which should lead to the decision whether to repair or not concrete cracks, after the cracks have been identified and evaluated, addressing the entire range of aspects involved. (author)

  4. A stress corrosion cracking experience

    Dicic, Z.


    Severe cracking was found on two discs when a steam turbine was inspected during the outage to replace the last stage blades (LSB). The cracks were on the inlet side in the form of star burst around balance holes, and in the form of long circumferential cracks in the region of the fillet radius between the disc and the shaft. In order to return the turbine to service, the turbine was modified by removing the disc that was damaged more severely, and by machining of the other to remove the cracks. The basis for the modifications was established after having performed metallurgical and deposit examination, and reviews of stress calculations and design features. Additional modifications were performed in order to improve the internal environment at location where the cracking had occurred. The turbine is a non-reheat, 3,600 RPM, single shaft, monoblock unit used in a combined cycle plant. The steam cycle is a two pressure system; The high pressure (HP) steam parameters are: 1,450 psig, and 950 F, and the low pressure (LP) induction steam: 60 psig, saturated. The first eight stages are action type. The induction steam inlet is followed by five reaction stages. There are no extractions. The source of steam is a two pressure, unfired Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG). The boiler feed water is treated with phosphates.

  5. Paths of interactive cracks in creep conditions

    K. Nowak


    Full Text Available The paper contains plane strain analysis of uniformly stretched plate working in creep condition. The plate contains initial defects in forms of central and/or edge cracks working in mode I. These cracks are modelled by attributing critical value of damage parameter to preset points and therefore resulting in stresses set to zero (material does not support any loading. The Continuum Damage Mechanics constitutive equations are used to describe the creep crack growth problem and Finite Element Method Abaqus system is applied to solve corresponding boundary and initial value problem. Analysis of different initial cracks configuration has been performed. The crack path is defined by points in which damage parameter equals to critical one. Time to failure of the plate with single initial crack is achieved when the crack path spans its width. This time is calculated and compared to the time to failure of initially uncracked structure. For the plate with multiple cracks the paths starting from different cracks can develop independently until they merge and/or span the plate width. In each case the damage field is analysed and the direction of crack path development is determined. The analysis of crack propagation allows for determination of a distance between initial cracks for which the interaction between them is negligible. It is demonstrated that Continuum Damage Mechanics approach allows not only to model the development of initially existing cracks but also initiation of new, cross-spanning cracks and their kinking and branching.


    Z.X.Wu; X.C.Wu


    The progressive fatigue damage of a material is closely related to the whole populationof cracks on the surface of an un-notched specimen.In order to understand whichparameter is a more useful indicator of fatigue damage,rotatory bending fatigue testswere carried out using smooth specimens of medium-carbon steel.The behavior ofshort crack propagation during fatigue was examined and a new parameter "totalcrack area" was suggested.The aim of this paper is to extend the research on fatiguedamage in the already studied steel and to study how these damage parameters arecorrelated with the process of fatigue damage in order to evaluate the effectiveness ofdamage detection methods.

  7. Life and death of a single catalytic cracking particle.

    Meirer, Florian; Kalirai, Sam; Morris, Darius; Soparawalla, Santosh; Liu, Yijin; Mesu, Gerbrand; Andrews, Joy C; Weckhuysen, Bert M


    Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) particles account for 40 to 45% of worldwide gasoline production. The hierarchical complex particle pore structure allows access of long-chain feedstock molecules into active catalyst domains where they are cracked into smaller, more valuable hydrocarbon products (for example, gasoline). In this process, metal deposition and intrusion is a major cause for irreversible catalyst deactivation and shifts in product distribution. We used x-ray nanotomography of industrial FCC particles at differing degrees of deactivation to quantify changes in single-particle macroporosity and pore connectivity, correlated to iron and nickel deposition. Our study reveals that these metals are incorporated almost exclusively in near-surface regions, severely limiting macropore accessibility as metal concentrations increase. Because macropore channels are "highways" of the pore network, blocking them prevents feedstock molecules from reaching the catalytically active domains. Consequently, metal deposition reduces conversion with time on stream because the internal pore volume, although itself unobstructed, becomes largely inaccessible. PMID:26601160

  8. Simulation of Chloride Diffusion in Cracked Concrete with Different Crack Patterns

    Xiao-Yong Wang


    Full Text Available Chloride-induced corrosion of steel rebar is one of the primary durability problems for reinforced concrete structures in marine environment. Furthermore, if the surfaces of concrete structures have cracks, additional chloride can penetrate into concrete through cracked zone. For chloride ingression into cracked concrete, former researches mainly focus on influence of crack width on chloride diffusion coefficients. Other crack characteristics, such as chloride depth, crack shape (equal-width crack or tapered crack, crack density, and spacing, are not studied in detail. To fill this gap, this paper presents a numerical procedure to simulate chloride ingression into cracked concrete with different crack geometry characteristics. Cracked concrete is divided into two parts, sound zone and cracked zone. For stress-free concrete, the diffusion coefficient of sound zone is approximately assumed to be the same as sound concrete, and the diffusion coefficient of cracked zone is expressed as a piecewise function of crack width. Two-dimensional finite element method is used to determine chloride concentration. It is found that, with the increasing of crack width, crack depth, and crack amount, chloride ingression will aggravate. The analysis results generally agree with experimental results.

  9. Lesson Thirteen Trifascicular Block

    鲁端; 王劲


    @@ A complete trifascicular block would result in complete AV block. The idio ventricular rhythm has a slower rate and a wide QRS complex because the pacemaker is located at the peripheral part of the conduction system distal to the sites of the block1. Such a rhythm may be difficult to differentiate from bifascicular or bundle branch block combined with complete block at a higher level such as the AV node or His bundle2. Besides a slower ventricular rate, a change in the morphology of the QRS complex from a previous known bifascicular pattern would be strongly suggestive of a trifascicular origin of the complete AV block3. A His bundle recording is required for a definitive diagnosis, however.


    邹剑; 陈进; 蒲亚鹏


    The dynamic equation of cracked rotor in rotational frame was modelled, the numerical simulation solutions of the cracked rotor and the uncracked rotor were obtained. By the wavelet transform, the time-frequency properties of the cracked rotor and the uncracked rotor were discussed, the difference of the time-frequency properties between the cracked rotor and the uncracked rotor was compared. A new detection algorithm using wavelet transform to identify crack was proposed. The experiments verify the availability and validity of the wavelet transform in identification of crack.

  11. Modelling of ultrasonic nondestructive testing of cracks in claddings

    Nondestructive testing with ultrasound is a standard procedure in the nuclear power industry. To develop and qualify the methods extensive experimental work with test blocks is usually required. This can be very time-consuming and costly and it also requires a good physical intuition of the situation. A reliable mathematical model of the testing situation can, therefore, be very valuable and cost-effective as it can reduce experimental work significantly. A good mathematical model enhances the physical intuition and is very useful for parametric studies, as a pedagogical tool, and for the qualification of procedures and personnel. The present project has been concerned with the modelling of defects in claddings. A cladding is a layer of material that is put on for corrosion protection, in the nuclear power industry this layer is often an austenitic steel that is welded onto the surface. The cladding is usually anisotropic and to some degree it is most likely also inhomogeneous, particularly in that the direction of the anisotropy is varying. This degree of inhomogeneity is unknown but probably not very pronounced so for modelling purposes it may be a valid assumption to take the cladding to be homogeneous. However, another important complicating factor with claddings is that the interface between the cladding and the base material is often corrugated. This corrugation can have large effects on the transmission of ultrasound through the interface and can thus greatly affect the detectability of defects in the cladding. In the present project the only type of defect that is considered is a planar crack that is situated inside the cladding. The investigations are, furthermore, limited to two dimensions, and the crack is then only a straight line. The crack can be arbitrarily oriented and situated, but it must not intersect the interface to the base material. The crack can be surface-breaking, and this is often the case of most practical interest, but it should then be

  12. Block Advertisement Protocol

    Nemirovsky, Danil


    Bitcoin, a decentralized cryptocurrency, has attracted a lot of attention from academia, financial service industry and enthusiasts. The trade-off between transaction confirmation throughput and centralization of hash power do not allow Bitcoin to perform at the same level as modern payment systems. Block Advertisement Protocol is proposed as a step to resolve this issue. The protocol allows block mining and block relaying to happen in parallel. The protocol dictates a miner to advertise the ...

  13. Dynamic experiments on cracked pipes

    In order to apply the leak before break concept to piping systems, the behavior of cracked pipes under dynamic, and especially seismic loading must be studied. In a first phase, an experimental program on cracked stainless steel pipes under quasi-static monotonic loading has been conducted. In this paper, the dynamic tests on the same pipe geometry are described. These tests have been performed on a shaking table with a mono frequency input signal. The main parameter of the tests is the frequency of excitation versus the frequency of the system

  14. Cracking and corrosion recovery boiler

    Suik, H. [Tallinn Technical University, Horizon Pulp and Paper, Tallinn (Estonia)


    The corrosion of heat surfaces and the cracking the drums are the main problems of the recovery boiler. These phenomena have been appeared during long-term operation of boiler `Mitsubishi - 315` erected at 1964. Depth of the crack is depending on the number of shutdowns and on operation time. Corrosion intensity of different heat surfaces is varying depend on the metal temperature and the conditions at place of positioning of tube. The lowest intensity of corrosion is on the bank tubes and the greatest is on the tubes of the second stage superheater and on the tubes at the openings of air ports. (orig.) 5 refs.

  15. Crack Formation in Cement-Based Composites

    Sprince, A.; Pakrastinsh, L.; Vatin, N.


    The cracking properties in cement-based composites widely influences mechanical behavior of construction structures. The challenge of present investigation is to evaluate the crack propagation near the crack tip. During experiments the tension strength and crack mouth opening displacement of several types of concrete compositions was determined. For each composition the Compact Tension (CT) specimens were prepared with dimensions 150×150×12 mm. Specimens were subjected to a tensile load. Deformations and crack mouth opening displacement were measured with extensometers. Cracks initiation and propagation were analyzed using a digital image analysis technique. The formation and propagation of the tensile cracks was traced on the surface of the specimens using a high resolution digital camera with 60 mm focal length. Images were captured during testing with a time interval of one second. The obtained experimental curve shows the stages of crack development.

  16. Block Scheduling Revisited.

    Queen, J. Allen


    Successful block scheduling depends on provision of initial and ongoing instructional training. Teaching strategies should vary and include cooperative learning, the case method, the socratic seminar, synectics, concept attainment, the inquiry method, and simulations. Recommendations for maximizing block scheduling are outlined. (Contains 52…

  17. China Cracks Down Internet Piracy


    @@ National Copyright Administration of China carried out a special operation to crack down on behaviors involving network infringement and piracy from September to December in 2005 ,according to the speech of Yan Xiaohong,Deputy Commissioner of National Copyright Administration on the Press Conference of the State Council.Now the relevant conditions are as follows:

  18. China Cracks Down Internet Piracy


      National Copyright Administration of China carried out a special operation to crack down on behaviors involving network infringement and piracy from September to December in 2005 ,according to the speech of Yan Xiaohong,Deputy Commissioner of National Copyright Administration on the Press Conference of the State Council.Now the relevant conditions are as follows:……



    The hydrothermal cracking of heavy oils, such as Canadian oil sand bitumen and Arabian heavy vacuum residue, as well as their model compound were performed over sulfided Ni/Al2O3 and NiMo/Al2O3 catalysts under 663~703 K and 6.0~8.0 MPa of hydrogen pressure in a batch autoclave reactor. According to the reaction mechanism of hydrothermal cracking, a small amount of free redical initiators, such as di-tert-peroxide, sulfur, etc., was added into the feed to generate free redicals at lower temperature, and obviously showed promotional effect on the conversion of hydrocarbons. The reaction mechanisms of hydrothermal cracking as well as the enhancing effect of initiators were studied by a probe reaction with 1-phenyldodecane as a model compound. The hydrothermal cracking of hydrocarbon proceeded via free redical mechanism and hydrogenating quench. The initiators might easily generate free redicals under reaction temperature, these redicals might abstract H from hydrocarbon molecule and reasonably initiate the chain reactions, therefore, promote the conversion of hydrocarbon even at lower reaction temperature.

  20. Wear crack characterization by photothermal radiometry

    Bodnar, J.L. [GRSM/LEO, Faculte des Sciences, 51 - Reims (France); Egee, M. [GRSM/LEO, Faculte des Sciences, 51 - Reims (France)


    After demonstrating recently the possibilities of scanning photothermal radiometry for wear crack detection (Bodnar et al., J. Phys. IV, 4 (1994) 591-594), we now study its possibilities for dimensional characterization of these kinds of flaws. In this respect, we present here the results obtained from our study of two types of emerging cracks, i.e. thin and shallow cracks in samples with a reflecting surface as well as wider and deeper cracks in samples with an absorbing surface. (orig.)

  1. Slow crack growth in polycarbonate films

    Cortet, Pierre-Philippe; Santucci, Stéphane; Vanel, Loïc; Ciliberto, Sergio


    We study experimentally the slow growth of a single crack in polycarbonate films submitted to uniaxial and constant imposed stress. The specificity of fracture in polycarbonate films is the appearance of flame shaped macroscopic process zones at the tips of the crack. Supported by an experimental study of the mechanical properties of polycarbonate films, an analysis of the stress dependence of the mean ratio between the process zone and crack lengths, during the crack growth, show a quantitat...

  2. The Simulation of Paint Cracking and Peeling

    Paquette, Eric; Poulin, Pierre; Drettakis, George


    Weathering over long periods of time results in cracking and peeling of layers such as paint. To include these effects in computer graphics images it is necessary to simulate crack propagation, loss of adhesion, and the curling effect of paint peeling. We present a new approach which computes such a simulation on surfaces. Our simulation is inspired by the underlying physical properties. We use paint strength and tensile stress to determine where cracks appear on the surface. Cracks are then ...

  3. New Perspectives in Crack and Fault Dynamics

    Rice, James R.


    Recent observations on the dynamics of crack and fault rupture are described, together with related theory and simulations in the framework of continuum elastodynamics. Topics include configurational instabilities of tensile crack fronts (crack front waves, disordering, sidebranching), the connection between frictional slip laws and modes of rupture propagation in earth faulting, especially conditions for formation of self-healing slip pulses, and the rich faulting and cracking phenomena that...

  4. Fatigue crack growth from a cracked elastic particle into a ductile matrix

    Groh, S.; Olarnrithinun, S.; Curtin, W. A.; Needleman, A.; Deshpande, V. S.; Van der Giessen, E.


    The monotonic and cyclic crack growth rate of cracks is strongly influenced by the microstructure. Here, the growth of cracks emanating from pre-cracked micron-scale elastic particles and growing into single crystals is investigated, with a focus on the effects of (i) plastic confinement due to the

  5. Modelling of ultrasonic nondestructive testing in anisotropic materials - Rectangular crack

    Nondestructive testing with ultrasound is a standard procedure in the nuclear power industry when searching for defects, in particular cracks. To develop and qualify testing procedures extensive experimental work on test blocks is usually required. This can take a lot of time and therefore be quite costly. A good mathematical model of the testing situation is therefore of great value as it can reduce the experimental work to a great extent. A good model can be very useful for parametric studies and as a pedagogical tool. A further use of a model is as a tool in the qualification of personnel. In anisotropic materials, e.g. austenitic welds, the propagation of ultrasound becomes much more complicated as compared to isotropic materials. Therefore, modelling is even more useful for anisotropic materials, and it in particular has a greater pedagogical value. The present project has been concerned with a further development of the anisotropic capabilities of the computer program UTDefect, which has so far only contained a strip-like crack as the single defect type for anisotropic materials. To be more specific, the scattering by a rectangular crack in an anisotropic component has been studied and the result is adapted to include transmitting and receiving ultrasonic probes. The component under study is assumed to be anisotropic with arbitrary anisotropy. On the other hand, it is assumed to be homogeneous, and this in particular excludes most welds, where it is seldom an adequate approximation to assume homogeneity. The anisotropy may be arbitrarily oriented and the same is true of the rectangular crack. The crack may also be located near a backside of the component. To solve the scattering problem for the crack an integral equation method is used. The probe model has been developed in an earlier project and to compute the signal response in the receiving probe an electromechanical reciprocity argument is employed. As a rectangle is a truly 3D scatterer the sizes of the

  6. An analytical thermal fatigue crack growth approach

    The paper presents recent works on the thermal fatigue crack growth approach in structure integrity analysis proposed by nuclear standard codes such as A16 Appendix of RCC-MR. The proposed approach for crack growth is used to study the mechanisms leading to cracking of piping as a result of thermal loading in mixed flow zones

  7. Assessment of cracking in dissimilar metal welds

    During the refueling in 2000, indications were observed by non-destructive testing at four locations in the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) nozzle to safe end weld in Ringhals 4. All indications were confined to the outlet nozzle (hotleg) oriented at 25 deg, a nozzle with documented repair welding. Six boat samples were removed from the four locations, and the samples were subsequently subjected to a metallographic examination. The objectives were to establish the fracture morphology, and if possible the root cause for cracking. The examination revealed that cracks were present at all four boat sample locations and that they all were confined to the weld metal, alloy 182. Cracking extended in the axial direction of the safe-end. There was no evidence of any cracks extending into the RPV-steel, or the stainless steel safe-end. All cracking was interdendritic and significantly branched. Among others, these observations strongly suggested crack propagation mainly was caused by interdendritic stress corrosion cracking. In addition, crack type defects and isolated areas on the fracture surfaces suggested the presence of hot cracking, which would have been formed during fabrication. The reason for crack initiation could not be established based on the boat samples examined. However, increased stress levels due to repair welding, cold work from grinding, and defects produced during fabrication, e. g. hot cracks, may alone or in combination have contributed to crack initiation

  8. Cracked Teeth: A Review of the Literature

    Lubisich, Erinne B.; Hilton, Thomas J.; Ferracane, Jack


    Although cracked teeth are a common problem for patients and dentists, there is a dearth of evidence-based guidelines on how to prevent, diagnose, and treat cracks in teeth. The purpose of this article is to review the literature to establish what evidence exists regarding the risk factors for cracked teeth and their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

  9. Propagation and band width of smeared cracks

    Slobbe, A.T.


    The crack band approach (in the smeared crack concept) is widely used for the modeling of concrete fracture and is an important analysis technique within advanced engineering. However, the simulations can be impeded by mesh-induced directional bias. Cracks prefer to propagate along continuous mesh l

  10. On Generating Fatigue Crack Growth Thresholds

    Forth, Scott C.; Newman, James, Jr.; Forman, Royce G.


    The fatigue crack growth threshold, defining crack growth as either very slow or nonexistent, has been traditionally determined with standardized load reduction methodologies. These experimental procedures can induce load history effects that result in crack closure. This history can affect the crack driving force, i.e. during the unloading process the crack will close first at some point along the wake or blunt at the crack tip, reducing the effective load at the crack tip. One way to reduce the effects of load history is to propagate a crack under constant amplitude loading. As a crack propagates under constant amplitude loading, the stress intensity factor range, Delta K, will increase, as will the crack growth rate. da/dN. A fatigue crack growth threshold test procedure is experimentally validated that does not produce load history effects and can be conducted at a specified stress ratio, R. The authors have chosen to study a ductile aluminum alloy where the plastic deformations generated during testing may be of the magnitude to impact the crack opening.

  11. Monte Carlo simulation of micro crack propagation behavior for stress corrosion cracking

    A calculation code of Monte Carlo simulation for micro crack propagation behavior of stress corrosion cracking has been developed. Improvements for micro crack growth rate treatments and stress distributions have been made. Calculated crack depth distributions were compared with the CBB test results for sensitized stainless steels and low carbon stainless steels with hardened layer. For sensitized stainless steels, the calculated crack depth distribution could well reproduce the CBB test results by taking into account crack growth rates obtained from experiments. For low carbon stainless steels, although considering stress distributions improved the overestimation of crack depths, the calculated crack depth distribution could not well reproduce the CBB test result. The results revealed that the effects of the crack growth rate and the stress distribution on micro crack propagation behaviors. (author)

  12. Experimental simulation of frost wedging-induced crack propagation in alpine rockwall

    Jia, Hailiang; Leith, Kerry; Krautblatter, Michael


    Frost wedging is widely presumed to be the principal mechanism responsible for shattering jointed low-porosity rocks in high alpine rockwalls. The interaction of ice and rock physics regulates the efficacy of frost wedging. In order to better understand temporal aspects of this interaction, we present results of a series of laboratory experiments monitoring crack widening as a result of ice formation in an artificial crack (4mm wide, 80mm deep) cut 20 mm from the end of a rectangular granite block. Our results indicate that i) freezing direction plays a key role in determining the magnitude of crack widening; in short-term (1 day) experiments, maximum crack widening during top-down freezing (associated with 'autumn' conditions) was around 0.11mm, while inside-out freezing (resulting from 'spring' conditions) produced only 0.02 mm of deformation; ii) neither ice, nor water pressure (direct tension and hydraulic fracturing respectively) caused measurable irreversible crack widening during short-term tests, as the calculated maximum stress intensity at the crack tip was less than the fracture toughness of our granite sample; iii) development of ice pressure is closely related to the mechanical properties of the fracture in which it forms, and as such, the interaction of ice and rock is intrinsically dynamic; iv) irreversible crack widening (about 0.03mm) was only observed following a long-term (53 day) experiment representing a simplified transition from autumn to winter conditions. We suggest this is the result of stress corrosion aided by strong opening during freezing, and to a lesser degree by ice segregation up to one week after the initial freezing period, and downward migration of liquid water during the remainder of the test. Our results suggest the fundamental assumption of frost wedging, that rapid freezing from open ends of cracks can seal water inside the crack and thus cause damage through excessive stresses induced by volumetric expansion seems

  13. Predictability of blocking

    Tibaldi and Molteni (1990, hereafter referred to as TM) had previously investigated operational blocking predictability by the ECMWF model and the possible relationships between model systematic error and blocking in the winter season of the Northern Hemisphere, using seven years of ECMWF operational archives of analyses and day 1 to 10 forecasts. They showed that fewer blocking episodes than in the real atmosphere were generally simulated by the model, and that this deficiency increased with increasing forecast time. As a consequence of this, a major contribution to the systematic error in the winter season was shown to derive from the inability of the model to properly forecast blocking. In this study, the analysis performed in TM for the first seven winter seasons of the ECMWF operational model is extended to the subsequent five winters, during which model development, reflecting both resolution increases and parametrisation modifications, continued unabated. In addition the objective blocking index developed by TM has been applied to the observed data to study the natural low frequency variability of blocking. The ability to simulate blocking of some climate models has also been tested

  14. Chloride Penetration through Cracks in High-Performance Concrete and Surface Treatment System for Crack Healing

    In-Seok Yoon


    For enhancing the service life of concrete structures, it is very important to minimize crack at surface. Even if these cracks are very small, the problem is to which extend these cracks may jeopardize the durability of these decks. It was proposed that crack depth corresponding with critical crack width from the surface is a crucial factor in view of durability design of concrete structures. It was necessary to deal with chloride penetration through microcracks characterized with the mixing ...

  15. Cracking behavior of structural slab bridge decks

    Baah, Prince

    Bridge deck cracking is a common problem throughout the United States, and it affects the durability and service life of concrete bridges. Several departments of transportation (DOTs) in the United States prefer using continuous three-span solid structural slab bridges without stringers over typical four-lane highways. Recent inspections of such bridges in Ohio revealed cracks as wide as 0.125 in. These measured crack widths are more than ten times the maximum limit recommended in ACI 224R-01 for bridge decks exposed to de-icing salts. Measurements using digital image correlation revealed that the cracks widened under truck loading, and in some cases, the cracks did not fully close after unloading. This dissertation includes details of an experimental investigation of the cracking behavior of structural concrete. Prism tests revealed that the concrete with epoxy-coated bars (ECB) develops the first crack at smaller loads, and develops larger crack widths compared to the corresponding specimens with uncoated (black) bars. Slab tests revealed that the slabs with longitudinal ECB developed first crack at smaller loads, exhibited wider cracks and a larger number of cracks, and failed at smaller ultimate loads compared to the corresponding test slabs with black bars. To develop a preventive measure, slabs with basalt and polypropylene fiber reinforced concrete were also included in the test program. These test slabs exhibited higher cracking loads, smaller crack widths, and higher ultimate loads at failure compared to the corresponding slab specimens without fibers. Merely satisfying the reinforcement spacing requirements given in AASHTO or ACI 318-11 is not adequate to limit cracking below the ACI 224R-01 recommended maximum limit, even though all the relevant design requirements are otherwise met. Addition of fiber to concrete without changing any steel reinforcing details is expected to reduce the severity and extent of cracking in reinforced concrete bridge decks.

  16. Delayed hydride cracking: theoretical model testing to predict cracking velocity

    Pressure tubes from Candu nuclear reactors as any other component manufactured with Zr alloys are prone to delayed hydride cracking. That is why it is important to be able to predict the cracking velocity during the component lifetime from parameters easy to be measured, such as: hydrogen concentration, mechanical and microstructural properties. Two of the theoretical models reported in literature to calculate the DHC velocity were chosen and combined, and using the appropriate variables allowed a comparison with experimental results of samples from Zr-2.5 Nb tubes with different mechanical and structural properties. In addition, velocities measured by other authors in irradiated materials could be reproduced using the model described above. (author)

  17. Block Cipher Analysis

    Miolane, Charlotte Vikkelsø

    ensurethat no attack violatesthe securitybounds specifiedbygeneric attack namely exhaustivekey search and table lookup attacks. This thesis contains a general introduction to cryptography with focus on block ciphers and important block cipher designs, in particular the Advanced Encryption Standard......(AES).Wedescribe the mostgeneraltypes ofblock cipher cryptanalysis but concentrate on the algebraic attacks. While the algebraic techniques have been successful oncertainstreamcipherstheirapplicationtoblock ciphershasnot shown any significant results so far. This thesis contributes to the field of algebraic attacks on...... algebraic results on small scale variants of AES. In the final part of the thesis we present a new block cipher proposal Present and examine its security against algebraic and differential cryptanalysis in particular....

  18. Crack detection by stimulated infrared thermography

    Bodnar, Jean-Luc


    In this paper, the potential of stimulated infrared thermography is studied for the detection of cracks located in metallic materials. To start with, the feasibility of the method is shown with the use of numerical simulations. Stimulated infrared thermography allows detecting emerging cracks in samples whether reflective or not as well as non-emerging cracks. In addition, crack detection is due to the radiative effects and/or the thermal effects induced by the defects. Then, the experimental device implemented for the study is detailed. Finally, experiments confirm that stimulated infrared thermography enables to detect microscopic cracks, whether emerging or non-emerging, in metal samples.

  19. Factors controlling nitrate cracking of mild steel

    Nitrite and hydroxide ions inhibit the growth of nitrate stress corrosion cracks in mild steel. Crack growth measurements showed that sufficient concentrations of nitrite and hydroxide ions can prevent crack growth; however, insufficient concentrations of these ions did not influence the Stage II growth rate or the threshold stress intensity, but extended the initiation time. Stage III growth was discontinuous. Oxide formed in the grain boundaries ahead of the crack tip and oxide dissolution (Stage II) and fracture (Stage III) are the proposed mechanisms of nitrate stress corrosion crack growth

  20. Strength of Cracked Reinforced Concrete Disks

    Hoang, Cao Linh; Nielsen, Mogens Peter


    The paper deals with models, based on the theory of plasticity, to be used in strength assessments of reinforced concrete disks suffering from different kinds of cracking. Based on the assumption that the sliding strength of concrete is reduced in sections where cracks are located, solutions for...... the shear strength of disks with initial cracks and disks suffering from isotropic cracking are presented. Furthermore, in the case of isotropicly cracked disks subjected to arbitrary in-plane loading, a general yield condition is derived....

  1. How to Place Block Copolymer Molecules at the Interface of a Binary Blend

    Chen, Zhong-Ren; Xu, Yuci; Zhong, Shuo


    Block copolymers have been used to reduce the domain size of immiscible polymer blends and thus improve the mechanical and other properties. The effectiveness of this method, however, depends on the percentage of these polymeric surfactants residing at the interface of the blend. In fact, theoretical as well as experimental work indicate that a large percentage of block copolymers form micelles in the bulk of one or both of the component polymers. These micelles may serve as weak spots initiating crack propagation. Previous work have been focused on the design of molecular architecture and synthesis of new block copolymers to address this problem. In this presentation, a simple mixing strategy is applied to make each block copolymer molecule stay at the interface. As one example, when this strategy is used to mix natural rubber (NR) with butadiene rubber (BR), a small amount of low molecular weight block copolymer (LIR) improves both processing characteristics such as melt viscosity and mechanical properties of cured samples, such as crack resistance. AFM micrographs show the much smaller domain size; and an original real-time monitoring system reveals the lowest crack growth rate. Using a model A/B/A-B binary blend, we have witnessed by microscopy that all block copolymer molecules form micelles at the first mixing step, and all of these micelles are disappeared and all block copolymer molecules stay at the interface after the second mixing step.

  2. Barrel Bolt Cracking in a German PWR

    Kilian, R.; Maussner, G. [AREVA GmbH (Germany); Koenig, G. [EnBW Kernkraft GmbH (Germany)


    In this paper, the results of failure analysis of cracked barrel bolts will be shown. The barrel bolts are made of German material number 1.4571 corresponding to 316 Ti. To ensure that the required mechanical properties are achieved, the material used was cold worked. At the end of the eighties, the bolts were installed to replace Inconel X- 750 bolts. The design used is a 'star bolt'. In 2005, cracking was first observed. In this report, the results of destructive examinations showing intergranular stress corrosion cracking will be presented. M16-Bolts exhibited cracking only in the area of cup, preventing unintentional loosening. All selected and examined M12-Bolts showed similar crack initiation in the head. Cracks may initiate on transition radii between the head and shank. The shank and thread of all bolts (M12 and M16) exhibited no indications of cracking. Bolts that experienced cracking could be clearly identified through visual inspection. The ultrasonic testing technique applied confirmed crack locations in the head. All cracks were attributed to Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking (IGSCC). Fracture surfaces exhibited relatively thin, dark layers and, in addition to corrosion products of the base metal, the debris on the shank and head also contained traces of Al, Si, Cu and Zn. (authors)

  3. Managerial improvement efforts after finding unreported cracks in reactor components

    In 2002 TEPCO found that there were unreported cracks in reactor components, of which inspection records had been falsified. Stress Corrosion Cracking indications found in Core Shrouds and Primary Loop Re-circulation pipes at some plants were removed from the inspection records and not reported to the regulators. Top management of TEPCO took the responsibility and resigned, and recovery was started under the leadership of new management team. First of all, behavioral standards were reconstituted to strongly support safety-first value. Ethics education was introduced and corporate ethics committee was organized with participation of external experts. Independent assessment organization was established to enhance quality assurance. Information became more transparent through Non-conformance Control Program. As for the material management, prevention and mitigation programs for the Stress Corrosion Cracking of reactor components were re-established. In addition to the above immediate recovery actions, long term improvement initiatives have also been launched and driven by our aspiration to excellence in safe operation of nuclear power plants. Vision and core values were set to align the people. Organizational learning was enhanced by benchmark studies, better systematic use of operational experience, self-assessment and external assessment. Based on these foundation blocks and with strong sponsorship from the top management, work processes were analyzed and improved by Peer Groups. (author)

  4. Short cracks in piping and piping welds

    This program started on March 23, 1990, and has a duration of 4 years. The objective of the program is to develop and verify analyses by using existing and new experimental data for circumferentially cracked pipes, so modifications and improvements can be made to LBB and in-service flaw evaluation criteria. There are 7 technical tasks dealing, in general, with circumferentially cracked straight pipe under quasi-static loading. The tasks are as follows: short through wall cracked (TWC) pipe evaluations, short surface-cracked pipe evaluations, bi-metallic cracked pipe evaluations, dynamic strain aging and crack jump evaluations, anisotropic fracture evaluations, crack-opening-area evaluations, and NRCPIPE code improvements. There is also a separate task to develop international cooperation, interact with Section 11 of the ASME code, and perform program management functions

  5. The underclad cracking in PWR reactor vessels

    The article describes the kind of cracking which can occur under the stainless steel cladding during the manufacturing process of PWR vessels: - cold cracking recently found in France on vessel nozzles-reheat cracking discovered some ten years ago in particular in Germany and in USA. Methods of examination for underclad cracking are put forward, together with results obtained on vessel nozzles of units currently being built in Belgium. Some nozzles are affected by the phenomenon of reheat cracking, whilst the hypothesis of cold cracking, which had been proposed because of the similar situation found in France should probably be abandoned. On the basis of the investigations and studies made, it is established that the cracking involved does not jeopardize the integrity of the vessels during their life time. (author)

  6. Block copolymer battery separator

    Wong, David; Balsara, Nitash Pervez


    The invention herein described is the use of a block copolymer/homopolymer blend for creating nanoporous materials for transport applications. Specifically, this is demonstrated by using the block copolymer poly(styrene-block-ethylene-block-styrene) (SES) and blending it with homopolymer polystyrene (PS). After blending the polymers, a film is cast, and the film is submerged in tetrahydrofuran, which removes the PS. This creates a nanoporous polymer film, whereby the holes are lined with PS. Control of morphology of the system is achieved by manipulating the amount of PS added and the relative size of the PS added. The porous nature of these films was demonstrated by measuring the ionic conductivity in a traditional battery electrolyte, 1M LiPF.sub.6 in EC/DEC (1:1 v/v) using AC impedance spectroscopy and comparing these results to commercially available battery separators.

  7. Blocking in Category Learning

    Bott, Lewis; Hoffman, Aaron B.; Murphy, Gregory L.


    Many theories of category learning assume that learning is driven by a need to minimize classification error. When there is no classification error, therefore, learning of individual features should be negligible. We tested this hypothesis by conducting three category learning experiments adapted from an associative learning blocking paradigm. Contrary to an error-driven account of learning, participants learned a wide range of information when they learned about categories, and blocking effe...

  8. Concord Housing Blocks

    Kumaraswamy, Mohan


    One element of the CIVCAL project Web-based resources containing images, tables, texts and associated data on the construction of Concord type Housing Blocks. A high rise public housing project using prefabriction and advanced formwork systems. Both Harmony and Concord Blocks are designed on the basis of standard modular flats which permit the use of factory produced components and a construction sequence which makes extensive use of advanced formwork systems.

  9. Efficient Block Truncation Coding



    Full Text Available Block Truncation Coding (BTC is one of the lossy image compression techniques. The computational complexity involved in this method is very simple. In the proposed method, the feature of inter-pixel correlation is exploited to further reduce the requirement of bits to store a block. The proposed method gives very good performance in terms of bit-rate and PSNR values when compared to the conventional BTC.

  10. Polygon/Cracked Sedimentary Rock


    4 December 2004 Exposures of sedimentary rock are quite common on the surface of Mars. Less common, but found in many craters in the regions north and northwest of the giant basin, Hellas, are sedimentary rocks with distinct polygonal cracks in them. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an example from the floor of an unnamed crater near 21.0oS, 311.9oW. Such cracks might have formed by desiccation as an ancient lake dried up, or they might be related to ground ice freeze/thaw cycles or some other stresses placed on the original sediment or the rock after it became lithified. The 300 meter scale bar is about 328 yards long. The scene is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left.

  11. Hydrogen-induced cracking: 2

    There is a strong motivation for understanding the factors controlling zirconium hydride reorientation under stress because of the important role this plays in hydrogen-induced crack growth and/or crack initiation in zirconium and its alloys, particularly under thermal cycling conditions. Following an approach developed by Sauthoff, an analysis of the orienting effect of external stress on the nucleation, growth and coarsening of γ- and delta-zirconium hydride precipitates in zirconium and its alloys is presented. The analysis is based on a previous theoretical study of some of the factors affecting hydride solubility in stressed and unstressed solids. Expressions are derived for the effect of stress on nucleation, growth and coarsening. We conclude, on the basis of these that the preferential orientation of hydride precipitates under stress is most efficient during the nucleation stage. The reason for this is that the overall driving force for nucleation, for the chosen parameters and the usual experimental conditions, is fairly small. Therefore, the driving force for orientating under stress can be a substantial fraction of the overall driving force. The analysis shows that hydride growth is unlikely to play a role in preferential orientation, but coarsening could be important under carefully chosen experimental conditions, which may be relevant to the hydride-cracking process

  12. Analysis of crack-formation in the shielding concrete of a TRIGA Mark II reactor

    Within a short time after the start-up of the reactor several cracks appeared at the concrete surface and the number and width of the cracks had grown till now. Experimental and theoretical analysis were made in order to investigate the origin of the cracks and to prevent further crack increase. Crack movement was measured by inductive gages and simultaneously the temperature of the cooling water in the reactor tank at the top and at the bottom as well as the air and the concrete temperature were recorded. The calculations of the thermal stresses were made in two independent ways: 1. Analytically, simulating the shielding concrete as an infinite hollow cylinder of constant thickness and 2. Using the Finite Element method, for a better description of the geometry. It was concluded that the cracks of the shielding concrete are exclusively caused by the thermal stresses. The thermal insulation at the lower part of the shielding is not effective. The structural system of the shielding concrete as a monolithic block without joints produces automatically tensile stresses

  13. Crack growth monitoring by strain measurements

    Cracks detected during in-service inspections are not always removed when they are judged as hazardous. It is important to monitor the crack growth in order to secure the integrity of the cracked components. The author and a co-worker proposed a crack growth monitoring method, in which the elastic strain caused by internal pressure is continuously measured. The elastic strain acting at the outside surface of a pressurized pipe changes due to growth of a crack in the inside surface, and the magnitude of its change depends on the growth size. In this study, the author uses multiple strain gages to monitor the elastic strain acting on the cracked part of a pipe. An axial crack was introduced at the butt welding portion inside a carbon steel pipe. The strains were then measured under static internal pressure. The crack size was estimated based on the change in strains measured by strain gages attached onto the outside surface of the pipe. This study reveals that such a monitoring procedure could successfully identify not only the crack depth but also the surface length. The maximum estimation errors were 2.2 mm and 0.97 mm for the surface length and depth, respectively. The accuracy of the estimation improved as the number of strain gages increased. It was also apparent that the residual stress had subtle effect on the size estimation, albeit it may have significant influence when the crack propagates. (author)

  14. Effects of δ-hydride precipitation at a crack tip on crack propagation in delayed hydride cracking of Zircaloy-2

    Highlights: • Steady state crack velocity of delayed hydride cracking in Zircaloy-2 was analyzed. • A large stress peak is induced at an end of hydride by volume expansion of hydride. • Hydrogen diffuses to the stress peak, thereby accelerating steady hydride growth. • Crack velocity was estimated from the calculated hydrogen flux into the stress peak. • There was good agreement between calculation results and experimental data. -- Abstract: Delayed hydride cracking (DHC) of Zircaloy-2 is one possible mechanism for the failure of boiling water reactor fuel rods in ramp tests at high burnup. Analyses were made for hydrogen diffusion around a crack tip to estimate the crack velocity of DHC in zirconium alloys, placing importance on effects of precipitation of δ-hydride. The stress distribution around the crack tip is significantly altered by precipitation of hydride, which was strictly analyzed using a finite element computer code. Then, stress-driven hydrogen diffusion under the altered stress distribution was analyzed by a differential method. Overlapping of external stress and hydride precipitation at a crack tip induces two stress peaks; one at a crack tip and the other at the front end of the hydride precipitate. Since the latter is larger than the former, more hydrogen diffuses to the front end of the hydride precipitate, thereby accelerating hydride growth compared with that in the absence of the hydride. These results indicated that, after hydride was formed in front of the crack tip, it grew almost steadily accompanying the interaction of hydrogen diffusion, hydride growth and the stress alteration by hydride precipitation. Finally, crack velocity was estimated from the calculated hydrogen flux into the crack tip as a function of temperature, stress intensity factor and material strength. There was qualitatively good agreement between calculation results and experimental data

  15. Impression block with orientator

    Tool review, namely the impression block, applied to check the shape and size of the top of fish as well as to determine the appropriate tool for fishing operation was realized. For multiple application and obtaining of the impress depth of 3 cm and more, the standard volumetric impression blocks with fix rods are used. However, the registered impress of fish is not oriented in space and the rods during fishing are in the extended position. This leads to rods deformation and sinking due to accidental impacts of impression block over the borehole irregularity and finally results in faulty detection of the top end of fishing object in hole. The impression blocks with copy rods and fixed magnetic needle allow estimating the object configuration and fix the position of magnetic needle determining the position of the top end of object in hole. However, the magnetic needle fixation is realized in staged and the rods are in extended position during fishing operations as well as it is in standard design. The most efficient tool is the impression block with copy rods which directs the examined object in the borehole during readings of magnetic needles data from azimuth plate and averaging of readings. This significantly increases the accuracy of fishing toll direction. The rods during fishing are located in the body and extended only when they reach the top of fishing object

  16. Uniaxial backfill block compaction

    The main parts of the project were: to make a literature survey of the previous uniaxial compaction experiments; do uniaxial compaction tests in laboratory scale; and do industrial scale production tests. Object of the project was to sort out the different factors affecting the quality assurance chain of the backfill block uniaxial production and solve a material sticking to mould problem which appeared during manufacturing the blocks of bentonite and cruched rock mixture. The effect of mineralogical and chemical composition on the long term functionality of the backfill was excluded from the project. However, the used smectite-rich clays have been tested for mineralogical consistency. These tests were done in B and Tech OY according their SOPs. The objective of the Laboratory scale tests was to find right material- and compaction parameters for the industrial scale tests. Direct comparison between the laboratory scale tests and industrial scale tests is not possible because the mould geometry and compaction speed has a big influence for the compaction process. For this reason the selected material parameters were also affected by the previous compaction experiments. The industrial scale tests were done in summer of 2010 in southern Sweden. Blocks were done with uniaxial compaction. A 40 tons of the mixture of bentonite and crushed rock blocks and almost 50 tons of Friedland-clay blocks were compacted. (orig.)

  17. Controlling fatigue crack paths for crack surface marking and growth investigations

    S. Barter


    Full Text Available While it is well known that fatigue crack growth in metals that display confined slip, such as high strength aluminium alloys, develop crack paths that are responsive to the loading direction and the local microstructural orientation, it is less well known that such paths are also responsive to the loading history. In these materials, certain loading sequences can produce highly directional slip bands ahead of the crack tip and by adjusting the sequence of loads, distinct fracture surface features or progression marks, even at very small crack depths can result. Investigating the path a crack selects in fatigue testing when particular combinations of constant and variable amplitude load sequences are applied is providing insight into crack growth. Further, it is possible to design load sequences that allow very small amounts of crack growth to be measured, at very small crack sizes, well below the conventional crack growth threshold in the aluminium alloy discussed here. This paper reports on observations of the crack path phenomenon and a novel test loading method for measuring crack growth rates for very small crack depths in aluminium alloy 7050-T7451 (an important aircraft primary structural material. The aim of this work was to firstly generate short- crack constant amplitude growth data and secondly, through the careful manipulation of the applied loading, to achieve a greater understanding of the mechanisms of fatigue crack growth in the material being investigated. A particular focus of this work is the identification of the possible sources of crack growth retardation and closure in these small cracks. Interpreting these results suggests a possible mechanism for why small fatigue crack growth through this material under variable amplitude loading is faster than predicted from models based on constant amplitude data alone.

  18. Block diagonal and schur complement preconditioners for block-toeplitz systems with small size blocks

    Ching, WK; Ng, MK; Wen, YW


    In this paper we consider the solution of Hermitian positive definite block-Toeplitz systems with small size blocks. We propose and study block diagonal and Schur complement preconditioners for such block-Toeplitz matrices. We show that for some block-Toeplitz matrices, the spectra of the preconditioned matrices are uniformly bounded except for a fixed number of outliers where this fixed number depends only on the size of the block. Hence, conjugate gradient type methods, when applied to solv...

  19. Nymble Blocking System

    Anand Joshi


    Full Text Available In order to allow users to access Internet services privately, anonymizing networks like Tor uses a series of routers to hide the client’s IP address from the server. These networks, however, have been marred by users employing this anonymity for abusive purposes such as defacing popular web sites. Usually, web site administrators rely on IP-address blocking in order to disable access to misbehaving users, but it is impractical if the abuser routes through an anonymizing network. In order to avoid this, administrators bar all known exit nodes of the anonymizing network, thereby denying anonymous access to all the users(whether misbehaving or not. To solve this issue, we introduce Nymble, a system where servers blacklist misbehaving users, thereby blocking users without affecting their anonymity. Nymble is thus agnostic to varied definitions of misbehavior. Servers can block users for any reason, and the privacy of blacklisted users is not affected in any case.

  20. Fluid structural response of axially cracked cylinders

    The fluid structural (FS) response of a cylindrical pressure vessel to a suddenly occurring longitudinal through-wall crack is predicted. The effects of vessel internals and depressurization of the compressed water on dynamic crack opening displacements are investigated. A three dimensional (3D) structural finite element model is used as a basis for the development of a two dimensional (2D) FS model. A slice of the vessel taken at the crack midspan and normal to the cylinder axis is modeled. Crack opening displacements are compared between the 2D and 3D models, between the different assumptions about fluid depressurization, and between the static and dynamic solutions. The results show that effects of dynamic amplification associated with the sudden opening of the crack in the cylinder are largely offset by the local depressurization of the fluid adjacent to the crack

  1. Constraint effects of clad on underclad crack

    The finite element method is applied to two-dimensional elastic-plastic analyses for underclad crack problems. The analyses are performed for rectangular specimens with an underclad crack, which are composed of A533B class 1 steel and a clad material, to obtain the fracture mechanics parameter J-integral and the stress distribution ahead of a crack tip. The Q-factor proposed by O'Dowd and Shih is calculated from the stress distribution ahead of a crack tip, and the constraint effect of a crack tip due to a clad material or the effect of a clad material on the fracture toughness of a base material is discussed in terms of the Q-factor. Clad thickness, crack length and the material property of a clad material are varied to examine their effects

  2. Crack formation and prevention in colloidal drops

    Kim, Jin Young; Cho, Kun; Ryu, Seul-a; Kim, So Youn; Weon, Byung Mook


    Crack formation is a frequent result of residual stress release from colloidal films made by the evaporation of colloidal droplets containing nanoparticles. Crack prevention is a significant task in industrial applications such as painting and inkjet printing with colloidal nanoparticles. Here, we illustrate how colloidal drops evaporate and how crack generation is dependent on the particle size and initial volume fraction, through direct visualization of the individual colloids with confocal laser microscopy. To prevent crack formation, we suggest use of a versatile method to control the colloid-polymer interactions by mixing a nonadsorbing polymer with the colloidal suspension, which is known to drive gelation of the particles with short-range attraction. Gelation-driven crack prevention is a feasible and simple method to obtain crack-free, uniform coatings through drying-mediated assembly of colloidal nanoparticles. PMID:26279317

  3. Scaling of crack propagation in rubber sheets

    Chen, C. H.; Zhang, H. P.; Niemczura, J.; Ravi-Chandar, K.; Marder, M.


    We have conducted experiments and numerical simulations to investigate supersonic cracks. The experiments are performed at 85 °C to suppress strain-induced crystallites that complicate experiments at lower temperature. Calibration experiments were performed to obtain the parameters needed to compare with a theory including viscous dissipation. We find that both experiments and numerical simulations support supersonic cracks, and we discover a transition from subsonic to supersonic as we plot experimental crack speed curves vs. extension ratio for different sized samples. Both experiments and simulations show two different scaling regimes: the speed of subsonic cracks scales with the elastic energy density while the speed of supersonic cracks scales with the extension ratio. Crack openings have qualitatively different shapes in the two scaling regimes.

  4. Crack propagation in rubber-like materials

    Crack propagation in rubber-like materials is of great practical importance but still not well understood. We study the contribution to the crack propagation energy (per unit area) G from the viscoelastic deformations of the rubber in front of the propagating crack tip. We show that G takes the standard form G(v,T) = G0[1+f(v,T)] where G0 is associated with the (complex) bond-breaking processes at the crack tip while f(v,T) is determined by the viscoelastic energy dissipation in front of the crack tip. As applications, we discuss the role of crack propagation for adhesion, rolling resistance and sliding friction for smooth surfaces, and for rubber wear. (topical review)

  5. Pavement Crack Detection Using Spectral Clustering Method

    Jin Huazhong


    Full Text Available Pavement crack detection plays an important role in pavement maintaining and management, nowadays, which could be performed through remote image analysis. Thus, edges of pavement crack should be extracted in advance; in general, traditional edge detection methods don’t consider phase information and the spatial relationship between the adjacent image areas to extract the edges. To overcome the deficiency of the traditional approaches, this paper proposes a pavement crack detection algorithm based on spectral clustering method. Firstly, a measure of similarity between pairs of pixels is taken into account through orientation energy. Then, spatial relationship is needed to find regions where similarity between pixels in a given region is high and similarity between pixels in different regions is low. After that, crack edge detection is completed with spectral clustering method. The presented method has been run on some real life images of pavement crack, experimental results display that the crack detection method of this paper could obtain ideal result.

  6. Bactericidal block copolymer micelles.

    Vyhnalkova, Renata; Eisenberg, Adi; van de Ven, Theo


    Block copolymer micelles with bactericidal properties were designed to deactivate pathogens such as E. coli bacteria. The micelles of PS-b-PAA and PS-b-P4VP block copolymers were loaded with biocides TCMTB or TCN up to 20 or 30 wt.-%, depending on the type of antibacterial agent. Bacteria were exposed to loaded micelles and bacterial deactivation was evaluated. The micelles loaded with TCN are bactericidal; bacteria are killed in less than two minutes of exposure. The most likely interpretation of the data is that the biocide is transferred to the bacteria by repeated micelle/bacteria contacts, and not via the solution. PMID:21275041

  7. Swedes repair BWR thermal fatigue cracks

    The discovery of cracks in the feedwater and shutdown cooling systems of Sweden's Barseback 2 BWR in 1980 led to investigations in other Swedish nuclear power stations. Similar cracks were found and the defective parts repaired or replaced before being returned to service. The cause of the cracks has been evaluated and efforts are being made to prevent a recurrence. Experience with Ringhals 1, Orkarsham 2 and Forsmark 1 systems are also described. (author)

  8. DBEM crack propagation for nonlinear fracture problems

    R. Citarella


    Full Text Available A three-dimensional crack propagation simulation is performed by the Dual Boundary Element Method (DBEM. The Stress Intensity Factors (SIFs along the front of a semi elliptical crack, initiated from the external surface of a hollow axle, are calculated for bending and press fit loading separately and for a combination of them. In correspondence of the latter loading condition, a crack propagation is also simulated, with the crack growth rates calculated using the NASGRO3 formula, calibrated for the material under analysis (steel ASTM A469. The J-integral and COD approaches are selected for SIFs calculation in DBEM environment, where the crack path is assessed by the minimum strain energy density criterion (MSED. In correspondence of the initial crack scenario, SIFs along the crack front are also calculated by the Finite Element (FE code ZENCRACK, using COD, in order to provide, by a cross comparison with DBEM, an assessment on the level of accuracy obtained. Due to the symmetry of the bending problem a pure mode I crack propagation is realised with no kinking of the propagating crack whereas for press fit loading the crack propagation becomes mixed mode. The crack growth analysis is nonlinear because of normal gap elements used to model the press fit condition with added friction, and is developed in an iterative-incremental procedure. From the analysis of the SIFs results related to the initial cracked configuration, it is possible to assess the impact of the press fit condition when superimposed to the bending load case.

  9. Paths of interactive cracks in creep conditions

    Nowak, K.


    The paper contains plane strain analysis of uniformly stretched plate working in creep condition. The plate contains initial defects in forms of central and/or edge cracks working in mode I. These cracks are modelled by attributing critical value of damage parameter to preset points and therefore resulting in stresses set to zero (material does not support any loading). The Continuum Damage Mechanics constitutive equations are used to describe the creep crack growth problem and Fi...

  10. Measuring Crack Length in Coarse Grain Ceramics

    Salem, Jonathan A.; Ghosn, Louis J.


    Due to a coarse grain structure, crack lengths in precracked spinel specimens could not be measured optically, so the crack lengths and fracture toughness were estimated by strain gage measurements. An expression was developed via finite element analysis to correlate the measured strain with crack length in four-point flexure. The fracture toughness estimated by the strain gaged samples and another standardized method were in agreement.

  11. Hydrogen induced cracking of Grade-2 titanium

    Titanium is one of the container material options in the Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program. This material has very good corrosion resistance under the anticipated disposal conditions. The two most likely corrosion failure mechanisms are crevice corrosion and hydrogen assisted cracking. Crevice corrosion is a possibility in the warm saline environment proposed for a nuclear disposal vault, and its propagation will lead to a local production of hydrogen in the crevice. Many high-strength titanium alloys can absorb hydrogen into the metal and, when subjected to low but long-term sustained loads, become susceptible to delayed hydrogen cracking at low hydrogen concentrations. In this work, the slow strain rate technique was used to accelerate the cracking process in Grade-2 titanium in order to establish the relative conditions where delayed hydrogen cracking might be possible. The results indicate that at low hydrogen concentrations, slow crack growth occurs by a ductile tearing process. No fast crack growth is observed at these low hydrogen concentrations, presumably because the ductile collapse relaxes the stresses and prevents the attainment of a sufficiently high stress intensity for fast crack growth. Fast crack growth was observed only at hydrogen concentrations above a critical value that ranged from 310-1380 wppm hydrogen depending upon the plate material studied and the orientation of the crack relative to the manufactured microstructure. An empirical relationship suggests that the higher the strength of the titanium material the lower the critical hydrogen concentration. The report describes the effects of microstructure on the cracking behaviour of Grade-2 titanium and shows that the crack propagation tends to follow the directionality of the microstructure introduced by rolling during its manufacture. Increasing the temperature to 100 deg C increased the critical hydrogen concentration to >2000 wppm hydrogen, suggesting that the slow crack

  12. E-Block: A Tangible Programming Tool with Graphical Blocks

    Danli Wang; Yang Zhang; Shengyong Chen


    This paper designs a tangible programming tool, E-Block, for children aged 5 to 9 to experience the preliminary understanding of programming by building blocks. With embedded artificial intelligence, the tool defines the programming blocks with the sensors as the input and enables children to write programs to complete the tasks in the computer. The symbol on the programming block's surface is used to help children understanding the function of each block. The sequence information is transfer...

  13. Transition from Multiple Macro-Cracking to Multiple Micro-Cracking in Cementitious Composites

    ZHANG Jun; LENG Bing


    This paper presents an experimental study of the possibility of transition from multiple macro-cracking to multiple micro-cracking in cementitious composites.Conventional polyvinyl alcohol fiber reinforced cementitious composites normally exhibit macroscopic strain-hardening and multiple cracking after the first cracks appear.However,the individual crack width at the saturated stage is normally 60 to 80 μm.In the current study,the effect of fine aggregate size on the cracking performance,especially the individual crack width in the strain-hardening stage was studied by bending tests.The results show that the individual crack widths can be reduced from 60-80 μm to 10-30 μm by modifying the particle size of the fine aggregates used in the composites.

  14. Crack growth of intergranular stress corrosion cracks in austenitic stainless steel pipes of boiling water reactors

    Intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) of boiling water reactor (BWR) piping is considered from the crack growth rate point of view. Crack growth rate of sensitized austenitic stainless steel welds is dependent on the degree of sensitization of the material and the severity of the environment as well as the stress state. In evaluation of actual crack growth rate there are three major sources of uncertainty: knowledge of actual crack size and shape, actual stress distribution in he area of the crack and the degree of sensitization. In the report the crack growth calculations used in the USA and in Sweden are presented. Finally, the crack growth rate predictions based on mechanistic modelling of IGSCC and some needs of further research in Finland are considered

  15. Modelling of environmentally assisted cracking

    During the use of nuclear reactors the properties of the structural materials change. Variations in the operation environment, such as changes in water chemistry, may enhance the development and growth of flaws. Neutron radiation causes embrittlement for in-core vessel materials. Radiation, together with water chemistry, increases the possibility of stress corrosion cracking in stainless steels and superalloys used in the reactor internal parts. Research on structural materials endeavours to study the ageing mechanisms of materials, and the possibilities and methods of preventing or forecasting the damage caused to structures by ageing. (orig.)

  16. Automatic crack length measurement, inductive and videoelectronic

    Tracking of crack propagation with a small fault of less than 2% is permitted by two recently developed methods. Because of the direct manner of crack inspection, the video-electronic method has the advantage over the inductive measurement, although with a scanning frequency given by television control, only relatively small crack velocities as compared with the inductive method can be detected with sufficient accuracy. Because of strong material contraction at the crack top with both methods, minor measurement adulterations may arise. The equipment causes relatively low costs during operation. Both methods enable fully automatic evaluation and control of the experiment. (orig.)

  17. Correlation between segregation and cold cracking

    An attempt is made to find a correlation between segregation in ferritic base metal and the occurrence of cold cracking. Besides describing the mechanical and engineering properties and chemical composition of the segregated areas, the paper discusses their behaviour when welded over. Characteristics and models of crack development are presented using cold cracking found in various components as an example. Suitable measures for limiting the risk of the occurrence of cold cracking are increasing the pre-heating temperature, use of weld filler material with optimum dryness, and heat treatment directly following welding. (author)

  18. Investigations of Low Temperature Time Dependent Cracking

    Van der Sluys, W A; Robitz, E S; Young, B A; Bloom, J


    The objective of this project was to investigate metallurgical and mechanical phenomena associated with time dependent cracking of cold bent carbon steel piping at temperatures between 327 C and 360 C. Boiler piping failures have demonstrated that understanding the fundamental metallurgical and mechanical parameters controlling these failures is insufficient to eliminate it from the field. The results of the project consisted of the development of a testing methodology to reproduce low temperature time dependent cracking in laboratory specimens. This methodology was used to evaluate the cracking resistance of candidate heats in order to identify the factors that enhance cracking sensitivity. The resultant data was integrated into current available life prediction tools.

  19. Slow crack growth in polycarbonate films

    Cortet, Pierre-Philippe; Vanel, Loic; Ciliberto, Sergio


    We study experimentally the slow growth of a single crack in polycarbonate films submitted to uniaxial and constant imposed stress. The specificity of fracture in polycarbonate films is the appearance of flame shaped macroscopic process zones at the tips of the crack. Supported by an experimental study of the mechanical properties of polycarbonate films, an analysis of the stress dependence of the mean ratio between the process zone and crack lengths, during the crack growth, show a quantitative agreement with the Dugdale-Barenblatt model of the plastic process zone. We find that the fracture growth curves obey strong scaling properties that lead to a well defined growth master curve.

  20. T-stresses for internally cracked components

    The failure of cracked components is governed by the stresses in the vicinity of the crack tip. The singular stress contribution is characterised by the stress intensity factor K, the first regular stress term is represented by the so-called T-stress. T-stress solutions for components containing an internal crack were computed by application of the Bundary Collocation Method (BCM). The results are compiled in form of tables or approximative relations. In addition a Green's function of T-stresses is proposed for internal cracks which enables to compute T-stress terms for any given stress distribution in the uncracked body. (orig.)

  1. Dynamics of cracking in drying colloidal sheets.

    Sengupta, Rajarshi; Tirumkudulu, Mahesh S


    Colloidal dispersions are known to display a fascinating network of cracks on drying. We probe the fracture mechanics of free-standing films of aqueous polymer-particle dispersions. Thin films of the dispersion are cast between a pair of plain steel wires and allowed to dry under ambient conditions. The strain induced on the particle network during drying is relieved by cracking. The stress which causes the films to crack has been calculated by measuring the deflection of the wires. The critical cracking stress varied inversely to the two-thirds' power of the film thickness. We also measure the velocity of the tip of a moving crack. The motion of a crack has been modeled as a competition between the release of the elastic energy stored in the particle network, the increase in surface energy as a result of the growth of a crack, the rate of viscous dissipation of the interstitial fluid and the kinetic energy associated with a moving crack. There is fair agreement between the measured crack velocities and predictions. PMID:26924546

  2. Wettability Induced Crack Dynamics and Morphology

    Ghosh, Udita Uday; Bhandari, Aditya Bikram; Chakraborty, Suman; DasGupta, Sunando


    Substrate wettability alteration induced control over crack formation process in thin colloidal films has been addressed in the present study. Colloidal nanosuspension (53nm, mean particle diameter) droplets have been subjected to natural drying to outline the effects of substrate surface energies over the dry-out characteristics with emphasis on crack dynamics, crack morphology and underlying particle arrangements. Experimental findings indicate that number of cracks formed decreases with increase in substrate hydrophobicity. These physical phenomena have been explained based on the magnitude of stress dissipation incurred by the substrate. DLVO predictions are also found to be in tune with the reported experimental investigations.

  3. Surface effects and assessment of crack propagation

    A realistic analysis of microcrack interaction at stress concentrations require a three dimensional analysis, and evaluation of fracture parameters along the crack front. Due to its complexity the problem can only be tackled through computational techniques. In this work, we describe the use of the Boundary Element Technique for analysis of surface effects at crack vertex. It is shown that the existence of a vertex singularity at this location poses limitations on actual crack geometries, and hence some common assumptions might not be adequate for a realistic description of surface crack growth. (author). 15 refs, 5 figs

  4. Expansive Soil Crack Depth under Cumulative Damage

    Bei-xiao Shi


    Full Text Available The crack developing depth is a key problem to slope stability of the expansive soil and its project governance and the crack appears under the roles of dry-wet cycle and gradually develops. It is believed from the analysis that, because of its own cohesion, the expansive soil will have a certain amount of deformation under pulling stress but without cracks. The soil body will crack only when the deformation exceeds the ultimate tensile strain that causes cracks. And it is also believed that, due to the combined effect of various environmental factors, particularly changes of the internal water content, the inherent basic physical properties of expansive soil are weakened, and irreversible cumulative damages are eventually formed, resulting in the development of expansive soil cracks in depth. Starting from the perspective of volumetric strain that is caused by water loss, considering the influences of water loss rate and dry-wet cycle on crack developing depth, the crack developing depth calculation model which considers the water loss rate and the cumulative damages is established. Both the proposal of water loss rate and the application of cumulative damage theory to the expansive soil crack development problems try to avoid difficulties in matrix suction measurement, which will surely play a good role in promoting and improving the research of unsaturated expansive soil.

  5. Fatigue crack growth detect, assess, avoid

    Richard, Hans Albert


    This book offers a concise introduction to fatigue crack growth, based on practical examples. It discusses the essential concepts of fracture mechanics, fatigue crack growth under constant and variable amplitude loading and the determination of the fracture-mechanical material parameters. The book also introduces the analytical and numerical simulation of fatigue crack growth as well as crack initiation. It concludes with a detailed description of several practical case studies and some exercises. The target group includes graduate students, researchers at universities and practicing engineers.

  6. Fatigue Crack Closure Analysis Using Digital Image Correlation

    Leser, William P.; Newman, John A.; Johnston, William M.


    Fatigue crack closure during crack growth testing is analyzed in order to evaluate the critieria of ASTM Standard E647 for measurement of fatigue crack growth rates. Of specific concern is remote closure, which occurs away from the crack tip and is a product of the load history during crack-driving-force-reduction fatigue crack growth testing. Crack closure behavior is characterized using relative displacements determined from a series of high-magnification digital images acquired as the crack is loaded. Changes in the relative displacements of features on opposite sides of the crack are used to generate crack closure data as a function of crack wake position. For the results presented in this paper, remote closure did not affect fatigue crack growth rate measurements when ASTM Standard E647 was strictly followed and only became a problem when testing parameters (e.g., load shed rate, initial crack driving force, etc.) greatly exceeded the guidelines of the accepted standard.

  7. Crack spacing of unsaturated soils in the critical state

    SUN JiChao; WANG GuangQian; SUN QiCheng


    The cracking mechanism of unsaturated soils due to evaporation is poorly understood, and the magnitude of crack spacing is usually hard to estimate. In this work, cracks were postulated to occur suc-cedently rather than simultaneously, that is, secondary cracks appear after primary cracks as evaporation continues. Formulae of the secondary crack spacing and secondary trend crack spacing were then derived after stress analysis. The calculated spacing values were consistent with the published experimental data. Meanwhile, the effect of the Poisson ratio on the crack spacing was analyzed, which showed that the magnitude of crack spacing was proportional to the Poisson ratio in the range of [0.30,0.35].

  8. Mode Ⅰ Plane Crack Interacting with an Interfacial Crack Along a Circular Inhomogeneity

    WANG Rui; MA Jian-jun; LIU Zheng-guang


    The elastic interaction of the mode Ⅰ plane crack with an interfacial crack along a circular inhomogeneity is dealt with. The dislocation density and the stress intensity factors (SIFs) of the mode I plane crack are obtained numerically. A new kind of dislocation equilibrium equation about the plane crack is applied. The influence of some material parameters on the dislocation density and SIFs are analyzed.

  9. Predicting fatigue properties of cast aluminum by characterizing small-crack propagation behavior

    Caton, Michael John


    The increased use of cast aluminum in structural components requires a deeper understanding of the mechanisms controlling fatigue properties in order to enable improved predictive capabilities. Of particular interest is the ability to model the influence of processing variables on the fatigue performance of alloys used in automotive applications such as engine blocks and cylinder heads. This thesis describes the results of a study conducted on cast W319 aluminum, a commercial Al-Si-Cu alloy used in automotive engine components, and presents a model that effectively predicts fatigue properties in this alloy as a function of material condition. The very high cycle fatigue regime (˜109 cycles) was examined using ultrasonic testing equipment (20 kHz) and distinct endurance limits were observed. The initiation and propagation of small fatigue cracks (˜5 mum to 2 mm) were monitored by a standard replication technique. It was observed that cracks initiate almost exclusively from microshrinkage pores and that the initiation life is negligible even at stresses below the endurance limit. The endurance limits result from the arrest of small cracks. Small crack growth rates were determined for a variety of material conditions where the influence of solidification time, heat treatment, and grain refinement were investigated. In addition, the influences of applied stress amplitude, stress ratio, and loading frequency on small crack growth were examined. A significant small crack effect was identified in this alloy and standard correlating parameters such as DeltaK and DeltaJ do not adequately characterize small crack growth. A correlating parameter written as [(epsilonmax sigmaa/sigma yield)s a] is proposed and shown to effectively characterize small crack growth for a wide range of stresses and a wide range of solidification conditions. In this parameter, epsilonmax is the total strain corresponding to the maximum applied stress, sigmaa is the stress amplitude, sigma yield is

  10. Extended propagation model for interfacial crack in composite material structure

    闫相桥; 冯希金


    An interfacial crack is a common damage in a composite material structure . An extended propaga-tion model has been established for an interfacial crack to study the dependence of crack growth on the relativesizes of energy release rates at left and right crack tips and the properties of interfacial material characterize thegrowth of interfacial crack better.

  11. Effects of Block Scheduling

    William R. Veal


    Full Text Available This study examined the effects of a tri-schedule on the academic achievement of students in a high school. The tri-schedule consists of traditional, 4x4 block, and hybrid schedules running at the same time in the same high school. Effectiveness of the schedules was determined from the state mandated test of basic skills in reading, language, and mathematics. Students who were in a particular schedule their freshman year were tested at the beginning of their sophomore year. A statistical ANCOVA test was performed using the schedule types as independent variables and cognitive skill index and GPA as covariates. For reading and language, there was no statistically significant difference in test results. There was a statistical difference mathematics-computation. Block mathematics is an ideal format for obtaining more credits in mathematics, but the block format does little for mathematics achievement and conceptual understanding. The results have content specific implications for schools, administrations, and school boards who are considering block scheduling adoption.

  12. Spice Blocks Melanoma Growth

    Science Teacher, 2005


    Curcumin, the pungent yellow spice found in both turmeric and curry powders, blocks a key biological pathway needed for development of melanoma and other cancers, according to a study that appears in the journal Cancer. Researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center demonstrate how curcumin stops laboratory strains of…

  13. Contaminated soil concrete blocks

    Korte, de A.C.J.; Brouwers, H.J.H.; Limbachiya, Mukesh C.; Kew, Hsein Y.


    According to Dutch law the contaminated soil needs to be remediated or immobilised. The main focus in this article is the design of concrete blocks, containing contaminated soil, that are suitable for large production, financial feasible and meets all technical and environmental requirements. In ord

  14. Chloride Penetration through Cracks in High-Performance Concrete and Surface Treatment System for Crack Healing

    In-Seok Yoon


    Full Text Available For enhancing the service life of concrete structures, it is very important to minimize crack at surface. Even if these cracks are very small, the problem is to which extend these cracks may jeopardize the durability of these decks. It was proposed that crack depth corresponding with critical crack width from the surface is a crucial factor in view of durability design of concrete structures. It was necessary to deal with chloride penetration through microcracks characterized with the mixing features of concrete. This study is devoted to examine the effect of high strength concrete and reinforcement of steel fiber on chloride penetration through cracks. High strength concrete is regarded as an excellent barrier to resist chloride penetration. However, durability performance of cracked high strength concrete was reduced seriously up to that of ordinary cracked concrete. Steel fiber reinforcement is effective to reduce chloride penetration through cracks because steel fiber reinforcement can lead to reduce crack depth significantly. Meanwhile, surface treatment systems are put on the surface of the concrete in order to seal the concrete. The key-issue is to which extend a sealing is able to ensure that chloride-induced corrosion can be prevented. As a result, penetrant cannot cure cracks, however, coating and combined treatment can prevent chloride from flowing in concrete with maximum crack width of 0.06 mm and 0.08 mm, respectively.

  15. Edit Distance with Block Deletions

    Dana Shapira; Storer, James A.


    Several variants of the edit distance problem with block deletions are considered. Polynomial time optimal algorithms are presented for the edit distance with block deletions allowing character insertions and character moves, but without block moves. We show that the edit distance with block moves and block deletions is NP-complete (Nondeterministic Polynomial time problems in which any given solution to such problem can be verified in polynomial time, and any NP problem can be converted into...

  16. Fermion-Scalar Conformal Blocks

    Iliesiu, Luca; Poland, David; Pufu, Silviu S; Simmons-Duffin, David; Yacoby, Ran


    We compute the conformal blocks associated with scalar-scalar-fermion-fermion 4-point functions in 3D CFTs. Together with the known scalar conformal blocks, our result completes the task of determining the so-called `seed blocks' in three dimensions. Conformal blocks associated with 4-point functions of operators with arbitrary spins can now be determined from these seed blocks by using known differential operators.

  17. BWR pipe crack remedies evaluation

    This paper presents results on: (a) the influence of simulated BWR environments on the stress-corrosion-craking (SCC) susceptibility of Types 304, 316NG, and 347 stainless (SS); (b) fracture-mechanics crack-growth-rate measurements on these materials and weld overlay specimens in different environments; and (c) residual stress measurements and metallographic evaluations of conventional pipe weldments treated by a mechanical-stress-improvement process (MSIP) as well as those produced by a narrow-gap welding procedure. Crack initiation studies on Types 304 and 316NG SS under crevice and non-crevice conditions in 2890C water containing 0.25 ppM dissolved oxygen with low sulfate concentrations indicate that SCC initiates at very low strains (0 in both directions, and then grew at high rate (parallel to the nominal applied load). Residual stress measurements on MSIP-treated weldments and those produced by a narrow-gap welding procedure indicate that these techniques produce compressive stresses over most of the inner surface near the weld and heat-affected zones

  18. Numerical simulation of crack propagation in pressure equipments; Simulation numerique de la propagation de fissures dans les structures sous pression

    Le Grognec, P.; Hariri, S. [Ecole des Mines de Douai, 59 (France); Afzali, M.; Jaffal, H. [Centre Technique des Industries Mecaniques, 60 - Senlis (France)


    The aim of this work is to determine the evolution of the degree of noxiousness of a defect in a pressure equipment during its propagation. The estimation of the degree of noxiousness involves the calculation of stress intensity factors at each advance of the crack front. The cracks considered are semi-elliptic. The geometries and loads can be complex in order to cover the main industrial cases. Numerical modelling by finite element method is based on the creation of a crack-block, representing the optimized mesh near the discontinuity. The Paris law allows to describe the fatigue behaviour under cyclic load. A specific program (Python), having the advantages of the calculation codes Castem and Abaqus, allows to compute the propagation approach and makes easier the estimation of the residual lifetime of a structure under cracked pressure. (O.M.)

  19. Development of crack shape: LBB methodology for cracked pipes

    Moulin, D.; Chapuliot, S.; Drubay, B. [Commissariat a l Energie Atomique, Gif sur Yvette (France)


    For structures like vessels or pipes containing a fluid, the Leak-Before-Break (LBB) assessment requires to demonstrate that it is possible, during the lifetime of the component, to detect a rate of leakage due to a possible defect, the growth of which would result in a leak before-break of the component. This LBB assessment could be an important contribution to the overall structural integrity argument for many components. The aim of this paper is to review some practices used for LBB assessment and to describe how some new R & D results have been used to provide a simplified approach of fracture mechanics analysis and especially the evaluation of crack shape and size during the lifetime of the component.

  20. On fatigue crack growth in ductile materials by crack-tip blunting

    Tvergaard, Viggo


    One of the basic mechanisms for fatigue crack growth in ductile metals is that depending on crack-tip blunting under tensile loads and re-sharpening of the crack-tip during unloading. In a standard numerical analysis accounting for finite strains it is not possible to follow this process during...... many cycles, as severe mesh distortion at the crack-tip results from the huge geometry changes developing during the cyclic plastic straining. In the present numerical studies, based on an elastic-perfectly plastic material model, crack growth computations are continued up to 200 full cycles by using...

  1. Entering a Crack: An Encounter with Gossip

    Henderson, Linda


    In this paper, I enter a crack to think otherwise about the concept "gossip". Drawing on previous scholarship engaging with Deleuzian concepts to inform research methodologies, this paper builds on this body of work. Following Deleuze and Guattari, the paper undertakes a mapping of gossip, subsequent to an encounter with a crack.…

  2. Fracture Mechanical Markov Chain Crack Growth Model

    Gansted, L.; Brincker, Rune; Hansen, Lars Pilegaard


    On the basis of the B-model developed in [J. L. Bogdanoff and F. Kozin, Probabilistic Models of Cumulative Damage. John Wiley, New York (1985)] a new numerical model incorporating the physical knowledge of fatigue crack propagation is developed. The model is based on the assumption that the crack...

  3. Problems in fracture mechanics of indentation cracks

    Vickers indentation cracks are an appropriate tool to determine the crack-tip toughness K10 of ceramics from the total crack opening displacements. Two different procedures were applied to determine the crack opening displacement (COD) field under residual and externally applied stress fields. First, a semi-analytical procedure was used to compute the COD field from residual stresses introduced in the uncracked body by the indentation test. This approach allows a description by analytical relations. In order to check the accuracy of these calculations and to outline some problems in detail, also finite element (FE) computations were carried out. In an experimental example the stress intensity factor of glass is determined. Apart from the crack opening profile, also relations for the total stress intensity factor and the T-stress term are provided. As a second type of indentation crack, cone cracks were considered as developing under spherical contact load. Mixed-mode stress intensity factors were computed. The results obtained by application of the weight function method are used to calculate the cone angle under the condition of K11=0 during crack generation. A good agreement with measured data from literature is found. (orig.)

  4. Method and apparatus for pyrolytically cracking hydrocarbons

    Skraba, F.W.


    This patent describes a method for pyrolytically cracking a hydrocarbon vapor feedstock in a hydrocarbon pyrolysis unit to produce an olefinic hydrocarbon product. It comprises contacting a hydrocarbon vapor feedstock, then, cracking the hydrocarbon vapor feedstock in the presence of the vaporized water in a pyrolysis furnace to produce a furnace effluent stream comprised of an olefinic hydrocarbon product gas and the vaporized water.

  5. Corrosion and Cracking of Reinforced Concrete

    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    Modelling of the deterioration of reinforced concrete has in recent years changed from being a deterministic modelling based on experience to be stochastic modelling based on sound and consistent physical, chemical and mechanical principles. In this paper is presented a brief review of modern mod...... for time to initial corrosion, time to initial cracking, and time to a given crack width may be obtained....

  6. Uncertainty Quantification in Fatigue Crack Growth Prognosis

    Shankar Sankararaman


    Full Text Available This paper presents a methodology to quantify the uncertainty in fatigue crack growth prognosis, applied to structures with complicated geometry and subjected to variable amplitude multi-axial loading. Finite element analysis is used to address the complicated geometry and calculate the stress intensity factors. Multi-modal stress intensity factors due to multi-axial loading are combined to calculate an equivalent stress intensity factor using a characteristic plane approach. Crack growth under variable amplitude loading is modeled using a modified Paris law that includes retardation effects. During cycle-by-cycle integration of the crack growth law, a Gaussian process surrogate model is used to replace the expensive finite element analysis. The effect of different types of uncertainty – physical variability, data uncertainty and modeling errors – on crack growth prediction is investigated. The various sources of uncertainty include, but not limited to, variability in loading conditions, material parameters, experimental data, model uncertainty, etc. Three different types of modeling errors – crack growth model error, discretization error and surrogate model error – are included in analysis. The different types of uncertainty are incorporated into the crack growth prediction methodology to predict the probability distribution of crack size as a function of number of load cycles. The proposed method is illustrated using an application problem, surface cracking in a cylindrical structure.

  7. Crack Formation in Grouted Annular Composite

    Sørensen, Eigil V.

    The objective of the present analysis is to identify the reason for extensive crack formation which occurred during an annulus grouting performance test, to evaluate possible consequences of the cracking, and to recommend measures to be taken in order to avoid similar problems in the future....

  8. Crack initiation under generalized plane strain conditions

    A method for estimating the decrease in crack-initiation toughness, from a reference plane strain value, due to positive straining along the crack front of a circumferential flaw in a reactor pressure vessel is presented in this study. This method relates crack initiation under generalized plane strain conditions with material failure at points within a distance of a few crack-tip-opening displacements ahead of a crack front, and involves the formulation of a micromechanical crack-initiation model. While this study is intended to address concerns regarding the effects of positive out-of- plane straining on ductile crack initiation, the approach adopted in this work can be extended in a straightforward fashion to examine conditions of macroscopic cleavage crack initiation. Provided single- parameter dominance of near-tip fields exists in the flawed structure, results from this study could be used to examine the appropriateness of applying plane strain fracture toughness to the evaluation of circumferential flaws, in particular to those in ring-forged vessels which have no longitudinal welds. In addition, results from this study could also be applied toward the analysis of the effects of thermal streaming on the fracture resistance of circumferentially oriented flaws in a pressure vessel. 37 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab

  9. Sulfide stress cracking of pipeline steels

    The problem of the sulfide stress corrosion cracking of pipeline steels and their welded joints have been presented for pipeline steels. Results of hydrogen sulfide stress cracking inhibitors and corrosion inhibitors of three types protective actions on pipeline steels of two grades petroleum range of products are given. (author)

  10. NCCN Evidence Blocks.

    Carlson, Robert W; Jonasch, Eric


    NCCN has developed a series of Evidence Blocks: graphics that provide ratings for each recommended treatment regimen in terms of efficacy, toxicity, quality and consistency of the supporting data, and affordability. The NCCN Evidence Blocks are currently available in 10 tumor types within the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines). At a glance, patients and providers can understand how a given treatment was assessed by the NCCN Guidelines Panel and get a sense of how a given treatment may match individual needs and preferences. Robert W. Carlson, MD, CEO of NCCN, described the reasoning behind this new feature and how the tool is used, and Eric Jonasch, MD, Professor of Genitourinary Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Vice Chair of the NCCN Kidney Cancer Panel, described its applicability in the management of metastatic renal cell carcinoma. PMID:27226499

  11. Right bundle branch block

    Bussink, Barbara E; Holst, Anders Gaarsdal; Jespersen, Lasse;


    AimsTo determine the prevalence, predictors of newly acquired, and the prognostic value of right bundle branch block (RBBB) and incomplete RBBB (IRBBB) on a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram in men and women from the general population.Methods and resultsWe followed 18 441 participants included in...... men vs. 0.5%/2.3% in women, P <0.001). Significant predictors of newly acquired RBBB were male gender, increasing age, high systolic blood pressure, and presence of IRBBB, whereas predictors of newly acquired IRBBB were male gender, increasing age, and low BMI. Right bundle branch block was associated...... with significantly increased all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in both genders with age-adjusted hazard ratios (HR) of 1.31 [95% confidence interval (CI), 1.11-1.54] and 1.87 (95% CI, 1.48-2.36) in the gender pooled analysis with little attenuation after multiple adjustment. Right bundle branch...

  12. SNUPPS power block modelling

    A series of models is being built and used as tools in the design of the SNUPPS Standard Power Block. The modelling programme includes both preliminary and final design models, a construction sequence mode, and additional models used to study various features of the design. The design of a standard power block unit has necessitated design definition which is more detailed than that customarily used in the design of nuclear power stations. One innovation is the use of engineering models as a primary design tool in the layout of process piping, preparation of isometric drawings, design of small components which are customarily designed in the field during construction. Development of a standard construction sequence and construction work plan is another innovation. (author)

  13. Crack spacing threshold of double cracks propagation for large-module rack

    赵铁柱; 石端伟; 姚哲皓; 毛宏勇; 程术潇; 彭惠


    Large-module rack of the Three Gorges shiplift is manufactured by casting and machining, which is unable to avoid slag inclusions and surface cracks. To ensure its safety in the future service, studying on crack propagation rule and the residual life estimation method of large-module rack is of great significance. The possible crack distribution forms of the rack in the Three Gorges shiplift were studied. By applying moving load on the model in FRANC3D and ANSYS, quantitative analyses of interference effects on double cracks in both collinear and offset conditions were conducted. The variation rule of the stress intensity factor (SIF) influence factor,RK, of double collinear cracks changing with crack spacing ratio,RS, was researched. The horizontal and vertical crack spacing threshold of double cracks within the design life of the shiplift were obtained, which are 24 and 4 times as large as half of initial crack length,c0, respectively. The crack growth rates along the length and depth directions in the process of coalescence on double collinear cracks were also studied.

  14. Prediction of crack onset strain in composite laminates at mixed mode cracking

    Failure process of continuous fiber reinforced composite laminates in tension usually starts with appearance of intralaminar cracks. In composite laminates with complex lay-ups and/or under combined loading, intralaminar cracks may develop in plies with different reinforcement directions. A necessary part of mixed mode cracking models is the criterion of failure. For propagation-controlled fracture it is usually formulated in terms of energy release rates and their critical values of the particular composite material. Intralaminar fracture toughness of unidirectionally reinforced glass/epoxy composite was experimentally determined at several mode I and mode II ratios. It is found that the crack propagation criterion, linear in terms of the energy release rates, reasonably well approximates the test results. The determined mixed mode cracking criterion was applied to predict intralaminar crack onset in cross-ply glass/epoxy composite under tensile loading. The predicted crack onset strain values agree with test results at small off-axes angles of the cracking ply (on-axis and 150 off-axis loading), but underestimate crack onset at larger reinforcement angles with respect to the loading direction. The discrepancy is likely to be caused by the deviation of linearity in laminate response before cracking onset in these laminates, related to non-linear shear characteristics of unidirectional plies. The applicability of strength-based fracture criterion for initiation-controlled cracking is discussed.

  15. Estimation of Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior of Cracked Specimen Under Mixed-mode Loads

    To estimate the fatigue crack propagation behavior of compact tension shear (CTS) specimen under mixed-mode loads, crack path prediction theories and Tanaka’s equation were applied. The stress intensity factor at a newly created crack tip was calculated using a finite element method via ANSYS, and the crack path and crack increment were then obtained from the crack path prediction theories, Tanaka’s equation, and the Paris’ equation, which were preprogrammed in Microsoft Excel. A new method called the finite element crack tip updating method (FECTUM) was developed. In this method, the finite element method and Microsoft Excel are used to calculate the stress intensity factors and the crack path, respectively, at the crack tip per each crack increment. The developed FECTUM was applied to simulate the fatigue crack propagation of a single-edge notched bending (SENB) specimen under eccentric three-point bending loads. The results showed that the number of cycles to failure of the specimen obtained experimentally and numerically were in good agreement within an error range of less than 3%

  16. Estimation of Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior of Cracked Specimen Under Mixed-mode Loads

    Han, Jeong Woo [KIMM, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Woo, Eun Taek; Han, Seung Ho [Dong-A University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    To estimate the fatigue crack propagation behavior of compact tension shear (CTS) specimen under mixed-mode loads, crack path prediction theories and Tanaka’s equation were applied. The stress intensity factor at a newly created crack tip was calculated using a finite element method via ANSYS, and the crack path and crack increment were then obtained from the crack path prediction theories, Tanaka’s equation, and the Paris’ equation, which were preprogrammed in Microsoft Excel. A new method called the finite element crack tip updating method (FECTUM) was developed. In this method, the finite element method and Microsoft Excel are used to calculate the stress intensity factors and the crack path, respectively, at the crack tip per each crack increment. The developed FECTUM was applied to simulate the fatigue crack propagation of a single-edge notched bending (SENB) specimen under eccentric three-point bending loads. The results showed that the number of cycles to failure of the specimen obtained experimentally and numerically were in good agreement within an error range of less than 3%.

  17. XFEM for Thermal Crack of Massive Concrete

    Guowei Liu


    Full Text Available Thermal cracking of massive concrete structures occurs as a result of stresses caused by hydration in real environment conditions. The extended finite element method that combines thermal fields and creep is used in this study to analyze the thermal cracking of massive concrete structures. The temperature field is accurately simulated through an equivalent equation of heat conduction that considers the effect of a cooling pipe system. The time-dependent creep behavior of massive concrete is determined by the viscoelastic constitutive model with Prony series. Based on the degree of hydration, we consider the main properties related to cracking evolving with time. Numerical simulations of a real massive concrete structure are conducted. Results show that the developed method is efficient for numerical calculations of thermal cracks on massive concrete. Further analyses indicate that a cooling system and appropriate heat preservation measures can efficiently prevent the occurrence of thermal cracks.

  18. Stress-corrosion cracking in metals


    Criteria and recommended practices for preventing stress-corrosion cracking from impairing the structural integrity and flightworthiness of space vehicles are presented. The important variables affecting stress-corrosion cracking are considered to be the environment, including time and temperature; metal composition, and structure; and sustained tensile stress. For designing spacecraft structures that are free of stress-corrosion cracking for the service life of the vehicle the following rules apply: (1) identification and control of the environments to which the structure will be exposed during construction, storage, transportation, and use; (2) selection of alloy compositions and tempers which are resistant to stress-corrosion cracking in the identified environment; (3) control of fabrication and other processes which may introduce residual tensile stresses or damage the material; (4) limitation of the combined residual and applied tensile stresses to below the threshold stress level for the onset of cracking throughout the service life of the vehicle; and (5) establishment of a thorough inspection program.

  19. Process and device for magnetic crack testing

    There is a problem of sufficient crack depth discrimination to suppress fault signals or pictures due to unevenness not caused by cracks. To solve this, when magnetising in the preferred direction of adhesion, the effect depending on the direction of the crack, before magnetic powder detection, magnetic powder is blown on, showing the fault and for the comparison of the adhesion effect crack direction characteristics it is blown on parallel to the preferred direction, or if one wants to stress the directional characteristic, it is blown on transversely to the preferred direction. In both cases one blows with the same force, without removing the magnetic powder remnants relevant to faults in the intended crack areas. This strong blowing removes the magnetic powder remnants relevant to interference and not relevant to faults. (orig./HP)

  20. Probabilistic analysis of linear elastic cracked structures


    This paper presents a probabilistic methodology for linear fracture mechanics analysis of cracked structures. The main focus is on probabilistic aspect related to the nature of crack in material. The methodology involves finite element analysis; statistical models for uncertainty in material properties, crack size, fracture toughness and loads; and standard reliability methods for evaluating probabilistic characteristics of linear elastic fracture parameter. The uncertainty in the crack size can have a significant effect on the probability of failure, particularly when the crack size has a large coefficient of variation. Numerical example is presented to show that probabilistic methodology based on Monte Carlo simulation provides accurate estimates of failure probability for use in linear elastic fracture mechanics.


    Komang Mega Puspadisari


    Full Text Available Superficial cervical plexus block is one of the regional anesthesia in  neck were limited to thesuperficial fascia. Anesthesia is used to relieve pain caused either during or after the surgery iscompleted. This technique can be done by landmark or with ultrasound guiding. The midpointof posterior border of the Sternocleidomastoid was identified and the prosedure done on thatplace or on the level of cartilage cricoid.

  2. Growth, Endlessness, Blocks

    Nabata, Avery Misuzu


    Growth, Endlessness, Blocks is a sculptural installation comprised of a series of wood structures of various scales. Large sections of drywall function as extensions of the gallery walls. Each structure balances a number of different physical characteristics that are tied to the act of making. Balance and presence combine in a disconcerting way giving the viewer a sense of uneasiness and a moment finely tuned by the artist. The artist seeks to embody the role of the factory fabricator as a me...

  3. Crack shape developments and leak rates for circumferential complex-cracked pipes

    Brickstad, B.; Bergman, M. [SAQ Inspection Ltd., Stockholm (Sweden)


    A computerized procedure has been developed that predicts the growth of an initial circumferential surface crack through a pipe and further on to failure. The crack growth mechanism can either be fatigue or stress corrosion. Consideration is taken to complex crack shapes and for the through-wall cracks, crack opening areas and leak rates are also calculated. The procedure is based on a large number of three-dimensional finite element calculations of cracked pipes. The results from these calculations are stored in a database from which the PC-program, denoted LBBPIPE, reads all necessary information. In this paper, a sensitivity analysis is presented for cracked pipes subjected to both stress corrosion and vibration fatigue.


    One aspect of licensing the high-level nuclear waste repository to be located at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, is the determination of the inclusion of the effects of features, events, and processes (FEPs) on the performance of the repository. Among the FEPs evaluated are the advection of solids and liquids through stress corrosion cracks in waste packages and drip shields. The presence of one or more cracks or other small openings of sufficient size in a waste package or drip shield may provide a pathway for the advective flow of water (e.g., thin films or droplets) or solid material through a waste package or drip shield. The resulting flux may affect drip shield performance and/or subsequent dripping onto or into the waste packages. The objective of this set of tests involved the detection/non-detection of advective water flow through stress cracks similar to those that may occur in the drip shield or waste package. If sufficient flow volume was present then attempts were made to quantify the volume of water flow through a stress crack. Literature was reviewed to identify previous studies and models that may be relevant to the current study of flow through stress corrosion cracks in a drip shield or waste package. Although no studies could be found that were directly applicable to our current problem, studies were identified that investigated portions of the overall problem. The papers that were reviewed were organized into the following categories: (1) maximum static head in a crack; (2) liquid impingement on surfaces [1]; (3) leakage through stress cracks [2]; and (4) dripping from cracks and fractures [3]. Because of the unique configuration and processes associated with the current problem of flow through stress corrosion cracks in drip shields and waste packages, experimental studies are needed to better understand whether flow can occur in stress cracks from impinging water droplets

  5. E-Block: A Tangible Programming Tool with Graphical Blocks

    Danli Wang


    Full Text Available This paper designs a tangible programming tool, E-Block, for children aged 5 to 9 to experience the preliminary understanding of programming by building blocks. With embedded artificial intelligence, the tool defines the programming blocks with the sensors as the input and enables children to write programs to complete the tasks in the computer. The symbol on the programming block's surface is used to help children understanding the function of each block. The sequence information is transferred to computer by microcomputers and then translated into semantic information. The system applies wireless and infrared technologies and provides user with feedbacks on both screen and programming blocks. Preliminary user studies using observation and user interview methods are shown for E-Block's prototype. The test results prove that E-Block is attractive to children and easy to learn and use. The project also highlights potential advantages of using single chip microcomputer (SCM technology to develop tangible programming tools for children.

  6. Investigating Reaction-Driven Cracking

    Kelemen, P. B.; Hirth, G.; Savage, H. M.


    Many metamorphic reactions lead to large volume changes, and potentially to reaction-driven cracking [1,2]. Large-scale hydration of mantle peridotite to produce serpentine or talc is invoked to explain the rheology of plate boundaries, the nature of earthquakes, and the seismic properties of slow-spread ocean crust and the 'mantle wedge' above subduction zones. Carbonation of peridotite may be an important sink in the global carbon cycle. Zones of 100% magnesite + quartz replacing peridotite, up to 200 m thick, formed where oceanic mantle was thrust over carbonate-bearing metasediments in Oman. Talc + carbonate is an important component of the matrix in subduction mélanges at Santa Catalina Island , California, and the Sanbagawa metamorphic belt, Japan. Engineered systems to emulate natural mineral carbonation could provide relatively inexpensive CO2 capture and storage [3]. More generally, engineered reaction-driven cracking could supplement or replace hydraulic fracture in geothermal systems, solution mining, and extraction of tight oil and gas. The controls on reaction-driven cracking are poorly understood. Hydration and carbonation reactions can be self-limiting, since they potentially reduce permeability and armor reactive surfaces [4]. Also, in some cases, hydration or carbonation may take place at constant volume. Small changes in volume due to precipitation of solid products increases stress, destabilizing solid reactants, until precipitation and dissolution rates become equal at a steady state stress [5]. In a third case, volume change due to precipitation of solid products causes brittle failure. This has been invoked on qualitative grounds to explain, e.g., complete serpentinization of mantle peridotite [6]. Below ~ 300°C, the available potential energy for hydration and carbonation of olivine could produce stresses of 100's of MPa [2], sufficient to fracture rocks to 10 km depth or more, causing brittle failure below the steady state stress required

  7. Cracks assessment using ultrasonic technology

    Martinez, Maria Pia; Tomasella, Marcelo [OLDELVAL S.A. Oleoductos del Valle, Rio Negro (Argentina). Pipeline Integrity Dept.


    The goal of Oldelval Integrity Program is to prevent ruptures and leaks, developing strategies for a better handling of the integrity of our pipelines. In order to achieve it we have studied and modeled each process that involved in the integrity pipeline. Those processes are mainly based on defects reported by an internal inspection tool and supplied with field inspection and monitoring data. Years of evaluation, study and the continuous effort overturned towards a phenomenon that worries to the industry, as it is the SCC. Since 1998 up to 2004 SCC was included in the integrity program with some preventive maintenance programs. The accomplishment of the inspection based on ultrasound tools, is the culmination of years of evaluation and investigations supported by field digs and materials susceptibility. This paper describes Oldelval's results with ultrasonic crack detection tool, and how it can be reliably to detect SCC. (author)

  8. Confirmation test of IHSI for pipe with crack

    This study is confirmed IHSI which is one of preventive maintenance techniques for stress corrosion cracking, can be applied to pipe with crack. The results were applicable under certain conditions by the test which was used pipe with 3 / 8 depth crack. Following four items were confirmed by this test. 1. Not affect for cracks and joints, 2. Residual stress would be improved with the tip of the crack and can be suppressed with crack growth, 3. Residual stress would be improved around the crack, 4. It can be effective for preventing SCC at non crack area. (author)

  9. A comparison of stress in cracked fibrous tissue specimens with varied crack location, loading, and orientation using finite element analysis.

    Peloquin, John M; Elliott, Dawn M


    Cracks in fibrous soft tissue, such as intervertebral disc annulus fibrosus and knee meniscus, cause pain and compromise joint mechanics. A crack concentrates stress at its tip, making further failure and crack extension (fracture) more likely. Ex vivo mechanical testing is an important tool for studying the loading conditions required for crack extension, but prior work has shown that it is difficult to reproduce crack extension. Most prior work used edge crack specimens in uniaxial tension, with the crack 90° to the edge of the specimen. This configuration does not necessarily represent the loading conditions that cause in vivo crack extension. To find a potentially better choice for experiments aiming to reproduce crack extension, we used finite element analysis to compare, in factorial combination, (1) center crack vs. edge crack location, (2) biaxial vs. uniaxial loading, and (3) crack-fiber angles ranging from 0° to 90°. The simulated material was annulus fibrosus fibrocartilage with a single fiber family. We hypothesized that one of the simulated test cases would produce a stronger stress concentration than the commonly used uniaxially loaded 90° crack-fiber angle edge crack case. Stress concentrations were compared between cases in terms of fiber-parallel stress (representing risk of fiber rupture), fiber-perpendicular stress (representing risk of matrix rupture), and fiber shear stress (representing risk of fiber sliding). Fiber-perpendicular stress and fiber shear stress concentrations were greatest in edge crack specimens (of any crack-fiber angle) and center crack specimens with a 90° crack-fiber angle. However, unless the crack is parallel to the fiber direction, these stress components alone are insufficient to cause crack opening and extension. Fiber-parallel stress concentrations were greatest in center crack specimens with a 45° crack-fiber angle, either biaxially or uniaxially loaded. We therefore recommend that the 45° center crack case be

  10. Cracking pattern and seismic performance assessment of the Orvieto cathedral

    In this paper are described the in situ cracking pattern measurement and ambient vibration monitoring for the seismic performance evaluation of the Orvieto Cathedral Italy, according the deplacement based safety assessment. This requires, as a first step, the direct measurement of the cracking pattern and dynamic response of the structural macro elements of the cathedral due to weak vibrations induced by traffic and seismic micro tremors. Seismic assessment for this type of structure require also the proper limit states definitions. In fact, in the case historic monuments like churches, due to the presence of specific typology of macro elements: rigid blocks, complex vault systems, slenderness of the walls, presence of wide halls, domes and drums with particular geometry, is necessary to define the proper assessment procedures which are slightly different with respect those required for conventional civil industrial buildings. Regarding the Ambient vibration monitoring, a new approach to estimate the participating masses associated to the macro element kinematics is defined: it is based on the frequency contribution to the Root Main Square Acceleration, obtained by numerical integration of the Power Spectral Density (PSD) function. This information, when associated to the analysis of the Real and Imaginary part of the Cross Spectral Density (CSD) function between the acceleration time histories at different points, allow to identify the principal (at least first and second) mode shapes of the structure.

  11. Demographic Data - MDC_Block

    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — A polygon feature class of Miami-Dade Census 2000 Blocks. Census blocks are areas bounded on all sides by visible and/or invisible features shown on a map prepared...

  12. Ear - blocked at high altitudes

    High altitudes and blocked ears; Flying and blocked ears; Eustachian tube dysfunction - high altitude ... you are going up or coming down from high altitudes. Chewing gum the entire time you are changing ...

  13. Porous block nanofiber composite filters

    Ginley, David S.; Curtis, Calvin J.; Miedaner, Alexander; Weiss, Alan J.; Paddock, Arnold


    Porous block nano-fiber composite (110), a filtration system (10) and methods of using the same are disclosed. An exemplary porous block nano-fiber composite (110) includes a porous block (100) having one or more pores (200). The porous block nano-fiber composite (110) also includes a plurality of inorganic nano-fibers (211) formed within at least one of the pores (200).

  14. Molecular dynamics investigation of dynamic crack stability

    A series of molecular-dynamics simulations has been performed in order to evaluate the effects of several physical factors on dynamic crack stability. These factors are the crystalline structure and the interatomic interaction modeled by various empirical potentials. For brittle crack propagation at low temperature we find that steady-state crack velocities are limited to a band of accessible values. Increasing the overload beyond KIc, the crack can propagate with a steady-state velocity, which quickly reaches the terminal velocity of about 0.4 of the Rayleigh wave speed. The magnitude of the terminal velocity can be related to the nonlinearity of the interatomic interaction. Further increasing the overload does not change the steady-state velocity dramatically, but significantly increases the amplitude of acoustic emission from the crack tip. Loading the crack even further leads to instabilities which take the form of cleavage steps, dislocation emission, or branching. The instability is closely related to the buildup of a localized coherent, phononlike field generated by the bond-breaking events. The form of the instability depends critically on crystal structure and on the crystallographic orientation of the crack system but can also be correlated with the relative ease of dislocation generation (and motion). copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  15. Comparisons of inelastic J and J* evaluations for the blunt crack and the sharp crack models

    Concrete cracking is an important consideration in assessing the safety of a liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) plant under a hypothetical accident where molten metal may come into contact with concrete structures. At the present time, several options in modeling concrete cracking have been pursued in an ongoing research program at Argonne National Laboratory which encompasses many aspects of high temperature behavior of concrete. Main emphasis is currently given to the blunt crack model where the crack is assumed to be uniformly distributed throughout the area of an element, though the sharp crack model is still kept as an alternative option where the crack surface is treated as the boundary of the finite element mesh. Several crack propagation criteria have been considered. Among these is the development of the J-integral approach with the blunt crack model. Numerical results were compared with those of the sharp crack model and found to be in good agreement for the elastic problem of a mode I crack. In this paper, the J-integral approach is extended to the post yield regime. To examine the path independency, the J* integral option is added to the finite element code. Numerical results for the J and J* integral formulations are given for a three point bending specimen loaded beyond the yield point

  16. Closed crack growth monitoring using nonlinear ultrasonic imaging method

    It was necessary to clarify closing mechanism of closed fatigue crack and evaluate such in high precision so as to ensure reliability of nuclear reactor and airplane. Three dimensional crack growth monitoring of closed crack depth distribution in the length direction and change in open and closed region within a crack with crack extension was conducted for closed fatigue crack created at compact tension specimen made of aluminium alloy A 7075 using such developed methods of subharmonic phased array for crack evaluation (SPACE), imaging method for closed cracks using nonlinear response of elastic waves at subharmonic frequency, and also load difference phased array (LPDA), nonlinear ultrasonic imaging method for closed cracks using subtraction of responses at different external loads. Results showed closed region within a crack was different in surface and inside and also open and closed region changed with crack extension in the three-dimensional way. (T. Tanaka)

  17. Crack growth monitoring at CFRP bond lines

    Rahammer, M.; Adebahr, W.; Sachse, R.; Gröninger, S.; Kreutzbruck, M.


    With the growing need for lightweight technologies in aerospace and automotive industries, fibre-reinforced plastics, especially carbon-fibre (CFRP), are used with a continuously increasing annual growth rate. A promising joining technique for composites is adhesive bonding. While rivet holes destroy the fibres and cause stress concentration, adhesive bond lines distribute the load evenly. Today bonding is only used in secondary structures due to a lack of knowledge with regard to long-term predictability. In all industries, numerical simulation plays a critical part in the development process of new materials and structures, while it plays a vital role when it comes to CFRP adhesive bondings conducing the predictability of life time and damage tolerance. The critical issue with adhesive bondings is crack growth. In a dynamic tensile stress testing machine we dynamically load bonded CFRP coupon specimen and measure the growth rate of an artificially started crack in order to feed the models with the results. We also investigate the effect of mechanical crack stopping features. For observation of the bond line, we apply two non-contact NDT techniques: Air-coupled ultrasound in slanted transmission mode and active lockin-thermography evaluated at load frequencies. Both methods give promising results for detecting the current crack front location. While the ultrasonic technique provides a slightly higher accuracy, thermography has the advantage of true online monitoring, because the measurements are made while the cyclic load is being applied. The NDT methods are compared to visual inspection of the crack front at the specimen flanks and show high congruence. Furthermore, the effect of crack stopping features within the specimen on the crack growth is investigated. The results show, that not all crack fronts are perfectly horizontal, but all of them eventually come to a halt in the crack stopping feature vicinity.

  18. A physical model for measuring thermally-induced block displacements

    Bakun-Mazor, Dagan; Feldhiem, Aviran; Keissar, Yuval; Hatzor, Yossef H.


    A new model for thermally-induced block displacement in discontinuous rock slopes has been recently suggested. The model consists of a discrete block that is separated from the rock mass by a tension crack and rests on an inclined plane. The tension crack is filled with a wedge block or rock fragments. Irreversible block sliding is assumed to develop in response to climatic thermal fluctuations and consequent contraction and expansion of the sliding block material. While a tentative analytical solution for this model is already available, we are exploring here the possibility of obtaining such a permanent, thermally-induced, rock block displacement, under fully controlled conditions at the laboratory, and the sensitivity of the mechanism to geometry, mechanical properties, and temperature fluctuations. A large scale concrete physical model (50x150x60 cm^3) is being examined in a Climate-Controlled Room (CCR). The CCR permits accurate control of ambient temperature from 5 to 45 Celsius degrees. The permanent plastic displacement is being measured using four displacement transducers and a high resolution (29M pixel) visual range camera. A series of thermocouples measure the heating front inside the sliding block, hence thermal diffusivity is evaluated from the measured thermal gradient and heat flow. In order to select the appropriate concrete mixture, the mechanical and thermo-physical properties of concrete samples are determined in the lab. Friction angle and shear stiffness of the sliding interface are determined utilizing a hydraulic, servo-controlled direct shear apparatus. Uniaxial compression tests are performed to determine the uniaxial compressive strength, Young's modulus and Poison's ratio of the intact block material using a stiff triaxial load frame. Thermal conductivity and linear thermal expansion coefficient are determined experimentally using a self-constructed measuring system. Due to the fact that this experiment is still in progress, preliminary

  19. Cracks in high-manganese cast steel

    A. Chojecki


    Full Text Available The reasons which account for the formation of in service cracks in castings made from Hadfield steel were discussed. To explain the source of existence of the nuclei of brittle fractures, the properties of cast steel were examined within the range of solidification temperatures, remembering that feeding of this material is specially difficult, causing microporosity in hot spots. This creates conditions promoting the formation of microcracks which tend to propagate during service conditions involving high dynamic stresses, and explains why the cracks are mainly characterized by a brittle nature. The reason for crack formation in service are micro-porosities formed during casting solidification.

  20. TEM observations of crack tip: cavity interactions

    Crack tip-cavity interactions have been studied by performing room temperature deformation experiments in a transmission electron microscope on ion-irradiated type 316 stainless steel with small helium containing cavities. Slip dislocations emitted from a crack tip cut, sheared, and thereby elongated cavities without a volume enlargement. As the crack tip approached, a cavity volume enlargement occurred. Instead of the cavities continuing to enlarge until they touch, the walls between the cavities fractured. Fracture surface dimples do not correlate in size or density with these enlarged cavities

  1. Mitigation strategies for autogenous shrinkage cracking

    Bentz, Dale P.; Jensen, Ole Mejlhede


    , the fundamental parameters contributing to the autogenous shrinkage and resultant early-age cracking of concrete are presented. Basic characteristics of the cement paste that contribute to or control the autogenous shrinkage response include the surface tension of the pore solution, the geometry of...... problem of early-age cracking due to autogenous shrinkage. Mitigation strategies discussed in this paper include: the addition of shrinkage-reducing admixtures more commonly used to control drying shrinkage, control of the cement particle size distribution, modification of the mineralogical composition of...... the field, it should be possible to minimize cracking due to autogenous shrinkage via some combination of the presented approaches....

  2. Crack Growth Properties of Sealing Glasses

    Salem, Jonathan A.; Tandon, R.


    The crack growth properties of several sealing glasses were measured using constant stress rate testing in 2% and 95% RH (relative humidity). Crack growth parameters measured in high humidity are systematically smaller (n and B) than those measured in low humidity, and velocities for dry environments are approx. 100x lower than for wet environments. The crack velocity is very sensitivity to small changes in RH at low RH. Confidence intervals on parameters that were estimated from propagation of errors were comparable to those from Monte Carlo simulation.

  3. Chaos caused by fatigue crack growth

    The nonlinear dynamic responses including chaotic oscillations caused by a fatigue crack growth are presented. Fatigue tests have been conducted on a novel fatigue-testing rig, where the loading is generated from inertial forces. The nonlinearity is in the form of discontinuous stiffness caused by the opening and closing of a growing crack. Nonlinear dynamic tools such as Poincare maps and bifurcation diagrams are used to unveil the global dynamics of the system. The results obtained indicate that fatigue crack growth strongly influences the dynamic response of the system leading to chaos

  4. Chaos caused by fatigue crack growth

    Foong, C.-H.; Pavlovskaia, Ekaterina; Wiercigroch, Marian; Deans, William


    The nonlinear dynamic responses including chaotic oscillations caused by a fatigue crack growth are presented. Fatigue tests have been conducted on a novel fatigue-testing rig, where the loading is generated from inertial forces. The nonlinearity is in the form of discontinuous stiffness caused by the opening and closing of a growing crack. Nonlinear dynamic tools such as Poincare maps and bifurcation diagrams are used to unveil the global dynamics of the system. The results obtained indicate that fatigue crack growth strongly influences the dynamic response of the system leading to chaos.

  5. Slow crack growth in spinel in water

    Schwantes, S.; Elber, W.


    Magnesium aluminate spinel was tested in a water environment at room temperature to establish its slow crack-growth behavior. Ring specimens with artificial flaws on the outside surface were loaded hydraulically on the inside surface. The time to failure was measured. Various precracking techniques were evaluated and multiple precracks were used to minimize the scatter in the static fatigue tests. Statistical analysis techniques were developed to determine the strength and crack velocities for a single flaw. Slow crack-growth rupture was observed at stress intensities as low as 70 percent of K sub c. A strengthening effect was observed in specimens that had survived long-time static fatigue tests.

  6. Numerical Study of Corrosion Crack Opening

    Thoft-Christensen, Palle; Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Svensson, Staffan


    the corrosion crack opening. Experiments and theoretical analysis by a numerical method, FEM, support that the relation between the reduction of the reinforcement bar diameter due to corrosion and the corresponding increase in crack width for a given time interval, measured on the surface of a......To determine the reliability of reinforced concrete structures based on visual inspection of corroding cracks on the surfaces of structures is of great interest. In the present study, models for the deterioration of reinforced concrete structures are presented with special emphasis on a model for...

  7. A standard graphite block

    A graphite block was calibrated for the thermal neutron flux of the Ra-Be source using indium foils as detectors. Experimental values of the thermal neutron flux along the central vertical axis of the system were corrected for the self-shielding effect and depression of flux in the detector. The experimental values obtained were compared with the values calculated on the basis of solving the conservation neutron equation by the continuous slowing-down theory. In this theoretical calculation of the flux the Ra-Be source was divided into three resonance energy regions. The measurement of the thermal neutron diffusion length in the standard graphite block is described. The measurements were performed in the thermal neutron region of the system. The experimental results were interpreted by the diffusion theory for point thermal neutron source in the finite system. The thermal neutron diffusion length was calculated to be L= 50.9 ±3.1 cm for the following graphite characteristics: density = 1.7 g/cm3; boron content = 0.1 ppm; absorption cross section = 3.7 mb

  8. One-Block CYRCA: an automated procedure for identifying multiple-block alignments from single block queries

    Frenkel-Morgenstern, Milana; Singer, Alice; Bronfeld, Hagit; Pietrokovski, Shmuel


    One-Block CYRCA is an automated procedure for identifying multiple-block alignments from single block queries (). It is based on the LAMA and CYRCA block-to-block alignment methods. The procedure identifies whether the query blocks can form new multiple-block alignments (block sets) with blocks from a database or join pre-existing database block sets. Using pre-computed LAMA block alignments and CYRCA sets from the Blocks database reduces the computation time. LAMA and CYRCA are highly sensit...

  9. Mesh sensitivity effects on fatigue crack growth by crack-tip blunting and re-sharpening

    Tvergaard, Viggo


    Crack-tip blunting under tensile loads and re-sharpening of the crack-tip during unloading is one of the basic mechanisms for fatigue crack growth in ductile metals. Based on an elastic–perfectly plastic material model, crack growth computations have been continued up to 700 full cycles by using...... remeshing at several stages of the plastic deformation, with studies of the effect of overloads or compressive underloads. Recent published analyses for the first two cycles have shown folding of the crack surface in compression, leading to something that looks like striations. The influence of mesh...... refinement is used to study the possibility of this type of behaviour within the present method. Even with much refined meshes no indication of crack surface folding is found here....

  10. An electrochemical kinetics approach to the crack propagation at stress corrosion cracking of filmed metals

    An electrochemical model for crack propagation in film-covered metals, based on the film- rupture concept in stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of metals and quantitative electrochemical kinetics considerations, is presented and discussed. Using a general expression relating the rate of crack propagation with the electrochemical parameters of metal-environment systems, it is shown that the crack propagation rate depends on the rate constant of the metal dissolution reaction at the film-free crack tip, the ratio between the rate constants of the cathodic and metal dissolution reactions at the outer metal surface as well as on the reversible potentials of the cathodic, metal dissolution and film-forming reactions involved. It is also shown that the model can be applied for calculating the rate of crack propagation and explaining the differences in SCC behaviour of various metal-environment systems as well as for defining electrochemical conditions favourable for SCC. (Original)