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  1. Intermetallic alloys: Deformation, mechanical and fracture behaviour

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    The state of the art in intermetallic alloys development with particular emphasis on deformation, mechanical and fracture behaviour is documented. This review paper is prepared to lay the ground stones for a future work on mechanical property characterization and fracture behaviour of intermetallic alloys at GKSS. (orig.)

  2. Fracture mechanics behaviour of neutron irradiated Alloy A-286

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    The effect of fast-neutron irradiation on the fatigue-crack propagation and fracture toughness behaviour of Alloy A-286 was characterized using fracture mechanics techniques. The fracture toughness was found to decrease continuously with increasing irradiation damage at both 24 deg. C and 427 deg. C. In the unirradiated and low fluence conditions, specimens displayed appreciable plasticity prior to fracture, and equivalent Ksub(Ic) values were determined from Jsub(Ic) fracture toughness results. At high irradiation exposure levels, specimens exhibited a brittle Ksub(Ic) fracture mode. The 427 deg. C fracture toughness fell from 129 MPa√m in the unirradiated condition to 35 MPa√m at an exposure of 16.2 dpa (total fluence of 5.2x1022n/cm2). Room temperature fracture toughness values were consistently 40 to 60 percent higher than the 427 deg. C values. Electron fractography revealed that the reduction in fracture resistance was attributed to a fracture mechanism transition from ductile microvoid coalescence to channel fracture. Fatigue-crack propagation tests were conducted at 427 deg. C on specimens irradiated at 2.4 dpa and 16.2 dpa. Crack growth rates at the lower exposure level were comparable to those in unirradiated material, while those at the higher exposure were slightly higher than in unirradiated material. (author)

  3. Influence of ageing, inclusions and voids on ductile fracture mechanism in commercial Al-alloys

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    A Chennakesava Reddy; S Sundar Rajan

    2005-02-01

    The objective of the paper is to study the effect of ageing, inclusions and voids on the mechanism of fracture and resultant toughness. It has been found that the voids are initiated at only a fraction of the larger inclusions present. The initiation of voids at small particles in the ductile fracture process appears to have little effect on fracture toughness. The strain hardening capacity has a marked effect on void size, and is an indicator of fracture toughness in the commercial Al alloy.

  4. Correlation of fracture features with mechanical properties as a function of strain rate in zirconium alloys

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    Das, Arpan; Chakravartty, Jayanta Kumar [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Department of Atomic Energy), Trombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra (India). Mechanical Metallurgy Div.

    2016-02-15

    Two dimensional fracture features (i. e., dimple diameter, extent of tearing ridges etc.) quantified from the tensile fractographs are investigated to predict the nature of variation in mechanical properties with strain rates in zirconium alloys tested under ambient temperature where the initial inclusion or other second phase particle contents were kept unaltered. It has been possible to reasonably estimate the strength and ductility properties of an alloy from a systematic analysis of fractographic features.

  5. Fracture mechanics of pseudoelastic NiTi alloys: review of the research activities carried out at University of Calabria

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    E. Sgambitterra

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports a brief review of the research activities on fracture mechanics of nickel-titanium based shape memory alloys carried out at University of Calabria. In fact, this class of metallic alloys show a unusual fracture response due to the reversible stress-induced and thermally phase transition mechanisms occurring in the crack tip region as a consequence of the highly localized stresses. The paper illustrates the main results concerning numerical, analytical and experimental research activities carried out by using commercial NiTi based pseudoelastic alloys. Furthermore, the effect of several thermo-mechanical loading conditions on the fracture properties of NiTi alloys are illustrated.

  6. Mechanical behaviour of 7xxx series aluminium alloys welds : from microstructure characterization to fracture modeling

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    Puydt, Quentin

    2012-01-01

    The electron beam welding of 7xxx series alloys leads to modification of their microstructure and consequently of their mechanical behavior. This study aimed to formulate a constitutive law including damage for welded structures by a local approach of fracture. For this purpose, the weld microstructure and the resulting mechanical properties have been characterized. The relationship between fine scale precipitate distribution and plastic properties has been established, as well as the relatio...

  7. The microstructural, mechanical, and fracture properties of austenitic stainless steel alloyed with gallium

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    Kolman, D. G.; Bingert, J. F.; Field, R. D.

    2004-11-01

    The mechanical and fracture properties of austenitic stainless steels (SSs) alloyed with gallium require assessment in order to determine the likelihood of premature storage-container failure following Ga uptake. AISI 304 L SS was cast with 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 wt pct Ga. Increased Ga concentration promoted duplex microstructure formation with the ferritic phase having a nearly identical composition to the austenitic phase. Room-temperature tests indicated that small additions of Ga (less than 3 wt pct) were beneficial to the mechanical behavior of 304 L SS but that 12 wt pct Ga resulted in a 95 pct loss in ductility. Small additions of Ga are beneficial to the cracking resistance of stainless steel. Elastic-plastic fracture mechanics analysis indicated that 3 wt pct Ga alloys showed the greatest resistance to crack initiation and propagation as measured by fatigue crack growth rate, fracture toughness, and tearing modulus. The 12 wt pct Ga alloys were least resistant to crack initiation and propagation and these alloys primarily failed by transgranular cleavage. It is hypothesized that Ga metal embrittlement is partially responsible for increased embrittlement.

  8. Mechanical properties and microstructure of an α+β titanium alloy with high strength and fracture toughness

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    YU Yang; HUI Songxiao; YE Wenjun; XIONG Baiqing

    2009-01-01

    The Ti-Al-Sn-Zr-Cr-Mo-V-Si (Ti-62A) alloy, an alpha-beta alloy with high strength and fracture toughness, is currently used as an advanced structural material in aerospace and non-aerospace applications. Thermo-mechanical processes can be used to optimize the relationship be-twcen its strength and fracture toughness. A Ti-62A alloy bar can be machined through a transus β-forged plus α+β solution treated and aged specimen with a lamellar alpha microstructure. The effects of heat treatment on the mechanical properties were discussed. Heat treatment provided a practical balance of strength, fracture toughness, and fatigue crack growth resistance. A comparison of the Ti-62A alloy with the Ti-62222S alloy under the same thermo-mechanical processing conditions showed that their properties are at the same level.

  9. Fracture Mechanics

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    Zehnder, Alan T

    2012-01-01

    Fracture mechanics is a vast and growing field. This book develops the basic elements needed for both fracture research and engineering practice. The emphasis is on continuum mechanics models for energy flows and crack-tip stress- and deformation fields in elastic and elastic-plastic materials. In addition to a brief discussion of computational fracture methods, the text includes practical sections on fracture criteria, fracture toughness testing, and methods for measuring stress intensity factors and energy release rates. Class-tested at Cornell, this book is designed for students, researchers and practitioners interested in understanding and contributing to a diverse and vital field of knowledge. Alan Zehnder joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1988. Since then he has served in a number of leadership roles including Chair of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  He teaches applied mechanics and his research t...

  10. Microstructure, mechanical properties, deformation, and fracture of V-4Ti-4Cr alloys

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    Full text of publication follows: The effect of the mode of thermomechanical treatment (TMT) on the microstructure, mechanical properties, mechanisms of plastic deformation, and fracture of V-4Ti-4Cr alloys has been studied. For these alloys, the TMT modes that provide a volumetrically uniform distribution of superfine particles of oxy-carbonitride phases, a substantial growth of their density, and an increase in recrystallization temperature have been substantiated. Interrelations have been found between the microstructure of the alloys and the features of their mechanical behavior, such as the level of strength and plasticity, discontinuous yielding, and an abnormal temperature dependence of strength. It has been shown that these phenomena are underlined by the high thermodynamic instability of the V-4Ti-4Cr alloys after TMT which is due to the presence of supersaturated solid solutions of titanium with interstitial elements, local inhomogeneities in composition, and superfine particles of oxy-carbonitride phases. The great variety of thermally activated obstacles that appear during TMT and mechanical tests at elevated temperatures are responsible for the significantly extended range of the anomalous temperature dependence of yield strength and the conservation of high values of strength up to T ≅850 deg. C. The phenomenon of strain localization has been revealed whose temperature range coincides with the range of discontinuous yielding. The conclusion has been made that this phenomenon can be a direct reason for the discontinuous yielding that testifies to local mechanical instabilities in strain localization bands. Analysis of possible mechanisms and important features of the structural and stream instabilities of plastic flow in these bands has been performed. The TMT modes have been substantiated that provide high thermal stability of the microstructure and a significant increase in short-time strength of the V-4Ti-4Cr alloys over a wide temperature range

  11. Mechanical and fracture behaviour of Ti-6Al-2Sn-4Zr-2Mo-0.1Si alloys

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    Titanium alloys have increasingly been used in gas turbine applications due to their high strength-to-weight ratio that leads to improved engine performance and fuel efficiency. The development of required mechanical properties in titanium alloys is strongly controlled by the microstructure achieved by heat treatment and thermomechanical processing. A study is conducted on two Ti-6242-Si alloys with a lamellar and an equiaxed microstructure, to assess the effects of microstructure on the deformation and fracture behaviour based on structural observations. The observations are made on fracture surfaces and sectioned side surfaces of fractured tensile, creep, impact and fracture toughness specimens tested at test temperatures up to 500deg C, correlated with the microstructural constituents. (orig.) With 6 figs., 3 tabs

  12. The effect of intermetallics on the fracture mechanism in AlSi1MgMn alloy

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    G. Mrówka-Nowotnik

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Fracture toughness in aluminium alloys is one of the main obstacles to using these materials in widespread ways and, therefore, various aspects of fracture mode would be examined closely, pointing out the microstructure influence. In the present paper, fracture nucleation and propagation of 6082 aluminium alloy was studied.Design/methodology/approach: Tensile tests, crack resistance test and tensile test in the presence of sharp notch in room temperature tests were executed on the samples in the peak aged condition. The microstructure of tested samples was evaluated in terms of fracture mechanism using an optical microscope - Nikon 300, scanning electron microscope HITACHI S-3400 (SEM in a conventional back-scattered electron mode and JEOL - JEM 2100 ARP TEM/STEM electron microscope.Findings: Nucleation of voids is heterogeneous and most likely occurs by the debonding of the particle matrix interfaces. Other damage modes such as fracture of the intermetallic particles has been observed. These damage modes can significantly affect a macroscopic behaviour (tensile strength, fatigue strength, fracture toughness, and so on of the investigated aluminium alloy under carried out tests.Practical implications: In order to predict maximum ductility before fracture of the material it is required to characterize the microstructural parameters for the different mechanism of the nucleation of voids and cracking of intermetallic particles leading to final damage. The paper summarize all potential cracking modes that can occur in the aluminium alloy 6xxx type, tensile tested at room temperature using standard tensile specimens and specimens with the presence of sharp notch. This data can be used in practice for modeling many types of engineering processes.Originality/value: The damage of the 6082 aluminium alloy tested at room temperature can be clearly attributed to the following mechanisms: propagation of cracks by fracturing the intermetallic

  13. Damage and fracture mechanism of 6063 aluminum alloy under three kinds of stress states

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    ZHU Hao; ZHU Liang; CHEN Jianhong

    2008-01-01

    To study the damage and fracture mechanism of 6063 aluminum alloy under different stress states,three kinds of representative triaxial stress states have been adopted,namely smooth tensile,notch tensile,and pure shear.The results of the study indicate the following.During the notch tensile test,a relatively higher stress triaxiality appears in the root of the notch.With the applied loading increasing,the volume fraction of microvoids in the root of the notch increases continuously.When it reaches the critical volume fraction of microvoids,the specimen fractures.During the pure shear test,the stress triaxiality almost equals to zero,and there is almost no microvoids but a shear band at the center of the butterfly specimen.The shear band results from nonuniform deformation constantly under the shear stress.With stress concentration,cracks are produced within the shear band and are later coalesced.When the equivalent plastic strain reaches the critical value (equivalent plastic fracture strain),the butterfly specimen fractures.During the smooth tensile test,the stress triaxiality in the gauge of the specimen remains constant at 0.33.Thus,the volume of microvoids of the smooth tensile test is less than that of the notch tensile test and the smooth specimen fractures due to shearing between microvoids.The G-T-N damage model and Johnson-Cook model are used to simulate the notch tensile and shear test,respectively.The simulated engineering stress-strain curves fit the measured engineering stress-strain curves very well.In addition,the empirical damage evolution equation for the notch specimen is obtained from the experimental data and FEM simulations.

  14. MECHANISM ANALYSIS OF THICKNESS EFFECT ON MIXED MODE Ⅰ/Ⅱ FRACTURE OF LC4-CS ALUMINUM ALLOY

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    H.R. Dong; W.L. Guo

    2004-01-01

    Mixed mode Ⅰ/Ⅱ fracture experiments of LC4-CS aluminum alloy were conducted by using tension-shear specimens with thicknesses of 2, 4, 8 and 14mm. Fracture mechanisms of thickness effect on mixed mode Ⅰ/Ⅱ fracture were first examined from fracture surface morphology to correlate with the macroscopic fracture behavior and stress state. It is found that specimen thickness has a strong influence on mixed mode fracture. As thickness varies from thin to thick the macroscopic fracture surfaces appear the characteristics of plane stress state (2mm, 4mm-thick specimen), threedimensional stress state (8mm-thick specimens), and plane strain state (14mm-thick specimens), respectively. The specimens of all kinds of thicknesses are typical of tensile type failure under mode I loading condition and shear type failure under mode Ⅱloading condition. Two distinct features coexist on the fracture surfaces under mixed mode loading conditions, and the corresponding proportion varies with loading mixity. Void-growth processes are the failure mechanism in both predominately tensileand shear-type fractures. The size and depth of dimples on the fracture surface vary greatly with thickness. Therefore, it is extraordinary necessary to take into account the thickness effect when a mixed mode fracture criterion is being established.

  15. Nanoindentation and micro-mechanical fracture toughness of electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ni–W alloy films

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    Nanocrystalline nickel–tungsten alloys have great potential in the fabrication of components for microelectromechanical systems. Here the fracture toughness of Ni–12.7 at.%W alloy micro-cantilever beams was investigated. Micro-cantilevers were fabricated by UV lithography and electrodeposition and notched by focused ion beam machining. Load was applied using a nanoindenter and fracture toughness was calculated from the fracture load. Fracture toughness of the Ni–12.7 at.%W was in the range of 1.49–5.14 MPa √m. This is higher than the fracture toughness of Si (another important microelectromechanical systems material), but considerably lower than that of electrodeposited nickel and other nickel based alloys. - Highlights: ► Micro-scale cantilevers manufactured by electro-deposition and focused ion beam machining. ► Nanoindenter used to perform micro-scale fracture test on Ni-13at%W micro-cantilevers. ► Calculation of fracture toughness of electrodeposited Ni-13at%W thin films. ► Fracture toughness values lower than that of nanocrystalline nickel.

  16. Nanoindentation and micro-mechanical fracture toughness of electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ni-W alloy films

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    Armstrong, D.E.J., E-mail: david.armstrong@materials.ox.ac.uk [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Haseeb, A.S.M.A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Roberts, S.G.; Wilkinson, A.J. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Bade, K. [Institut fuer Mikrostrukturtechnik (IMT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2012-04-30

    Nanocrystalline nickel-tungsten alloys have great potential in the fabrication of components for microelectromechanical systems. Here the fracture toughness of Ni-12.7 at.%W alloy micro-cantilever beams was investigated. Micro-cantilevers were fabricated by UV lithography and electrodeposition and notched by focused ion beam machining. Load was applied using a nanoindenter and fracture toughness was calculated from the fracture load. Fracture toughness of the Ni-12.7 at.%W was in the range of 1.49-5.14 MPa {radical}m. This is higher than the fracture toughness of Si (another important microelectromechanical systems material), but considerably lower than that of electrodeposited nickel and other nickel based alloys. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Micro-scale cantilevers manufactured by electro-deposition and focused ion beam machining. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanoindenter used to perform micro-scale fracture test on Ni-13at%W micro-cantilevers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Calculation of fracture toughness of electrodeposited Ni-13at%W thin films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fracture toughness values lower than that of nanocrystalline nickel.

  17. Tensile and fracture behavior of AA6061-T6 aluminum alloys: micro-mechanical approach

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    The AA6061-T6 aluminum alloy was chosen as the material for the core vessel of the future Jules Horowitz testing reactor (JHR). The objective of this thesis is to understand and model the tensile and fracture behavior of the material, as well as the origin of damage anisotropy. A micro-mechanical approach was used to link the microstructure and mechanical behavior. The microstructure of the alloy was characterized on the surface via Scanning Electron Microscopy and in the 3D volume via synchrotron X-ray tomography and laminography. The damage mechanism was identified by in-situ SEM tensile testing, ex-situ X-ray tomography and in-situ laminography on different levels of triaxiality. The observations have shown that damage nucleated at lower strains on Mg2Si coarse precipitates than on iron rich intermetallics. The identified scenario and the in-situ measurements were then used to develop a coupled GTN damage model incorporating nucleation, growth and coalescence of cavities formed by coarse precipitates. The relationship between the damage and the microstructure anisotropies was explained and simulated. (author)

  18. Characterization of the Microstructure, Fracture, and Mechanical Properties of Aluminum Alloys 7085-O and 7175-T7452 Hollow Cylinder Extrusions

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    Benoit, Samuel G.; Chalivendra, Vijaya B.; Rice, Matthew A.; Doleski, Robert F.

    2016-06-01

    Microstructural, tensile, and fracture characterizations of cylindrically forged forms of aluminum alloys AA7085-O and AA7175-T7452 were performed. Mechanical and fracture properties were investigated along radial, circumferential, and longitudinal directions to determine directional dependency. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) test methods (ASTM E8-04 and ASTM E1820) were employed for both the tensile and fracture characterizations, respectively. The tensile and fracture properties were related to microstructure in each direction. The strength, elongation at break, and ultimate tensile strength of AA7085-O were higher than those of AA7175-T7452. AA7175-T7452 alloy failed in a brittle manner during fracture studies. AA7085-O outperformed AA7175-T7452 on fracture energy in all of the orientations studied. Smaller grain sizes on the planes normal to circumferential and longitudinal directions showed improvement in both elongation at break and fracture energy values compared to those of radial direction. Scanning electron microscopy images demonstrated cleavage fracture in AA7175-T7452 and transgranular fracture in AA7085-O.

  19. Effect of Zn content on microstructure,mechanical properties and fracture behavior of Mg-Mn alloy

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    Yin Dongsong

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available The optical microscope, scanning electron microscope and universal testing machine are used to investigate the effect of Zn content on the microstructure, mechanical properties and fracture behavior of Mg-Mn-Zn alloy. The results indicate that fi ne (Mg, Mn, Al-containing phases are distributed uniformly in the Mg-Mn alloy matrix, while small amount of (Mg, Zn-containing phases are formed in the matrix and the grain boundary becomes coarse when 1wt.% Zn is added. As the Zn content increases, the amount of (Mg, Zn-containing phases increases, and the grain boundary becomes coarser. When the Zn content is between 3wt.%-5wt.%, slender (Mg, Zn-containing phases precipitate at the grain boundary. The addition of Zn could reduce the grain size and enhance the mechanical properties of the alloy matrix, and both of the effects can be enhanced by increasing the Zn content further more. When the Zn content is more than 3wt.%, grain size stops decrease, the strength cannot be improved any more and elongation decreases significantly. The fracture behavior of Mg-Mn alloy appears to be cleavage fracture, and transforms into quasi-cleavage fracture as Zn is added. When Zn content exceeded 3wt.%, large amount of (Mg, Zn-containing phases appear on the fracture face, and act as the crack sources.

  20. Age hardening, fracture behavior and mechanical properties of QE22 Mg alloy

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    F. Khan MD

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure, mechanical properties and fracture behavior of an as-received QE22 alloy have been investigated under different thermal conditions, including solution treated (ST, under aged (UA, peak aged (PA and over aged (OA conditions. A significant increase in hardness of 27%, yield strength of 60% and ultimate tensile strength of 19% was observed in peak aged sample as compared to solution treated sample. The improvements of mechanical strength properties are mainly associated with the metastable λ and β′ precipitates. Grain growth was not observed in the ST samples after subjecting to UA and PA treatments due to the presence of eutectic Mg12Nd particles along the grain boundaries. In over aged sample, significant grain growth occurred because of dissolution of eutectic phase particles. Different natures of crack initiation and propagation were observed under different thermal conditions during tensile testing at room temperature. The mode of failure of solution treated sample is transgranular, cleavage and twin boundary fractures. A mixed mode of transgranular, intergranular, cleavage and twin boundary failure is observed in both peak aged and over aged samples.

  1. Fracture mechanics

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    This book entitle ''Fracture Mechanics'', the first one of the monograph ''Materiologie'' is geared to design engineers, material engineers, non destructive inspectors and safety experts. This book covers fracture mechanics in isotropic homogeneous continuum. Only the monotonic static loading is considered. This book intended to be a reference with the current state of the art gives the fundamental of the issues under concern and avoids the developments too complicated or not yet mastered for not making reading cumbersome. The subject matter is organized as going from an easy to a more complicated level and thus follows the chronological evolution in the field. Similarly the microscopic scale is considered before the macroscopic scale, the physical understanding of phenomena linked to the experimental observation of the material preceded the understanding of the macroscopic behaviour of structures. In this latter field the relatively recent contribution of finite element computations with some analogy with the experimental observation is determining. However more sensitive analysis is not skipped

  2. Fracture toughness and mechanical properties of aluminum alloys for research reactors

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    Aluminum alloys have been used as the structural material of the research reactor or because of their good properties for corrosion resistance and machinability as well as high neutron economy. In order to respond to the needs to maintain the aged core structure and to utilize for the high performance research reactor, irradiation test of aluminum alloys were initiated to provide the data base on the toughness and strength of aluminum alloys aged under research reactor condition. This report describes the results of tensile test, hardness test, Charpy impact test and fracture toughness test on A5052-O and A6061-T6 aluminum alloys under the unirradiated condition. From those tests, it was found that base metal of A5052-O has the highest toughness, welded joints of A5052-O and A6061-T6 is equivalent and have medium toughness, and base metal of A6061-T651 has very low toughness. (author)

  3. Evaluation of Stress Corrosion Cracking Susceptibility Using Fracture Mechanics Techniques, Part 1. [environmental tests of aluminum alloys, stainless steels, and titanium alloys

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    Sprowls, D. O.; Shumaker, M. B.; Walsh, J. D.; Coursen, J. W.

    1973-01-01

    Stress corrosion cracking (SSC) tests were performed on 13 aluminum alloys, 13 precipitation hardening stainless steels, and two titanium 6Al-4V alloy forgings to compare fracture mechanics techniques with the conventional smooth specimen procedures. Commercially fabricated plate and rolled or forged bars 2 to 2.5-in. thick were tested. Exposures were conducted outdoors in a seacoast atmosphere and in an inland industrial atmosphere to relate the accelerated tests with service type environments. With the fracture mechanics technique tests were made chiefly on bolt loaded fatigue precracked compact tension specimens of the type used for plane-strain fracture toughness tests. Additional tests of the aluminum alloy were performed on ring loaded compact tension specimens and on bolt loaded double cantilever beams. For the smooth specimen procedure 0.125-in. dia. tensile specimens were loaded axially in constant deformation type frames. For both aluminum and steel alloys comparative SCC growth rates obtained from tests of precracked specimens provide an additional useful characterization of the SCC behavior of an alloy.

  4. Impact toughness improvement of high-strength aluminium alloy by intrinsic and extrinsic fracture mechanisms via hot roll bonding

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    A multilayer aluminium laminate comprising 10 layers of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (82 vol.%) and nine layers of pure aluminium (18 vol.%) has been processed by hot rolling. The rolled laminate was characterized by electron backscattering diffraction, Charpy impact and shear tests. The multilayer laminate showed an outstanding Charpy impact toughness, which was 18 times higher than that for the as-received Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy. The improvement in damage tolerance was due to the high volume fraction of the high-strength aluminium and extrinsic fracture mechanisms.

  5. Fracture mechanical studies on high temperature alloys between room temperature and 9000C

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    As a contribution to the fracture mechanics characterization of the three solid-solution hardened alloys X10NiCrAlTi 32 20, NiCr 22 Co 12 Mo and NiCr 22 W 12 Si, (material No. 1.4876, No. 2.4663 and No. 2.4972) investigations of the J-integral concept in room temperature tests, of creep crack growth at 800 and 8500C and of fatigue crack growth at 700-9000C were carried out. Standard compact tension test pieces (1/2 inch and 1 inch) were used. In order to assess the transferability of crack growth relationships determined on standardized specimens to component geometries, fatigue crack growth tests were carried out on thick-walled tubes with external circumferential notches. The measurement of crack length was accomplished using the d. c. potential drop method which was further developed and optimized for these particular experimental conditions. The creep crack growth was described using the stress intensity (KI), the energy rate integral (C*) and the net stress (σnet) concepts. For description (ΔKI) could be applied. Because no dependence of fatigue crack growth on either specimen size or on specimen geometry (CT specimen, tube specimen) was found, fatigue crack growth data determined on CT specimens are transferable to tubes with circumferential notches. (orig./IHOE)

  6. The role of stress state on the fracture toughness and toughening mechanisms of wrought molybdenum and molybdenum alloys

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    Rolling unalloyed molybdenum, molybdenum alloys, and Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) molybdenum into sheet produces microstructures with elongated, pancake shaped grains that can result in anisotropic mechanical properties. In this work, unalloyed molybdenum, molybdenum alloys, and ODS molybdenum are rolled to thinner sheet and then subjected to tensile and fracture toughness testing and examination of the toughening mechanism. The ductile laminate toughening mechanism observed for wrought molybdenum results from a lower toughness in the short-transverse orientation that leads to separation of the layers of sheet-like grains of the microstructure along the grain boundaries in the regions of stress concentration. This splitting of the microstructure results in the formation of ligaments of grains, or non-constrained laminates, that are stretched to failure under a plane stress-state with large amounts of plastic deformation. The thinner specimens exhibit higher fracture toughness values and lower Ductile to Brittle Transition Temperature (DBTT) values than for thicker specimens machined from thicker starting material from the same alloy. The lower constraint of the thinner specimens tested in this work results in higher toughness and lower DBTT values. The finer grain size, finer precipitate size, and state of plane stress achieved for the thinner sheet specimens appears to enhance the ductile laminate toughening to result in higher fracture toughness and lower DBTT values. The detrimental effect of crack initiation from brittle carbides, oxides, and second phases is also observed to be diminished under a stress-state of plane stress.

  7. Fracture mechanisms of aluminium alloy AA7075-T651 under various loading conditions

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    The fracture behaviour of the aluminium alloy AA7075-T651 is investigated for quasi-static and dynamic loading conditions and different stress states. The fracture surfaces obtained in tensile tests on smooth and notched axisymmetric specimens and compression tests on cylindrical specimens are compared to the fracture surfaces that occur when a projectile, having either a blunt or an ogival nose shape, strikes a 20 mm thick plate of the aluminium alloy. The stress state in the impact tests is much more complex and the strain rate significantly higher than in the tensile and compression tests. Optical and scanning electron microscopes are used in the investigation. The fracture surface obtained in tests with smooth axisymmetric specimens indicates that the crack growth is partly intergranular along the grain boundaries or precipitation free zones and partly transgranular by void formation around fine and coarse intermetallic particles. When the stress triaxiality is increased through the introduction of a notch in the tensile specimen, delamination along the grain boundaries in the rolling plane is observed perpendicular to the primary crack. In through-thickness compression tests, the crack propagates within an intense shear band that has orientation about 45o with respect to the load axis. The primary failure modes of the target plate during impact were adiabatic shear banding when struck by a blunt projectile and ductile hole-enlargement when struck by an ogival projectile. Delamination and fragmentation of the plates occurred for both loading cases, but was stronger for the ogival projectile. The delamination in the rolling plane was attributed to intergranular fracture caused by tensile stresses occurring during the penetration event.

  8. High-temperature mechanical properties and fracture mechanisms of Al–Si piston alloy reinforced with in situ TiB2 particles

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    In order to assess the high-temperature performance of aluminum–silicon alloy reinforced with titanium diboride particles as potential piston material, the tensile behaviors and fracture mechanisms of in situ 4 wt% TiB2/Al–Si composite were investigated in the temperature range 25–350 °C. The tensile results revealed that the composite exhibited higher modulus than the matrix alloy at all testing temperatures, but both the matrix alloy and the composite presented similar strength levels above 200 °C. The ductility of the composite was found to be lower than that of the unreinforced matrix alloy at 25 and 200 °C, but no obvious distinction was observed at 350 °C. The effects of temperature and the presence of TiB2 particles on tensile properties of the composite had been evaluated. Fractographic morphology studies were done using scanning electron microscope, which indicated that the fracture of the composite altered from brittle to ductile mode with temperature increasing. At 25 and 200 °C, fracture was dominated by cracked silicon particles and separated TiB2 particles, while decohesion at particle–matrix interface was prevalent at 350 °C. Analysis of the fracture surfaces also showed that regions of clustered TiB2 particles were found to be the locations prone to damage in the composite at both room and high temperatures

  9. High-temperature mechanical properties and fracture mechanisms of Al–Si piston alloy reinforced with in situ TiB{sub 2} particles

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    Han, Gang [School of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, 5 South Zhongguancun Street, Haidian District, Beijing 100081 (China); Zhang, Weizheng, E-mail: zhangwz@bit.edu.cn [School of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, 5 South Zhongguancun Street, Haidian District, Beijing 100081 (China); Zhang, Guohua; Feng, Zengjian; Wang, Yanjun [Shandong Binzhou Bohai Piston Co., Ltd., Binzhou 256602 (China)

    2015-05-01

    In order to assess the high-temperature performance of aluminum–silicon alloy reinforced with titanium diboride particles as potential piston material, the tensile behaviors and fracture mechanisms of in situ 4 wt% TiB{sub 2}/Al–Si composite were investigated in the temperature range 25–350 °C. The tensile results revealed that the composite exhibited higher modulus than the matrix alloy at all testing temperatures, but both the matrix alloy and the composite presented similar strength levels above 200 °C. The ductility of the composite was found to be lower than that of the unreinforced matrix alloy at 25 and 200 °C, but no obvious distinction was observed at 350 °C. The effects of temperature and the presence of TiB{sub 2} particles on tensile properties of the composite had been evaluated. Fractographic morphology studies were done using scanning electron microscope, which indicated that the fracture of the composite altered from brittle to ductile mode with temperature increasing. At 25 and 200 °C, fracture was dominated by cracked silicon particles and separated TiB{sub 2} particles, while decohesion at particle–matrix interface was prevalent at 350 °C. Analysis of the fracture surfaces also showed that regions of clustered TiB{sub 2} particles were found to be the locations prone to damage in the composite at both room and high temperatures.

  10. Effect of partial rolling on the microstructure, mechanical properties and fracture behavior of AZ31 Mg alloy joints

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    Partial rolling processes at different temperatures were conducted on the fusion zone (FZ) of double-side welded Mg–3Al–1Zn alloy joints with excess weld bead. The effect of rolling reduction and rolling temperature on the microstructure, mechanical properties and fracture behavior of the joints were investigated. Results show that both the strength and elongation of the joints increase significantly with rolling reduction owing to the microstructure evolution in the FZ. Once rolling reduction exceeds a critical value (CRR), tensile fracture location will be transferred from the FZ to the substrate and the joints can achieve tensile properties roughly the same as those of the initial substrate. Rolling at a lower temperature is preferred to obtaining a weak basal texture in the FZ, for the corresponding CRR is smaller

  11. Hydrogen influence on mechanical and fracture mechanics characteristics of zirconium Zr-2.5Nb alloy at ambient and elevated temperatures

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    This article deals with the investigation of the hydrogen concentration and temperature influence onto mechanical and fracture mechanics characteristics of RBMK-1500 Ignalina NPP unit 2 reactor fuel channel material-Zr-2.5Nb zirconium alloy (TMT-2) at temperatures from ambient up to 300 deg. C. The investigation of mechanical characteristics was performed on tensile specimens, fracture mechanics characteristics KQ, KC*, JIC-on compact specimens (B = 4 mm) of hydrogen-free and saturated by hydrogen (52, 100 and 140 ppm) at 20, 170, 200 and 300 deg. C. The investigation showed that temperature increasing calls mechanical strength decreasing, whereas the reductions of area increase. Stronger influence of hydrogen concentration onto mechanical characteristics is noticed only at 20-170 deg. C temperature, however this influence diminishes as the temperature increases and weakest hydrogen influence is given at 300 deg. C. Fracture toughness characteristics KQ, KC* more depends on temperature than on hydrogen concentration. Critical JIC integral values for the specimens containing hydrogen were given lowest at 20 deg. C, increases when temperature were raised up to 140 deg. C and were given highest when it reaches 300 deg. C. The analysis of KC* and JIC dependence due to the mechanical characteristics of zirconium alloy has showed that the modified plasticity Zmod = (Rp0.2/Rm)Z satisfactorily approximates the influence of temperature and hydrogen concentration on variation of these characteristics

  12. Strengths and Fracture Mechanisms of Al2O3 Short Fiber Reinforced Al-Mg Alloy Matrix Composite at Elevated Temperatures

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    Using the experimental and theoretical methods, the tensile strengths and fracture mechanisms of Al2O3 short fiber reinforced Al-Mg alloy matrix composite at elevated temperatures were researched. The interfacial microstructural characteristics and the fracture surfaces of the composite at different temperatures were observed by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and by scanning electron microscope (SEM), respectively. Then, from the results of microscopic observation, the fracture mechanisms of the composite at different temperatures are discussed. Finally,the tensile strengths of the composite at elevated temperatures were predicted by statistical integration average (SIA) method with the consideration of various fracture mechanisms. It was shown that the strengths and fracture mechanisms of the composite at elevated temperature (300 C) were significantly different from those at room temperature due to the variations of interfacial bonding states. The tensile strengths predicted by the SIA method at elevated temperatures agreed well with the experimental results.

  13. Introduction into fracture mechanics

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    The present report gives an introduction to the basic principles of fracture mechanics. First the behaviour of a linear elastic body containing a crack is described. This is followed by a survey of experimental methods for the determination of fracture mechanics properties, like R-curve and fatigue crack growth. Two chapters deal with the most important parameters affecting stable crack growth and fracture toughness. The knowledge of the limits of applicability of linear eleastic fracture mechanics and of the concepts of elastic-plastic fracture mechanics is of particular importance. The last chapter deals with some basic procedures for the practical application of fracture mechanics. (orig.)

  14. Lead induced intergranular fracture in aluminum alloy AA6262

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    2003-01-01

    The influence of lead on the fracture behavior of aluminum alloy AA6262 is investigated. Under certain conditions, the mode of fracture changes from transgranular microvoid coalescence to an intergranular mechanism. Three different intergranular fracture mechanisms are observed: liquid metal embritt

  15. The effect of microstructure on tensile properties, deformation mechanisms and fracture models of TG6 high temperature titanium alloy

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    Research highlights: → Fine α hindered dislocation slip and crack nucleation and decreased crack propagation velocity. → α lamellae decided the type and amount of slip system and the crack propagation. → Fine α lamellae promoted the deformation coordination and the start of new slip systems. → The fracture model of the samples with bimodal microstructure was not sensitive to α lamellae. → Fracture model with the bimodal microstructures was a mixture fracture at room temperature. - Abstract: The tensile properties at room temperature and 600 deg. C of TG6 titanium alloy with different microstructures {bi-modal microstructures with thick α lamella (BTL) and fine α lamella (BFL), and a mixed microstructure with different morphologies of α phase} were obtained. It was found that the BFL microstructure possessed the highest tensile strength, and the elongations of the BTL and BFL microstructures were almost the same of about 13% at room temperature and 17% at 600 deg. C, respectively. In addition, the mixed microstructure had the lowest plasticity. The tensile deformation mechanisms of α lamella (αL), primary α phase (αp), equiaxed α phase (αe) and α colonies were researched by the analysis of respective dislocation morphologies. Notably, the accommodative deformations through grain/phase boundaries sliding determined the deformation models of αL, αp, and αe. Compared to the thick αL and α colony, the fine αL and α colony activated more slip systems due to their excellent accommodative deformation capability. Furthermore the deformation mechanisms at room temperature and 600 deg. C were different from each other. Scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to research the crack propagation paths and fracture models. Crack propagation path crossing α colonies and αp were discussed, respectively. The colonies boundaries, αp/colonies boundaries,

  16. Secondary foundry alloy damage and particle fracture

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    Berdin, C.; Ouglova, A.; Djafari, V.; Doglione, R

    2003-09-25

    The damage mechanisms of a hypoeutectic Al-Si-Cu foundry alloy, obtained through die casting, have been studied. Observations were made during tensile tests using a tensile test machine that was inserted into an scanning electron microscope. The microstructure features that are critical for damage were determined. The cleavage fracture of intermetallic particles was found to be the main process that limited the alloy ductility. Shrinkage cavities mainly play a role in the final fracture stage; the reduction in cross-section area induced by shrinkage cavities was assumed to be the main contribution of these defects to the fracture of the specimens. Attempts were made to determine the cleavage stress that initiated the fracture of the particles. Three-dimensional finite element computations were performed considering particular locations at the free surface of the observed fractured particles. The maximum principal stress was calculated for different locations of the particle with reference to the free surface. Different shapes and different elastic behaviour were studied. It was shown that the influence of a free surface on the stress level in a particle depends on its shape. The results were compared with those found in literature concerning the fracture strength of particles in Al alloys.

  17. User's manuals of probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis code for Ni-based alloy welds, PASCAL-NP

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    As a part of research on the structural integrity assessment for light water reactor (LWR) components considering aging degradation, a probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis code PASCAL-NP (PFM Analysis of Structural Components in Aging LWR - NiSCC / PWSCC) has been developed. This code evaluates the failure probabilities on a basis of Monte Carlo method caused by stress corrosion cracking (SCC) at dissimilar metal welds and structurally discontinuous components. PASCAL-NP treats primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC) in pressurized water reactor (PWR) and Ni-based alloy stress corrosion cracking (NiSCC) in boiled water reactor (BWR). This PFM analysis code has functions of crack initiation and crack growth calculations for various patterns of crack locations and orientations in a probabilistic manner such as the scatters of material strength, crack growth rate and residual stress distribution, and so on. This code can also evaluate the failure probabilities such as leakage and/or break probabilities of Ni-based alloy welds due to these types of SCC. This report summarizes the failure examples in actual plants and theoretical sources according to papers published by domestic and international institutes and regulatory bodies and reports documented by electric power companies and plant suppliers, and so on. This one also represents methods to execute program and the case studies using PASCAL-NP code. (author)

  18. Fatigue and fracture in lamellar TiAl alloys

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    An overview of the fatigue and fracture mechanisms in lamellar TiAl alloys is presented. Investigations of tensile fracture, fatigue crack initiation, growth of small and large fatigue cracks, and fracture toughness properties are summarized. Pertinent crack-tip micromechanics measurements are utilized to illustrate the various processes by which a crack extends in lamellar TiAl alloys. Based on the results, the influence of microstructure, temperature, and loading rate on tensile properties, fatigue crack initiation and growth, and fracture toughness are elucidated and related to the controlling fracture mechanisms

  19. A fracture mechanics approach for estimating fatigue crack initiation in carbon and low-alloy steels in LWR coolant environments

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    A fracture mechanics approach for elastic-plastic materials has been used to evaluate the effects of light water reactor (LWR) coolant environments on the fatigue lives of carbon and low-alloy steels. The fatigue life of such steel, defined as the number of cycles required to form an engineering-size crack, i.e., 3-mm deep, is considered to be composed of the growth of (a) microstructurally small cracks and (b) mechanically small cracks. The growth of the latter was characterized in terms of ΔJ and crack growth rate (da/dN) data in air and LWR environments; in water, the growth rates from long crack tests had to be decreased to match the rates from fatigue S-N data. The growth of microstructurally small cracks was expressed by a modified Hobson relationship in air and by a slip dissolution/oxidation model in water. The crack length for transition from a microstructurally small crack to a mechanically small crack was based on studies on small crack growth. The estimated fatigue S-N curves show good agreement with the experimental data for these steels in air and water environments. At low strain amplitudes, the predicted lives in water can be significantly lower than the experimental values

  20. Fracture mechanisms assessment of a multilayer material with high strength and excellent impact toughness based on the aerospace Al 7075 alloy

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    An aluminium multilayer laminate has been processed by hot rolling. It is constituted by 19 alternated layers of high-strength aluminium alloy (Al 7075-T6, 82 % vol) and thinner pure aluminium layers (Al 1050-H24, 18 % vol). The microstructure of the constituent alloys and the composition gradient across the interfaces has been characterized. The multilayer laminate and the as-received aluminium alloys have been tested at room temperature by Vickers microhardness, three-point bend test and impact Charpy test. The outstanding improvement in damage tolerance, which is 18 times higher than that for the as-received Al 7075 alloy, is due to both intrinsic and extrinsic fracture mechanisms operating in the multilayer laminate during mechanical testing. (Author) 19 refs.

  1. Study of deformation and fracture micro mechanisms of titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V using electron microscopy and and X-ray diffraction techniques

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    This present work allowed the study of deformation and fracture micro mechanisms of titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V, used commercially for the manufacture of metallic biomaterials. The techniques employed for the analysis of the material under study were: scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The study of the influence and behavior of the phases present in titanium alloys is important to evaluate the behavior of cracks in titanium alloys with high mechanical strength, which have fine alpha (α), beta (β) and (α±β) microstructure, linking the presence of the phases with the strength of the material. The evaluation in situ of deformation and fracture micro mechanisms were performed by TEM and was also a study of phase transformations during cooling in titanium alloys, using the techniques of bright field, dark field and diffraction of electrons in the selected area. After heat treatment differences were observed between the amount of in relation to the original microstructure of the β and α phases material for different conditions used in heat treatment applied to the alloy. The presence of lamellar microstructure formed during cooling in the β field was observed, promoting the conversion of part of the secondary alpha structure in β phase, which was trapped between the lamellar of alpha. (author)

  2. Effect of morphology of eutectic silicon crystals on mechanical properties and cleavage fracture toughness of AlSi5Cu1 alloy

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    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this paper is presentation of the results that concerned the influence of morphology of eutectic silicon crystals on mechanical properties, especially on the cleavage fracture toughness of AlSi5Cu1 alloy.Design/methodology/approach: Microscopic studies – optical microscope NIKON 300 and quantitative analysis of geometrical parameters of microstructure – image analysis program APHELION, tensile and fracture toughness tests – testing machine INSTRON 8810.Findings: The sizes of silicon crystals and values of yield strength, tensile strength and plane strain fracture toughness have been determined. Relationships between mechanical properties and silicon crystals size were described using Hall-Petch equation. It was found that a decrease in silicon crystals causes an increasing in strength and in fracture toughness.Practical implications: This paper is part of the previous author’s investigations which results in modification of the casting technology of turboblower compressor impellers.Originality/value: The microscopic observations indicated that alloy cracking begins with nucleation and growth of micro-cracks in the silicon crystals of large size, in orthogonal plane to tension direction. The hard and brittle silicon crystals are very strong barriers for slip in the stressed alloy.

  3. Fracture mechanics data and modeling of environmental cracking of nickel-base alloys in high temperature water

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    This paper reports on environmental cracking of ductile nickel-base alloys which has occurred both in pressurized water reactors and boiling water reactor components such as pressure-vessel safe ends, weld butters, and filler metals for joining nickel-base alloys or dissimilar metals, and attachment welding pads on pressure vessels. Accurate assessment of the interrelated effects of material, environment, and mechanics on environmental cracking behavior of ductile nickel-base alloys in 288C water

  4. The role of deformation twinning in the fracture behavior and mechanism of basal textured magnesium alloys

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    AZ31 magnesium alloys were deformed to 10% and to failure strain by tensile loading at room temperature. Scribed grids were drawn by a focused ion beam system (FIB) to visualize the local deformation in each grain. This showed that the magnitude of the strain was distributed non-uniformly in each grain. It was found that the low-strain grains accompanied {10–12} twins, while the severely strained grains accompanied {10–11}–{10–12} double twins. Cracks nucleated at the double twins and tended to propagate along {10–12} twin interfaces as well as within grains. Furthermore, fractography revealed three types of microstructural features: dimples, elliptic facets and sheared dimples. Most abundant were the dimples formed by ductile failure. The elliptic facets appeared to be due to crack propagation along the {10–12} twin interfaces. The sheared dimples were frequently observed in connection with localized shear deformation within the double twins. These results led us to conclude that premature and catastrophic failure of Mg alloys is mainly associated with double twins. Prevention of double twinning is essential to improve the ductility of Mg alloys

  5. A study at understanding the mechanisms governing the high cycle fatigue and final fracture behavior of the titanium alloy: Ti-4Al-2.5V

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    In this research paper, the cyclic stress amplitude-controlled high cycle fatigue properties and fracture behavior of a titanium alloy are presented and discussed. The material chosen for this study is a Ti-Al-V-Fe-O2 alloy that is marketed under the trade name ATI 425TM. This alloy was initially developed and put forth for use as a ballistic material but through the last few years it gained in stature for use in other areas due to a healthy combination of physical and mechanical properties. Test specimens were prepared, in conformance with the ASTM E-8 standard, from the as-received sheet stock, which was cold rolled and mill annealed, with the rolling direction both parallel (longitudinal) and perpendicular (transverse) to the length of the sheet. The test specimens were cyclically deformed at three different load ratios (R = 0.1, R = 0.3 and R = 0.033) and the cycles-to-failure (Nf) was recorded. The fatigue fracture surfaces were examined in a scanning electron microscope to examine the macroscopic fracture mode, the intrinsic features on the fatigue fracture surface and the role of magnitude of applied stress-microstructural feature interactions in governing failure.

  6. Fracture mechanics safety approaches

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    Component integrity assessments require the knowledge of reliable fracture toughness parameters characterising the initiation of the failure process in the whole relevant temperature range. From a large number of fracture mechanics tests a statistically based procedure was derived allowing to quantify the initiation of fracture toughness as a function of temperature as a closed function as well as the temperature dependence of the cleavage instability parameters. Alternatively to the direct experimental determination one also can use a correlation between fracture toughness and notch impact energy. (orig.)

  7. Fracture mechanics safety approaches

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    Roos, E.; Schuler, X.; Eisele, U. [Materials Testing Inst. (MPA), Univ. of Stuttgart (Germany)

    2004-07-01

    Component integrity assessments require the knowledge of reliable fracture toughness parameters characterising the initiation of the failure process in the whole relevant temperature range. From a large number of fracture mechanics tests a statistically based procedure was derived allowing to quantify the initiation of fracture toughness as a function of temperature as a closed function as well as the temperature dependence of the cleavage instability parameters. Alternatively to the direct experimental determination one also can use a correlation between fracture toughness and notch impact energy. (orig.)

  8. Micro-Mechanical Modeling of Ductile Fracture in Welded Aluminum-Lithium Alloys

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    2002-01-01

    This computation model for microscopic crack growth in welded aluminum-lithium alloys consists of a cavity with initial volume specified by the fraction f(sub 0), i.e. the void volume relative to the cell volume. Thus, cell size D and initial porosity f(sub 0) defines the key parameters in this model. The choice of cell size requires: 1) D must be representative of the large inclusion spacing. 2) Predicted R-curves scale almost proportionally with D for fixed f(sub 0). 3) mapping of one finite element per cell must provide adequate resolution of the stress-strain fields in the active layer and the adjacent material. For the ferritic steels studied thus far with this model, calibrated cell sizes range from 50-200 microns with f(sub 0) in the 0.0001 to 0.004 micron range. This range of values for D and f (sub 0) satisfies issues 1) and 3). This computational model employs the Gurson and Tvergaard constitutive model for porous plastic materials to describe the progressive damage of cells due to the growth of pre-existing voids. The model derives from a rigid-plastic limit analysis of a solid having a volume fraction (f) of voids approximated by a homogenous spherical body containing a spherical void.

  9. The role of dispersed particles in strengthening and fracture mechanisms in a Mo-ZrC alloy processed by mechanical alloying

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    The tensile properties of a ZrC particle-dispersed Mo, which was processed by spark plasma sintering with mechanically alloyed powder, were investigated at room temperature and at elevated temperatures of 1,170 to 1,970 K. The Mo-ZrC alloy showed much higher strength at room temperature than a fully recrystallized pure Mo. The high strength of Mo-ZrC is mainly attributed to a very small grain size (about 3 microm). The main role of the ZrC particle is not to increase strength due to the particle-dislocation interaction, but to limit grain growth during sintering and to attain the very small grain size. The elongation at room temperature of No-ZrC was much lower than that of pure Mo. This is probably related to the higher interstitial contents. However, Mo-ZrC showed a large elongation of 180 pct at 1,970 K and 6.7 x 10-4 s-1. It was suggested that the ZrC particles stabilized the fine-grained microstructure yet provided no cavitation sites at 1,970 K; as a result, the large elongation was attained

  10. Fracture Mechanics of Concrete

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    Chapter 1 Chapter l contains the introduction to this thesis. The scope of the thesis is partly to investigate different numerical and analytical models based on fracture mechanical ideas, which are able to predict size effects, and partly to perform an experimental investigation on high-strength......Chapter 1 Chapter l contains the introduction to this thesis. The scope of the thesis is partly to investigate different numerical and analytical models based on fracture mechanical ideas, which are able to predict size effects, and partly to perform an experimental investigation on high......-strength concrete. Chapter 2 A description of the factors which influence the strength and cracking of concrete and high strength concrete is made. Then basic linear fracture mechanics is outlined followed by a description and evaluation of the models used to describe concrete fracture in tension. The chapter ends...

  11. Relationship between tensile and impact properties in Al–Si–Cu–Mg cast alloys and their fracture mechanisms

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    An extensive study related to the investigation of the precipitation behavior of the CuAl2 phase in various 319-type alloys containing strontium (Sr), iron (Fe) and phosphorus (P) alloying elements, and its dissolution during solution heat treatment at 490 °C for times up to 100 h was carried out in the present work. Furthermore, the effect of CuAl2 and other intermetallics on the alloy performance under two different heat treatment conditions (i.e. T5 and T6) was also investigated through an examination of the tensile and impact properties. By comparing the experimental results, conclusions were drawn in terms of the optimum alloying elements, solidification parameters and heat treatment conditions (viz., Sr modification, Fe content, cooling rate and T6 condition). The fracture behaviors of the 319 base alloy and the Sr-modified 319 alloy containing ∼1.2% Fe were also compared through a study of the fracture surfaces of the corresponding alloy samples. The results explicitly reveal that solution heat treatment plays a critical role in the dissolution of the CuAl2 phase. Iron addition leads to an increased precipitation of brittle β-Al5FeSi platelets which act as preferred crack sites and dramatically reduce the impact properties, regardless of the value of dendrite arm spacing. Crack initiation usually occurs through the fragmentation of Si particles and β-Al5FeSi platelets, and the crack propagates through the cleavage of β-Al5FeSi platelets. - Highlights: • The addition of Sr leads to the segregation of the copper phase • The addition of Fe results in the dispersion of the CuAl2 • The CuAl2 phase particles are more or less completely dissolved in the Al matrix after 100 h of solution heat treatment • After T6 heat treatment most of the CuAl2 phase particles are dissolved into the aluminum matrix

  12. Probabilistic fracture mechanics

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    It has been attempted to present the elements of probabilistic fracture mechanics in a self-contained way. First, for brittle fracture, damage theories are discussed which allow for the effects of both size and local strength of the structure on the probability of fracture. Second, combined crack and damage theories are presented. They provide insight into macro-crack formation and take into account the effects of crack orientation and multiaxial states of stress. For fatigue, both the two-phase theory of damage and crack extension as well as the cumulative theory (of damage or of crack extension) are presented. They give estimates for the lifetime of a structure under random load. The effect of random material properties may be included. Finally, an assessment of the probability of failure of reactor pressure vessels is discussed. There, brittle fracture and fatigue are taken into account and both fracture toughness and crack size are considered to be random quantities. (Auth.)

  13. Fracture of niobium-base silicide coated alloy

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    Mechanical properties and character of fracture of Nb-W-Mo-Zr-C alloy composition with complex by composition and structure silicide coating under different states of stage-by-stage coating are studied. Structural features, character of fracture from ductile to quasibrittle transcrystalline one and, respectively, the composition plasticity level are defined by interrelation of fracture processes in coating, matrix plastic flow and possibility and way of stress relaxation on their boundary

  14. Classical fracture mechanics methods

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    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 11.02 of this volume and is structured as follows: Test techniques; Analysis; Fracture behavior; Fracture toughness tests for nonmetals

  15. Fractures mechanics. Pt. 30

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    This book results from lectures which the author held front of students in engineering, and it is aimed at giving an introduction into the linear elasticity fracture mechanics. A dominant part of the contents deals with theoretical elasticity solutions of fracture problems, the foundation of the theories of friffith and Irwin concerning crack expansion and fractures, respectively. Besides, the propects of development in the direction of general flow fracture mechanics are investigated, a development which cannot be regarded as conclusive yet. The reference - it is not claimed that they are comprehensive - contain some basic manuals and monographies on fractures, the elasticity theory and the science of strength of materials as well as related fields, and include also important original literature made reference to in the text. In order to comprehend the book it is necessary that the reader has a knowledge of technical mechanics, in particular of elastotatics and strength of materials. To remind the reader, the appendix contains the most important basics of the elasticity theory and some methods of solving problems in this connection. The book ends with a short survey on the finite element method which is considered to be the most important approximation method of continuum mechanics. (orig./LN)

  16. Mechanisms of plastic instability and fracture of compressed and tensile tested Mg-Li alloys investigated using the acoustic emission method

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    Full Text Available The results of the investigation of both mechanical and acoustic emission (AE behaviors of Mg4Li5Al alloy subjected to compression and tensile tests at room temperature are compared with the test results obtained using the same alloy and loading scheme but at elevated temperatures. The main aim of the paper is to investigate, to determine and to explain the possible influence of factors related with enhanced internal stresses such as: segregation of precipitates along grain boundaries or solute atoms along dislocations (Cottrell atmospheres or dislocation pile-ups at grain boundaries which create very high stress concentration leading to fracture. The results show that the plastic instabilities are related to the Portevin–Le Châtelier phenomenon (PL effect and they are correlated with the generation of AE peaks. The fractography of breaking samples was analyzed on the basis of light (optical, TEM and SEM images.

  17. Fracture Criterion for Fracture Mechanics of Magnets

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    潘灏; 杨文涛

    2003-01-01

    The applicability and limitation of some fracture criteria in the fracture mechanics of magnets are studied.It is shown that the magnetic field intensity factor can be used as a fracture criterion when the crack in a magnet is only affected by a magnetic field. For some magnetostrictive materials in which the components of magnetostriction strain do not satisfy the compatibility equation of deformation, the stress intensity factor can no longer be effectively applicable as a fracture criterion when the crack in a magnet is affected by a magnetic field and mechanical loads simultaneously.

  18. Fracture analysis of selected magnesium alloys after different testing methods

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    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of this paper is to extend a complex evaluation of magnesium alloys which requires very often knowledge mechanical properties. These properties are connected with microstructure that is influenced by metallurgical and technological factors and conditions of exploitation. Very important information for design and exploitation of these alloys is knowledge of fracture characteristics.Design/methodology/approach: Testing methods used magnesium alloys were based on tensile test and torsion test. The methods of the light microscopy and SEM for metallographic and fracture analyses of alloys after testing were used.Findings: Objective of this work consisted in determination of changes of mechanical properties and fracture characteristics of magnesium alloy in dependence on testing methods. Mg-Al alloy with graduate aluminium content as cast state and after heat treatment was used. It was confirmed that during heating at chosen temperatures there occurs partial dissolution of minority phases.Research limitations/implications: According to the alloys characteristic, the applied cooling rate and alloy additions seems to be a good compromise for mechanical properties and microstructures, nevertheless further tests should be carried out in order to examine different cooling rates and parameters of solution treatment process and aging process.Practical implications: The results may be utilized for a relation between plastic and strength properties of the investigated material in process of research and manufacturingOriginality/value: These results contribute to complex evaluation of properties magnesium alloys namely for explanation of fracture mechanism in changing condition of testing and exploitation. The results of this paper are determined for research workers deal by development new exploitations of magnesium alloys.

  19. Phase Field Fracture Mechanics.

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    2015-11-01

    For this assignment, a newer technique of fracture mechanics using a phase field approach, will be examined and compared with experimental data for a bend test and a tension test. The software being used is Sierra Solid Mechanics, an implicit/explicit finite element code developed at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The bend test experimental data was also obtained at Sandia Labs while the tension test data was found in a report online from Purdue University.

  20. Investigation of the brittle fracture behavior of intermetallic Ti-Al-Si-Nd-alloys

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    The object of this paper is the fracture behaviour of three Ti-Al-Si-Nb alloys. Fracture mechanical data are experimentally determined and their statistical properties are investigated. To describe the fracture process of disordered heterogeneous brittle materials a statistical model was developed, based on damage mechanics. With the aid of this model it was possible to attribute the fracture behaviour, the fracture mechanical data and their statistical properties to the microstructure of the materials studied. (orig.)

  1. Effect of argon purity on mechanical properties, microstructure and fracture mode of commercially pure (cp) Ti and Ti-6Al-4V alloys for ceramometal dental prostheses

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    Provision of an inert gas atmosphere with high-purity argon gas is recommended for preventing titanium castings from contamination although the effects of the level of argon purity on the mechanical properties and the clinical performance of Ti castings have not yet been investigated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of argon purity on the mechanical properties and microstructure of commercially pure (cp) Ti and Ti-6Al-4V alloys. The castings were made using either high-purity and/or industrial argon gas. The ultimate tensile strength (UTS), proportional limit (PL), elongation (EL) and microhardness (VHN) at different depths were evaluated. The microstructure of the alloys was also revealed and the fracture mode was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The data from the mechanical tests and hardness were subjected to a two-and three-way ANOVA and Tukey's test (α = 0.05). The mean values of mechanical properties were not affected by the argon gas purity. Higher UTS, PL and VHN, and lower EL were observed for Ti-6Al-4V. The microhardness was not influenced by the argon gas purity. The industrial argon gas can be used to cast cp Ti and Ti-6Al-4V.

  2. Effect of argon purity on mechanical properties, microstructure and fracture mode of commercially pure (cp) Ti and Ti-6Al-4V alloys for ceramometal dental prostheses

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    Bauer, Jose [Department of Dentistry I, School of Dentistry, University Federal of Maranhao, Campus Universitario do Bacanga, Av. dos Portugueses, s/n, 65085680, Sao Luis/MA (Brazil); Cella, Suelen; Pinto, Marcelo M; Filho, Leonardo E Rodrigues [Department of Dental Materials, School of Dentistry, University of Sao Paulo, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 2227, 05508-900, Sao Paulo/SP (Brazil); Reis, Alessandra; Loguercio, Alessandro D, E-mail: jrob@usp.b [Department of Restorative Dentistry, Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa Av. General Carlos Cavalcanti, 4748, Bloco M, Sala 64 A, 84030-900, Ponta Grossa/PR (Brazil)

    2009-12-15

    Provision of an inert gas atmosphere with high-purity argon gas is recommended for preventing titanium castings from contamination although the effects of the level of argon purity on the mechanical properties and the clinical performance of Ti castings have not yet been investigated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of argon purity on the mechanical properties and microstructure of commercially pure (cp) Ti and Ti-6Al-4V alloys. The castings were made using either high-purity and/or industrial argon gas. The ultimate tensile strength (UTS), proportional limit (PL), elongation (EL) and microhardness (VHN) at different depths were evaluated. The microstructure of the alloys was also revealed and the fracture mode was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The data from the mechanical tests and hardness were subjected to a two-and three-way ANOVA and Tukey's test (alpha = 0.05). The mean values of mechanical properties were not affected by the argon gas purity. Higher UTS, PL and VHN, and lower EL were observed for Ti-6Al-4V. The microhardness was not influenced by the argon gas purity. The industrial argon gas can be used to cast cp Ti and Ti-6Al-4V.

  3. Dictionary of fracture mechanics

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    7000 entries summarize the most important and frequently used terms in fracture mechanics: modes of fracture, concepts and criteria, cracks and crack growth, test methods, specimens etc. Some general terms that have a special meaning in the scope of this book are also included as are important abbreviations, acronyms, symbols and units. All entries are alphabetically ordered and, if appropriate, combined with groups of related words. Groups of word combinations are thought to be useful for the understanding of linguistic laws. Annotations in italics may be helpful in relating the entry to a special technical scope. Within the entries the source-language terms are bold-faced. In the German alphabet the mutated vowels ae, oe and ue are ordered as ae, oe and ue; ss is ordered as ss. (orig./HP)

  4. Shock-induced mechanical response and spall fracture behavior of an extra-low interstitial grade Ti–6Al–4V alloy

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    The mechanical response and spall fracture behavior of an extra-low interstitial (ELI) grade Ti–6Al–4V alloy are systemically investigated during one-dimensional shock loading. The effects of oxygen content on the shock response and dynamic failure characteristic of Ti–6Al–4V are also shown through the comparison of the obtained results with those for commercial Ti–6Al–4V. The measured Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL) of Ti–6Al–4V ELI is lower than that of commercial Ti–6Al–4V. While the fitted shock parameters and the measured Hugoniot in the stress-particle velocity space of Ti–6Al–4V ELI are found to be almost identical to those of commercial Ti–6Al–4V. These results indicate that the oxygen content can significantly affect the HEL of Ti–6Al–4V, but has little or no influence on the shock response of this alloy beyond the HEL. The postshock Ti–6Al–4V ELI does not display shock-induced strengthening during quasistatic and dynamic compression tests. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses reveal that the lack of high density dislocations or dislocation cells limits the shock-induced strengthening effect, although dislocation multiplication and tangles lead to increased yield strength and strain hardening rate of the reloaded material. Finally, Ti–6Al–4V ELI is demonstrated to spall in a ductile manner, and has similar spall strengths to those of commercial Ti–6Al–4V under different shock loading conditions. The oxygen content exerts no effect on the spall fracture manner of Ti–6Al–4V, although reducing the oxygen content enables this alloy to endure more micro-damages

  5. Comparison of mechanical properties in conventional and small punch tests of fractured anisotropic A350 alloy forging flange

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    Conventional tensile test (CTT) and small punch test (SPT) was carried out on a failed ASTM A350 forging flange to study specimen size effect on mechanical behavior. Specimens were machined from the failed flange along Circumferential and longitudinal directions to study the effect of anisotropy on mechanical properties. Our results show that an optimum sampling has to be used for correlation between SPT and conventional tensile test (CTT). Fractography studies carried out on the failed samples indicate that the fracture modes of SPT samples and the CTT samples were different with the former showing better toughness than the latter. This is attributed to smaller size of the specimen and constraints imposed by the experimental setup. Due to the anisotropy of the forged material, the sampling plane in the SPT should be perpendicular to the load direction for reliable correlation between the results of both methods of testing.

  6. Mechanical behaviour of aluminium-lithium alloys

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    N Eswara Prasad; A A Gokhale; P Rama Rao

    2003-02-01

    Aluminium-lithium alloys hold promise of providing a breakthrough response to the crying need for lightweight alloys for use as structurals in aerospace applications. Considerable worldwide research has gone into developing a range of these alloys over the last three decades. As a result, substantial understanding has been developed of the microstructure-based micromechanisms of strengthening, of fatigue and fracture as well as of anisotropy in mechanical properties. However, these alloys have not yet greatly displaced the conventionally used denser Al alloys on account of their poorer ductility, fracture toughness and low cycle fatigue resistance. This review aims to summarise the work pertaining to study of structure and mechanical properties with a view to indicate the directions that have been and can be pursued to overcome property limitations.

  7. Characterization of fracture and deformation mechanism in a high strength beta titanium alloy Ti-10-2-3 using EBSD technique

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    In the present study, fracture toughness tested specimens in longitudinal (LT) and transverse loading (TL) directions of beta titanium alloy have been investigated using Electron Back Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) technique. The orientation images captured at three different locations i.e. machine notch, fatigue pre-crack and final fracture have been compared. The LT sample exhibits with more facets than TL sample. The faceted aspect of the crack is generally associated with quasi-cleavage mechanism. The EBSD analysis clearly points out that in the LT specimen, the hexagonal orientation has moved towards near basal during the test. This may be the reason for the observance of facets in the LT specimen. The cracking in TL specimen might have been taken over by the bcc phase as it is oriented with harder planes of cubic {001} planes. Further, the Schmid factor has also been computed based on the defined loading conditions. Significant variation has been observed in the slip plane orientations and distributions at these three locations. The Schmid analysis has highlighted the significant contribution of different slip systems towards deformation and cracking in LT and TL specimens

  8. Mechanics of Hydraulic Fractures

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    Detournay, Emmanuel

    2016-01-01

    Hydraulic fractures represent a particular class of tensile fractures that propagate in solid media under pre-existing compressive stresses as a result of internal pressurization by an injected viscous fluid. The main application of engineered hydraulic fractures is the stimulation of oil and gas wells to increase production. Several physical processes affect the propagation of these fractures, including the flow of viscous fluid, creation of solid surfaces, and leak-off of fracturing fluid. The interplay and the competition between these processes lead to multiple length scales and timescales in the system, which reveal the shifting influence of the far-field stress, viscous dissipation, fracture energy, and leak-off as the fracture propagates.

  9. Mechanisms and modeling of cleavage fracture in simulated heat-affected zone microstructures of a high-strength low alloy steel

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    Lambert-Perlade, A.; Sturel, T.; Gourgues, A. F.; Besson, J.; Pineau, A.

    2004-03-01

    The effect of the welding cycle on the fracture toughness properties of high-strength low alloy (HSLA) steels is examined by means of thermal simulation of heat-affected zone (HAZ) microstructures. Tensile tests on notched bars and fracture toughness tests at various temperatures are performed together with fracture surface observations and cross-sectional analyses. The influence of martensite-austenite (M-A) constituents and of “crystallographic” bainite packets on cleavage fracture micromechanisms is, thus, evidenced as a function of temperature. Three weakest-link probabilistic models (the “Master-curve” (MC) approach, the Beremin model, and a “double-barrier” (DB) model) are applied to account for the ductile-to-brittle transition (DBT) fracture toughness curve. Some analogy, but also differences, are found between the MC approach and the Beremin model. The DB model, having nonfitted, physically based scatter parameters, is applied to the martensite-containing HAZ microstructures and gives promising results.

  10. EFFECT OF TESTING ENVIRONMENT ON FRACTURING BEHAVIOR OF Fe3Si BASED ALLOY

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    J.H. Peng; G.L. Chen

    2003-01-01

    The mechanical behavior of Fe3Si based alloy with B2 structure was studied by tensionand fracture toughness test in various testing media. The fracture strength σb ofFe3Si alloy decreased in the following order: oxygen, air and hydrogen respectively.The fracture toughness in different testing environment showed that KiC in oxygenis 11.5±0.3MPa. m1/2, and is 8.6±0.4MPa. m1/2 in distilled water. The reductionof fracture toughness is contributed to the environmental reaction of Si with water.Addition of Al element in Fe3Si is not beneficial to improve the intrinsic ductility ofFe-14Si-3Al alloy. The scattering phenomenon of fracture strength was found, andexplained by fracture mechanics. It was found by means of SEM that the fracture modechanged from transgranular in oxygen to intergranular in hydrogen gas and distilledwater.

  11. Mechanical properties of fracture zones

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    Available data on mechanical characteristics of fracture zones are compiled and discussed. The aim is to improve the basis for adequate representation of fracture zones in geomechanical models. The sources of data researched are primarily borehole investigations and case studies in rock engineering, involving observations of fracture zones subjected to artificial load change. Boreholes only yield local information about the components of fracture zones, i.e. intact rock, fractures and various low-strength materials. Difficulties are therefore encountered in evaluating morphological and mechanical properties of fracture zones from borehole data. Although often thought of as macroscopically planar features, available field data consistently show that fracture zones are characterized by geometrical irregularities such as thickness variations, surface undulation and jogs. These irregularities prevail on all scales. As a result, fracture zones are on all scales characterized by large, in-plane variation of strength- and deformational properties. This has important mechanical consequences in terms of non-uniform stress transfer and complex mechanisms of shear deformation. Field evidence for these findings, in particular results from the underground research laboratory in Canada and from studies of induced fault slip in deep mines, is summarized and discussed. 79 refs

  12. Small Crack Growth and Fatigue Life Predictions for High-Strength Aluminium Alloys. Part 1; Experimental and Fracture Mechanics Analysis

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    Wu, X. R.; Newman, J. C.; Zhao, W.; Swain, M. H.; Ding, C. F.; Phillips, E. P.

    1998-01-01

    The small crack effect was investigated in two high-strength aluminium alloys: 7075-T6 bare and LC9cs clad alloy. Both experimental and analytical investigations were conducted to study crack initiation and growth of small cracks. In the experimental program, fatigue tests, small crack and large crack tests A,ere conducted under constant amplitude and Mini-TWIST spectrum loading conditions. A pronounced small crack effect was observed in both materials, especially for the negative stress ratios. For all loading conditions, most of the fatigue life of the SENT specimens was shown to be crack propagation from initial material defects or from the cladding layer. In the analysis program, three-dimensional finite element and A weight function methods were used to determine stress intensity factors and to develop SIF equations for surface and corner cracks at the notch in the SENT specimens. A plastisity-induced crack-closure model was used to correlate small and large crack data, and to make fatigue life predictions, Predicted crack-growth rates and fatigue lives agreed well with experiments. A total fatigue life prediction method for the aluminum alloys was developed and demonstrated using the crack-closure model.

  13. Fracture testing of beryllium copper alloy C17510

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    Beryllium copper alloy C17510 has been selected as the primary candidate material for the Burning Plasma Experiment (BPX) toroidal field coil conductors, Since the coils will be subjected to both mechanical and thermal load cycling during their design life, it becomes imperative to be able to predict the fatigue crack propagation characteristics of this essential structural system. While C17510 is well defined in terms of conventional static properties (e.g., yield, modulus, elongation), virtually no data existed for its plane-strain fracture toughness and fatigue crack growth rate constants, which are required if an accurate life prediction of the coils is to be made using linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM). This paper will discuss the test program, in particular, fracture toughness and fatigue crack propagation testing, and their respective results

  14. Mechanisms of Plastic and Fracture Instabilities for Alloy Development of Fusion Materials. Final Project Report for period July 15, 1998 - July 14, 2003

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    The main objective of this research was to develop new computational tools for the simulation and analysis of plasticity and fracture mechanisms of fusion materials, and to assist in planning and assessment of corresponding radiation experiments

  15. Mechanisms of Plastic and Fracture Instabilities for Alloy Development of Fusion Materials. Final Project Report for period July 15, 1998 - July 14, 2003

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    Ghoniem, N. M.

    2003-07-14

    The main objective of this research was to develop new computational tools for the simulation and analysis of plasticity and fracture mechanisms of fusion materials, and to assist in planning and assessment of corresponding radiation experiments.

  16. Mechanisms of plastic instability and fracture of compressed and tensile tested Mg-Li alloys investigated using the acoustic emission method

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    A. Pawełek; A. Piątkowski; W. Wajda; W. Skuza; A. Tarasek; W. Ozgowicz; B. Grzegorczyk; Z. Ranachowski; S. Kúdela; S. Kúdela, Jr.

    2016-01-01

    The results of the investigation of both mechanical and acoustic emission (AE) behaviors of Mg4Li5Al alloy subjected to compression and tensile tests at room temperature are compared with the test results obtained using the same alloy and loading scheme but at elevated temperatures. The main aim of the paper is to investigate, to determine and to explain the possible influence of factors related with enhanced internal stresses such as: segregation of precipitates along grain bound...

  17. Probabilistic application of fracture mechanics

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    The different methods used to evaluate the rupture probability of a pressure vessel are reviewed. Data collection and processing of all parameters necessary for fracture mechanics evaluation are presented with particular attention to the size distribution of defects in actual vessels. Physical process is followed during crack growth and unstable propagation, using LEFM (Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanism) and plastic instability. Results show that the final failure probability for a PWR pressure vessel is 3.5 10-8, and is due essentially to LOCAs for any break size. The weakest point is the internal side of the belt line

  18. Fracture toughness of irradiated stainless steel alloys

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    The postirradiation fracture toughness responses of Types 316 and 304 stainless steel (SS) wrought products, cast CF8 SS and Type 308 SS weld deposit were characterized at 4270C using J/sub R/-curve techniques. Fast-neutron irradiation of these alloys caused an order of magnitude reduction in J/sub c/ and two orders of magnitude reduction in tearing modulus at neutron exposures above 10 dpa, where radiation-induced losses in toughness appeared to saturate. Saturation J/sub c/ values for the wrought materials ranged from 28 to 31 kJ/m2; the weld exhibited a saturation level of 11 kJ/m2. Maximum allowable flaw sizes for highly irradiated stainless steel components stressed to 90% of the unirradiated yield strength are on the order of 3 cm for the wrought material and 1 cm for the weld. Electron fractographic examination revealed that irradiation displacement damage brought about a transition from ductile microvoid coalescence to channel fracture, associated with local separation along planar deformation bands. The lower saturation toughness value for the weld relative to that for the wrought products was attributed to local failure of ferrite particles ahead of the advancing crack which prematurely initiated channel fracture

  19. Localization of deformation and fracture of zirconium alloys

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    The report consists of two parts. The first explains the theory of the localization of deformation in deformation zones and the theory of localized necking of thin sheets and their relation to the localization of damage and development of cracks. Part two deals with the qualitative and quantitative analysis of the behavior of Zr alloys. A bifurcation analysis is used for three variant constitutive equations to verify the hypothesis that predicted values of critical deformation in a corrosive medium represent deformations to fracture. The relation is defined between fracture toughness in a corrosive medium and critical deformation for the localization of deformation in deformation zones. The analysis of the processes of corrosion cracking of cladding tubes which had been without defects in the initial state, and of the development of cracks in the corrosive medium during planar deformation showed that there exists a close relation between mechanical characteristics and the development and growth of cracks. (author). 7 figs., 50 refs

  20. Polymer blends formed by the solid state mechanical alloying process

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    Farrell, Michael P.

    1994-01-01

    In the early 1970's a new processing technique to produce metallic alloys was developed by Benjamin and co-workers. This novel technique, called Mechanical Alloying (MA), involves the repeated welding, working hardening, and fracture of metallic powders to form an alloy. The research presented in this thesis describes the use of the MA process to form polymer blends. Until recently there has been no published work discussing the possibility of using this technique with polymers...

  1. Effects of alloy and solution chemistry on the fracture of passive films on austenitic stainless steel

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    The Taguchi analysis method was used to simultaneously study the effects of alloy chemistry, pH, and halide ion concentrations on the fracture of electrochemically grown passive films using a nanoindentation technique. Three austenitic stainless steels, 304L, 316L, and 904L were potentiostatically polarized in hydrochloric acid solutions. The fracture load was dominated primarily by alloy chemistry. Passive films mechanically weaken as the atomic iron concentration increases in the film. Prolonged anodic ageing time increases the fracture load of passive films

  2. Effects of alloy and solution chemistry on the fracture of passive films on austenitic stainless steel

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    Alamr, A. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, P.O. Box 642920, Pullman, WA 99164-2920 (United States)]. E-mail: alamrz@wsu.edu; Bahr, D.F. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, P.O. Box 642920, Pullman, WA 99164-2920 (United States)]. E-mail: bahr@mail.wsu.edu; Jacroux, Michael [Department of Statistics, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-3144 (United States) ]. E-mail: jacroux@wsu.edu

    2006-04-15

    The Taguchi analysis method was used to simultaneously study the effects of alloy chemistry, pH, and halide ion concentrations on the fracture of electrochemically grown passive films using a nanoindentation technique. Three austenitic stainless steels, 304L, 316L, and 904L were potentiostatically polarized in hydrochloric acid solutions. The fracture load was dominated primarily by alloy chemistry. Passive films mechanically weaken as the atomic iron concentration increases in the film. Prolonged anodic ageing time increases the fracture load of passive films.

  3. Continuum damage and fracture mechanics

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    Öchsner, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    This textbook offers readers an introduction to damage and fracture mechanics, equipping them to grasp the basic ideas of the presented approaches to modeling in applied mechanics. In the first part, the book reviews and expands on the classical theory of elastic and elasto-plastic material behavior. A solid understanding of these two topics is the essential prerequisite to advancing to damage and fracture mechanics. Thus, the second part of this course provides an introduction to the treatment of damage and fractures in the context of applied mechanics. Wherever possible, the one-dimensional case is first introduced and then generalized in a following step. This departs somewhat from the more classical approach, where first the most general case is derived and then simplified to special cases. In general, the required mathematics background is kept to a minimum.   Tutorials are included at the end of each chapter, presenting the major steps for the solution and offering valuable tips and tricks. The supplem...

  4. Microstructure and Mechanical Behavior of High-Entropy Alloys

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    Licavoli, Joseph J.; Gao, Michael C.; Sears, John S.; Jablonski, Paul D.; Hawk, Jeffrey A.

    2015-10-01

    High-entropy alloys (HEAs) have generated interest in recent years due to their unique positioning within the alloy world. By incorporating a number of elements in high proportion, usually of equal atomic percent, they have high configurational entropy, and thus, they hold the promise of interesting and useful properties such as enhanced strength and alloy stability. The present study investigates the mechanical behavior, fracture characteristics, and microstructure of two single-phase FCC HEAs CoCrFeNi and CoCrFeNiMn with some detailed attention given to melting, homogenization, and thermo-mechanical processing. Ingots approaching 8 kg in mass were made by vacuum induction melting to avoid the extrinsic factors inherent to small-scale laboratory button samples. A computationally based homogenization heat treatment was given to both alloys in order to eliminate any solidification segregation. The alloys were then fabricated in the usual way (forging, followed by hot rolling) with typical thermo-mechanical processing parameters employed. Transmission electron microscopy was subsequently used to assess the single-phase nature of the alloys prior to mechanical testing. Tensile specimens (ASTM E8) were prepared with tensile mechanical properties obtained from room temperature through 800 °C. Material from the gage section of selected tensile specimens was extracted to document room and elevated temperature deformation within the HEAs. Fracture surfaces were also examined to note fracture failure modes. The tensile behavior and selected tensile properties were compared with results in the literature for similar alloys.

  5. Influence of Electric Field on Mechanical Properties of Al-Li Alloy Containing Cerium and Electronic Mechanism

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    刘兵; 陈铮; 王永欣; 王西宁

    2001-01-01

    The effect of electric field on the mechanical properties and microstructure of Al-Li alloy containing Ce was investigated, and mechanism was discussed. The experimental results show that the ductility of the alloy is enhanced by the electric field. The fracture features are changed and the precipitates are dispersed under the effect of the electric field. The mechanism discussion reveals that the effects of the electric field on the alloy are due to the change of the electron density in the alloy.

  6. Fracture Mechanisms in Steel Castings

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    Z. Stradomski

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The investigations were inspired with the problem of cracking of steel castings during the production process. A single mechanism of decohesion - the intergranular one - occurs in the case of hot cracking, while a variety of structural factors is decisive for hot cracking initiation, depending on chemical composition of the cast steel. The low-carbon and low-alloyed steel castings crack due to the presence of the type II sulphides, the cause of cracking of the high-carbon tool cast steels is the net of secondary cementite and/or ledeburite precipitated along the boundaries of solidified grains. Also the brittle phosphor and carbide eutectics precipitated in the final stage solidification are responsible for cracking of castings made of Hadfield steel. The examination of mechanical properties at 1050°C revealed low or very low strength of high-carbon cast steels.

  7. Machining characteristics and fracture morphologies in a copper-beryllium (Cu-2Be) alloy

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    Sudhakar, K. V.; Cisneros, J. C.; Cervantes, Hector; Pineda, Cosme Gomez

    2006-02-01

    The technology of materials removal is improved greatly by the introduction of advanced cutting tools like cubic boron nitride, ceramics, polycrystalline diamond and the more recent whisker-reinforced materials. In this paper, the influence of cutting temperature on machinability, mechanical properties, microstructure, and fracture morphology of Cu-2Be alloy using a polycrystalline diamond cutter is investigated. The information on machining, microstructure, and fracture morphology of Cu-2Be alloy are very useful to understand their fabrication characteristics and the basic mechanisms of its deformation and fracture. The machinability (in terms of surface finish) of Cu-2Be alloy is evaluated as a function of cutting temperature, resulting from wet and dry cutting. Machining is carried out on a Hardinge Cobra 42 CNC machine (Hardinge Inc., Elmira, NY), and the machining parameters used—cutting speed, depth of cut, and feed rate—are kept constant during both wet and dry cutting. The machined surface finish on Cu-2Be alloy is measured using a surface finish analyzer (Surftest 401, series 178) technique. The machined specimens are examined for their strength and hardness properties using a standard Universal Testing Machine and Rockwell hardness tester, respectively. Wet cutting (using coolants) produced a smooth surface finish when compared with dry cutting of the Cu-2Be alloy. The machined specimens are examined for their microstructural features using a Nikon optical microscope. The specimens are etched using a suitable etchant solution for revealing such microstructure constituents as grain size, phase proportions, and the possible overheated areas (especially in dry cutting). The fractured surfaces from the tensile and impact toughness tests are investigated for their fracture morphologies (dry and wet cutting) using a microprocessor-controlled scanning electron microscope (Jeol Model JSM 5910 LV). A detailed analysis is also made to understand and interpret

  8. Fracture mechanics of mollusc shells

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    Cortie, Michael B. [Institute for Nanoscale Technology, University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)]. E-mail: michael.cortie@uts.edu.au; McBean, Katie E. [Microstructural Analysis Unit, University of Technology, Sydney (Australia); Elcombe, Margaret M. [Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, PMB 1, NSW (Australia)

    2006-11-15

    The shape and structure of the shells of molluscs has attracted considerable attention. One aspect of interest is the comparatively high resistance to fracture of these shells. It is known that they are composite structures of aragonite, other calcereous materials, and up to 5% by volume of protein 'glue'. A large component of their toughening derives from crack tip blunting, deflection and closure, concepts well-known from the field of fracture mechanics. However, the possibility that they might also derive a measure of toughening from a residual stress distribution has been generally overlooked, although Illert first raised this over a decade ago. The optimum situation would be when the inner surface of the shell is maintained in a state of tensile stress, while the outer layers are in the necessarily counter-balancing compressive state. We have examined this hypothesis using a combination of neutron diffraction and scanning electron microscopy and find that it is certainly feasible. However, a definitive proof will require a diffraction study at higher resolution.

  9. Fracture Mechanics: Inspirations from Nature

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    David Taylor

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In Nature there are many examples of materials performing structural functions. Nature requires materials which are stiff and strong to provide support against various forces, including self-weight, the dynamic forces involved in movement, and external loads such as wind or the actions of a predator. These materials and structures have evolved over millions of years; the science of Biomimetics seeks to understand Nature and, as a result, to find inspiration for the creation of better engineering solutions. There has been relatively little fundamental research work in this area from a fracture mechanics point of view. Natural materials are quite brittle and, as a result, they have evolved several interesting strategies for preventing failure by crack propagation. Fatigue is also a major problem for many animals and plants. In this paper, several examples will be given of recent work in the Bioengineering Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin, investigating fracture and fatigue in such diverse materials as bamboo, the legs and wings of insects, and living cells.

  10. A study of cyclic fatigue, damage initiation, damage propagation, and fracture of welded titanium alloy plate

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    In this paper, the influence of test specimen orientation and microstructure on cyclic stress-amplitude controlled fatigue response, damage initiation, damage propagation and fracture behavior of samples taken from a welded plate of titanium alloy is presented and discussed. Test specimens from the chosen alloy were prepared from an as-welded plate of the material with the stress axis both parallel (longitudinal) and perpendicular (transverse) to the deformed (rolling) direction of the plate. The test specimens were cyclically deformed at different values of maximum stress at a constant load ratio of 0.1, and the resultant cycles-to-failure was recorded. The fracture surfaces of the deformed and failed test specimens were examined in a scanning electron microscope to establish the macroscopic fracture mode, the intrinsic features on the fatigue fracture surface and the role of applied stress-microstructural feature interactions in establishing the microscopic mechanisms governing failure.

  11. Recent trends in fracture and damage mechanics

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    Zybell, Lutz

    2016-01-01

    This book covers a wide range of topics in fracture and damage mechanics. It presents historical perspectives as well as recent innovative developments, presented by peer reviewed contributions from internationally acknowledged authors.  The volume deals with the modeling of fracture and damage in smart materials, current industrial applications of fracture mechanics, and it explores advances in fracture testing methods. In addition, readers will discover trends in the field of local approach to fracture and approaches using analytical mechanics. Scholars in the fields of materials science, engineering and computational science will value this volume which is dedicated to Meinhard Kuna on the occasion of his 65th birthday in 2015. This book incorporates the proceedings of an international symposium that was organized to honor Meinhard Kuna’s contributions to the field of theoretical and applied fracture and damage mechanics.

  12. Tensile deformation and fracture behavior of CuZn5 brass alloy at high temperature

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    Sharififar, M., E-mail: m.sharififar@ut.ac.ir; Akbari Mousavi, S.A.A., E-mail: akbarimusavi@ut.ac.ir

    2014-01-31

    Alpha brass alloys are widely used for production of rectangular waveguides because of their low bulk resistivity. In this paper, the microstructure, tensile deformation and fracture behavior of CuZn5 brass alloy were investigated. The strain rate sensitivity and its relation to post-uniform deformation in tensile test and correlation between strain hardening exponent (n) and temperature were examined. The results show that strain hardening exponent decreases from 0.5 to 0.4 with increase in test temperature from 250 to 450 °C. Tensile fracture mechanisms of as-extruded CuZn5 brass alloy were studied over a range of temperatures from 300 to 450 °C and range of strain rates from 0.01 to 0.4 1/s by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). The results show that different fracture mechanisms operate in different temperature and strain rate ranges. While transgranular dimple fracture is dominant at 300 °C and 0.4 1/s, the dominant fracture mechanism at 450 °C and 0.01 1/s is cleavage facets. Precipitations and grain boundary sliding at high temperature may be the mechanism of ductility drop. Dynamic strain ageing (DSA) did not occur since none of the manifestations of DSA are observed.

  13. Microstructure, tensile properties and fracture behavior of high temperature Al–Si–Mg–Cu cast alloys

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    Mohamed, A.M.A., E-mail: madel@uqac.ca [Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, Doha (Qatar); Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez Canal University, Box 43721, Suez (Egypt); Samuel, F.H. [Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, QC, Canada G7H 2B1 (Canada); Al Kahtani, Saleh [Industrial Engineering Program, Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, Salman bin Abdulaziz University, Al Kharj (Saudi Arabia)

    2013-08-10

    The high temperature tensile behavior of 354 aluminum cast alloy was investigated in the presence of Zr and Ni. The cast alloys were given a solutionizing treatment followed by artificial aging at 190 °C for 2 h. High temperature tensile tests were conducted at various temperatures from 25 °C to 300 °C. Optical microscopy and electron probe micro-analyzer were used to study the microstructure of different intermetallic phases formed. The fractographic observations of fracture surface were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy to understand the fracture mechanism. The results revealed that the intermetallics phases of (Al, Si){sub 3}(Zr, Ti), Al{sub 3}CuNi and Al{sub 9}NiFe are the main feature in the microstructures of alloys with Zr and Ni additions. The results also indicated that the tensile strength of alloy decreases with an increase in temperature. The combined addition of 0.2 wt% Zr and 0.2 wt% Ni leads to a 30% increase in the tensile properties at 300 °C compared to the base alloy. Zr and Ni bearing phases played a vital role in the fracture mechanism of the alloys studied.

  14. Microstructure, tensile properties and fracture behavior of high temperature Al–Si–Mg–Cu cast alloys

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    The high temperature tensile behavior of 354 aluminum cast alloy was investigated in the presence of Zr and Ni. The cast alloys were given a solutionizing treatment followed by artificial aging at 190 °C for 2 h. High temperature tensile tests were conducted at various temperatures from 25 °C to 300 °C. Optical microscopy and electron probe micro-analyzer were used to study the microstructure of different intermetallic phases formed. The fractographic observations of fracture surface were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy to understand the fracture mechanism. The results revealed that the intermetallics phases of (Al, Si)3(Zr, Ti), Al3CuNi and Al9NiFe are the main feature in the microstructures of alloys with Zr and Ni additions. The results also indicated that the tensile strength of alloy decreases with an increase in temperature. The combined addition of 0.2 wt% Zr and 0.2 wt% Ni leads to a 30% increase in the tensile properties at 300 °C compared to the base alloy. Zr and Ni bearing phases played a vital role in the fracture mechanism of the alloys studied

  15. Effect of temperature on tensile fracture mechanisms of a Ni-base superalloy

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The Ni-base superalloy GTD-111 is used in manufacturing of the first stage blades of powerful gas turbines (over 125MW. The alloy posses appropriate microstructure and high temperature properties through precipitation hardening heat treatment. Among the properties, tensile properties of the alloy have strong influence on stability and life of the blades.Design/methodology/approach: Tensile tests over a wide range of temperatures from 25 to 950°C with a constant strain rate of 10-4s-1 were performed to study the tensile fracture mechanisms of the cast and heat treated superalloy. Scanning electron microscopy was used to provide structural and fractography evidence of the superalloy GTD-111at different temperatures.Findings: The fractography results of the tensile tested specimens were in good agreement with the variation in alloy ductility. Many fractography features such as: transgranular and intergranular fracture with fine dimples, cleavage facets and a combination of them were observed in the specimens tested at different temperatures.Research limitations/implications: Because fatigue is an important fracture mechanism at the service condition of the alloy it is suggested for future research to work on the simultaneous effects of tension and fatigue on the fracture mechanisms although, tensile properties alone are important for the alloy.Originality/value: It was found that different fracture mechanisms operated in different temperature ranges for example, while transgranular dimple fracture was dominant at 650°C, the dominant fracture mechanism at room temperature was intergranular.

  16. Fracture toughnens in structural alloys under cyclic loading

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    An experimental study of cyclic deformation diagrams of 15Kh2MFA and 15Kh2HMFA steels was carried out at 293, 213 and 183 K soft and strain-controlled loading and stress ratio R=-1; 0; 0.5. The model of brittle fracture of structural alloys with cracks under cyclic loading is experimentally substantiated. It permits predicting the load cycling effect on characteristics of fracture tough-ness of structural alloys and regularities of unstable crack propagation in transition from fatigue to brittle failure

  17. Fracture mechanics analyses with PERMAS for high temperature applications

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    Laterally notched CT specimens and tubes with cracks have been investigated by extensive finite-element analyses in order to determine the decisive fracture mechanics characteristics. Test results on creep crack growth were available for the CT specimens and fatigue crack growth results for tubes. The experiments were carried out on the austenitic alloy X10NiCrAlTi 32 20 (INCOLOY 800H) at temperatures between 550deg C and 800deg C. (orig./MM)

  18. Fracture mechanics analyses with PERMAS for high temperature applications

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    Altes, J.; Koschmieder, D. (Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Nukleare Sicherheitsforschung); Beckers, H. (Gesellschaft fuer Strukturanalyse mbH, Aachen (Germany))

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    Laterally notched CT specimens and tubes with cracks have been investigated by extensive finite-element analyses in order to determine the decisive fracture mechanics characteristics. Test results on creep crack growth were available for the CT specimens and fatigue crack growth results for tubes. The experiments were carried out on the austenitic alloy X10NiCrAlTi 32 20 (INCOLOY 800H) at temperatures between 550deg C and 800deg C. (orig./MM).

  19. Fracture toughness of Alloy 600 and EN82H weld in air and water

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    The fracture toughness of Alloy 600 and its weld, EN82H, was characterized in 54 C to 338 C air and hydrogenated water. Elastic-plastic JIC testing was performed due to the inherent high toughness of these materials. Alloy 600 exhibited excellent fracture toughness under all test conditions. While EN82H welds displayed excellent toughness in air and high temperature water, a dramatic toughness degradation occurred in water at temperatures below 149 C. Comparison of the cracking response in low temperature water with that for hydrogen-precharged specimens tested in air demonstrated that the loss in toughness is due to a hydrogen-induced intergranular cracking mechanism. At loading rates about approx. 1000 MPa √m/h, the toughness in low temperature water is improved because there is insufficient time for hydrogen to embrittle grain boundaries. Electron fractographic examinations were performed to correlate macroscopic properties with key microstructural features and operative fracture mechanisms

  20. Physical fracture properties (fracture surfaces as information sources; crackgrowth and fracture mechanisms; exemples of cracks)

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    Fracture surfaces are considered as a useful source of informations: an introduction to fractography is presented; the fracture surface may be observed through X ray microanalysis, and other physical methods such as Auger electron spectroscopy or secundary ion emission. The mechanisms of macroscopic and microscopic crackgrowth and fracture are described, in the case of unstable fracture (cleavage, ductile with shear, intergranular brittleness) and of progressive crack propagation (creep, fatigue). Exemples of cracks are presented in the last chapter

  1. Fracture mechanics of piezoelectric and ferroelectric solids

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    Fang, Daining

    2013-01-01

    Fracture Mechanics of Piezoelectric and Ferroelectric Solids presents a systematic and comprehensive coverage of the fracture mechanics of piezoelectric/ferroelectric materials, which includes the theoretical analysis, numerical computations and experimental observations. The main emphasis is placed on the mechanics description of various crack problems such static, dynamic and interface fractures as well as the physical explanations for the mechanism of electrically induced fracture. The book is intended for postgraduate students, researchers and engineers in the fields of solid mechanics, applied physics, material science and mechanical engineering. Dr. Daining Fang is a professor at the School of Aerospace, Tsinghua University, China; Dr. Jinxi Liu is a professor at the Department of Engineering Mechanics, Shijiazhuang Railway Institute, China.

  2. Characterization of fracture behavior of 2024-O and 2024-T3 aluminum alloys; Caracterizacion de la respuesta a fractura de las aleaciones de aluminio 2024-O y 2024-T3

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    Monsalve, A.; Morales, R.

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    The fracture behavior of 2024-O (annealed) and 2024-T3 (precipitation hardened) aluminum alloys used in aeronautical applications have been characterized. The study of the annealed alloy was carried out through the concept of Essential Specific Work of Fracture, using the ESIS protocol. DENT (Double Edge Notch Tension) samples were used, varying the ligament length in order to determine the relationship between the essential specific work of fracture and the thickness of the material. In the case of 2024-T3 alloy, the essential specific work of fracture was determined only for low thicknesses, where the predominant conditions are plane stress. However, for this alloy, the results were not conclusive because of the high fracture toughness of these hardened alloys. Finally, the fracture surface of these alloys was characterized finding a ductile mechanism in the case of the annealed alloy and ductile-brittle mechanism in the case of the hardened alloy. (Author) 9 refs.

  3. Influence of secondary phase particles on Zr-alloy plastic flow stability and fracture

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    The influence of intermetallic particles and hydrides on the total and local ductility as well as on the fracture mechanism in Zr-2.5Nb and Zr-1Nb-1.3Sn-0.4Fe alloys was studied by the methods of acoustic emission (AE). Based on measurements of maximum (peak) values of AE amplitudes depending on secondary phase size and distribution two alternative mechanisms were established of loss of flow stability in alloys under tension: geometrical loss of strength for uniform fine particle distribution, and microcracking at the stage of uniform strain for coarse particle aggregates or fine particle stringers. Ways of increasing the fracture toughness resistance of alloys were suggested by increasing the stability of local flow at a crack tip through optimization of matrix deformation ability, secondary phase size and distribution within matrix. Analysis is given to quantitative relationships between fracture toughness and microstructure characteristics of alloys. Original devices and techniques were developed to quantitatively analyze local processes of strain and fracture based on AE measurements which allows assessment of unstable flow zones and measurement of microcrack 5 μm and more in size. (orig.)

  4. Effects of pre-stretching and ageing on the strength and fracture toughness of aluminum alloy 7050

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    Research highlights: → The 7xxx series aluminum alloy has been extensively used for manufacturing of aircraft structural wing components where a good compromise between the strength and fracture toughness is required. → The strength can be improved through the appropriate thermo-mechanical treatments, but it is difficult to keep the fracture toughness at a high level simultaneously. → In this paper, the effects of pre-stretching, peak ageing, high temperature and a subsequent low temperature ageing, over ageing, and retrogression and reaging on the tensile property and fracture toughness of the 7050 aluminum alloy are studied. → These results are contributed to get an improved comprehensive property of the 7xxx series aluminum alloy. - Abstract: The effects of the pre-stretching and ageing on the microstructure, strength and fracture toughness of the 7050 aluminum alloy were investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, tensile test and the plane-strain fracture toughness test. The results indicate that the peak aged 7050 aluminum alloy possesses a higher strength, but its fracture toughness is poor. The high temperature and a subsequent low temperature ageing improve the fracture toughness by 8% while the strength is decreased by 3.5%. The fracture toughness of the over aged 7050 aluminum alloy is enhanced by 29% with a decrease in the strength of 7%. The retrogression and reaging provides an optimum combination of the strength and fracture toughness, which improves the fracture toughness by 17% without sacrificing the strength. After the pre-stretching, the precipitates within grains become coarse for all the ageing tempers which results in a lower strength. While the strength difference between the matrix and the grain boundary become lower and the area fraction of the grain boundary precipitates become smaller, leading to the higher fracture toughness.

  5. Mechanisms of hydraulic fracturing in cohesive soil

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    Jun-jie WANG

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Hydraulic fracturing in the soil core of earth-rockfill dams is a common problem affecting the safety of the dams. Based on fracture tests, a new criterion for hydraulic fracturing in cohesive soil was suggested. Using this criterion, the mechanisms of hydraulic fracturing in cubic soil specimens were investigated. The results indicate that the propagation of the crack in a cubic specimen under water pressure occurs in a mixed mode I-II if the crack face is not perpendicular to any of the principal stresses, and the crack most likely to propagate is the one that is perpendicular to the minor principal stress and propagates in mode I.

  6. Mechanisms of hydraulic fracturing in cohesive soil

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    Wang, Jun-Jie; Zhang, Hui-ping; Ming-jie ZHAO; Lin, Xin

    2009-01-01

    Hydraulic fracturing in the soil core of earth-rockfill dams is a common problem affecting the safety of the dams. Based on fracture tests, a new criterion for hydraulic fracturing in cohesive soil was suggested. Using this criterion, the mechanisms of hydraulic fracturing in cubic soil specimens were investigated. The results indicate that the propagation of the crack in a cubic specimen under water pressure occurs in a mixed mode I-II if the crack face is not perpendicular to any of the pri...

  7. Effect of alloying addition and microstructural parameters on mechanical properties of 93% tungsten heavy alloys

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    Liquid phase sintering, heat treatment and swaging studies on three tungsten heavy alloys, 93W–4.9Ni–2.1Fe (wt%), 93W–4.2Ni–1.2Fe–1.6Co (wt%) and 93W–4.9Ni–1.9Fe–0.2Re (wt%) were carried out in detail with respect to microstructure, tensile and impact properties. All the alloys were sintered and swaged to 40% deformation. The results indicate that Re addition reduces the grain size of the alloy compared to W–Ni–Fe and W-Ni-Fe-Co alloys. W–Ni–Fe–Re alloy shows superior tensile properties in heat treated condition as compared to W–Ni–Fe and W–Ni–Fe–Co alloys. SEM study of fractured specimens clearly indicates that the failure in case of W–Ni–Fe–Re was due to transgranular cleavage of tungsten grains and W–W de-cohesion. W–Ni–Fe and W–Ni–Fe–Co alloys also failed by mixed mode failure. However, in these cases, ductile dimples corresponding the failure of the matrix phase was rarely seen. Thermo-mechanical processing resulted in significant changes in mechanical properties. While W–Ni–Fe–Re alloy showed the highest tensile strength (1380 MPa), W–Ni–Fe–Co exhibited the highest elongation (12%) to failure. A detailed analysis involving microstructure, mechanical properties and failure behavior was undertaken in order to understand the property trends

  8. Effect of alloying addition and microstructural parameters on mechanical properties of 93% tungsten heavy alloys

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    Ravi Kiran, U., E-mail: uravikiran@gmail.com [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad 500 058 (India); Panchal, A.; Sankaranarayana, M. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad 500 058 (India); Nageswara Rao, G.V.S. [National Institute of Technology, Warangal 506004 (India); Nandy, T.K. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad 500 058 (India)

    2015-07-29

    Liquid phase sintering, heat treatment and swaging studies on three tungsten heavy alloys, 93W–4.9Ni–2.1Fe (wt%), 93W–4.2Ni–1.2Fe–1.6Co (wt%) and 93W–4.9Ni–1.9Fe–0.2Re (wt%) were carried out in detail with respect to microstructure, tensile and impact properties. All the alloys were sintered and swaged to 40% deformation. The results indicate that Re addition reduces the grain size of the alloy compared to W–Ni–Fe and W-Ni-Fe-Co alloys. W–Ni–Fe–Re alloy shows superior tensile properties in heat treated condition as compared to W–Ni–Fe and W–Ni–Fe–Co alloys. SEM study of fractured specimens clearly indicates that the failure in case of W–Ni–Fe–Re was due to transgranular cleavage of tungsten grains and W–W de-cohesion. W–Ni–Fe and W–Ni–Fe–Co alloys also failed by mixed mode failure. However, in these cases, ductile dimples corresponding the failure of the matrix phase was rarely seen. Thermo-mechanical processing resulted in significant changes in mechanical properties. While W–Ni–Fe–Re alloy showed the highest tensile strength (1380 MPa), W–Ni–Fe–Co exhibited the highest elongation (12%) to failure. A detailed analysis involving microstructure, mechanical properties and failure behavior was undertaken in order to understand the property trends.

  9. Fracture behavior of Alloy 625 with different precipitate microstructures

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    To study the effect of various ordered phases and their growth on room temperature tensile properties and fracture behavior of Alloy 625, specimens of this alloy were held isothermally at 813 K, 973 K and 1123 K for 10 h, 100 h and 1200 h, respectively. Specimens held at the aforementioned temperatures were subjected to transmission electron microscopic investigation to characterize Ni2(Cr,Mo), γ″ and δ ordered phases. Tensile testing of the heat-treated samples revealed the influence of these ordered phases on the tensile properties and fractures. Primary carbides, which were identified semi-qualitatively under electron-probe micro-analyzer (EPMA) have been found responsible for void nucleation resulting in large dimples in Alloy 625 with solid-solution matrix. Early stages of Ni2(Cr,Mo) and γ″ and their subsequent growth at 813 K, was responsible for increase in strength without reducing ductility considerably. This behavior has been correlated with the reduction in size and depth of the dimples in the fractographs. Transmission electron micrographs showing three variants of γ″ in three orthogonal directions in the alloy matrix have revealed that the morphology of the ordered phase is lens shaped and the precipitate can grow up to ∼150 nm. With the growth of γ″ the alloy is seen to fracture in transgranular cleavage manner following ∼23% of uniform strain. Influence of plate shaped, long and thick δ phase on the strength and ductility appears similar to that of γ″. δ—precipitation after 1200 h of isothermal holding at 1123 K is also seen to cause faceted appearance of the fracture surface, which is similar to that of γ″ after 1200 h of isothermal holding at 973 K. However, the facets are seen to be consisting of dimples, which are small and uniformly distributed over the surface

  10. Mechanical Behaviour of Materials Volume II Fracture Mechanics and Damage

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    François, Dominique; Zaoui, André

    2013-01-01

    Designing new structural materials, extending lifetimes and guarding against fracture in service are among the preoccupations of engineers, and to deal with these they need to have command of the mechanics of material behaviour. This ought to reflect in the training of students. In this respect, the first volume of this work deals with elastic, elastoplastic, elastoviscoplastic and viscoelastic behaviours; this second volume continues with fracture mechanics and damage, and with contact mechanics, friction and wear. As in Volume I, the treatment links the active mechanisms on the microscopic scale and the laws of macroscopic behaviour. Chapter I is an introduction to the various damage phenomena. Chapter II gives the essential of fracture mechanics. Chapter III is devoted to brittle fracture, chapter IV to ductile fracture and chapter V to the brittle-ductile transition. Chapter VI is a survey of fatigue damage. Chapter VII is devoted to hydogen embrittlement and to environment assisted cracking, chapter VIII...

  11. A Hierarchical Approach to Fracture Mechanics

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    Saether, Erik; Taasan, Shlomo

    2004-01-01

    Recent research conducted under NASA LaRC's Creativity and Innovation Program has led to the development of an initial approach for a hierarchical fracture mechanics. This methodology unites failure mechanisms occurring at different length scales and provides a framework for a physics-based theory of fracture. At the nanoscale, parametric molecular dynamic simulations are used to compute the energy associated with atomic level failure mechanisms. This information is used in a mesoscale percolation model of defect coalescence to obtain statistics of fracture paths and energies through Monte Carlo simulations. The mathematical structure of predicted crack paths is described using concepts of fractal geometry. The non-integer fractal dimension relates geometric and energy measures between meso- and macroscales. For illustration, a fractal-based continuum strain energy release rate is derived for inter- and transgranular fracture in polycrystalline metals.

  12. Research of quasi-solid fracture behavior of casting AI-4.5Cu alloys

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    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available The influencing mechanisms of elements Ti and Ce and their interactions on fracture behaviors of casting alloys AI-4.5Cu-0.6Mn were studied by observing tensile fracture behavior in quasi-solid zone under SEM and EDX instruments.The results indicate that the resistance stress against hot cracking can be improved obviously by addition of Ti, because of its grain refining function. It is also found that, when Ce is added into the alloys, besides its effect in refining crystalline, the mechanical behavior of lower melting point eutectic phase in quasi-solid zone can be improved efficiently by some compounds with Ce formed and deposited between dendrites. Therefore, a colligating effect of Ti and Ce on improving resistance stress against hot cracking is more efficient than that only single alloy element is applied. When hot cracking occurs, grains yield at first, and then crack spreads. Both inter-grain and trans-grain fractures are observed, but the major fracture manner is brittleness.

  13. Velocity dependence of fracture toughness in refractory metals and alloys

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    Results of experiments aimed at correlating fracture toughness levels with initial crack velocity and the level of crack tip plastic deformation will be reported. Materials used in the study include pure polycrystalline W and a W based heavy alloy. Variations in velocity response with respect to crack orientation in a swaged bar of the heavy alloy will be correlated with microstructural variations. In this paper the data are compared to predictions of a model which incorporates the crack velocity dependence of energy absorption by crack tip plasticity. In addition, initial experiments on single crystal NiAl will be discussed

  14. Special Features of Fracture of a Solid-State Titanium Alloy - Nickel - Stainless Steel Joint

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    Khazgaliev, R. G.; Mukhametrakhimov, M. Kh.; Imaev, M. F.; Shayakhmetov, R. U.; Mulyukov, R. R.

    2015-10-01

    Microstructure, nanohardness, and special features of fracture of three-phase titanium alloy and stainless steel joint through a nanostructural nickel foil are investigated. Uniformly distributed microcracks are observed in Ti2Ni and TiN3 layers joined at temperatures above T = 700°C, whereas no microcracks are observed in the TiNi layer. This suggests that the reason for microcracking is an anomalously large change in the linear expansion coefficient of the TiNi layer during austenitic-martensitic transformation. Specimens subjected to mechanical tests at T = 20°C are fractured along different layers of the material, namely, in the central part of the specimen they are fractured along the Ti2Тi/TiNi interface, whereas at the edge they are fractured along the TiNi/TiNi3 interface.

  15. Effect of interfacial solute segregation on ductile fracture of Al–Cu–Sc alloys

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    Three-dimensional atom probe analysis is employed to characterize the Sc segregation at θ′/α-Al interfaces in Al–2.5 wt.% Cu–0.3 wt.% Sc alloys aged at 473, 523 and 573 K, respectively. The interfacial Sc concentration is quantitatively evaluated and the change in interfacial energy caused by Sc segregation is assessed, which is in turn correlated to yield strength and ductility of the alloys. The strongest interfacial Sc segregation is generated in the 523 K-aged alloy, resulting in an interfacial Sc concentration about 10 times greater than that in the matrix and a reduction of ∼25% in interfacial energy. Experimental results show that the interfacial Sc segregation promotes θ′ precipitation and enhances the strengthening response. A scaling relationship between the interfacial energy and precipitation strengthening increment is proposed to account for the most notable strengthening effect observed in the 523 K-aged alloy, which is ∼2.5 times that in its Sc-free counterpart and ∼1.5 times that in the 473 and 573 K-aged Al–Cu–Sc alloys. The interfacial Sc segregation, however, causes a sharp drop in the ductility when the precipitate radius is larger than ∼200 nm in the 523 K-aged alloy, indicative of a transition in fracture mechanisms. The underlying fracture mechanism for the low ductility regime, revealed by in situ transmission electron microscopy tensile testing, is that interfacial decohesion occurs at the θ′ precipitates ahead of crack tip and favorably aids the crack propagation. A micromechanical model is developed to rationalize the precipitate size-dependent transition in fracture mechanisms by taking into account the competition between interfacial voiding and matrix Al rupture that is tailored by interfacial Sc segregation

  16. Effect of titanium addition on fracture toughness behavior of ZL108 alloy

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    WENG Yong-gang; LI Zi-jing; LIU Zhi-yong; LIU Wen-cai; WANG Ming-xing; SONG Tian-fu

    2006-01-01

    Two different titanium alloying methods were applied to ZL108 alloy for preparing specimens containing titanium. The specimens were tested on the MTS 810 material test system for studying their behavior of the plane strain fracture toughness KIC. The experimental data were analyzed by the statistical significance tests. The results show that the fracture toughness of the ZL108 alloy containing titanium is superior to that of common ZL108 alloy containing no titanium, but there is no significant difference for different titanium alloying methods. Therefore titanium addition is an effective method for improving the fracture toughness of the alloy ZL108.

  17. Process development for 9Cr nanostructured ferritic alloy (NFA) with high fracture toughness

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    Byun, Thak Sang; Yoon, Ji Hyun; Hoelzer, David T.; Lee, Yong Bok; Kang, Suk Hoon; Maloy, Stuart A.

    2014-06-01

    This article is to summarize the process development and key characterization results for the newly-developed Fe-9Cr based nanostructured ferritic alloys (NFAs) with high fracture toughness. One of the major drawbacks from pursuing ultra-high strength in the past development of NFAs is poor fracture toughness at high temperatures although a high fracture toughness is essential to prevent cracking during manufacturing and to mitigate or delay irradiation-induced embrittlement in irradiation environments. A study on fracture mechanism using the NFA 14YWT found that the low-energy grain boundary decohesion in fracture process at a high temperature (>200 °C) resulted in low fracture toughness. Lately, efforts have been devoted to explore an integrated process to enhance grain bonding. Two base materials were produced through mechanical milling and hot extrusion and designated as 9YWTV-PM1 and 9YWTV-PM2. Isothermal annealing (IA) and controlled rolling (CR) treatments in two phase region were used to enhance diffusion across the interfaces and boundaries. The PM2 alloy after CR treatments showed high fracture toughness (KJQ) at represented temperatures: 240-280 MPa √m at room temperature and 160-220 MPa √m at 500 °C, which indicates that the goal of 100 MPa √m over possible nuclear application temperature range has been well achieved. Furthermore, it is also confirmed by comparison that the CR treatments on 9YWTV-PM2 result in high fracture toughness similar to or higher than those of the conventional ferritic-martensitic steels such as HT9 and NF616.

  18. Fracture analysis of Ag nanobrazing of NiTi to Ti alloy

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    L. Quintino

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Dissimilar joining of shape memory alloys to Ti alloys has long been attempted by several research groups due to the foreseen potential industrial applications. However, the very dissimilar thermo-physical properties of both materials place several difficulties. Brazing can be a solution since the base materials are subjected to a less sharp thermal cycle. In the present study brazed overlap joints of 1 mm thick plates of equiatomic NiTi and Ti6Al4V were produced using nano silver based filler materials. Surfaces were analyzed to assess the type of fracture and the capability of achieving bonding and involved mechanisms are discussed.

  19. Fracture analysis of Ag nanobrazing of NiTi to Ti alloy

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    Quintino, L., E-mail: lquirino@ist.utl.pt [Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa (IST/UTL) (Portugal). Instituto Superior Tecnico. Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica; Liu, L., E-mail: ray.plasma@gmail.com [Tsinghua Univ., Beijing (China). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Hu, A.; Zhou, Y., E-mail: anming.hu@uwaterloo.ca, E-mail: nzhou@uwaterloo.ca [University of Waterloo, Ontario (Canada). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Miranda, R.M., E-mail: rmiranda@fct.unl.pt [Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNIDEMI), Caparica (Portugal). Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica e Industrial

    2013-07-15

    Dissimilar joining of shape memory alloys to Ti alloys has long been attempted by several research groups due to the foreseen potential industrial applications. However, the very dissimilar thermo-physical properties of both materials place several difficulties. Brazing can be a solution since the base materials are subjected to a less sharp thermal cycle. In the present study brazed overlap joints of 1 mm thick plates of equiatomic Ni Ti and Ti6Al4V were produced using nano silver based filler materials. Surfaces were analyzed to asses the type of fracture and the capability of achieving bonding and involved mechanisms are discussed. (author)

  20. Fracture analysis of Ag nanobrazing of NiTi to Ti alloy

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    Dissimilar joining of shape memory alloys to Ti alloys has long been attempted by several research groups due to the foreseen potential industrial applications. However, the very dissimilar thermo-physical properties of both materials place several difficulties. Brazing can be a solution since the base materials are subjected to a less sharp thermal cycle. In the present study brazed overlap joints of 1 mm thick plates of equiatomic Ni Ti and Ti6Al4V were produced using nano silver based filler materials. Surfaces were analyzed to asses the type of fracture and the capability of achieving bonding and involved mechanisms are discussed. (author)

  1. Fracture mechanical behavior of thermal sprayed coatings

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    The goal of this work was to study the fracture mechanical behavior of thick coatings to predict the lifetime of coated components. Four different thermal coatings were investigated. One flame sprayed coating of pure molybdenum and three plasma sprayed aluminum-silica coatings with different molybdenum percentages. The microstructure of the coatings was identified with the scanning electron microscope and the light microscope. With a nanoindenter local hardness and young's modulus values were measured. X-ray studies were used to estimate the grain size of the investigated materials. Special fracture mechanical tests were made to study the behavior of cracks parallel to the coating substrate interface. Three point bending tests were carried out to study the behavior of cracks perpendicular to the coating substrate interface. Bending tests on free standing coatings were used to determine the fracture toughness of the coatings. These tests permitted to study the global fracture mechanical behavior of the coatings. By means of indentation fracture toughness tests we examined the local fracture behavior of the materials. With the local toughness values and taking into account the mismatch, and crack path it was possible to predict the results of the global measurements. (author)

  2. Effect of mechanical alloying on FeCrC reinforced Ni alloys

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    Yilmaz, S. Osman [Univ. of Namik Kemal, Tekirdag (Turkey); Teker, Tanju [Adiyaman Univ. (Turkey). Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; Demir, Fatih [Batman Univ. (Turkey)

    2016-05-01

    Mechanical alloying (MA) is a powder metallurgy processing technique involving cold welding, fracturing and rewelding of powder particles in a high-energy ball mill. In the present study, the intermetallic matrix composites (IMCs) of Ni-Al reinforced by M{sub 7}C{sub 3} were produced by powder metallurgical routes via solid state reaction of Ni, Al and M{sub 7}C{sub 3} particulates by mechanical alloying processes. Ni, Al and M{sub 7}C{sub 3} powders having 100 μm were mixed, mechanical alloyed and the compacts were combusted in a furnace. The mechanically alloyed (MAed) powders were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), microhardness measurement, optic microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). The presence of the carbides depressed the formation of unwanted NiAl intermetallic phases. The mechanical alloyed M{sub 7}C{sub 3} particles were unstable and decomposed partially within the matrix during alloying and sintering, and the morphology of the composites changed with the dissolution ratio of M{sub 7}C{sub 3} and sintering temperature.

  3. Effect of mechanical alloying on FeCrC reinforced Ni alloys

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    Mechanical alloying (MA) is a powder metallurgy processing technique involving cold welding, fracturing and rewelding of powder particles in a high-energy ball mill. In the present study, the intermetallic matrix composites (IMCs) of Ni-Al reinforced by M7C3 were produced by powder metallurgical routes via solid state reaction of Ni, Al and M7C3 particulates by mechanical alloying processes. Ni, Al and M7C3 powders having 100 μm were mixed, mechanical alloyed and the compacts were combusted in a furnace. The mechanically alloyed (MAed) powders were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), microhardness measurement, optic microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). The presence of the carbides depressed the formation of unwanted NiAl intermetallic phases. The mechanical alloyed M7C3 particles were unstable and decomposed partially within the matrix during alloying and sintering, and the morphology of the composites changed with the dissolution ratio of M7C3 and sintering temperature.

  4. Laser treatment of aluminum copper alloys: A mechanical enhancement

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    Aluminum-copper alloys are commonly used as structural components for the car and aircraft industry. They combine low density, high strength, high fracture toughness and good machinability. Moreover, the strength and wear-resistance of the surface of alloys are improved by a high power laser beam. In this way the molten surface will be self-quenched by conduction of heat into the bulk. This technique ensures solidification velocities of 0.01--1 m/s. These high solidification velocities have a significant influence on the size and distribution of the morphology. This work concentrates on Al-Cu alloys, in which the Cu content ranges between 0--40 wt.%, and is aimed at describing the mechanical and microstructural properties of these alloys upon variation of the laser scan velocity in the range of 0.0125 to 0.125 m/s

  5. Mechanical behavior and coupling between mechanical and oxidation in alloy 718: effect of solide solution elements

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    Alloy 718 is the superalloy the most widely used in industry due to its excellent mechanical properties, as well as oxidation and corrosion resistance in wide range of temperatures and solicitation modes. Nevertheless, it is a well-known fact that this alloy is sensitive to stress corrosion cracking and oxidation assisted cracking under loading in the range of temperatures met in service. Mechanisms explaining this phenomenon are not well understood: nevertheless, it is well established that a relation exists between a change in fracture mode and the apparition of plastic instabilities phenomenon. During this study, the instability phenomenon, Portevin-Le Chatelier effect, in alloy 718 was studied by tensile tests in wide ranges of temperatures and strain rates. Different domains of plastic instabilities have been evidenced. Their characteristics suggest the existence of interactions between dislocations and different types of solute elements: interstitials for lower temperatures and substitutionals for higher testing temperatures. Mechanical spectroscopy tests have been performed on alloy 718 and various alloys which composition is comparable to that of alloy 718. These tests prove the mobility of molybdenum atoms in the alloy in the studied temperature range. Specific tests have been performed to study interaction phenomenon between plasticity and oxidation. These results highlight the strong effect of plastic strain rate on both mechanical behavior and intergranular cracking in alloy 718. The subsequent discussion leads to propose hypothesis on coupling effects between deformation mechanisms and oxidation assisted embrittlement in the observed cracking processes. (author)

  6. Influence of microstructure on work-hardening and ductile fracture of aluminium alloys

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    Highlights: • Microstructural effects on work-hardening and fracture of aluminium are studied. • Four alloys with three different processing steps are tested in uniaxial tension. • An experimental–numerical approach is used to determine the work-hardening. • The microstructure has a strong effect on both work-hardening and ductility. • A linear decrease in failure strain with yield stress for the materials is found. - Abstract: The effect of microstructure on the work-hardening and ductile fracture of aluminium alloys was studied using an experimental–numerical approach. Four aluminium alloys with different strength and particle content were tested in uniaxial tension after the following subsequent processing steps: (1) casting and homogenisation, (2) extrusion, and (3) cold rolling followed by heat treatment. The latter processing step was carried out to obtain a recrystallized grain structure with random crystallographic texture. The alloys were two AlFe alloys with different Fe content, one AlMn alloy and one AlMgSi alloy. The grain structure, particle distribution and crystallographic texture were determined for all combinations of alloy and processing route using optical and scanning electron microscopy. Tensile tests were carried out on axisymmetric samples to obtain the true stress–strain curves to failure and the true failure strain of the materials, using a laser-based measuring system. Based on numerical simulations of the tensile tests, the equivalent stress–strain curves were determined to failure, assuming J2 flow theory. The results showed that the microstructure had a marked effect on both work-hardening and ductility, whilst the ductile fracture mechanism remained unchanged. The plastic anisotropy, induced by the extrusion process and not entirely removed by the cold rolling and heat treatment, led to a wide range of fracture modes of the axisymmetric samples. The failure strain was markedly lower for the cast and homogenised

  7. Effects of the manufacturing process on fracture behaviour of cast TiAl intermetallic alloys

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    A. Brotzu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The γ -TiAl based intermetallic alloys are interesting candidate materials for high-temperature applications with the efforts being directed toward the replacement of Ni-based superalloys. TiAl-based alloys are characterised by a density (3.5-4 g/cm3 which is less than half of that of Ni-based superalloys, and therefore these alloys have attracted broad attention as potential candidate for high-temperature structural applications. Specific composition/microstructure combinations should be attained with the aim of obtaining good mechanical properties while maintaining satisfactory oxidation resistance, creep resistance and high temperature strength for targeted applications. Different casting methods have been used for producing TiAl based alloys. In our experimental work, specimens were produced by means of centrifugal casting. Tests carried out on several samples characterised by different alloy compositions highlighted that solidification shrinkage and solid metal contraction during cooling produce the development of relevant residual stresses that are sufficient to fracture the castings during cooling or to produce a delayed fracture. In this work, crack initiation and growth have been analysed in order to identify the factors causing the very high residual stresses that often produce explosive crack propagation throughout the casting.

  8. Mechanical properties of low alloy high phosphorus weathering steel

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    Jena B.K.; Gupta N; Singh B; Ahoo G.S.

    2015-01-01

    Mechanical behaviour of two low alloy steels (G11 and G12) was studied with respect to different phosphorus contents. Tensile strength and yield strength increased while percentage elongation at fracture decreased on increasing phosphorus content. The SEM and light optical photomicrograph of low phosphorus steel (G11) revealed ferrite and pearlite microstructure. On increasing phosphorus content from 0.25 wt.% to 0.42 wt.%, the morphology of grain changed f...

  9. Application of microstatistical fracture mechanics to dynamic fracture problems

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    This chapter presents a microstatistical treatment of shear bands. Describes the microstatistical fracture mechanics (MSFM) approach by illustrating its use in the case of shock-induced ductile voids in steel. Shows that the microstatistical approach merges with the continuum approach. Computes the behavior of a macrocrack propagating in a DCB specimen by using MSFM and the data generated in the shock wave experiments. Discusses shockwave-induced ductile fractures; plate impact experiments; data analysis; progress in MSFM and required research efforts; and macrocrack propagation. Points out that although continuum treatments have the advantage of simplicity and low cost, the more complex and expensive MSFM treatment may be the only viable approach when detailed information is needed such as size, velocity, and trajectory distributions of fragments ejected from a plate of armor steel after impact

  10. Bending Strength and Fracture Behavior of Ni50Mn29Ga21 Alloy with Terbium

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    ZHAO Zeng-qi; XIONG Wei; WU Shuang-xia; WANG Xin-lin

    2004-01-01

    The bending strength and fracture behaviors of Ni50Mn29Ga21 alloy with terbium were investigated. The results show that the bending strength of the alloy is increased dramatically with the increase of terbium content. The fracture appearance of the sample without terbium is dominated by grain boundary fracture, while that with terbium is dominated by cleavage fracture with the increase of terbium content.Moreover, the grains are refined obviously and the oxygen content is decreased after adding terbium.

  11. Investigation on mechanical behaviour of AM60 magnesium alloys

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    C. Yan

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In this work, tension, impact, bend and fatigue tests were conducted in an AM60 magnesium alloy. The effects of environmental temperature and loading rates on impact and tension behavior of the alloy were also investigated.Design/methodology/approach: The tests were conducted using an Instron universal testing machine. The loading speed was changed from 1 mm/min to 300 mm/min to gain a better understanding of the effect of strain rate. To understand the failure behavior of this alloy at different environmental temperatures, Charpy impact test was conducted in a range of temperatures (-40~35°C. Plane strain fracture toughness (KIC was evaluated using compact tension (CT specimen. To gain a better understanding of the failure mechanisms, all fracture surfaces were observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM. In addition, fatigue behavior of this alloy was estimated using tension test under tension-tension condition at 30 Hz. The stress amplitude was selected in the range of 20~50 MPa to obtain the S-N curve.Findings: The tensile test indicated that the mechanical properties were not sensitive to the strain rates applied (3.3x10-4~0.1 and the plastic deformation was dominated by twining mediated slip. The impact energy is not sensitive to the environmental temperature. The plane strain fracture toughness and fatigue limit were evaluated and the average values were 7.6 MPa.m1/2 and 25 MPa, respectively. Practical implications: Tested materials AM60 Mg alloy can be applied among others in automotive industry aerospace, communication and computer industry.Originality/value: Many investigations have been conducted to develop new Mg alloys with improved stiffness and ductility. On the other hand, relatively less attention has been paid to the failure mechanisms of Mg alloys, such as brittle fracture and fatigue, subjected to different environmental or loading conditions. In this work, tension, impact, bend and fatigue tests were conducted

  12. Mechanical properties and fracture of titanium hydrides

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    Titanium hydrides tend to suffer fracture when their thicknesses reach a critical thickness. Morphology and mechanical property of the hydrides are, however, not well known. The study aims to reveal the hydride morphology and fracture types of the hydrides. Chevron shaped plate hydrides were found to be produced on the surface of pure titanium (Grade 1) and Grade 7 titanium absorbing hydrogen. There were tree types of fracture of the hydrides, i.e., crack in hydride layer, exfoliation of the layer and shear-type fracture of the hydride plates, during the growth of the hydrides and deformation. We next estimated the true stress-strain curves of the hydrides on Grade 1 and 7 titanium using the dual Vickers indentation method, and the critical strain causing the Mode-I fine crack by indentation. Fracture strength and strain of the hydrides in Grade 1 titanium were estimated as 566 MPa and 4.5%, respectively. Those of the hydride in Grade 7 titanium were 498 MPa and 16%. Though the fracture strains estimated from the plastic instability of true stress-strain curves were approximately the half of those estimated by finite element method, the titanium hydrides were estimated to possess some extent of toughness or plastic deformation capability. (author)

  13. Numerical methods in dynamic fracture mechanics

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    A review of numerical methods for the solution of dynamic problems of fracture mechanics is presented. Finite difference, finite element and boundary element methods as applied to linear elastic or viscoelastic and non-linear elastoplastic or elastoviscoplastic dynamic fracture mechanics problems are described and critically evaluated. Both cases of stationary cracks and rapidly propagating cracks of simple I, II, III or mixed modes are considered. Harmonically varying with time or general transient dynamic disturbances in the form of external loading or incident waves are taken into account. Determination of the dynamic stress intensity factor for stationary cracks or moving cracks with known velocity history as well as determination of the crack-tip propagation history for given dynamic fracture toughness versus crack velocity relation are described and illustrated by means of certain representative examples. Finally, a brief assessment of the present state of knowledge is made and research needs are identified

  14. Geometry, mechanics and transmissivity of rock fractures

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    This thesis work investigates methods and tools for characterising, testing and modelling the behaviour of rock fractures. Using a 3D-laser-scanning technique, the topography of the surfaces and their position with respect to one another are measured. From the fracture topography, fracture roughness, angularity and aperture are quantified; the major features used for characterisation. The standard deviations for the asperity heights, surface slopes and aperture are determined. These statistical parameters usually increase/decrease according to power laws of the sampling size, and sometimes reach a sill beyond which they become constant. Also the number of contact spots with a certain area decreases according to a power-law function of the area. These power-law relations reveal the self affine fractal nature of roughness and aperture. Roughness is 'persistent' while aperture varies between 'persistent' and 'anti-persistent' probably depending on the degree of match of the fracture walls. The fractal models for roughness, aperture and contact area are used to develop a constitutive model, based on contact mechanics, for describing the fracture normal and shear deformability. The experimental testing results of normal deformability are simulated well by the model whereas fracture shear deformability is not as well modelled. The model predicts well fracture dilation but is too stiff compared to rock samples. A mathematical description of the aperture pattern during shearing is also formulated. The mean value and covariance of the aperture in shearing is calculated and verifies reported observations. The aperture map of samples is inserted in a numerical program for flow calculation. The 'integral transform method' is used for solving the Reynolds' equation; it transforms the fracture transmissivity pattern into a frequency-based function. This closely resembles the power laws that describe fractals. This function can be described directly from the fractal properties of

  15. A study on the composition optimization and mechanical properties of Al-Mg-Si cast alloys

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    The mechanical properties of Al-Mg-Si cast alloys with different chemical compositions were investigated using an orthogonal test method. The optimized chemical compositions of Al alloy are given in wt% as follows: 7.0%Si-0.35%Mg-2.0%Cu-0.2%Mn-0.2%Ni-0.1%V-0.8%RE-89.35%Al. The optimized Al-Mg-Si alloy with metal mold casting had excellent mechanical properties. The softening resistance of the optimized alloy was better than that of ZL101 at elevated temperatures. The scanning electron microscopy fractographs of the tensile samples of ZL101 and optimized Al alloy at different magnifications revealed that all the specimens were fractured in a ductile manner, consisting of well-developed dimples over the entire surface. The alloys failed in a mixed-mode fracture, comprised predominantly of transgranular shears and a small amount of quasi-cleavages.

  16. Fracture mechanics of collagen fibrils

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    Svensson, Rene B; Mulder, Hindrik; Kovanen, Vuokko;

    2013-01-01

    Tendons are important load-bearing structures, which are frequently injured in both sports and work. Type I collagen fibrils are the primary components of tendons and carry most of the mechanical loads experienced by the tissue, however, knowledge of how load is transmitted between and within...... fibrils is limited. The presence of covalent enzymatic cross-links between collagen molecules is an important factor that has been shown to influence mechanical behavior of the tendons. To improve our understanding of how molecular bonds translate into tendon mechanics, we used an atomic force microscopy...... technique to measure the mechanical behavior of individual collagen fibrils loaded to failure. Fibrils from human patellar tendons, rat-tail tendons (RTTs), NaBH₄ reduced RTTs, and tail tendons of Zucker diabetic fat rats were tested. We found a characteristic three-phase stress-strain behavior in the human...

  17. Mechanical performance of heat treated 319 alloys as a function of alloying and aging parameters

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    Highlights: ► Alloying additions effect on tensile properties of 319 alloys. ► Aging parameters effect on the tensile properties and fracture surface. ► Factorial design evaluates the statistically significant alloying and aging conditions. -- Abstract: An investigation was carried out to determine the effect of Mg, Sr, and Ti additions and artificial T5 and T6 aging treatments on the tensile properties of 319 alloys, with the aim of adjusting these parameters to produce castings with suitable mechanical properties. A statistical DOE model was also developed for the analysis of the correlation between the properties of alloy and independent parameters (composition and aging conditions). The microstructure and fracture of the alloy were examined using scanning electron microscopy. The obtained results show that addition of Ti to alloys containing Mg and Sr produces sounder casting with finer grain size and improves the alloy strength. Excess amounts of Sr, however, deteriorate the tensile properties of alloys containing high Mg content by increasing the total amount of Mg–Sr intermetallic phase and porosity. Fine and dense precipitates with a smaller inter-particle spacing are formed at a lower aging temperature of 150 °C compared to coarse, less dense and more widely dispersed at higher temperature, i.e., 250 °C. The strength of 319 alloys increases with the Mg content and decreases with Sr and aging temperature and time. Increasing the Mg content up to 0.45% enhances the alloy response to heat treatment in the T5 and T6 tempers, more particularly, in the latter case. Fracture of intermetallic phases in the interdendritic regions is mostly brittle, with the formation of microcracks at the interface between Si, Cu, Fe-base intermetallic particles and aluminum. From the statistical analysis, the most effective parameters on the tensile properties were Mg content and aging temperature. The interaction between Mg content and aging temperature and/or aging

  18. Fractures and Rock Mechanics, Phase 1

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    Havmøller, Ole; Krogsbøll, Anette

    1997-01-01

    The main objectives of the project are to combine geological description of fractures, chalk types and rock mechanical properties, and to investigate whether the chosen outcrops can be used as analogues to reservoir chalks. Five chalk types, representing two outcrop localities: Stevns and...

  19. The Origin of Fracture in the I-ECAP of AZ31B Magnesium Alloy

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    Gzyl, Michal; Rosochowski, Andrzej; Boczkal, Sonia; Qarni, Muhammad Jawad

    2015-11-01

    Magnesium alloys are very promising materials for weight-saving structural applications due to their low density, comparing to other metals and alloys currently used. However, they usually suffer from a limited formability at room temperature and low strength. In order to overcome those issues, processes of severe plastic deformation (SPD) can be utilized to improve mechanical properties, but processing parameters need to be selected with care to avoid fracture, very often observed for those alloys during forming. In the current work, the AZ31B magnesium alloy was subjected to SPD by incremental equal-channel angular pressing (I-ECAP) at temperatures varying from 398 K to 525 K (125 °C to 250 °C) to determine the window of allowable processing parameters. The effects of initial grain size and billet rotation scheme on the occurrence of fracture during I-ECAP were investigated. The initial grain size ranged from 1.5 to 40 µm and the I-ECAP routes tested were A, BC, and C. Microstructures of the processed billets were characterized before and after I-ECAP. It was found that a fine-grained and homogenous microstructure was required to avoid fracture at low temperatures. Strain localization arising from a stress relaxation within recrystallized regions, namely twins and fine-grained zones, was shown to be responsible for the generation of microcracks. Based on the I-ECAP experiments and available literature data for ECAP, a power law between the initial grain size and processing conditions, described by a Zener-Hollomon parameter, has been proposed. Finally, processing by various routes at 473 K (200 °C) revealed that route A was less prone to fracture than routes BC and C.

  20. The fracture of boron fibre-reinforced 6061 aluminium alloy

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    Wright, M. A.; Welch, D.; Jollay, J.

    1979-01-01

    The fracture of 6061 aluminium alloy reinforced with unidirectional and cross-plied 0/90 deg, 0/90/+ or - 45 deg boron fibres has been investigated. The results have been described in terms of a critical stress intensity, K(Q). Critical stress intensity factors were obtained by substituting the failure stress and the initial crack length into the appropriate expression for K(Q). Values were obtained that depended on the dimensions of the specimens. It was therefore concluded that, for the size of specimen tested, the values of K(Q) did not reflect any basic materials property.

  1. Computational simulation methods for composite fracture mechanics

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    Murthy, Pappu L. N.

    1988-01-01

    Structural integrity, durability, and damage tolerance of advanced composites are assessed by studying damage initiation at various scales (micro, macro, and global) and accumulation and growth leading to global failure, quantitatively and qualitatively. In addition, various fracture toughness parameters associated with a typical damage and its growth must be determined. Computational structural analysis codes to aid the composite design engineer in performing these tasks were developed. CODSTRAN (COmposite Durability STRuctural ANalysis) is used to qualitatively and quantitatively assess the progressive damage occurring in composite structures due to mechanical and environmental loads. Next, methods are covered that are currently being developed and used at Lewis to predict interlaminar fracture toughness and related parameters of fiber composites given a prescribed damage. The general purpose finite element code MSC/NASTRAN was used to simulate the interlaminar fracture and the associated individual as well as mixed-mode strain energy release rates in fiber composites.

  2. Mechanical dispersion in fractured crystalline rock systems

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    This report compiles and evaluates the hydrogeologic parameters describing the flow of groundwater and transport of solutes in fractured crystalline rocks. This report describes the processes of mechanical dispersion in fractured crystalline rocks, and compiles and evaluates the dispersion parameters determined from both laboratory and field tracer experiments. The compiled data show that extrapolation of the reliable test results performed over intermediate scales (10's of m and 10's to 100's of hours) to larger spatial and temporal scales required for performance assessment of a nuclear waste repository in crystalline rock is not justified. The reliable measures of longitudinal dispersivity of fractured crystalline rock are found to range between 0.4 and 7.8 m

  3. Influence of annealing on stain hardening behaviour and fracture properties of a cryorolled Al 2014 alloy

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    Dhal, A.; Panigrahi, S.K., E-mail: skpanigrahi@iitm.ac.in; Shunmugam, M.S.

    2015-10-01

    The influence of annealing on strength, ductility, strain hardening, plastic instability and fracture behaviour are studied in the present work on a cryorolled Al 2014 alloy by tensile test, transmission electron microscopy, macrograph analysis and fractography study. Investigations on the cryorolled alloy have been done for different annealing temperatures in the range of 100–400 °C and the results obtained are correlated with the microstructural evolution, precipitation behaviour and post failure analysis. Study reveals a complex trend in ductility and strain hardening behaviour as a result of simultaneous occurrence of dislocation annihilation, recrystallization and precipitation evolution during annealing. By investigations of fractured samples, dominant mode of fracture is found to be shear deformation and upon annealing the fracture mechanism is affected jointly by propagation of microvoids and shear deformation due to combined action of precipitation and microstructural evolution. Yield strength is increased by 4 times after cryorolling and retained after annealing up to 100 °C. It even remains higher than the base material up to 350 °C, due to the combined effect of precipitation hardening and thermal stability of microstructure.

  4. Influence of annealing on stain hardening behaviour and fracture properties of a cryorolled Al 2014 alloy

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    The influence of annealing on strength, ductility, strain hardening, plastic instability and fracture behaviour are studied in the present work on a cryorolled Al 2014 alloy by tensile test, transmission electron microscopy, macrograph analysis and fractography study. Investigations on the cryorolled alloy have been done for different annealing temperatures in the range of 100–400 °C and the results obtained are correlated with the microstructural evolution, precipitation behaviour and post failure analysis. Study reveals a complex trend in ductility and strain hardening behaviour as a result of simultaneous occurrence of dislocation annihilation, recrystallization and precipitation evolution during annealing. By investigations of fractured samples, dominant mode of fracture is found to be shear deformation and upon annealing the fracture mechanism is affected jointly by propagation of microvoids and shear deformation due to combined action of precipitation and microstructural evolution. Yield strength is increased by 4 times after cryorolling and retained after annealing up to 100 °C. It even remains higher than the base material up to 350 °C, due to the combined effect of precipitation hardening and thermal stability of microstructure

  5. Study on hardening mechanisms in aluminium alloys

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    P. K. Mandal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The Al-Zn-Mg alloys are most commonly used age-hardenable aluminium alloys. The hardening mechanism is further enhanced in addition of Sc. Sc additions to aluminium alloys are more promising. Due to the heterogeneous distribution of nano-sized Al3Sc precipitates hardening effect can be accelerated. Mainly, highlight on hardening mechanism in Al-Zn-Mg alloys with Sc effect is to study. In addition, several characterisations have been done to age-hardening measurements at elevated temperatures from 120oC to 180 oC. The ageing kinetics has also been calculated from Arrhenius equation. Furthermore, friction stir processing (FSP can be introduced to surface modification process and hardened the cast aluminium alloys. In this study, hardening mechanism can be evaluated by Vicker’s hardness measurement and mechanical testing is present task.

  6. Use of fracture mechanics parameters to characterize comminution

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    Hao, Bin

    1996-01-01

    This report is to investigate the use of fracture mechanics parameters (fracture toughness, specific work of fracture) to characterize comminution process. Comminution is a very important industrial process and is extremely low in efficiency. Establishment of a crushing index based on fracture mechanics principles is of great significance for improved machine design and enhanced efficiency. Single particle fracture study has been reviewed because it is considered the most eleme...

  7. Molecular dynamics investigation of mechanical mixing in mechanical alloying

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    Molecular dynamic simulation is exploited to obtain a deep insight of atomic scale mixing and amorphization mechanisms happening during mechanical mixing. Impact-relaxation cycles are performed to simulate the mechanical alloying process. The results obtained by structural analysis shows that the final structure obtained through simulation of mechanical alloying is in an amorphous state. This analysis reveals that amorphization occurs concurrently with the attainment of a perfectly mixed alloy. The results indicate diffusion and deformation are two important mechanisms for mixing during mechanical alloying. The rate of diffusion is controlled by the temperature and by the density of defects in the structure. Deformation enhances mixing directly by sliding atomic layers on each other and increases the number of defects in the structure. The results agree with mechanical alloying experiments described in the literature

  8. Molecular dynamics investigation of mechanical mixing in mechanical alloying

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    Ali Nematollahi, Gh. [Department of Ceramic, Materials and Energy Research Center, Karaj, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: ali61gh@yahoo.com; Marzbanrad, E.; Aghaei, A.R. [Department of Ceramic, Materials and Energy Research Center, Karaj, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2008-09-25

    Molecular dynamic simulation is exploited to obtain a deep insight of atomic scale mixing and amorphization mechanisms happening during mechanical mixing. Impact-relaxation cycles are performed to simulate the mechanical alloying process. The results obtained by structural analysis shows that the final structure obtained through simulation of mechanical alloying is in an amorphous state. This analysis reveals that amorphization occurs concurrently with the attainment of a perfectly mixed alloy. The results indicate diffusion and deformation are two important mechanisms for mixing during mechanical alloying. The rate of diffusion is controlled by the temperature and by the density of defects in the structure. Deformation enhances mixing directly by sliding atomic layers on each other and increases the number of defects in the structure. The results agree with mechanical alloying experiments described in the literature.

  9. Corrosion and mechanical properties of AM50 magnesium alloy after being modified by 1 wt.% rare earth element gadolinium

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    杨淼; 刘耀辉; 刘家安; 宋雨来

    2014-01-01

    In order to improve the corrosion and mechanical properties of AM50 magnesium alloy, 1 wt.% Gd was used to modify the AM50 magnesium alloy. The microstructure, corrosion and mechanical properties were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), electrochemical and mechanical stretch methods. The results indicated that β-Mg17Al12 phase decreased and Al2Gd3 and Al0.4GdMn1.6 phase existed after Gd addition. Because of the Gd addition, the grain of AM50 magnesium alloy was refined significantly, which improved the tensile strength of AM50 magnesium al-loy. The decreasing ofβ phase improved the corrosion resistance of the magnesium alloy. The fracture mechanism of the Gd modified AM50 magnesium alloy was quasi-cleavage fracture. The corrosion residual strength (CRS) of AM50 magnesium alloy was im-proved after 1 wt.% Gd addition.

  10. Characterization of copper base alloys obtained by mechanical alloying

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    The micro and nano structure of mechanical alloys of Cu-Al, Cu-V and Cu-Ti obtained by reactive milling, using an Attritor mill, was analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). In order to study the evolution of the alloys during the manufacturing process and during the period of service, the DSC and XRD were done before the mechanical milling, after 30 hours of milling and after hot extrusion of the alloyed powders. Using the Williamson-Hall and Klug-Alexander methods the size of the crystallites and the density of the dislocations in the prepared alloys were evaluated. In all the milled powder cases, the grain and crystallite size was found to be nanometric, the dispersoids were also nanometric and there was texture in the copper planes (220), in the cases of the milled Cu- Ti and Cu-V powders (au)

  11. Mechanical alloying of aluminium-lithium-magnesium alloy powders

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    The production of high-purity aluminium-lithium-magnesium alloy powders, by mechanical alloying through grinding in a vibratory mill under high vacuum at room temperature, is described in details. The source materials for the grinding mixture were: aluminium-lithium alloy powder obtained by thermal vacuum-dehydrogenization of AlLiH4 hydride; magnesium metal powder; and chemically deoxidized aluminium metal powder. The implications which arose from the high reactivity of the component elements are discussed, and the measures taken to overcome them are described. The procedures used for the chemical analysis and powder characterization are given. (orig.)

  12. Microstructure and mechanical properties of thixoformed A319 aluminium alloy

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    Highlights: • A319 was successfully thixoformed at 50% liquid, i.e. at 571 °C. • T6 heat treatment has increased the strength and hardness of the thixoformed alloy. • The elongation after T6 heat treatment is even significantly improved. • The iron-rich intermetallic phase reduces the strength of the thixoformed alloy. - Abstract: Thixoforming is a viable technology for forming alloys in a semisolid state into near net-shaped products. In the present study, the effect of a thixoforming process on the microstructure and mechanical properties of A319 aluminium alloy was investigated. The ingots obtained from the cooling slope were thixoformed in a press after they remained at 571 °C for 5 min, yielding a microstructure predominantly composed of α-Al globules and inter-globular Si particles. Some of the thixoformed samples were treated with an ageing process (T6) and then, hardness and tensile samples were prepared from the as-cast, as-thixoformed and thixoformed T6. All the thixoformed samples were characterised using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) as well as hardness measurements and tensile tests. The results indicate that the mechanical properties of the thixoformed A319 alloy increased after the T6 heat treatment (hardness of 124.2 ± 3.2 HV, tensile strength of 298 ± 3.0 MPa, yield strength of 201 ± 2.6 MPa and elongation to fracture of 4.5 ± 0.3%). The fracture samples from the tensile test were analysed, revealing that the iron-rich intermetallic observed in the samples reduced the tensile strength and ductility of the thixoformed A319 alloys

  13. Interrelation of material microstructure, ultrasonic factors, and fracture toughness of two phase titanium alloy

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    Vary, A.; Hull, D. R.

    1982-01-01

    The pivotal role of an alpha-beta phase microstructure in governing fracture toughness in a titanium alloy, Ti-662, is demonstrated. The interrelation of microstructure and fracture toughness is demonstrated using ultrasonic measurement techniques originally developed for nondestructive evaluation and material property characterization. It is shown that the findings determined from ultrasonic measurements agree with conclusions based on metallurgical, metallographic, and fractographic observations concerning the importance of alpha-beta morphology in controlling fracture toughness in two phase titanium alloys.

  14. Possibilities and limitations of probabilistic fracture mechanics

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    Possible areas of application can be derived from the investigation carried out using the method of probabilistic fracture mechanics. Dimensioning using probabilistic fracture mechanics does not appear to be sensible in view of the existing uncertainties. These uncertainties are noticeable above all if components of high reliability are examined. In this case the ''tails'' of the distribution are mainly included in the calculation, i.e. the probability of failure is determined by extremely improbable values of parameters, whose frequency is estimated by extrapolation of existing data. This extrapolation naturally depends greatly on the special assumptions and model factors. However, it was found that probability calculations are useful in the context of studies of risks, where the remaining risk of a component is to be quantified and the effect of varying different parameters on the probability of failure is to be examined. (orig./RW)

  15. Fractographic features of W-Ni-Fe (90:7:3) alloy fractures. Review

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    Minakova, R.V.; Vojtenko, V.L.; Verkhovodov, P.A.; Nedelyaeva, L.P.; Kalinyuk, N.N. (AN Ukrainskoj SSR, Kiev. Inst. Problem Materialovedeniya)

    1985-02-01

    Fractographic peculiarities of W-Ni-Fe (90:7:3) alloy fractures are considered as well as their correlation with mechanical properties depending on thermal treatment conditions after liquid phase sintering and conditions of mechanical tests. It is shown that intergranular and transcrystallite failure of structural components occurs on the stages of crack formation and propagation. Tungsten-base refractory component may transcrystallitically fail forming fan and herring-bone patterns. Nickel-base ..gamma..-solid solution may fail transcrystallitically and on grain-colonies boundaries. The main failure varieties are established on boundaries of basic structural components. Their formation is associated with variation of adhesion strength of the boundary and geometry of ..gamma..-solid solution (grain body and near-boundary volumes) depending on conditions of thermal treatment after liquid phase sintering. It is shown that the greatest plasticity and strength at room temperature is peculiar for the alloy where transcrystallitic failure is predominant for both components.

  16. Fractures and Rock Mechanics, Phase 1

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    Krogsbøll, Anette; Jakobsen, Finn; Madsen, Lena

    1997-01-01

    The main objective of the project is to combine geological descriptions of fractures, chalk types and rock mechanical properties in order to investigate whether the chosen outcrops can be used as analogues to reservoir chalks. This report deals with 1) geological descriptions of outcrop locality ...... Hillerslev quarry, 2) Classification and description of all samples (normal and large scale) and 3) Evaluation of stress- and deformation history....

  17. Microstructural features of intergranular brittle fracture and cold cracking in high strength aluminum alloys

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    Lalpoor, M.; Eskin, D. G.; ten Brink, Gert; Katgerman, L.

    2010-01-01

    Intergranular brittle fracture has been mainly observed and reported in steel alloys and precipitation hardened At-alloys where intergranular precipitates cover a major fraction of the grain boundary area. 7xxx series aluminum alloys suffer from this problem in the as-cast condition when brittle int

  18. Comparison of fracture behavior for low-swelling ferritic and austenitic alloys irradiated in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) to 180 DPA

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    Fracture toughness testing was conducted to investigate the radiation embrittlement of high-nickel superalloys, modified austenitic steels and ferritic steels. These materials have been experimentally proven to possess excellent resistance to void swelling after high neutron exposures. In addition to swelling resistance, post-irradiation fracture resistance is another important criterion for reactor material selection. By means of fracture mechanics techniques the fracture behavior of those highly irradiated alloys was characterized in terms of irradiation and test conditions. Precipitation-strengthened alloys failed by channel fracture with very low postirradiation ductility. The fracture toughness of titanium-modified austenitic stainless steel D9 deteriorates with increasing fluence to about 100 displacement per atom (dpa), the fluence level at which brittle fracture appears to occur. Ferritic steels such as HT9 are the most promising candidate materials for fast and fusion reactor applications. The upper-shelf fracture toughness of alloy HT9 remained adequate after irradiation to 180 dpa although its ductile- brittle transition temperature (DBTT) shift by low temperature irradiation rendered the material susceptible to brittle fracture at room temperature. Understanding the fracture characteristics under various irradiation and test conditions helps reduce the potential for brittle fracture by permitting appropriate measure to be taken

  19. Microstructural, mechanical characterisation and fractography of As-cast Ti-Al alloy

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    The effect of alloying element, namely chromium (Cr) on the microstructures, mechanical characterization and fracture surface of gamma titanium aluminide (Ti Al) has been studied. Micro-hardness and fatigue crack growth tests were performed on as-cast samples with composition of Ti-48at%Al and Ti-48%Al-2at%Cr. Prior to the micro-hardness tests; samples were metallurgically prepared for microstructural and structural analysis using optical microscope and scanning electron microscope. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) technique was employed to investigate the fracture surface of sample after fatigue crack growth test. Micro-hardness tests results showed increasing hardness value of Ti-48Al alloys when chromium is added. Both titanium aluminide alloys exhibited a nearly lamellae microstructure. However, finer laths of plates in lamellar structure have been observed in Ti-48at%Al-2at%Cr. FESEM micrograph of surface fracture indicates a mixed mode of failure for both alloys. (author)

  20. Fracture mechanics studies on HTR materials

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    Inconel 617, Nimonic 86 and Incoloy 800H were studied with a view to fatigue cracking, creep crack growth and fracture toughness (J-integral R-curve) up to 1273 K (10000C) in order to establish high-temperature toughness concepts and time laws of crack growth for conservative damage analysis. So far, results of creep crack growth tests at 1223 K (9500C) in air and helium are available for Nimonic 86. There are some problems concerning the correlation of creep crack growth results. The energy rate integral Csup(*), promising as it seems, still requires validation. The problems of initiation of steady crack growth in toughness tests and the application of linear-elastic fracture mechanics to fatigue crack growth at high temperatures are discussed. (orig./IHOE)

  1. Integration of fracture mechanics and NDE

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    This paper addresses issues concerning the effective assessment of the structural integrity of safety related components, principally the primary system, in operating nuclear power plants. The failure mode of greatest safety concern is fracture and this is usually assessed by fracture mechanics (FM) procedures. These require the choice and application of an appropriate analytical method based on a knowledge of the materials, loading and environmental conditions, and characteristics of such defects as have been identified by non destructive examination (NDE). The paper focuses on capabilities and limitations of the NDE procedures, FM methods and other input information which must be taken into account in practical circumstances as well as some problems encountered. It concludes that an integral approach requiring mutual understanding, dialogue and cooperation among the materials, FM and NDE experts is essential for effective and reliable structural integrity assessments

  2. Effects of irradiation to 4 dpa at 390 C on the fracture toughness of vanadium alloys

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    Gruber, E.E.; Galvin, T.M.; Chopra, O.K. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1998-09-01

    Fracture toughness J-R curve tests were conducted at room temperature on disk-shaped compact-tension DC(T) specimens of three vanadium alloys having a nominal composition of V-4Cr-4Ti. The alloys in the nonirradiated condition showed high fracture toughness; J{sub IC} could not be determined but is expected to be above 600 kJ/m{sup 2}. The alloys showed very poor fracture toughness after irradiation to 4 dpa at 390 C, e.g., J{sub IC} values of {approx}10 kJ/m{sup 2} or lower.

  3. Shape-Memory-Alloy Release Mechanism

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    Mckinnis, Darin

    1993-01-01

    Release-nut mechanism activated by electric current applied to shape-memory alloy. Separates attached objects quickly by remote control. Does not create hazard or cause damage. Shape-memory release-nut mechanism unaffected by moisture or vacuum. Requires sustained current lasting 5 seconds or longer, and insensitive to electromagnetic interference. Mechanism can be reused.

  4. Mechanical Integrity of Canisters Using a Fracture Mechanics Approach

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    This report presents the methods and results of a research project about numerical modeling of mechanical integrity of cast-iron canisters for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel in Sweden, using combined boundary element (BEM) and finite element (FEM) methods. The objectives of the project are: 1) to investigate the possibility of initiation and growth of fractures in the cast-iron canisters under the mechanical loading conditions defined in the premises of canister design by Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co. (SKB); 2) to investigate the maximum bearing capacity of the cast iron canisters under uniformly distributed and gradually increasing boundary pressure until plastic failure. Achievement of the two objectives may provide some quantitative evidence for the mechanical integrity and overall safety of the cast-iron canisters that are needed for the final safety assessment of the geological repository of the radioactive waste repository in Sweden. The geometrical dimension, distribution and magnitudes of loads and Material properties of the canisters and possible fractures were provided by the latest investigations of SKB. The results of the BEM simulations, using the commercial code BEASY, indicate that under the currently defined loading conditions the possibility of initiation of new fractures or growth of existing fractures (defects) are very small, due to the reasons that: 1) the canisters are under mainly compressive stresses; 2) the induced tensile stress regions are too small in both dimension and magnitude to create new fractures or to induce growth of existing fractures, besides the fact that the toughness of the fractures in the cast iron canisters are much higher that the stress intensity factors in the fracture tips. The results of the FEM simulation show a approximately 75 MPa maximum pressure beyond which plastic collapse of the cast-iron canisters may occur, using an elastoplastic Material model. This figure is smaller compared

  5. Environmentally induced fracture of nickel alloys: a comparison of hydrogen and mercury embrittlement with respect to temperature

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    Previous studies have compared electrolytic hydrogen embrittlement (HE) and liquid metal embrittlement (LME) by mercury for numerous nickel alloys. All alloys tested exhibited embrittlement to some degree with HE and LME having similar fractographies. This study examines the effect of temperature on He and LME of Monel 400 over the range -30 and 800C. Slow strain rate tensile tests were conducted at two strain rates, 1.6 x 10-5s-1 and 1.6 x 10-3s-1, and two grain sizes, 35 μm and 250 μm. Behavior of Monel 400 is compared with previously studied nickel alloys. Results showed that intergranular, tranogranular, and microvoid-coalescence fractures can be obtained in both hydrogen and mercury. Fracture mode is governed by strain at fracture. Embrittlement ceases below -200 in both environment, believed due to lack of mobility of adsorbed hydrogen and lack of wetting by mercury. LME is more severe than HE because hydrogen blunts cracks by promoting plasticity. HE ceases at about 800C because excess plasticity promotes crack blunting and inhibits initiation. LME fractures remain brittle to 800C. An incubation period is normally needed for adsorption of the embrittler or for penetration of the crack through the plane stress surface zone. Otherwise ductile failures in mercury often exhibit longitudinal splitting, believed to be due to the combination of high normal stress, low shear stress, and a clean surface. The existence of a temperature window for LME can be explained on the basis of strain activated localized wetting. Results of this study are consistent with a decohesion mechanism producing intergranular fracture; competing with an enhanced dislocation nucleation mechanism producing transgranular fracture. Monel 400 exhibited the range of features observed for other nickel base alloys at appropriate conditions of temperature, strain rate, and grain size

  6. Strengthening of Aluminum Alloy 2219 by Thermo-mechanical Treatment

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    Li, Xifeng; Lei, Kun; Song, Peng; Liu, Xinqin; Zhang, Fei; Li, Jianfei; Chen, Jun

    2015-10-01

    Strengthening of aluminum alloy 2219 by thermo-mechanical treatment has been compared with artificial aging. Three simple deformation modes including pre-stretching, compression, and rolling have been used in thermo-mechanical treatment. The tensile strength, elongation, fracture feature, and precipitated phase have been investigated. The results show that the strengthening effect of thermo-mechanical treatment is better than the one of artificial aging. Especially, the yield strength significantly increases with a small decrease of elongation. When the specimen is pre-stretched to 8.0%, the yield strength reaches 385.0 MPa and increases by 22.2% in comparison to the one obtained in aging condition. The maximum tensile strength of 472.4 MPa is achieved with 4.0% thickness reduction by compression. The fracture morphology reveals locally ductile and brittle failure mechanism, while the coarse second-phase particles distribute on the fracture surface. The intermediate phases θ″ or θ' orthogonally precipitate in the matrix after thermo-mechanical treatment. As compared to artificial aging, the cold plastic deformation increases distribution homogeneity and the volume fraction of θ'' or θ' precipitates. These result in a better strengthening effect.

  7. Analogy between fluid cavitation and fracture mechanics

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    Hendricks, R. C.; Mullen, R. L.; Braun, M. J.

    1983-01-01

    When the stresses imposed on a fluid are sufficiently large, rupture or cavitation can occur. Such conditions can exist in many two-phase flow applications, such as the choked flows, which can occur in seals and bearings. Nonspherical bubbles with large aspect ratios have been observed in fluids under rapid acceleration and high shear fields. These bubbles are geometrically similar to fracture surface patterns (Griffith crack model) existing in solids. Analogies between crack growth in solid and fluid cavitation are proposed and supported by analysis and observation (photographs). Healing phenomena (void condensation), well accepted in fluid mechanics, have been observed in some polymers and hypothesized in solid mechanics. By drawing on the strengths of the theories of solid mechanics and cavitation, a more complete unified theory can be developed.

  8. Effects of cooling rate on the fracture properties of TA15 ELI alloy plates

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    LI Shikai; XIONG Baiqing; HUI Songxiao

    2007-01-01

    The effects of cooling rate on the mechanical properties and the fatigue crack growth behavior of TA15 ELI alloy plates with different microstructures were investigated at room temperature. The results indicate that the cooling rate (water quench, air cooling, and furnace cooling) has a pronounced influence on the mechanical properties and on the fatigue crack growth,especially for air cooling and furnace cooling.Optical microstructure observation and scanning electron microscopy of tensile fracture surfaces were performed to gain an insight into the mechanism of properties.The dependence of mechanical properties and fatigue crack growth behavior on the cooling rate can be attributed to the α lamellae width and the α colony size,which induce the change in slip length. The microstructure produced by air cooling shows the best damage tolerance behavior when compared with water quench and furnace cooling.

  9. Mechanical properties of magnesium casting alloys

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    L.A. Dobrzański

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In the following paper there have been the properties of the MCMgAl12Zn1, MCMgAl9Zn1, MCMgAl6Zn1, MCMgAl3Zn1 magnesium cast alloy as-cast state and after a heat treatment presented.Design/methodology/approach: A casting cycle of alloys has been carried out in an induction crucible furnace using a protective salt bath Flux 12 equipped with two ceramic filters at the melting temperature of 750±10ºC, suitable for the manufactured material. The following results concern sliding friction, mechanical properties, scanning microscopy.Findings: The different heat treatment kinds employed contributed to the improvement of mechanical properties of the alloy with the slight reduction of its plastic properties.Research limitations/implications: According to the alloys characteristic, the applied cooling rate and alloy additions seems to be a good compromise for mechanical properties and microstructures, nevertheless further tests should be carried out in order to examine different cooling rates and parameters of solution treatment process and aging process.Practical implications: The concrete examples of the employment of castings from magnesium alloys in the automotive industry are elements of the suspension of the front and rear axes of cars, propeller shaft tunnel, pedals, dashboards, elements of seats, steering wheels, elements of timer-distributors, air filters, wheel bands, oil sumps, elements and housings of the gearbox, framing of doors and sunroofs, and others, etc.Originality/value: Contemporary materials should possess high mechanical properties, physical and chemical, as well as technological ones, to ensure long and reliable use. The above mentioned requirements and expectations regarding the contemporary materials are met by the non-ferrous metals alloys used nowadays, including the magnesium alloys.

  10. Intergranular brittle fracture of a low alloy steel. Global and local approaches

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    The intergranular brittle fracture of a low alloy steel (A533B.Cl1) is studied: an embrittlement heat treatment is used to develop two brittle 'states' that fail through an intergranular way at low temperatures. This mode of fracture leads to an important shift of the transition temperature (∼ 165 deg C) and a decrease in the fracture toughness. The local approach to fracture, developed for cleavage, is applied to the case of intergranular fracture. Modifications are proposed. The physical supports of these models are verified by biaxial (tension-torsion) tests. From the local approaches developed for intergranular fracture, the static and dynamic fracture toughness of the embrittled steel is predicted. The local approach applied to a structural steel, which presents mixed modes of fracture (cleavage and intergranular), showed that this mode of fracture seems to be controlled by intergranular loss of cohesion

  11. Effect of Zr addition on fracture toughness of 2048 high strength aluminum alloy

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    The effect of replacing grain refining element Mn by Zr on fracture toughness of 2048 aluminum alloys was investigated. Fracture toughness changed by Zr replacement was analyed as follows. 1. Quantity of large inclusions gave a primary effect on fracture toughness when grain size and material strength level were kept constant. 2. Dispersoids of Mn compounds were rod shape and 1.0μm in length, while those of Zr compound, Al3Zr were spherical and 0.1μm in diameter. Dispersoids of Zr compounds, Al3Zr were better than those of Mn compounds for improving fracture toughness. 3. Experimentally proved the effects of dispersoids change on fracture toughness of aluminum alloy 2048 when other metallurgical factors -grain size, inclusion, strength level- were kept constant. Zr bearing modified 2048 aluminum aiioy showed 5% improvement in yield strength and 50% in toughness compared with those of Mn bearing conventional 2048 aluminum alloy. (Author)

  12. High-temperature mechanical properties of aluminium alloys reinforced with boron carbide particles

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    The mechanical properties of particulate-reinforced metal-matrix composites based on aluminium alloys (6061 and 7015) at high temperatures were studied. Boron carbide particles were used as reinforcement. All composites were produced by hot extrusion. The tensile properties and fracture analysis of these materials were investigated at room temperature and at high temperature to determine their ultimate strength and strain to failure. The fracture surface was analysed by scanning electron microscopy

  13. Effect of laser peening with different energies on fatigue fracture evolution of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy

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    Sheng, J.; Huang, S.; Zhou, J. Z.; Lu, J. Z.; Xu, S. Q.; Zhang, H. F.

    2016-03-01

    To deeply understand the effect of laser peening (LP) with different laser pulse energies on 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, the fatigue fracture morphologies evolution process at various fatigue crack growth (FCG) stages and the corresponding strengthen mechanism were investigated. At the initial stage of FCG, more fatigue micro-cliffs were found after LP, while the fatigue striation spacing simultaneously reduced. A "stop-continue" phenomenon of crack propagation was discovered for laser peened samples. The fatigue striation spacing at the middle stage of FCG increased significantly while compared with that at the initial stage, in addition, the fatigue striation spacing decreased with an increase in laser pulse energy. Fracture morphologies in transition region of laser peened samples exhibit a mixing fracture characteristic of striations and dimples. The laser peened sample with laser pulse energy of 7 J presents more circuitous growing paths. Due to the complex stress state induced by LP, dimples with different sizes appeared in the final fracture region.

  14. On fracture toughness decrease in low alloy steel under irradiation

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    Mechanism of fracture toughness decrease under the effect of irradiation in steels 15Kh2MFA and 15Kh3NMFA-A has been investigated. Samples with cracks irradiated in BOR-60 and WWR-M type reactos were tested for eccentric tension at the temperature from - 196 deg C to 100 deg C. A decrease in the value KIcmin under the effect of irradiation, which agrees with the notions on relation of the phenomenon to the relaxation of residual stresses in the crack vertex, is detected. Resumption of KIcmin value can not be attained even in the case of radiation embrittlement elimination by annealing. The value can be increased only by means of loading up to KI > KIcmin in the temperature region of ductile fracture

  15. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Al/Mg Alloy Multilayered Composites Produced by Accumulative Roll Bonding

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    H.S.Liu; B.Zhang; G.P.Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Al/Mg alloy multilayered composites were produced successfully at the lower temperature (280℃) by accumulative roll bonding (ARB) processing technique. The microstructures of Al and Mg alloy layers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Vickers hardness and three-point bending tests were conducted to investigate mechanical properties of the composites. It is found that Vickers hardness, bending strength and stiffness modulus of the Al/Mg alloy multilayered composite increase with increasing the ARB pass. Delamination and crack propagation along the interface are the two main failure modes of the multilayered composite subjected to bending load. Strengthening and fracture mechanisms of the composite are analyzed.

  16. Combined effects of phosphorus segregation and partial intergranular fracture on the ductile-brittle transition temperature in structural alloy steels

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    Research highlights: → Effective P segregation was proposed by segregated P and intergranular fracture. → The DBTT of aged and irradiated steel was analyzed by effective P segregation. → The DBTT of two classes of steels are controlled by differing mechanisms. → Hardening strongly influenced the embrittling potency of segregated P. - Abstract: This article introduced effective P segregation in terms of the product of the amount of segregated P and partial intergranular fracture to account for the combined effects on the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) measured by dynamic and static notched bar tests on several alloy steels. Effective P segregation characterized a DBTT shift caused by thermal ageing and/or neutron irradiation in various A533B and 2.25Cr-1Mo steels, while P segregation controlled the DBTT independent of the fraction of intergranular fracture in thermally aged 3.5Ni-1.7Cr steels with and without Mo and V. These DBTT behaviors of the two classes of steels are related to differing brittle fracture mechanisms. The present analysis enables one to investigate how the embrittling potency of segregated P in association with partial intergranular fracture is influenced by the differing plasticity and the addition of several alloying elements under dynamic and static loading conditions.

  17. Fracture toughness of alloy 690 and EN52 welds in air and water

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    Brown, C. M.; Mills, W. J.

    2002-06-01

    The effect of low- and high-temperature water with high hydrogen on the fracture toughness of alloy 690 and its weld, EN52, was characterized using elastic-plastic J IC methodology. While both materials display excellent fracture resistance in air and elevated-temperature (>93 °C) water, a dramatic degradation in toughness is observed in 54 °C water. The loss of toughness is associated with a hydrogen-induced intergranular cracking mechanism, where hydrogen is picked up from the water. Comparison of the cracking behavior in low-temperature water with that for hydrogen-precharged specimens tested in air indicates that the critical local hydrogen content required to cause low-temperature embrittlement is on the order of 120 to 160 ppm. Loading-rate studies show that cracking resistance is improved at rates above ˜ 1000 MPa √m/h, because there is insufficient time to produce grain-boundary embrittlement. Electron fractographic examinations were performed to correlate cracking behavior with microstructural features and operative fracture mechanisms.

  18. Fracture behaviour of a magnesium–aluminium alloy treated by selective laser surface melting treatment

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    Highlights: • β-Mg17Al12 presents fragile fracture behavior decreasing the ductility of AZ91D. • SLSM treatment only modifies the β-Mg17Al12 phase whilst α-Mg remains unaltered. • In-situ SEM bending test allows to observe and data record of the crack propagation. • Eutectic microestructure of modified β-phase presents ductile fracture behaviour. • Fracture toughness of laser treated specimen is 40% greater than as-received alloy. - Abstract: Fracture behaviour of AZ91D magnesium alloy is dominated by the brittle fracture of the β-Mg17Al12 phase so its modification is required to improve the toughness of this alloy. The novel laser treatment named as Selective Laser Surface Melting (SLSM) is characterized by the microstructural modification of the β-Mg17Al12 phase without altering the α-Mg matrix. We have studied the effect of the selected microstructural modification induced by the laser treatment in the fracture behaviour of the alloy has been studied using in situ Scanning Electron Microscopy bending test. This test configuration allows the in situ observation of the crack progression and the record of the load–displacement curve. It has been observed that the microstructural modification introduced by SLSM causes an increase of 40% of the fracture toughness of the treated specimen. This phenomenon can be related with the transition from brittle to ductile fracture behaviour of the laser modified β-phase

  19. Numerical Fracture Analysis of Cryogenically Treated Alloy Steel Weldments

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    Rasool Mohideen, S.; Thamizhmanii, S.; Fatah, M. M. Muhammed Abdul; Saidin, W. Najmuddin W.

    2016-02-01

    Cryogenic treatment is being used commercially in the industries in the last two decades for improving the life of many engineering component such as bearings and cutting tools. Though their influence in improving the wear resistance of tool materials is well established, the effect of treatment on weldments is not much investigated. In the present work, a two dimensional finite element analysis was carried out on the compact tension specimen model for simulating the treatment process and to study the fracture behaviour. The weldments were modelled by thermo- mechanical coupled field analysis for simulating he temperature distribution in the model during weld pool cooling and introducing thermal stresses due to uneven contraction and cooling. The model was subjected to cryogenic treatment by adopting radiation effect. The fracture analysis was carried out using Rice's J- Integral approach. The analysis produced a similar outcome of experimental results i.e. Increase in the fracture toughness of the specimen after cryogenic treatment in the heat affected zone of weldment.

  20. Fracture mechanics performance of UF6 containers

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    The main purpose of this work was to determine the fracture mechanics performance of UF6 transport cylinders type ANSI N14.1.30B, which was made from ASTM A 516 Grade 70 steel. It was assumed an internal surface axial crack subjected to stresses due to service, proof and transport accident loads. The KUMAR-GERMAN-SHIH elastoplastic methodology gave adequate results for crack depth estimation. The results validate the leak-before-break criteria for service and proof conditions but not for accident ones. In the last case a non-destructive examination must be done in order to assure the absence of defects larger than one third of the cylinder wall thickness. (Author)

  1. Effect of ternary alloying elements on microstructure and mechanical property of Nb-Si based refractory intermetallic alloy

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    Microstructure and mechanical property at room temperature and at 1773 K of Nb-Si based refractory intermetallic alloys were investigated in terms of compression and fracture toughness test. Mo and V were chosen as ternary alloying elements because of their high melting points, atomic sizes smaller than Nb. Both ternary alloying elements were found to have a significant role in modifying the microstructure from dispersed structure to eutectic-like structure in Nb solid solution/Nb5Si3 intermetallic composites. The 0.2% offset yield strength at room temperature increased with increasing content of ternary elements in Nb solid solution and volume fraction of Nb5Si3. At 1773 K, Mo addition has a positive role in increasing the yield strength. On the other hand, V addition has a role in decreasing the yield strength. The fracture toughness of ternary alloys was superior to binary alloys. Details will be discussed in correlation with ternary alloying, volume fraction of constituent phase, and the microstructure. (orig.)

  2. Microstructural characterizations and mechanical properties in underwater friction stir welding of aluminum and magnesium dissimilar alloys

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    Highlights: • Aluminum and magnesium alloys were joined by underwater friction stir welding. • Underwater FSW was conducted to improve properties of joint with lower heat input. • Microstructures and mechanical properties of dissimilar joint were investigated. • Intermetallic compounds developed in the fracture interface were analyzed. • Fracture features of the tensile samples were analyzed. - Abstract: Formation of intermetallic compounds in the stir zone of dissimilar welds affects the mechanical properties of the joints significantly. In order to reduce heat input and control the amount and morphological characteristics of brittle intermetallic compounds underwater friction stir welding of 6013 Al alloy and AZ31 Mg alloy was carried out. Microstructures, mechanical properties, elements distribution, and the fracture surface of the joints were analyzed by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, etc. The result shows that sound dissimilar joint with good mechanical properties can be obtained by underwater friction stir welding. Al and Mg alloys were stirred together and undergone the process of recrystallization, forming complex intercalated flow patterns in the stir zone. Tensile strength of the dissimilar joint was up to 152.3 MPa. Maximum hardness (142HV) appeared in the middle of the centerline of the specimen. Intermetallic compounds layer consisting of Al3Mg2 and Mg17Al12 formed in the Al/Mg interface and resulted in the fracture of the joint

  3. Fracture toughness of TiAl-Cr-Nb-Mo alloys produced via centrifugal casting

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Fracture toughness of a TiAl base intermetallic alloy has been investigated at room temperature. The Ti-48Al-2.5Cr-0.5Nb-2Mo (at. % alloy produced via centrifugal casting exhibits fine nearly lamellar microstructures, consisting mainly of fine lamellar grains, together with a very small quantity of residual β phases along lamellar colony boundaries. In order to determine the alloy fracture toughness compact tension specimens were tested and the results were compared with those available in literature.

  4. Fracture toughness of TiAl-Cr-Nb-Mo alloys produced via centrifugal casting

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    2012-01-01

    Fracture toughness of a TiAl base intermetallic alloy has been investigated at room temperature. The Ti-48Al-2.5Cr-0.5Nb-2Mo (at. %) alloy produced via centrifugal casting exhibits fine nearly lamellar microstructures, consisting mainly of fine lamellar grains, together with a very small quantity of residual β phases along lamellar colony boundaries. In order to determine the alloy fracture toughness compact tension specimens were tested and the results were compared with those available in l...

  5. Effect of the build orientation on the mechanical properties and fracture modes of SLM Ti–6Al–4V

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    Recent research on the additive manufacturing (AM) of Ti alloys has shown that the mechanical properties of the parts are affected by the characteristic microstructure that originates from the AM process. To understand the effect of the microstructure on the tensile properties, selective laser melted (SLM) Ti–6Al–4V samples built in three different orientations were tensile tested. The investigated samples were near fully dense, in two distinct conditions, as-built and stress relieved. It was found that the build orientation affects the tensile properties, and in particular the ductility of the samples. The mechanical anisotropy of the parts was discussed in relation to the crystallographic texture, phase composition and the predominant fracture mechanisms. Fractography and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) results indicate that the predominant fracture mechanism is intergranular fracture present along the grain boundaries and thus provide and explain the typical fracture surface features observed in fracture AM Ti–6Al–4V

  6. Effect of the build orientation on the mechanical properties and fracture modes of SLM Ti–6Al–4V

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    Simonelli, M., E-mail: M.Simonelli@lboro.ac.uk [Department of Materials, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU (United Kingdom); Tse, Y.Y. [Department of Materials, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU (United Kingdom); Tuck, C. [Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)

    2014-10-20

    Recent research on the additive manufacturing (AM) of Ti alloys has shown that the mechanical properties of the parts are affected by the characteristic microstructure that originates from the AM process. To understand the effect of the microstructure on the tensile properties, selective laser melted (SLM) Ti–6Al–4V samples built in three different orientations were tensile tested. The investigated samples were near fully dense, in two distinct conditions, as-built and stress relieved. It was found that the build orientation affects the tensile properties, and in particular the ductility of the samples. The mechanical anisotropy of the parts was discussed in relation to the crystallographic texture, phase composition and the predominant fracture mechanisms. Fractography and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) results indicate that the predominant fracture mechanism is intergranular fracture present along the grain boundaries and thus provide and explain the typical fracture surface features observed in fracture AM Ti–6Al–4V.

  7. Experimental and finite element analysis of fracture criterion in general yielding fracture mechanics

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    D M Kulkarni; Ravi Prakash; A N Kumar

    2002-12-01

    Efforts made over the last three decades to understand the fracture behaviour of structural materials in elastic and elasto-plastic fracture mechanics are numerous, whereas investigations related to fracture behaviour of materials in thin sheets or general yielding fracture regimes are limited in number. Engineering simulative tests are being used to characterize formability and drawability of sheet metals. However, these tests do not assure consistency in quality of sheet metal products. The prevention of failure in stressed structural components currently requires fracture mechanics based design parameters like critical load, critical crack-tip opening displacement or fracture toughness. The present attempt would aim to fulfill this gap and generate more information thereby increased understanding on fracture behaviour of sheet metals. In the present investigation, using a recently developed technique for determining fracture criteria in sheet metals, results are generated on critical CTOD and fracture toughness. Finite element analysis was performed to support the results on various fracture parameters. The differences are within 1 to 4%. At the end it is concluded that magnitude of critical CTOD and/or critical load can be used as a fracture criterion for thin sheets.

  8. Effect of specimen orientation and welding on the fracture and fatigue properties of 2195 Al-Li alloy

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    In view of the use of 2195 Al-Li alloy in the construction of super-light-weight external fuel tank of space shuttles, bulkheads of reusable single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicles and in combat ground vehicles, the dependence of tensile properties, fracture toughness and fatigue resistance of this alloy on the specimen orientation and welding is very important and was studied. The T8 base alloy, with primary strengthening precipitates of T1 (Al2CuLi) phase, contained mainly brass-type texture. After welding with AA 4043 filler alloy, the fusion zone (FZ) consisted of T (AlLiSi) phase and in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) T1 phase was replaced by TB (Al7Cu4Li) phase, and micro-cracks were observed. The post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) resulted in the spheroidization of primary T phase and the precipitation of more T particles in the FZ, and the dissolution of TB phase and the re-precipitation of T1 phase in the HAZ. The yield strength, fracture toughness and fatigue threshold of the 2195-T8 alloy was observed to depend on the specimen orientation, with the lowest values obtained at 45 deg. to the rolling direction. Welding resulted in a reduction in the tensile properties and fatigue strength. The post-weld heat treatment enhanced the yield strength, but no increase in fatigue strength was observed. Fracture mechanisms in various cases were evaluated by SEM examination of fracture surfaces and are discussed

  9. Fracture mechanics of concrete: Will applications start to emerge?

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    Van Mier, J.G.M.

    1995-01-01

    Fracture mechanics of concrete has developed into an active field of research in the past decades. It promises a rational solution technique to structural problems in reinforced concrete in the limit state. Numerical tools have been developed on the basis of fracture mechanics theories. The question

  10. Complexity: a new paradigm for fracture mechanics

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    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The so-called Complexity Sciences are a topic of fast growing interest inside the scientific community. Actually, researchers did not come to a definition of complexity, since it manifests itself in so many different ways [1]. This field itself is not a single discipline, but rather a heterogeneous amalgam of different techniques of mathematics and science. In fact, under the label of Complexity Sciences we comprehend a large variety of approaches: nonlinear dynamics, deterministic chaos theory, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, fractal geometry, intermediate asymptotics, complete and incomplete similarity, renormalization group theory, catastrophe theory, self-organized criticality, neural networks, cellular automata, fuzzy logic, etc. Aim of this paper is at providing insight into the role of complexity in the field of Materials Science and Fracture Mechanics [2-3]. The presented examples will be concerned with the snap-back instabilities in the structural behaviour of composite structures (Carpinteri [4-6], the occurrence of fractal patterns and selfsimilarity in material damage and deformation of heterogeneous materials, and the apparent scaling on the nominal mechanical properties of disordered materials (Carpinteri [7,8]. Further examples will deal with criticality in the acoustic emissions of damaged structures and with scaling in the time-to-failure (Carpinteri et al. [9]. Eventually, results on the transition towards chaos in the dynamics of cracked beams will be reported (Carpinteri and Pugno [10,11].

  11. Mechanical Properties of Niobium Alloyed Gray Iron

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    Hanna, Ivil

    2011-01-01

    The influence of adding an amount of 0.1% and 0.3% niobium to the gray iron alloy used for brake discs, these disc materials are called disc 16 respective 17, have been investigated at RT (room temperature). That is together with two other alloys, the reference disc which contains 0.32% molybdenum but lacks niobium and another one with neither niobium nor molybdenum in it, this is called disc material 15. Focus in this thesis work is on the mechanical properties of the studied materials and f...

  12. Tensile Fracture Location Characterizations of Friction Stir Welded Joints of Different Aluminum Alloys

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    Huijie LIU; Hidetoshi FUJII; Masakatsu MAEDA; Kiyoshi NOGI

    2004-01-01

    The tensile fracture location characterizations of the friction stir welded joints of the AA1050-H24 and AA6061-T6Al alloys were evaluated in this study. The experimental results show that the fracture locations of the joints are different for the different Al alloys, and they are affected by the FSW parameters. When the joints are free of welding defects, the AA1050-H24 joints are fractured in the HAZ and TMAZ on the AS and the fracture parts undergo a large amount of plastic deformation, while the AA6061-T6 joints are fractured in the HAZ on the RS and the fracture surfaces are inclined a certain degree to the bottom surfaces of the joints. When some welding defects exist in the joints, the AA1050-H24 joints are fractured on the RS or AS, the AA6061-T6 joints are fractured on the RS, and all the fracture locations are near to the weld center. The fracture locations of the joints are dependent on the internal structures of the joints and can be explained by the microhardness profiles and defect morphologies of the joints.

  13. Fatigue fracture of high-strength Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    JIAN Hai-gen; JIANG Feng; WEN Kang; JIANG Long; HUANG Hong-feng; WEI Li-li

    2009-01-01

    X-ray diffractometry(XRD), optical microscopy(OM), scanning electron microscopy(SEM) were used to study the fatigue fracture of the T7451 Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (470 ℃, 60 min+115 ℃, 8 h+165 ℃, 16 h). The study reveals mainly the microscopic structure of the alloy in the process of crack formation and crack growth. The fatigue fracture is characterized by three zones: fatigue crack source zone, fatigue crack propagation zone and fatigue fracture zone. The fatigue damage preferably incubates at the fractured inclusion particles at or near (about 25 μm) the specimen free surfaces, and these brittle Fe-rich intermetallic inclusion particles are (7-10) μm×(11-14) μm in size. Some features such as "feather-like", "river and range" and boundary extrusions can be observed in the fatigue propagation zone, and in the fatigue fracture zone the surface is rough and uneven.

  14. The fracture resistance of 1420 and 1421 Al-Mg-Li alloys

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    Aluminum-magnesium-lithium alloy 1420 was developed in the form USSR as a lightweight, weldable, corrosion resistant alloy for aerospace applications. The alloy is primarily strengthened upon aging by the homogeneous precipitation of metastable δ' (Al3Li). The equilibrium T-phase (Al2MgLi) also precipitated during aging on grain boundaries and dislocations but does not contribute to strength and can have deleterious effects on fracture toughness. The addition of scandium, which refines the ingot grain structure, led to the evolution of alloy 1421 which exhibits higher strength and superior weldability compared to the earlier 1420 alloy. Zirconium is added to both alloys and forms a coherent precipitate, β' (Al3Zr), which acts as a recrystallization inhibitor. The fracture resistance of alloys 1420 and 1421 in the T6 temper has been examined by R-curve determination and the observed behavior has been compared with Al alloy, 2219-T87. The center-cracked (M(T)) sheet panels tested in this study were of sufficient width to produce stable crack growth to a Δa of ∼ 25 mm and the R-curves that were generated allowed for a comparison to be made of the stable crack growth resistance between the alloys in accordance with ASTM E561-86. The data presented are part of an extensive collaborative test program involving both private industry and government laboratories to evaluate the 1420 and 1421 alloys

  15. Chemical and Mechanical Alteration of Fractured Caprock Under Reactive Flow

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    Elkhoury, J. E.; Ameli, P.; Detwiler, R. L.

    2013-12-01

    Permeability evolution of fractures depends on chemical and mechanical processes. Stress perturbations lead to mechanical deformation and fracture propagation that can increase formation permeability. Chemical disequilibrium between fluids and resident minerals leads to dissolution and precipitation that further alter fracture porosity and permeability. The ability to predict whether these coupled chemical and mechanical processes will enhance or diminish fracture permeability remains elusive. Here, we present results from reactive-transport experiments in fractured anhydrite cores, with significant alteration of the rock matrix, where only the flow rate differed. For high flow rate, the transformation of anhydrite to gypsum occurred uniformly within the fracture leading to compaction and a two-order-of-magnitude decrease in permeability. For low flow rate, rock-fluid reactions proceeded to near equilibrium within the fracture with preferential flow paths persisting over the 6-month duration of the experiment and a negligible change in permeability. Anticipating such permeability evolution is critical for successful geologic CO2 sequestration and waste injection. Additionally, reactive alteration of the porous matrix bounding fractures will influence the strength of earthquake fault zones. Comparison of the aperture field before (a) and after (b) the reactive flow-through experiment at low flow rate. a) Aperture field from optical profilometry measurements of the fracture surfaces. b) Inferred aperture from x-ray computed tomography scans. Color scale I (blue) denotes mainly unaltered regions of the fracture and/or aperture 200 μm) leading to negligible change in permeability after a 6-month run.

  16. Microstructure and mechanical properties of hot-rolled ZrB alloys

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    The microstructure, mechanical property behavior, and fracture characteristics of Zr–χB alloys (χ=0, 0.05, 0.3, 0.8 wt%) obtained by casting and hot-rolling were investigated. Microstructural observation indicated that the dendritic equiaxed prior-β grain morphology was slightly elongated after hot-rolling treatment. The widths of the α lath of all the hot-rolled Zr–χB alloys were similar, and the length of the α lath decreased with increasing boron concentration. Tensile test results showed that the improved strength of the Zr–χB alloys can be primarily attributed to grain refinement. Strengthening the Zr–χB alloys could also be achieved by a shear-lag model mechanism because of the high strength and modulus of the ZrB2 whiskers. The refinement of the α lath and the presence of the ZrB2 whiskers were responsible for the reduced elongation-to-failure. Fractography indicated that fracture behavior strongly depends on the orientation of the ZrB2 whiskers. The effect of this orientation on the fracture mechanisms of the ZrB2 whiskers and the Zr–χB alloys was also discussed

  17. Hydrogen pickup mechanism of zirconium alloys

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    Couet, Adrien

    Although the optimization of zirconium based alloys has led to significant improvements in hydrogen pickup and corrosion resistance, the mechanisms by which such alloy improvements occur are still not well understood. In an effort to understand such mechanisms, a systematic study of the alloy effect on hydrogen pickup is conducted, using advanced characterization techniques to rationalize precise measurements of hydrogen pickup. The hydrogen pick-up fraction is accurately measured for a specially designed set of commercial and model alloys to investigate the effects of alloying elements, microstructure and corrosion kinetics on hydrogen uptake. Two different techniques to measure hydrogen concentrations were used: a destructive technique, Vacuum Hot Extraction, and a non-destructive one, Cold Neutron Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis. The results indicate that hydrogen pickup varies not only from alloy to alloy but also during the corrosion process for a given alloy. For instance Zircaloy type alloys show high hydrogen pickup fraction and sub-parabolic oxidation kinetics whereas ZrNb alloys show lower hydrogen pickup fraction and close to parabolic oxidation kinetics. Hypothesis is made that hydrogen pickup result from the need to balance charge during the corrosion reaction, such that the pickup of hydrogen is directly related to (and indivisible of) the corrosion mechanism and decreases when the rate of electron transport or oxide electronic conductivity sigmao xe through the protective oxide increases. According to this hypothesis, alloying elements (either in solid solution or in precipitates) embedded in the oxide as well as space charge variations in the oxide would impact the hydrogen pick-up fraction by modifying sigmaox e, which drives oxidation and hydriding kinetics. Dedicated experiments and modelling were performed to assess and validate these hypotheses. In-situ electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) experiments were performed on Zircaloy-4 tubes

  18. Mechanical properties of low alloy high phosphorus weathering steel

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    Jena B.K.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical behaviour of two low alloy steels (G11 and G12 was studied with respect to different phosphorus contents. Tensile strength and yield strength increased while percentage elongation at fracture decreased on increasing phosphorus content. The SEM and light optical photomicrograph of low phosphorus steel (G11 revealed ferrite and pearlite microstructure. On increasing phosphorus content from 0.25 wt.% to 0.42 wt.%, the morphology of grain changed from equiaxed shape to pan-cake shape and grain size also increased. The Charpy V notch (CVN impact energy of G11 and G12 steel at room temperature was 32 J and 4 J respectively and their fractographs revealed brittle rupture with cleavage facets for both the steels. However, the fractograph of G11 steel after tensile test exhibited ductile mode of fracture with conical equiaxed dimple while that of G12 steel containing 0.42 wt. % P exhibited transgranular cleavage fracture. Based on this study, G11 steel containing 0.25 wt. % P could be explored as a candidate material for weathering application purpose where the 20°C toughness requirement is 27 J as per CSN EN10025-2:2004 specification.

  19. Summary of the IAEA/CRP 3 fracture mechanical results

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    This report describes the re-evaluation of the IAEA/CRP 3 fracture mechanical results applying a statistical analysis method known as the VTT approach. It constitutes the final report for the IAEA contract 8251/RB, titled: ''Fracture Mechanics Analysis for Coordinated Research Programme on Optimizing of Reactor Pressure Vessel Surveillance Programmes and Their Analyses'', carried out at VTT Manufacturing Technology under the period 15.12.1994-20.10.1995. Based on the evaluation it can be concluded that direct determination of static fracture toughness describing brittle fracture is possible with small irradiated specimens, provided that the statistical analysis of the data, correcting for specimen size and applying the master curve, is performed. Lab-to-lab variations are generally within normal material scatter. Fracture toughness for ductile fracture initiation and crack growth resistance show much larger lab-to-lab variations and cannot presently be regarded as a reliable parameters. Dynamic fracture toughness testing in the programme was scarce, and no clear statement regarding the reliability of dynamic fracture toughness can be made. In all cases but one, the static fracture toughness shift was greater than or equal to the Charpy-V shift. Thus the Charpy-V test does not seem to be a good estimator of the materials irradiation response. In the future, more emphasis should be directed towards the direct measurement of the static fracture toughness. 7 refs, 14 figs, 5 tabs

  20. Integration of NDE Reliability and Fracture Mechanics

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    Becker, F. L.; Doctor, S. R.; Heas!er, P. G.; Morris, C. J.; Pitman, S. G.; Selby, G. P.; Simonen, F. A.

    1981-03-01

    The Pacific Northwest Laboratory is conducting a four-phase program for measuring and evaluating the effectiveness and reliability of in-service inspection (lSI} performed on the primary system piping welds of commercial light water reactors (LWRs). Phase I of the program is complete. A survey was made of the state of practice for ultrasonic rsr of LWR primary system piping welds. Fracture mechanics calculations were made to establish required nondestrutive testing sensitivities. In general, it was found that fatigue flaws less than 25% of wall thickness would not grow to failure within an inspection interval of 10 years. However, in some cases failure could occur considerably faster. Statistical methods for predicting and measuring the effectiveness and reliability of lSI were developed and will be applied in the "Round Robin Inspections" of Phase II. Methods were also developed for the production of flaws typical of those found in service. Samples fabricated by these methods wilI be used in Phase II to test inspection effectiveness and reliability. Measurements were made of the influence of flaw characteristics {i.e., roughness, tightness, and orientation) on inspection reliability. These measurernents, as well as the predictions of a statistical model for inspection reliability, indicate that current reporting and recording sensitivities are inadequate.

  1. Flow and fracture of alloys in the fusion environment

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    The present paper examines both ductile and brittle fracture models of steels and assesses the impact of the fusion reactor environment on the fracture processes. In particular, the connections between plastic flow properties and fracture modes are reviewed for both ductile and brittle crack propagation. Highly radiation-hardened materials exhibit extreme flow location resulting in channel fracture. Physical models for this phenomon are developed and an estimate for the associated fracture toughness is given. The impact of radiation-hardening and ductility loss on fatigue crack growth is examined. Next, models describing the chemical effects on fatigue and fracture are briefly discussed. Finally, fracture design criteria are proposed for first wall structures in fusion reactors. (orig.)

  2. Influence of Al-Ti-B addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 alloys

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    ZHU Man; YANG Gencang; YAO Lijuan; CHENG Suling; ZHOU Yaohe

    2009-01-01

    The mechanical properties (σb, σ0.2, and δ) and fracture behavior of tensile specimens of the refined A356 alloys were investigated as a func-tion of the addition level of Al-Ti-B master alloy under both as-cast and T6 hot-treated conditions. The results show that as the addition level of Al-5Ti- 1B master alloy increases from 0.1 wt.% to 5.0 wt.%, the mechanical properties of refined A356 alloys improve steadily and then decrease slightly under both as-cast and T6 heat-treated conditions. Also, they display excellent mechanical properties with σb = 231.30-258.30 Mpa, σ0.2 = 134.00-155.50 Mpa, and δ= 8.5%-11.75% at T6 heat-treated state. The excellent mechanical properties of refined A356 alloys are ascribed to the formation of a-Al equiaxed dendrites, the improvement of eutectic structure from needle/plate-like to short-lathy/block-shaped, and the Mg2Si aging precipitation phase after T6 heat treatment. The fracture surface examined by SEM exhibits a mixed fracture mode of refined A356 alloys at as-cast state, while it reveals a ductile fracture mode after T6 heat treatment.

  3. Heat-treatment and heat-to-heat variations in the fracture toughness of Alloy 718

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    The effect of heat-treatment and heat-to-heat variations on the JIc fracture toughness response of Alloy 718 was examined at room and elevated temperatures using the multiple-specimen R-curve technique. Six heats of alloy 718 were tested in the conventional and modified heat-treated conditions. The fracture toughness response for the modified superalloy was found to be superior to that exhibited by the conventional material. Heat-to-heat variations in the JIc response of Alloy 718 were observed in both heat-treated conditions; the modified treatment exhibited much larger variability. The JIc and corresponding KIc fracture toughness values were analyzed statistically to establish minimum expected toughness, values for use in design and safety analyses. 26 refs., 10 figs., 9 tabs

  4. Identification method of fracture mode based on measurement of microscopic plastic deformation in a Mg cast alloy

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    Plastic deformation under fracture surface in non-combustible magnesium alloy was investigated using electron backscatter diffraction analysis after tensile tests of specimens having a fatigue pre-crack or shrinkage porosity, so that it revealed that the fracture mode of shrinkage porosity of the magnesium alloy can be treated as a crack

  5. Metallurgical Mechanisms Controlling Mechanical Properties of Aluminum Alloy 2219 Produced by Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

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    Domack, Marcia S.; Tainger, Karen M.

    2006-01-01

    The electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) layer-additive manufacturing process has been developed to directly fabricate complex geometry components. EBF3 introduces metal wire into a molten pool created on the surface of a substrate by a focused electron beam. Part geometry is achieved by translating the substrate with respect to the beam to build the part one layer at a time. Tensile properties demonstrated for electron beam deposited aluminum and titanium alloys are comparable to wrought products, although the microstructures of the deposits exhibit cast features. Understanding the metallurgical mechanisms controlling mechanical properties is essential to maximizing application of the EBF3 process. Tensile mechanical properties and microstructures were examined for aluminum alloy 2219 fabricated over a range of EBF3 process variables. Unique microstructures were observed within the deposited layers and at interlayer boundaries, which varied within the deposit height due to microstructural evolution associated with the complex thermal history experienced during subsequent layer deposition. Microstructures exhibited irregularly shaped grains with interior dendritic structures, described based on overall grain size, morphology, distribution, and dendrite spacing, and were correlated with deposition parameters. Fracture features were compared with microstructural elements to define fracture paths and aid in definition of basic processing-microstructure-property correlations.

  6. Fracture mechanics and statistical mechanics of reinforced elastomeric blends

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    Heinrich, Gert; Kaliske, Michael; Klüppel, Manfred; Schneider, Konrad; Vilgis, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Elastomers are found in many applications ranging from technology to daily life applications for example in tires, drive systems, sealings and print rollers. Dynamical operation conditions put extremely high demands on the performance and stability of these materials and their elastic and flow properties can be easily adjusted by simple manipulations on their elastic and viscous properties. However, the required service life suffers often from material damage as a result of wear processes such as abrasion and wear fatigue, mostly caused by crack formation and propagation. This book covers interdisciplinary research between physics, physical chemistry, material sciences and engineering of elastomers within the range from nanometres to millimetres and connects these aspects with the constitutive material properties. The different chapters describe reliable lifetime and durability predictions based on new fracture mechanical testing concepts and advanced material-theoretical methods which are finally implemented...

  7. Effects of consolidation temperature, strength and microstructure on fracture toughness of nanostructured ferritic alloys

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    Fully consolidated nanostructured ferritic alloys (NFAs) were prepared by attritor milling pre-alloyed Fe-14Cr-3W-0.4Ti and 0.3 wt% Y2O3 powders, followed by hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) at 1000 oC or 1150 oC at 200 MPa for 4 h. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed similar bimodal distributions of fine and coarse ferrite grains in both cases. However, as expected, the alloy microhardness decreased with increasing in HIPing temperature. Three point bend tests on single edge notched specimens, with a nominal root radius ρ = 0.15 mm, were used to measure the notch fracture toughness, K ρ, as a function of test temperature. The K ρ curves were found to be similar for both processing conditions. It appears that the coarser ferrite grains control cleavage fracture, in a way that is independent of alloy strength and HIPing temperature

  8. Substitutional impurities and their effect on fracture peculiarities in W-Ni-Fe-alloy

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    Minakova, R.V.; Bazhenova, L.G.; Verkhovodov, P.A.; Kolchin, O.P.; Nedelyaeva, L.P.; Tolstunov, A.V. (AN Ukrainskoj SSR, Kiev. Inst. Problem Materialovedeniya)

    1983-11-01

    The paper deals with distribution of admixture elements, shape, size, content, chemical composition, distribution of nonmetal inclusions and their effect on peculiarities of W-Ni-Fe-alloy deformation and fractures. It is established that non-metal inclusions play the part of additional ''notches'' decreasing the size of the slow crack growth area in a refractory component. Segregation of the impurities and the film on the boundaries of nickel base solid solution promote intercrystalline fracture of the alloy.

  9. Effects of cryogenic treatment on mechanical properties of extruded Mg-Gd-Y-Zr(Mn) alloys

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    XIONG Chuang-xian; ZHANG Xin-ming; DENG Yun-lai; XIAO Yang; DENG Zhen-zhen; CHEN Bu-xiang

    2007-01-01

    The influence of cryogenic treatment on the mechanical properties of the extruded Mg-Gd-Y-Zr(Mn) alloys was investigated by the tensile tests, scanning electron microscopy(SEM), transmission electron microscopy(TEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The results show that the mechanical properties of both alloys are improved greatly during the in situ tensile test by soaking the samples in liquid nitrogen for 10 min. The ultimate tensile strength, yield tensile strength and elongation of cryogenic treated magnesium alloy added with zirconium or manganese are largely elevated. And remarkable microstructure change is observed in both alloys by cryogenic treatment. There are a large number of twins, rod-like, tree-like and chrysanthemum-like precipitated phases in the microstructures and the fracture surfaces exhibit the characteristics of ductile rupture when they are observed at room temperature.

  10. Degradation of the Mechanical Properties of Zirconium-base alloys due to Interaction with Hydrogen

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    Security aspects and the purpose to extend the nuclear power plants lifetime motivate the renovated interest on the influence of the environment and radiation on the mechanical properties of in-reactor materials.Zirconium based alloys are the family of alloys most extensively used in nuclear core components.A consequence of the interaction of the in-reactor environment with these alloys is the formation of brittle phase Zr hydride, a process that greatly affects the component integrity.In this work we present a experimental study of the hydrogen influence on the Z ry-4 mechanical properties at different temperatures.As a complement we also present results of a finite elements simulations of the fracture process.We performed standard metallurgical and mechanical characterization in commercial Z ry-4 samples to obtain their basic properties. Different hydrogen pickup techniques were applied to obtain H concentration of charged samples between 10 and 2000 ppm, homogeneous or mainly localized at the crack tip zone.To obtain the fracture toughness of the alloys specimens were tested using elastoplastic fracture mechanics techniques.Specifically we implement J-integral methodology with partial unloading compliance measurements.Tests were performed in a temperature range of 20 to 200 o C.The negative influence of the H content on material toughness probed to be important even at very small concentrations, with an effect that decreases when temperature increases.While there was observed no change in the fracture mechanism in homogeneous charged samples, specimens charged under a superimposed stress field fractured by brittle mode when were tested at 20 to 70 o C. SEM observations of the crack growth, the fracture surface morphology and precipitates content showed the influence of the precipitates on fracture at different H concentrations.At least three stages with different fracture behavior depending on H content were identified.Complementary to the experimental work we

  11. Fracture of nickel-titanium superelastic alloy in sodium hypochlorite solution

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    Fracture of the Ni-Ti superelastic alloy for endodontic instruments such as files was investigated with a sustained tensile-loading test in sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) solution of various concentrations. It was found that the time to fracture was reduced when the applied stress exceeded the critical stress for martensite transformation. When the applied stress was higher than the critical stress, the 0.3 mm diameter wires of the Ni-Ti superelastic alloy sometimes fractured within 60 min. From the results of observations of the fracture surface using a scanning electron microscope, it was revealed that the fracture of the Ni-Ti superelastic alloy is significantly influenced by corrosion when the applied stress was higher than the critical stress for martensite transformation. The results of the present study suggest that one of the causes of the fracture of Ni-Ti files during clinical use is corrosion under the applied stress above the critical stress for martensite transformation in NaOCl solution

  12. Evaluation of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nano-Y2O3-Dispersed Ferritic Alloy Synthesized by Mechanical Alloying and Consolidated by High-Pressure Sintering

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    Karak, Swapan Kumar; Dutta Majumdar, J.; Witczak, Zbigniew; Lojkowski, Witold; Ciupiński, Łukasz; Kurzydłowski, K. J.; Manna, Indranil

    2013-06-01

    In this study, an attempt has been made to synthesize 1.0 wt pct nano-Y2O3-dispersed ferritic alloys with nominal compositions: 83.0 Fe-13.5 Cr-2.0 Al-0.5 Ti (alloy A), 79.0 Fe-17.5 Cr-2.0 Al-0.5 Ti (alloy B), 75.0 Fe-21.5 Cr-2.0 Al-0.5 Ti (alloy C), and 71.0 Fe-25.5 Cr-2.0 Al-0.5 Ti (alloy D) steels (all in wt pct) by solid-state mechanical alloying route and consolidation the milled powder by high-pressure sintering at 873 K, 1073 K, and 1273 K (600°C, 800°C, and 1000°C) using 8 GPa uniaxial pressure for 3 minutes. Subsequently, an extensive effort has been undertaken to characterize the microstructural and phase evolution by X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Mechanical properties including hardness, compressive strength, Young's modulus, and fracture toughness were determined using micro/nano-indentation unit and universal testing machine. The present ferritic alloys record extraordinary levels of compressive strength (from 1150 to 2550 MPa), Young's modulus (from 200 to 240 GPa), indentation fracture toughness (from 3.6 to 15.4 MPa√m), and hardness (from13.5 to 18.5 GPa) and measure up to 1.5 through 2 times greater strength but with a lower density (~7.4 Mg/m3) than other oxide dispersion-strengthened ferritic steels (ferritic matrix useful for grain boundary pinning and creep resistance.

  13. Fracture mechanics /Dryden Lecture/. [aerospace structural design applications

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    Hardrath, H. F.

    1974-01-01

    A historical outline of the engineering discipline of fracture mechanics is presented, and current analytical procedures are summarized. The current status of the discipline is assessed, and engineering applications are discussed, along with recommended directions for future study.

  14. Fracture mechanical assessment of the quality of piping

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    The function, goals and methods of fracture-mechanical analysis of pipeline systems are described as a function of their safety relevance and defect conditions. A distinction is made between postulated, production-induced and operation-induced defects, and the interdependence between fracture-mechanical and non-destructive testing is pointed out. To maintain the integrity of pipelines and exclude pipeline fracture, it is necessary to know about damage mechanisms so that defects can be excluded already during production. Here, fracture mechanical analysis is a supplementary method for proof of integrity. As there are no real findings, defect sizes must be postulated on the basis of the minimum defect size identified by non-destructive testing

  15. Fracture mechanics parameters of multilayer pipes

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    Šestáková L.

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Multilayer pipes consisting of different materials are frequently used in praxis because of partial improvement of the properties of pipe systems. To estimate lifetime of these pipes the basic fracture parameters have to be determined. In this work finite element calculations are applied in order to estimate the stress intensity factor K and T-stress values for a new type of non-homogenous C-shape specimen. The application of calculated K and T values to laboratory estimation of fracture toughness and its transferability to real pipe system is discussed.

  16. Fracture Mechanics Prediction of Fatigue Life of Aluminum Highway Bridges

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    Rom, Søren; Agerskov, Henning

    2015-01-01

    Fracture mechanics prediction of the fatigue life of aluminum highway bridges under random loading is studied. The fatigue life of welded joints has been determined from fracture mechanics analyses and the results obtained have been compared with results from experimental investigations. The...... against fatigue in aluminum bridges, may give results which are unconservative. Furthermore, it was in both investigations found that the validity of the results obtained from Miner's rule will depend on the distribution of the load history in tension and compression....

  17. Steam tests of Alloy 600 and Alloy 690 mechanical plugs

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    In 1988-89, randomly selected heats of Inconel 600 TT plugs were laboratory tested to determine the extent and distribution of carbide precipitation in the microstructure and their resistance to primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC) in a 400 C doped steam autoclave. Early results indicated a ranking could be established between microstructure and PWSCC potential. Corrosion tests were extended to include Alloy 690 plugs after a top plug release occurred due to circumferential cracking above the expander. Destructive examination of pulled plugs confirmed the accuracy of the laboratory results which showed corrosion resistance can be correlated with the density of intergranular carbides and the doped steam test method did provide an accelerated method for assessing the relative PWSCC of mechanical plugs. To date, 70 Inconel 690 plugs, representing 17 heat treatment lots, have been tested and all plugs remain crack-free after 1000 hour exposure in doped steam. 4 figs

  18. Hydrogen-involved fracture toughness behavior of low-alloy primary piping steel

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    The tensile and fracture toughness behavior of hydrogen-charged ASME SA508 Cl.1a low-alloy primary piping steel and the dependence of strain rate at both room and high temperatures were studied. Fracture toughness was estimated by using the modified critical fracture strain model. The test strain rates and temperatures were 8.3 x 10-5, 2.08 x 10-4, 1.25 x 10-3, 0.83 x 10-2 s-1 and 25, 177, 250, 316 .deg. C respectively. The electrolyte for hydrogen charging was made to be 1 N H2SO4 and charging time was 30 minute for each specimen. The effect of cathodic hydrogen charging on the microstructure has also been addressed to confirm that the charging method does not cause any surface damage. At room temperature, the presence of hydrogen led to an increase in yield strength as well as decrease in ductility in all strain rates. Ductility was greatly reduced by the internal atomic hydrogen at lower strain rate about 10-5 s-1 and fracture mode was cleavage type. At high temperatures (177, 250 and 316 .deg. C), hydrogen induced softening and reduction of ductility at strain rates about 10-5, 10-4 and 10-3 s-1. Observable hydrogen effect on yield strength, ductility, serration behavior, and cleavage type fracture was appeared at 177 .deg. C, 10-5 s-1 and 250 .deg. C, 10-3 s-1. Negative strain rate sensitivity was observed at 250 .deg. C from strain rate 10-5 to 10-3 s-1 for both as-received and charged specimens. For as-received condition, fracture toughness was reduced by dynamic strain aging (DSA) effect in 10-5 s-1, 177 .deg. C and in 10-3 s-1, 250 .deg. C. Hydrogen itself didn't produce DSA effect but at the DSA regions it might enhance the DSA effect by about 20% of as-received condition. Fracture toughness was also reduced by internal hydrogen at 10-5 s-1, 316 .deg. C (∼50%): at 10-4 s-1, 250 .deg. C (∼33%) : and at 10-2 s-1,177 and 316 .deg. C (∼33%). The range of fracture toughness for as-received and hydrogen-charged condition was found from 125 to 225 kPa m

  19. Strength and fracture of uranium, plutonium and several their alloys under shock wave loading

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    Golubev V.K.

    2012-01-01

    Results on studying the spall fracture of uranium, plutonium and several their alloys under shock wave loading are presented in the paper. The problems of influence of initial temperature in a range of − 196 – 800∘C and loading time on the spall strength and failure character of uranium and two its alloys with molybdenum and both molybdenum and zirconium were studied. The results for plutonium and its alloy with gallium were obtained at a normal temperature and in a temperature range of 40–31...

  20. Preparation of TiMn alloy by mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering for biomedical applications

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    Zhang, F.; Weidmann, A.; Nebe, B. J.; Burkel, E.

    2009-01-01

    TiMn alloy was prepared by mechanical alloying and subsequently consolidated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique for exploration of biomedical applications. The microstructures, mechanical properties and cytotoxicity of the TiMn alloys were investigated in comparison with the pure Ti and Mn metals. Ti8Mn and Ti12Mn alloys with high relative density (99%) were prepared by mechanical alloying for 60 h and SPS at 700 °C for 5 min. The doping of Mn in Ti has decreased the transformation temperature from α to β phase, increased the relative density and enhanced the hardness of the Ti metal significantly. The Ti8Mn alloys showed 86% cell viability which was comparable to that of the pure Ti (93%). The Mn can be used as a good alloying element for biomedical Ti metal, and the Ti8Mn alloy could have a potential use as bone substitutes and dental implants.

  1. In Vitro Fracture of Human Cortical Bone: Local Fracture Criteria and Toughening Mechanisms

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    Nalla, R; Stolken, J; Kinney, J; Ritchie, R

    2004-08-18

    A micro-mechanistic understanding of bone fracture that encompasses how cracks interact with the underlying microstructure and defines their local failure mode is lacking, despite extensive research on the response of bone to a variety of factors like aging, loading, and/or disease. Micro-mechanical models for fracture incorporating such local failure criteria have been widely developed for metallic and ceramic materials systems; however, few such deliberations have been undertaken for the fracture of bone. In fact, although the fracture event in mineralized tissues such as bone is commonly believed to be locally strain controlled, until recently there has been little experimental evidence to support this widely held belief. In the present study, a series of in vitro experiments involving a double-notch bend test geometry are performed in order to shed further light on the nature of the local cracking events that precede catastrophic fracture in bone and to define their relationship to the microstructure. Specifically, crack-microstructure interactions are examined to determine the salient toughening mechanisms in human cortical bone and to characterize how these may affect the anisotropy in fracture properties. Based on preliminary micro-mechanical models of these processes, in particular crack deflection and uncracked ligament bridging, the relative importance of these toughening mechanisms is established.

  2. Effect of Alloying Elements in Hot-Rolled Metastable β-Titanium Alloys. Part II: Mechanical Properties

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    Manda, Premkumar; Chakkingal, Uday; Singh, A. K.

    2016-07-01

    This paper describes the tensile properties, flow and work-hardening behavior of four metastable β-titanium alloys Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr (A1), Ti-5Al-3.5Mo-7.2V-3Cr (A2), Ti-5Al-5Mo-8.6V-1.5Cr (A3), and Ti-5Al-3.5Mo-5V-3.94Cr (A4) in α+β hot-rolled condition. The decreasing order of average strength parameters ( σ YS and σ UTS) is A4, A2, A1, and A3. The maximum strength observed in alloy A4 is due to the presence of highest wt. fraction of Cr. The elongation is the maximum and minimum in alloys A3 and A4, respectively. These alloys display moderate to high percent in-plane anisotropy ( A IP) and reasonably low anisotropic index ( δ) values. Both the A IP and δ values are maximum and minimum in alloys A1 and A3, respectively. The yield locus plots also exhibit the presence of anisotropy due to relatively large differences in yield strength values along tension and compression directions. The flow behavior of alloys A1, A2, and A4 follows Swift equation, while the alloy A3 displays best fit with Holloman equation. The presence of prestrain ( ɛ 0) in hot-rolled materials before tensile testing has an important bearing on the flow curves of A1, A2, and A4 alloys. The instantaneous work-hardening rate curves of the alloys A1, A2, and A3 exhibit all the three typical stages (stage I, stage II, and stage III) in RD samples, while the alloy A4 shows the presence of only stage I and stage III. The 45 deg to RD and TD samples of alloys A1, A2, and A4 display only stage I. The stages I and III as well as I and II are present in alloy A3 in 45 deg to RD and TD samples, respectively. Dislocation-controlled strain hardening occurs in all the three stages of these alloys in the absence of stress-induced martensitic transformation (α″) and twinning. Slip is the predominant deformation mechanism during tensile testing. Three types of slip lines, i.e., planar, wavy, and intersecting have been observed close to fracture surfaces of post tensile-tested specimens.

  3. Effect of Alloying Elements in Hot-Rolled Metastable β-Titanium Alloys. Part II: Mechanical Properties

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    Manda, Premkumar; Chakkingal, Uday; Singh, A. K.

    2016-04-01

    This paper describes the tensile properties, flow and work-hardening behavior of four metastable β-titanium alloys Ti-5Al-5Mo-5V-3Cr (A1), Ti-5Al-3.5Mo-7.2V-3Cr (A2), Ti-5Al-5Mo-8.6V-1.5Cr (A3), and Ti-5Al-3.5Mo-5V-3.94Cr (A4) in α+β hot-rolled condition. The decreasing order of average strength parameters (σ YS and σ UTS) is A4, A2, A1, and A3. The maximum strength observed in alloy A4 is due to the presence of highest wt. fraction of Cr. The elongation is the maximum and minimum in alloys A3 and A4, respectively. These alloys display moderate to high percent in-plane anisotropy (A IP) and reasonably low anisotropic index (δ) values. Both the A IP and δ values are maximum and minimum in alloys A1 and A3, respectively. The yield locus plots also exhibit the presence of anisotropy due to relatively large differences in yield strength values along tension and compression directions. The flow behavior of alloys A1, A2, and A4 follows Swift equation, while the alloy A3 displays best fit with Holloman equation. The presence of prestrain (ɛ 0) in hot-rolled materials before tensile testing has an important bearing on the flow curves of A1, A2, and A4 alloys. The instantaneous work-hardening rate curves of the alloys A1, A2, and A3 exhibit all the three typical stages (stage I, stage II, and stage III) in RD samples, while the alloy A4 shows the presence of only stage I and stage III. The 45 deg to RD and TD samples of alloys A1, A2, and A4 display only stage I. The stages I and III as well as I and II are present in alloy A3 in 45 deg to RD and TD samples, respectively. Dislocation-controlled strain hardening occurs in all the three stages of these alloys in the absence of stress-induced martensitic transformation (α″) and twinning. Slip is the predominant deformation mechanism during tensile testing. Three types of slip lines, i.e., planar, wavy, and intersecting have been observed close to fracture surfaces of post tensile-tested specimens.

  4. Hydrogen embrittlement and fracture toughness of a titanium alloy with surface modification by hard coatings

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    The effect of hydrogen embrittlement on the fracture toughness of a titanium alloy with different surface modifications was investigated. Disk-shaped compact-tension specimens were first coated with different hard films and then hydrogen charged by an electrochemical method. Glow discharge optical spectrometry (GDOS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and x-ray diffractometry (XRD) were applied to analyze the surface characteristics. The results revealed that fracture toughness of the as-received titanium alloy decreased with the increase of hydrogen charging time. Fracture toughness of the alloy after plasma nitriding or ion implantation, which produced a TiNx layer, decreased as well, but to a lesser extent after cathodic charging. The best result obtained was for the alloy coated with a CrN film where fracture toughness was sustained even after hydrogen charging for 144 h. Obviously the CrN film acted as a better barrier to regard hydrogen permeation, but it was at the sacrifice of the CrN film itself

  5. Effects of minor Si on microstructures and room temperature fracture toughness of niobium solid solution alloys

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    Controlling the elements content in the niobium solid solution (NbSS) is significant for the better comprehensive performance of Nb-silicide-based alloys. In this paper, the effects of minor Si on the microstructures and room temperature fracture toughness of Nb–(0/0.5/1/2)Si–27.63Ti–12.92Cr–2.07Al–1.12Hf (at%, unless stated otherwise) solid solution alloys were investigated. The alloys were processed by vacuum arc-casting (AC), and then heat treated (HT) at 1425 °C for 10 h. In HT alloys, NbSS grains are refined gradually with the increase of Si content. Meanwhile, the volume fraction of Cr2Nb and silicides phases precipitates increases. The fracture toughness of HT alloys decreases at first but then increases in the range of 0 to 2% Si, because it is a combinatorial process of positive and negative effects caused by the addition of Si. The refinement of NbSS grains displays positive effect on fracture toughness, while the increase of solid solubility of Si in NbSS and brittle Cr2Nb and Nb-silicides precipitate phases display negative effect

  6. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti-15Zr alloy used as dental implant material.

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    Medvedev, Alexander E; Molotnikov, Andrey; Lapovok, Rimma; Zeller, Rolf; Berner, Simon; Habersetzer, Philippe; Dalla Torre, Florian

    2016-09-01

    Ti-Zr alloys have recently started to receive a considerable amount of attention as promising materials for dental applications. This work compares mechanical properties of a new Ti-15Zr alloy to those of commercially pure titanium Grade4 in two surface conditions - machined and modified by sand-blasting and etching (SLA). As a result of significantly smaller grain size in the initial condition (1-2µm), the strength of Ti-15Zr alloy was found to be 10-15% higher than that of Grade4 titanium without reduction in the tensile elongation or compromising the fracture toughness. The fatigue endurance limit of the alloy was increased by around 30% (560MPa vs. 435MPa and 500MPa vs. 380MPa for machined and SLA-treated surfaces, respectively). Additional implant fatigue tests showed enhanced fatigue performance of Ti-15Zr over Ti-Grade4. PMID:27258932

  7. In-situ TEM investigation of fracture process in an Al–Cu–Mg alloy

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    Feng, Z.Q., E-mail: qiang733@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Shaanxi Materials Analysis and Research Centre, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072 (China); Yang, Y.Q., E-mail: yqyang@nwpu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Shaanxi Materials Analysis and Research Centre, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072 (China); Chen, Y.X.; Huang, B.; Fu, M.S.; Li, M.H. [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Shaanxi Materials Analysis and Research Centre, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072 (China); Ru, J.G. [Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, Beijing 100095 (China)

    2013-12-01

    The deformation and fracture process in Al–Cu–Mg alloy were investigated by using the in situ straining transmission electron microscopy (TEM) method. Some major aspects of the fracture process, including dislocation emission and migration, thinning of dislocation free zone (DFZ), crack propagation (both in continuous and discontinuous manners) and slipping/twinning deformation, can be observed. The rod-like T dispersoids, which may increase the microcrack initiation sensitivity, also can effectively prevent the fast and continuous propagation of the crack. DFZ ahead of crack tip can be thinned in a mixed mode characterized by tearing and shear deformation, while nanovoids, which are typical characteristics in DFZ during discontinuous crack propagation, may originate from the enrichment of defects such as dislocations and vacancies. Deformation twinning at crack tip can slow down crack propagation and change crack propagation path, thus may be beneficial to the fracture toughness of the alloy.

  8. Influence of heat treatment regimes on microstructures and fracture characteristics of 7055Al alloy containing Ag

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    李海; 郑子樵; 王芝秀

    2004-01-01

    Tensile properties, fracture characteristics and microstructures of 7055 aluminum-based alloy containing Ag after T6, T73 and RRA treatment were investigated. The results show that RRA treatment retains strength of 7055-T6 with higher electrical conductivity close to that of 7055-T73 alloy, but its elongation decreases greatly.SEM fractographs reveal that intergranular cracking and shear-type transgranular cracking are both presented on the fracture appearance of 7055-T6 specimen. After T73 treatment, the fractographs mainly consist of dimple-type transgranular cracking with minor intergranular cracking. For 7055-RRA specimen, intergranular cracking dominates with minor dimples on the fracture surface. The type and size of precipitates, width of grain boundary and the ability of precipitates to impede dislocation motion vary with heat treatment regimes. Three frature models were built on the basis of microstructural analyses.

  9. Microstructure and mechanical properties of hot-rolled Zr–3Al–χBe alloys

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    The effects of beryllium (Be) addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of hot-rolled Zr–3Al–χBe alloys (χ=0, 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8 wt%) were characterized experimentally. X-ray diffraction and optical microscopic results indicated that the complete α phase was replaced by α phase+Be2Zr compound in the alloys after Be addition. Meanwhile, with an increase of Be content from 0.4 wt% to 0.8 wt%, the content of Be2Zr particles increased in the examined Zr–3Al–χBe alloys. Moreover, partial α recrystallization was observed in the hot-rolled Zr–3Al alloy. The degree of α recrystallization tended to increase in the alloys with Be addition. Adding Be is beneficial to the improvement of the tensile properties. The Zr–3Al–0.8Be alloy exhibited maximum ultimate tensile strength of 1103 MPa, which increased by 27% compared with that of the hot-rolled Zr–3Al alloy and the elongation remained at 6.07%. Fractography results indicated that the fracture modes of the Zr–3Al–χBe alloys transformed from ductile to a combination of ductile and brittle with the gradual addition of Be

  10. Processing and Composition Effects on the Fracture Behavior of Spray-Formed 7XXX Series Al Alloys

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    Sharma, M. M.; Ziemian, C. W.; Eden, T. J.

    2010-12-01

    The fracture properties of high-strength spray-formed Al alloys were investigated, with consideration of the effects of elemental additions such as zinc, manganese, and chromium and the influence of the addition of SiC particulate. Fracture resistance values between 13.6 and 25.6 MPa (m)1/2 were obtained for the monolithic alloys in the T6 and T7 conditions, respectively. The alloys with SiC particulate compared well and achieved fracture resistance values between 18.7 and 25.6 MPa (m)1/2. The spray-formed materials exhibited a loss in fracture resistance ( K I) compared to ingot metallurgy 7075 alloys but had an improved performance compared to high-solute powder metallurgy alloys of similar composition. Characterization of the fracture surfaces indicated a predominantly intergranular decohesion, possibly facilitated by the presence of incoherent particles at the grain boundary regions and by the large strength differential between the matrix and precipitate zone. It is believed that at the slip band-grain boundary intersection, particularly in the presence of large dispersoids and/or inclusions, microvoid nucleation would be significantly enhanced. Differences in fracture surfaces between the alloys in the T6 and T7 condition were observed and are attributed to inhomogeneous slip distribution, which results in strain localization at grain boundaries. The best overall combination of fracture resistance properties were obtained for alloys with minimum amounts of chromium and manganese additions.

  11. Identification of modes of fracture in a 2618-T6 aluminum alloy using stereophotogrammetry

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    Salas Zamarripa, A., E-mail: a.salaszamarripa@gmail.com [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. Av. Universidad S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 66451, Apartado Postal 076 Suc. ' F' San Nicolas de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Pinna, C.; Brown, M.W. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield. Sir Frederick Mappin Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD (United Kingdom); Mata, M.P. Guerrero; Morales, M. Castillo; Beber-Solano, T.P. [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. Av. Universidad S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 66451, Apartado Postal 076 Suc. ' F' San Nicolas de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico)

    2011-12-15

    The identification and the development of a quantification technique of the modes of fracture in fatigue fracture surfaces of a 2618-T6 aluminum alloy were developed during this research. Fatigue tests at room and high temperature (230 Degree-Sign C) were carried out to be able to compare the microscopic fractographic features developed by this material under these testing conditions. The overall observations by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of the fracture surfaces showed a mixture of transgranular and ductile intergranular fracture. The ductile intergranular fracture contribution appears to be more significant at room temperature than at 230 Degree-Sign C. A quantitative methodology was developed to identify and to measure the contribution of these microscopic fractographic features. The technique consisted of a combination of stereophotogrammetry and image analysis. Stereo-pairs were randomly taken along the crack paths and were then analyzed using the profile module of MeX software. The analysis involved the 3-D surface reconstruction, the trace of primary profile lines in both vertical and horizontal directions within the stereo-pair area, the measurements of the contribution of the modes of fracture in each profile, and finally, the calculation of the average contribution in each stereo-pair. The technique results confirmed a higher contribution of ductile intergranular fracture at room temperature than at 230 Degree-Sign C. Moreover, there was no indication of a direct relationship between this contribution and the strain amplitudes range applied during the fatigue testing. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Stereophotogrammetry and image analysis as a measuring tool of modes of fracture in fatigue fracture surfaces. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A mixture of ductile intergranular and transgranular fracture was identified at room temperature and 230 Degree-Sign C testing. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Development of a quantitative methodology to

  12. Identification of modes of fracture in a 2618-T6 aluminum alloy using stereophotogrammetry

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    The identification and the development of a quantification technique of the modes of fracture in fatigue fracture surfaces of a 2618-T6 aluminum alloy were developed during this research. Fatigue tests at room and high temperature (230 °C) were carried out to be able to compare the microscopic fractographic features developed by this material under these testing conditions. The overall observations by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of the fracture surfaces showed a mixture of transgranular and ductile intergranular fracture. The ductile intergranular fracture contribution appears to be more significant at room temperature than at 230 °C. A quantitative methodology was developed to identify and to measure the contribution of these microscopic fractographic features. The technique consisted of a combination of stereophotogrammetry and image analysis. Stereo-pairs were randomly taken along the crack paths and were then analyzed using the profile module of MeX software. The analysis involved the 3-D surface reconstruction, the trace of primary profile lines in both vertical and horizontal directions within the stereo-pair area, the measurements of the contribution of the modes of fracture in each profile, and finally, the calculation of the average contribution in each stereo-pair. The technique results confirmed a higher contribution of ductile intergranular fracture at room temperature than at 230 °C. Moreover, there was no indication of a direct relationship between this contribution and the strain amplitudes range applied during the fatigue testing. - Highlights: ► Stereophotogrammetry and image analysis as a measuring tool of modes of fracture in fatigue fracture surfaces. ► A mixture of ductile intergranular and transgranular fracture was identified at room temperature and 230 °C testing. ► Development of a quantitative methodology to obtain the percentage of modes of fracture within the fracture surface.

  13. A fracture mechanics data bank of WWER primary circuit materials

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    The approach to statistical processing of results of static and dynamic fracture toughness tests and of fracture toughness tests at a stopped propagation of the crack is outlined. The linear regression data are presented in the form of plots of the mean fracture mechanics parameters versus reference temperature, as well as of plots of the lower envelope curves of the dependences expressed via their tolerance confidence limits. The statistical evaluation was applied to steels 10GN2MFA, 15Kh2MFA and 22K. (J.B.) 2 tabs., 3 figs., 9 refs

  14. Uncertainty analysis on probabilistic fracture mechanics assessment methodology

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    Fracture Mechanics has found a profound usage in the area of design of components and assessing fitness for purpose/residual life estimation of an operating component. Since defect size and material properties are statistically distributed, various probabilistic approaches have been employed for the computation of fracture probability. Monte Carlo Simulation is one such procedure towards the analysis of fracture probability. This paper deals with uncertainty analysis using the Monte Carlo Simulation methods. These methods were developed based on the R6 failure assessment procedure, which has been widely used in analysing the integrity of structures. The application of this method is illustrated with a case study. (author)

  15. Microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of hypereutectic Al–Si alloy processed by liquid die forging

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    F F Wu; S T Li; G A Zhang; F Jiang

    2014-08-01

    The microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of a hypereutectic Al–Si alloy processed by liquid die forging were investigated. It is found that the grain size of the primary Si was significantly reduced by liquid die forging with increased pressure. The volume fraction of eutectic silicon was decreased with increased pressure. By liquid die forging with pressure up to 180 MPa, the average size of the primary Si was reduced to about 18 m, which results in the remarkable increase in the fracture strength and hardness of the hypereutectic Al–Si alloy.

  16. Inelastic material behavior and fracture mechanics a variational approach

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    Bruno, L

    1999-01-01

    A variational principle is presented, which relates the macroscopic fracture response of a mechanical component to its microscopic, inelastic material behavior. The principle allows a comparison between the crack driving force, expressed by the J-integral, and an integral expression of the fracture resistance. On this basis, the critical values of J are calculated for a Griffith crack under mixed- mode loading. The preliminary check with data available in literature shows a fairly good agreement. (8 refs).

  17. Effect of strength mismatch on fracture mechanical behavior of NG-DMW

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    In modern pressurized water reactor (PWR) designs, dissimilar metal joints, e.g. reactor pressure vessel (RPV) safe-ends, are manufactured using a new weld design which takes advantage of narrow-gap (NG) welding technique. In addition to the new weld design, the filler metals have been changed from Alloys 82 and 182 to higher Cr containing Alloys 52 and 152 to ensure the structural integrity of the welds. In dissimilar metal welds (DMW), the mismatch in material properties between the two joined materials and their narrow local variation in different zones of the weld are of importance because the local strength mismatch state plays an important role in the fracture behavior of the weld. For the experimental determination of the local strength variations in a narrow-gap dissimilar metal weld (NG-DMW), a weld mock-up was manufactured using narrow-gap gas-tungsten arc welding (GTAW) method. The weld consisted of SA 508 pressure vessel steel with AISI 309L/308L cladding, AISI 304 piping steel, and Alloy 52 weld metal. The weld was characterized in two different heat treatment conditions, in as-welded condition and in post-weld heat treated (PWHT) condition. The microstructure of the weld mock-up was characterized using FEGSEM. The fusion zone (FZ) between the SA 508 pressure vessel steel and Alloy 52 weld metal was characterized using micro- and nano-hardness testing and the strength mismatch state of the FZ was determined with tensile testing using miniature-sized tensile testing specimens allowing the determination of the local tensile properties of the narrow weld zones near the fusion line (FL). The fracture mechanical testing was performed at room temperature to examine the effect of local strength mismatch on the fracture behavior and crack propagation. The results of the tensile tests revealed that Alloy 52 weld metal had close to equivalent strength with SA 508 base material and the highest strength mismatch existed between the SA 508 heat-affected zone (HAZ

  18. Progress report on the influence of test temperature and grain boundary chemistry on the fracture behavior of ITER copper alloys

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    Li, M.; Stubbins, J.F. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering; Edwards, D.J. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1998-09-01

    This collaborative study was initiated to determine mechanical properties at elevated temperatures of various copper alloys by University of Illinois and Pacific Northwestern National Lab (PNNL) with support of OMG Americas, Inc. and Brush Wellman, Inc. This report includes current experimental results on notch tensile tests and pre-cracked bend bar tests on these materials at room temperature, 200 and 300 C. The elevated temperature tests were performed in vacuum and indicate that a decrease in fracture resistance with increasing temperature, as seen in previous investigations. While the causes for the decreases in fracture resistance are still not clear, the current results indicate that environmental effects are likely less important in the process than formerly assumed.

  19. The influence of plastic deformation and heat treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties of W-Ni-Fe alloy

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    The paper presents the results of microstructural observations, fractography and tensile tests investigations performed at room temperature on series of 90% W - 7% Ni - 3% Fe alloy specimens representative of 'as sintered state', cold worked (10-40%) and subjected to additional annealing (500-750 oC). Changes in the microstructure have been described quantitatively using a computer sided image analysis and qualitatively by scanning electron microscopy (fractography). Chemical composition changes in micro-areas were investigated by electron probe X-ray microanalysis. The results were correlated with mechanical properties of the alloy. After cold rolling the tungsten particles change their shape from nearly spherical into discs. On the fracture surface of 'as sintered' alloy after tensile test, fracture paths prevail along tungsten interfaces and tungsten-matrix separation. The fracture paths through the matrix have a ductile character. With the increasing plastic deformation, fraction of fracture paths across tungsten particles increases. For the samples subjected to 40% deformation tungsten cleavage is predominant. Simultaneously, ductility of the matrix markedly decreases. The deformation of tungsten particles as well as strain hardening of matrix increases the strength and hardness of WHA. The UTS of the alloy subjected to 40% deformation increases by approximately 42%. The annealing of alloy after cold working at the temperature range of 500-620 oC increases the UTS to 1565 MPa without changing its elongation to fracture, which remains lower than that in 'as sintered state'. (author)

  20. Application of fracture mechanics to fatigue in pressure vessels

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    The methods of application of fracture mechanics to predict fatigue crack propagation in welded structures and pressure vessels are described with the following objectives: i) To identify the effect of different variables such as crack tip plasticity, free surface, finite plate thickness, stress concentration and type of the structure, on the magnitude of stress intensity factor K in Welded joint. ii) To demonstrate the use of fracture mechanics for analysing fatigue crack propagation data. iii) To show how a law of fatigue crack propagation based on fracure mechanics, may be used to predict fatigue behavior of welded structures such as pressure vessel. (Author)

  1. Mechanisms of hydrogen absorption by zirconium alloys

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    This paper summarizes our present understanding of the three primary mechanisms by which hydrogen isotopes can enter zirconium alloys in service. These are: (i) reaction with and adsorption of hydrogen gas from atmospheres containing insufficient oxidant to maintain the protective oxide film, (ii) diffusion into the metal of a fraction of the hydrogen released in the cathodic partial cell during oxidation in water or steam, (iii) diffusion of hydrogen isotopes through a metallurgical bond with a dissimilar metal which provides a window through the normally protective oxide film. It is shown that while all three mechanisms can be specified qualitatively with some certainty, and while supporting circumstantial evidence is often available, the basic rate constants for the various steps in the reactions are largely unknown

  2. Phase evolution and alloying mechanism of titanium aluminide nanoparticles

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    Highlights: • An evolution of phase composition of TiAl alloy nanoparticles was investigated. • An alloying mechanism was analyzed according to the variation of phase composition. • The alloying reaction was possible to perform between the small clusters of Ti and Al. • The alloying product is determined by the temperature of Ti and Al small clusters. • The alloying mechanism can be explained based on Gibbs free energy of alloying reaction. - Abstract: The evolution of phase composition of titanium aluminide nanoparticles synthesized by the flow-levitation method was systematically investigated by adjustment of the evaporating temperature of the mixed metallic droplet and the X-ray diffraction spectrum. Their alloying mechanism was analyzed according to the variation of phase composition. ε(h, l)-TiAl3, γ-TiAl and α2-Ti3Al phases are gradually formed in TiAl alloy nanoparticles with the increasing of evaporating temperature of the mixed droplet. The alloying reaction is possible to perform between the small clusters of Ti and Al during the cooling process with high cooling rate. And the alloying mechanism can be explained based on the Gibbs free energy of alloying reaction of Ti and Al small clusters

  3. Phase evolution and alloying mechanism of titanium aluminide nanoparticles

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    Luo, J.S.; Li, K.; Li, X.B. [Research Center of Laser Fusion, Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China); Shu, Y.J. [Institute of Chemical Materials, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China); Tang, Y.J., E-mail: tangyongjian2000@sina.com [Research Center of Laser Fusion, Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • An evolution of phase composition of TiAl alloy nanoparticles was investigated. • An alloying mechanism was analyzed according to the variation of phase composition. • The alloying reaction was possible to perform between the small clusters of Ti and Al. • The alloying product is determined by the temperature of Ti and Al small clusters. • The alloying mechanism can be explained based on Gibbs free energy of alloying reaction. - Abstract: The evolution of phase composition of titanium aluminide nanoparticles synthesized by the flow-levitation method was systematically investigated by adjustment of the evaporating temperature of the mixed metallic droplet and the X-ray diffraction spectrum. Their alloying mechanism was analyzed according to the variation of phase composition. ε(h, l)-TiAl{sub 3,} γ-TiAl and α{sub 2}-Ti{sub 3}Al phases are gradually formed in TiAl alloy nanoparticles with the increasing of evaporating temperature of the mixed droplet. The alloying reaction is possible to perform between the small clusters of Ti and Al during the cooling process with high cooling rate. And the alloying mechanism can be explained based on the Gibbs free energy of alloying reaction of Ti and Al small clusters.

  4. The hydro-mechanical modeling of the fractured media; Modelisation hydromecanique des milieux fractures

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    Kadiri, I

    2002-10-15

    The hydro-mechanical modeling of the fractured media is quite complex. Simplifications are necessary for the modeling of such media, but, not always justified, Only permeable fractures are often considered. The rest of the network is approximated by an equivalent continuous medium. Even if we suppose that this approach is validated, the hydraulic and mechanical properties of the fractures and of the continuous medium are seldom known. Calibrations are necessary for the determination of these properties. Until now, one does not know very well the nature of measurements which must be carried out in order to carry on a modeling in discontinuous medium, nor elements of enough robust validation for this kind of modeling. For a better understanding of the hydro-mechanical phenomena in fractured media, two different sites have been selected for the work. The first is the site of Grimsel in Switzerland in which an underground laboratory is located at approximately 400 m of depth. The FEBEX experiment aims at the in-situ study of the consecutive phenomena due to the installation of a heat source representative of radioactive waste in the last 17 meters of the FEBEX tunnel in the laboratory of Grimsel. Only, the modeling of the hydro-mechanical of the excavation was model. The modeling of the Febex enabled us to establish a methodology of calibration of the hydraulic properties in the discontinuous media. However, this kind of study on such complex sites does not make possible to answer all the questions which arise on the hydro-mechanical behavior of the fractured media. We thus carried out modeling on an other site, smaller than the fist one and more accessible. The experimental site of Coaraze, in the Maritime Alps, is mainly constituted of limestone and fractures. Then the variation of water pressure along fractures is governed by the opening/closure sequence of a water gate. Normal displacement as well as the pore pressure along these fractures are recorded, and then

  5. Theoretical Analysis of the Mechanism of Fracture Network Propagation with Stimulated Reservoir Volume (SRV Fracturing in Tight Oil Reservoirs.

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    Yuliang Su

    Full Text Available Stimulated reservoir volume (SRV fracturing in tight oil reservoirs often induces complex fracture-network growth, which has a fundamentally different formation mechanism from traditional planar bi-winged fracturing. To reveal the mechanism of fracture network propagation, this paper employs a modified displacement discontinuity method (DDM, mechanical mechanism analysis and initiation and propagation criteria for the theoretical model of fracture network propagation and its derivation. A reasonable solution of the theoretical model for a tight oil reservoir is obtained and verified by a numerical discrete method. Through theoretical calculation and computer programming, the variation rules of formation stress fields, hydraulic fracture propagation patterns (FPP and branch fracture propagation angles and pressures are analyzed. The results show that during the process of fracture propagation, the initial orientation of the principal stress deflects, and the stress fields at the fracture tips change dramatically in the region surrounding the fracture. Whether the ideal fracture network can be produced depends on the geological conditions and on the engineering treatments. This study has both theoretical significance and practical application value by contributing to a better understanding of fracture network propagation mechanisms in unconventional oil/gas reservoirs and to the improvement of the science and design efficiency of reservoir fracturing.

  6. Relationship between trauma mechanism and etiology on mandibular fracture patterns

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    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Mandibular fracture occurs more commonly than maxillary fracture because of its prominent position and its arrow arch like bone anatomy. Many factors may cause mandibular fracture. Motorcycle accident is the main etiology of mandibular fracture in the world. Based on the literature, 43% mandibular fractures are caused by motorcycle accident, 34% by violence, 7% by accident at work, 7% by fall, 4% by sports and the others were caused by various things. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to know the relation between the etiology and mechanisms of trauma and the patterns of mandibular fracture at Hasan Sadikin Hospital, Bandung, from January 2006 to October 2007. Method: The study was taken on patients with mandibular fractures who came to Hasan Sadikin Hospital Bandung. The data were taken retrospectively by documenting the etiologies of mandibular fracture, the mechanisms of fracture, and the location of mandibular fracture. The data were analyzed with Chi Square statistic test. Result: The result showed that There were 83 mandibular fractures. The mandibular fracture more commonly attacks men about 77%, and women about 22.9%. Mandibular fracture occurs more often between the age group of 21-30 years old, about 31 people (37.3%. Mandibular fracture was mostles often caused by motorcycle accident, affecting about 71 people (85.5%. Parasymphysis fracture is the most common fracture location among mandibular fracture cases, about 47 people (56.6%. Conclusion: It can be concluded that there is no significant relationship between the etiology and mechanisms of trauma and the pattern of mandibular fracture.Latar belakang: Fraktur mandibula lebih sering terjadi dibandingkan dengan fraktur maksilla karenaposisinya yang lebihprominen dan bentuk anatomi tulang seperti busur panah. Banyak faktor yang dapat menyebabkan terjadinya fraktur mandibula. Kecelakaan kendaraan bermotor merupakan etiologi utama penyebab fraktur mandibula di dunia

  7. Fracture toughness measurements on igneous rocks using a high-pressure, high-temperature rock fracture mechanics cell

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    Balme, M.R.; Rocchi, V; Jones, C.; Sammonds, P.R.; Meredith, P.G.; Boon, S.

    2004-01-01

    A sound knowledge of mechanical properties of rocks at high temperatures and pressures is essential for modelling volcanological problems such as fracture of lava flows and dike emplacement. In particular, fracture toughness is a scale-invariant material property of a rock that describes its resistance to tensile failure. A new fracture mechanics apparatus has been constructed enabling fracture toughness measurements on large (60 mm diameter) rock core samples at temperatures up to 750–C and ...

  8. Fracture mechanics life analytical methods verification testing

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    Favenesi, J. A.; Clemons, T. G.; Riddell, W. T.; Ingraffea, A. R.; Wawrzynek, P. A.

    1994-01-01

    The objective was to evaluate NASCRAC (trademark) version 2.0, a second generation fracture analysis code, for verification and validity. NASCRAC was evaluated using a combination of comparisons to the literature, closed-form solutions, numerical analyses, and tests. Several limitations and minor errors were detected. Additionally, a number of major flaws were discovered. These major flaws were generally due to application of a specific method or theory, not due to programming logic. Results are presented for the following program capabilities: K versus a, J versus a, crack opening area, life calculation due to fatigue crack growth, tolerable crack size, proof test logic, tearing instability, creep crack growth, crack transitioning, crack retardation due to overloads, and elastic-plastic stress redistribution. It is concluded that the code is an acceptable fracture tool for K solutions of simplified geometries, for a limited number of J and crack opening area solutions, and for fatigue crack propagation with the Paris equation and constant amplitude loads when the Paris equation is applicable.

  9. Fracture mechanics life analytical methods verification testing

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    Favenesi, J. A.; Clemons, T. G.; Riddell, W. T.; Ingraffea, A. R.; Wawrzynek, P. A.

    1994-09-01

    The objective was to evaluate NASCRAC (trademark) version 2.0, a second generation fracture analysis code, for verification and validity. NASCRAC was evaluated using a combination of comparisons to the literature, closed-form solutions, numerical analyses, and tests. Several limitations and minor errors were detected. Additionally, a number of major flaws were discovered. These major flaws were generally due to application of a specific method or theory, not due to programming logic. Results are presented for the following program capabilities: K versus a, J versus a, crack opening area, life calculation due to fatigue crack growth, tolerable crack size, proof test logic, tearing instability, creep crack growth, crack transitioning, crack retardation due to overloads, and elastic-plastic stress redistribution. It is concluded that the code is an acceptable fracture tool for K solutions of simplified geometries, for a limited number of J and crack opening area solutions, and for fatigue crack propagation with the Paris equation and constant amplitude loads when the Paris equation is applicable.

  10. Mechanical alloying in the Fe-Cu system

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Gente, C.; Bormann, R.

    The studies of mechanical alloying on the Fe-Cu system, as a model system for those with positive heats of mixing, are reviewed. Several problems involved in the mechanical alloying process are discussed. For example, (1) whether alloying occurs on an atomic level; (2) what the solid solubility in...... the Fe-Cu system is; (3) where the positive energy is stored in the alloys; (4) what the decomposition process of the supersaturated alloys is; and (5) what type of magnetic properties the new materials have. The elucidation of these problems will shed light on the understanding of the mechanisms for...... the preparation of materials under highly non-equilibrium conditions in systems with positive heats of mixing by mechanical alloying....

  11. The Fracture Mechanical Markov Chain Fatigue Model Compared with Empirical Data

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

    The applicability of the FMF-model (Fracture Mechanical Markov Chain Fatigue Model) introduced in Gansted, L., R. Brincker and L. Pilegaard Hansen (1991) is tested by simulations and compared with empirical data. Two sets of data have been used, the Virkler data (aluminium alloy) and data...... established at the Laboratory of Structural Engineering at Aalborg University, the AUC-data, (mild steel). The model, which is based on the assumption, that the crack propagation process can be described by a discrete Space Markov theory, is applicable to constant as well as random loading. It is shown that...

  12. The hydro-mechanical modeling of the fractured media

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    The hydro-mechanical modeling of the fractured media is quite complex. Simplifications are necessary for the modeling of such media, but, not always justified, Only permeable fractures are often considered. The rest of the network is approximated by an equivalent continuous medium. Even if we suppose that this approach is validated, the hydraulic and mechanical properties of the fractures and of the continuous medium are seldom known. Calibrations are necessary for the determination of these properties. Until now, one does not know very well the nature of measurements which must be carried out in order to carry on a modeling in discontinuous medium, nor elements of enough robust validation for this kind of modeling. For a better understanding of the hydro-mechanical phenomena in fractured media, two different sites have been selected for the work. The first is the site of Grimsel in Switzerland in which an underground laboratory is located at approximately 400 m of depth. The FEBEX experiment aims at the in-situ study of the consecutive phenomena due to the installation of a heat source representative of radioactive waste in the last 17 meters of the FEBEX tunnel in the laboratory of Grimsel. Only, the modeling of the hydro-mechanical of the excavation was model. The modeling of the Febex enabled us to establish a methodology of calibration of the hydraulic properties in the discontinuous media. However, this kind of study on such complex sites does not make possible to answer all the questions which arise on the hydro-mechanical behavior of the fractured media. We thus carried out modeling on an other site, smaller than the fist one and more accessible. The experimental site of Coaraze, in the Maritime Alps, is mainly constituted of limestone and fractures. Then the variation of water pressure along fractures is governed by the opening/closure sequence of a water gate. Normal displacement as well as the pore pressure along these fractures are recorded, and then

  13. Statistical fracture mechanics approach to the strength of brittle rock

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    Statistical fracture mechanics concepts used in the past for rock are critically reviewed and modifications are proposed which are warranted by (1) increased understanding of fracture provided by modern fracture mechanics and (2) laboratory test data both from the literature and from this research. Over 600 direct and indirect tension tests have been performed on three different rock types; Stripa Granite, Sierra White Granite and Carrara Marble. In several instances assumptions which are common in the literature were found to be invalid. A three parameter statistical fracture mechanics model with Mode I critical strain energy release rate as the variant is presented. Methodologies for evaluating the parameters in this model as well as the more commonly employed two parameter models are discussed. The experimental results and analysis of this research indicate that surfacially distributed flaws, rather than volumetrically distributed flaws are responsible for rupture in many testing situations. For several of the rock types tested, anisotropy (both in apparent tensile strength and size effect) precludes the use of contemporary statistical fracture mechanics models

  14. Relating Cohesive Zone Model to Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics

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    Wang, John T.

    2010-01-01

    The conditions required for a cohesive zone model (CZM) to predict a failure load of a cracked structure similar to that obtained by a linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) analysis are investigated in this paper. This study clarifies why many different phenomenological cohesive laws can produce similar fracture predictions. Analytical results for five cohesive zone models are obtained, using five different cohesive laws that have the same cohesive work rate (CWR-area under the traction-separation curve) but different maximum tractions. The effect of the maximum traction on the predicted cohesive zone length and the remote applied load at fracture is presented. Similar to the small scale yielding condition for an LEFM analysis to be valid. the cohesive zone length also needs to be much smaller than the crack length. This is a necessary condition for a CZM to obtain a fracture prediction equivalent to an LEFM result.

  15. Fracture behavior of low-density replicated aluminum alloy foams

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    Amsterdam, E.; Goodall, R.; Mortensen, A.; Onck, P. R.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.

    2008-01-01

    Tensile tests have been performed on replicated aluminum alloy foams of relative density between 4.5% and 8%. During the test the electrical resistance was measured with a four-point set-up and the displacements along the gage section were measured using a digital image correlation (DIC) technique.

  16. Assessment of characteristic parameters of statistical fracture mechanics

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    Mechanical fracture criteria, in ceramics, which may be derived from tensile strength, flexural strength or critical stress-intensity factor, are microscopic in scale. They describe the interaction of the stress field with the textural properties such as size, shape and distribution of microcracks, in which interaction important parameters are crackfracture energy and Young's modulus. If the texture is constant, in a large piece of material or a number of specimens, the resistance-to-fracture values can be approximated by a straight line, on a ln-ln Weibull diagram, whose slope is characterized by the Weibull parameter m. If, on the other hand, there are regions with different textures, then the diagram is made up of lines with different m-values corresponding to the various textures. The system is multimodal. The fracture mechanisms are interpreted on the basis of material mechanics. (orig.)

  17. Computational aspects of nonlinear fracture mechanics

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    The following contribution will essentially restrict to the application of the von Mises theory of incremental plasticity to cracked specimens and components. In particular, the classical parameters of EPFM, J and CTOD, as well as subsequently proposed parameters such as energy dissipation rate and crack-tip opening angle (CTOA) and the related computational aspects will be discussed. Some remarks follow on the 'local approach to fracture' which is based on continuum field quantities, namely stresses and strains, and the damage models of Gurson (1977) and Rousselier (1987), which have now found increasing application, will be briefly addressed in Section 3.03.4. The numerical modeling of decohesion and separation phenomena by 'cohesive elements' will be presented in Section 3.03.5. (orig.)

  18. Coating hydroxyapatite/alpha alumina composites by mechanical alloying

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    The biomaterials field has become a vital area, as these materials can enhance the quality and longevity of human life and science and technology associated with this field has now led to multi-million dollar business. Hydroxyapatite [Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2-HA] and alumina ceramics materials have been clinically applied in many areas of dentistry and orthopaedics. Their widespread use is based on a combination of good strength, modest fracture toughness, high wear resistance, good biocompatibility and excellent corrosion resistance. Alumina has also been used in jaw bone reconstruction. Other clinical applications include knee prostheses, bone segment replacements, bone screws, middle ear bone substitutes, and corneal replacements. Optimization of the surface structure of materials is of great concern at the present time since most failures occur on the surface (fatigue, fretting corrosion, corrosion, wear, etc.). As a result, improving the surface properties would greatly enhance the overall behaviour of materials. It is widely recognized that titanium displays poor wear resistance and that its fatigue performance depends to a large extent on its surface properties. The newly developed process, mechanical alloying MA, is therefore of considerable technological importance since it provides the possibility of dramatically improving the surface properties of titanium. Presented work describes the effect of MA treatment, as a non-conventional solid-state process, on the microstructure of IA/α-Al2O3 composites. Also, the necessary conditions for coating HA/α- Al2O3 composites on Ti-substrate were examined. To make HA and Al2O3 composites, α-Al2O3 powder was used because of its better sinterability than γ-AI2O3. HA/α-Al2O3 was successfully deposited on Ti-substrate by mechanical alloying (MA). From the X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) the as-synthesized and heat treated samples between 300C and 600C have not any phase transition or decomposition. From the scanning electron

  19. Mechanical transport in two-dimensional networks of fractures

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    The objectives of this research are to evaluate directional mechanical transport parameters for anisotropic fracture systems, and to determine if fracture systems behave like equivalent porous media. The tracer experiments used to measure directional tortuosity, longitudinal geometric dispersivity, and hydraulic effective porosity are conducted with a uniform flow field and measurements are made from the fluid flowing within a test section where linear length of travel is constant. Since fluid flow and mechanical transport are coupled processes, the directional variations of specific discharge and hydraulic effective porosity are measured in regions with constant hydraulic gradients to evaluate porous medium equivalence for the two processes, respectively. If the fracture region behaves like an equivalent porous medium, the system has the following stable properties: (1) specific discharge is uniform in any direction and can be predicted from a permeability tensor; and (2) hydraulic effective porosity is directionally stable. Fracture systems with two parallel sets of continuous fractures satisfy criterion 1. However, in these systems hydraulic effective porosity is directionally dependent, and thus, criterion 2 is violated. Thus, for some fracture systems, fluid flow can be predicted using porous media assumptions, but it may not be possible to predict transport using porous media assumptions. Two discontinuous fracture systems were studied which satisfied both criteria. Hydraulic effective porosity for both systems has a value between rock effective porosity and total porosity. A length-density analysis (LDS) of Canadian fracture data shows that porous media equivalence for fluid flow and transport is likely when systems have narrow aperture distributions. 54 references, 90 figures, 7 tables

  20. Environment enhanced fatigue crack propagation in metals: Inputs to fracture mechanics life prediction models

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    Gangloff, Richard P.; Kim, Sang-Shik

    1993-01-01

    This report is a critical review of both environment-enhanced fatigue crack propagation data and the predictive capabilities of crack growth rate models. This information provides the necessary foundation for incorporating environmental effects in NASA FLAGRO and will better enable predictions of aerospace component fatigue lives. The review presents extensive literature data on 'stress corrosion cracking and corrosion fatigue.' The linear elastic fracture mechanics approach, based on stress intensity range (Delta(K)) similitude with microscopic crack propagation threshold and growth rates, provides a basis for these data. Results are presented showing enhanced growth rates for gases (viz., H2 and H2O) and electrolytes (e.g. NaCl and H2O) in aerospace alloys including: C-Mn and heat treated alloy steels, aluminum alloys, nickel-based superalloys, and titanium alloys. Environment causes purely time-dependent accelerated fatigue crack growth above the monotonic load cracking threshold (KIEAC) and promotes cycle-time dependent cracking below (KIEAC). These phenomenon are discussed in terms of hydrogen embrittlement, dissolution, and film rupture crack tip damage mechanisms.

  1. The effects of the local fracture stress and carbides on the cleavage fracture characteristics of Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steels in the transition region

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    In the ductile-brittle transition temperature region of SA508 C1.3 Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steels, the relationship of the local fracture stress and carbides influencing the cleavage fracture behavior was investigated. Based on the ASTM E1921-97 standard method, the reference transition temperatures were determined by three point bending fracture toughness tests. A local fracture stress σf*, was determined from a theoretical stress distribution in front of crack tip using the cleavage initiation distance measured in each fractured specimen surface. The local fracture stress values showed a strong relationship with toughness characteristics of the materials and those were larger in the materials of smaller carbide size. Quantitative analysis of carbides showed that carbides larger than a certain size are mainly responsible for the cleavage fracture in the ductile-brittle transition temperature region. (author)

  2. Effect of Carburization on the Mechanical Properties of Biomedical Grade Titanium Alloys

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    Yong Luo; Haibo Jiang; Gang Cheng; Hongtao Liu

    2011-01-01

    Titanium cermets were successfully synthesized on the surface of biomedical grade titanium alloys by using sequential carburization method. The mechanical properties such as hardness, fracture toughness and plasticity were measured to estimate the potential application of titanium cermets. The results show that after carburization the surface hardness of titanium cermets was 778 HV, with a significant improvement of 128% compared with that of titanium alloys. In addition, the fracture toughness of titanium cermets was 21.5×106 Pa·m1/2, much higher than that of other ceramics. Furthermore, the analysis of the loading-unloading curve in the nanoindentation test also indicates that the plasticity of titanium cermet reached 32.1%, a relatively high value which illustrates the combination of the metal and ceramics properties. The results suggest that sequential carburization should be an efficient way to produce titanium cermets with hard surface, high toughness and plasticity.

  3. Study of Alpha-Sigma Phase Transformation in Mechanically Alloyed Fe-Cr-Sn Alloys

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    Costa, B. F. O.; Caër, G. Le; Campos, N. Ayres de

    2001-01-01

    The solubility of tin is significantly extended by mechanical alloying in near equiatomic Fe-Cr alloys. The influences of Sn concentration and of grain size on the kinetics of formation of the sigma-phase have been studied using different techniques. The sigma-phase formation is much faster for as-milled alloys than it is for conventional alloys. The sigma-phase formation rate decreases with the increase of Sn concentration in alloys with nanometer-sized grains as it does in coarse-grained al...

  4. Influence of electropulsing treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties of cold-rolled Mg-9Al-1Zn alloy strip

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    Highlights: → EPT tremendously accelerated recrystallization of cold-rolled AZ91 alloy. → The extent of EPT induced recrystallization increased gradually with frequency. → EPT changed the tensile fracture behaviours of the AZ91 strip. → A mechanism for rapid recrystallization of the AZ91 alloy under EPT was proposed. - Abstract: Influences of electropulsing treatment (EPT) on microstructure and mechanical properties of cold-rolled Mg-9Al-1Zn alloy strip were studied. EPT was found to accelerate the recrystallization of cold-rolled Mg-9Al-1Zn alloy strip at a relatively low temperature, and obtain fine microstructure of quasi-single-phase-recrystallized grains. The EPT-induced microstructural changes weakened the intensity of the basal fiber texture, and increased elongation to failure remarkably with a decrease in tensile strength. Fracture surface analysis showed that transition from intergranular brittle facture to transgranular dimple fracture took place with an increase in frequency of EPT. The rapid recrystallization behaviour of the Mg-9Al-1Zn alloy strip under EPT was attributed to the enhancement of nucleation rate and atomic diffusion resulting from the coupling of the thermal and athermal effects. It is supposed that EPT can provide a highly efficient method for the intermediate-softening annealing of magnesium alloys sheet/strips.

  5. Fracture mechanics based life assessment in petrochemical plants

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    The increasing use of thick walled pressure vessels in petrochemical plants operating at high pressure under severe service conditions could lead to catastrophic failure. In the Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Technology Research (MINT), initial efforts are underway to apply fracture mechanics approach for assessment of significance of defects detected during periodic in service inspection (ISI) of industrial plants. This paper outlines the integrity management strategy based on fracture mechanics and proposes a new procedure for life assessment of petrochemical plants based on ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section XI, BSI PD 6493:1991, BSI 6539:1994, BSI Standard 7910:1999 and API 579:2000. Essential relevant data required for the assessment is listed. Several methods available for determination of fracture toughness are reviewed with limitations in their application to petrochemical plants. A new non destructive method for determination of fracture toughness based on hardness testing and normalized key roughness curve is given. Results of fracture mechanics based life assessment conducted for 100 mm thick ammonia converter of Ni r o steel and 70 mm thick plat forming reactor vessel of ASTM A 38 7 grade B steel in operational fertilizer and petroleum refining plants are presented. (Author)

  6. FFTF irradiation of fracture mechanics specimens for out-of-core structures

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    The National Program Plan has established data requirements for out-of-core structures for FBRs. Significant FFTF irradiation space with moderate gamma heating levels is required to irradiate relatively large fracture mechanics specimens to total neutron fluences ranging between 5 x 1021 and 5 x 1022 n/cm2 and temperatures which range between 4000C (7500F) and 6500C (12000F). Priority 1 data on stainless steel welds requires a test volume of 7443 cm3 (454 in3). Priority 2 data on 304 and 316 SS and Inconel 718 materials and Inconel 718 welds requires 2760 cm3 (168 in3). Priority 3 data on stainless steels, other nickel-base alloys, and ferritics requires 33,118 cm3 (2021 in3). Priority 4 data at elevated temperatures on stainless steels, other nickel-base alloys and ferritics requires 69,182 cm3

  7. Characterization methods of bone-implant-interfaces of bioresorbable and titanium implants by fracture mechanical means.

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    Tschegg, E K; Lindtner, R A; Doblhoff-Dier, V; Stanzl-Tschegg, S E; Holzlechner, G; Castellani, C; Imwinkelried, T; Weinberg, A

    2011-07-01

    Bioresorbable materials for implants have become increasingly researched over the last years. The bone-implant-interfaces of three different implant materials, namely a new bioresorbable magnesium alloy, a new self-reinforced polymer implant and a conventional titanium alloy, were tested using various methods: push-out tests, SEM and EDX analyses as well as surface analyses based on stereoscopic 3D pictures were conducted. The fracture energy is proposed as a very significant reference value for characterizing the mechanical performance of a bone-implant system. By using a video-extensometer system instead of, as is commonly done, tracking the movement of the crosshead in the push-out tests, the accuracy of measurement could be increased. PMID:21565724

  8. Softening and fatigue fracture of Al-Si-X alloy casts

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    Oshikiri, Jouji; Umezawa, Osamu; Nakamura, Norio

    2011-01-01

    Ductile manner such as dimple fully covered on fatigue fracture surface of the specimens at 523 K. Softening behavior of eutectic or hyper-eutectic Al-Si-Cu-Mg-(Ni, Fe, Mn) alloy casts has been examined to estimate the influence of heating on their fatigue strength at higher temperature. The hyper-eutectic alloys showed remarkable softening rather than eutectic ones. The softening during heating over 523 K may be related to Al-Cu-Mg-Si precipitation and lowered content of Cu in the matrix.

  9. Elastic-plastic fracture mechanics analysis of reactor vessels with low upper-shelf fracture toughness

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    The Mn-Mo-Ni/Linde 80 submerged-arc weld metals used in the fabrication of early reactor vessel in the U.S. have relatively high copper contents. Studies have shown that the cooper contributes to lowering of the upper-self energy fracture toughness upon exposure to neutron radiation. Thus, these vessels with Mn-Mo-Ni/Linde 80 weld metals are known as the low upper-self-thoughness vessels. To address this concern, Appendix G requires an alternate fracture mechanics analysis to demonstrate an adequate margin of safety for the continued service of these vessels in commercial nuclear power plants. This paper presents the systematic steps necessary to perform such an analysis for the group of reactor vessels with this concern, which are members of B and W Owners Group. This task initiated with a fracture toughness data acquisition program starting in the mid 1970s. Using the global Mn-Mo-Ni/Linde 80 J-model, an elastic-plastic fracture mechanics analysis was performed for the reactor vessel of a lead plant having one of the Mn-Mo-Ni/Linde 80 weld metal in the beltline region. The results of this analysis indicate that the reactor vessel has adequate fracture toughness margins according to the current acceptance criteria and the plant is suitable for continued service to the end of design life. (orig./MM)

  10. Mechanisms of improving the cyclic stability of V-Ti-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys

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    Research highlights: → The corrosion resistance of V-based phase is much lower than that of C14 Laves phase of V-Ti-based alloys. → The addition of Cr which mostly distributes in V-based phase can effectively increase the anti-corrosion ability of V-Ti-based alloys. → The addition of Cr which mostly distributes in V-based phase can effectively increase the anti-corrosion ability of V-Ti-based alloys. - Abstract: In this work, the mechanisms of improving the cyclic stability of V-Ti-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys were investigated systemically. Several key factors for example corrosion resistance, pulverization resistance and oxidation resistance were evaluated individually. The V-based solid solution phase has much lower anti-corrosion ability than C14 Laves phase in KOH solution, and the addition of Cr in V-Ti-based alloys can suppress the dissolution of the main hydrogen absorption elements of the V-based phase in the alkaline solution. During the charge/discharge cycling, the alloy particles crack or break into several pieces, which accelerates their corrosion/oxidation and increases the contact resistance of the alloy electrodes. Proper decreasing the Vickers hardness and enhancing the fracture toughness can increase the pulverization resistance of the alloy particles. The oxidation layer thickness on the alloy particle surface obviously increases during charge/discharge cycling. This deteriorates their electro-catalyst activation to the electrochemical reaction, and leads to a quick degradation. Therefore, enhancing the oxide resistance can obviously improve the cyclic stability of V-Ti-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys.

  11. Fracture mechanics: proceedings of the 12th national symposium on fracture mechanics

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    The conference proceedings contains 30 papers of which five are abstracted separately. The subjects covered include fatigue crack growth in aircraft materials, fractographic measurements, fatigue cracks in nylon 66 blends, cyclic inelastic deformation aspects, prestressing, tensile cracks in creeping solids, creep-crack-growth in 304 stainless steel, high-temperature fatigue, parallel impact loading, numerical fracture dynamic code, J-resistance curves, specimen geometry effects, reactor piping systems, temperature dependence of fracture toughness, small-scale yielding, compact specimens, power hardening materials, semi-empirical fracture analyses, pipeline girth welds, wrought steels, and A36 bridge steels

  12. Study of alloy 600'S stress corrosion cracking mechanisms in high temperature water

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    In order to better understand the mechanisms involved in Alloy 600's stress corrosion cracking in PWR environment, laboratory tests were performed. The influence of parameters pertinent to the mechanisms was studies : hydrogen and oxygen overpressures, local chemical composition, microstructure. The results show that neither hydrogen nor dissolution/oxidation, despite their respective roles in the process, are sufficient to account for experimental facts. SEM observation of micro-cleavage facets on specimens' fracture surfaces leads to pay attention to a new mechanism of corrosion/plasticity interactions. (author). 113 refs., 73 figs., 15 tabs., 4 annexes

  13. Study of alloy 600 (NC15Fe) stress corrosion cracking mechanisms in high temperature water

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    In order to better understand the mechanisms involved in Alloy 600's stress corrosion cracking in PWR environment, laboratory tests were performed. The influence of parameters pertinent to the mechanisms was studies: hydrogen and oxygen overpressures, local chemical composition, microstructure. The results show that neither hydrogen nor dissolution/oxidation, despite their respective roles in the process, are sufficient to account for experimental facts. SEM observation of micro-cleavage facets on specimens' fracture surfaces leads to pay attention to a new mechanism of corrosion/plasticity interactions. (author)

  14. Measurements of residual stress in fracture mechanics coupons

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    Prime, Michael B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hill, Michael R [U.C. DAVIS; Nav Dalen, John E [HILL ENGINEERING

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes measurements of residual stress in coupons used for fracture mechanics testing. The primary objective of the measurements is to quantify the distribution of residual stress acting to open (and/or close) the crack across the crack plane. The slitting method and the contour method are two destructive residual stress measurement methods particularly capable of addressing that objective, and these were applied to measure residual stress in a set of identically prepared compact tension (C(T)) coupons. Comparison of the results of the two measurement methods provides some useful observations. Results from fracture mechanics tests of residual stress bearing coupons and fracture analysis, based on linear superposition of applied and residual stresses, show consistent behavior of coupons having various levels of residual stress.

  15. Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics and Plasticity of the Split Cylinder Test

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    Olesen, John Forbes; Østergaard, Lennart; Stang, Henrik

    2006-01-01

    properties. This implies that the linear elastic interpretation of the ultimate splitting force in term of the uniaxial tensile strength of the material is only valid for special situations, e.g. for very large cylinders. Furthermore, the numerical analysis suggests that the split cylinder test is not well......The split cylinder testis subjected to an analysis combining nonlinear fracture mechanics and plasticity. The fictitious crack model is applied for the analysis of splitting tensile fracture, and the Mohr-Coulomb yield criterion is adopted for modelling the compressive crushing/sliding failure. Two...... demonstrates the influence of varying geometry or constitutive properties. For a split cylinder test in load control it is shown how the ultimate load is either plasticity dominated or fracture mechanics dominated. The transition between the two modes is related to changes in geometry or constitutive...

  16. Fracture mechanical investigations of metal-ceramic joints

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    A fracture mechanical test method is described which is to asses the adhesive quality of a mechanically stressed joint between ceramic and metallic components. The combination niobium-aluminium oxide which is weldable at temperatures of 1,300-1,9000C was used as a model substance. The quality of the joint is described by the so-called fracture resistance which gives a certain lower load limit. The samples were tested in the four-point lending experiment. Fine saw cuts made on the samples simulated natural hair cracks. The test results are given in tables and diagrams. The fracture resistance values of the joints are sensitive to the different types of ceramics. (GSCH/LH)

  17. Fracture mechanics evaluation for at typical PWR primary coolant pipe

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    Tanaka, T. [Kansai Electric Power Company, Osaka (Japan); Shimizu, S.; Ogata, Y. [Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Kobe (Japan)

    1997-04-01

    For the primary coolant piping of PWRs in Japan, cast duplex stainless steel which is excellent in terms of strength, corrosion resistance, and weldability has conventionally been used. The cast duplex stainless steel contains the ferrite phase in the austenite matrix and thermal aging after long term service is known to change its material characteristics. It is considered appropriate to apply the methodology of elastic plastic fracture mechanics for an evaluation of the integrity of the primary coolant piping after thermal aging. Therefore we evaluated the integrity of the primary coolant piping for an initial PWR plant in Japan by means of elastic plastic fracture mechanics. The evaluation results show that the crack will not grow into an unstable fracture and the integrity of the piping will be secured, even when such through wall crack length is assumed to equal the fatigue crack growth length for a service period of up to 60 years.

  18. Comparative study of fracture mechanical test methods for concrete

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    Østergaard, Lennart; Olesen, John Forbes

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes and compares three different fracture mechanical test methods; the uniaxial tension test (UTT), the three point bending test (TPBT) and the wedge splitting test (WST). Potentials and problems with the test methods will be described with regard to the experiment and the...... interpretation, i.e. the analysis needed to extract the stress-crack opening relationship, the fracture energy etc. Experiments are carried out with each test configuration using mature, high performance concrete. The results show that the UTT is a highly complicated test, which only under very well controlled...... circumstances will yield the true fracture mechanical properties. It is also shown that both the three point bending test and the WST are well-suited substitutes for the uniaxial tension test....

  19. Finite elements in fracture mechanics theory, numerics, applications

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    Kuna, Meinhard

    2013-01-01

    Fracture mechanics has established itself as an important discipline of growing interest to those working to assess the safety, reliability and service life of engineering structures and materials. In order to calculate the loading situation at cracks and defects, nowadays numerical techniques like finite element method (FEM) have become indispensable tools for a broad range of applications. The present monograph provides an introduction to the essential concepts of fracture mechanics, its main goal being to procure the special techniques for FEM analysis of crack problems, which have to date only been mastered by experts. All kinds of static, dynamic and fatigue fracture problems are treated in two- and three-dimensional elastic and plastic structural components. The usage of the various solution techniques is demonstrated by means of sample problems selected from practical engineering case studies. The primary target group includes graduate students, researchers in academia and engineers in practice.

  20. Microstructures and mechanical properties of Mg–Zn–Zr–Dy wrought magnesium alloys

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    Z H Huang; W J Qi; K H Zheng; X M Zhang; M Liu; Z M Yu; J Xu

    2013-06-01

    Microstructures and phase compositions of as-cast and extruded ZK60–Dy ( = 0–5) alloys were analysed by optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. Meanwhile, the tensile mechanical property was tested.With increasing Dy content, Mg–Zn–Dy new phase increases gradually, while MgZn2 phase decreases gradually to disappear. As-cast microstructure is refined gradually; meanwhile extruded one is refined further with decreasing average grain size to 1 m for ZK60–4.32Dy alloy. Second phase, tending to distribute along grain boundary by continuous network in as-cast state, breaks and distributes dispersedly in extrusion state. As-cast tensile mechanical property remains almost unchanged at ambient temperature; however, extruded ones are enhanced significantly at ambient and elevated temperatures, respectively. Tensile strength at 298 and 473 K increases gradually from 355 and 120 MPa for ZK60 alloy to 395 and 171 MPa for ZK60–4.32Dy alloy, respectively. Extruded tensile fractures exhibit a typical character of ductile fracture.

  1. Metallic Reinforcement of Direct Squeeze Die Casting Aluminum Alloys for Improved Strength and Fracture Resistance

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    D. Schwam: J.F. Wallace: Y. Zhu: J.W. Ki

    2004-10-01

    The utilization of aluminum die casting as enclosures where internal equipment is rotating inside of the casting and could fracture requires a strong housing to restrain the fractured parts. A typical example would be a supercharger. In case of a failure, unless adequately contained, fractured parts could injure people operating the equipment. A number of potential reinforcement materials were investigated. The initial work was conducted in sand molds to create experimental conditions that promote prolonged contact of the reinforcing material with molten aluminum. Bonding of Aluminum bronze, Cast iron, and Ni-resist inserts with various electroplated coatings and surface treatments were analyzed. Also toughening of A354 aluminum cast alloy by steel and stainless steel wire mesh with various conditions was analyzed. A practical approach to reinforcement of die cast aluminum components is to use a reinforcing steel preform. Such performs can be fabricated from steel wire mesh or perforated metal sheet by stamping or deep drawing. A hemispherical, dome shaped casting was selected in this investigation. A deep drawing die was used to fabricate the reinforcing performs. The tendency of aluminum cast enclosures to fracture could be significantly reduced by installing a wire mesh of austenitic stainless steel or a punched austenitic stainless steel sheet within the casting. The use of reinforcements made of austenitic stainless steel wire mesh or punched austenitic stainless steel sheet provided marked improvement in reducing the fragmentation of the casting. The best strengthening was obtained with austenitic stainless steel wire and with a punched stainless steel sheet without annealing this material. Somewhat lower results were obtained with the annealed punched stainless steel sheet. When the annealed 1020 steel wire mesh was used, the results were only slightly improved because of the lower mechanical properties of this unalloyed steel. The lowest results were

  2. Fracture toughness of welded joints of a high strength low alloy steel

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    The fracture toughness of the different regions of welded joints of a high strength low alloy steel, Niocor 2, was evaluated at different temperatures and compared with the toughness of the base metal. The studied regions were: the weld metal, fusion boundary and heat affected zone. The welding process used was the manual metal arc. It is shown that the weld metal region has the highest toughness values. (Author)

  3. Fracture of an {alpha}/{beta} titanium alloy under stress triaxiality states at 773 K

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    Bourgeois, M.; Feaugas, X.; Clavel, M. [Univ. de Technologie de Compiegne (France). Division Mecanique

    1996-05-01

    This study has shown that the fracture of titanium alloy 6246 at high temperature is very sensitive to the loading path. In addition, it is demonstrated that the concept of the critical void size, provided by Rice and Tracey`s approach, is only applicable to high triaxialities ({chi} > 0.9). Under low triaxiality ({chi} {le} 0.9) the plastic flow instigates the damage process, favoring shearing instability in prior {beta} grain.

  4. Determination of design allowable properties. Fracture of 2219-T87 aluminum alloy

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    Engstrom, W. L.

    1972-01-01

    A literature survey was conducted to provide a comprehensive report of available valid data on tensile properties, fracture toughness, fatigue crack propagation, and sustained load behavior of 2219-T87 aluminum alloy base metal and weldments, as applicable to manned spacecraft tankage. Most of the data found were from tests conducted at room temperature, -320 F and -423 F. Data are presented in graphical and tabular form, and areas in which data are lacking are established.

  5. Hydrogen Embrittlement - Loading Rate Effects in Fracture Mechanics Testing

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    Koers, R.W.J.; Krom, A.H.M.; Bakker, A.

    2001-01-01

    The fitness for purpose methodology is more and more used in the oil and gas industry to evaluate the significance of pre-existing flaws and material deficiencies with regard to the suitability of continued operation of equipment. In this methodology, traditional fracture mechanics is integrated wit

  6. Progress in the practical applications of fracture mechanics

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    Intended for the nonspecialist, this introduction to fracture mechanics focuses upon a few important concepts and illustrates their use in three application areas: damage tolerance requirements for aircraft structures, toughness requirements for bridges and heat up and cool down schedule and evaluation of inservice NDE indications for nuclear pressure vessels. (author)

  7. Use of fracture mechanics in the US industry

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    Landes, J.D. [GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Materialforschung

    2001-07-01

    The modern fracture mechanics technology began in the US in the 1960's. It was developed in response to failure problems that could not be explained by current technology. Some segments of the US industry were quick to embrace this new technology. The period of 1960 to middle 1980's marked a time of active fracture mechanics research in the US industry. From this various codes and assessment procedures have been developed to apply the fracture mechanics approach to evaluate the safety and reliability of critical structural components. This report discusses the US industry use of fracture mechanics. It considers the historical developments, some of the fracture mechanics tools that are available and present practices. Several different industry segments that have used the fracture mechanics approach are considered. These include aerospace, military, power generation, petrochemical and pipelines, metal producers, and construction/transportation. Their current use of the fracture mechanics methods involves the implementation of codes and procedures, the development of software packages, the use of outside consulting groups and some in-house research efforts. (orig.) [German] Die Entwicklung der modernen Bruchmechanik in den USA begann in den 1960er Jahren im Zusammenhang mit einer Reihe von Versagensfaellen, die auf konventionelle Weise nicht erklaert werden konnten. Die neuen Ansaetze wurden von einigen Branchen schnell aufgegriffen und weiterentwickelt. Die Periode von 1960 bis in die Mitte der 1980er Jahre markiert eine Zeit intensiver Forschungsarbeit in der amerikanischen Industrie. Eine Reihe von Codes und Vorschriften zur Bewertung der Sicherheit und Zuverlaessigkeit gefaehrdeter Strukturen hat ihren Ursprung in dieser Zeit. Der vorliegende Aufsatz thematisiert die Anwendung bruchmechanischer Methoden in der Industrie der USA anhand historischer Aspekte, des heute verfuegbaren Instrumentariums der Bauteilbewertung und der gaengigen Praxis bei der

  8. Draft fracture mechanics code case for American Society of Mechanical Engineers NUPACK rules

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    The containment boundaries of most spent-fuel casks certified for use in the United States by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are constructed with stainless steel, a material that is ductile in an engineering sense at all temperatures and for which, therefore, fracture mechanics principles are not relevant for the containment application. Ferritic materials may fail in a nonductile manner at sufficiently low temperatures, so fracture mechanics principles may be applied to preclude nonductile fracture. Because of the need to transport and store spent nuclear fuel safely in all types of climatic conditions, these vessels have regulatory lowest service temperatures that range down to -40 C (-40 F) for transport application. Such low service temperatures represent a severe challenge in terms of fracture toughness to many ferritic materials. Linear-elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics principles provide a methodology for evaluating ferritic materials under such conditions

  9. Strength and fracture of uranium, plutonium and several their alloys under shock wave loading

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    Golubev V.K.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Results on studying the spall fracture of uranium, plutonium and several their alloys under shock wave loading are presented in the paper. The problems of influence of initial temperature in a range of − 196 – 800∘C and loading time on the spall strength and failure character of uranium and two its alloys with molybdenum and both molybdenum and zirconium were studied. The results for plutonium and its alloy with gallium were obtained at a normal temperature and in a temperature range of 40–315∘C, respectively. The majority of tests were conducted with the samples in the form of disks 4 mm in thickness. They were loaded by the impact of aluminum plates 4 mm thick through a copper screen 12 mm thick serving as the cover or bottom part of a special container. The character of spall failure of materials and the damage degree of samples were observed on the longitudinal metallographic sections of recovered samples. For a concrete test temperature, the impact velocity was sequentially changed and therefore the loading conditions corresponding to the consecutive transition from microdamage nucleation up to complete macroscopic spall fracture were determined. The conditions of shock wave loading were calculated using an elastic-plastic computer program. The comparison of obtained results with the data of other researchers on the spall fracture of examined materials was conducted.

  10. Strength and fracture of uranium, plutonium and several their alloys under shock wave loading

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    Golubev, V. K.

    2012-08-01

    Results on studying the spall fracture of uranium, plutonium and several their alloys under shock wave loading are presented in the paper. The problems of influence of initial temperature in a range of - 196 - 800∘C and loading time on the spall strength and failure character of uranium and two its alloys with molybdenum and both molybdenum and zirconium were studied. The results for plutonium and its alloy with gallium were obtained at a normal temperature and in a temperature range of 40-315∘C, respectively. The majority of tests were conducted with the samples in the form of disks 4 mm in thickness. They were loaded by the impact of aluminum plates 4 mm thick through a copper screen 12 mm thick serving as the cover or bottom part of a special container. The character of spall failure of materials and the damage degree of samples were observed on the longitudinal metallographic sections of recovered samples. For a concrete test temperature, the impact velocity was sequentially changed and therefore the loading conditions corresponding to the consecutive transition from microdamage nucleation up to complete macroscopic spall fracture were determined. The conditions of shock wave loading were calculated using an elastic-plastic computer program. The comparison of obtained results with the data of other researchers on the spall fracture of examined materials was conducted.

  11. Fracture toughness of welded joints of a high strenghth low alloy steel

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    The fracture toughness of welded joints of a high strength low alloy atmospheric corrosion resistant steel was investigated. The welded joints were produced using the manual metal arc welding process and fracture toughness was evaluated by the COD method. An effort was made in order to correlate the microstructure of the different regions of the welded joints and their critical COD values. The results appear to indicate that when the structure of the heat affected zone is formed mainly by bainite and ferritic grains the fracture toughness tends to increase. Also, an increase on the amount of acicular ferrite on the weld metal tends to improve its fracture toughness. The fusion boundary showed a structure formed mainly by bainite and ferrite grains and its fracture toughness was higher than that of the parent metal at room temperature whereas it was lower at 00C. Both at 00C and room temperature the fracture toughness of the weld metal was better than those of the other regions of the welded joints. The correlations between critical values of COD and the microstructures of the different regions of the welded joints were very difficult. (Author)

  12. Fracture mechanics environmental degradation assessment of nuclear pressure vessel and piping materials

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    A new set of fracture mechanics stress corrosion crack growth data is presented for transgranular cracking of low alloy steels used in various nuclear components as well as intergranular cracking of stabilized austenitic stainless steels used primarily for nuclear piping. The essential observations are as follows: In low alloy steels, fast stress corrosion crack growth rates between 10-9 and 10-8 m/s may be observed down to 400 ppb dissolved oxygen at water conductivities of 0.5 μS/cm in refreshed autoclaves. However, there is an indication, substantiated by only few data, that at lower conductivities and/or lower oxygen concentrations the crack growth rates in ferritic steels come down to about 3 x 10-11 m/s. This crack velocity has also been found to be typical for stabilized austenitic stainless steels exposed to faulted simulated BWR water. Crack growth at this rate is observed in mill annealed (fine grained) as well as in sensitized or coarse grained or cold worked stabilized austenitic stainless steels. On average, the crack growth rates measured in the laboratory by using fracture mechanics methods correlate well with stress corrosion service experience of the steels discussed here

  13. The influence of internal stresses on the fracture toughness of {alpha}/{beta} titanium alloys

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    Helbert, A.L.; Feaugas, X.; Clavel, M.

    1999-11-01

    The influence of internal stresses on fracture toughness was investigated in {alpha}/{beta} titanium alloys. It was shown that the direct linkage of K{sub IC} to various microstructural parameters was not so conclusive, since the different parameters act simultaneously on fracture toughness. On the contrary, the metallurgical parameters change the plastic strain incompatibilities inside the material. Thus X, which is a macroscopic measurement of these incompatibilities, is the relevant parameter to account for the different metallurgical influences on toughness. The influence on X of the {alpha}-phase percentage, aspect ratio, and the secondary {alpha}-phase percentage was determined, and it was established that low internal stresses could provide high fracture toughness. The present work also showed the ability of a modified Gurson-Tvergaard (GT) model to calculate the experimental K{sub IC} value.

  14. Effect of Aging on Fracture Toughness and Stress Corrosion Cracking Resistance of Forged 7475 Aluminum Alloy

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    LI Hongying; GENG Jinfeng; DONG Xianjuan; WANG Changjian; ZHENG Feng

    2007-01-01

    The effects of two-stage aging and retrogression and reaging heat treatment on the fracture toughness and stress corrosion cracking resistance of 7475 alloy were studied. The fracture toughness, conductivity and strength of samples of nine groups under duplex aging conditions and three retrogression and reaging heat treatments were also measured. Incorporating the microstructure and property, we found that when the condition of the first order aging kept identical, the fracture toughness and stress corrosion cracking resistance increase with aging time and the second aging temperature. The optimal treatment conditions are (115℃×7h+185℃×13h) among all tested two-stage aging treatments.Although the 7475 alloy treated by RRA method shows the highest strength and its stress corrosion cracking resistance after twenty minutes retrogression can also reach the same level as those by the optimal treatment of (115℃×7h+185℃×13h),the fracture toughness is even low.

  15. Spall fracture and strength of uranium, plutonium and their alloys under shock wave loading

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    Golubev, Vladimir

    2015-06-01

    Numerous results on studying the spall fracture phenomenon of uranium, two its alloys with molybdenum and zirconium, plutonium and its alloy with gallium under shock wave loading are presented in the paper. The majority of tests were conducted with the samples in the form of disks 4mm in thickness. They were loaded by the impact of aluminum plates 4mm thick through a copper screen serving as the cover or bottom part of a special container. The initial temperature of samples was changed in the range of -196 - 800 C degree for uranium and 40 - 315 C degree for plutonium. The character of spall failure of materials and the degree of damage for all tested samples were observed on the longitudinal metallographic sections of recovered samples. For a concrete test temperature, the impact velocity was sequentially changed and therefore the loading conditions corresponding to the consecutive transition from microdamage nucleation up to complete macroscopic spall fracture were determined. Numerical calculations of the conditions of shock wave loading and spall fracture of samples were performed in the elastoplastic approach. Several two- and three-dimensional effects of loading were taken into account. Some results obtained under conditions of intensive impulse irradiation and intensive explosive loading are presented too. The rather complete analysis and comparison of obtained results with the data of other researchers on the spall fracture of examined materials were conducted.

  16. Oxidation mechanisms for alloys in single-oxidant gases

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    Whittle, D.P.

    1981-03-01

    Scales formed on alloys invariably contain the alloy constituents in a ratio different from that in the alloy, owing to the differing thermodynamic tendencies of the alloy components to react with the oxidant and to differences in diffusion rates in scale and alloy phases. This complex interrelationship between transport rates and the thermodynamics of the alloy-oxidant system can be analyzed using multicomponent diffusion theory when transport-controlled growth of single or multi-layered scales occurs. In particular, the superimposition of the diffusion data on an isothermal section of the appropriate phase diagram indicates the likely morphologies of the reaction products, including the sequence of phases found in the scale, the occurrence of internal oxidation and the development of an irregular metal/scale interface. The scale morphologies on alloys are also time-dependent: there is an initial transient stage, a steady state period, and a final breakdown, the latter often related to mechanical influences such as scale adherence, spallation, thermal or mechanical stresses and void formation. Mechanical influences have a more devastating effect in alloy oxidation due to the changes in alloy surface composition during the steady state period.

  17. Application of Fracture-Mechanics Approach to Gas Pipelines

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    Gajdoš, Lubomír; Šperl, Martin

    VII, č. 73 (2011), s. 480-487. ISSN 2010-376X R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP105/10/2052; GA ČR(CZ) GPP105/10/P555 Grant ostatní: GAMPO(CZ) FT-TA5/076 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20710524 Keywords : axial crack * fracture-mechanics * J integral * pipeline wall Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  18. Comparison of Mechanical and Fracture Stratigraphy between Failed Seal Analouges

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    2012-01-01

    A cap rock, or seal, provides a barrier to the migration of fluid or gas out of intended trap due to its low permeability, high capillary-entry pressure nature. The presence of discontinuities in seal lithologies affects both their mechanical and hydrogeologic properties; migration of fluids or gas through mm- to cm-scale discontinuity networks can lead to the failure of hydrocarbon traps or waste repositories. We examine the mechanical and fracture stratigraphy of Paleozoic and Mesozoic anal...

  19. Microstructure and mechanical properties of thermoelectric nanostructured n-type silicon-germanium alloys synthesized employing spark plasma sintering

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    Owing to their high thermoelectric (TE) figure-of-merit, nanostructured Si80Ge20 alloys are evolving as a potential replacement for their bulk counterparts in designing efficient radio-isotope TE generators. However, as the mechanical properties of these alloys are equally important in order to avoid in-service catastrophic failure of their TE modules, we report the strength, hardness, fracture toughness, and thermal shock resistance of nanostructured n-type Si80Ge20 alloys synthesized employing spark plasma sintering of mechanically alloyed nanopowders of its constituent elements. These mechanical properties show a significant enhancement, which has been correlated with the microstructural features at nano-scale, delineated by transmission electron microscopy

  20. Mechanical behaviour of nanocomposites derived from zirconium based bulk amorphous alloys

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    The effects on mechanical properties of partial crystallization of a zirconium based bulk amorphous alloy (Vit1) are investigated. Nanocomposites are produced by appropriate heat treatments at temperatures higher than the glass transition temperature. Mechanical properties at room temperature are investigated by compression tests and hardness measurements including nanoindentation. The variation of the fracture stress with the degree of crystallinity is related to the nature, the size and the dispersion of the crystals in the amorphous phase. The variations of microstructure are estimated thanks to differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. A significant connexion between crystals induces a decrease of the fracture stress whereas hardness continuously increases with crystallinity. From nanoindentation tests, Young's modulus and apparent yield stresses were roughly estimated and it is concluded that crystallization tends to increase the yield stress. Nevertheless, AFM observations of the imprints after indentation suggest that the mechanism of deformation can vary significantly with crystallization

  1. Effect of ageing on the mechanical behaviour of aluminium alloy AA2009 reinforced with SIC particles

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    A study of the mechanical behaviour of an aluminium matrix composite (AA2009) reinforced with 15 volume percent of SiC particles has been carried out. The ageing kinetic for this material has been evaluated at two different ageing temperatures (170 and 190 degree centigrade). The hardness peaks for the two different precipitation sequences existing in the matrix alloy have been identified. The mechanical behaviour of the composite was also evaluated for the different thermal conditions (as-received and aged). This research has been completed with the identification of the fracture mechanisms by means of observation with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) both of the fracture surface and transversal sections of them. In addition, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the treated composites has been used to determine the influence of the SiC particles on the distribution of strengthening phases precipitated in the matrix. (Author) 14 refs

  2. Mechanical properties and microstructure of copper alloys and copper alloy-stainless steel laminates for fusion reactor high heat flux applications

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    Leedy, Kevin Daniel

    plate showed the best overall mechanical properties of the studied bi-metallic bonded panels. Bond properties were nominally inferior to constituent bulk material properties and fracture toughness values, in particular, were quite low for all bonded laminates. Delamination near the copper alloy-stainless steel interface was the dominate failure mode in the bi-metallic panels. The joining processes caused microstructural alterations in the bond interfacial regions including: microporosity, new precipitate formation, existing precipitate morphology changes and interdiffusion of constituent elements.

  3. 含腐蚀预损伤铝合金2024-T62的疲劳断裂行为及基于断裂力学的寿命预测%Fatigue and Crack Growth Behavior of Pre-corroded Aluminum Alloy 2024-T62 and Its Life Prediction Based on Fracture Mechanics

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    刘建中; 陈勃; 叶序彬; 胡本润; 丁传富

    2011-01-01

    This article reports an experimental study on the effect of pre-corrosive pit damage on the fatigue S-N curve, initiation behavior of small crack, the growth behavior of small and large cracks, and the threshold growth behavior of small physical cracks of an aluminum alloy sheet 2024-T62. The results show that an obvious effect of the pre-corrosive pit damage is found on the fatigue S-N curve and the initiation behavior of small cracks. However, the effect of the pre-corrosive pit damage is not apparent on the growth behavior of both small and large cracks and the threshold growth behavior of small physical cracks. By assuming a pre-corrosive pit as an initiating surface small crack, and based on fracture mechanics, the fatigue S-N curves of the corroded aluminum alloy with different prior corrosions are predicted by using the commercial software FASTRAN3.9. The predictions are found to agree reasonably well with test results. In particular, it is found that the complex small crack effect can be neglected while predicting the aluminum alloy corroded with a big pre-corrosive pit damage.%针对2024-T62铝合金薄板系统地开展了腐蚀预损伤对材料疲劳S-N曲线、小裂纹萌生行为、长短疲劳裂纹扩展及物理小裂纹门槛值扩展行为的影响等试验研究.结果表明:腐蚀预损伤对材料疲劳S-N曲线及材料疲劳小裂纹萌生行为有明显的影响,但时材料长短裂纹扩展及物理小裂纹门槛值扩展行为没有明显的影响.通过假定腐蚀预损伤为初始小裂纹,基于断裂力学理论,利用FASTRAN3.9软件预测了含腐蚀预损伤材料的疲劳S-N曲线.研究发现,预测与试验结果吻合较好.当材料含有较大尺寸的腐蚀预损伤时,对其进行寿命预测可以不考虑小裂纹效应的复杂影响.

  4. Probability fracture mechanics analysis of plates with surface cracks

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    Background: The uncertainties of input parameters in an deterministic structural integrity assessment of pressure vessels may affect the assessment results. This can be improved by performing probability fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis. Purpose: This work investigates the effect of uncertainties of load, defect size, fracture toughness and failure criteria on the failure probability of semi-elliptical surface cracks in plates under combined tension and bending. Methods: The correction factor method provided by EPRI is used to estimate the stress intensity factor (SIF). The J-integral values at the deepest point of the surface crack tip are evaluated using the reference stress method and the globe limit load solution developed by Goodall and Webster and Lei. PFM analysis is performed with considering the uncertainty of crack size, yield strength and fracture toughness and Monte-Carlo (MC) simulation is used to calculate the failure probability. Results: Failure probability increases with increase of load level, Lr, for all load ratio values considered in this work for a given failure criterion. However, the failure probability based on the elastic-plastic fracture criterion is higher than that based on the linear elastic fracture criterion for a given load lever, Lr. Conclusions: The load level and the failure criteria have significant effect on the failure probability. However, the load ratio makes a little contribution to the failure probability for a given failure criterion. (authors)

  5. Elastic-plastic fracture mechanics study of thermal shock cracking

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    This paper describes thermal shock experiments conducted on a nuclear pressure vessel steel (A533 Grade B Class 1), an AISI304 steel and a tool steel (JIS SKD62) using both a new thermal shock test facility and method. Analysis of their quasi-static thermal stress intensity factors is performed on the basis of linear-elastic fracture mechanics; and a thermal shock fracture toughness value, Ksub(tsc) is evaluated. Then elastic-plastic fracture toughness tests are carried out in the same high temperature range of the thermal shock experiment, and a relation between the stretched zone width, SZW, formed as a result of the fatigue precrack tip plastic blunting and the J-integral is clarified. An elastic-plastic thermal shock fracture toughness value, Jsub(tsc), is evaluated from a critical value of the stretched zone width, SZWsub(tsc), at the initiation of the thermal shock cracking by using the relation between SZW and J. The Jsub(tsc) value is compared with an elastic-plastic fracture toughness value, Jsub(Ic), and the difference between these Jsub(tsc) and Jsub(Ic) values is discussed on the basis of fractography. (author)

  6. Structure and mechanical properties of Ti-5Cr based alloy with Mo addition

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    The effects of molybdenum (Mo) on the structure and mechanical properties of a Ti-5Cr-based alloy were studied with an emphasis on improving its strength/modulus ratio. Commercially pure titanium (c.p. Ti) was used as a control. As-cast Ti-5Cr and a series of Ti-5Cr-xMo (x = 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 wt.%) alloys were prepared by using a commercial arc-melting vacuum-pressure casting system, and investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD) for phase analysis. Three-point bending tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties of all specimens and their fractured surfaces were observed by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The experimental results indicated that Ti-5Cr-7Mo, Ti-5Cr-9Mo and Ti-5Cr-11Mo alloys exhibited ductile properties, and the β-phase Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited the lowest bending modulus. However, the Ti-5Cr-3Mo and Ti-5Cr-5Mo alloys had much higher bending moduli due to the formation of the ω phase during quenching. It is noteworthy that the Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited the highest bending strength/modulus ratios at 26.0, which is significantly higher than those of c.p. Ti (8.5) and Ti-5Cr (13.3). Furthermore, the elastically recoverable angle of the Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy (30o) was greater than that of c.p. Ti (2.7o). The reasonably high strength (or high strength/modulus ratio) β-phase Ti-5Cr-9Mo alloy exhibited a low modulus, ductile property, and excellent elastic recovery capability, which qualifies it as a novel implant materials.

  7. Fracture mechanics parameters of multilayer pipes

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    Šestáková, Lucie; Náhlík, Luboš; Hutař, Pavel; Knésl, Zdeněk

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 1, č. 1 (2007), s. 299-306. ISSN 1802-680X. [Výpočtová mechanika 2007. Hrad Nečtiny, 05.11.2007-07.11.2007] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA101/05/0227; GA ČR GD106/05/H008 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : multilayer pipe s * K-calibration * T- stress * finite element method Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  8. Influence of continuous electron irradiation and different modes of mechanic-thermal treatment on mechanical properties and distraction peculiarities of alloys 36NKhTYu and 40KhNYu

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    Influence of different modes of mechanical-thermal treatment irradiation on mechanical properties of strongly deformed alloys 36NKhTYu and 40KhNYu is determined. Related kinds of fracture at destruction are analyzed. Modes of mechanical-thermal treatment and irradiations leading to enhancement of elastic, strengthening and plastic properties of these alloys in service conditions within room temperatures range were determined

  9. Liquid phase separating mechanism and preparation techniques of immiscible alloys

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    刘源; 李言祥; 郭景杰; 贾均; 苏彦庆; 丁宏升

    2002-01-01

    Immiscible alloys have attracted growing interest for their valuable physical and mechanical properties. However, their production is difficult because of metallurgical problems in which there is a serious tendency for gravity separation in the region of the miscibility gap. So far the study on the liquid separation mechanism is still one of the important projects in the spatial materials science and the spatial fluid science. The studied results about the liquid phase separating mechanism of immiscible alloys are presented, at the same time the preparation techniques of homogeneous immiscible alloys are summarized, and the existing problems and the related researching areas in the future are also pointed out.

  10. Hydraulic Fracture Extending into Network in Shale: Reviewing Influence Factors and Their Mechanism

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    Lan Ren

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydraulic fracture in shale reservoir presents complex network propagation, which has essential difference with traditional plane biwing fracture at forming mechanism. Based on the research results of experiments, field fracturing practice, theory analysis, and numerical simulation, the influence factors and their mechanism of hydraulic fracture extending into network in shale have been systematically analyzed and discussed. Research results show that the fracture propagation in shale reservoir is influenced by the geological and the engineering factors, which includes rock mineral composition, rock mechanical properties, horizontal stress field, natural fractures, treating net pressure, fracturing fluid viscosity, and fracturing scale. This study has important theoretical value and practical significance to understand fracture network propagation mechanism in shale reservoir and contributes to improving the science and efficiency of shale reservoir fracturing design.

  11. Formative mechanism of intracanal fracture fragments in thoracolumbar burst fractures: a finite element study

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    ZENG Zhi-li; ZHU Rui; LI Shan-zhu; YU Yan; WANG Jian-jie; JIA Yong-wei; CHEN Bo

    2013-01-01

    Background Thoracolumbar burst fracture is a common clinical injury,and the fracture mechanism is still controversial.The aim of this research was to study the formation of intracanal fracture fragments in thoracolumbar burst fractures and to provide information for the prevention of thoracolumbar bursts fractures and reduction of damage to the nervous system.Methods A nonlinear three-dimensional finite element model of T11-L3 segments was established,and the injury processes of thoracolumbar bursts were simulated.The intact finite element model and the finite element model after the superior articular were impacted by 100 J of energy in different directions.The distribution and variation of stress in the superior posterior region of the L1 vertebral body were analyzed.Abaqus 6.9 explicit dynamic solver was used as finite element software in calculations.Results A three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model of the thoracolumbar spine was created.In the intact model,stress was concentrated in the superior posterior region of the L1 vertebral body.The stress peak was a maximum for the extension impact load and a minimum for the flexion impact load.The stress peak and contact force in the facet joint had close correlation with time.The stress peak disappeared after excision of the superior articular process.Conclusions The three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model was suitable for dynamic analysis.The contact force in the facet joint,which can be transferred to the superior posterior vertebral body,may explain the spinal canal fragment in thoracolumbar burst fractures.

  12. Oxide growth mechanism on zirconium alloys

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    This paper reports that in order to get a better understanding of the mechanisms governing corrosion of Zr-based alloys, several examinations have been performed on a variety of samples with uniform and nodular corrosion and different oxide layer thicknesses. The results point to a barrier layer concept. The oxide layer becomes porous at a critical thickness. Open porosity increases form 0.01% at 10 μm to 3% at 100 μm. Between the outer porous oxide and the metal, a dense interlayer exists. This is only ≤30 nm in nodular oxide but has been found to be several hundred nm in uniform post-transition oxide. The barrier layer is obviously influenced by the crystallization of the oxide at the interface. This crystallization leads either to a columnal monoclinic, an equiaxed tetragonal, or to a fine equiaxed monoclinic oxide. The latter, which probably forms only under the mineralizing effect of hydrogen, was found in nodular oxide. It easily cracks at the grain boundaries. Well developed columnar oxide is seen in uniform oxide, when corrosion resistance is high. Recrystallization seems to be responsible for the pore or microcrack formation at the transition. The intermetallic precipitates influence the corrosion behavior significantly. They probably oxidize slowly. This oxidation starts with the zirconium and is accompanied by iron diffusion into the surrounding oxide

  13. Microstructural characterisation and mechanical properties of Mg-xSn-Al-Zn Alloys

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    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In this study, the microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast Mg-xSn-Al-Zn alloys wereinvestigated.Design/methodology/approach: Ingot was fabricated by a squeeze cast. The alloys were induction meltedat 750ºC in a mild steel crucible under CO2+2%SF6 mixed gas atmosphere and cast into a permanent mouldcoated with boron nitride spray held at approximately 350ºC . Tensile tests were carried out at room temperaturein a screw-driven tensile testing machine and crosshead speed was 0.2 mm/min. Microstructural observation wascarried out using a optical microscope (OM and a scanning electron microscope (SEM equipped with energydispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS.Findings: It is found that the tensile strength and elongation decreased at room temperature increased with Snconcentration. As a consequence, 5wt% Sn addition was the one exhibiting the best tensile properties at roomtemperature. The micro-hardness of the alloy continuously increased with increasing the Sn concentration.Practical implications: The investigations of microstructure of commercially magnesium alloys are importantfor achieving desired mechanical behaviour of the material.Originality/value: The fracture behaviors of magnesium alloys are investigated.

  14. Invariance of safety factor in probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis

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    Probability of failure (pf) and reliability (safety) index (β) were calculated for edge and surface cracks loaded under linear-elastic conditions. Probabilistic fracture mechanics calculations were performed using the first-order reliability method. The calculations were repeated several thousand times using randomly selected mean values and coefficient of variations (COV=standard deviation/mean) of the fracture mechanics parameters (fracture toughness, crack depth, crack aspect ratio, tensile and bending stresses). Multiple linear regression analyses of the results were performed with pf and β as dependent variables and expressions for pf and β were obtained as a function of key variables of interest. Safety factor expressed as a ratio of mean values of fracture toughness and stress intensity factor is close to be an invariant relative to pf and β for surface cracks with a lognormal distribution of the crack depth. The safety factor invariance for edge crack is marginal or relatively weak depending on the crack depth probability distribution. The results of the calculation indicated that the variations in COV had a relatively small effect on pf and β

  15. Hydraulic Fracture Extending into Network in Shale: Reviewing Influence Factors and Their Mechanism

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    Lan Ren; Jinzhou Zhao; Yongquan Hu

    2014-01-01

    Hydraulic fracture in shale reservoir presents complex network propagation, which has essential difference with traditional plane biwing fracture at forming mechanism. Based on the research results of experiments, field fracturing practice, theory analysis, and numerical simulation, the influence factors and their mechanism of hydraulic fracture extending into network in shale have been systematically analyzed and discussed. Research results show that the fracture propagation in shale reservo...

  16. Local fracture behavior in an alloy 52M dissimilar metal welded joint in nuclear power plant

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    Background: Dissimilar metal welded joints (DMWJs) were indicated to be vulnerable components in the primary systems, an accurate structural integrity assessment for such DMWJ is needed. Purpose: Understand the fracture performance of the welded joint containing defects, determine if appropriate to assess the defects in the weld joint with the present codes. Methods: The fracture tests of the initial crack located in the different positions of Alloy 52M DMWJ specimens were carried out by using single-edge notched bend (SENB) method. Results: Different crack resistance and crack propagation path were obtained for the SENB specimens, and the cracks always deviate to the materials with lower strength. Conclusions: The crack path deviation is mainly controlled by strength mismatch, rather than toughness mismatch. The J-resistance curves with larger crack path deviation only reflect the apparent fracture resistance along the crack growth region, rather than the intrinsic fracture resistance of the initial crack-tip region material., Without considering the local fracture resistance properties of heat affected zone (HAZ), interface region and internal affected region (IAZ), following present assessment codes will unavoidably produce non-conservative or excessive conservative assessment results. In most cases, the assessment results will be potentially non-conservative. (authors)

  17. Cyclic Fracture Toughness of Railway Axle and Mechanisms of its Fatigue Fracture

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The main regularities in fatigue fracture of the railway axle material - the OSL steel - are found in this paper. Micromechanisms of fatigue crack propagation are described and systematized, and a physical-mechanical interpretation of the relief morphology at different stages of crack propagation is proposed for fatigue cracks in specimens cut out of the surface, internal and central layers of the axle.

  18. Mechanisms of defect complex formation and environmental-assisted fracture behavior of iron aluminides

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    Cooper, B.R.; Muratov, L.S.; Kang, B.S.J.; Li, K.Z. [West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, WV (United States)

    1997-12-01

    Iron aluminide has excellent corrosion resistance in high-temperature oxidizing-sulfidizing environments; however, there are problems at room and medium temperature with hydrogen embrittlement as related to exposure to moisture. In this research, a coordinated computational modeling/experimental study of mechanisms related to environmental-assisted fracture behavior of selected iron aluminides is being undertaken. The modeling and the experimental work will connect at the level of coordinated understanding of the mechanisms for hydrogen penetration and for loss of strength and susceptibility to fracture. The focus of the modeling component at this point is on the challenging question of accurately predicting the iron vacancy formation energy in Fe{sub 3}A{ell} and the subsequent tendency, if present, for vacancy clustering. The authors have successfully performed, on an ab initio basis, the first calculation of the vacancy formation energy in Fe{sub 3}A{ell}. These calculations include lattice relaxation effects which are quite large. This has significant implications for vacancy clustering effects with consequences to be explored for hydrogen diffusion. The experimental work at this stage has focused on the relationship of the choice and concentration of additives to the improvement of resistance to hydrogen embrittlement and hence to the fracture behavior. For this reason, comparative crack growth tests of FA-186, FA-187, and FA-189 iron aluminides (all with basic composition of Fe-28A{ell}-5Cr, at % with micro-alloying additives of Zr, C or B) under, air, oxygen, or water environment have been performed. These tests showed that the alloys are susceptible to room temperature hydrogen embrittlement in both B2 and DO{sub 3} conditions. Test results indicated that FA-187, and FA-189 are intrinsically more brittle than FA-186.

  19. Effect of DH treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties of an LM28-0.3wt.%Nd hypereutectic aluminum silicon alloy

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    In this article, a novel heat treatment method, deformation heat (DH) treatment (extrusion + aging), was employed on a hypereutectic aluminum silicon alloy (LM28-0.3wt.%Nd), and its effect on microstructure and mechanical properties of this alloy was investigated. It can be concluded that the eutectic microstructure disappears after the DH treatment, in the meantime the morphology of α(Al) solid solution was transformed from fir-tree and cellular to equiaxed, Si was refined with grain sizes of about 1-10 μm and distributed dispersedly, even some of them became globular shape, which can reduce stress accumulation effectively. Mechanical properties test indicated that the DH treatment could significantly improve the room-temperature strength and have little effect on the high-temperature strength of LM28-0.3wt.%Nd alloy. The fracture mechanism is ductile fracture by fracture morphology analysis.

  20. Mechanical Stability and Reversible Fracture of Vault Particles

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    Llauró, Aida; Guerra, Pablo; Irigoyen, Nerea; Rodríguez, José F.; Verdaguer, Núria; de Pablo, Pedro J.

    2014-01-01

    Vaults are the largest ribonucleoprotein particles found in eukaryotic cells, with an unclear cellular function and promising applications as vehicles for drug delivery. In this article, we examine the local stiffness of individual vaults and probe their structural stability with atomic force microscopy under physiological conditions. Our data show that the barrel, the central part of the vault, governs both the stiffness and mechanical strength of these particles. In addition, we induce single-protein fractures in the barrel shell and monitor their temporal evolution. Our high-resolution atomic force microscopy topographies show that these fractures occur along the contacts between two major vault proteins and disappear over time. This unprecedented systematic self-healing mechanism, which enables these particles to reversibly adapt to certain geometric constraints, might help vaults safely pass through the nuclear pore complex and potentiate their role as self-reparable nanocontainers. PMID:24507609

  1. Mechanical properties of tantalum-niobium alloys

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    Chamdawalla, N; Ettmayer, P.; Femboeck, J.; Aschenbrenner, W.; Bildstein, H.

    1986-02-01

    Young's modulus and shear modulus have been measured on fully dense polycrystalline sintered (swaged and forged and recrystallized) tantalum-niobium alloys. Young's modulus decreases steadily and monotonously from pure tantalum to pure niobium. Ultimate tensile strength values have been measured at 6 different temperatures between 20 and 1500/sup 0/ C. No significant solution hardening effect could be observed. Room temperature and hot hardness of the alloys were evaluated. (orig.).

  2. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti6321 alloy welded joint by GTAW

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    Titanium and its alloys have excellent combination of properties, such as low density, high specific strength and corrosion resistance, and they are extensively used in many industrial fields. This work is aiming at investigation on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti–6Al–3Nb–2Zr–1Mo (Ti6321) alloy joints by Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) with filler materials. The results indicated that the microstructure of the fusion zone (FZ) is composed of acicular α, massive α, and Widmanstatten α+β. The heat affected zone (HAZ) near FZ consists of coarse and acicular α structures of grain boundary α, Widmanstatten α+β. The heat affected zone (HAZ) near base metal consists of primary α phase and transformed β containing acicular α. Microhardness values for HAZ are higher than that of FZ and base metal, and there are the peak values for the HAZ near the weld metal. The tensile strength of joint is almost equal to that of base metal, and the fracture locations of all the tensile specimens are in base metal, and it is well in accordance with the relationship between the content of strengthening and interstitial elements and microstructure and mechanical properties of welded joints. The tensile fracture morphology of joint presents obviously the characteristic of ductile fracture, which is related to the bigger and deeper dimples distributed on the surface of joint. The HAZ impact toughness is lower than that of the BM and FZ

  3. Mechanical behavior of a lanthanum-doped magnesium alloy at different strain rates

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    Shen, J. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001 (United States); School of Aeronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072 (China); Yin, W. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001 (United States); Kondoh, K. [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, 11-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaragi, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Jones, Tyrone L.; Kecskes, L.J. [WMRD, US Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Deer Creek Loop, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-5069 (United States); Yarmolenko, S.N. [NSF-ERC, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NC A& T State University, 1601 E. Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States); Wei, Q., E-mail: qwei@uncc.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001 (United States)

    2015-02-25

    The mechanical behavior of a lanthanum doped Mg alloy, AZXE7111, (Mg–7Al–1Zn–1Ca–1La, all in wt%) extruded at different temperatures has been investigated under both quasi-static (strain rate ~1×10{sup −3} s{sup −1}) and dynamic (strain rate ~4×10{sup 3} s{sup −1}) compressive loading. Comparison has been made against the experimental results of two conventional Mg alloys, AZ91E and WE43. It was observed via transmission electron microscopy (TEM) that the nanoscale intermetallic compounds of Al{sub 2}Ca and Al{sub 11}La{sub 3}, have presumably formed during the hot extrusion process. These compounds are believed to contribute significantly to the strength by reducing the grain size and acting as dislocation barriers. Additionally, twinning has been considered as the main mechanism for the higher strain hardening rate at high strain rates than that at low strain rates. It has been found that the ultimate strength of the alloy is only ~10% higher at dynamic loading rate than at quasi-static loading rate. Localized micro-shear fracture was observed and adiabatic shear mode was suggested by further examination of dynamically loaded specimens. The shear localization is further discussed in detail and it is suggested that reduced strain hardening rate is responsible for shear localization and subsequent fracture at both low and high strain rates.

  4. Microstructural and mechanical properties analysis of extruded Sn–0.7Cu solder alloy

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The properties and performance of lead-free solder alloys such as fluidity and wettability are defined by the alloy composition and solidification microstructure. Rapid solidification of metallic alloys is known to result in refined microstructures with reduced microsegregation and improved mechanical properties of the final products as compared to normal castings. The rapidly solidified Sn-based solders by melt spinning were shown to be suitable for soldering with low temperature and short soldering duration. In the present study, rapidly solidified Sn–0.7 wt.%Cu droplets generated by impulse atomization (IA were achieved as well as directional solidification under transient conditions at lower cooling rate. This paper reports on a comparative study of the rapidly solidified and the directionally solidified samples. Different but complementary characterization techniques were used to fully analyze the solidification microstructures of the samples obtained under the two cooling regimes. These include X-ray diffractometry (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. In order to compare the tensile strength and elongation to fracture of the directionally solidified ingot and strip castings with the atomized droplet, compaction and extrusion of the latter were carried out. It was shown that more balanced and superior tensile mechanical properties are available for the hot extruded samples from compacted as-atomized Sn–0.7 wt.%Cu droplets. Further, elongation-to-fracture was 2–3× higher than that obtained for the directionally solidified samples.

  5. The Fe-C alloy obtained by mechanical alloying and sintering

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    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The main aim of this work was to determine structure and properties massive Fe-C materials obtainedby mechanical alloying and sintering.Design/methodology/approach: The results of experiments on the fabrication of powders materials and solidmaterials using pure iron and graphite powders are presented. The powders of the Fe-C alloys obtained bymechanical alloying method and after that the powders were sintering. The sintering process was conducted byusing the impulse-plasma method. In this article the usability of mechanical alloying method and sintering toproduce the massive materials were presented.Findings: The laboratory tests show that, by using the mechanical alloying method, one can produce powderof Fe-6.67% mass.C alloy with intentional chemical constitution and desirable structure. The structure of thematerials is homogeneous and fine-grained and inside the materials didn’t find some impurities and undesirablephases. The sintering by using the impulse-plasma method makes the sinters with close to theoretical densitywith non-variable nanocrystaline microstructure possible. The hardness of the sinters was 1300 HV.Research limitations/implications: The mechanical alloying method is one of the techniques which enablesto improve property of Fe-C alloys. It is possible by refinement of structure and modification of phasescomposition. Nanocrystaline size of grain is advisable to make it in correct technology of producing massivematerials with nanocrystaline structure. All of the presented experiments in this article are conducted on alaboratory scale. At the present time, all over the world, the mechanical alloying and the sintering processes ofnanocrystaline materials are only just in the laboratory scientific research. In the nearest future the producing ofnanomaterials will take place not only in the laboratory and move to the industry.Originality/value: The nanomaterials have an unusual mechanical, physical and chemical

  6. Fatigue and fracture mechanics analysis of threaded connections

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    1992-01-01

    This thesis aims to develop a comprehensive usable engineering design approach to the fatigue analysis of threaded connections. Although primarily concerned with the fatigue-fracture mechanics behaviour of screw threads, a broad review of stress analysis investigations in such connections is reported. Connection types, their functions and standardisation authorities are presented with the purpose of familiarising the reader with the subject and the options available to th...

  7. Special fracture mechanics specimens for multilayer plastic pipes testing

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    Hutař, Pavel; Šestáková, Lucie; Knésl, Zdeněk; Nezbedová, E.; Náhlík, Luboš

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 28, č. 8 (2009), s. 785-792. ISSN 0142-9418 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/09/0279; GA ČR GC101/09/J027 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : Multilayer plastic pipes * C-type specimen * K-calibration * Fracture toughness * Slow crack growth * Non-homogenous specimens Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 1.667, year: 2009

  8. Fracture Toughness and Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior of As-Cast High-Entropy Alloys

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    Seifi, Mohsen; Li, Dongyue; Yong, Zhang; Liaw, Peter K.; Lewandowski, John J.

    2015-08-01

    The fracture toughness and fatigue crack growth behavior of two as-vacuum arc cast high-entropy alloys (HEAs) (Al0.2CrFeNiTi0.2 and AlCrFeNi2Cu) were determined. A microstructure examination of both HEA alloys revealed a two-phase structure consisting of body-centered cubic (bcc) and face-centered cubic (fcc) phases. The notched and fatigue precracked toughness values were in the range of those reported in the literature for two-phase alloys but significantly less than recent reports on a single phase fcc-HEA that was deformation processed. Fatigue crack growth experiments revealed high fatigue thresholds that decreased significantly with an increase in load ratio, while Paris law slopes exhibited metallic-like behavior at low R with significant increases at high R. Fracture surface examinations revealed combinations of brittle and ductile/dimpled regions at overload, with some evidence of fatigue striations in the Paris law regime.

  9. The effects of Mg addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of thixoformed Al–5%Si–Cu alloys

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    Salleh, M.S., E-mail: shukor@utem.edu.my [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Selangor (Malaysia); Department of Manufacturing Process, Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100 Durian Tunggal, Melaka (Malaysia); Omar, M.Z., E-mail: zaidi@eng.ukm.my [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Selangor (Malaysia); Syarif, J., E-mail: syarif@eng.ukm.my [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Selangor (Malaysia)

    2015-02-05

    Highlights: • The average globule size of α-Al decreased when Mg amount is increased. • T6 heat treatment has increased the strength of the thixoformed alloys. • The elongation after T6 heat treatment is even significantly improved. • Thixoformed alloy with high Mg content shows a brittle type fracture. • Thixoformed alloy in T6 condition shows a ductile type fracture. - Abstract: In this study, the effects of different amounts of magnesium (Mg) on the microstructures and tensile properties of thixoformed Al–5%Si–Cu alloys were investigated. Three different alloys containing various amounts of Mg (0.5, 0.8 and 1.2 wt%) were prepared through the cooling slope casting technique, before they were thixoformed using a compression press. Several of the thixoformed samples were then treated with a T6 heat treatment, that is, solution treatment at 525 °C for 8 h, quenching in warm water at 60 °C, followed by aging at 155 °C for 4 h. All of the samples were then characterised by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis as well as by tensile tests. The results revealed that magnesium was able to refine the size of α-Al globules and the eutectic silicon in the samples. It was also observed that a compact π-Al{sub 9}FeMg{sub 3}Si{sub 5} phase was formed when the magnesium content was 0.8 wt% and 1.2 wt%. The mechanical properties of the thixoformed alloys improved significantly after the T6 heat treatment. The highest attainment was recorded by the latter alloy (i.e. with 1.2 wt%Mg) with its ultimate tensile strength (UTS) as high as 306 MPa, yield strength (YS), 264 MPa, and elongation to fracture of 1.8%. The fracture of thixoformed alloy with a low Mg content (0.5 wt%) showed a combination of dimple and cleavage fracture, whereas in the alloy that contained the highest Mg content (1.2 wt%), cleavage fracture was observed.

  10. The effects of Mg addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of thixoformed Al–5%Si–Cu alloys

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    Highlights: • The average globule size of α-Al decreased when Mg amount is increased. • T6 heat treatment has increased the strength of the thixoformed alloys. • The elongation after T6 heat treatment is even significantly improved. • Thixoformed alloy with high Mg content shows a brittle type fracture. • Thixoformed alloy in T6 condition shows a ductile type fracture. - Abstract: In this study, the effects of different amounts of magnesium (Mg) on the microstructures and tensile properties of thixoformed Al–5%Si–Cu alloys were investigated. Three different alloys containing various amounts of Mg (0.5, 0.8 and 1.2 wt%) were prepared through the cooling slope casting technique, before they were thixoformed using a compression press. Several of the thixoformed samples were then treated with a T6 heat treatment, that is, solution treatment at 525 °C for 8 h, quenching in warm water at 60 °C, followed by aging at 155 °C for 4 h. All of the samples were then characterised by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis as well as by tensile tests. The results revealed that magnesium was able to refine the size of α-Al globules and the eutectic silicon in the samples. It was also observed that a compact π-Al9FeMg3Si5 phase was formed when the magnesium content was 0.8 wt% and 1.2 wt%. The mechanical properties of the thixoformed alloys improved significantly after the T6 heat treatment. The highest attainment was recorded by the latter alloy (i.e. with 1.2 wt%Mg) with its ultimate tensile strength (UTS) as high as 306 MPa, yield strength (YS), 264 MPa, and elongation to fracture of 1.8%. The fracture of thixoformed alloy with a low Mg content (0.5 wt%) showed a combination of dimple and cleavage fracture, whereas in the alloy that contained the highest Mg content (1.2 wt%), cleavage fracture was observed

  11. Mechanical alloying nanotechnology, materials science and powder metallurgy

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    2015-01-01

    This book is a detailed introduction to mechanical alloying, offering guidelines on the necessary equipment and facilities needed to carry out the process and giving a fundamental background to the reactions taking place. El-Eskandarany, a leading authority on mechanical alloying, discusses the mechanism of powder consolidations using different powder compaction processes. A new chapter will also be included on thermal, mechanically-induced and electrical discharge-assisted mechanical milling. Fully updated to cover recent developments in the field, this second edition also introduces new a

  12. Mechanical transport and porous media equivalence in anisotropic fracture networks

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    The objective of this work is to investigate the directional characteristics of hydraulic effective porosity in an effort to understand porous medium equivalence for continuous and discontinuous fracture systems. Continuous systems contain infinitely long fractures. Discontinuous systems consist of fractures with finite lengths. The distribution of apertures (heterogeneity) has a major influence on the degree of porous medium equivalence for distributed continuous and discontinuous systems. When the aperture distribution is narrow, the hydraulic effective porosity is slightly less than the total porosity for continuous systems, and greater than the rock effective porosity for discontinuous systems. However, when heterogeneity is significant, the hydraulic effective porosity is directionally dependent and greater than total porosity for both systems. Non-porous medium behavior ws found to differ for distributed continuous systems and for continuous systems with parallel sets. For the latter systems, hydraulic effective porosity abruptly decreases below total porosity in those particular directions where the hydraulic gradient and the orientation of a fracture set are orthogonal. The results for the continuous systems with parallel sets also demonstrate that a system that behaves like a continuum for fluid flux may not behave like a continuum for mechanical transport. 3 references, 13 figures

  13. Computational methods for viscoplastic dynamic fracture mechanics analysis

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    The role of nonlinear rate-dependent effects in the interpretation of crack run-arrest events in ductile materials is being investigated by the Heavy-Section Steel Technology (HSST) program through development and applications of viscoplastic-dynamic finite element analysis techniques. This paper describes a portion of these studies wherein various viscoplastic constitutive models and several proposed nonlinear fracture criteria are being installed in general purpose (ADINA) and special purpose (VISCRK) finite element computer program. The constitutive models implemented in these computer programs include the Bodner-Parton and the Perzyna viscoplastic formulations; the proposed fracture criteria include three parameters that are based on energy principles. The predictive capabilities of the nonlinear techniques are evaluated through applications to a series of HSST wide-plate crack-arrest tests. To assess the impact of including viscoplastic effects in the computational models, values of fracture parameters calculated in elastodynamic and viscoplastic-dynamic analyses are compared for a large wide-plate test. Finally, plans are reviewed for additional computational and experimental studies to assess the utility of viscoplastic analysis techniques in constructing a dynamic inelastic fracture mechanics model for ductile steels. 34 refs., 14 figs

  14. Results of fracture mechanics tests on PNC SUS 304 plate

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    PNC provided SUS 304 plate to be irradiated in FFTF at about 4000C to a target fluence of 5 x 1021 n/cm2 (E > 0.1 MeV). The actual irradiation included two basically different exposure levels to assure that information would be available for the exposure of interest. After irradiation, tensile properties, fatigue-crack growth rates and J-integral fracture toughness response were determined. These same properties were also measured for the unirradiated material so radiation damage effects could be characterized. This report presents the results of this program. It is expected that these results would be applicable for detailed fracture analysis of reactor components. Recent advances in elastic-plastic fracture mechanics enable reasonably accurate predictions of failure conditions for flawed stainless steel components. Extensive research has focused on the development of J-integral-based engineering approach for assessing the load carrying capacity of low-strength, high-toughness structural materials. Furthermore, Kanninen, et al., have demonstrated that J-integral concepts can accurately predict the fracture response for full-scale cracked structures manufactured from Type 304 stainless steel

  15. Results of fracture mechanics tests on PNC SUS 304 plate

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    Mills, W.J.; James, L.A.; Blackburn, L.D.

    1985-08-01

    PNC provided SUS 304 plate to be irradiated in FFTF at about 400/sup 0/C to a target fluence of 5 x 10/sup 21/ n/cm/sup 2/ (E > 0.1 MeV). The actual irradiation included two basically different exposure levels to assure that information would be available for the exposure of interest. After irradiation, tensile properties, fatigue-crack growth rates and J-integral fracture toughness response were determined. These same properties were also measured for the unirradiated material so radiation damage effects could be characterized. This report presents the results of this program. It is expected that these results would be applicable for detailed fracture analysis of reactor components. Recent advances in elastic-plastic fracture mechanics enable reasonably accurate predictions of failure conditions for flawed stainless steel components. Extensive research has focused on the development of J-integral-based engineering approach for assessing the load carrying capacity of low-strength, high-toughness structural materials. Furthermore, Kanninen, et al., have demonstrated that J-integral concepts can accurately predict the fracture response for full-scale cracked structures manufactured from Type 304 stainless steel.

  16. State-of-the-art report on piping fracture mechanics

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    This report is an in-depth summary of the state-of-the-art in nuclear piping fracture mechanics. It represents the culmination of 20 years of work done primarily in the US, but also attempts to include important aspects from other international efforts. Although the focus of this work was for the nuclear industry, the technology is also applicable in many cases to fossil plants, petrochemical/refinery plants, and the oil and gas industry. In compiling this detailed summary report, all of the equations and details of the analysis procedure or experimental results are not necessarily included. Rather, the report describes the important aspects and limitations, tells the reader where he can go for further information, and more importantly, describes the accuracy of the models. Nevertheless, the report still contains over 150 equations and over 400 references. The main sections of this report describe: (1) the evolution of piping fracture mechanics history relative to the developments of the nuclear industry, (2) technical developments in stress analyses, material property aspects, and fracture mechanics analyses, (3) unresolved issues and technically evolving areas, and (4) a summary of conclusions of major developments to date

  17. Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics Analysis of APT Blanket Tubes

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    A probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) model that is specific to the Accelerator Production of Tritium (APT) helium tubes was developed. The model performs Monte Carlo analyses of potential failure modes caused by cyclic stresses generated by beam trips and de-pressurizations from normal operation, coupled with material aging due to irradiation. Dominant failure probabilities are due to crack through-growth while brittle fracture and ductile tearing have lower probability. Failure mechanisms of global plastic collapse and buckling or crack initiation mechanisms of fatigue or local fracture (upon loss of ductility) have negligible probability. For the population of (7,311) tubes in the APT blanket, the worst-case, annual probability of one tube failing is 3 percent. The probability of 2 or more failures is substantially lower; therefore, unavailability impacts are driven by single failure. The average annual loss of production (unavailability) is below about 0.2 percent. Helium outflow and water inflow rates were characterized for the failures. (authors)

  18. State-of-the-art report on piping fracture mechanics

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    Wilkowski, G.M.; Olson, R.J.; Scott, P.M. [Battelle, Columbus, OH (United States)

    1998-01-01

    This report is an in-depth summary of the state-of-the-art in nuclear piping fracture mechanics. It represents the culmination of 20 years of work done primarily in the US, but also attempts to include important aspects from other international efforts. Although the focus of this work was for the nuclear industry, the technology is also applicable in many cases to fossil plants, petrochemical/refinery plants, and the oil and gas industry. In compiling this detailed summary report, all of the equations and details of the analysis procedure or experimental results are not necessarily included. Rather, the report describes the important aspects and limitations, tells the reader where he can go for further information, and more importantly, describes the accuracy of the models. Nevertheless, the report still contains over 150 equations and over 400 references. The main sections of this report describe: (1) the evolution of piping fracture mechanics history relative to the developments of the nuclear industry, (2) technical developments in stress analyses, material property aspects, and fracture mechanics analyses, (3) unresolved issues and technically evolving areas, and (4) a summary of conclusions of major developments to date.

  19. Mechanical behavior of tungsten–vanadium–lanthana alloys as function of temperature

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    Palacios, T., E-mail: teresa.palacios@mater.upm.es [Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales-CISDEM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos, C/Professor Aranguren s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Pastor, J.Y. [Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales-CISDEM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos, C/Professor Aranguren s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Aguirre, M.V. [Departamento de Tecnologías Especiales Aplicadas a la Aeronáutica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, E.I. Aeronáutica y del Espacio, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Martín, A. [Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales-CISDEM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos, C/Professor Aranguren s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Monge, M.A.; Muñóz, A.; Pareja, R. [Departamento de Física, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganés (Spain)

    2013-11-15

    The mechanical behavior of three tungsten (W) alloys with vanadium (V) and lanthana (La{sub 2}O{sub 3}) additions (W–4%V, W–1%La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, W–4%V–1%La{sub 2}O{sub 3}) processed by hot isostatic pressing (HIP) have been compared with pure-W to analyze the influence of the dopants. Mechanical characterization was performed by three point bending (TPB) tests in an oxidizing air atmosphere and temperature range between 77 (immersion tests in liquid nitrogen) and 1273 K, through which the fracture toughness, flexural strength, and yield strength as function of temperature were obtained. Results show that the V and La{sub 2}O{sub 3} additions improve the mechanical properties and oxidation behavior, respectively. Furthermore, a synergistic effect of both dopants results in an extraordinary increase of the flexure strength, fracture toughness and resistance to oxidation compared to pure-W, especially at higher temperatures. In addition, a new experimental method was developed to obtain a very small notch tip radius (around 5–7 μm) and much more similar to a crack through the use of a new machined notch. The fracture toughness results were lower than those obtained with traditional machining of the notch, which can be explained with electron microscopy, observations of deformation in the rear part of the notch tip. Finally, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) examination of the microstructure and fracture surfaces was used to determine and analyze the relationship between the macroscopic mechanical properties and the micromechanisms of failure involved, depending on the temperature and the dispersion of the alloy.

  20. Probability of Brittle Fracture in Low Alloy Steels

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    Strnadel, B.; Dlouhý, Ivo

    78. Dordrecht : Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002 - (Dlouhý, I.), s. 151-166 - (NATO Science Series. Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. 2) R&D Projects: GA ČR GA101/00/0170; GA ČR GA106/01/0342 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : Failure * micromechanics * crack propagation Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  1. Application of a Fracture-Mechanics Approach to Gas Pipelines

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    Gajdoš, Lubomír; Šperl, Martin

    Dubai , UAE : WASET, 2011 - (Ardil, C.), s. 676-683 ISBN N. [World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology - International onference on Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Engineering - ICOGPE 2011. Dubai (AE), 25.01.2011-27.01.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP105/10/2052; GA ČR(CZ) GPP105/10/P555; GA MPO(CZ) FT-TA5/076 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20710524 Keywords : constraint factor * pipelines * fracture mechanics Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  2. 2219铝合金VPTIG焊接头的低温断裂韧性%Cryogenic Fracture Toughness of 2219 Aluminum Alloy VPTIG Welded Joint

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    林一桐; 王东坡; 王颖

    2015-01-01

    采用裂纹尖端张开位移(crack tip opening displacement,CTOD)试验研究了高强2219铝合金变极性钨极氩弧焊(variable polarity tungsten inert gas welding,VPTIG)接头各部位的低温断裂韧性,利用扫描电镜对各部位的CTOD 试验断口特征进行分析,并结合金相组织进一步阐明组织与断裂韧性的关联。研究结果表明,2219铝合金VPTIG 焊接头各部位表现出不同的低温断裂韧性,熔合线最低,热影响区高于焊缝,但均低于母材。扫描电镜断口观察结果表明,母材、焊缝及热影响区的断裂机制为剪切断裂,熔合线的断裂机制为准解理断裂。金相组织分析较好地解释了焊接接头不同部位断裂韧性的差异。%Cryogenic fracture toughness of high strength 2219 aluminum alloy variable polarity tungsten inert gas welding(VPTIG) welded joint was studied in terms of tests of crack tip opening displacement(CTOD). The fracture characters of CTOD tests of different parts were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy(SEM),and the rela-tionship between microstructure and fracture toughness was further clarified according to microstructure. Results showed that the distribution of cryogenic fracture toughness of 2219 aluminum alloy VPTIG welded joint was of no uniformity. The cryogenic fracture toughness of fusion line was the lowest,while in the weld it was lower than that in the heat affected zone. In all the three cases,the cryogenic fracture toughness was lower than that of parent metal. The result of fracture observation of SEM showed that the fracture mechanism of parent metal,weld and heat af-fected zone was shear fracture,while that of fusion line was quasi-cleavage fracture. Microstructure analysis well explained the difference in fracture toughness among various parts of the joint.

  3. Enhancing Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AZ31-MWCNT Nanocomposites through Mechanical Alloying

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    B.K.Raghunath; Rao, T H; Jayakumar, J.

    2013-01-01

    Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) reinforced Mg alloy AZ31 nanocomposites were fabricated by mechanical alloying and powder metallurgy technique. The reinforcement material MWCNTs were blended in three weight fractions (0.33%, 0.66%, and 1%) with the matrix material AZ31 (Al-3%, zinc-1% rest Mg) and blended through mechanical alloying using a high energy planetary ball mill. Specimens of monolithic AZ31 and AZ31-MWCNT composites were fabricated through powder metallurgy technique. The micro...

  4. Measurement of residual stresses using fracture mechanics weight functions

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    A residual stress measurement method has been developed to quantify through-the-thickness residual stresses. Accurate measurement of residual stresses is crucial for many engineering structures. Fabrication processes such as welding and machining generate residual stresses that are difficult to predict. Residual stresses affect the integrity of structures through promoting failures due to brittle fracture, fatigue, stress corrosion cracking, and wear. In this work, the weight function theory of fracture mechanics is used to measure residual stresses. The weight function theory is an important development in computational fracture mechanics. Stress intensity factors for arbitrary stress distribution on the crack faces can be accurately and efficiently computed for predicting crack growth. This paper demonstrates that the weight functions are equally useful in measuring residual stresses. In this method, an artificial crack is created by a thin cut in a structure containing residual stresses. The cut relieves the residual stresses normal to the crack-face and allows the relieved residual stresses to deform the structure. Strain gages placed adjacent to the cut measure the relieved strains corresponding to incrementally increasing depths of the cut. The weight functions of the cracked body relate the measured strains to the residual stresses normal to the cut within the structure. The procedure details, such as numerical integration of the singular functions in applying the weight function method, will be discussed. (author)

  5. Measurement of residual stresses using fracture mechanics weight functions

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    A residual stress measurement method has been developed to quantify through-the-thickness residual stresses. Accurate measurement of residual stresses is crucial for many engineering structures. Fabrication processes such as welding and machining generate residual stresses that are difficult to predict. Residual stresses affect the integrity of structures through promoting failures due to brittle fracture, fatigue, stress corrosion cracking, and wear. In this work, the weight function theory of fracture mechanics is used to measure residual stresses. The weight function theory is an important development in computational fracture mechanics. Stress intensity factors for arbitrary stress distribution on the crack faces can be accurately and efficiently computed for predicting crack growth. This paper demonstrates that the weight functions are equally useful in measuring residual stresses. In this method, an artificial crack is created by a thin cut in a structure containing residual stresses. The cut relieves the residual stresses normal to the crack-face and allows the relieved residual stresses to deform the structure. Strain gages placed adjacent to the cut measure the relieved strains corresponding to incrementally increasing depths of the cut. The weight functions of the cracked body relate the measured strains to the residual stresses normal to the cut within the structure. The procedure details, such as numerical integration of the singular functions in applying the weight function method, will be discussed

  6. Study of mechanism of cleavage fracture at low temperature

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    Chen, J. H.; Wang, G. Z.

    1992-02-01

    In this investigation, a series of crack opening displacement (COD) tests were carried out at several low temperatures for C-Mn weld steel. Some of the specimens were loaded until fracture, and the mechanical properties and microscopic parameters on fracture surfaces were measured. Other specimens were unloaded before fracture at different applied loads. The distributions of the elongated cavities and the cleavage microcracks ahead of fatigue crack tips were observed in detail. Based on the experimental results, the combined criterion of a critical strain ɛ p ≥ ɛc) for initiating a crack nucleus, a critical stress triaxiality (σ m/σ ≥ tc) for preventing it from blunting, and a critical normal stress (σ yy/σf) for the cleavage extension was proposed again, and the critical values of ɛp and σm/-σ for the C-Mn weld steel were measured. The reason why the minimum COD value could not be zero is explained. The mechanism of generation of the lower limit COD value on the lower shelf of the toughness transition curve is proposed.

  7. Development of probabilistic fracture mechanics code PASCAL and user's manual

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    As a part of the aging and structural integrity research for LWR components, a new PFM (Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics) code PASCAL (PFM Analysis of Structural Components in Aging LWR) has been developed since FY1996. This code evaluates the failure probability of an aged reactor pressure vessel subjected to transient loading such as PTS (Pressurized Thermal Shock). The development of the code has been aimed to improve the accuracy and reliability of analysis by introducing new analysis methodologies and algorithms considering the recent development in the fracture mechanics methodologies and computer performance. The code has some new functions in optimized sampling and cell dividing procedure in stratified Monte Carlo simulation, elastic-plastic fracture criterion of R6 method, extension analysis models in semi-elliptical crack, evaluation of effect of thermal annealing and etc. In addition, an input data generator of temperature and stress distribution time histories was also prepared in the code. Functions and performance of the code have been confirmed based on the verification analyses and some case studies on the influence parameters. The present phase of the development will be completed in FY2000. Thus this report provides the user's manual and theoretical background of the code. (author)

  8. The structural changes of Al-Ti-Fe alloy during mechanical alloying process

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    R. Nowosielski

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this paper is to determine the influence of the mechanical milling process on the structure of Al67Ti25Fe8 alloy.Design/methodology/approach: The powders of the Al67Ti25Fe8 alloys were obtained by mechanical alloying method in a planetary Fritsh Pulverisette 5 mill. In order to investigate the structure scanning electron microscopy were used. Phase transformations were determined by means of diffractometer. The cross-sectional microstructure evolution and element distribution of Al67Ti25Fe8 powder alloys were investigated using backscattering electrons of SEM. The distribution of powder particles was determined by a sieve analysis.Findings: The laboratory test show that, by using the mechanical alloying method, one can produce Al67Ti25Fe8 alloys with intentional chemical constitution and desirable structure. Inside the milling materials didn’t find some impurities and undesirable phases.Research limitations/implications: Property of Al67Ti25Fe8 alloys correction is possible by refinement of grains and modification of phases composition. All of the presented experiments in this article are made on a laboratory scale. Continuation of the investigations in the field of sintering alloyed powders to obtained massive materials is foreseen.Practical implications: In the nearest future the producing of bulk materials characterized by better properties in comparison with traditional materials will take place not only in the laboratory scale and move to the industry.Originality/value: : In addition a good microstructural homogeneity and first of all mechanical properties was achieved, also practical application will be possible. The Al-Ti-Fe alloys have been considered to be potentially important for applications at high temperature by reason of their low density end expected high specific strength.

  9. Design Aspects and Fracture Behaviour of Titanium Alloy Artifical Hip Implant

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    Colic, K.; Sedmak, A.; Gubeljak, N.; Hloch, Sergej; Veg, A.

    Prešov: Technická univerzita v Košicích se sídlem v Prešově, 2013 - (Lehocká, D.; Cárach, J.; Knapčíková, L.; Hloch, S.), s. 22-25. (TEAM). ISSN 1847-9065. [International Scientific and Expert Conference of the International TEAM Society (Technique, Education, Agriculture & Management) /5./. Prešov (SK), 04.11.2013-06.11.2013] Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : fracture behaviour * biomedical applications design * Ti-6AI-4V alloy * digital image correlation Subject RIV: JQ - Machines ; Tools

  10. Effect of hydrogen charging on the mechanical properties of medium strength aluminium alloys 2091 and 2014

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    Bandopadhyay, A.; Ambat, Rajan; Dwarakadasa, E.S.

    1992-01-01

    Cathodic hydrogen charging in 3.5% NaCl solution altered the mechanical properties of 2091-T351 (Al-Cu-Li-Mg-Zr) determined by a slow (10(-3)/s) strain rate tensile testing technique. UTS and YS decreased in the caw of 2091-T351 and 2014-T6(Al-Cu-Mn-Si-Mg) with increase in charging current density....... Elongation showed a decrease with increase in charging current density for both the alloys. However, elongation occurring throughout the gauge length in uncharged specimens changed over to localized deformation, thus increasing the reduction in area in charged specimens. A transition in fracture mode from...

  11. Principles of fracture mechanics applications in nuclear power plants

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    Fracture mechanics is widely used in nuclear plants safety assessment and remaining life evaluation. Methods of flow assessment in nuclear components are at an advanced stage of development and are suitable for general application in light water reactors and liquid metal cooled reactors. Following the first Saclay International Seminar on Structural Integrity (SISSI), hold in October 1991 and devoted to fracture in austenitic steels components, the second SISSI convened in April 1994 the European specialists to review the flaw assessment guides in application or in development in their countries, to discuss supporting research and development validation programs, application experience on the nuclear power plants and consequences on the components design. The seminar is sponsored by the CEA, Electricite de France, Framatome and the European Union D.G. XI. (J.S.)

  12. FRACTURAL PROCESS AND TOUGHENING MECHANISM OF LAMINATED CERAMIC COMPOSITES

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    2007-01-01

    Based on the model of multi-layer beam and the assumption of micro-inhomogeneity of material, the 3D fractural characteristics of laminated ceramic composites have been studied with numerical simulation. Under three-point bending load, crack initiation, coalescence, propagation, tuning off in the weak interface and final rupture have been simulated. The spatial distribution and evolution process of acoustic emission are also presented in the paper. The simulation verifies the primary mechanism of the weak interface inducing the crack to expand along there and absorbing the fractural energy. The disciplinary significance of the effect of strength and properties of material on the toughness and strength of laminated ceramic composites is, therefore,discussed in this paper.

  13. OCA-P, PWR Vessel Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics

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    1 - Description of program or function: OCA-P is a probabilistic fracture-mechanics code prepared specifically for evaluating the integrity of pressurized-water reactor vessels subjected to overcooling-accident loading conditions. Based on linear-elastic fracture mechanics, it has two- and limited three-dimensional flaw capability, and can treat cladding as a discrete region. Both deterministic and probabilistic analyses can be performed. For deterministic analysis, it is possible to conduct a search for critical values of the fluence and the nil-ductility reference temperature corresponding to incipient initiation of the initial flaw. The probabilistic portion of OCA-P is based on Monte Carlo techniques, and simulated parameters include fluence, flaw depth, fracture toughness, nil-ductility reference temperature, and concentrations of copper, nickel, and phosphorous. Plotting capabilities include the construction of critical-crack-depth diagrams (deterministic analysis) and a variety of histograms (probabilistic analysis). 2 - Method of solution: OAC-P accepts as input the reactor primary- system pressure and the reactor pressure-vessel downcomer coolant temperature, as functions of time in the specified transient. Then, the wall temperatures and stresses are calculated as a function of time and radial position in the wall, and the fracture-mechanics analysis is performed to obtain the stress intensity factors as a function of crack depth and time in the transient. In a deterministic analysis, values of the static crack initiation toughness and the crack arrest toughness are also calculated for all crack depths and times in the transient. A comparison of these values permits an evaluation of flaw behavior. For a probabilistic analysis, OCA-P generates a large number of reactor pressure vessels, each with a different combination of the various values of the parameters involved in the analysis of flaw behavior. For each of these vessels, a deterministic fracture

  14. The Shear Mechanisms of Natural Fractures during the Hydraulic Stimulation of Shale Gas Reservoirs

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    Zhaobin Zhang

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The shearing of natural fractures is important in the permeability enhancement of shale gas reservoirs during hydraulic fracturing treatment. In this work, the shearing mechanisms of natural fractures are analyzed using a newly proposed numerical model based on the displacement discontinuities method. The fluid-rock coupling system of the model is carefully designed to calculate the shearing of fractures. Both a single fracture and a complex fracture network are used to investigate the shear mechanisms. The investigation based on a single fracture shows that the non-ignorable shearing length of a natural fracture could be formed before the natural fracture is filled by pressurized fluid. Therefore, for the hydraulic fracturing treatment of the naturally fractured shale gas reservoirs, the shear strength of shale is generally more important than the tensile strength. The fluid-rock coupling propagation processes of a complex fracture network are simulated under different crustal stress conditions and the results agree well with those of the single fracture. The propagation processes of complex fracture network show that a smaller crustal stress difference is unfavorable to the shearing of natural fractures, but is favorable to the formation of complex fracture network.

  15. Microstructure and mechanical properties of NZ30K alloy by semi-continuous direct chill and sand mould casting processes

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    Zheng Xingwei

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The Mg-3.0Nd-0.2Zn-0.4Zr (NZ30K alloys were prepared by direct-chill casting (DCC and sand mould casting (SMC processes, respectively and their microstructures and mechanical properties were investigated. The results indicate that casting method plays a remarkable influence on the microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast NZ30K alloy. The grain size increases from 35-40 μm in the billets made by the DCC to about 100-120 μm in the billets by the SMC. The aggregation of Mg12Nd usually found at the triple joints of grain boundaries in the billets prepared by SMC while is not observable from the billets by DCC. The tensile strengths and elongations of the billets are 195.2 MPa and 15.5% by DCC, and 162.5 MPa and 3.2% by SMC, respectively. The tensile strength of the alloy by DCC is remarkably enhanced by T6 heat treatment, which reached 308.5 MPa. Fracture surfaces of NZ30K alloy have been characterized as intergranular fracture by SMC and quasi-cleavage fracture by DCC, respectively.

  16. Structure changes and mechanical properties of laser alloyed magnesium cast alloys

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    W. Kwaśny

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this work was to investigate structure and mechanical properties of the MCMgAl12Zn1 casting magnesium alloys after laser treatment. The laser treatment was carried out using a high power diode laser (HPDL.Design/methodology/approach: The laser processing of TiC, WC, SiC particles in MCMgAl12Zn1 and the resulted microstructures and properties are discussed in this paper. The resulting microstructure in the modified surface layer was examined. Phase composition was determined by the X-ray diffraction method using XPert device. The measurements of hardness after laser melt injection was also studied.Findings: Structure of the solidyifying material after laser alloying is characteristic with occurrences of areas with the diversified morphology, dependent on solidification rate of the magnesium alloys, is characteristic of structure of the solidified material after laser alloying. The MCMgAl12Zn1 casting magnesium alloys after laser alloying demonstrate similar hardness tests results, in reference to hardness of the alloys before their laser treatment.Research limitations/implications: In this research three powders (titanium carbide, tungsten carbide and silicon carbide were used to reinforcing the surface of the MCMgAl12Zn1 casting magnesium alloys.Practical implications: High power diode laser can be used as an economical substitute for CO2 and Nd:YAG lasers to modify the surface magnesium alloy by feeding the carbide particles.Originality/value: The originality of this work is applying of High Power Diode Laser for laser treatment of cast magnesium alloy consisting in fusion penetration of the hard particles of titanium, tungsten, and silicon carbides into the remelted surface layer of the alloy.

  17. Effect of long-period stacking ordered phase on microstructure, mechanical property and corrosion resistance of Mg alloys:A review

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    Daokui Xu; En-hou Han; Yongbo Xu

    2016-01-01

    Magnesium alloys containing long period stacking ordered (LPSO) phase have been received a great deal of attention in the last decade owing to their excellent comprehensive properties of mechanical strength and corrosion resistance. In this paper, some fundamental aspects of LPSO containing Mg alloys have been reviewed, including:(1) microstructural characterization, formation conditions and the associated phase transformation of LPSO phases in Mg alloys;(2) deformation mechanism of LPSO phases and their influence on the deformation mechanism of the Mg matrix; (3) effect of LPSO structure on the me-chanical performance such as tensile strength, creep resistance, fracture toughness and fatigue strength;(4) corrosion behavior of LPSO containing Mg alloys and their possible applications as the biomaterials. Moreover, some remaining unsolved issues of the LPSO containing Mg alloys and the future target about how to further improve their service properties have been also described.

  18. Effects of microstructure on ductility and fracture resistance of Zr-1.2Sn-1Nb-0.4Fe alloy

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    The effect of microstructure on the ductility and fracture resistance of Zr-1.2Sn-1Nb-(0.2--0.5)Fe alloy has been studied. Different structural states of the alloy were attained by varying the iron content and working/heat treatment schedules, which comprised quenching, cold work, and anneal. The results of the tests for uniaxial tension, impact toughness, and static crack resistance as well as the electron microscope analysis of the microstructure revealed that the main structural factors governing the level of the as-recrystallized alloy ductility and fracture resistance are the sizes and uniformity of distribution of intermetallic particles of different types in the matrix. The highest ductility and impact toughness are reached when fine intermetallic particles from 0.03 to 0.20 microm are distributed uniformly within the structure. The impact toughness and critical crack opening grow linearly with an increase of particle distribution density and a decrease in interparticle spacing. Changes in the alloy microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated upon its anneal after β-quenching. It is demonstrated that the highest values of ductility and impact toughness are reached with the formation of a polygonized matrix structure without intermetallic particle precipitation

  19. Technical report on micro-mechanical versus conventional modelling in non-linear fracture mechanics

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    While conventional fracture mechanics is capable of predicting crack growth behaviour if sufficient experimental observations are available, micro-mechanical modelling can both increase the accuracy of these predictions and model phenomena that are inaccessible by the conventional theory such as the ductile-cleavage temperature transition. A common argument against micro-mechanical modelling is that it is too complicated for use in routine engineering applications. This is both a computational and an educational problem. That micro-mechanical modelling is unnecessarily complicated is certainly true in many situations. The on-going development of micro-mechanical models, computational algorithms and computer speed will however most probably diminish the computational problem rather rapidly. Compare for instance the rate of development of computational methods for structural analysis. Meanwhile micro-mechanical modelling may serve as a tool by which more simplified engineering methods can be validated. The process of receiving a wide acceptance of the new methods is probably much slower. This involves many steps. First the research community must be in reasonable agreement on the methods and their use. Then the methods have to be implemented into computer software and into code procedures. The development and acceptance of conventional fracture mechanics may serve as an historical example of the time required before a new methodology has received a wide usage. The CSNI Working Group on Integrity and Ageing (IAGE) decided to carry out a report on micro-mechanical modeling to promote this promising and valuable technique. The report presents a comparison with non-linear fracture mechanics and highlights key aspects that could lead to a better knowledge and accurate predictions. Content: - 1. Introduction; - 2. Concepts of non-linear fracture mechanics with point crack tip modelling; - 3. Micro-mechanical models for cleavage fracture; - 4, Micro-mechanical modelling of

  20. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a new type of austempered boron alloyed high silicon cast steel

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    Chen Xiang

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper, a new type of austempered boron alloyed high silicon cast steel has been developed, and its microstructures and mechanical properties at different temperatures were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the boron alloyed high silicon cast steel comprises a dendritic matrix and interdendritic eutectic borides in as-cast condition. The dendritic matrix is made up of pearlite, ferrite, and the interdendritic eutectic boride is with a chemical formula of M2B (M represents Fe, Cr, Mn or Mo which is much like that of carbide in high chromium white cast iron. Pure ausferrite structure that consists of bainitic ferrite and retained austenite can be obtained in the matrix by austempering treatment to the cast steel. No carbides precipitate in the ausferrite structure and the morphology of borides remains almost unchanged after austempering treatments. Secondary boride particles precipitate during the course of austenitizing. The hardness and tensile strength of the austempered cast steel decrease with the increase of the austempering temperature, from 250 篊 to 400 篊. The impact toughness is 4-11 J昪m-2 at room temperature and the impact fracture fractogragh indicates that the fracture is caused by the brittle fracture of the borides.

  1. Magnetic properties of mechanically alloyed Fe-Ni-Ag

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    Bennett, L.H.; Swartzendruber, L.J.; Weissmueller, J.; Bendersky, L.A.; Shapiro, A.J. [NIST, Gaithersburg, MD (United States); Takacs, L. [Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD (United States)

    1995-12-01

    The authors prepared mechanically alloyed samples of FeNi, FeNi{sub 3}, and (FeNi{sub 3}){sub 1{minus}x}Ag{sub x}. The production of nanometer size grains was confirmed by x-ray broadening and electron microscopy. X-ray measurements indicated that a small amount ({approximately}7%) of Ag could be alloyed into the Fe-Ni and that considerable lattice strain was present. Moessbauer and magnetic measurements found no evidence for superparamagnetism in these alloys.

  2. Microstructure and mechanical property of ECAPed ZE41 magnesium alloy

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    A ZE41 alloy was processed by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) at 3200C. The microstructure and tensile properties were investigated. It has been observed that ECAP refines both the grains and precipitates, thus modifies the strength and ductility of the alloy. The sample after 6-passes of ECAP processing has a yield stress of 230MPa and elongation of 20%, compared with 160 MPa and 8% prior to the ECAP. The deformation of the alloy is predominated via dislocation slip with mechanical twinning.

  3. The effects of artificial aging on the microstructure and fracture toughness of Al-Cu-Li alloy 2195

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    Chen, P.S.; Kuruvilla, A.K. [IIT Research Inst., Huntsville, AL (United States). Metallurgy Research Facilities; Malone, T.W.; Stanton, W.P. [National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Huntsville, AL (United States). Marshall Space Flight Center

    1998-10-01

    Aluminum-lithium alloys have shown promise for aerospace applications, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected the aluminum-lithium Alloy 2195 for the main structural alloy of the super light weight tank (SLWT) for the space shuttle. This alloy has significantly higher strength than conventional 2xxx alloys (such as 2219) at both ambient and cryogenic temperatures. If properly processed and heat treated, this alloy can display higher fracture toughness at cryogenic temperature than at ambient temperature. However, the properties of production materials have shown greater variation than those of other established alloys, as is the case with any new alloy that is being transitioned to a demanding application. A multistep heating-rate controlled (MSRC) aging treatment has been developed that can improve the cryogenic fracture toughness of aluminum-lithium Alloy 2195. At the same levels of yield strength (YS), this treatment results in considerably higher fracture toughness than that found in Alloy 2195, which has received conventional (isothermal) aging. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the new treatment greatly reduces the size and density of subgrain-boundary T{sub 1} precipitates. In addition, it promotes T{sub 1} and {theta}{double_prime} nucleation, resulting in a fine and dense distribution of precipitate particles in the matrix. The MSRC aging treatment consists of (a) aging at 127 C (260 F) for 5 h, (b) heating continuously from 127 C (260 F) to 135 C (275 F) at a rate of 0.556 C/h (1 F/h), (c) holding at 135 C (275 F) for 5 h, (d) heating continuously from 135 to 143 C (275 to 290 F) at a rate of 0.556 C/h (1 F/h), and (e) holding at 143 C (290 F) for 25 h to obtain a near peak-aged condition.

  4. Effect of heat treatment on microstructure and fracture toughness of a V-5Cr-5Ti alloy

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    Li, H.; Hamilton, M.L.; Jones, R.H. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1995-04-01

    The purpose of this research is to investigate the effect of heat treatment on microstructure and fracture toughness in the range of {minus}50 to 100{degrees}C for a V-5Cr-5Ti alloy. Fracture toughness and impact tests were performed on a V-5Cr-5Ti alloy. Specimens annealed at 1125{degree}C for 1 h and furnace cooled in a vacuum of 1.33 x 10{sup {minus}5} Pa were brittle at room temperature and experienced a mixture of intergranular and cleavage fracture. The ductile to brittle transition temperature was estimated to be about 20{degree}C. When some specimens were given an additional annealing at 890{degree}C for 24 h, they became very ductile at room temperature and fractured by microvoid coalescence.

  5. Mechanical properties and wear resistance of magnesium casting alloys

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    L.A. Dobrzański

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In the following paper there have been the properties of the MCMgAl12Zn1, MCMgAl9Zn1, MCMgAl6Zn1, MCMgAl3Zn1magnesium cast alloy as-cast state and after a heat treatment presented.Design/methodology/approach: A casting cycle of alloys has been carried out in an induction crucible furnace using a protective salt bath Flux 12 equipped with two ceramic filters at the melting temperature of 750±10ºC, suitable for the manufactured material. The following results concern abrasive wear, mechanical properties, light and scanning microscopy.Findings: The different heat treatment kinds employed contributed to the improvement of mechanical properties of the alloy with the slight reduction of its plastic properties.Research limitations/implications: According to the alloys characteristic, the applied cooling rate and alloy additions seems to be a good compromise for mechanical properties and microstructures, nevertheless further tests should be carried out in order to examine different cooling rates and parameters of solution treatment process and aging process.Practical implications: The concrete examples of the employment of castings from magnesium alloys in the automotive industry are elements of the pedals, dashboards, elements of seats, steering wheels, wheel bands, oil sumps, elements and housings of the gearbox, framing of doors and sunroofs, and others, etc.Originality/value: Contemporary materials should possess high mechanical properties, physical and chemical, as well as technological ones, to ensure long and reliable use. The above mentioned requirements and expectations regarding the contemporary materials are met by the non-ferrous metals alloys used nowadays, including the magnesium alloys.

  6. Effect of mechanical alloying atmosphere on the microstructure and Charpy impact properties of an ODS ferritic steel

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    Two types of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels, with the composition of Fe-14Cr-2W-0.3Ti-0.3Y2O3 (in weight percent), have been produced by mechanically alloying elemental powders of Fe, Cr, W, and Ti with Y2O3 particles either in argon atmosphere or in hydrogen atmosphere, degassing at various temperatures, and compacting the mechanically alloyed powders by hot isostatic pressing. It was found in particular that mechanical alloying in hydrogen yields a significant reduction in oxygen content in the materials, a lower dislocation density, and a strong improvement in the fast fracture properties of the ODS ferritic steels, as measured by Charpy impact tests.

  7. Effect of deep cryogenic treatment on mechanical behavior of a Cu-Cr-Zr alloy for electrodes of spot welding

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    WANG Xiaofeng; SHAN Ping; HU Shengsun; WU Zhisheng; WANG Xibao

    2005-01-01

    The effects of deep cryogenic treatment on mechanical behavior of a Cu-Cr-Zr alloy for electrodes of spot welding were investigated employing Brinell-hardness testing unit, abrasion examination machine, electronic almighty testing machine and X-ray stress analyzer. Tensile fracture surfaces of the alloy were characterized by scanning electronic microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The results showed that, after deep cryogenic treatment, σb and σ0.2 increased 23 MPa and 21 MPa respectively, the wear rate of the alloy exhibited the trend of decrease with the decreasing temperature and increasing time of deep cryogenic treatment, and the surface residual stress of the alloy was partially eliminated by deep cryogenic treatment.

  8. Structure of nanocomposites of Al–Fe alloys prepared by mechanical alloying and rapid solidification processing

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    S S Nayak; B S Murty; S K Pabi

    2008-06-01

    Structures of Al-based nanocomposites of Al–Fe alloys prepared by mechanical alloying (MA) and subsequent annealing are compared with those obtained by rapid solidification processing (RSP). MA produced only supersaturated solid solution of Fe in Al up to 10 at.% Fe, while for higher Fe content up to 20 at.% the nonequilibrium intermetallic Al5Fe2 appeared. Subsequent annealing at 673 K resulted in more Al5Fe2 formation with very little coarsening. The equilibrium intermetallics, Al3Fe (Al13Fe4), was not observed even at this temperature. In contrast, ribbons of similar composition produced by RSP formed fine cellular or dendritic structure with nanosized dispersoids of possibly a nano-quasicrystalline phase and amorphous phase along with -Al depending on the Fe content in the alloys. This difference in the product structure can be attributed to the difference in alloying mechanisms in MA and RSP.

  9. Mechanical and microstructural characterization of the nickel base alloy (Alloy 600) after heat treatment

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    The characterization of microstructural and mechanical properties of cold rolled and heat treated alloys 600 made in Brazil were investigated. The recovery and recrystallization behavior as well as solubilization and aging have been studied using optical, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy. Microhardness and tensile testing have been carried out. The recovery process of the cold rolled alloy 600 occurred until 600 deg C and the recrystallization stage was situated between 600 and 850 deg C. The primary recrystallization temperature was obtained at 850 deg C after 1 hour (isochronal heat treatments). The aged alloy 600 shows carbide precipitation on grains bu with ductility maintenance. (author)

  10. Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Neutron Irradiated Cold-worked Al-1050 and Al-6063 Alloys

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    The impact of neutron irradiation on the internal microstructure, mechanical properties and fracture morphology of cold-worked Al-1050 and Al-6063 alloys was studied, using scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and tensile measurements. Specimens consisting of 50 mm long and 6 mm wide gauge sections, were punched out from Al-1050 and Al-6063 23% cold-worked tubes. They were exposed to prolonged neutron irradiation of up to 4.5x1025 and 8x1025 thermal neutrons/m2 (E -3 s-1. In general, the uniform and total elongation, the yield stress, and the ultimate tensile strength increase as functions of fluence. However, for Al-1050 a decrease in the ultimate tensile strength and yield stress was observed up to a fluence of 1x1025 thermal neutrons/m2 which then increase with thermal neutrons fluence. Metallographic examination and fractography for Al-6063 revealed a decrease in the local area reduction of the final fracture necking. This reduction is accompanied by a morphology transition from ductile transgranular shear rupture to a combination of transgranular shear with intergranular dimpled rupture. The intergranular rupture area increases with fluence. In contrast, for Al-1050, fracture morphology remains ductile transgranular shear rupture and the final local area reduction remains almost constant No voids could be observed in either alloy up to the maximum fluence. The dislocation density of cold-worked Al was found to decrease with the thermal neutron fluence. Prolonged annealing of unirradiated cold-worked Al-6063 at 52 degree led to similar results. Thus, it appears that, under our irradiation conditions, whereby the temperature encompassing the samples increases the exposure to this thermal field is the major factor influencing the mechanical properties and microstructure of aluminum alloys

  11. High temperature mechanical properties of AL-AL4C3 composite produced by mechanical alloying

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    Besterci, M.; Dobeš, Ferdinand; Kvačkaj, T.; Sülleiová, K.; Ballóková, B.; Velgosová, O.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 20, č. 3 (2014), s. 326-340. ISSN 1335-1532 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Aluminium-graphite powder system * mechanical alloying * compacting * microstructure parameters * mechanical properties * creep characteristics Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials

  12. Effect of constituent-particles distribution on mechanical behavior of an AIMgSi alloy

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    In the present work, the effect of constituent particles distribution on mechanical behavior of a high strength AlMgSi alloy is investigated. The study consists of the tensile and fatigue testing of the material in longitudinal and transverse directions. Monotonic tensile properties, in both the directions showed virtually identical yield and tensile strengths. However, higher values of elongation and reduction in area were observed in the longitudinal direction. SN curves produced after fatigue testing displayed a shorter fatigue life in transverse direction as compared to the longitudinal direction. Microstructural analysis exposed that the material had clusters of constituent particles. Post fracture analysis of tensile and fatigue samples, in SEM, revealed that the topographical features change with the sample orientation. The present study revealed that the distribution of constituent particles in longitudinal and transverse directions has a pronounced effect on the tensile and fatigue behavior of the alloy and also induce anisotropy in the material. (author)

  13. Effect of constituent-particles distribution on mechanical behavior of an AlMgSi alloy

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    In the present work, the effect of constituent particles distribution on mechanical behavior of a high strength AlMgSi alloy is investigated. The study consists of the tensile and fatigue testing of the material in longitudinal and transverse directions. Monotonic tensile properties, in both the directions showed virtually identical yield and tensile strengths. However, higher values of elongation and reduction in area were observed in the longitudinal direction. SN curves produced after fatigue testing displayed a shorter fatigue life in transverse direction as compared to the longitudinal direction. Microstructural analysis exposed that the material had clusters of constituent particles. Post fracture analysis of tensile and fatigue samples, in SEM, revealed that the topographical features change with the sample orientation. The present study revealed that the distribution of constituent particles in longitudinal and transverse directions has a pronounced effect on the tensile and fatigue behavior of the alloy and also induce anisotropy in the material

  14. On the mechanical properties of TiNb based alloys

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    Guo, Y. [SIMAP-CNRS, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, BP 75, St. Martin d’Hères 38402 (France); Georgarakis, K. [WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); SIMAP-CNRS, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, BP 75, St. Martin d’Hères 38402 (France); Yokoyama, Y. [WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); Yavari, A.R., E-mail: euronano@minatec.inpg.fr [SIMAP-CNRS, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, BP 75, St. Martin d’Hères 38402 (France)

    2013-09-15

    Highlights: •Systematic study of compressive behaviors of TiNb based alloys in different states. •Comparison between X-ray diffraction results in reflection and transmission mode. •High melting temperature TiNb based alloys were fabricated by copper mold casting. •Textures of studied alloys are analyzed through synchrotron radiation data. -- Abstract: A series of TiNb(Sn) alloys were synthesized by copper mold suction casting and subjected to different heat treatments (furnace cooling or water quenching). The microstructure, thermal and mechanical properties of the as-cast and heat treated samples were investigated. For the Ti–8.34 at.% Nb alloy, the as-cast and water quenched samples possess martensitic α′′ phase at room temperature and compression tests of these samples show occurrence of shape memory effect. For β phase Ti–25.57 at.% Nb alloys, stress-induced martensitic transformation was found during compression in the as-cast and water quenched samples. For the ternary Ti–25.05 at.%Nb–2.04 at.%Sn alloy, conventional linear elastic behavior was observed. It is shown that the addition of Sn increases the stability of the β phase. The Young’s moduli of these alloys were also measured by ultrasonic measurements. Water-quenched Ti–25.57 at.%Nb alloy was found to exhibit the lowest Young’s modulus value. Sn addition has small impact on the Young’s moduli of the TiNb alloys.

  15. Investigations of mechanically alloyed nanocrystalline materials by microacoustic techniques

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    Dubief, P.; Hunsinger, J. J.; Gaffet, E.

    1996-09-01

    The purpose of this work is to determine whether yes or no, there is a difference between the physico-chemical properties of the nanocrystalline and the microcrystalline materials. This paper deals with the acoustical behavior of nanocrystalline materials which were prepared by ball- milling and mechanical alloying. Based on two specific techniques (acoustic microinterferometry and acoustic microechography), some of the mechanical properties (elastic ones) may be determined, related to a materials volume of about a few micrometers 3 (for the high frequency 600 MHz apparatus). Thus the mechanically alloyed powders (typically 200 micrometers in diameter), behave as massive materials in this range of frequency. The measurements are directly obtained on the grains and do not take into account the voids induced by further sinthering process. The result of such a micromechanical approach will be given for pure ball-milled elements (Fe) and for the supersaturated solid phase Fe(Si) obtained by mechanical alloying.

  16. Virtual examinations of alloying elements influence on alloy structural steels mechanical properties

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    L.A. Dobrzański; R. Honysz

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The paper introduces analysis results of selected alloying elements influence on mechanical properties of alloy structural steels for quenching and tempering.Design/methodology/approach: Investigations were performed in virtual environment with use of materials science virtual laboratory. Virtual investigations results were verified in real investigative laboratory.Findings: Materials researches performed with use of material science virtual laboratory in range of determining the mec...

  17. Mechanical strenght and niobium and niobium-base alloys substructures

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    Niobium and some of its alloys have been used in several fields of technological applications such as the aerospace, chemical and nuclear industries. This is due to its excelent mechanical stringth at high temperatures and reasonable ductility at low temperatures. In this work, we review the main features of the relationship mechanical strength - substructure in niobium and its alloys, taking into account the presence of impurities, the influence of initial thermal and thermo - mechanical treatments as well as the irradiation by energetic particles. (Author)

  18. Microstructure of massive iron-carbon alloys obtained by mechanical alloying and sintering

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    W. Pilarczyk

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The ultimate aim of this work was to investigate structure and properties massive Fe-6.67%mass.C and Fe-0.4%mass.C materials obtained by mechanical alloying and sintering.Design/methodology/approach: The powders of the iron-carbon alloys obtained by mechanical alloying method and after that the powders were sintering. The sintering process was conducted by using the impulse-plasma method. In this article the usability of mechanical alloying method and sintering to produce the massive Fe-C materials were presented. The morphology of voids of iron-carbon sinters was analyzed using the scanning electron microscopy method. The distribution of powder particles was determined by a laser particle analyzer. The observation of the shape and size of the grains was carried out by means of the LEICA optical microscope. Then one performed the measurements of the hardness with the Vickers method. The density of the sinters was measured using the Multivolume Pycnometer 1305.Findings: The laboratory tests show that, by using the mechanical alloying method, one can produce powder of Fe-6.67%mass.C and Fe-0.4%mass.C alloys with intentional chemical constitution and desirable structure. The structure of the alloyed materials is homogeneous and fine-grained and inside the materials didn’t find some impurities and undesirable phases. The sintering by using the impulse-plasma method makes the sinters with close to theoretical density with non-variable nanocrystaline structure possible. The hardness of the sinters were 1300 HV and 250 HV adequately.Research limitations/implications: Property of Fe-C alloys correction is possible by refinement of grains and modification of phases composition. Nanocrystaline size of grain is advisable to make it in correct technology of producing bulk materials with nanocrystaline structure. All of the presented experiments in this article are made on a laboratory scale. At the present time, most often, the mechanical

  19. Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Characteristics of Thermally Aged Alloy 22

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    Rebak, R B; Crook, P

    2002-05-30

    Alloy 22 (UNS N06022) is a candidate material for the external wall of the high level nuclear waste containers for the potential repository site at Yucca Mountain. In the mill-annealed (MA) condition, Alloy 22 is a single face centered cubic phase. When exposed to temperatures on the order of 600 C and above for times higher than 1 h, this alloy may develop secondary phases that reduce its mechanical toughness and corrosion resistance. The objective of this work was to age Alloy 22 at temperatures between 482 C and 760 C for times between 0.25 h and 6,000 h and to study the mechanical and corrosion performance of the resulting material. Aging was carried out using wrought specimens as well as gas tungsten arc welded (GTAW) specimens. Mechanical and corrosion testing was carried out using ASTM standards. Results show-that the higher the aging temperature and the longer the aging time, the lower the impact toughness of the aged material and the lower its corrosion resistance. However, extrapolating both mechanical and corrosion laboratory data predicts that Alloy 22 will remain corrosion resistant and mechanically robust for the projected lifetime of the waste container.

  20. Microstructure, mechanical behavior and low temperature superplasticity of ECAP processed ZM21 Mg alloy

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    Mostaed, Ehsan, E-mail: ehsan.mostaed@polimi.it [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan (Italy); Fabrizi, Alberto [Department of Management and Engineering, Università di Padova, Stradella S. Nicola 3, 36100 Vicenza (Italy); Dellasega, David [Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Milan (Italy); Bonollo, Franco [Department of Management and Engineering, Università di Padova, Stradella S. Nicola 3, 36100 Vicenza (Italy); Vedani, Maurizio [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan (Italy)

    2015-07-25

    Highlights: • We studied the effects of texture and grain size on ZM21 alloy mechanical behavior. • Yielding asymmetry was alleviated by either texture weakening or grain refining. • At room temperature and 150 °C fracture elongation was strongly texture dependent. • Superplasticity at 200 °C was influenced by grain size, appearing only in UFG alloy. - Abstract: In this study, ultra-fine grained ZM21 Mg alloy was obtained through two-stage equal channel angular pressing process (ECAP) at temperatures of 200 and 150 °C. For each stage four passes were used. Plastic behavior, mechanical asymmetry and low temperature superplasticity of ultra-fine grained ZM21 alloy were investigated as a function of processing condition with particular attention to microstructural and texture evolution. Microstructural observations showed that after the first stage of ECAP an equiaxed ultra-fine grain (UFG) structure with average size of 700 nm was obtained. Additional stage did not cause any further grain refinement. However, Electron Backscattered Diffraction analysis showed that the original extrusion fiber texture evolved into a new one featuring a favorable alignment of the basal planes along ECAP shear planes. Such a preferential alignment provided a considerably higher Schmid factor value of 0.32, resulting in a remarkable loss in tensile yield stress, from 212 to 110 MPa and an improvement of the tensile fracture elongation, from 24% to 40%. Tensile and compression tests at room temperature revealed that yielding asymmetry could be alleviated by either weakening of basal plane fiber texture or by grain refinement. Tensile tests at 150 °C showed that texture supplies a significant contribution to plastic flow and elongation, making dislocation slip the dominant mechanism for deformation, while grain boundary sliding was not actively operated at this temperature. However, at 200 °C the effect of texture on fracture elongation of UFG alloys was subtle and the impact

  1. Structural and Fracture Mechanics Analysis of ITER Vacuum Vessel

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    The ITER vacuum vessel (VV) is a double-wall torus and a safety component confining radioactive materials such as tritium and activated dust. The eddy currents are induced on VV by plasma centered disruption (CD). And the electromagnetic (EM) force induced by an interaction of the eddy currents and the magnetic fields is applied on VV in the direction of center of plasma. During ITER machine life time, the assumed number of CD is 3000 and VV must assure the safety operation of ITER. Hence a structural and a fatigue crack growth analysis are required. The purpose of this study is to confirm the structural integrity of VV by global 3-D finite element model using shell element and evaluation of acceptable initial crack size of VV by a linear elastic fracture mechanics. The fatigue crack growth is evaluated using the cracks modeled by the local 3-D finite element model to calculate a stress intensity factor K as a function of crack size. During the current quench, plasma current drops from 15 [MA] to 0 [MA] in 27 [ms]. It is assumed that CD occurs at start-of-flat (SOF) and end-of-burn (EOB). As a result of structural analysis, the principal stress in outboard region is mainly compression in direction of toroidal and in inboard region is mainly tension in the same direction. The maximum Von-Mises stress of about 129 [MPa] appears at the joint of outer shell of equatorial port and toroidal rib at EOB. To study fracture mechanics analysis, two local models of VV are created from VV global element model in the two small regions in which maximum stress in inboard region and outboard region respectively appears. The local models of VV have a crack and the K values are calculated for various crack size whose depth are from 2[mm] to 10[mm] every 2[mm] and 15[mm]. The possibility of unstable fracture is evaluated by comparison of K value with fatigue fracture toughness Kc. And the fatigue crack growth is calculated by use K - da/dN curve. As a result of this analysis, maximum

  2. Influence of W-phase on mechanical properties and damping capacity of Mg–Zn–Y–Nd–Zr alloys

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    Feng, Hao, E-mail: haofeng804@gmail.com [College of Science, Hebei North University, Zhangjiakou 075000, Hebei (China); Yang, Yang [College of Science, Hebei North University, Zhangjiakou 075000, Hebei (China); Chang, Haixia [College of Law and Politics, Hebei North University, Zhangjiakou 075000 (China)

    2014-07-15

    This work mainly investigated the influence of W-phase on the mechanical properties and damping capacities of as-cast Mg–Zn–Y–Nd–Zr alloys with Zn/RE (rare element) ratio about 1.0. Obtained results indicate that the alloys with Zn and RE addition are composed of α-Mg matrix and W-phase. With the contents of Zn and RE increasing, the diffraction peaks of W-phase are gradually intensified and the morphology of W-phase transforms from fine-network microstructure to coarse-network microstructure. The tensile strength and fracture mechanism are strongly dependent on the quality of W-phase and the alloy with W-phase content of 8.0% has the highest strength as a result of strong atomic bonding between the W-phase and the Mg matrix. The damping capacities of Mg–Zn–Y–Nd–Zr alloys decrease gradually with the increasing amount of W-phase and then maintain at high level at high strain amplitude. The decline of damping capacity can be explained by the forming of W-phase, which makes more phases and interfaces form in the alloys. And the mobile dislocation densities in the alloys increase as residual stress at the interface of W-phase/Mg matrix and long dislocations generate in the α-Mg matrix. Therefore, the damping of alloy with high W-phase content improves accordingly with the increasing amount of moving dislocations.

  3. Microstructures and mechanical properties of an Osprey aluminium 7000 alloy

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    Cottignies, L.; Brechet, Y.; Audier, M.; Livet, F.; Louchet, F.; Sainfort, P.

    1993-01-01

    An alloy from the 7000 serie obtained by the Osprey process has been studied both from the microstructural (TEM, SAXS) and from the mechanical viewpoint. The modelling of the mechanical properties and of their anisotropy was performed using both models from physical metallurgy and a self consistent eslastoplastic model.

  4. Stress corrosion of alloy 600: mechanism problems

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    To understand better stress corrosion of alloy 600, we experimentally studied: the simultaneous action of atmosphere and stress, the continuous or discontinuous propagation, the part of the formed oxide, the characteristics and peculiar properties in conditions where the material is sensitive. The results show that the beginning of cracking by stress corrosion may be explained by a limited brittleness of grains boundary (a preferential penetration of this grains boundary by a brittle oxide under a traction stress). 8 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab

  5. Effect of mechanical alloying and Ti addition on solution and ageing treatment of an AA7050 aluminium alloy

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    Kátia Regina Cardoso; Dilermando Nagle Travessa; Asunción García Escorial; Marcela Lieblich

    2007-01-01

    In this work, solution heat treatments at different temperatures were performed in a commercial based AA7050 aluminium alloy, with and without titanium addition, produced by mechanical alloying and hot extrusion with the aim to investigate the effect of titanium addition and mechanical alloying in the precipitates stability. The same heat treatment conditions were used in a reference sample obtained from a commercial AA7050 alloy. Solution heat treated samples were characterised by differenti...

  6. Modeling for ultrasonic testing accuracy in probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis

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    This study proposes models for ultrasonic testing (UT) accuracy at In-service Inspection (ISI) in probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis. Regression analysis of the data brought by Ultrasonic Test and Evaluation for Maintenance Standards (UTS) project and modeling for successful candidates of Performance demonstration certification system provided the models for accuracy of flaw detection and sizing. New PFM analysis code, which evaluates failure probabilities at weld lines in piping aged by Stress Corrosion Cracking, has been developed by JAEA. The models were introduced into the code. Failure probabilities under the UT models at a weld line were evaluated by the code. (author)

  7. Elastic, plastic, and fracture mechanisms in graphene materials

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    In both research and industry, materials will be exposed to stresses, be it during fabrication, normal use, or mechanical failure. The response to external stress will have an important impact on properties, especially when atomic details govern the functionalities of the materials. This review aims at summarizing current research involving the responses of graphene and graphene materials to applied stress at the nanoscale, and to categorize them by stress–strain behavior. In particular, we consider the reversible functionalization of graphene and graphene materials by way of elastic deformation and strain engineering, the plastic deformation of graphene oxide and the emergence of such in normally brittle graphene, the formation of defects as a response to stress under high temperature annealing or irradiation conditions, and the properties that affect how, and mechanisms by which, pristine, defective, and polycrystalline graphene fail catastrophically during fracture. Overall we find that there is significant potential for the use of existing knowledge, especially that of strain engineering, as well as potential for additional research into the fracture mechanics of polycrystalline graphene and device functionalization by way of controllable plastic deformation of graphene. (topical review)

  8. Comparison of fracture properties in SA508 Gr.3 and Gr.4N high strength low alloy steels for advanced pressure vessel materials

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    Nuclear power systems are moving to a larger capacity or smaller modular type. In any either case, advanced pressure vessel materials with high strength and toughness are definitely needed for an optimization of the design and construction, as well as the long-term operation. In this paper, two candidate materials, both of which are within the current ASME specifications of SA508 steel forging, are compared from the view point of fracture resistance properties for a nuclear pressure vessel steel. The microstructure and mechanical properties of SA508 Gr.3 Cl.1, Cl.2, and Gr.4N steels were also characterized. The predominant microstructure of SA508 Gr.4N model alloy is tempered martensite, while SA508 Gr.3 Cl.1 and Cl.2 steels show a tempered upper bainitic structure. SA508 Gr. 4N model alloy showed the best strength and transition behavior among the three types of SA508 steel. SA508 Gr.3 Cl.2 steel has good strength and fracture toughness, but there is a decrease in the upper-self energy. The fracture resistance and fatigue crack growth rate of SA508 Gr.3 Cl.2 and Gr.4N steels were comparable to those of SA508 Gr.3 Cl.1 steel. In terms of mechanical properties, SA508 Gr.4N steel is a fascinating material for the pressure vessel application although it still needs verification on the aging behavior such as the irradiation embrittlement resistance

  9. Probabilistic fracture mechanics applied for DHC assessment in the cool-down transients for CANDU pressure tubes

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    Radu, Vasile, E-mail: vasile.radu@nuclear.ro [Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, 1st Campului Street, 115400 Mioveni, Arges, P.O. Box 78, Mioveni (Romania); Roth, Maria [Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, 1st Campului Street, 115400 Mioveni, Arges, P.O. Box 78, Mioveni (Romania)

    2012-12-15

    For CANDU pressure tubes made from Zr-2.5%Nb alloy, the mechanism called delayed hydride cracking (DHC) is widely recognized as main mechanism responsible for crack initiation and propagation in the pipe wall. Generation of some blunt flaws at the inner pressure tube surface during refueling by fuel bundle bearing pad or by debris fretting, combined with hydrogen/deuterium up-take (20-40 ppm) from normal corrosion process with coolant, may lead to crack initiation and growth. The process is governed by hydrogen hysteresis of terminal solid solubility limits in Zirconium and the diffusion of hydrogen atoms in the stress gradient near to a stress spot (flaw). Creep and irradiation growth under normal operating conditions promote the specific mechanisms for Zirconium alloys, which result in circumferential expansion, accompanied by wall thinning and length increasing. These complicate damage mechanisms in the case of CANDU pressure tubes that are also are affected by irradiation environment in the reactor core. The structural integrity assessment of CANDU fuel channels is based on the technical requirements and methodology stated in the Canadian Standard N285.8. Usually it works with fracture mechanics principles in a deterministic manner. However, there are inherent uncertainties from the in-service inspection, which are associated with those from material properties determination; therefore a necessary conservatism in deterministic evaluation should be used. Probabilistic approach, based on fracture mechanics principle and appropriate limit state functions defined as fracture criteria, appears as a promising complementary way to evaluate structural integrity of CANDU pressure tubes. To perform this, one has to account for the uncertainties that are associated with the main parameters for pressure tube assessment, such as: flaws distribution and sizing, initial hydrogen concentration, fracture toughness, DHC rate and dimensional changes induced by long term

  10. Fatigue and fracture mechanics analysis of high pressure vessels

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    A companion document to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Code, section VIII, Division 3 Alternative rules for Construction of High Pressure Vessels, emphasizes that Division 3 is 'intended for vessels in the design pressure range of about 10,000 to 165,000 psi: but no upper or lower limits are given nor are any upper limits implied for Divisions 1 and 2'. Although Division 3 includes much information on welded vessels, attention herein will be focused on the design of vessels that operate above 10,000 psi and are of monobloc or compound construction, using two or more cylindrical shells, that are forged from low- alloy high strength steel ingots. Threaded, pinned, or clamped closures are often used at one or both ends of such vessels; in some cases one end may be forged integrally with the cylindrical body, so-called 'blind end' closure. High pressure piping is connected to such vessels at holes in the end closures or at holes through the cylindrical part of the vessel, usually referred to as cross-bores. These vessels or components thereof may be overstrained (autofrettaged) to enhance static and/or fatigue performance. Division 3 was first published in 1997. In the interim there have been advances in the static, fatigue, and fracture analysis of such vessels and their closures and connections. The aim of this paper is to review some of these advances. (author)

  11. High-Temperature Mechanical Behavior and Fracture Analysis of a Low-Carbon Steel Related to Cracking

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    Santillana, Begoña; Boom, Rob; Eskin, Dmitry; Mizukami, Hideo; Hanao, Masahito; Kawamoto, Masayuki

    2012-12-01

    Cracking in continuously cast steel slabs has been one of the main problems in casting for decades. In recent years, the use of computational models has led to a significant improvement in caster performance and product quality. However, these models require accurate thermomechanical properties as input data, which are either unreliable or nonexistent for many alloys of commercial interest. A major reason for this lack of reliable data is that high-temperature mechanical properties are difficult to measure. Several methods have been developed to assess the material strength during solidification, especially for light alloys. The tensile strength during solidification of a low carbon aluminum-killed (LCAK; obtained from Tata Steel Mainland Europe cast at the DSP plant in IJmuiden, the Netherlands) has been studied by a technique for high-temperature tensile testing, which was developed at Sumitomo Metal Industries in Japan. The experimental technique enables a sample to melt and solidify without a crucible, making possible the accurate measurement of load over a small solidification temperature range. In the current study, the tensile test results are analyzed and the characteristic zero-ductility and zero-strength temperatures are determined for this particular LCAK steel grade. The fracture surfaces are investigated following tensile testing, which provides an invaluable insight into the fracture mechanism and a better understanding with respect to the behavior of the steel during solidification. The role of minor alloying elements, like sulfur, in hot cracking susceptibility is also discussed.

  12. Fracture of thermally activated NiTi shape memory alloy wires

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    Highlights: → Micro-mechanism of fracture in NiTi SMA wires upon thermo-mechanical cycling (TMC). → Generation of cracks within the material, preferentially at the core region, during TMC of NiTi wires. → Distinction between isothermal and thermo-mechanical fatigue fracture in NiTi SMA wires. - Abstract: This paper presents a study on the fracture of NiTi SMA wire undergoing thermal cycling, activated through resistive heating, under a constant load referred to as thermo-mechanical cycling (TMC). In general, TMC results in initiation of a large number of surface cracks on the SMA wire perpendicular to the wire axis. After initiation, these cracks propagate simultaneously inside the material under cyclic strain. But, the important observation in this study is the generation of cracks in the bulk of the material during TMC, preferentially at the core region of the wire. It has been shown that generation of cracks at the core region is due to strain inhomogeneity during TMC as a consequence of variation in the volume fraction of austenite and martensite phases across the wire cross section. This strain inhomogeneity is attributed to temperature and stress gradients that can exist across the cross section of the wire during thermal cycling. Study shows that nucleation of cracks and their growth at the core region of the wire plays an important role in the fracture of thermally activated SMA wire.

  13. Study and simulation of irradiated zirconium alloys fracture under type RIA accidental loading conditions

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    The thesis aims to study and simulate the mechanical behavior under Reactivity Initiated Accident loading conditions, of the Zircaloy 4 fuel claddings, irradiated or not. It also aims to characterize and simulate the behavior and the fracture under RIA loading conditions of hydrided Zircaloy 4 non irradiated. This study proposes an experimental approach and a simulation. (A.L.B.)

  14. Mechanical Properties of Iron Alumininides Intermetallic Alloy with Molybdenum Addition

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    In this work, FeAl-based alloys with and without molybdenum addition were fabricated by sintering of mechanically alloyed powders in order to investigate the effect of molybdenum on iron aluminide mechanical properties. Bulk samples were prepared by mechanical alloying for 4 hours, pressing at 360 MPa and sintering at 1000 deg. C for 2 hours. The specimens were tested in compression at room temperature using Instron machine. The phase identification and microstructure of the consolidated material was examined by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope correspondingly. Results show that 2.5 wt%Mo addition significantly increased the ultimate stress and ultimate strain in compressive mode due to solid solution hardening. However, the addition of Mo more than 2.5 wt% was accompanied by a reduction in both properties caused by the presence of Mo-rich precipitate particles.

  15. Phase transformations in silver-zinc alloys by mechanical deformation

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    The β' phase obtained by quenching Ag-Zn alloys having composition around 50 at.% Zn were transformed to the ζ phase by mechanical deformation. Aging of the partially ordered ζ structure caused the reversion to the ordered body-centered cubic β' structure. The rate of the reversion which has been measured for alloys having compositions from 48.0 to 50.9 at.% Zn was found to be dependent on both temperature and composition. The rate of the transformation increased exponentially with increasing temperature. It was observed that the reversion rate was the greatest for the AgZn compound and decreased for the other alloys for a definite temperature. The activation energy of the process was found to lie between 58.8 and 99.4 kJmol-1 for the alloys studied. (orig.)

  16. Phase transformations in silver-zinc alloys by mechanical deformation

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    Tokay, N.; Alpaut, O. [Hacettepe Univ., Ankara (Turkey). Faculty of Science

    1997-09-01

    The {beta}` phase obtained by quenching Ag-Zn alloys having composition around 50 at.% Zn were transformed to the {zeta} phase by mechanical deformation. Aging of the partially ordered {zeta} structure caused the reversion to the ordered body-centered cubic {beta}` structure. The rate of the reversion which has been measured for alloys having compositions from 48.0 to 50.9 at.% Zn was found to be dependent on both temperature and composition. The rate of the transformation increased exponentially with increasing temperature. It was observed that the reversion rate was the greatest for the AgZn compound and decreased for the other alloys for a definite temperature. The activation energy of the process was found to lie between 58.8 and 99.4 kJmol{sup -1} for the alloys studied. (orig.) 11 refs.

  17. Mechanism of hydrogen embrittlement in a gamma-prime phase strengthened Fe–Ni based austenitic alloy

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    The mechanism of hydrogen embrittlement (HE) in a γ′-Ni3(Al,Ti) phase strengthened Fe–Ni based austenitic alloy has been investigated in detail. Hot hydrogen charging experiment and tensile test reveal that the alloy with coherent γ′ phase exhibits a much higher decrease in reduction of area (RA) than that of the alloy in the solution-treated state. However, three-dimensional atom probe (3DAP) experiment shows that segregation of hydrogen atoms is not found at the coherent interface between the γ′ phase and the matrix, which indicates that the interface is not a strong hydrogen trap. Furthermore, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation indicates that the interface coherency is maintained during the deformation, even tensile to fracture. It is found that macroscale slip band rupture and intergranular fracture are promoted by serious dislocation planar slip, which become the predominant features in the tensile-to-fracture sample after hydrogen charging. This phenomenon has been interpreted as a result of combined effects of the γ′ phase and hydrogen in the precipitation-strengthened Fe–Ni based austenitic alloy.

  18. The physical metallurgy of mechanically-alloyed, dispersion-strengthened Al-Li-Mg and Al-Li-Cu alloys

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    Gilman, P. S.

    1984-01-01

    Powder processing of Al-Li-Mg and Al-Li-Cu alloys by mechanical alloying (MA) is described, with a discussion of physical and mechanical properties of early experimental alloys of these compositions. The experimental samples were mechanically alloyed in a Szegvari attritor, extruded at 343 and 427 C, and some were solution-treated at 520 and 566 C and naturally, as well as artificially, aged at 170, 190, and 210 C for times of up to 1000 hours. All alloys exhibited maximum hardness after being aged at 170 C; lower hardness corresponds to the solution treatment at 566 C than to that at 520 C. A comparison with ingot metallurgy alloys of the same composition shows the MA material to be stronger and more ductile. It is also noted that properly aged MA alloys can develop a better combination of yield strength and notched toughness at lower alloying levels.

  19. Baseline Fracture Toughness and CGR testing of alloys X-750 and XM-19 (EPRI Phase I)

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    J. H. Jackson; S. P. Teysseyre

    2012-10-01

    The Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility (ATR NSUF) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) formed an agreement to test representative alloys used as reactor structural materials as a pilot program toward establishing guidelines for future ATR NSUF research programs. This report contains results from the portion of this program established as Phase I (of three phases) that entails baseline fracture toughness, stress corrosion cracking (SCC), and tensile testing of selected materials for comparison to similar tests conducted at GE Global Research. The intent of this Phase I research program is to determine baseline properties for the materials of interest prior to irradiation, and to ensure comparability between laboratories using similar testing techniques, prior to applying these techniques to the same materials after having been irradiated at the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). The materials chosen for this research are the nickel based super alloy X-750, and nitrogen strengthened austenitic stainless steel XM-19. A spare core shroud upper support bracket of alloy X-750 was purchased by EPRI from Southern Co. and a section of XM-19 plate was purchased by EPRI from GE-Hitachi. These materials were sectioned at GE Global Research and provided to INL.

  20. Baseline Fracture Toughness and CGR testing of alloys X-750 and XM-19 (EPRI Phase I)

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    J. H. Jackson; S. P. Teysseyre

    2012-02-01

    The Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility (ATR NSUF) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) formed an agreement to test representative alloys used as reactor structural materials as a pilot program toward establishing guidelines for future ATR NSUF research programs. This report contains results from the portion of this program established as Phase I (of three phases) that entails baseline fracture toughness, stress corrosion cracking (SCC), and tensile testing of selected materials for comparison to similar tests conducted at GE Global Research. The intent of this Phase I research program is to determine baseline properties for the materials of interest prior to irradiation, and to ensure comparability between laboratories using similar testing techniques, prior to applying these techniques to the same materials after having been irradiated at the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). The materials chosen for this research are the nickel based super alloy X-750, and nitrogen strengthened austenitic stainless steel XM-19. A spare core shroud upper support bracket of alloy X-750 was purchased by EPRI from Southern Co. and a section of XM-19 plate was purchased by EPRI from GE-Hitachi. These materials were sectioned at GE Global Research and provided to INL.

  1. Mechanical properties of neutron irradiated vanadium alloys under liquid sodium environment

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    Full text of publication follows: Vanadium alloys are candidate materials for fusion reactor blanket structural materials, but its knowledge about the mechanical properties at high temperatures during neutron irradiation is limited and there are uncertainties that may have influenced the results such as the interstitial impurity content of specimens. The objective of this study is to investigate the mechanical properties and microstructural changes of the high-purified V-4Cr-4Ti alloys, NIFS-HEAT2 during neutron irradiation. In this study, tensile test, Charpy impact test and microstructural observation were done for V-4Cr-4Ti alloys and vanadium binary alloys. Small sized tensile specimens, 1.5 Charpy V-notched specimens and TEM specimens of highly purified V-4Cr-4Ti alloys, NIFS-Heat and vanadium binary alloys were irradiated in Joyo in the temperature range from 450 deg. C to 650 deg. C with a damage level from 1 to 5 dpa. In the irradiation experiment, we have developed Na-enclosed irradiation rig in Joyo in order to equalize the irradiation temperature of large scale specimens and prevent the invasion of interstitial impurities from the circumstance in irradiation rig during irradiation for irradiation specimens. After dismantling the Na-enclosed capsule and cleaning the surface of specimens, tensile tests at room temperature, Charpy impact tests and TEM observation were performed. Irradiation hardening and reduction of ductility for NIFS-Heat alloys could be seen at 450 deg. C irradiation in tensile tests, but the destructive loss of plasticity could not be in any vanadium specimens even at 450 deg. C irradiation. Results of Charpy impact test showed that the amounts of upper shelf energy of NIFS-heat specimens irradiated at 450 deg. C and 600 deg. C were about 0.1-0.2 J at room temperature and brittle behavior could not be seen from load displacement relationship and SEM observation of fracture surface. From the TEM observation of NIFS-Heat alloys

  2. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Solution Heat-Treated Alloy 617 ODS Alloy

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    Alloy 617 is a solution hardened Ni-based Superalloy containing Cr, Co, Mo, and Fe, and is among the best candidate materials for the key components of VHTR (Very High Temperature Reactor) system. As an alternative, Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) Ni-based superalloys, are known to possess superior high temperature mechanical properties and long-term high temperature microstructural stability due to the nano sized oxide dispersoids, which effectively hinder the dislocation motion at high temperature. This study is focused on the fabrication and characterization of nanosized oxide dispersion strengthened alloy 617. The influences of alloy composition and processing variables such as the content of Y2O3, hot extrusion ratio, and hydrogen reduction on the microstructure and mechanical properties were studied. From the analyses of microstructure of solution heat treated Alloy 617 ODS alloy specimens, a proper solid solution heat treatment temperature to reduce carbides is 1250 .deg. C. The major phases present in the alloy 617 ODS were found to be M23C6 and Al-O

  3. BEM-FEM coupling for fracture mechanics applications

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    Full text: The finite element method has obviously a dominant status in the field of computational methods in engineering, mostly because of its greater flexibility and wider range of applicability; on the contrary integral equations are superior for certain classes of problems featuring, in most cases, linear-elastic material behavior, stress concentrations, moving boundaries. E.g. the numerical simulation of fracture propagation in three dimensions still represents a challenging problem for domain methods mainly due to the need for efficient remeshing strategies to be employed as the crack evolves, while such difficulties can be elegantly circumvented by the BEM, and the symmetric Galerkin BEM (SGBEM) in particular. The SGBEM has been recently implemented for the simulation of 3D fatigue fracture propagation in elasticity. This variational method yields symmetric coefficient matrices and generally provides high accuracy and better convergence properties with respect to classical BEM approaches especially when iterative solvers are employed. However, the analysis of fractures in relatively thin structures (i.e. with low volume/surface ratios) or in complex and possibly heterogeneous mechanical parts, could be more advantageously addressed by a coupled BEM-FEM approach limiting the employment of the SGBEM to the fractured region. Moreover, from the numerical standpoint, the SGBEM, like all BEM approaches, entails fully populated coefficient matrices. For the viability of the SGBEM in large-scale problems it is mandatory to reduce the computational cost and memory requirements by making recourse to recent (and extremely complicated) algorithms such as fast multipole methods and panel clustering or, as an alternative, to the BEM-FEM coupling. In view of the previous remarks, attention is here focused on the development and implementation of a coupling procedure preserving the following features: i) symmetric final system matrix; ii) weak interface coupling of

  4. Microstructures and mechanical properties of AlxCrFeNiTi0.25 alloys

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    Aiming to lower the cost and improve mechanical properties of AlCoCrFeNiTix high-entropy alloys that were studied previously, the present research investigated the effect of removing Co and lowering Ti contents at various Al contents, namely AlxCrFeNiTi0.25. The microstructures were investigated using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy disperse spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Compression tests were conducted at room temperature. The present study showed that with increasing Al contents, the phase structures of the alloys changed from FCC + BCC to double BCC as the main phases. Among the alloys studied, all of them exhibit distinguished work hardening. Especially the Al0.5CrFeNiTi0.25 alloy has the highest fracture strength and plastic-strain limit of 3.47 GPa and 40%, respectively with a yield strength of 1.88 GPa. The observed microstructure is analyzed using CALPHAD calculations.

  5. Influence of sintering atmosphere on mechanical properties of tungsten based heavy alloys

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    Heavy alloys with 90 to 96 wt.% W and a Ni:Fe ratio of 7:3 are usually produced by liquid phase sintering of W, Ni and Fe powder mixtures. This results in a two phase microstructure of spherical W solid solution particles embedded in a matrix of Ni rich solid solution. U.T.S. and elongation depend on the composition of the atmosphere during liquid phase sintering and cooling. Beneficial properties (U.T.S. = 950 MPa, ε = 19% for a 96W2.8Ni1.2Fe alloy) are obtained, if a reduction atmosphere with low H/sub 2/ partial pressure (e.g. a CH/sub 4//Ar mixture) is used during sintering. The fracture area of alloys with high elongation, sintered in CH/sub 4//Ar, shows a low areal fraction of intercrystalline failure while alloys with low elongation, sintered in Ar, typically reveal high areal fractions of intercrystalline failure. In other words the mechanical properties are controlled by the strength of W-matrix phase boundaries and W grain boundaries. The strength of the interfaces is controlled by the amount and distribution of impurities such as H, O, C, and P

  6. Role of Alloying Elements in the Mechanical Behaviors of An Mg-Zn-Zr-Er Alloy

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    Zhang, Jing; Liu, Min; Dou, Yuchen; Liu, Guobao

    2014-11-01

    The mechanical behavior of the as-extruded and heat-treated Mg-1.5Zn-0.6Zr and Mg-1.5Zn-0.6Zr-2Er alloys was investigated and correlated with microstructure evolution. Deformation mechanisms are detailed. No evidence of twinning was observed under compression in the Er-bearing alloy throughout the grain size range of ~5 to 27 μm at a strain rate of 0.001 or 1/s. The compressive yield strength followed a Hall-Petch relation with a slope of ~10.3 MPa/mm1/2. Er played a major role in the pyramidal slip that was identified as a dominant plastic deformation mechanism. The CRSS for slip system was greatly reduced and was 98 MPa in the as-extruded alloy. While it did not change the mechanical response of the Mg-1.5Zn-0.6Zr-2Er alloy, annealing was found to promote dissolution of Zn in the Mg matrix, leading to an increase in CRSS for extension twinning in the heat-treated Mg-1.5Zn-0.6Zr alloy. As a result, twinning was only observed under a higher strain rate of 1/s in compression. The CRSS for extension twinning for the heat-treated alloy with a grain size of ~28 μm was estimated to be 40 MPa, a bit lower than that for the Er-bearing alloy of the same grain size, which was 42 MPa.

  7. Phase stability, deformation mechanisms, and mechanical properties of Nb-Al-Ti alloys

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    The phase stability, deformation mechanisms and mechanical properties of two alloys based on Nb3Al containing additions of Ti have been studied. These two alloys, with nominal compositions (in at.%) of Nb-15Al-10Ti (alloy 1) and Nb-15Al-40Ti (alloy 2), have the B2 crystal structure in as cast form. The ALCHEMI technique has been employed to assess qualitatively the distribution of atom types over the two sublattices of the B2 compounds. It is found that Ti and Al occupy different sublattices in alloy 2. Heat-treatment of alloy 1 at 1,100 C results in the precipitation of an A15 phase in the B2 matrix. Annealing at 900 C for short time introduces an w-phase. Prolonged annealing of alloy 1 at 700 C reveals the presence of an orthorhombic phase. The same orthorhombic phase is also found to exist between 800 and 1,000 C in alloy 2. Specific orientation relationships exist between the matrix phase and precipitates. The yield strength in compression of Alloy 1 and 2 were determined at various temperatures. Alloy 1 is strong compared to superalloy IN 718 over a range of temperatures up to 950 C. Both alloys with the B2 crystal structure are deformed by one or more of the following slip systems, namely (110), (112) and (123). Dislocations with Burgers vector, b, given by b= are present in the form of dissociated superpartial pairs, each with b=1/2. The inherent ductility of both alloys is indicated by the active slip systems and illustrated by 20% elongation to failure obtained in alloy 2 under room temperature tensile test. A trend of increasing tensile yield stress with increasing antiphase domain size was found. No evidence of interaction between dislocations and antiphase boundaries has been found to account for this increase of strength

  8. Application of probabilistic fracture mechanics to the PTS issue

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    As a part of the NRC effort to obtain a resolution to the PWR PTS issue, a probabilistic approach has been applied that includes a probabilistic fracture-mechanics (PFM) analysis. The PFM analysis is performed with OCA-P, a computer code that performs thermal, stress and fracture-mechanics analyses and estimates the conditional probability of vessel failure, P(F/E), using Monte Carlo techniques. The stress intensity factor (K/sub I/) is calculated for two- and three-dimensional surface flaws using superposition techniques and influence coefficients. Importance-sampling techniques are used, as necessary, to limit to a reasonable value the number of vessels actually calculated. Analyses of three PWR plants indicate that (1) the critical initial flaw depth is very small (5 to 15 mm), (2) the benefit of warm prestressing and the role of crack arrest are transient dependent, (3) crack arrest does not occur for the dominant transients, and (4) the single largest uncertainty in the overall probabilistic analysis is the number of surface flaws per vessel. 30 refs., 6 figs., 4 tabs

  9. A fracture mechanics analysis of the DCDC specimen

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    The ''double cleavage drilled compression'' (DCDC) specimen is a rectangular bar with a circular hole in its centre that is loaded by compressive stresses. Due to the hole, positive stresses are generated in the vicinity that cause positive mode-I stress intensity factors. This specimen is used for the determination of crack growth under mode-I and in a modified version under mixed-mode loading conditions. A fracture mechanics analysis is presented on the basis of finite element computations. After compilation of literature results on mixed-mode stress intensity factors and T-stresses, weight functions for mode I and mode II are derived. The consequences of load misalignment and crack kinking are shown. Since stress intensity factor results from literature are available for long cracks compared with the hole radius only, also short-crack solutions are derived by use of the weight function technique. These results al-low to discuss the generation of the initial cracks necessary for fracture mechanics tests. In several papers, the side surface displacements were reported and discussed with respect to the occurrence of plasticity effects in glass. In order to decide whether deviations from the pure linear-elastic material behaviour are measured, it is necessary to know the elastic response. Therefore, a 3-dimensional finite element study is performed. It exhibits depression and uplifting of the free surface very similar to the re-sults found in literature

  10. CT for diagnosing fractures of the undersurface of the talus and mechanism of injury

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    Talus fractures whose fracture lines extend to the subtalar joint, except fractures of the neck and the body of the talus, are defined as fractures of the lower portion of the talus. It is difficult to make a correctly diagnosis of inferior fractures of the talus by plain radiography or tomography alone. The author encountered 12 cases of inferior fractures of the talus between 1989 and 1997, and CT imaging in 2 directions, in the horizontal and frontal plane, was useful in making the diagnosis. The correct diagnosis rate was 100%, and differentiation of the site and extent of the fractures was possible. Based on the CT findings, the fractures were classified into 8 types (fractures of the lateral process of the talus, fractures of the medial tubercle, fractures of the posterior process, and combinations of the above, and comminuted fractures). The mechanism of the injuries was also investigated, and the fractures of the lateral process of the talus seemed to have been caused by excessive eversion force on the ankle joint, with the lateral process becoming trapped between the fibula and the calcaneus. Medial tubercle fractures also seemed to be caused by forcible inversion of the ankle, with the tip of the medial malleous impacting and the medial tubercle being trapped between it and the sustentaculum tali. The comminuted fractures seem to have been caused by axial compression added to various of external forces. (K.H.)

  11. CT for diagnosing fractures of the undersurface of the talus and mechanism of injury

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    Okamoto, Hideaki; Shibata, Yoshimori; Nishi, Genzaburo; Tago, Kyoji; Tsuchiya, Daiji; Chiba, Takehiro; Okumura, Hisashi [Aichiken Koseiren Kainan Hospital, Yatomi (Japan); Ikeda, Takeshi; Wada, Ikuo

    2000-02-01

    Talus fractures whose fracture lines extend to the subtalar joint, except fractures of the neck and the body of the talus, are defined as fractures of the lower portion of the talus. It is difficult to make a correctly diagnosis of inferior fractures of the talus by plain radiography or tomography alone. The author encountered 12 cases of inferior fractures of the talus between 1989 and 1997, and CT imaging in 2 directions, in the horizontal and frontal plane, was useful in making the diagnosis. The correct diagnosis rate was 100%, and differentiation of the site and extent of the fractures was possible. Based on the CT findings, the fractures were classified into 8 types (fractures of the lateral process of the talus, fractures of the medial tubercle, fractures of the posterior process, and combinations of the above, and comminuted fractures). The mechanism of the injuries was also investigated, and the fractures of the lateral process of the talus seemed to have been caused by excessive eversion force on the ankle joint, with the lateral process becoming trapped between the fibula and the calcaneus. Medial tubercle fractures also seemed to be caused by forcible inversion of the ankle, with the tip of the medial malleous impacting and the medial tubercle being trapped between it and the sustentaculum tali. The comminuted fractures seem to have been caused by axial compression added to various of external forces. (K.H.)

  12. NbAl Intelligent Material Through Mechanical Alloying

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    An intelligent material of Nb-Al composite, is expected to produce intermetallics phase instantaneously upon collision with hypervelocity space debris to stop the crack propagation. Intermetallics-free MA powder with Nb dispersion in Al matrix is targeted. Nb-Al powders are mechanically alloyed using agate media. Mechanical alloying (MA) with agate media produced fine intermetallics-free powder of Nb dispersion in Al matrix. Intermetallics-free critical MA powder curve for agate media were established. The optimum critical agate MA powder of 200 rpm 132 hours had intelligent properties.

  13. Kinetic process of mechanical alloying in Fe50Cu50

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    Huang, J.Y.; Jiang, Jianzhong; Yasuda, H.;

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    It is shown that mechanical alloying in the immiscible Fe-Cu system is governed by the atomic shear event and shear-induced diffusion process. We found that an alpha-to-gamma phase transformation, as evidenced by the Nishiyama-Wasserman orientation relationship, occurs by simultaneous shearing pr...... structures, until a complete fee Fe-Cu solid solution is formed. The results provide significant insight into the understanding of recent experiments showing that chemical mixing of immiscible elements can bd induced by mechanical alloying. [S0163-1829(98)51342-2]....

  14. Aluminum Alloying Effects on Lattice Types, Microstructures, and Mechanical Behavior of High-Entropy Alloys Systems

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    Tang, Zhi; Gao, Michael C.; Diao, Haoyan; Yang, Tengfei; Liu, Junpeng; Zuo, Tingting; Zhang, Yong; Lu, Zhaoping; Cheng, Yongqiang; Zhang, Yanwen; Dahmen, Karin A.; Liaw, Peter K.; Egami, Takeshi

    2013-12-01

    The crystal lattice type is one of the dominant factors for controlling the mechanical behavior of high-entropy alloys (HEAs). For example, the yield strength at room temperature varies from 300 MPa for the face-centered-cubic (fcc) structured alloys, such as the CoCrCuFeNiTi x system, to about 3,000 MPa for the body-centered-cubic (bcc) structured alloys, such as the AlCoCrFeNiTi x system. The values of Vickers hardness range from 100 to 900, depending on lattice types and microstructures. As in conventional alloys with one or two principal elements, the addition of minor alloying elements to HEAs can further alter their mechanical properties, such as strength, plasticity, hardness, etc. Excessive alloying may even result in the change of lattice types of HEAs. In this report, we first review alloying effects on lattice types and properties of HEAs in five Al-containing HEA systems: Al x CoCrCuFeNi, Al x CoCrFeNi, Al x CrFe1.5MnNi0.5, Al x CoCrFeNiTi, and Al x CrCuFeNi2. It is found that Al acts as a strong bcc stabilizer, and its addition enhances the strength of the alloy at the cost of reduced ductility. The origins of such effects are then qualitatively discussed from the viewpoints of lattice-strain energies and electronic bonds. Quantification of the interaction between Al and 3 d transition metals in fcc, bcc, and intermetallic compounds is illustrated in the thermodynamic modeling using the CALculation of PHAse Diagram method.

  15. Investigation into fracture mode and mechanical properties in molybdenum at various temperatures

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    Fracture mode and mechanical properties of sintered and compacted by rolling samples in the 20-1600 deg C range have been investigated to reveal the optimum temperature range for hot working of molybdenum. Presence of ductile fracture in the whole investigated temperature range is stated. Lamination in the fracture of samples tested at temperatures up to 500 deg C is disclosed with temperature increase tendency to lamination decreases and above 1000 deg the samples are fractured with formation of classical ''cup'' fracture. Above 1350 deg C grain boundary ductile fracture takes place

  16. Fatigue and fracture mechanics in pressure vessels and piping. PVP-Volume 304

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    Fracture mechanics and fatigue evaluations are an important part of the structural integrity analyses to assure safe operation of pressure vessels and piping components during their service life. The paper presented in this volume illustrate the application of fatigue and fracture mechanics techniques to assess the structural integrity of a wide variety of Pressure Vessels and Piping components. The papers are organized in six sections: (1) fatigue and fracture--vessels; (2) fatigue and fracture--piping; (3) fatigue and fracture--material property evaluations; (4) constraint effects in fracture mechanics; (5) probabilistic fracture mechanics analyses; and (6) user's experience with failure assessment diagrams. Separate abstracts were prepared for most of the papers in this book

  17. ''Global and local approaches of fracture in the ductile to brittle regime of a low alloy steel''

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    The study is a contribution to the prediction of flow fracture toughness of low alloy steel and to a better knowledge of fracture behavior in the ductile to brittle transition region. Experiments were performed on a nozzle cut-off from a pressurized water reactor vessel made of steels A508C13 type steel. Axisymmetrical notched specimens were tested to study the fracture onset in a volume element while pre-cracked specimens were used to investigate cleavage fracture after stable crack growth. Systematic observations of fracture surfaces showed manganese sulfide inclusions (MnS) at cleavage sites or in the vicinity. The experimental results were used for modelling by the local approach to fracture. In a volume element the fracture is described by an original probabilistic model. This model is based on volume fraction distributions of MnS inclusions gathered in clusters and on the assumption of a competition without interaction between ductile and cleavage fracture modes. This model was applied to pre-cracked specimens (CT specimens). It is able to describe the scatter in the toughness after a small stable crack growth if a temperature effect on the cleavage stress is assumed. So, the modelling is able to give a lower bound of fracture toughness as a function of temperature. (author)

  18. Fracturing Behavior of Direct Bonded Ti with Mg Alloys by Solid State Bonding

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    Pripanapong, Patchara; Takahashi, Makoto; Umeda, Junko; Kondoh, Katsuyoshi

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    Ti and Mg alloys (AZ61, AZ80 and AZ91) were directly bonded together by state bonding method in vacuum. These two materials appeared to be bonded well together although there was no intermetallic compound between Ti and Mg. Al element existing in Mg alloys seems to be an important factor involved in the bonding mechanism. The high bonding efficiency as 86% obtained from Ti bonded with AZ91 at 400 ℃ for 1 hr by applying 40 MPa was guaranteed in the successful bonding.

  19. Effect of hydrogen on mechanical properties of -titanium alloys

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    H-J Christ; A Senemmar; M Decker; K Prüßner

    2003-06-01

    Conflicting opinions exist in the literature on the manner in which hydrogen influences the mechanical properties of -titanium alloys. This can be attributed to the -stabilizing effect of hydrogen in these materials leading to major changes in the microstructure as a result of hydrogen charging. The resulting (extrinsic) effect of hydrogen on the mechanical properties can possibly cover up the direct (intrinsic) influences. On the basis of experimentally determined thermodynamic and kinetic data regarding the interaction of hydrogen with -titanium alloys, hydrogen concentrations of up to 8 at.% were established in three commercial alloys by means of hydrogen charging from the gas phase. In order to separate intrinsic and extrinsic effects the charging was carried out during one step of the two-step heat treatment typical of metastable -titanium alloys, while the other step was performed in vacuum. The results on the single-phase condition represent the intrinsic hydrogen effect. Monotonic and cyclic strength increase at the expense of ductility with increasing hydrogen concentration. The brittle to ductile transition temperature shifts to higher values and the fatigue crack propagation threshold value decreases. The microstructure of the metastable, usually two-phase -titanium alloys is strongly affected by hydrogen, although the extent of this effect depends not only on the hydrogen concentration but also on the temperature of charging. This microstructural influence (extrinsic effect) changes the mechanical properties in the opposite direction as compared to the intrinsic hydrogen effect.

  20. Effect of Sm on the microstructure, mechanical properties and creep behavior of Mg-0.5Zn-0.4Zr based alloys

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    The present study aims at investigating the effect of additions (0.4, 0.5, 1.5, 3, and 5 wt.%) of samarium on the microstructure, mechanical properties of Mg-0.5Zn-0.4Zr alloy. Experimental results show that a small amount of samarium addition can bring about precipitation of eutectic Mg41Sm5 phases at the grain boundaries and refine the as-cast grains. When samarium content increasing to 3%, a great number of fine plate-shaped precipitates form in the regions close to grain boundaries, and could effectively hinder dislocation slip and play important roles in improving tensile and creep properties. Furthermore, the transition of fracture mode as a function of samarium content can be generally described as follows: trans-granular fracture in Mg-(0.4-0.7)Sm-0.5Zn-0.4Zr alloys, both trans-granular and inter-granular fracture in Mg-1.5Sm-0.5Zn-0.4Zr alloys, and inter-granular fracture in Mg-(3-5)Sm-0.5Zn-0.4Zr alloys. Stress and temperature dependence of the steady-state creep rate were studied over a temperature range of and stress ranges of 200-225 deg. C and stress range of 60-100 MPa, and creep mechanisms corresponding to different conditions were proposed for the Mg-3Sm-0.5Zn-0.4Zr alloy.

  1. Fracture Mechanics Modelling of an In Situ Concrete Spalling Experiment

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    Siren, Topias; Uotinen, Lauri; Rinne, Mikael; Shen, Baotang

    2015-07-01

    During the operation of nuclear waste disposal facilities, some sprayed concrete reinforced underground spaces will be in use for approximately 100 years. During this time of use, the local stress regime will be altered by the radioactive decay heat. The change in the stress state will impose high demands on sprayed concrete, as it may suffer stress damage or lose its adhesion to the rock surface. It is also unclear what kind of support pressure the sprayed concrete layer will apply to the rock. To investigate this, an in situ experiment is planned in the ONKALO underground rock characterization facility at Olkiluoto, Finland. A vertical experimental hole will be concreted, and the surrounding rock mass will be instrumented with heat sources, in order to simulate an increase in the surrounding stress field. The experiment is instrumented with an acoustic emission system for the observation of rock failure and temperature, as well as strain gauges to observe the thermo-mechanical interactive behaviour of the concrete and rock at several levels, in both rock and concrete. A thermo-mechanical fracture mechanics study is necessary for the prediction of the damage before the experiment, in order to plan the experiment and instrumentation, and for generating a proper prediction/outcome study due to the special nature of the in situ experiment. The prediction of acoustic emission patterns is made by Fracod 2D and the model later compared to the actual observed acoustic emissions. The fracture mechanics model will be compared to a COMSOL Multiphysics 3D model to study the geometrical effects along the hole axis.

  2. Dynamic Fracture Initiation Toughness at Elevated Temperatures With Application to the New Generation of Titanium Aluminide Alloys. Chapter 8

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    Shazly, Mostafa; Prakash, Vikas; Draper, Susan; Shukla, Arun (Editor)

    2006-01-01

    Recently, a new generation of titanium aluminide alloy, named Gamma-Met PX, has been developed with better rolling and post-rolling characteristics. I'revious work on this alloy has shown the material to have higher strengths at room and elevated temperatures when compared with other gamma titanium aluminides. In particular, this new alloy has shown increased ductility at elevated temperatures under both quasi-static and high strain rate uniaxial compressive loading. However, its high strain rate tensile ductility at room and elevated temperatures is limited to approx. 1%. In the present chapter, results of a study to investigate the effects of loading rate and test temperature on the dynamic fracture initiation toughness in Gamma-Met PX are presented. Modified split Hopkinson pressure bar was used along with high-speed photography to determine the crack initiation time. Three-point bend dynamic fracture experiments were conducted at impact speeds of approx. 1 m/s and tests temperatures of up-to 1200 C. The results show that thc dynamic fracture initiation toughness decreases with increasing test temperatures beyond 600 C. Furthermore, thc effect of long time high temperature air exposure on the fracture toughness was investigated. The dynamic fracture initiation toughness was found to decrease with increasing exposure time. The reasons behind this drop are analyzed and discussed.

  3. Role of Chloride in the Corrosion and Fracture Behavior of Micro-Alloyed Steel in E80 Simulated Fuel Grade Ethanol Environment

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    Olufunmilayo O. Joseph; Cleophas A. Loto; Seetharaman Sivaprasad; John A. Ajayi; Soumitra Tarafder

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    In this study, micro-alloyed steel (MAS) material normally used in the production of auto parts has been immersed in an E80 simulated fuel grade ethanol (SFGE) environment and its degradation mechanism in the presence of sodium chloride (NaCl) was evaluated. Corrosion behavior was determined through mass loss tests and electrochemical measurements with respect to a reference test in the absence of NaCl. Fracture behavior was determined via J-integral tests with three-point bend specimens at a...

  4. Mechanical properties of hot rolled 2519 aluminum alloy plate

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    彭大暑; 陈险峰; 林启权; 张辉

    2003-01-01

    The effects of differences of temper on mechanical properties of T6, T7 and T8 plates of aluminum alloy 2519 were studied. The stress corrosion cracking(SCC) sensitivity was evaluated with parameters such as Kσ and Kδ.Tensile tests were divided into two groups: one was performed on tensile specimens without pre-corrosion, the other was performed on tensile specimens which were pre-corroded in 3.5%NaCl+1%H2O2 solution at 25 ℃.The results show that SCC resistance of alloy 2519 ranks in the order of T8>T7>T6 and the mechanical properties rank in the order of T6>T8>T7. SEM fractographs of the failed specimen show that the SCC sensitivity can be determined by the distribution of the second phase particles and size and the shape of grains in the alloy.

  5. Mechanical Properties of DS NiAl/Cr(Mo) Alloys with Low Addition of Hf for High-temperature Applications

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    Xinghao DU; Jianting GUO

    2005-01-01

    A multiphase NiAl-28Cr-5.85Mo-0.15Hf alloy, which was directionally solidified (DS) in an Al2O3-SiO2 mold by standard Bridgman method and then underwent prolonged solution and aging treatment was prepared. The microstructure, tensile properties as well as tensile creep of the heat-treated alloy at different temperatures were studied. The alloy was composed of NiAl, Cr(Mo) and Hf-rich phase and small amount of fine Heusler phase (Ni2AlHf). Although the present alloy exhibited high tensile strength at Iow temperature, it was weaker than that of system with high content Hf but still stronger than that of many NiAl-based alloys at high temperatures. The fracture toughness is lower than that of DS NiAl-28Cr-6Mo alloy. Nevertheless, advantageous effects on the mechanical properties, i.e.the decrease in brittle-to-ductile transition temperature (BDTT) were obtained for the Iow content of Hf. The obtained creep curves exhibit conventional shape: a short primary creep and long accelerated creep stages. The rupture properties of the heat-treated alloy follow the Monkman-Grant relationship, which exhibits similar creep behavior to that of NiAl/Cr(Mo) system with high Hf content.

  6. Effect of hot rolling on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti3Al based dual phase alloys

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    Development of α2-Ti3Al based dual phase alloys have shown some promising potentials in property improvement by introducing Ti5Si3 silicide phase into the matrix via Si alloying. However, the presence of coarse network of Ti5Si3 phase formed by eutectic reaction in the as-cast state also embrittles the alloy. Both hot rolling and powder metallurgy are considered to be the possible ways to refine the Ti5Si3 phase in the matrix. Two Ti-Al-Si-Nb alloys whose Si contents are 2 and 5 at.% respectively were arc melted into ingots and then hot rolled to sheets in this investigation. Optical metallographic examination correlates the microstructures of the as-cast and as-rolled alloys with the different rolling amounts, showing that the coarse silicide network is broken into small particles after hot rolling. Mechanical property testing from room temperature to 800 C indicates that the strength and plastic elongation of the hot-rolled alloys are much higher than those of the as-cast ones. The data obtained in this investigation are comparable with those obtained in the P/M processed specimens. Fracture surfaces of the alloys are also examined

  7. Mechanical Fracturing of Core-Shell Undercooled Metal Particles for Heat-Free Soldering

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    Çınar, Simge; Tevis, Ian D.; Chen, Jiahao; Thuo, Martin

    2016-02-01

    Phase-change materials, such as meta-stable undercooled (supercooled) liquids, have been widely recognized as a suitable route for complex fabrication and engineering. Despite comprehensive studies on the undercooling phenomenon, little progress has been made in the use of undercooled metals, primarily due to low yields and poor stability. This paper reports the use of an extension of droplet emulsion technique (SLICE) to produce undercooled core-shell particles of structure; metal/oxide shell-acetate (‘/’ = physisorbed, ‘-’ = chemisorbed), from molten Field’s metal (Bi-In-Sn) and Bi-Sn alloys. These particles exhibit stability against solidification at ambient conditions. Besides synthesis, we report the use of these undercooled metal, liquid core-shell, particles for heat free joining and manufacturing at ambient conditions. Our approach incorporates gentle etching and/or fracturing of outer oxide-acetate layers through mechanical stressing or shearing, thus initiating a cascade entailing fluid flow with concomitant deformation, combination/alloying, shaping, and solidification. This simple and low cost technique for soldering and fabrication enables formation of complex shapes and joining at the meso- and micro-scale at ambient conditions without heat or electricity.

  8. Mechanical Characterization and Corrosion Testing of X608 Al Alloy

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    Prabhakaran, Ramprashad; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Stephens, Elizabeth V.; Catalini, David; Lavender, Curt A.; Rohatgi, Aashish

    2016-02-07

    This paper describes the mechanical characterization and corrosion testing of X608 Al alloy that is being considered for A-pillar covers for heavy-duty truck applications. Recently, PNNL developed a thermo-mechanical process to stamp A-pillar covers at room temperature using this alloy, and the full-size prototype was successfully stamped by a tier-1 supplier. This study was conducted to obtain additional important information related to the newly developed forming process, and to further improve its mechanical properties. The solutionization temperature, pre-strain and paint-bake heat-treatment were found to influence the alloy’s fabricability and mechanical properties. Natural aging effect on the formability was investigated by limiting dome height (LDH) tests. Preliminary corrosion experiments showed that the employed thermo-mechanical treatments did not significantly affect the corrosion behavior of Al X608.

  9. Mechanics, hydraulic and coupled hydromechanics of fractured rock mass investigated by numerical experiment

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    The Discrete Fracture Network-Discrete Element Method (DFN-DEM) approach uses DFN as the geometry of fractured rock and DEM for the solution technique to simulate the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of fractured rock. This overview paper intends to summarize the applications on fractured rock using the DFN-DEM approach with the focus upon the determination of mechanical and hydraulic properties of fractured rock and their stress dependencies. The establishment of methodologies and actual applications in a site considered for geological repository of nuclear waste are introduced. (author)

  10. The effect of remelting various combinations of new and used cobalt-chromium alloy on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the alloy

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    Sharad Gupta

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: Repeated remelting of base metal alloy for dental casting without addition of new alloy can affect the mechanical properties of the alloy. Microstructure analysis shows deterioration upon remelting. However, the addition of 25% and 50% (by weight of new alloy to the remelted alloy can bring about improvement both in mechanical properties and in microstructure.

  11. Possibilities of mechanical properties and microstructure improvement of magnesium alloys

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Magnesium alloys are the very progressive materials whereon is due to improve their end-useproperties, which . Especially, wrought Mg alloys attract attention since they have more advantageous mechanicalproperties than cast Mg alloys.Design/methodology/approach: The presented article shows some specific physical-metallurgicalcharacteristics of magnesium alloys of the AZ91 kind after hot forming. Special attention has been focused onthe analysis of mutual relations existing between the deformation conditions, microstructural parameters, and theachieved mechanical properties.Findings: The discussed topic includes namely the monitoring of the structures in the initial cast state and afterthe heat treatment of the T4 kind and the influence of rolling in hot state at different temperatures on this structure.The results of torsion tests of AZ91, AZ61 and AZ31 were added.Research limitations/implications: The results of this paper evinces that a combination of ECAP technologywith conventional rolling is very effective tool for improve a final properties of magnesium alloys in practical use.Practical implications: It would be appropriate a extrusions processes for increasing of mechanical propertieson their treatment by plastic deformations in a rolling mills.Originality/value: It is explained a big consequence of the ECAP integration between classical formingtechniques.

  12. Hydro-thermo-mechanical response of a fractured rock block

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    Hydro-thermo-mechanical effects in fractured rocks are important in many engineering applications and geophysical processes. Modeling these effects is made difficult by the fact that the governing equations are nonlinear and coupled, and the problems to be solved are three dimensional. In this paper we describe a numerical code developed for this purpose. The code is finite element based to allow for complicated geometries, and the time differencing is implicit, allowing for large time steps. The use of state-of-the-art equation solvers has resulted in a practical code. The code is capable of fully three dimensional simulations, however, in this paper we consider only the case of two dimensional heat and mass flow coupled to one dimensional deformation. Partial verification of the code is obtained by comparison with published semianalytical results. Several examples are presented to demonstrate the effects of matrix expansion, due to pore pressure and heating, on fracture opening due to fluid injection. 16 refs., 11 figs

  13. Wear resistance and fracture mechanics of WC-Co composites

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    Manufacturing of WC-Co composites using the electroless precipitation method at different sintering temperatures of 1 100, 1 250, 1 350 and 1 500 C was successfully achieved. The chemical composition of the investigated materials was 90 wt.% WC with 10 wt.% Co, and 80 wt.% WC with 20 wt.% Co. The specific density, densification, and Vickers microhardness measurements were found to increase with increased sintering temperature for both the WC-Co compositions. The composites of tungsten carbide with 10 wt.% Co had a higher specific density and Vickers microhardness measurements than those for the composites of tungsten carbide with 20 wt.% Co. Composites with WC-10 wt.% Co had better wear resistance. The stress-strain and transverse rupture strength increased monotonically with the increase in sintering temperatures, agreeing with the material hardness and wear resistance behavior. Fractographical scanning electron microscopy analysis of the fracture surface demonstrated a rough characteristic conical shape failure in the direction of the maximum shear stress. A proposed mechanism for the formation of the conical fracture surface under compression testing is presented. (orig.)

  14. Wear resistance and fracture mechanics of WC-Co composites

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    Kaytbay, Saleh [Benha Univ. (Egypt). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; El-Hadek, Medhat [Port-Said Univ. (Egypt). Dept. of Production and Mechanical Design

    2014-06-15

    Manufacturing of WC-Co composites using the electroless precipitation method at different sintering temperatures of 1 100, 1 250, 1 350 and 1 500 C was successfully achieved. The chemical composition of the investigated materials was 90 wt.% WC with 10 wt.% Co, and 80 wt.% WC with 20 wt.% Co. The specific density, densification, and Vickers microhardness measurements were found to increase with increased sintering temperature for both the WC-Co compositions. The composites of tungsten carbide with 10 wt.% Co had a higher specific density and Vickers microhardness measurements than those for the composites of tungsten carbide with 20 wt.% Co. Composites with WC-10 wt.% Co had better wear resistance. The stress-strain and transverse rupture strength increased monotonically with the increase in sintering temperatures, agreeing with the material hardness and wear resistance behavior. Fractographical scanning electron microscopy analysis of the fracture surface demonstrated a rough characteristic conical shape failure in the direction of the maximum shear stress. A proposed mechanism for the formation of the conical fracture surface under compression testing is presented. (orig.)

  15. Mechanical and fracture mechanical properties of fine grained concrete for textile reinforced composites

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    Brockmann, Tanja

    2006-01-01

    The development of textile reinforced concrete (TRC), where multi-axial fabrics are used in combination with fine grained concrete, allows the design of very thin-structured concrete elements with a high strength in compression as well as tension. It is the main objective of this study to determine the mechanical and fracture mechanical characteristics of the newly developed fine grained binder systems as a main component of the composite to allow for a reliable dimensioning of TRC structures...

  16. Mechanical properties of titanium alloys with strengthened surface layers

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    I.M. Pohreliuk

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Influence of oxinitriding and boriding on the mechanical properties (ultimate strength to destruction at uniaxial tension, plasticity, tendency to delayed destruction, fatigue resistance at bending with rotation, fatigue life at lowcycle pure bending of titanium alloys is studied.

  17. Effects of superimposed hydrostatic pressure on flow and fracture of a Zr-Ti-Ni-Cu-Be bulk amorphous alloy

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    Recent successes in producing bulk amorphous alloys have renewed interest in this class of materials. Although amorphous metallic alloys have been shown to exhibit strengths in excess of 2.0 GPa, most of the earlier studies on such materials were conducted on tape or ribbon specimens due to the high cooling rates required to achieve the amorphous structure. The primary purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of superimposed hydrostatic pressure on the flow and fracture behavior of a Zr-Ti-Ni-Cu-Be bulk metallic glass utilizing procedures successfully utilized on a range of structural materials, as reviewed recently. In general, few studies of this type have been conducted on metallic glasses, although thin ribbons (i.e., 300 microm thick) of a Pd-Cu-Si amorphous material tested with superimposed pressure have been reported previously. In particular, the effects of superimposed hydrostatic pressure over levels ranging from 50 MPa to 575 MPa on the flow/fracture behavior of cylindrical tensile specimens were compared to the flow and fracture behavior of identical materials tested in uniaxial tension and compression. It is shown that changes in stress triaxiality, defined as σm/bar σ, over the range of -0.33 to 0.33 produced a negligible effect on the fracture stress and fracture strain, while the orientation of the macroscopic fracture plane with respect to the loading axis was significantly affected by changes in σm/bar σ

  18. A numerical study of fracture modes in contact damage in porcelain/Pd-alloy bilayers

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    Finite element analysis (FEA) is used to assess contact damage in dental prostheses, using a Hertzian contact model, consisting of a spherical tungsten carbide indenter contacting a porcelain layer over a palladium alloy substrate. Three failure modes - plastic deformation in the substrate, cone cracking in the layer and cracking in the layer at the layer/substrate interface - are examined with varying porcelain layer thicknesses. Resulting critical loads agree well with experimentally observed figures. In particular, use of an observed surface stress to predict cone cracking has given excellent agreement where high stress gradients have previously made crack onset difficult to predict using fracture toughness values. This leads to the conclusion that FEA can be a valuable tool in assessing material combinations, and design of prostheses

  19. A fracture criterion for widespread cracking in thin-sheet aluminum alloys

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    Newman, J. C., Jr.; Dawicke, D. S.; Sutton, M. A.; Bigelow, C. A.

    1993-01-01

    An elastic-plastic finite-element analysis was used with a critical crack-tip-opening angle (CTOA) fracture criterion to model stable crack growth in thin-sheet 2024-T3 aluminum alloy panels with single and multiple-site damage (MSD) cracks. Comparisons were made between critical angles determined from the analyses and those measured with photographic methods. Calculated load against crack extension and load against crack-tip displacement on single crack specimens agreed well with test data even for large-scale plastic deformations. The analyses were also able to predict the stable tearing behavior of large lead cracks in the presence of stably tearing MSD cracks. Small MSD cracks significantly reduced the residual strength for large lead cracks.

  20. A numerical study of fracture modes in contact damage in porcelain/Pd-alloy bilayers

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    Ford, Chris; Bush, Mark B.; Hu Xiaozhi; Zhao Hong

    2004-01-15

    Finite element analysis (FEA) is used to assess contact damage in dental prostheses, using a Hertzian contact model, consisting of a spherical tungsten carbide indenter contacting a porcelain layer over a palladium alloy substrate. Three failure modes - plastic deformation in the substrate, cone cracking in the layer and cracking in the layer at the layer/substrate interface - are examined with varying porcelain layer thicknesses. Resulting critical loads agree well with experimentally observed figures. In particular, use of an observed surface stress to predict cone cracking has given excellent agreement where high stress gradients have previously made crack onset difficult to predict using fracture toughness values. This leads to the conclusion that FEA can be a valuable tool in assessing material combinations, and design of prostheses.

  1. Fine structure and resistance to fracture of low-alloyed steel with vanadium and boron

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    An attempt to evaluate the effect of recovery recrystallization and precipitation processes of dispersion phases on the nature of heat-treating steel resistance to fracture is made. A low-alloy steel of industrial melting with the following content of components, weight %: C-0.18; Mn-1.4; Si-0.3; V-0.06; B-0.003; Al-0.04 and Ti-0.015 has been chosen. It is shown that vanadium carbide precipitation during tempering essentially contributes to the weakening processes. The main contribution to strength is made by the most dispersive carbide phase with the dimensions less than 0.03 mkm delaying weakening during tempering

  2. Enhancing Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AZ31-MWCNT Nanocomposites through Mechanical Alloying

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    J. Jayakumar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs reinforced Mg alloy AZ31 nanocomposites were fabricated by mechanical alloying and powder metallurgy technique. The reinforcement material MWCNTs were blended in three weight fractions (0.33%, 0.66%, and 1% with the matrix material AZ31 (Al-3%, zinc-1% rest Mg and blended through mechanical alloying using a high energy planetary ball mill. Specimens of monolithic AZ31 and AZ31-MWCNT composites were fabricated through powder metallurgy technique. The microstructure, density, hardness, porosity, ductility, and tensile properties of monolithic AZ31 and AZ31-MWCNT nano composites were characterized and compared. The characterization reveals significant reduction in CNT (carbon nanoTube agglomeration and enhancement in microstructure and mechanical properties due to mechanical alloying through ball milling.

  3. Debye temperature of nanocrystalline Fe–Cr alloys obtained by mechanical alloying

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    Dubiel, S.M., E-mail: Stanislaw.Dubiel@fis.agh.edu.pl [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, PL-30-059 Krakow (Poland); Costa, B.F.O. [CFisUC, Physics Department, University of Coimbra, P-3004-516 Coimbra (Portugal); Cieslak, J. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, PL-30-059 Krakow (Poland); Batista, A.C. [CFisUC, Physics Department, University of Coimbra, P-3004-516 Coimbra (Portugal)

    2015-11-15

    A series on nanocrystalline Fe{sub 100−x}Cr{sub x} alloys prepared by mechanical alloying was investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS) techniques. XRD was used to structurally characterize the samples whereas MS permitted phase analysis as well as determination of the Debye temperature, θ{sub D}. Concerning the latter, an enhancement relative to bulk θ{sub D}-values was revealed in the range of ∼40 ≤ x ≤∼50. In a sample of Fe{sub 55.5}Cr{sub 44.5} two phases were detected viz. (1) crystalline and magnetic with θ{sub D} = 572 (56) K and (2) amorphous and paramagnetic with θ{sub D} = 405 (26) K. - Highlights: • Nanocrystalline Fe–Cr alloys obtained by mechanical alloying. • Determination of the Debye temperature by Mössbauer spectroscopy. • Observation of enhancement of the Debye temperature for quasi equiatomic alloys.

  4. The mechanical behaviour of hydraulic fractured, possibly saturated materials

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    Visser, J.H.M.; Mier, J.G.M. van

    1998-01-01

    The influence of a fluid pressure load on the extensile fracturing of mortar and sandstone has been investigated. A fluid pressure in the (initiating) fracture stimulates both fracture initiation and propagation and may be as effective as a directly applied uniaxial tensile stress. The efficiency of

  5. Early Age Fracture Mechanics and Cracking of Concrete

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    Østergaard, Lennart

    2003-01-01

    length has moments of low values in early age, which means that the cracking sensibility is higher at those time points. The possible influence of time-dependent effects in the fracture mechanical properties on the cracking behavior in early age has also been investigated. The reason for this has been......Modern high performance concretes have low water cement ratios and do often include silica fume. Also early age high strength cements are often applied and when all these factors sum up, it turns out that the cracking sensibility is dramatically increased in com- parison with ordinary concrete. The...... the governing material parameters have undergone intensive research and the body of knowledge provides today a basis for calculation of the stress evolution and thus, repre- sents a tool for prediction of whether cracking will occur or not. However, the experimental investigation and the modelling of...

  6. Mechanisms of diffusional phase transformations in metals and alloys

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    Aaronson, Hubert I; Lee, Jong K

    2010-01-01

    Developed by the late metallurgy professor and master experimentalist Hubert I. Aaronson, this collection of lecture notes details the fundamental principles of phase transformations in metals and alloys upon which steel and other metals industries are based. Mechanisms of Diffusional Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys is devoted to solid-solid phase transformations in which elementary atomic processes are diffusional jumps, and these processes occur in a series of so-called nucleation and growth through interface migration. Instead of relying strictly on a pedagogical approach, it doc

  7. Microstructure and mechanical properties of eutectic nickel alloy coatings

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    Bezborodov, V. P.; Saraev, Yu N.

    2016-04-01

    The paper discusses the peculiarities of a structure and a coating composition after reflow. It was established that the structure of coatings from nickel alloy is a solid solution based on nickel, the eutectic of γ-Ni+Ni3B composition and dispersed reinforcing particles. The content of alloying elements in the initial powder material determines the type of the coating structure and the formation of hypoeutectic or hypereutectic structures. The influence of formation conditions on the structure and physical-mechanical properties of the coatings is considered in this paper.

  8. Precise Analysis of Microstructural Effects on Mechanical Properties of Cast ADC12 Aluminum Alloy

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    Okayasu, Mitsuhiro; Takeuchi, Shuhei; Yamamoto, Masaki; Ohfuji, Hiroaki; Ochi, Toshihiro

    2015-04-01

    The effects of microstructural characteristics (secondary dendrite arm spacing, SDAS) and Si- and Fe-based eutectic structures on the mechanical properties and failure behavior of an Al-Si-Cu alloy are investigated. Cast Al alloy samples are produced using a special continuous-casting technique with which it is easy to control both the sizes of microstructures and the direction of crystal orientation. Dendrite cells appear to grow in the casting direction. There are linear correlations between SDAS and tensile properties (ultimate tensile strength σ UTS, 0.2 pct proof strength σ 0.2, and fracture strain ɛ f). These linear correlations, however, break down, especially for σ UTS vs SDAS and ɛ f vs SDAS, as the eutectic structures become more than 3 μm in diameter, when the strength and ductility ( σ UTS and ɛ f) decrease significantly. For eutectic structures larger than 3 μm, failure is dominated by the brittle eutectic phases, for which SDAS is no longer strongly correlated with σ UTS and ɛ f. In contrast, a linear correlation is obtained between σ 0.2 and SDAS, even for eutectic structures larger than 3 μm, and the eutectic structure does not have a strong effect on yield behavior. This is because failure in the eutectic phases occurs just before final fracture. In situ failure observation during tensile testing is performed using microstructural and lattice characteristics. From the experimental results obtained, models of failure during tensile loading are proposed.

  9. ORNL probabilistic fracture-mechanics code OCA-P

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    The computer code OCA-P was developed at the request of the USNRC for the purpose of helping to evaluate the integrity of PWR pressure vessels during overcooling accidents (OCA's). The code can be used for both deterministic and probabilistic fracture-mechanics calculations, and consists essentially of OCA-II and a Monte Carlo routine similar to that developed by Strosnider et al. In the probabilistic mode OCA-P generates a large number of vessels (106 more or less), each with a different combination of the various values of the different parameters involved in the analysis of flaw behavior. For each of these vessels a deterministic fracture-mechanics analysis is performed (calculation of K/sub I/, K/sub Ic/, K/sub Ia/) to determine whether vessel failure takes place. The conditional probability of failure is simply the number of vessels that fail divided by the number of vessels generated. OCA-II is used for the deterministic analysis. Basic input to OCA-II includes, among other things, the primry-system pressure transient and the temperature transient for the coolant in the reactor-vessel downcomer. With this and additional information available OCA-II performs a one-dimensional thermal analysis to obtain the temperature distribution in the wall as a function of time and then a one-dimensional linear-elastic stress analysis. OCA-P has been checked against similar codes and is presently being used in the Integrated Pressurized Thermal Shock Program for specific PWR plants

  10. Fracture mechanics analysis on VVER1000 RPV with different methodologies

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    The main component that limits the operational life of the (Nuclear Power Plant) NPP is the Reactor pressure Vessel (RPV) because of the property of carbon steel material change during the operational life due to the different causes: high neutron flux in the welding region, thermal aging etc. This results in an increase of RPV embrittlement level that decreases the safety margin for the crack propagation in case of transients with fast cooling rate due to the emergency systems injection, or increase of secondary side heat exchange. This problem is known as Pressurized Thermal Shock (PTS) and constitutes a relevant problem for the safety of the NPP that are in operation from several years. Nowadays, the scientific community is trying to change the approach to the PTS analysis toward a “Best Estimate” (BE) scheme with the aim to remove the excess of conservatism in each step of the analysis coming from the limited knowledge of the phenomena in the eighties when the problem has been considered in the safety analysis. This change has been pushed from the possibility to extend the operational life of some plants and this has been possible due to the availability of always more powerful computer and sophisticated computer codes that allows to the analyst to perform very detailed analysis with very high degree of precision of the mixing phenomena occurring at small scale in the down-comer and to calculate the stress intensity factor at crack tip with very refined mesh of millions of nodes. This paper describes the main steps of a PTS analysis: system thermal-hydraulic calculation, CFD analysis, stress analysis and the Fracture Mechanics analysis for the RPV of a generic VVER1000. In particular the paper shows the comparison of the results of the fracture mechanics analysis performed with different methodology for the calculation of the stress intensity factor at crack tip (KI). (author)

  11. Fabrication of nanocrystalline alloys Cu–Cr–Mo super satured solid solution by mechanical alloying

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    Aguilar, C., E-mail: claudio.aguilar@usm.cl [Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Materiales, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Guzmán, D. [Departamento de Ingeniería en Metalurgia, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Atacama y Centro Regional de Investigación y Desarrollo Sustentable de Atacama (CRIDESAT), Av. Copayapu 485, Copiapó (Chile); Castro, F.; Martínez, V.; Cuevas, F. de las [Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas de Gipuzkoa, Paseo de Manuel Lardizábal, N° 15, 20018 San Sebastián (Spain); Lascano, S. [Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Muthiah, T. [Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Materiales, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile)

    2014-08-01

    This work discusses the extension of solid solubility of Cr and Mo in Cu processed by mechanical alloying. Three alloys processed, Cu–5Cr–5Mo, Cu–10Cr–10Mo and Cu–15Cr–15Mo (weight%) using a SPEX mill. Gibbs free energy of mixing values 10, 15 and 20 kJ mol{sup −1} were calculated for these three alloys respectively by using the Miedema's model. The crystallite size decreases and dislocation density increases when the milling time increases, so Gibbs free energy storage in powders increases by the presence of crystalline defects. The energy produced by crystallite boundaries and strain dislocations were estimated and compared with Gibbs free energy of mixing values. The energy storage values by the presence of crystalline defects were higher than Gibbs free energy of mixing at 120 h for Cu–5Cr–5Mo, 130 h for Cu–10Cr–10Mo and 150 h for Cu–15Cr–15Mo. During milling, crystalline defects are produced that increases the Gibbs free energy storage and thus the Gibbs free energy curves are moved upwards and hence the solubility limit changes. Therefore, the three alloys form solid solutions after these milling time, which are supported with the XRD results. - Highlights: • Extension of solid solution Cr and Mo in Cu achieved by mechanical alloying. • X-ray characterization of Cu–Cr–Mo system processed by mechanical alloying. • Thermodynamics analysis of formation of solid solution of the Cu–Cr–Mo system.

  12. Fabrication of nanocrystalline alloys Cu–Cr–Mo super satured solid solution by mechanical alloying

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    This work discusses the extension of solid solubility of Cr and Mo in Cu processed by mechanical alloying. Three alloys processed, Cu–5Cr–5Mo, Cu–10Cr–10Mo and Cu–15Cr–15Mo (weight%) using a SPEX mill. Gibbs free energy of mixing values 10, 15 and 20 kJ mol−1 were calculated for these three alloys respectively by using the Miedema's model. The crystallite size decreases and dislocation density increases when the milling time increases, so Gibbs free energy storage in powders increases by the presence of crystalline defects. The energy produced by crystallite boundaries and strain dislocations were estimated and compared with Gibbs free energy of mixing values. The energy storage values by the presence of crystalline defects were higher than Gibbs free energy of mixing at 120 h for Cu–5Cr–5Mo, 130 h for Cu–10Cr–10Mo and 150 h for Cu–15Cr–15Mo. During milling, crystalline defects are produced that increases the Gibbs free energy storage and thus the Gibbs free energy curves are moved upwards and hence the solubility limit changes. Therefore, the three alloys form solid solutions after these milling time, which are supported with the XRD results. - Highlights: • Extension of solid solution Cr and Mo in Cu achieved by mechanical alloying. • X-ray characterization of Cu–Cr–Mo system processed by mechanical alloying. • Thermodynamics analysis of formation of solid solution of the Cu–Cr–Mo system

  13. Crystallisation mechanism of laser alloyed gradient layer on tool steel

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    M. Bonek; L.A. Dobrzański; M. Piec; E. Hajduczek; A. Klimpel

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The objective of the present work was to study the modification of the microstructure of hot-work toolsteel X40CrMoV5-1 during the surface modifying by means of laser technology.Design/methodology/approach: The structural mechanism of surface layer development was determinedand the effect of alloying parameters and thickness of paste layer applied onto the steel surface on structurerefinement and influence of these factors on the crystallisation mechanism of surface layer was studied...

  14. Mechanical Behavior and Microstructural Analysis of Extruded AZ31B Magnesium Alloy Processed by Backward Extrusion

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    Zhou, Ping; Beeh, Elmar; Friedrich, Horst E.; Grünheid, Thomas

    2016-07-01

    This study investigates the mechanical behavior of an extruded AZ31B magnesium alloy profile at various strain rates from 0.001 to 375/s. The electron backscatter diffraction analysis revealed that the profile has \\{ { 0 0 0 1} \\}extrusion direction (ED), the profile shows the highest yield strength (YS) but the lowest total elongation at fracture (TE) due to a hard activation of non-basal slip and \\{ { 1 0overline{1} 1} \\}< { 1 0overline{1} overline{2} } rangle twinning; in the diagonal direction (DD), it shows the lowest ultimate tensile strength (UTS) but the highest TE due to an easy activation of basal slip; in the transverse direction (TD), it shows the lowest YS due to an easy activation of \\{ {10overline{1} 2} \\}< {10overline{1} overline{1} } rangle twinning. Moreover, the number of twins increases with the increasing strain rate. This indicates that deformation twinning becomes prevalent to accommodate high-rate deformation. Due to the different deformation mechanisms, the profile exhibits an orientation-dependent effect of strain rate on the mechanical properties. A positive effect of strain rate on the YS and UTS was found in the ED, while the effect of strain rate on the YS is negligible in the DD and TD. The TE in the ED, DD, and TD decreases in general as the strain rate increases. Fractographic analysis under a scanning electron microscope revealed that the fracture is a mixed mode of ductile and brittle fracture, and the magnesium oxide inclusions could be the origins of the fracture.

  15. Fracture propagation in sandstone and slate e Laboratory experiments, acoustic emissions and fracture mechanics

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    Ferdinand Stoeckhert; Michael Molenda; Sebastian Brenne; Michael Alber

    2015-01-01

    abstract Fracturing of highly anisotropic rocks is a problem often encountered in the stimulation of unconven-tional hydrocarbon or geothermal reservoirs by hydraulic fracturing. Fracture propagation in isotropic material is well understood but strictly isotropic rocks are rarely found in nature. This study aims at the examination of fracture initiation and propagation processes in a highly anisotropic rock, specifically slate. We performed a series of tensile fracturing laboratory experiments under uniaxial as well as triaxial loading. Cubic specimens with edge lengths of 150 mm and a central borehole with a diameter of 13 mm were prepared from Fredeburg slate. An experiment using the rather isotropic Bebertal sandstone as a rather isotropic rock was also performed for comparison. Tensile fractures were generated using the sleeve fracturing technique, in which a polymer tube placed inside the borehole is pressurized to generate tensile fractures emanating from the borehole. In the uniaxial test series, the loading was varied in order to observe the transition from strength-dominated fracture propagation at low loading mag-nitudes to stress-dominated fracture propagation at high loading magnitudes.

  16. Fracture propagation in sandstone and slate – Laboratory experiments, acoustic emissions and fracture mechanics

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    Ferdinand Stoeckhert

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Fracturing of highly anisotropic rocks is a problem often encountered in the stimulation of unconventional hydrocarbon or geothermal reservoirs by hydraulic fracturing. Fracture propagation in isotropic material is well understood but strictly isotropic rocks are rarely found in nature. This study aims at the examination of fracture initiation and propagation processes in a highly anisotropic rock, specifically slate. We performed a series of tensile fracturing laboratory experiments under uniaxial as well as triaxial loading. Cubic specimens with edge lengths of 150 mm and a central borehole with a diameter of 13 mm were prepared from Fredeburg slate. An experiment using the rather isotropic Bebertal sandstone as a rather isotropic rock was also performed for comparison. Tensile fractures were generated using the sleeve fracturing technique, in which a polymer tube placed inside the borehole is pressurized to generate tensile fractures emanating from the borehole. In the uniaxial test series, the loading was varied in order to observe the transition from strength-dominated fracture propagation at low loading magnitudes to stress-dominated fracture propagation at high loading magnitudes.

  17. Impact toughness and fracture analysis of linear friction welded Ti-6Al-4V alloy joints

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    Linear friction welding (LFW), as a relatively new solid-state joining technique, has great potentials in welding of non-axisymmetric components, especially for cost-effectively machining blade/disc (blisks) assemblies. In this study, Ti-6Al-4V alloy was jointed by the LFW process under the appropriate processing parameters developed before. The microstructure, impact toughness and fracture characteristics of LFW Ti-6Al-4V joint were investigated. The results showed that a sound weld was obtained consisting of a superfine α + β microstructure in the weld center (about 70 μm thickness). The weld presents a higher impact toughness (61.3 ± 5.8 J/cm2) than the parent Ti-6Al-4V because of the superfine microstructure formed in the weld. The fracture surface exhibits three typical regions: the thin fibrous zone close to the notch, the radiation zone in the middle and the shear lip zone at the other three sides, corresponding to the crack initiation, propagation and shear failure zones, respectively. The crack develops a short distance along the weld center and thermomechanically affected zone after its initiation, and then extends into the parent metal due to the lowest impact toughness of the parent.

  18. Fracture Behavior of TiNi Based Shape Memory Alloy Cold-rolled Tube

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    LI Yan-wu; LIU Fu-shun

    2006-01-01

    The microstructures and interfacial characteristics of matrices at the inwalls and the out-walls of the cold-rolled tube with different amounts of deformation were investigated by the scanning electronic microscope (SEM), the optical microscope (OM), and the transmission electronic microscope (TEM) techniques. It was observed that as the amount of deformation increases, the flaws nucleate at the out-walls of the cold rolled tube, the stress-induced martensites change from (11) type Ⅰ twins to (011) type Ⅱ twins and then to (100) compound twins, nanocrystals and bulk amorphisation happen, the high density dislocation causes stress concentration at the out-walls of the Ti50Ni50 cold-rolled tube, and then precipitates its fracture, and the Ti2Ni particles strengthen the grain boundaries and curb the dislocation movements during plastic deformation. The inhomogeneity level of the grains in the Ti50Ni50 alloy plays an important role on the fracture of the Ti50Ni50 cold rolled tube.

  19. Understanding Plasticity and Fracture in Aluminum Alloys and their Composites by 3D X-ray Synchrotron Tomography and Microdiffraction

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    Hruby, Peter

    Aluminum alloys and their composites are attractive materials for applications requiring high strength-to-weight ratios and reasonable cost. Many of these applications, such as those in the aerospace industry, undergo fatigue loading. An understanding of the microstructural damage that occurs in these materials is critical in assessing their fatigue resistance. Two distinct experimental studies were performed to further the understanding of fatigue damage mechanisms in aluminum alloys and their composites, specifically fracture and plasticity. Fatigue resistance of metal matrix composites (MMCs) depends on many aspects of composite microstructure. Fatigue crack growth behavior is particularly dependent on the reinforcement characteristics and matrix microstructure. The goal of this work was to obtain a fundamental understanding of fatigue crack growth behavior in SiC particle-reinforced 2080 Al alloy composites. In situ X-ray synchrotron tomography was performed on two samples at low (R=0.1) and at high (R=0.6) R-ratios. The resulting reconstructed images were used to obtain three-dimensional (3D) rendering of the particles and fatigue crack. Behaviors of the particles and crack, as well as their interaction, were analyzed and quantified. Four-dimensional (4D) visual representations were constructed to aid in the overall understanding of damage evolution. During fatigue crack growth in ductile materials, a plastic zone is created in the region surrounding the crack tip. Knowledge of the plastic zone is important for the understanding of fatigue crack formation as well as subsequent growth behavior. The goal of this work was to quantify the 3D size and shape of the plastic zone in 7075 Al alloys. X-ray synchrotron tomography and Laue microdiffraction were used to non-destructively characterize the volume surrounding a fatigue crack tip. The precise 3D crack profile was segmented from the reconstructed tomography data. Depth-resolved Laue patterns were obtained using

  20. Mechanical alloying of Cu-xCr (x = 3, 5 and 8 wt.%) alloys

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    This work studies the structural evolution of Cu-xCr (x = 3, 5 and 8 wt.%) alloys processed by mechanical alloying using X-ray diffraction profiles, scanning microscopy and microhardness analysis. X-ray diffraction analysis using the modified Williamson-Hall and Warren-Averbach methods were used to determine structural properties, such as crystallite size, stacking fault probability and energy, dislocation density, lattice parameters and crystallite size distribution of metallic powder as a function of Cr amount and milling time. Lattice defects increase the Gibbs free energy and the Gibbs free energy curves shift upward, therefore the solubility limit change.

  1. Mechanical alloying of Cu-xCr (x = 3, 5 and 8 wt.%) alloys

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    Aguilar, C., E-mail: ceaguilar@uach.c [Instituto de Materiales y Procesos Termomecanicos, Facultad de Ciencias de la Ingenieria, Universidad Austral de Chile, General Lagos 2086, Valdivia (Chile); Ordonez, S. [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Av. L. Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Santiago (Chile); Guzman, D. [Departamento de Metalurgia, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Atacama, Av. Copayapu 485, Copiapo (Chile); Rojas, P.A. [Escuela de Ingenieria Mecanica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Av. Los Carrera 01567, Quilpue (Chile)

    2010-08-13

    This work studies the structural evolution of Cu-xCr (x = 3, 5 and 8 wt.%) alloys processed by mechanical alloying using X-ray diffraction profiles, scanning microscopy and microhardness analysis. X-ray diffraction analysis using the modified Williamson-Hall and Warren-Averbach methods were used to determine structural properties, such as crystallite size, stacking fault probability and energy, dislocation density, lattice parameters and crystallite size distribution of metallic powder as a function of Cr amount and milling time. Lattice defects increase the Gibbs free energy and the Gibbs free energy curves shift upward, therefore the solubility limit change.

  2. Effects and mechanisms of grain refinement in aluminium alloys

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    K T Kashyap; T Chandrashekar

    2001-08-01

    Grain refinement plays a crucial role in improving characteristics and properties of cast and wrought aluminium alloys. Generally Al–Ti and Al–Ti–B master alloys are added to the aluminium alloys to grain refine the solidified product. The mechanism of grain refinement is of considerable controversy in the scientific literature. The nucleant effects i.e. which particle and its characteristics nucleate -Al, has been the subject of intensive research. Lately the solute effect i.e. the effect of dissolved titanium on grain refinement, has come into forefront of grain refinement research. The present paper attempts to review the literature on the nucleant effects and solute effects on grain refinement and addresses the importance of dissolved titanium in promoting nucleation of -Al on nucleant particles.

  3. The effect of multiaxial stress state on creep behavior and fracture mechanism of P92 steel

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    The creep experiments on plain and double U-typed notched specimens were conducted on P92 steel at 650 °C. The notch strengthening effect was found in the notched specimens. Fracture appearance observed by scanning electron microscopy revealed that dimpled fracture for relatively blunt notched specimen, and dimpled fracture doubled with intergranular brittle fracture for relatively sharp notched specimen, which meant that fracture mechanism of P92 steel altered due to the presence of the notch. Meanwhile, based on Norton–Bailey and Kachanov–Robotnov constitutive models, a modified model was proposed. Finite element simulations were carried out to investigate the effect of multiaxial stress state on the creep behavior, fracture mechanism and damage evolvement of P92 steel. The simulation results agreed well with the fracture behaviors observed experimentally

  4. Mechanical rock properties, fracture propagation and permeability development in deep geothermal reservoirs

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    Leonie Philipp, Sonja; Reyer, Dorothea

    2010-05-01

    Deep geothermal reservoirs are rock units at depths greater than 400 m from which the internal heat can be extracted using water as a transport means in an economically efficient manner. In many geothermal reservoirs, fluid flow is largely, and may be almost entirely, controlled by the permeability of the fracture network. No flow, however, takes place along a particular fracture network unless the fractures are interconnected. For fluid flow to occur from one site to another there must be at least one interconnected cluster of fractures that links these sites, that is, the percolation threshold must be reached. In "hydrothermal systems", only the natural fracture system (extension and shear fractures) creates the rock or reservoir permeability that commonly exceeds the matrix permeability by far; in "petrothermal systems", by contrast, interconnected fracture systems are formed by creating hydraulic fractures and massive hydraulic stimulation of the existing fracture system in the host rock. Propagation (or termination, that is, arrest) of both natural extension and shear fractures as well as man-made hydraulic fractures is mainly controlled by the mechanical rock properties, particularly rock toughness, stiffness and strengths, of the host rock. Most reservoir rocks are heterogeneous and anisotropic, in particular they are layered. For many layered rocks, the mechanical properties, particularly their Young's moduli (stiffnesses), change between layers, that is, the rocks are mechanically layered. Mechanical layering may coincide with changes in grain size, mineral content, fracture frequencies, or facies. For example, in sedimentary rocks, stiff limestone or sandstone layers commonly alternate with soft shale layers. In geothermal reservoirs fracture termination is important because non-stratabound fractures, that is, fractures not affected by layering, are more likely to form an interconnected fracture network than stratabound fractures, confined to single rock

  5. Thermal-Hydrologic-Mechanical Behavior of Single Fractures in EGS Reservoirs

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    Zyvoloski, G.; Kelkar, S.; Yoshioka, K.; Rapaka, S.

    2010-12-01

    Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) rely on the creation a connected fracture system or the enhancement of existing (natural) fractures by hydraulic and chemical treatments. EGS studies at Fenton Hill (New Mexico, USA) and Hijiori (Japan) have revealed that only a limited number of fractures contribute to the effective heat transfer surface area. Thus, the economic viability of EGS depends strongly on the creation and spacing of single fractures in order to efficiently mine heat from given volume of rock. Though there are many similarities between EGS and natural geothermal reservoirs, a major difference between the reservoir types is the (typically) high pumping pressures and induced thermal stresses at the injection wells of an EGS reservoir. These factors can be responsible for fracture dilation/extension and thermal short circuiting and depend strongly on the surrounding state of stress in the reservoir and mechanical properties. We will present results from our study of the thermal-hydrologic-mechanical (THM) behavior of a single fracture in a realistic subsurface stress field. We will show that fracture orientation, the stress environment, fracture permeability structure, and the relationship between permeability changes in a fracture resulting from mechanical displacement are all important when designing and managing an EGS reservoir. Lastly, we present a sensitivity analysis of the important parameters that govern fracture behavior with respect to field measurements. Temperature in high permeability fracture in an EGS reservoir

  6. Superior Mechanical Properties of AlCoCrFeNiTi x High-Entropy Alloys upon Dynamic Loading

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    Jiao, Z. M.; Ma, S. G.; Chu, M. Y.; Yang, H. J.; Wang, Z. H.; Zhang, Y.; Qiao, J. W.

    2016-02-01

    High-entropy alloys with composition of AlCoCrFeNiTi x ( x: molar ratio; x = 0, 0.2, 0.4) under quasi-static and dynamic compression exhibit excellent mechanical properties. A positive strain-rate sensitivity of yield strength and the strong work-hardening behavior during plastic flows dominate upon dynamic loading in the present alloy system. The constitutive relationships are extracted to model flow behaviors by employing the Johnson-Cook constitutive model. Upon dynamic loading, the ultimate strength and fracture strain of AlCoCrFeNiTi x alloys are superior to most of bulk metallic glasses and in situ metallic glass matrix composites.

  7. Ti-25Ta alloy with the best mechanical compatibility in Ti-Ta alloys for biomedical applications

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    The microstructures, dynamic elastic modulus, and mechanical properties of the Ti-25Ta (mass%) alloy are investigated in this study in order to assess its mechanical compatibility for biomedical applications. The microstructures are examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The dynamic elastic modulus is measured by the resonance vibration method and the mechanical properties are determined from uniaxial tensile tests. The experimental results indicate that the Ti-25Ta alloy exhibits an orthorhombic martensite (α'') twinned structure after solution treatment. The Ti-25Ta alloy has the lowest elastic modulus and the highest ratio of strength to modulus among Ti-Ta alloys. Thus, the Ti-25Ta alloy exhibits the best mechanical compatibility among Ti-Ta alloys and is a promising candidate for novel metallic biomaterials.

  8. Mechanical Properties and Microstructural Evolution in Al 2014 Alloy Processed Through Multidirectional Cryoforging

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    Joshi, Amit; Kumar, Nikhil; Yogesha, K. K.; Jayaganthan, R.; Nath, S. K.

    2016-07-01

    Mechanical properties and microstructure evolution of Al 2014 alloy subjected to cryoforging (MDF) to a cumulative strain of 1.2, 1.8, and 2.4 were investigated in the present work. The deformed samples after 4 cycles at a cumulative strain of 2.4 shows the formation of ultrafine grain sizes in the range of 100-450 nm with high-angle grain boundaries as observed from TEM analysis. The tensile and hardness of the deformed sample were measured by Universal Testing machine and Vickers hardness Tester, respectively. The tests were also conducted for sample deformed at room temperature to compare with cryo-forged samples. The sample deformed at cryogenic temperature up to a cumulative strain 2.4 shows an improvement of tensile strength, hardness, and apparent fracture toughness (KQ) from 318 MPa to 470 MPa, 103HV to 171 HV, and 23.93 MPa √ m to 37.7 MPa √ m, respectively, with decrease in ductility from 18% to 6% as compared with solution-treated alloy. The cryo-forged Al 2014 alloy exhibits an increment of 7% in tensile strength, 3% in yield strength, and 3% in hardness up to cumulative true strain of 2.4 as compared to the samples forged at room temperature. The improvement in tensile properties of MDFed alloy is attributed to dislocation strengthening and grain boundary strengthening effect at both temperatures. The effective suppression of cross slip and climb at liquid nitrogen temperature improves the strength of cryo-forged sample better than that of room temperature-forged alloy.

  9. Mechanical Properties of Magnesium-Rare Earth Alloy Systems: A Review

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    Sravya Tekumalla

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium-rare earth based alloys are increasingly being investigated due to the formation of highly stable strengthening phases, activation of additional deformation modes and improvement in mechanical properties. Several investigations have been done to study the effect of rare earths when they are alloyed to pure magnesium and other Mg alloys. In this review, the mechanical properties of the previously investigated different magnesium-rare earth based binary alloys, ternary alloys and other higher alloys with more than three alloying elements are presented.

  10. Mechanical and mathematical models of multi-stage horizontal fracturing strings and their application

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    Zhanghua Lian; Ying Zhang; Xu Zhao; Shidong Ding; Tiejun Lin

    2015-01-01

    Multi-stage SRV fracturing in horizontal wells is a new technology developed at home and abroad in recent years to effectively develop shale gas or low-permeability reservoirs, but on the other hand makes the mechanical environment of fracturing strings more complicated at the same time. In view of this, based on the loading features of tubing strings during the multi-stage fracturing of a horizontal well, mechanical models were established for three working cases of multiple packer setting, ...

  11. Carbide precipitation in nickel-base model alloys and its influence on the ductility and fracture bahaviour at room temperature

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    The influence of carburization with internal carbide formation on the room temperature tensile properties was determined for nickel-base model alloys of different composition. The relationship between carbide volume fraction and the loss of ductility was systematically investigated. The embrittlement was found to be severe for volume fractions greater than about 0.03 if the carbides were formed principally on grain and twin boundaries. Cracks were propagated unhindered in the continuous, grain boundary carbide films formed in alloys containing Cr or Mo and caused intergranular fracture with rupture elongations of similar magnitude to that of the carbide phase itself. Grain boundary carbide precipitates which were not continuous led to less severe ductility loss. Intracrystalline carbide precipitates as found in the W or Nb containing alloys reduced the ductility only slightly compared with grain boundary carbides in alloys of similar carbon content because the linkage of pores was prevented by the presence of ductile matrix between the pores. The fracture of individual intragranular carbides as well as of connected carbide plates was interpreted using the parallel loaded, two phase structure model. The form of the relationship between the 0.2% proof stress and the carbide volume fraction was qualitatively described using a rule of mixtures. The rule of mixtures could not however satisfactorily describe the tensile strength and the true rupture elongation without consideration of crack growth by linkage of pores between fractured carbide particles. (orig.)

  12. Nickel-Titanium Alloys: Corrosion "Proof" Alloys for Space Bearing, Components and Mechanism Applications

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    DellaCorte, Christopher

    2010-01-01

    An intermetallic nickel-titanium alloy, 60NiTi (60 wt% Ni, 40 wt% Ti), is shown to be a promising candidate tribological material for space mechanisms. 60NiTi offers a broad combination of physical properties that make it unique among bearing materials. 60NiTi is hard, electrically conductive, highly corrosion resistant, readily machined prior to final heat treatment, and is non-magnetic. Despite its high Ti content, 60NiTi is non-galling even under dry sliding. No other bearing alloy, metallic or ceramic, encompasses all of these attributes. Since 60NiTi contains such a high proportion of Ti and possesses many metallic properties, it was expected to exhibit poor tribological performance typical of Ti alloys, namely galling type behavior and rapid lubricant degradation. In this poster-paper, the oil-lubricated behavior of 60NiTi is presented.

  13. Evaluation of mechanical properties of the alloy NiCr22Co12Mo (Alloy 617) for heat exchanging components of HTGRs

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    The HTR-materials program in Germany has been directed towards the qualification of high temperature alloys for heat exchanging components of advanced nuclear process heat plants. From the available conventional alloys, the nickel-base alloy NiCr22Co12Mo (Alloy 617) has been selected for the highest working temperatures. With respect to the design of intermediate heat exchanger and methane reformer tubes long term properties for different semifinished products and weldments of this material have been determined. The experimental work included creep and creep rupture tests, fatigue and creep/fatigue tests and short term mechanical tests after thermal ageing. With regard to the development of fracture mechanics criteria for leak before break argumentations, additional creep and fatigue crack growth experiments have been carried out. Typical examples of the data obtained will be presented. The implementation of the data in the derivation of design curves and the formulation of design rules will be shown. (author). 17 figs, 1 tab

  14. Design of experiment (DOE) study of biodegradable magnesium alloy synthesized by mechanical alloying using fractional factorial design

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    Salleh, Emee Marina; Ramakrishnan, Sivakumar; Hussain, Zuhailawati

    2014-06-01

    The biodegradable nature of magnesium (Mg) makes it a most highlighted and attractive to be used as implant materials. However, rapid corrosion rate of Mg alloys especially in electrolytic aqueous environment limits its performance. In this study, Mg alloy was mechanically milled by incorporating manganese (Mn) as alloying element. An attempt was made to study both effect of mechanical alloying and subsequent consolidation processes on the bulk properties of Mg-Mn alloys. 2k-2 factorial design was employed to determine the significant factors in producing Mg alloy which has properties closes to that of human bones. The design considered six factors (i.e. milling time, milling speed, weight percentage of Mn, compaction pressure, sintering temperature and sintering time). Density and hardness were chosen as the responses for assessing the most significant parameters that affected the bulk properties of Mg-Mn alloys. The experimental variables were evaluated using ANOVA and regression model. The main parameter investigated was compaction pressure.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of nano structured Cu–Al–Mn shape memory alloy by mechanical alloying

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    Highlights: ► MA technique is successfully used to prepare Cu–Al–Mn shape memory alloy powders. ► Single phase solid solution with FCC structure is formed after 15 h of milling. ► After 15 h of milling, crystallite size was 7 nm and did not change anymore. ► Particles shape changes to globular from laminated structure with milling time. ► Globe-like particles have average diameter of ∼15 nm after 15 h of milling. - Abstract: In this study, Cu-based shape memory alloy (Cu-12.5%Al-5%Mn in %wt) was processed by mechanical alloying in different milling conditions (2.5, 5, 10, 15 and 25 h). Prepared powders were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). XRD results showed that increasing milling time leads to a reduction in crystallite size and an increase in lattice parameters. After 15 h of milling, the minimum crystallite size was found to be around 7 nm, and did not change upon further processing. SEM and TEM results showed that morphology of pre-alloyed powder changed with milling time from lamella to globular and the mean size of pre-alloyed powders was around 15 nm after 15 h of milling. EDX analysis results indicated a homogeneous distribution of Mn and Al elements within the Cu matrix.

  16. Characterization and corrosion behaviour of CoNi alloys obtained by mechanical alloying

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    Olvera, S. [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, ESIQIE, Departamento de Ingeniería en Metalurgia y Materiales, México, D. F. (Mexico); Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Química-Física Aplicada, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Sánchez-Marcos, J. [Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Química-Física Aplicada, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Palomares, F.J. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, ICMM-CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Salas, E. [Spline Spanish CRG Beamline at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facilities, ESRF, BP 220-38043, Grenoble Cedex (France); Arce, E.M. [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, ESIQIE, Departamento de Ingeniería en Metalurgia y Materiales, México, D. F. (Mexico); Herrasti, P., E-mail: pilar.herrasti@uam.es [Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Química-Física Aplicada, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2014-07-01

    CoNi alloys including Co{sub 30}Ni{sub 70}, Co{sub 50}Ni{sub 50} and Co{sub 70}Ni{sub 30} were prepared via mechanical alloying using Co and Ni powders. The crystallinity and short-range order were studied using X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The results show that the milling process increases the number of vacancies, especially around the Co atoms, while the milling time decreases the crystalline size and enhances the crystallinity. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to characterise the chemical composition of the samples surface. The magnetic properties were analysed using zero-field cooling, field cooling and a magnetic hysteresis loops. The magnetic saturation moment is approximately 1.05 μ{sub B}/atom; this value decreases with the mechanical alloying time, and it is proportional to the cobalt concentration. The polarization and impedance curves in different media (NaCl, H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} and NaOH) showed similar corrosion resistance values. The corrosion resistance increased in the order NaCl, H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} and NaOH. A good passivation layer was formed in NaOH due to the cobalt and nickel oxides on the particle surfaces. - Highlights: • Ni{sub x}Co{sub 100-x} alloys were synthesized by mechanical alloying • Milling time decrease size and enhances crystallinity. • Oxygen is not present in a significant percentage in bulk but is detected on the surface. • Magnetic saturation moment is 1.05 mB/atom and decrease with mechanical allowing time • Corrosion resistance is higher in NaOH than in NaCl or HCl solutions.

  17. Aluminum alloys for ALS cryogenic tanks: Comparative measurements of cryogenic mechanical properties of Al-Li alloys and alloy 2219, February 1993

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    Tensile and fracture toughness were obtained at cryogenic temperatures to compare the Al-Li alloys 8090, 2090, and WL049, and alloy 2219 in various tempers and specimen orientations. The strongest alloy at very low temperatures is WL049-T851, which is about 10 percent stronger than 2090-T81. Both alloys are considerably stronger than 2219-T87. Alloy 2090-T81 is tougher (about 50 percent) than WL049-T851 at low temperatures; the higher toughness is attributed to the presence of fewer constituent particles and the tendency to delaminate at low temperatures. The delamination divides the moving crack, thus separating it into smaller regions where plane stress (rather than plane strain) conditions are conducive to increased toughness

  18. THE APPLICATION OF SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY ENCIRCLED FIXER TO BONE FRACTURE%形状记忆合金环抱器在骨折中的应用

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    刘宝荣; 康亦锋

    2002-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the effect of encircled fixer of shape memory alloy on bone fracture. Methods:A total of twenty patients with eighteen males and two females was studied. There were three patients with fractares in the upper one third of thighbone, five with fractures in the middle part of thighbone, six with humeral fractures, three with collarbone fractures,one with ulna fracture and two with thighbone fractures as complication of artificial hipbone arthroplasty. After exposure and fixation of fracture ends, prepared encircled fixer was inserted into 0~4℃ normal reline(NS) to lower its temperature, then pulled out with a clamp. Encircled fixer was put on the tersile side of the fractured bone(center pointed to fracture line), restored and stabilized after raising temperature in 40℃ NS. Results: Encircled fixers of shape memory alloy were used to treat twenty patients with bone fracture.Clinical concrescence was obtained in 1.5 to 3 months after operation,and the joint gained its normal function without complication. Conclusion:Encircled fixer of shape memory alloy has features as exerting vertical pressure continoulsy, little stress shield effect and convenient manipulation, especially adapt to stem fracture after artificial arthroplasty.

  19. Structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe–Co–Si alloy powders produced by mechanical alloying

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    Shyni, P.C.; Perumal, Alagarsamy, E-mail: perumal@iitg.ernet.in

    2015-11-05

    We report the structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe{sub 100−x−y}Co{sub y}Si{sub x} (x = 10, 15, y = 0–20) alloy powders prepared by mechanical alloying process in a planetary ball mill. All the as-milled powders exhibit non-equilibrium α-Fe(Co,Si) solid solution with average crystallite size of 7–11 nm. The lattice constant increases initially up to 10 at.% Co and then decreases with further increase in Co content due to delay in dissolution of Co into Fe lattice by the introduction of more Si. The variations of structural parameters such as average crystallite size, dislocation density and fraction of grain boundary as a function of Co content show good correlations among them. The substitution of Co in Fe{sub 100−x−y}Co{sub y}Si{sub x} alloy powder increases both saturation magnetization and coercivity due to atomic ordering which induce additional magnetic anisotropy. Thermomagnetization studies reveal that Curie temperature (T{sub C}) increases at a rate of 4 K per at.% Co for Co content up to 10 at.% and the rate of increase in T{sub C} reduces to 1.4 K per at.% Co for higher Co addition. The variation of structural and magnetic parameters reveals a strong dependence on the composition of Fe–Co–Si alloy. The observed results show the improvement in soft magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe–Co–Si alloy powders by proper substitution of Co and Si for Fe. - Graphical abstract: Structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe{sub 100−x−y}Co{sub y}Si{sub x} alloy powders prepared by mechanical alloying process in a planetary ball mill are reported. The non-equilibrium solid solution with nanosized crystallites could be obtained for all the alloy powders. The substitution of Co in Fe{sub 100−x−y}Co{sub y}Si{sub x} alloy powder increases both saturation magnetization and coercivity. The Curie temperature also increases with increasing Co content. The observed results show the improvement in soft magnetic

  20. Deformation and damage mechanism of aluminum alloy under different stress states

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    ZHU Hao; ZHU Liang; CHEN Jian-hong; CHE Hong-yan

    2006-01-01

    The deformation and damage mechanism of aluminum alloy (6063) were investigated by 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° tensile tests and tensile-unload tests with the modified Arcan fixture on the butterfly specimens. The results show: the curves of engineering stress-engineering strain under different stress states are obviously different. There were microvoids in the specimen when 0°direction loading was preformed. The microcracks were produced in the root of notch as the result of the microvoids shearing fracture and then they led to specimen fracture with microcracks being coalesced. With tensile angle increasing, the shear stress in the center of butterfly specimen increases gradually, while the deformation bands become more and more concentrative. In these concentrative deformation bands, the microcracks are produced and then microcracks propagation and coalescence result in specimen fracture. When 90° direction loading is preformed, the shear bands are obviously formed. The G-T-N damage model and the Johnson-cook model were used to simulate 0° tensile test and 90° tensile test respectively. The simulated engineering stress-engineering strain curves fit the measured ones very well.

  1. Probabilistic fracture mechanics studies using R6 method

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    The integrity of piping of primary heat transport circuit of a nuclear reactor is of paramount importance. Traditionally deterministic methods have been applied to estimate the margins of safety of piping under postulated flaws and accident loading. Some of the input variables used in such analysis have stochastic nature. The general practice is to consider most conservative values of these parameters and perform the analysis. However one can never be sure that parameters worse than the chosen conservative will never be encountered. Thus in order to further increase the confidence in the safety assessment of these piping, probabilistic based assessment of safety margins are imperative. The present report is concerned with estimating the probability of failure based on R6 method. Two studies are presented. In the first study a center-cracked plate subjected to in plane axial load is considered. In the second study, a through-wall flaw is postulated in the circumferential direction on a weld location of the straight pipe. This study is performed for piping available in literature and was extended to the primary heat transport piping of India 500 MWe reactor. The net section collapse and R6 method are applied as the failure criterion. The uncertainty in the input variables, such as material properties and crack dimensions are considered in the analysis. Monte-Carlo simulation is applied to estimate failure probabilities. The material properties used are obtained from tests conducted on the specimens made from the material used in the reactor piping. For tough materials it is often seen from the deterministic analysis that the governing failure mechanism is plastic collapse however in probabilistic analysis, higher failure probabilities are obtained with fracture as failure criteria owing to greater dispersion in material fracture data as compared to material tensile data. (author)

  2. Glass forming ability, mechanical and magnetic properties in Fe-W-Y-B alloys

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    Glass forming ability (GFA), mechanical and magnetic properties of Fe72WxY6-xB22 (x = 0, 1, 2 and 3 at.%) and Fe72-xWxY6B22 (x 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 at.%) alloys have been experimentally investigated. It is found that fully amorphous Fe69W3Y6B22 and Fe68W4Y6B22 cylindrical rods with 4 mm in diameter can be prepared by using copper mold casting. The newly developed Fe-based quaternary alloys exhibit excellent combination properties: good GFA, high onset crystallization temperature of 970 K, high fracture strength of about 4 GPa, Vickers hardness of about 1000 kg/mm2, and good soft magnetic properties at ambient temperature (saturation magnetization of about 0.8 T and coercive force of below 2 A/m), which show potential applications in electronic industries. The effect of W addition on GFA in the Fe-Y-B alloy system is discussed.

  3. Influence of Route-R on wrought magnesium AZ61 alloy mechanical properties through equal channel angular pressing

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    Muralidhar Avvari

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A new fundamental route entitled ‘Route-R’ is introduced to refine the grains in the material through Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP process. In route R, specimen is inverted to the original position in each ECAP pass. In the present work, AZ61 alloy is processed using ECAP process for three different fundamental routes mainly route A, route Bc, and route R. ECAP experiment is carried out on AZ61 alloy at lower temperature of 483 K up to two passes. Microstructural characterization is evaluated on unECAPed and ECAPed specimens for three routes. Average grain size of the alloy is to be reduced from 66 μm to 16 μm, 14.1 μm and 10 μm for route A routes Bc, and route R respectively. Vickers microhardness of the alloy is found to be 60 HV for as received material. This microhardness of the alloy is increased to 71 HV, 72 HV, and 74 HV for route A, route Bc, and route R respectively. Mechanical properties of the AZ61 alloy are observed to be route R is providing maximum YS, UTS, and percentage elongation than other route A and route Bc. Tensile fracture topography of the specimen is analyzed using three different routes for two passes.

  4. Microstructure, fracture and damage mechanisms in rare-earth doped silicon nitride ceramics

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    Tatarko, P.; Chlup, Zdeněk; Dusza, J.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 465, - (2011), s. 93-96. ISSN 1013-9826. [MSMF-6: Materials Structure and Micromechanics of Fracture VI. Brno, 28.06.2010-30.06.2010] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : rare- earth element * silicon nitride * composite * fracture * mechanical properties Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  5. A production attempt of Ni50Ti50 and Ni52Ti41Nb7 alloys by mechanical alloying method

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    W. Pilarczyk

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The main aims of this work are the production attempt of Ni50Ti50 and Ni52Ti41Nb7 powder alloys by mechanical alloying method, the presentation of the influence of mechanical alloying time on the structure of obtained alloys and the finding of thermal effects during the heating to temperature of 700ºC.Design/methodology/approach: The test material was the mixture of pure nickel, titanium and niobium powders. The powders were ground for the 5, 25 and 40 hrs. The mechanical alloying process was conducted in a high energy SPEX mill under inert argon atmosphere. The microscopic observation of the shape and size of the powdered material particles was carried out by the scanning electron microscope. The changes of the powder structure were tested by means of the X-ray diffractometer. The thermal properties of the powder alloys were examined by DSC method.Findings: Based on the presented experiment results it is clear that producing of assumption powder alloys by mechanical alloying method is possible, but special attention is needed during the selecting of process parameters. The application of used method gives possibility to produce crystalline and amorphous phase in Ni-Ti and Ni-Ti-Nb powder alloys.Research limitations/implications: The experiments in this work are made only on a laboratory scale. Further investigations should be concentrate on the developing of powder consolidation method and refinement particles during high energy ball milling.Practical implications: Ni-Ti alloys exhibit unique shape-memory effects, good corrosion resistance, high wear resistance, biocompatibility and superplasticity. Ni-Ti intermetallic compounds have been widely used in a different fields: mechanical, electric and biomedical applications, aeronautics and astronautics fields.Originality/value: The Ni-Ti and Ni-Ti-Nb powder alloys produced by mechanical alloying method can be use to produce bulk materials with desirable mechanical, physical and chemical

  6. A study of fracture mechanisms when exposed to hydrostatic loads

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    2014-01-01

    Bridgman experiment is an experiment that was conducted by Bridgman in 1912. This simple experiment consists of a rod going all the way through a pressure vessel. When pressurizing the vessel, the rod is loaded on the curved surface and when pressure get high enough, the rod fractures. There are still disagreement on the reason for fracture. Two explanations tend to stand against each other. One side explaining the fracture with use of the effective tension theory and the other si...

  7. Isolated posterior malleolus fracture: a rare injury mechanism

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    Serbest, Sancar; Tiftikçi, Uğur; Tosun, Haci Bayram; Kesgin, Engin; KARATAŞ, Metin

    2015-01-01

    Sprain of the ankle is undoubtedly a common injury during athletic activity, and the sprain can be also associated with fracture of the ankle. Isolated posterior malleolus fracture is a very rare condition, which is usually missed. Here, we are presenting a 37 years old female patient, who suffered injury secondary pressing on brake pedal during collision in a traffic accident. Clinical evaluation is based on Ottawa Ankle Rules and a fracture is diagnosed; patient is started on daily activiti...

  8. Hydrogen embrittlement of titanium tested with fracture mechanics specimens

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    Titanium is one of the possible canister materials for spent nuclear fuel. The aim of this study is to determine whether the hydrogen embrittlement of titanium could be a possible deterioration mechanism of titanium canisters. This experimental study was preceded by a literature review and an experimental study on crack nucleation. Tests in this study were carried out with hydrogen charged fracture mechanics specimens. The studied hydrogen contents were as received, 100 ppm, 200 ppm, 500 ppm and 700 ppm and the types of the studied titanium were ASTM Grades 2 and 12. Test methods were slow tensile test (0.027 mm/h) and fatigue test (stress ratio 0.7 or 0.8 and frequency 5 Hz). According to the literature titanium may be embrittled by hydrogen at slow strain rates and cracking may occur under sustained load. In this study no evidence of hydrogen embrittlement was noticed in slow strain rate tension with bulk hydrogen contents up to 700 ppm. The fatigue tests of titanium Grades 2 and 12 containing 700 ppm hydrogen showed even slower crack growth compared to the as received condition. Very high hydrogen contents well in eccess of 700 ppm on the surface of titanium can, however, facilitate surface crack nucleation and crack growth, as shown in the previous study

  9. Structural and Thermal Study of Nanocrystalline Fe-Al-B Alloy Prepared by Mechanical Alloying

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    Gharsallah, Hana Ibn; Sekri, Abderrahmen; Azabou, Myriam; Escoda, Luiza; Suñol, Joan Josep; Khitouni, Mohamed

    2015-08-01

    Nanostructured iron-aluminum alloy of Fe-25 at. pct Al composition doped with 0.2 at. pct B was prepared by mechanical alloying. The phase transformations and structural changes occurring in the studied material during mechanical alloying and during subsequent heating were investigated by SEM, XRD, and DSC techniques. The patterns so obtained were analyzed using the Rietveld program. The alloyed powders were disordered Fe(Al) solid solutions and Fe2B boride phase. The Fe2B boride phase is formed after 4 hours of milling. The crystallite size reduction to the nanometer scale (5 to 8 nm) is accompanied by an increase in lattice strains. The powder milled for 40 hours was annealed at temperatures of 523 K, 823 K, 883 K, and 973 K (250 °C, 550 °C, 610 °C, and 700 °C) for 2 hours. Low temperatures annealing are responsible for the relaxation of the disordered structure, while high temperatures annealing enabled supersaturated Fe(Al) solid solutions to precipitate out fines Fe3Al, Fe2Al5, and Fe4Al13 intermetallics and, also the recrystallization and the grain growth phenomena.

  10. Isolated posterior malleolus fracture: a rare injury mechanism.

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    Serbest, Sancar; Tiftikçi, Uğur; Tosun, Haci Bayram; Kesgin, Engin; Karataş, Metin

    2015-01-01

    Sprain of the ankle is undoubtedly a common injury during athletic activity, and the sprain can be also associated with fracture of the ankle. Isolated posterior malleolus fracture is a very rare condition, which is usually missed. Here, we are presenting a 37 years old female patient, who suffered injury secondary pressing on brake pedal during collision in a traffic accident. Clinical evaluation is based on Ottawa Ankle Rules and a fracture is diagnosed; patient is started on daily activities at postoperative Week 8. This study aims to emphasize that Ottawa Ankle Rules are usually efficient for evaluating fractures of ankle, but clinicians should always make a detailed physical examination. PMID:26097627

  11. Study on mechanical parameters of fractured rock masses

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    2011-01-01

    The equivalent strength parameters of fractured rock masses are prerequisite for stability analysis of geotechnical engineering projects constructed in fractured rock masses which are encountered frequently in western china.Based on generated mesh of fractured rock masses,combined with statistic damage constitutive model of intact rock and damage model of structural plane,progressive failure of fractured rock masses is studied using finite element method(FEM) .Furthermore,Scale effect and anisotropy of compressive strength of fractured rock masses are studied.Study results show that the strength decreases and tend towards stability rapidly from intact rock to fractured rock masses,and the anisotropy of strength of fractured rock masses is not significant.At last,based on numerical simulation conducted on 10 m scale rock masses under different confining pressures,the equivalent strength parameters of fractured rock masses are gained and the results are compared with Hoek-Brown criteria.The method developed is helpful for determination of strength parameters of fractured rock masses.

  12. Microstructures and fatigue fracture behavior of an Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy with addition of rare earth Er

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    The effects of rare earth erbium (Er) on microstructures and fatigue fracture behavior of an Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy were investigated. Microstructural examinations first revealed that the precipitation kinetics of Ω phase was distinctly retarded by promoting the formation of θ' phase with the Er addition during the initial aging. The fatigue crack propagation resistance of Er-containing microstructure was significantly enhanced arising from the presence of the crystallographic secondary cracks, which was directly relative to the large grain size. Results also suggested that the dendritic substructure of as-cast Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy was refined remarkably by Er addition.

  13. Microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of Nb-alloyed Cu-based bulk metallic glasses and composites

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    Highlights: • The microstructures of as-cast BMGs undergo a composite-amorphous evolution. • The 15.1% of plasticity and the 2205 MPa of fracture strength are achieved. • The dispersed crystals in glassy matrix enhance the plasticity of BMG. - Abstract: This paper reports the microstructure evolution of Cu50.2 Zr40.8Ti9−xNbx (x = 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 at.%) bulk metallic glass and bulk metallic glass composites accompanied with the addition of Nb and the corresponding mechanical properties. The X-ray diffraction and characterization of microstructures demonstrate that the microstructures of as-cast alloys undergo a composite-amorphous evolution. DSC analysis indicates that the glass-forming ability of as-cast alloys increases with addition of Nb. The microstructure evolution can be contributed to the combination of the stabilization of Nb on precipitated crystalline phases and cooling time. 1.0 at.% Nb-alloyed sample has the best plasticity (15.1%) and the highest fracture strength (2205 MPa) among three as-cast alloys. This work suggests that the uniformly dispersed tiny crystalline phases in glassy matrix can enhance the plasticity of bulk metallic glasses

  14. Mechanical properties and structure of magnesium alloy AS31

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    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Contemporary materials should possess high mechanical properties, physical and chemical, as well as technological ones, to ensure long and reliable use. The non-ferrous metals alloys used nowadays, including the magnesium alloys, meet the above-mentioned requirements and expectations regarding the contemporary materials.Magnesium alloys are primarily used in aeronautical and automobile industry in wide variety of structural characteristics because of their favorable combination of tensile strength (160 to 365 MPa, elastic modulus (45 GPa, and low density (1 740 kg/m3, which is two-thirds that of aluminum. Magnesium alloys have high strength-to-weight ratio (tensile strength/density, comparable to those of other structural metals. [1-6]Knowledge of the relaxation properties of metal materials at high temperatures is necessary for the verification of susceptibility of castings to the creation of defects during the production process. Temperature limits of materials where highest tension values are generated may be detected with tensile tests under high temperatures. The generated tensions in the casting are a cause of the creation and development of defects. At acoustic emission (hereinafter called the "AE" use, tensile tests at high temperatures may, among other things, be used for analysis of the AE signal sources and set, in more detail, the temperature limit of elastic-plastic deformations existence in the material under examination. The results of the temperature drop where tension at casting cooling is generated or its release at heating are basic data for controlled cooling mode (and temperature of casting knocking out of the form as well as necessary for the thermal mode for the casting tension reduction. [7-9]Knowledge of elastic-plastic properties at elevated temperatures is often important for complex evaluation of magnesium alloys. Objective of the work was focused on determination of changes of elastic-plastic properties of magnesium

  15. The influence of initial powder properties on the mechanical alloying process and the final powders structure

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    Szymczak, M.; R. Nowosielski; W. Pilarczyk

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The main aim of this work is to study the influence of initial powder properties on the mechanical alloying process and final powders structure and the production of chosen powder alloy by mechanical alloying method.Design/methodology/approach: The test material was the pure niobium, tin and copper powders. The powders were ground for 2 and 10 hrs. The mechanical alloying process was conducted in a high energy SPEX mill under inert argon atmosphere. The chemical constitution and conc...

  16. Hydrogen embrittlement of vanadium alloys

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    The mechanical properties of several vanadium alloys were measured with the hydrogen concentration high up to 113 mg/kg. The results showed that the alloys with low mechanical strength had better properties against hydrogen embrittlement. Oxygen in the alloy, especially that in the alloys with high strength, could enhance the hydrogen embrittlement. Mechanism analysis was given to show that the brittle fracture was mainly caused by intergranular failure. The effects of oxygen concentration and the strength of the alloy were both resulted from their contributions to the grain strength and the grain boundary strength

  17. Mechanical strength of laser-welded cobalt-chromium alloy.

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    Baba, N; Watanabe, I; Liu, J; Atsuta, M

    2004-05-15

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of the output energy of laser welding and welding methods on the joint strength of cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr) alloy. Two types of cast Co-Cr plates were prepared, and transverse sections were made at the center of the plate. The cut surfaces were butted against one another, and the joints welded with a laser-welding machine at several levels of output energy with the use of two methods. The fracture force required to break specimens was determined by means of tensile testing. For the 0.5-mm-thick specimens, the force required to break the 0.5-mm laser-welded specimens at currents of 270 and 300 A was not statistically different (p > 0.05) from the results for the nonwelded control specimens. The force required to break the 1.0-mm specimens double-welded at a current of 270 A was the highest value among the 1.0-mm laser-welded specimens. The results suggested that laser welding under the appropriate conditions improved the joint strength of cobalt- chromium alloy. PMID:15116400

  18. The importance of metallurgical variables in environment sensitive fracture of austenitic alloys

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    The effects of metallurgical variables on environment sensitive cracking of austenitic Fe-Cr-Ni alloys, in particular austenitic stainless steels, have been examined. It is demonstrated by reviewing available literature data and by new, unpublished results that the nature and extent of susceptibility are sensitive such metallurgical variables as composition, grain size, microstructure, thermal treatment and radiation damage. Environment sensitive cracking has been classified as hydrogen-induced cracking or selective dissolution of an active path (Cr-depleted zone, segregations or deformation structures). The common factors between stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement of these alloys are identified. Finally, possible aspects of the role and mechanism of hydrogen-induced cracking in environment sensitive cracking are discussed. (author)

  19. Microstructure/mechanical property relationships for various thermal treatments of Al-Cu-Mg-X PM aluminum alloys

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    Blackburn, L. B.

    1986-01-01

    The thermal response and aging behavior of three 2XXX-series powder metallurgy aluminum alloys have been investigated, using Rockwell B hardness measurements, optical and electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive chemical analysis, in order to correlate microstructure with measured mechanical properties. Results of the thermal response study indicated that an increased solution heat treatment temperature was effective in resolutionizing large primary constituents in the alloy bearing more copper but had no apparent effect on the microconstituents of the other two. Aging studies conducted at room temperature and at 120, 150, and 180 C for times ranging up to 60 days indicated that classic aging response curves, as determined by hardness measurements, occurred at lower aging temperatures than were previously studied for these alloys, as well as at lower aging temperatures than are commonly used for ingot metallurgy alloys of similar compositions. Microstructural examination and fracture surface analysis of peak-aged tension specimens indicated that the highest tensile strengths are associated with extremely fine and homogeneous distributions of theta-prime or S-prime phases combined with low levels of both large constituent particles and dispersoids. Examination of the results suggest that refined solution heat treatments and lower aging temperatures may be necessary to achieve optimum mechanical properties for these 2XXX series alloys.

  20. Eutectic Al-Si-Cu-Fe-Mn alloys with enhanced mechanical properties at room and elevated temperature

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    Highlights: → Fabricated a kind of high performance Al-Si alloy with low production costs. → Clarified two different morphologies of α-Fe and corresponding crystal structures. → Analyzed the crystallography of Cu-rich phases before and after T6 treatment. → Fracture mechanism of precipitates in experimental alloys during tensile process. -- Abstract: In this paper, we report a novel kind of eutectic Al-Si-Cu-Fe-Mn alloy with ultimate tensile strength up to 336 MPa and 144.3 MPa at room temperature and 300 oC, respectively. This kind of alloy was prepared by metal mold casting followed by T6 treatment. The microstructure is composed of eutectic and primary Si, α-Fe, Al2Cu and α-Al phases. Iron-rich phases, which were identified as BCC type of α-Fe (Al15(Fe,Mn)3Si2), exist in blocky and dendrite forms. Tiny blocky Al2Cu crystals disperse in α-Fe dendrites or at the grain boundaries of α-Al. During T6 treatment, Cu atoms aggregate from the super-saturation solid solution to form GP zones, θ'' or θ'. Further analysis found that the enhanced mechanical properties of the experimental alloy are mainly attributed to the formation of α-Fe and copper-rich phases.