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  1. Atomistic Simulations of Nanotube Fracture

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    Belytschko, T; Schatz, G; Ruoff, R S

    2002-01-01

    The fracture of carbon nanotubes is studied by atomistic simulations. The fracture behavior is found to be almost independent of the separation energy and to depend primarily on the inflection point in the interatomic potential. The rangle of fracture strians compares well with experimental results, but predicted range of fracture stresses is marketly higher than observed. Various plausible small-scale defects do not suffice to bring the failure stresses into agreement with available experimental results. As in the experiments, the fracture of carbon nanotubes is predicted to be brittle. The results show moderate dependence of fracture strength on chirality.

  2. A comparison of finite element and atomistic modelling of fracture

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    Are the cohesive laws of interfaces sufficient for modelling fracture in polycrystals using the cohesive zone model? We examine this question by comparing a fully atomistic simulation of a silicon polycrystal with a finite element simulation with a similar overall geometry. The cohesive laws used in the finite element simulation are measured atomistically. We describe in detail how to convert the output of atomistic grain boundary fracture simulations into the piecewise linear form needed by a cohesive zone model. We discuss the effects of grain boundary microparameters (the choice of section of the interface, the translations of the grains relative to one another and the cutting plane of each lattice orientation) on the cohesive laws and polycrystal fracture. We find that the atomistic simulations fracture at lower levels of external stress, indicating that the initiation of fracture in the atomistic simulations is likely dominated by irregular atomic structures at external faces, internal edges, corners and junctions of grains. Thus, the cohesive properties of interfaces alone are not likely to be sufficient for modelling the fracture of polycrystals using continuum methods

  3. 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...

  4. 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

  5. Atomistic modeling of BN nanofillers for mechanical and thermal properties: a review

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    Kumar, Rajesh; Parashar, Avinash

    2015-12-01

    Due to their exceptional mechanical properties, thermal conductivity and a wide band gap (5-6 eV), boron nitride nanotubes and nanosheets have promising applications in the field of engineering and biomedical science. Accurate modeling of failure or fracture in a nanomaterial inherently involves coupling of atomic domains of cracks and voids as well as a deformation mechanism originating from grain boundaries. This review highlights the recent progress made in the atomistic modeling of boron nitride nanofillers. Continuous improvements in computational power have made it possible to study the structural properties of these nanofillers at the atomistic scale.

  6. 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.)

  7. Numerical Simulation of The Mechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotube Using the Atomistic-Continuum Mechanics

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    Wu, C. -J.; Chou, C. -Y.; Han, C. -N.; Chiang, K.-N.

    2006-01-01

    This paper the utilizes atomistic-continuum mechanics (ACM) to investigate the mechanical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). By establishing a linkage between structural mechanics and molecular mechanics, not only the Young's moduli could be obtained but also the modal analysis could be achieved. In addition, according to atomistic-continuum mechanics and finite element method, an effective atomistic-continuum model is constructed to investigate the above two mechanical pr...

  8. Atomistically derived cohesive zone model of intergranular fracture in polycrystalline graphene

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    Guin, Laurent; Raphanel, Jean L.; Kysar, Jeffrey W.

    2016-06-01

    Pristine single crystal graphene is the strongest known two-dimensional material, and its nonlinear anisotropic mechanical properties are well understood from the atomic length scale up to a continuum description. However, experiments indicate that grain boundaries in the polycrystalline form reduce the mechanical behavior of polycrystalline graphene. Herein, we perform atomistic-scale molecular dynamics simulations of the deformation and fracture of graphene grain boundaries and express the results as continuum cohesive zone models (CZMs) that embed notions of the grain boundary ultimate strength and fracture toughness. To facilitate energy balance, we employ a new methodology that simulates a quasi-static controlled crack propagation which renders the kinetic energy contribution to the total energy negligible. We verify good agreement between Griffith's critical energy release rate and the work of separation of the CZM, and we note that the energy of crack edges and fracture toughness differs by about 35%, which is attributed to the phenomenon of bond trapping. This justifies the implementation of the CZM within the context of the finite element method (FEM). To enhance computational efficiency in the FEM implementation, we discuss the use of scaled traction-separation laws (TSLs) for larger element sizes. As a final result, we have established that the failure characteristics of pristine graphene and high tilt angle bicrystals differ by less than 10%. This result suggests that one could use a unique or a few typical TSLs as a good approximation for the CZMs associated with the mechanical simulations of the polycrystalline graphene.

  9. Finite element analysis of an atomistically derived cohesive model for brittle fracture

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    In order to apply information from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in problems governed by engineering length and time scales, a coarse graining methodology must be used. In previous work by Zhou et al (2009 Acta Mater. 57 4671–86), a traction-separation cohesive model was developed using results from MD simulations with atomistic-to-continuum measures of stress and displacement. Here, we implement this cohesive model within a combined finite element/cohesive surface element framework (referred to as a finite element approach or FEA), and examine the ability for the atomistically informed FEA to directly reproduce results from MD. We find that FEA shows close agreement of both stress and crack opening displacement profiles at the cohesive interface, although some differences do exist that can be attributed to the stochastic nature of finite temperature MD. The FEA methodology is then used to study slower loading rates that are computationally expensive for MD. We find that the crack growth process initially exhibits a rate-independent relationship between crack length and boundary displacement, followed by a rate-dependent regime where, at a given amount of boundary displacement, a lower applied strain rate produces a longer crack length. Our method is also extended to larger length scales by simulating a compact tension fracture-mechanics specimen with sub-micrometer dimensions. Such a simulation shows a computational speedup of approximately four orders of magnitude over conventional atomistic simulation, while exhibiting the expected fracture-mechanics response. Finally, differences between FEA and MD are explored with respect to ensemble and temperature effects in MD, and their impact on the cohesive model and crack growth behavior. These results enable us to make several recommendations to improve the methodology used to derive cohesive laws from MD simulations. In light of this work, which has critical implications for efforts to derive continuum laws

  10. Atomistic mechanisms of fatigue in nanotwinned metals

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    We investigate the fatigue behavior of nanotwinned Cu using a combination of molecular statics and molecular dynamics simulations. The presence of nanoscale twins is found to enhance fatigue crack growth resistance. For the twin-free nanocrystalline samples, the fatigue crack propagates by linking the nanovoids that are formed ahead of the crack tip. In the case of the nanotwinned samples, however, it advances as the crack tip alternately blunts and re-sharpens due to dislocation emission and slip. Both detwinning and crack closure are observed in the path of the fatigue crack in nanotwinned samples with a high density of twin boundaries. As the twin number per grain (quantified by the ratio of the mean grain size to the twin boundary spacing d/λ) increases, detwinning increases the dissipated energy of fatigue cracking, leading to enhanced fatigue resistance. The atomistic simulations show that fatigue crack growth in nanotwinned Cu conforms to Paris’ law. In conjunction with the experimental results, we obtain a quantitative estimation of the Paris’ law exponent (∼4.0), which is in agreement with the theoretical predictions from the damage accumulation model

  11. 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.)

  12. 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.)

  13. Intergranular fracture in UO2: derivation of traction-separation law from atomistic simulations

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    Yongfeng Zhang; Paul C Millett; Michael R Tonks; Xian-Ming Bai; S Bulent Biner

    2013-10-01

    In this study, the intergranular fracture behavior of UO2 was studied by molecular dynamics simulations using the Basak potential. In addition, the constitutive traction-separation law was derived from atomistic data using the cohesive-zone model. In the simulations a bicrystal model with the (100) symmetric tilt E5 grain boundaries was utilized. Uniaxial tension along the grain boundary normal was applied to simulate Mode-I fracture. The fracture was observed to propagate along the grain boundary by micro-pore nucleation and coalescence, giving an overall intergranular fracture behavior. Phase transformations from the Fluorite to the Rutile and Scrutinyite phases were identified at the propagating crack tips. These new phases are metastable and they transformed back to the Fluorite phase at the wake of crack tips as the local stress concentration was relieved by complete cracking. Such transient behavior observed at atomistic scale was found to substantially increase the energy release rate for fracture. Insertion of Xe gas into the initial notch showed minor effect on the overall fracture behavior.

  14. Fracture Mechanics of Concrete

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    Ulfkjær, Jens Peder

    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...

  15. 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.)

  16. 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

  17. 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)

  18. Comparative study of embedded atom potentials for atomistic simulations of fracture in α-iron

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    Atomistic simulations play a crucial role in advancing our understanding of the crack-tip processes that take place during fracture of semi-brittle materials like α-iron. As with all atomistic simulations, the results of such simulations however depend critically on the underlying atomic interaction model. Here, we present a systematic study of eight α-iron embedded atom method potentials used to model cracks subjected to plane strain mode-I loading conditions in six different crystal orientations. Molecular statics simulations are used to determine the fracture behavior (cleavage, dislocation emission, twinning) and the critical stress intensity factor KIc. The structural transformations in front of the crack tips, and in particular the occurrence of {1 1 0} planar faults, are analyzed in detail and related to the strain-dependent generalized stacking fault energy curve. The simulation results are discussed in terms of theoretical fracture criteria and compared to recent experimental data. The different potentials are ranked according to their capability to model the experimentally observed fracture behavior. (paper)

  19. Atomistic simulations of Mg-Cu metallic glasses: Mechanical properties

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    Bailey, Nicholas; Schiøtz, Jakob; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel

    2004-01-01

    The atomistic mechanisms of plastic deformation in amorphous metals are far from being understood. We have derived potential parameters for molecular dynamics simulations of Mg-Cu amorphous alloys using the Effective Medium Theory. We have simulated the formation of alloys by cooling from the melt......, and have used these glassy configurations to carry out simulations of plastic deformation. These involved different compositions, temperatures (including zero), and types of deformation (uniaxial strain/pure shear), and yielded stress-strain curves and values of flow stress. Separate simulations were...

  20. 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.

  1. Phase Field Fracture Mechanics.

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    Robertson, Brett Anthony [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    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.

  2. 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)

  3. Atomistic simulations of mechanical properties of graphene nanoribbons

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    The mechanical behavior of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) was investigated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The simulation results showed that GNRs behave nonlinear elastically under tensile loads. When the strain exceeds 18%, the stress stiffening causes an increase in the Young's modulus. The width of a GNR has slight effects on the Young modulus and fracture strength. The maximum strain at which fracture occurs can reach 30.26% with an intrinsic strength of about 0.175 TPa. The excellent flexibility is attributed to the elongation of the C-C bonds and the variations of the bond angles.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Atomistic simulations of the mechanical properties of 'super' carbon nanotubes

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    The mechanical properties of the so-called 'super' carbon nanotubes (STs) are investigated using classical molecular dynamics simulations. The STs are built from single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) connected by Y-like junctions forming an ordered carbon nanotube network that is then rolled into a seamless cylinder. We observed that the ST behaviour under tensile tests is similar to the one presented by fishing nets. This interesting behaviour provides a way to vary the accessible channels to the inner parts of STs by applying an external mechanical load. The Young's modulus is dependent on the ST chirality and it inversely varies with the ST radius. Smaller reduction of breaking strain values due to temperature increase is predicted for zigzag STs compared to SWCNTs. The results show that, for STs with radius ∼5 nm, the junctions between the constituent SWCNTs play an important role in the fracture process. The Young's modulus and tensile strength were estimated for hierarchical higher-order STs using scaling laws related to the ST fractal dimension. The obtained mechanical properties suggest that STs may be used in the development of new porous, flexible, and high-strength materials

  7. Real-Time Examination of Atomistic Mechanisms during Shock-Induced Structural Transformation in Silicon.

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    Turneaure, Stefan J; Sinclair, N; Gupta, Y M

    2016-07-22

    The experimental determination of atomistic mechanisms linking crystal structures during a compression-driven solid-solid phase transformation is a long-standing and challenging scientific objective. Using new capabilities at the Dynamic Compression Sector at the Advanced Photon Source, the structure of shocked Si at 19 GPa was identified as simple hexagonal, and the lattice orientations between ambient cubic diamond and simple hexagonal structures were related. The approach is general and provides a powerful new method for examining atomistic mechanisms during stress-induced structural changes. PMID:27494481

  8. Real-Time Examination of Atomistic Mechanisms during Shock-Induced Structural Transformation in Silicon

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    Turneaure, Stefan J.; Sinclair, N.; Gupta, Y. M.

    2016-07-01

    The experimental determination of atomistic mechanisms linking crystal structures during a compression-driven solid-solid phase transformation is a long-standing and challenging scientific objective. Using new capabilities at the Dynamic Compression Sector at the Advanced Photon Source, the structure of shocked Si at 19 GPa was identified as simple hexagonal, and the lattice orientations between ambient cubic diamond and simple hexagonal structures were related. The approach is general and provides a powerful new method for examining atomistic mechanisms during stress-induced structural changes.

  9. Room Temperature Deformation Mechanisms of Alumina Particles Observed from In Situ Micro-compression and Atomistic Simulations

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    Sarobol, Pylin; Chandross, Michael; Carroll, Jay D.; Mook, William M.; Bufford, Daniel C.; Boyce, Brad L.; Hattar, Khalid; Kotula, Paul G.; Hall, Aaron C.

    2016-01-01

    Aerosol deposition (AD) is a solid-state deposition technology that has been developed to fabricate ceramic coatings nominally at room temperature. Sub-micron ceramic particles accelerated by pressurized gas impact, deform, and consolidate on substrates under vacuum. Ceramic particle consolidation in AD coatings is highly dependent on particle deformation and bonding; these behaviors are not well understood. In this work, atomistic simulations and in situ micro-compressions in the scanning electron microscope, and the transmission electron microscope (TEM) were utilized to investigate fundamental mechanisms responsible for plastic deformation/fracture of particles under applied compression. Results showed that highly defective micron-sized alumina particles, initially containing numerous dislocations or a grain boundary, exhibited no observable shape change before fracture/fragmentation. Simulations and experimental results indicated that particles containing a grain boundary only accommodate low strain energy per unit volume before crack nucleation and propagation. In contrast, nearly defect-free, sub-micron, single crystal alumina particles exhibited plastic deformation and fracture without fragmentation. Dislocation nucleation/motion, significant plastic deformation, and shape change were observed. Simulation and TEM in situ micro-compression results indicated that nearly defect-free particles accommodate high strain energy per unit volume associated with dislocation plasticity before fracture. The identified deformation mechanisms provide insight into feedstock design for AD.

  10. 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

  11. Collaborative Simulation Grid: Multiscale Quantum-Mechanical/Classical Atomistic Simulations on Distributed PC Clusters in the US and Japan

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    Kikuchi, Hideaki; Kalia, Rajiv; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya; Iyetomi, Hiroshi; Ogata, Shuji; Kouno, Takahisa; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Tsuruta, Kanji; Saini, Subhash; Biegel, Bryan (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    A multidisciplinary, collaborative simulation has been performed on a Grid of geographically distributed PC clusters. The multiscale simulation approach seamlessly combines i) atomistic simulation backed on the molecular dynamics (MD) method and ii) quantum mechanical (QM) calculation based on the density functional theory (DFT), so that accurate but less scalable computations are performed only where they are needed. The multiscale MD/QM simulation code has been Grid-enabled using i) a modular, additive hybridization scheme, ii) multiple QM clustering, and iii) computation/communication overlapping. The Gridified MD/QM simulation code has been used to study environmental effects of water molecules on fracture in silicon. A preliminary run of the code has achieved a parallel efficiency of 94% on 25 PCs distributed over 3 PC clusters in the US and Japan, and a larger test involving 154 processors on 5 distributed PC clusters is in progress.

  12. 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...

  13. Atomistic simulations of diffusion mechanisms in stoichiometric Ni3Al

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    The first molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of diffusion mechanisms in ordered stoichiometric Ni3Al with the Finnis-Sinclair interatomic potential is reported in this paper. Results show that Ni atoms mainly diffuse through Ni sublattices via the vacancy mechanism; Al atoms diffuse via both the antistructure bridge and the intrasublattice mechanism. Molecular statics (MS) simulations are carried out to estimate the migration energy barriers for the elementary jumps and the different diffusion mechanisms with both the 'embedded atom method' and Finnis-Sinclair interatomic potentials. It is proven that the six-jump cycle mechanism is not energetically favourable because of the high migration energy. Thus, MD and MS simulations yield the same results on the diffusion mechanism in stoichiometric Ni3Al. Ni diffusion mechanisms obtained in this work agree with experimental results and theoretical calculation

  14. Atomistic Failure Mechanism of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes with Small Diameters

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    JI Dong; GAO Xiang; KONG Xiang-Yang; LI Jia-Ming

    2007-01-01

    @@ Single wall carbon nanotubes with small diameters (< 5.0 (A)) subjected to bending deformation are simulated by orthogonal tight-binding molecular dynamics approach. Based on the calculations of C-C bond stretching and breaking in the bending nanotubes, we elucidate the atomistic failure mechanisms of nanotube with small diameters. In the folding zone of bending nanotube, a large elongation of C-C bonds occurs, accounting for the superelastic behaviour.

  15. Fatigue mechanisms in an austenitic steel under cyclic loading: Experiments and atomistic simulations

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    Soppa, E.A., E-mail: ewa.soppa@mpa.uni-stuttgart.de; Kohler, C., E-mail: christopher.kohler@mpa.uni-stuttgart.de; Roos, E., E-mail: eberhard.roos@mpa.uni-stuttgart.de

    2014-03-01

    Experimental investigations on the austenitic stainless steel X6CrNiNb18-10 (AISI – 347) and concomitant atomistic simulations of a FeNi nanocrystalline model system have been performed in order to understand the basic mechanisms of fatigue damage under cyclic loading. Using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) the influence of deformation induced martensitic transformation and NbC size distribution on the fatigue crack formation has been demonstrated. The martensite nucleates prevalently at grain boundaries, triple points and at the specimen free surface and forms small (∼1 µm sized) differently oriented grains. The atomistic simulations show the role of regions of a high density of stacking faults for the martensitic transformation.

  16. Fatigue mechanisms in an austenitic steel under cyclic loading: Experiments and atomistic simulations

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    Experimental investigations on the austenitic stainless steel X6CrNiNb18-10 (AISI – 347) and concomitant atomistic simulations of a FeNi nanocrystalline model system have been performed in order to understand the basic mechanisms of fatigue damage under cyclic loading. Using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) the influence of deformation induced martensitic transformation and NbC size distribution on the fatigue crack formation has been demonstrated. The martensite nucleates prevalently at grain boundaries, triple points and at the specimen free surface and forms small (∼1 µm sized) differently oriented grains. The atomistic simulations show the role of regions of a high density of stacking faults for the martensitic transformation

  17. Atomistic mechanisms governing structural stability change of zinc antimony thermoelectrics

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    Yang, Xiaolong [Frontier Institute of Science and Technology, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710054 (China); Lin, Jianping, E-mail: jaredlin@163.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiamen University of Technology, Xiamen 361024 (China); Qiao, Guanjun [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Wang, Zhao, E-mail: zwangzhao@gmail.com [Frontier Institute of Science and Technology, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710054 (China); State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China)

    2015-01-05

    The structural stability of thermoelectric materials is a subject of growing importance for their energy harvesting applications. Here, we study the microscopic mechanisms governing the structural stability change of zinc antimony at its working temperature, using molecular dynamics combined with experimental measurements of the electrical and thermal conductivity. Our results show that the temperature-dependence of the thermal and electrical transport coefficients is strongly correlated with a structural transition. This is found to be associated with a relaxation process, in which a group of Zn atoms migrates between interstitial sites. This atom migration gradually leads to a stabilizing structural transition of the entire crystal framework, and then results in a more stable crystal structure of β–Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} at high temperature.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  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. Calculation and visualization of atomistic mechanical stresses in nanomaterials and biomolecules.

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    Andrew T Fenley

    Full Text Available Many biomolecules have machine-like functions, and accordingly are discussed in terms of mechanical properties like force and motion. However, the concept of stress, a mechanical property that is of fundamental importance in the study of macroscopic mechanics, is not commonly applied in the biomolecular context. We anticipate that microscopical stress analyses of biomolecules and nanomaterials will provide useful mechanistic insights and help guide molecular design. To enable such applications, we have developed Calculator of Atomistic Mechanical Stress (CAMS, an open-source software package for computing atomic resolution stresses from molecular dynamics (MD simulations. The software also enables decomposition of stress into contributions from bonded, nonbonded and Generalized Born potential terms. CAMS reads GROMACS topology and trajectory files, which are easily generated from AMBER files as well; and time-varying stresses may be animated and visualized in the VMD viewer. Here, we review relevant theory and present illustrative applications.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  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. Atomistic study of lipid membranes containing chloroform: looking for a lipid-mediated mechanism of anesthesia.

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    Full Text Available The molecular mechanism of general anesthesia is still a controversial issue. Direct effect by linking of anesthetics to proteins and indirect action on the lipid membrane properties are the two hypotheses in conflict. Atomistic simulations of different lipid membranes subjected to the effect of small volatile organohalogen compounds are used to explore plausible lipid-mediated mechanisms. Simulations of homogeneous membranes reveal that electrostatic potential and lateral pressure transversal profiles are affected differently by chloroform (anesthetic and carbon tetrachloride (non-anesthetic. Simulations of structured membranes that combine ordered and disordered regions show that chloroform molecules accumulate preferentially in highly disordered lipid domains, suggesting that the combination of both lateral and transversal partitioning of chloroform in the cell membrane could be responsible of its anesthetic action.

  8. Atomistic mechanisms of amorphization during nanoindentation of SiC: A molecular dynamics study

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    Szlufarska, Izabela; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya

    2005-05-01

    Atomistic mechanisms underlying the nanoindentation-induced amorphization in SiC crystal has been studied by molecular dynamics simulations on parallel computers. The calculated load-displacement curve consists of a series of load drops, corresponding to plastic deformation, in addition to a shoulder at a smaller displacement, which is fully reversible upon unloading. The peaks in the load-displacement curve are shown to reflect the crystalline structure and dislocation activities under the surface. The evolution of indentation damage and defect accumulation are also discussed in terms of bond angles, local pressure, local shear stress, and spatial rearrangements of atoms. These structural analyses reveal that the defect-stimulated growth and coalescence of dislocation loops are responsible for the crystalline-to-amorphous transition. The shortest-path-ring analysis is effectively employed to characterize nanoindentation-induced structural transformations and dislocation activities.

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. 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)

  12. 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

  13. 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)

  14. 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

  15. 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

  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. 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...

  18. Atomistic tensile deformation mechanisms of Fe with gradient nano-grained structure

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    Wenbin Li

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Large-scale molecular dynamics (MD simulations have been performed to investigate the tensile properties and the related atomistic deformation mechanisms of the gradient nano-grained (GNG structure of bcc Fe (gradient grains with d from 25 nm to 105 nm, and comparisons were made with the uniform nano-grained (NG structure of bcc Fe (grains with d = 25 nm. The grain size gradient in the nano-scale converts the applied uniaxial stress to multi-axial stresses and promotes the dislocation behaviors in the GNG structure, which results in extra hardening and flow strength. Thus, the GNG structure shows slightly higher flow stress at the early plastic deformation stage when compared to the uniform NG structure (even with smaller grain size. In the GNG structure, the dominant deformation mechanisms are closely related to the grain sizes. For grains with d = 25 nm, the deformation mechanisms are dominated by GB migration, grain rotation and grain coalescence although a few dislocations are observed. For grains with d = 54 nm, dislocation nucleation, propagation and formation of dislocation wall near GBs are observed. Moreover, formation of dislocation wall and dislocation pile-up near GBs are observed for grains with d = 105 nm, which is the first observation by MD simulations to our best knowledge. The strain compatibility among different layers with various grain sizes in the GNG structure should promote the dislocation behaviors and the flow stress of the whole structure, and the present results should provide insights to design the microstructures for developing strong-and-ductile metals.

  19. Atomistic tensile deformation mechanisms of Fe with gradient nano-grained structure

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    Large-scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been performed to investigate the tensile properties and the related atomistic deformation mechanisms of the gradient nano-grained (GNG) structure of bcc Fe (gradient grains with d from 25 nm to 105 nm), and comparisons were made with the uniform nano-grained (NG) structure of bcc Fe (grains with d = 25 nm). The grain size gradient in the nano-scale converts the applied uniaxial stress to multi-axial stresses and promotes the dislocation behaviors in the GNG structure, which results in extra hardening and flow strength. Thus, the GNG structure shows slightly higher flow stress at the early plastic deformation stage when compared to the uniform NG structure (even with smaller grain size). In the GNG structure, the dominant deformation mechanisms are closely related to the grain sizes. For grains with d = 25 nm, the deformation mechanisms are dominated by GB migration, grain rotation and grain coalescence although a few dislocations are observed. For grains with d = 54 nm, dislocation nucleation, propagation and formation of dislocation wall near GBs are observed. Moreover, formation of dislocation wall and dislocation pile-up near GBs are observed for grains with d = 105 nm, which is the first observation by MD simulations to our best knowledge. The strain compatibility among different layers with various grain sizes in the GNG structure should promote the dislocation behaviors and the flow stress of the whole structure, and the present results should provide insights to design the microstructures for developing strong-and-ductile metals

  20. Fracture Mechanisms in Steel Castings

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    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.

  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. 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...

  4. 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)

  5. 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....

  6. 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)

  7. 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

  8. Atomistic Conversion Reaction Mechanism of WO3 in Secondary Ion Batteries of Li, Na, and Ca.

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    He, Yang; Gu, Meng; Xiao, Haiyan; Luo, Langli; Shao, Yuyan; Gao, Fei; Du, Yingge; Mao, Scott X; Wang, Chongmin

    2016-05-17

    Intercalation and conversion are two fundamental chemical processes for battery materials in response to ion insertion. The interplay between these two chemical processes has never been directly seen and understood at atomic scale. Here, using in situ HRTEM, we captured the atomistic conversion reaction processes during Li, Na, Ca insertion into a WO3 single crystal model electrode. An intercalation step prior to conversion is explicitly revealed at atomic scale for the first time for Li, Na, Ca. Nanoscale diffraction and ab initio molecular dynamic simulations revealed that after intercalation, the inserted ion-oxygen bond formation destabilizes the transition-metal framework which gradually shrinks, distorts and finally collapses to an amorphous W and Mx O (M=Li, Na, Ca) composite structure. This study provides a full atomistic picture of the transition from intercalation to conversion, which is of essential importance for both secondary ion batteries and electrochromic devices. PMID:27071488

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Atomistic simulations of nanoindentation

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    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Our understanding of mechanics is pushed to its limit when the functionality of devices is controlled at the nanometer scale. A fundamental understanding of nanomechanics is needed to design materials with optimum properties. Atomistic simulations can bring an important insight into nanostructure-property relations and, when combined with experiments, they become a powerful tool to move nanomechanics from basic science to the application area. Nanoindentation is a well-established technique for studying mechanical response. We review recent advances in modeling (atomistic and beyond of nanoindentation and discuss how they have contributed to our current state of knowledge.

  12. Investigations on the mechanical behavior of nanowires with twin boundaries by atomistic simulations

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    Atomistic simulations are used to study the deformation behavior of twinned Cu nanowires with a <111> growth orientation under tension. Due to the existence of the twin boundaries, the strength of the twinned nanowires is higher than that of the twin-free nanowire and the yielding stress of twinned nanowires is inversely proportional to the spacings of the twin boundaries. Moreover, The ductility of the twin-free nanowire is the highest of all and it grows with the increasing spacings of the twin boundaries for twinned nanowires. Besides, we find that the twin boundaries can be served as dislocation sources as well as the free surfaces and grain boundaries

  13. 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)

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Atomistic Simulation of shock induced dislocation dynamics and evolution of different plasticity mechanisms in Single Crystal Copper

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    Neogi, Anupam; Mitra, Nilanjan

    Deformation and observation of different types of plasticity mechanisms of FCC metals (e.g. Copper) under shock loading of various intensities has been investigated by several groups of researchers around the globe through different types of experiments and/or atomistic simulations. However, there still exists lacuna in this well researched area. In this study the temporal details of dislocation dynamics are provided. Simulations also demonstrate different types of temporal evolution of different loops observed for single crystal Cu under different intensities of shock loading. Observance of formation of twins and their temporal evolution at higher intensities of shock loading are also demonstrated as part of this study. Comparisons of these NEMD simulations using EAM potential are discussed with regards to different experimental and simulation studies in literature.

  17. 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)

  18. 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].

  19. 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.

  20. Atomistic simulations to micro-mechanisms of adhesion in automotive applications

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    Sen, Fatih Gurcag

    This study aimed at depicting atomistic and microstructural aspects of adhesion and friction that appear in different automotive applications and manufacturing processes using atomistic simulations coupled with tribological tests and surface characterization experiments. Thin films that form at the contact interfaces due to chemical reactions and coatings that are developed to mitigate or enhance adhesion were studied in detail. The adhesion and friction experiments conducted on diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings against Al indicated that F incorporation into DLC decreased the coefficient of friction (COF) by 30% -with respect to H-DLC that is known to have low COF and anti-adhesion properties against Al- to 0.14 owing to formation of repulsive F-F interactions at the sliding interface as shown by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. F atoms transferred to the Al surface with an increase in the contact pressure, and this F transfer led to the formation of a stable AlF3 compound at the Al surface as confirmed by XPS and cross-sectional FIB-TEM. The incorporation of Si and O in a F-containing DLC resulted in humidity independent low COF of 0.08 due to the hydration effect of the Si-O-Si chains in the carbonaceous tribolayers that resulted in repulsive OH-OH interactions at the contact interface. At high temperatures, adhesion of Al was found to be enhanced as a result of superplastic oxide fibers on the Al surface. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of tensile deformation of Al nanowires in oxygen carried out with ReaxFF showed that native oxide of Al has an oxygen deficient, low density structure and in O2, the oxygen diffusion in amorphous oxide healed the broken Al-O bonds during applied strain and resulted in the superplasticity. The oxide shell also provided nucleation sites for dislocations in Al crystal. In fuel cell applications, where low Pt/carbon adhesion is causing durability problems, spin-polarized DFT showed that metals with unfilled d

  1. Large-scale atomistic and quantum-mechanical simulations of a Nafion membrane: Morphology, proton solvation and charge transport

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Atomistic and first-principles molecular dynamics simulations are employed to investigate the structure formation in a hydrated Nafion membrane and the solvation and transport of protons in the water channel of the membrane. For the water/Nafion systems containing more than 4 million atoms, it is found that the observed microphase-segregated morphology can be classified as bicontinuous: both majority (hydrophobic and minority (hydrophilic subphases are 3D continuous and organized in an irregular ordered pattern, which is largely similar to that known for a bicontinuous double-diamond structure. The characteristic size of the connected hydrophilic channels is about 25–50 Å, depending on the water content. A thermodynamic decomposition of the potential of mean force and the calculated spectral densities of the hindered translational motions of cations reveal that ion association observed with decreasing temperature is largely an entropic effect related to the loss of low-frequency modes. Based on the results from the atomistic simulation of the morphology of Nafion, we developed a realistic model of ion-conducting hydrophilic channel within the Nafion membrane and studied it with quantum molecular dynamics. The extensive 120 ps-long density functional theory (DFT-based simulations of charge migration in the 1200-atom model of the nanochannel consisting of Nafion chains and water molecules allowed us to observe the bimodality of the van Hove autocorrelation function, which provides the direct evidence of the Grotthuss bond-exchange (hopping mechanism as a significant contributor to the proton conductivity.

  2. An atomistic investigation on the mechanism of machining nanostructures when using single tip and multi-tip diamond tools

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    In our previous work, a scale-up fabrication approach to cost effectively manufacturing nano-gratings over large area has been developed through diamond turning by using a multi-tip diamond tool fabricated by Focused Ion Beam. The objective of this study is to gain an in-depth understanding of the mechanism of machining nanostructures on single crystal copper through diamond turning when using a single tip and a multi-tip nanoscale diamond tool. For this purpose atomistic models of a single tip tool for multi-pass cutting and a multi-tip tool for single-pass cutting were built, respectively. The nature of the cutting chip formation, dislocation nucleation and propagation, cutting forces, and temperature distribution during nanometric cutting processes were studied through molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Results show that nanostructure generation process at steady cutting stage was governed by a strong localization of the dislocation movement and the dynamic equilibrium of chip-tool contact area. Except the apparent improvement of machining efficiency that proportional to the tool tip numbers, the nano-grooves generated by multi-tip tool also have higher center symmetry than those machined by single tip tool. While the average tangential cutting force per tip were calculated all around 33.3 nN, a larger normal cutting force per tip being 54.1 nN was observed when using a multi-tip tool. A concept of atomistic equivalent temperature was proposed and used to analysis the important features of temperature distribution during the machining process. The advantage, disadvantage and applicability of diamond turning using multi-tip tool were discussed in comparison with those of using single-tip tool. The findings suggest that diamond turning using multi-tip tool might be more applicable than using single tip tool when apply to scale-up fabrication of periodic nanostructures.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. A method of integration of atomistic simulations and continuum mechanics by collecting of dynamical systems with dimensional reduction

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    Elementary processes responsible for phenomena in material are frequently related to scale close to atomic one. Therefore atomistic simulations are important for material sciences. On the other hand continuum mechanics is widely applied in mechanics of materials. It seems inevitable that both methods will gradually integrate. A multiscale method of integration of these approaches called collection of dynamical systems with dimensional reduction is introduced in this work. The dimensional reduction procedure realizes transition between various scale models from an elementary dynamical system (EDS) to a reduced dynamical system (RDS). Mappings which transform variables and forces, skeletal dynamical system (SDS) and a set of approximation and identification methods are main components of this procedure. The skeletal dynamical system is a set of dynamical systems parameterized by some constants and has variables related to the dimensionally reduced model. These constants are identified with the aid of solutions of the elementary dynamical system. As a result we obtain a dimensionally reduced dynamical system which describes phenomena in an averaged way in comparison with the EDS. Concept of integration of atomistic simulations with continuum mechanics consists in using a dynamical system describing evolution of atoms as an elementary dynamical system. Then, we introduce a continuum skeletal dynamical system within the dimensional reduction procedure. In order to construct such a system we have to modify a continuum mechanics formulation to some degree. Namely, we formalize scale of averaging for continuum theory and as a result we consider continuum with finite-dimensional fields only. Then, realization of dimensional reduction is possible. A numerical example of realization of the dimensional reduction procedure is shown. We consider a one dimensional chain of atoms interacting by Lennard-Jones potential. Evolution of this system is described by an elementary

  6. Atomistic mechanisms of strain relaxation due to ductile void growth in ultrathin films of face-centered-cubic metals

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    A comprehensive computational analysis is reported of the atomistic mechanisms of strain relaxation and failure in free-standing Cu thin films under applied biaxial tensile strain for strain levels up to 6%. The analysis focuses on nanometer-scale-thick films with a preexisting void extending across the film thickness and the film plane oriented normal to the [111] crystallographic direction. Our computational study is based on isothermal-isostrain large-scale molecular-dynamics simulations within an embedded-atom-method parametrization for Cu. Our analysis has revealed various regimes in the film's mechanical response as the applied strain level increases. Within the considered strain range, after an elastic response at a low strain (<2%), void growth is the major strain relaxation mechanism mediated by the emission of perfect screw dislocation pairs from the void surface and subsequent dislocation propagation; as a result, a plastic zone forms around the void. Plastic deformation is accompanied by the glide motion of the dislocations emitted from the void surface, void surface morphological transitions, formation of a step pattern on the film's surfaces, dislocation jogging, vacancy generation due to gliding jogged dislocations, dislocation-vacancy interactions, vacancy pipe diffusion along dislocation cores, as well as dislocation-dislocation interactions. The increase in film surface roughness with increasing strain eventually leads to nucleation and propagation from the film surfaces of threading dislocation loops, which ultimately break up when they reach the opposite free surface of the thin film

  7. 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...

  8. Correlation between self-diffusion in Si and the migration mechanisms of vacancies and self-interstitials: An atomistic study

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    The migration of point defects in silicon and the corresponding atomic mobility are investigated by comprehensive classical molecular-dynamics simulations using the Stillinger-Weber potential and the Tersoff potential. In contrast to most of the previous studies both the point defect diffusivity and the self-diffusion coefficient per defect are calculated separately so that the diffusion-correlation factor can be determined. Simulations with both the Stillinger-Weber and the Tersoff potential show that vacancy migration is characterized by the transformation of the tetrahedral vacancy to the split vacancy and vice versa and the diffusion-correlation factor fV is about 0.5. This value was also derived by the statistical diffusion theory under the assumption of the same migration mechanism. The mechanisms of self-interstitial migration are more complex. The detailed study, including a visual analysis and investigations with the nudged elastic band method, reveals a variety of transformations between different self-interstitial configurations. Molecular-dynamics simulations using the Stillinger-Weber potential show that the self-interstitial migration is dominated by a dumbbell mechanism, whereas in the case of the Tersoff potential the interstitialcy mechanism prevails. The corresponding values of the correlation factor fI are different, namely, 0.59 and 0.69 for the dumbbell and the interstitialcy mechanisms, respectively. The latter value is nearly equal to that obtained by the statistical theory which assumes the interstitialcy mechanism. Recent analysis of experimental results demonstrated that in the framework of state-of-the-art diffusion and reaction models the best interpretation of point defect data can be given by assuming fI≅0.6. The comparison with the present atomistic study leads to the conclusion that the self-interstitial migration in Si should be governed by a dumbbell mechanism

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Atomistic mechanisms of strain relaxation due to ductile void growth in ultrathin films of face-centered-cubic metals

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    Gungor, M. Rauf; Maroudas, Dimitrios

    2005-06-01

    A comprehensive computational analysis is reported of the atomistic mechanisms of strain relaxation and failure in free-standing Cu thin films under applied biaxial tensile strain for strain levels up to 6%. The analysis focuses on nanometer-scale-thick films with a preexisting void extending across the film thickness and the film plane oriented normal to the [111] crystallographic direction. Our computational study is based on isothermal-isostrain large-scale molecular-dynamics simulations within an embedded-atom-method parametrization for Cu. Our analysis has revealed various regimes in the film's mechanical response as the applied strain level increases. Within the considered strain range, after an elastic response at a low strain (pipe diffusion along dislocation cores, as well as dislocation-dislocation interactions. The increase in film surface roughness with increasing strain eventually leads to nucleation and propagation from the film surfaces of threading dislocation loops, which ultimately break up when they reach the opposite free surface of the thin film.

  12. 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.

  13. 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....

  14. 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.

  15. Effects of surface atomistic modification on mechanical properties of gold nanowires

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    Sun, Xiao-Yu; Xu, Yuanjie; Wang, Gang-Feng; Gu, Yuantong; Feng, Xi-Qiao

    2015-09-01

    Modulation of the physical and mechanical properties of nanowires is a challenging issue for their technological applications. In this paper, we investigate the effects of surface modification on the mechanical properties of gold nanowires by performing molecular dynamics simulations. It is found that by modifying a small density of silver atoms to the surface of a gold nanowire, the residual surface stress state can be altered, rendering a great improvement of its plastic yield strength. This finding is in good agreement with experimental measurements. The underlying physical mechanisms are analyzed by a core-shell nanowire model. The results are helpful for the design and optimization of advanced nanomaterial with superior mechanical properties.

  16. Effects of surface atomistic modification on mechanical properties of gold nanowires

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    Highlights: • Molecular dynamics simulations of surface modification effect of Au nanowires. • Surface modification can greatly affect the mechanical properties of nanowires. • Core–shell model is used to elucidate the effect of residual surface stress. - Abstract: Modulation of the physical and mechanical properties of nanowires is a challenging issue for their technological applications. In this paper, we investigate the effects of surface modification on the mechanical properties of gold nanowires by performing molecular dynamics simulations. It is found that by modifying a small density of silver atoms to the surface of a gold nanowire, the residual surface stress state can be altered, rendering a great improvement of its plastic yield strength. This finding is in good agreement with experimental measurements. The underlying physical mechanisms are analyzed by a core–shell nanowire model. The results are helpful for the design and optimization of advanced nanomaterial with superior mechanical properties

  17. Effects of surface atomistic modification on mechanical properties of gold nanowires

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    Sun, Xiao-Yu [AML and CNMM, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Department of Engineering Mechanics, School of Civil Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Xu, Yuanjie [Department of Engineering Mechanics, School of Civil Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Wang, Gang-Feng [Department of Engineering Mechanics, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Gu, Yuantong [School of Chemistry, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane 4001 (Australia); Feng, Xi-Qiao, E-mail: fengxq@tsinghua.edu.cn [AML and CNMM, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2015-09-18

    Highlights: • Molecular dynamics simulations of surface modification effect of Au nanowires. • Surface modification can greatly affect the mechanical properties of nanowires. • Core–shell model is used to elucidate the effect of residual surface stress. - Abstract: Modulation of the physical and mechanical properties of nanowires is a challenging issue for their technological applications. In this paper, we investigate the effects of surface modification on the mechanical properties of gold nanowires by performing molecular dynamics simulations. It is found that by modifying a small density of silver atoms to the surface of a gold nanowire, the residual surface stress state can be altered, rendering a great improvement of its plastic yield strength. This finding is in good agreement with experimental measurements. The underlying physical mechanisms are analyzed by a core–shell nanowire model. The results are helpful for the design and optimization of advanced nanomaterial with superior mechanical properties.

  18. 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

  19. 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)

  20. 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).

  1. Analysis of a Prototypical Multiscale Method Coupling Atomistic and Continuum Mechanics:the Convex Case

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    Xavier Blanc; Claude Le Bris; Prédéric Legol

    2007-01-01

    In order to describe a solid which deforms smoothly in some region,but non smoothly in some other region,many multiscale methods have been recently proposed that aim at coupling an atonfistic model (discrete mechanics)with a macroscopic model(continuum mechanics).We provide here a theoretical basis for such a coupling in a one-dimensional setting,in the case of convex energy.

  2. 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)

  3. 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

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

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    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.

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

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    Fakhrurrazi Fakhrurrazi

    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

  6. 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 ...

  7. Ab initio atomistic thermodynamics study on the oxidation mechanism of binary and ternary alloy surfaces

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    Utilizing a combination of ab initio density-functional theory and thermodynamics formalism, we have established the microscopic mechanisms for oxidation of the binary and ternary alloy surfaces and provided a clear explanation for the experimental results of the oxidation. We construct three-dimensional surface phase diagrams (SPDs) for oxygen adsorption on three different Nb-X(110) (X = Ti, Al or Si) binary alloy surfaces. On the basis of the obtained SPDs, we conclude a general microscopic mechanism for the thermodynamic oxidation, that is, under O-rich conditions, a uniform single-phase SPD (type I) and a nonuniform double-phase SPD (type II) correspond to the sustained complete selective oxidation and the non-sustained partial selective oxidation by adding the X element, respectively. Furthermore, by revealing the framework of thermodynamics for the oxidation mechanism of ternary alloys through the comparison of the surface energies of two separated binary alloys, we provide an understanding for the selective oxidation behavior of the Nb ternary alloy surfaces. Using these general microscopic mechanisms, one could predict the oxidation behavior of any binary and multi-component alloy surfaces based on thermodynamics considerations

  8. Ab initio atomistic thermodynamics study on the oxidation mechanism of binary and ternary alloy surfaces

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    Liu, Shi-Yu, E-mail: buaasyliu@gmail.com [College of Physics and Electronic Information Science, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China); Liu, Shiyang [Institute of Information Optics, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, Zhejiang 321004 (China); Li, De-Jun [College of Physics and Electronic Information Science, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Wang, Sanwu, E-mail: sanwu-wang@utulsa.edu [Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104 (United States); Guo, Jing; Shen, Yaogen, E-mail: meshen@cityu.edu.hk [Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China)

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    Utilizing a combination of ab initio density-functional theory and thermodynamics formalism, we have established the microscopic mechanisms for oxidation of the binary and ternary alloy surfaces and provided a clear explanation for the experimental results of the oxidation. We construct three-dimensional surface phase diagrams (SPDs) for oxygen adsorption on three different Nb-X(110) (X = Ti, Al or Si) binary alloy surfaces. On the basis of the obtained SPDs, we conclude a general microscopic mechanism for the thermodynamic oxidation, that is, under O-rich conditions, a uniform single-phase SPD (type I) and a nonuniform double-phase SPD (type II) correspond to the sustained complete selective oxidation and the non-sustained partial selective oxidation by adding the X element, respectively. Furthermore, by revealing the framework of thermodynamics for the oxidation mechanism of ternary alloys through the comparison of the surface energies of two separated binary alloys, we provide an understanding for the selective oxidation behavior of the Nb ternary alloy surfaces. Using these general microscopic mechanisms, one could predict the oxidation behavior of any binary and multi-component alloy surfaces based on thermodynamics considerations.

  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.

    1994-01-01

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Atomistic Modeling of Mechanical Characteristics of CNT-Polyethylene with Interfacial Covalent Interaction

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    Qi-lin Xiong

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical properties of carbon nanotube- (CNT- reinforced polyethylenes (PE with interfacial covalent bonded interaction are investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. A reactive force field for hydrocarbons (ReaxFF is used in the nanocomposite system. Through a series of the tensile and pullout tests of carbon nanotube-reinforced polyethylene, Young’s modulus and the interfacial shear stress of the nano-reinforced polyethylene are obtained. The comparisons between the MD results of this work and the relevant experimental data of the existing literature are made and the results show that the interfacial covalent bonded interaction between CNTs and the polymer matrix is indispensable. The bond interaction plays the main role in the load transfer of nanocomposites. In addition, the influences of carbon nanotube embedded length and diameter on the interfacial mechanical properties also are studied.

  12. Atomistic Modeling of Mechanical Characteristics of CNT-Polyethylene with Interfacial Covalent Interaction

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    The mechanical properties of carbon nanotube- (CNT-) reinforced polyethylenes (PE) with interfacial covalent bonded interaction are investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. A reactive force field for hydrocarbons (ReaxFF) is used in the nanocomposite system. Through a series of the tensile and pullout tests of carbon nanotube-reinforced polyethylene, Young’s modulus and the interfacial shear stress of the nano-reinforced polyethylene are obtained. The comparisons between the MD resu...

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  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. 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

  19. 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)

  20. Mechanism of crack healing at room temperature revealed by atomistic simulations

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    Three dimensional molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are systematically carried out to reveal the mechanism of the crack healing at room temperature, in terms of the dislocation shielding and the atomic diffusion to control the crack closure, in a copper (Cu) plate suffering from a shear loading. The results show that the process of the crack healing is actualized through the dislocation emission at a crack tip accompanied with intrinsic stacking faults ribbon forming in the crack tip wake, the dislocation slipping in the matrix and the dislocation annihilation in the free surface. Dislocation included stress compressing the crack tip is examined from the MD simulations and the analytical models, and then the crack closes rapidly due to the assistance of the atomic diffusion induced by the thermal activation when the crack opening displacement is less than a threshold value. This phenomenon is very different from the previous results for the crack propagation under the external load applied because of the crack healing (advancing) largely dependent on the crystallographic orientations of crack and the directions of external loading. Furthermore, based on the energy characteristic and considering the crack size effect, a theoretical model is established to predict the relationships between the crack size and the shear stress which qualitatively agree well with that obtained in the MD simulations

  1. 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)

  2. Mechanisms of radiation strengthening in Fe–Cr alloys as revealed by atomistic studies

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    Terentyev, D.; Bonny, G. [Structural Materials Modelling and Microstructure Unit, SMA/NMS, Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie, Centre d’Etudes de l’Energie Nucléaire (SCK-CEN), Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Domain, C.; Monnet, G. [EDF-R and D, Département MMC, Les Renardières, 77818 Moret sur Loing Cedex (France); Malerba, L., E-mail: lmalerba@sckcen.be [Structural Materials Modelling and Microstructure Unit, SMA/NMS, Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie, Centre d’Etudes de l’Energie Nucléaire (SCK-CEN), Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium)

    2013-11-15

    A review of experimental results shows that the dependence on Cr content of radiation-induced strengthening in Fe–Cr alloys and ferritic/martensitic steels is peculiar, exhibiting an increase as soon as Cr is added, followed by a local maximum and then a local minimum. This dependence is to date unexplained. In this paper we try to rationalise it, by reviewing recent (published and unpublished) molecular dynamics simulations work, devoted to the investigation of several possible mechanisms of radiation strengthening in Fe–Cr. In particular, the following questions are addressed quantitatively: (i) Does Cr influence the glide of dislocations? If so, how? (ii) Does Cr influence the interaction between dislocations and radiation-produced defects? If so, why? The latter question involves also a study of the interaction of moving dislocations with experimentally observed Cr-enriched loops. We find that the fact of shifting from a loop-absorption (pure Fe) to a loop-non-absorption (Fe–Cr) regime, because of the Cr–enrichment of loops, contributes to explaining why Fe–Cr alloys harden more under irradiation than Fe. If, in addition, the existence of a large density of invisible and Cr-enriched loops is postulated, the origin of the effect becomes even more clear. Moreover, the different strength of 〈1 1 1〉 and 〈1 0 0〉 loops as obstacles to dislocations movement, depending on whether or not loop absorption can occur, might explain why radiation strengthening decreases between 2% and 9%Cr. The formation of α′ precipitates, on the other hand, explains why radiation strengthening increases again above 9%Cr. Altogether, these effects might explain the origin of the minimum of radiation-induced embrittlement at 9%Cr, as correlated to strengthening.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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....

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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)

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

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

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    Petrie, Elizabeth S; Evans, James P

    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...

  16. 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)

  17. 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)

  18. 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

  19. Hierarchical Statistical 3D ' Atomistic' Simulation of Decanano MOSFETs: Drift-Diffusion, Hydrodynamic and Quantum Mechanical Approaches

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    Asenov, Asen; Brown, A. R.; Slavcheva, G.; Davies, J. H.

    2000-01-01

    When MOSFETs are scaled to deep submicron dimensions the discreteness and randomness of the dopant charges in the channel region introduces significant fluctuations in the device characteristics. This effect, predicted 20 year ago, has been confirmed experimentally and in simulation studies. The impact of the fluctuations on the functionality, yield, and reliability of the corresponding systems shifts the paradigm of the numerical device simulation. It becomes insufficient to simulate only one device representing one macroscopical design in a continuous charge approximation. An ensemble of macroscopically identical but microscopically different devices has to be characterized by simulation of statistically significant samples. The aims of the numerical simulations shift from predicting the characteristics of a single device with continuous doping towards estimating the mean values and the standard deviations of basic design parameters such as threshold voltage, subthreshold slope, transconductance, drive current, etc. for the whole ensemble of 'atomistically' different devices in the system. It has to be pointed out that even the mean values obtained from 'atomistic' simulations are not identical to the values obtained from continuous doping simulations. In this paper we present a hierarchical approach to the 'atomistic' simulation of aggressively scaled decanano MOSFETs. A full scale 3D drift-diffusion'atomostic' simulation approach is first described and used for verification of the more economical, but also more restricted, options. To reduce the processor time and memory requirements at high drain voltage we have developed a self-consistent option based on a thin slab solution of the current continuity equation only in the channel region. This is coupled to the Poisson's equation solution in the whole simulation domain in the Gummel iteration cycles. The accuracy of this approach is investigated in comparison with the full self-consistent solution. At low drain

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

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    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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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...

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Fatigue and fracture mechanics analysis of threaded connections

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    Brennan, F. P.

    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. 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)

  8. 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))

    1990-01-01

    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).

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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)

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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)

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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)

  2. Atomistic Mechanisms of Chemical Mechanical Polishing of a Cu Surface in Aqueous H2O2: Tight-Binding Quantum Chemical Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Kawaguchi, Kentaro; Ito, Hiroshi; Kuwahara, Takuya; Higuchi, Yuji; Ozawa, Nobuki; Kubo, Momoji

    2016-05-11

    We applied our original chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) simulator based on the tight-binding quantum chemical molecular dynamics (TB-QCMD) method to clarify the atomistic mechanism of CMP processes on a Cu(111) surface polished with a SiO2 abrasive grain in aqueous H2O2. We reveal that the oxidation of the Cu(111) surface mechanically induced at the friction interface is a key process in CMP. In aqueous H2O2, in the first step, OH groups and O atoms adsorbed on a nascent Cu surface are generated by the chemical reactions of H2O2 molecules. In the second step, at the friction interface between the Cu surface and the abrasive grain, the surface-adsorbed O atom intrudes into the Cu bulk and dissociates the Cu-Cu bonds. The dissociation of the Cu-Cu back-bonds raises a Cu atom from the surface that is mechanically sheared by the abrasive grain. In the third step, the raised Cu atom bound to the surface-adsorbed OH groups is removed from the surface by the generation and desorption of a Cu(OH)2 molecule. In contrast, in pure water, there are no geometrical changes in the Cu surface because the H2O molecules do not react with the Cu surface, and the abrasive grain slides smoothly on the planar Cu surface. The comparison between the CMP simulations in aqueous H2O2 and pure water indicates that the intrusion of a surface-adsorbed O atom into the Cu bulk is the most important process for the efficient polishing of the Cu surface because it induces the dissociation of the Cu-Cu bonds and generates raised Cu atoms that are sheared off by the abrasive grain. Furthermore, density functional theory calculations show that the intrusion of the surface-adsorbed O atoms into the Cu bulk has a high activation energy of 28.2 kcal/mol, which is difficult to overcome at 300 K. Thus, we suggest that the intrusion of surface-adsorbed O atoms into the Cu bulk induced by abrasive grains at the friction interface is a rate-determining step in the Cu CMP process. PMID:27092706

  3. 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.)

  4. FRACTURAL PROCESS AND TOUGHENING MECHANISM OF LAMINATED CERAMIC COMPOSITES

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    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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Multiscale Modeling of Intergranular Fracture in Aluminum: Constitutive Relation For Interface Debonding

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    Yamakov, V.; Saether, E.; Glaessgen, E. H.

    2008-01-01

    Intergranular fracture is a dominant mode of failure in ultrafine grained materials. In the present study, the atomistic mechanisms of grain-boundary debonding during intergranular fracture in aluminum are modeled using a coupled molecular dynamics finite element simulation. Using a statistical mechanics approach, a cohesive-zone law in the form of a traction-displacement constitutive relationship, characterizing the load transfer across the plane of a growing edge crack, is extracted from atomistic simulations and then recast in a form suitable for inclusion within a continuum finite element model. The cohesive-zone law derived by the presented technique is free of finite size effects and is statistically representative for describing the interfacial debonding of a grain boundary (GB) interface examined at atomic length scales. By incorporating the cohesive-zone law in cohesive-zone finite elements, the debonding of a GB interface can be simulated in a coupled continuum-atomistic model, in which a crack starts in the continuum environment, smoothly penetrates the continuum-atomistic interface, and continues its propagation in the atomistic environment. This study is a step towards relating atomistically derived decohesion laws to macroscopic predictions of fracture and constructing multiscale models for nanocrystalline and ultrafine grained materials.

  9. Scalability of a Low-Cost Multi-Teraflop Linux Cluster for High-End Classical Atomistic and Quantum Mechanical Simulations

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    Kikuchi, Hideaki; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Saini, Subhash

    2003-01-01

    Scalability of a low-cost, Intel Xeon-based, multi-Teraflop Linux cluster is tested for two high-end scientific applications: Classical atomistic simulation based on the molecular dynamics method and quantum mechanical calculation based on the density functional theory. These scalable parallel applications use space-time multiresolution algorithms and feature computational-space decomposition, wavelet-based adaptive load balancing, and spacefilling-curve-based data compression for scalable I/O. Comparative performance tests are performed on a 1,024-processor Linux cluster and a conventional higher-end parallel supercomputer, 1,184-processor IBM SP4. The results show that the performance of the Linux cluster is comparable to that of the SP4. We also study various effects, such as the sharing of memory and L2 cache among processors, on the performance.

  10. 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

  11. 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)

  12. 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)

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.)

  17. 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

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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.)

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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)

  2. 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

  3. 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.)

  4. 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.)

  5. 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...

  6. 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

  7. 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...

  8. 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

  9. 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)

  10. Numerical tools for atomistic simulations.

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    Fang, H. (Mississippi State University); Gullett, Philip Michael; Slepoy, Alexander (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM); Horstemeyer, Mark F. (Mississippi State University); Baskes, Michael I. (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM); Wagner, Gregory John; Li, Mo (Materials Science and Engineering, Atlanta, GA)

    2004-01-01

    The final report for a Laboratory Directed Research and Development project entitled 'Parallel Atomistic Computing for Failure Analysis of Micromachines' is presented. In this project, atomistic algorithms for parallel computers were developed to assist in quantification of microstructure-property relations related to weapon micro-components. With these and other serial computing tools, we are performing atomistic simulations of various sizes, geometries, materials, and boundary conditions. These tools provide the capability to handle the different size-scale effects required to predict failure. Nonlocal continuum models have been proposed to address this problem; however, they are phenomenological in nature and are difficult to validate for micro-scale components. Our goal is to separately quantify damage nucleation, growth, and coalescence mechanisms to provide a basis for macro-scale continuum models that will be used for micromachine design. Because micro-component experiments are difficult, a systematic computational study that employs Monte Carlo methods, molecular statics, and molecular dynamics (EAM and MEAM) simulations to compute continuum quantities will provide mechanism-property relations associated with the following parameters: specimen size, number of grains, crystal orientation, strain rates, temperature, defect nearest neighbor distance, void/crack size, chemical state, and stress state. This study will quantify sizescale effects from nanometers to microns in terms of damage progression and thus potentially allow for optimized micro-machine designs that are more reliable and have higher fidelity in terms of strength. In order to accomplish this task, several atomistic methods needed to be developed and evaluated to cover the range of defects, strain rates, temperatures, and sizes that a material may see in micro-machines. Therefore we are providing a complete set of tools for large scale atomistic simulations that include pre

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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, ...

  17. Fracture of brittle solids

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    Lawn, Brian

    1993-01-01

    This is an advanced text for higher degree materials science students and researchers concerned with the strength of highly brittle covalent-ionic solids, principally ceramics. It is a reconstructed and greatly expanded edition of a book first published in 1975. The book presents a unified continuum, microstructural and atomistic treatment of modern day fracture mechanics from a materials perspective. Particular attention is directed to the basic elements of bonding and microstructure that govern the intrinsic toughness of ceramics. These elements hold the key to the future of ceramics as high-technology materials--to make brittle solids strong, we must first understand what makes them weak. The underlying theme of the book is the fundamental Griffith energy-balance concept of crack propagation. The early chapters develop fracture mechanics from the traditional continuum perspective, with attention to linear and nonlinear crack-tip fields, equilibrium and non-equilibrium crack states. It then describes the at...

  18. 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)

  19. 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

  20. A study of fracture mechanisms when exposed to hydrostatic loads

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    Fossli, Kjetil L.

    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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. EFFECTS OF ALTERNATIVE RAW MATERIALS AND VARYING RESIN CONTENT ON MECHANICAL AND FRACTURE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF PARTICLE BOARD

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    Jörn Rathke,

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Particle boards were produced from different types of wood particles, i.e. spruce, recovered particles, willow, poplar, and locust. Effects of raw material, as well as varying resin content on mechanical and fracture mechanical properties were investigated. For the analysis of mechanical properties, specific fracture energy, stress intensity factors, and the industrial European standard methods internal bond strength according to EN 319 and bending strength according to EN 310 were used. The total fracture energy was measured, and the stress intensity factor was calculated by means of data achieved through finite element simulations. Results of the fracture energy analysis were compared to internal bond strength (IB and bending strength. While IB and the modulus of elasticity (MOE showed a high variability, data scattering for fracture energy tests and modulus of rupture (MOR were smaller, which are due to significant differences between the resin contents of the various board types.

  6. Chemically- and mechanically-mediated influences on the transport and mechanical characteristics of rock fractures

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    Min, K.-B.; Rutqvist, J.; Elsworth, D.

    2009-02-01

    A model is presented to represent changes in the mechanical and transport characteristics of fractured rock that result from coupled mechanical and chemical effects. The specific influence is the elevation of dissolution rates on contacting asperities, which results in a stress- and temperature-dependent permanent closure. A model representing this pressure-dissolution-like behavior is adapted to define the threshold and resulting response in terms of fundamental thermodynamic properties of a contacting fracture. These relations are incorporated in a stress-stiffening model of fracture closure to define the stress- and temperature-dependency of aperture loss and behavior during stress and temperature cycling. These models compare well with laboratory and field experiments, representing both decoupled isobaric and isothermal responses. The model was applied to explore the impact of these responses on heated structures in rock. The result showed a reduction in ultimate induced stresses over the case where chemical effects were not incorporated, with permanent reduction in final stresses after cooling to ambient conditions. Similarly, permeabilities may be lower than they were in the case where chemical effects were not considered, with a net reduction apparent even after cooling to ambient temperature. These heretofore-neglected effects may have a correspondingly significant impact on the performance of heated structures in rock, such as repositories for the containment of radioactive wastes.

  7. Effects of Strain Rates on Mechanical Properties and Fracture Mechanism of DP780 Dual Phase Steel

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    Li, Shengci; Kang, Yonglin; Zhu, Guoming; Kuang, Shuang

    2015-06-01

    The mechanical properties of DP780 dual phase steel were measured by quasi-static and high-speed tensile tests at strain rates between 0.001 and 1000 s-1 at room temperature. The deformation and fracture mechanisms were analyzed by observation of the tensile fracture and microstructure near the fracture. Dynamic factor and feret ratio quantitative methods were applied to study the effect of strain rate on the microstructure and properties of DP780 steel. The constitutive relation was described by a modified Johnson-Cook and Zerilli-Armstrong model. The results showed that the strain rate sensitivity of yield strength is bigger than that of ultimate tensile strength; as strain rate increased, the formation of microcracks and voids at the ferrite/martensite interface can be alleviated; the strain rate effect is unevenly distributed in the plastic deformation region. Moreover, both models can effectively describe the experimental results, while the modified Zerilli-Armstrong model is more accurate because the strain-hardening rate of this model is independent of strain rate.

  8. Fracture mechanics parameters for cracks on a slightly undulating interface

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    Yang, Lin; Qu, Jianmin

    1993-11-01

    Typical bimaterial interfaces are nonplanar due to surface facets or roughness. Crack-tip stress fields of an interface crack must be influenced by nonplanarity of the interface. Consequently, interface toughness is affected. The crack-tip fields of a finite crack on an elastic/rigid interface with periodic undulation are studied. Particular emphasis is given to the fracture mechanics parameters, such as the stress intensity factors, crack-tip energy release rate, and crack-tip mode mixity. When the amplitude of interface undulation is very small relative to the crack length (which is the case for rough interfaces), asymptotic analysis is used to convert the nonplanarity effects into distributed dislocations located on the planar interface. Then, the resulting stress fields near the crack tip are obtained by using the Fourier integral transform method. It is found that the stress fields at the crack tip are strongly influenced by nonplanarity of the interface. Generally speaking, nonplanarity of the interface tends to shield the crack tip by reducing the crack-tip stress concentration.

  9. Numerical calculation of probabilistic fracture mechanic in the piping system

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    Piping system is one of the critical components in the primary system because failure of those systems will cause loss of coolant accident (LOCA). One of the piping failure cause is fracture mechanic which could be analyzed by deterministic and probabilistic analysis. Probabilistic analysis be done by random variable that could be approached by Monte-Carlo Equation. This equation could be solved by several methods of numerical calculation e.g. : numerical integration, crude Monte-Carlo, stratified sampling and importance sampling, etc. Simple calculation has been done by those methods for 10,000 samplings. The results is that the probability of piping failure is 1.242 x 10-4 for numerical integration; 1.170 x 10-4 for crude Monte-Carlo (standard error = 0.170 x 10-4); 1.239 x 10-4 for stratified sampling ( standard error = 0.007 x 10-4 ); 1.249 x 10-4 for importance sampling ( standard error = 0.015 x 10-4 )

  10. Fracture Mechanics Analyses for Interface Crack Problems - A Review

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    Krueger, Ronald; Shivakumar, Kunigal; Raju, Ivatury S.

    2013-01-01

    Recent developments in fracture mechanics analyses of the interfacial crack problem are reviewed. The intent of the review is to renew the awareness of the oscillatory singularity at the crack tip of a bimaterial interface and the problems that occur when calculating mode mixity using numerical methods such as the finite element method in conjunction with the virtual crack closure technique. Established approaches to overcome the nonconvergence issue of the individual mode strain energy release rates are reviewed. In the recent literature many attempts to overcome the nonconvergence issue have been developed. Among the many approaches found only a few methods hold the promise of providing practical solutions. These are the resin interlayer method, the method that chooses the crack tip element size greater than the oscillation zone, the crack tip element method that is based on plate theory and the crack surface displacement extrapolation method. Each of the methods is validated on a very limited set of simple interface crack problems. However, their utility for a wide range of interfacial crack problems is yet to be established.

  11. Can Deterministic Mechanical Size Effects Contribute to Fracture and Microdamage Accumulation in Trabecular Bone?

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    Siegmund, Thomas; Allen, Matthew R.; Burr, David B.

    2010-01-01

    Failure of bone under monotonic and cyclic loading is related to the bone mineral density, the quality of the bone matrix and the evolution of microcracks. The theory of linear elastic fracture mechanics has commonly been applied to describe fracture in bone. Evidence is presented that bone failure can be described through a non-linear theory of fracture. Thereby, deterministic size effects are introduced. Concepts of a non-linear theory are applied to discern how the interaction among bone m...

  12. Radiology of Fractures in Intoxicated Emergency Department Patients: Locations, Mechanisms, Presentation, and Initial Interpretation Accuracy

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    MORITA, Yuka; Nozaki, Taiki; Starkey, Jay; Okajima, Yuka; Ohde, Sachiko; Matsusako, Masaki; Yoshioka, Hiroshi; Saida, Yukihisa; Kurihara, Yasuyuki

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of alcohol intoxication to time-to-presentation following injury, fracture type, mechanism of injury leading to fracture, and initial diagnostic radiology interpretation performance of emergency physicians versus diagnostic radiologists in patients who present to the emergency department (ED) and are subsequently diagnosed with fracture. Medical records of 1286 patients who presented to the ED and were diagnosed with fract...

  13. Research advances in fracturing mechanism of amorphous materials

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    @@ The fracture behavior of brittle materials is a timehonored problem. Archeologists discover that prehistoric people created their primitive tools using this behavior. During the Stone Age, for example, they made simple wooden butchery implements by taking advantage of a sharp edge caused by the brittle fracture on flint. According to archeologists, the application of brittle fracture to the tool-making was one of monumental inventions to mark the very beginning of human civilization.Afterwards, ancient potters succeeded in decorating their works by having the surface of pottery inlaid with cracks and fissures.

  14. Reliability study for the containment of a pressurized water reactor using probabilistic fracture mechanics. Pt. 3

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    A reliability analysis is performed by the methods of probabilistic fracture mechanics for the steel containment of a pressurized water reactor during a loss of coolant accident. A model is developed describing the elastic-plastic failure of the embedded cracks found during ultrasonic inspection. In the probabilistic analysis the effect of this fracture mechanical model on the predicted failure probabilites and on the failure mechanisms is examined. (orig.)

  15. Failure conditions from push out tests of a steel-concrete joint: fracture mechanics approach

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    Klusák, Jan; Seitl, Stanislav; De Corte, W.; Helincks, P.; Boel, V.; De Schutter, G.

    488-489, - (2012), s. 710-713. ISSN 1013-9826. [International Conference on Fracture and Damage Mechanics - FDM 2011 /10./. Dubrovník, 19.09.2011-21.09.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP108/10/2049 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : Push out test * generalized linear elastic fracture mechanics * bi-material notch Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  16. Fractures

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    ... commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the ...

  17. Thermo-hydro-mechanical simulation of a 3D fractured porous rock: preliminary study of coupled matrix-fracture hydraulics

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    We present a problem involving the modeling of coupled flow and elastic strain in a 3D fractured porous rock, which requires prior homogenization (up-scaling) of the fractured medium into an equivalent Darcian anisotropic continuum. The governing equations form a system of PDE's (Partial Differential Equations) and, depending on the case being considered, this system may involve two different types of 'couplings' (in a real system, both couplings (1) and (2) generally take place): 1) Hydraulic coupling in a single (no exchange) or in a dual matrix-fracture continuum (exchange); 2) Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical interactions between fluid flow, pressure, elastic stress, strain, and temperature. We present here a preliminary model and simulation results with FEMLABR, for the hydraulic problem with anisotropic heterogeneous coefficients. The model is based on data collected at an instrumented granitic site (FEBEX project) for studying a hypothetical nuclear waste repository at the Grimsel Test Site in the Swiss Alps. (authors)

  18. Effect of aging on the fracture mechanics of unsaturated polyester based on recycled PET polymer concrete

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    This research investigates, the fracture mechanics (toughness and energy), at early ages, of polymer concrete made with unsaturated polyester resin as binder. The results indicate that the fracture parameters (toughness and energy) decrease and the brittleness increases with the age of the polymer concrete.

  19. Effect of aging on the fracture mechanics of unsaturated polyester based on recycled PET polymer concrete

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    Reis, J.M.L., E-mail: jreis@mec.uff.br [Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Laboratory - LMTA, Mechanical Engineering Post Graduate Program - PGMEC, Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF, Rua Passo da Patria, 156 Bl. E Sala 216, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil)

    2011-03-15

    This research investigates, the fracture mechanics (toughness and energy), at early ages, of polymer concrete made with unsaturated polyester resin as binder. The results indicate that the fracture parameters (toughness and energy) decrease and the brittleness increases with the age of the polymer concrete.

  20. 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.

  1. Verification of a fracture mechanics concept for the cleavage fracture behaviour of RAFM steels using local fracture criteria. Final report for task TW2-TTMS-005/D3

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    An effort is made within the European Fusion Technology Programme framework to obtain a fracture mechanics description of the material behaviour in the ductile to brittle transition-regime using local fracture criteria. In a companion report, the necessary procedural steps towards the development of an according design code scheme were described. The present report contains application examples and verification results of the different procedural steps and identifies limitations of the approach for the two reference RAFM steels F82Hmod and EUROFER97. (orig.)

  2. Analysis of seismic sources for different mechanisms of fracture growth for microseismic monitoring applications

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    We have developed and illustrated an approach for geomechanic modeling of elastic wave generation (microsiesmic event occurrence) during incremental fracture growth. We then derived properties of effective point seismic sources (radiation patterns) approximating obtained wavefields. These results establish connection between geomechanic models of hydraulic fracturing and microseismic monitoring. Thus, the results of the moment tensor inversion of microseismic data can be related to different geomechanic scenarios of hydraulic fracture growth. In future, the results can be used for calibrating hydrofrac models. We carried out a series of numerical simulations and made some observations about wave generation during fracture growth. In particular when the growing fracture hits pre-existing crack then it generates much stronger microseismic event compared to fracture growth in homogeneous medium (radiation pattern is very close to the theoretical dipole-type source mechanism)

  3. Analysis of seismic sources for different mechanisms of fracture growth for microseismic monitoring applications

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    Duchkov, A. A., E-mail: DuchkovAA@ipgg.sbras.ru [Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Stefanov, Yu. P., E-mail: stefanov@ispms.tsc.ru [Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation)

    2015-10-27

    We have developed and illustrated an approach for geomechanic modeling of elastic wave generation (microsiesmic event occurrence) during incremental fracture growth. We then derived properties of effective point seismic sources (radiation patterns) approximating obtained wavefields. These results establish connection between geomechanic models of hydraulic fracturing and microseismic monitoring. Thus, the results of the moment tensor inversion of microseismic data can be related to different geomechanic scenarios of hydraulic fracture growth. In future, the results can be used for calibrating hydrofrac models. We carried out a series of numerical simulations and made some observations about wave generation during fracture growth. In particular when the growing fracture hits pre-existing crack then it generates much stronger microseismic event compared to fracture growth in homogeneous medium (radiation pattern is very close to the theoretical dipole-type source mechanism)

  4. Contribution to the study of mechanical properties of nuclear fuel: atomistic modelling of the deformation of uranium dioxide

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    Mechanical properties of nuclear fuel are a complex problem, involving many coupled mechanisms occurring at different length scales. We used Molecular Dynamics models to bring some light on some of these mechanisms at the atomic scale. We devised a procedure to calculate transition pathways between some UO2 polymorphs, and then carried out dynamics simulations of these transitions. We confirmed the stability of the cotunnite structure at high pressure using various empirical potentials, the fluorite structure being the most stable at room pressure. Moreover, we showed a reconstructive phase transition between the fluorite and cotunnite structures. We also showed the importance of the major deformation axis on the kind of transition that occur under tensile conditions. Depending on the loading direction, a scrutinyite or rutile phase can appear. We then calculated the elastic behaviour of UO2 using different potentials. The relative agreement between them was used to produce a set of parameters to be used as input in mesoscale models. We also simulated crack propagation in UO2 single crystals. These simulations showed secondary phases nucleation at crack tips, and hinted at the importance thereof on crack propagation at higher length-scales. We then described some properties of edge dislocations in UO2. The core structures were compared for various glide planes. The critical resolved shear stress was calculated for temperatures up to 2000 K. These calculations showed a link between lattice disorder at the dislocations core and the dislocations mobility. (author)

  5. Borehole Breakouts in Berea Sandstone Reveal a New Fracture Mechanism

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    Haimson, B. C.

    - Vertical drilling experiments in high-porosity (22% and 25%) Berea sandstone subjected to critical true triaxial far-field stresses, in which σH (maximum horizontal stress) >σv (vertical stress) >σh (least horizontal stress), revealed a new and non-dilatant failure mechanism that results in thin and very long tabular borehole breakouts that have the appearance of fractures, and which counterintuitively develop orthogonally to σH. These breakouts are fundamentally different from those induced in crystalline rocks, as well as limestones and medium-porosity Berea sandstone. Breakouts in these rocks are typically dog-eared in shape, a result of dilatant multi-cracking tangential to the hole and subparallel to the maximum far-field horizontal stress σH, followed by progressive buckling and shearing of detached rock flakes created by the cracks. In the high-porosity sandstone a narrow layer of grains compacted normal to σH is observed just ahead of the breakout tip. This layer is nearly identical to ``compaction bands'' observed in the field. It is suggested that when a critical tangential stress concentration is reached along the σh spring line at the borehole wall, grain bonding breaks down and a compaction band is formed normal to σH. Debonded loose grains are expelled into the borehole, assisted by the circulating drilling fluid. As the breakout tip advances, the stress concentration ahead of it persists or may even increase, extending the compaction band, which in turn leads to breakout lengthening.

  6. Elements of a fracture mechanics concept for the cleavage fracture behaviour of RAFM steels using local fracture criteria. Final report for task TW1-TTMS-005/D3

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    An effort is made within the European Fusion Technology Programme framework to obtain a fracture mechanics description of the material behaviour in the ductile to brittle transition-regime using local fracture criteria. This report summarizes the necessary procedural steps towards the development of an according design code scheme. It makes heavy use of available code schemes such as the British Energy R6-Code or the ESIS P6 procedure and specializes in application to the class of low activation materials that are envisaged for ITER. Through an integrated approach using a numerical stress analysis at experimentally observed fracture loads of notched tensile specimens, a statistical evaluation of cleavage fracture parameters can be performed. The report contains a description of the necessary steps for the experimental characterization and the numerical analysis as well as results for the two RAFM steel variants F82Hmod and EUROFER 97 which serve as basis for the verification of the method. Statistical inference methods are addressed as well as fractographic investigations that are essential for the verification of the approach via numerical prediction of the fracture origin distribution. Limits of the current methodology are given and topics of future research are indicated. (orig.)

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

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    S.M. Zebarjad

    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.

  8. Elucidating ligand binding and channel gating mechanisms in pentameric ligand-gated ion channels by atomistic simulations.

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    Comitani, Federico; Melis, Claudio; Molteni, Carla

    2015-04-01

    Pentameric ligand-gated ion channels (pLGICs) are important biomolecules that mediate fast synaptic transmission. Their malfunctions are linked to serious neuronal disorders and they are major pharmaceutical targets; in invertebrates, they are involved in insecticide resistance. The complexity of pLGICs and the limited crystallographic information available prevent a detailed understanding of how they function. State-of-the-art computational techniques are therefore crucial to build an accurate picture at the atomic level of the mechanisms which drive the activation of pLGICs, complementing the available experimental data. We have used a series of simulation methods, including homology modelling, ligand-protein docking, density functional theory, molecular dynamics and metadynamics, a powerful scheme for accelerating rare events, with the guidance of mutagenesis electrophysiology experiments, to explore ligand-binding mechanisms, the effects of mutations and the potential role of a proline molecular switch for the gating of the ion channels. Results for the insect RDL receptor, the GABAC receptor, the 5-HT3 receptor and the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor will be reviewed. PMID:25849909

  9. Thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in fractured rock formations during glacial advance

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    Selvadurai, A. P. S.; Suvorov, A. P.; Selvadurai, P. A.

    2014-11-01

    The paper examines the coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) processes that develop in a fractured rock region within a fluid-saturated rock mass due to loads imposed by an advancing glacier. This scenario needs to be examined in order to assess the suitability of potential sites for the location of deep geologic repositories for the storage of high-level nuclear waste. The THM processes are examined using a computational multiphysics approach that takes into account thermo-poroelasticity of the intact geological formation and the presence of a system of sessile but hydraulically interacting fractures (fracture zones). The modeling considers coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical effects in both the intact rock and the fracture zones due to contact normal stresses and fluid pressure at the base of the advancing glacier. Computational modelling provides an assessment of the role of fractures that can modify the pore pressure generation within the entire rock mass.

  10. Thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in fractured rock formations during a glacial advance

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    Selvadurai, A. P. S.; Suvorov, A. P.; Selvadurai, P. A.

    2015-07-01

    The paper examines the coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) processes that develop in a fractured rock region within a fluid-saturated rock mass due to loads imposed by an advancing glacier. This scenario needs to be examined in order to assess the suitability of potential sites for the location of deep geologic repositories for the storage of high-level nuclear waste. The THM processes are examined using a computational multiphysics approach that takes into account thermo-poroelasticity of the intact geological formation and the presence of a system of sessile but hydraulically interacting fractures (fracture zones). The modelling considers coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical effects in both the intact rock and the fracture zones due to contact normal stresses and fluid pressure at the base of the advancing glacier. Computational modelling provides an assessment of the role of fractures in modifying the pore pressure generation within the entire rock mass.

  11. Subcritical fracture propagation in rocks: An examination using the methods of fracture mechanics and non-destructive testing. Ph.D. Thesis

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    Swanson, P. L.

    1984-01-01

    An experimental investigation of tensile rock fracture is presented with an emphasis on characterizing time dependent crack growth using the methods of fracture mechanics. Subcritical fracture experiments were performed in moist air on glass and five different rock types at crack velocities using the double torsion technique. The experimental results suggest that subcritical fracture resistance in polycrystals is dominated by microstructural effects. Evidence for gross violations of the assumptions of linear elastic fracture mechanics and double torsion theory was found in the tests on rocks. In an effort to obtain a better understanding of the physical breakdown processes associated with rock fracture, a series of nondestructive evaluation tests were performed during subcritical fracture experiments on glass and granite. Comparison of the observed process zone shape with that expected on the basis of a critical normal principal tensile stress criterion shows that the zone is much more elongated in the crack propagation direction than predicted by the continuum based microcracking model alone.

  12. The inhibitory mechanism of a fullerene derivative against amyloid-β peptide aggregation: an atomistic simulation study.

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    Sun, Yunxiang; Qian, Zhenyu; Wei, Guanghong

    2016-05-14

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with the pathological self-assembly of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides into β-sheet enriched fibrillar aggregates. Aβ dimers formed in the initial step of Aβ aggregation were reported to be the smallest toxic species. Inhibiting the formation of β-sheet-rich oligomers and fibrils is considered as the primary therapeutic strategy for AD. Previous studies reported that fullerene derivatives strongly inhibit Aβ fibrillation. However, the underlying inhibitory mechanism remains elusive. As a first step to understand fullerene-modulated full-length Aβ aggregation, we investigated the conformational ensemble of the Aβ1-42 dimer with and without 1,2-(dimethoxymethano)fullerene (DMF) - a more water-soluble fullerene derivative - by performing a 340 ns explicit-solvent replica exchange molecular dynamics simulation. Our simulations show that although disordered states are the most abundant conformations of the Aβ1-42 dimer, conformations containing diverse extended β-hairpins are also populated. The first most-populated β-hairpins involving residues L17-D23 and A30-V36 strongly resemble the engineered β-hairpin which is a building block of toxic Aβ oligomers. We find that the interaction of DMFs with Aβ peptides greatly impedes the formation of such β-hairpins and inter-peptide β-sheets. Binding energy analyses demonstrate that DMF preferentially binds not only to the central hydrophobic motif LVFFA of the Aβ peptide as suggested experimentally, but also to the aromatic residues including F4 and Y10 and the C-terminal hydrophobic region I31-V40. This study reveals a complete picture of the inhibitory mechanism of full-length Aβ1-42 aggregation by fullerenes, providing theoretical insights into the development of drug candidates against AD. PMID:27091578

  13. Phase field crystal modelling of the order-to-disordered atomistic structure transition of metallic glasses

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    Zhang, W.; Mi, J.

    2016-03-01

    Bulk metallic glass composites are a new class of metallic alloy systems that have very high tensile strength, ductility and fracture toughness. This unique combination of mechanical properties is largely determined by the presence of crystalline phases uniformly distributed within the glassy matrix. However, there have been very limited reports on how the crystalline phases are nucleated in the super-cooled liquid and their growth dynamics, especially lack of information on the order-to-disordered atomistic structure transition across the crystalline-amorphous interface. In this paper, we use phase field crystal (PFC) method to study the nucleation and growth of the crystalline phases and the glass formation of the super cooled liquid of a binary alloy. The study is focused on understanding the order-to-disordered transition of atomistic configuration across the interface between the crystalline phases and amorphous matrix of different chemical compositions at different thermal conditions. The capability of using PFC to simulate the order-to-disorder atomistic transition in the bulk material or across the interface is discussed in details.

  14. Atomistic simulation of tantalum nanoindentation: Effects of indenter diameter, penetration velocity, and interatomic potentials on defect mechanisms and evolution

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    Nanoindentation simulations are a helpful complement to experiments. There is a dearth of nanoindentation simulations for bcc metals, partly due to the lack of computationally efficient and reliable interatomic potentials at large strains. We carry out indentation simulations for bcc tantalum using three different interatomic potentials and present the defect mechanisms responsible for the creation and expansion of the plastic deformation zone: twins are initially formed, giving rise to shear loop expansion and the formation of sequential prismatic loops. The calculated elastic constants as function of pressure as well as stacking fault energy surfaces explain the significant differences found in the defect structures generated for the three potentials investigated in this study. The simulations enable the quantification of total dislocation length and twinning fraction. The indenter velocity is varied and, as expected, the penetration depth for the first pop-in (defect emission) event shows a strain rate sensitivity m in the range of 0.037–0.055. The effect of indenter diameter on the first pop-in is discussed. A new intrinsic length-scale model is presented based on the profile of the residual indentation and geometrically necessary dislocation theory

  15. Atomistic simulation of tantalum nanoindentation: Effects of indenter diameter, penetration velocity, and interatomic potentials on defect mechanisms and evolution

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    Ruestes, C.J., E-mail: cjruestes@hotmail.com [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Univ. Nac. de Cuyo, Mendoza 5500 (Argentina); CONICET, Mendoza 5500 (Argentina); Stukowski, A. [Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt 64287 (Germany); Tang, Y. [Shanghai Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Tramontina, D.R. [Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Univ. Nac. de Cuyo, Mendoza 5500 (Argentina); Erhart, P. [Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Applied Physics, Gothenburg 41296 (Sweden); Remington, B.A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA 94550 (United States); Urbassek, H.M. [Physics Department and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern 67663 (Germany); Meyers, M.A. [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Bringa, E.M. [Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Univ. Nac. de Cuyo, Mendoza 5500 (Argentina); CONICET, Mendoza 5500 (Argentina)

    2014-09-08

    Nanoindentation simulations are a helpful complement to experiments. There is a dearth of nanoindentation simulations for bcc metals, partly due to the lack of computationally efficient and reliable interatomic potentials at large strains. We carry out indentation simulations for bcc tantalum using three different interatomic potentials and present the defect mechanisms responsible for the creation and expansion of the plastic deformation zone: twins are initially formed, giving rise to shear loop expansion and the formation of sequential prismatic loops. The calculated elastic constants as function of pressure as well as stacking fault energy surfaces explain the significant differences found in the defect structures generated for the three potentials investigated in this study. The simulations enable the quantification of total dislocation length and twinning fraction. The indenter velocity is varied and, as expected, the penetration depth for the first pop-in (defect emission) event shows a strain rate sensitivity m in the range of 0.037–0.055. The effect of indenter diameter on the first pop-in is discussed. A new intrinsic length-scale model is presented based on the profile of the residual indentation and geometrically necessary dislocation theory.

  16. Fracture mechanics applied to the evaluation of a nuclear reactor vessel structural integrity

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    Analytical predictions of PWR vessel instability were made based upon Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics criterion Kl C and on Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics Ji and J50. special attention was given to the influence of crack depth and aspect ratio for both approaches, as well as to the data extrapolation procedures in the latest. Simple and didactic format is supplied for the evaluation of the final results in terms of internal pressure, strain gradient and ductile crack extension. (author)

  17. Fracture Mechanics Analyses of the Slip-Side Joggle Regions of Wing-Leading-Edge Panels

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    Raju, Ivatury S.; Knight, Norman F., Jr.; Song, Kyongchan; Phillips, Dawn R.

    2011-01-01

    The Space Shuttle wing-leading edge consists of panels that are made of reinforced carbon-carbon. Coating spallation was observed near the slip-side region of the panels that experience extreme heating. To understand this phenomenon, a root-cause investigation was conducted. As part of that investigation, fracture mechanics analyses of the slip-side joggle regions of the hot panels were conducted. This paper presents an overview of the fracture mechanics analyses.

  18. Fracture mechanics analyses of the slip-side joggle regions of wing-leading-edge panels

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The Space Shuttle wing-leading edge consists of panels that are made of reinforced carbon-carbon. Coating spallation was observed near the slip-side region of the panels that experience extreme heating. To understand this phenomenon, a root-cause investigation was conducted. As part of that investigation, fracture mechanics analyses of the slip-side joggle regions of the hot panels were conducted. This paper presents an overview of the fracture mechanics analyses.

  19. Mechanical properties and fracture behavior of single-layer phosphorene at finite temperatures

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    Sha, Zhen-Dong; Pei, Qing-Xiang; Ding, Zhiwei; Jiang, Jin-Wu; Zhang, Yong-Wei

    2015-10-01

    Phosphorene, a new two-dimensional (2D) material beyond graphene, has attracted great attention in recent years due to its superior physical and electrical properties. However, compared to graphene and other 2D materials, phosphorene has a relatively low Young’s modulus and fracture strength, which may limit its applications due to possible structure failures. For the mechanical reliability of future phosphorene-based nanodevices, it is necessary to have a deep understanding of the mechanical properties and fracture behaviors of phosphorene. Previous studies on the mechanical properties of phosphorene were based on first principles calculations at 0 K. In this work, we employ molecular dynamics simulations to explore the mechanical properties and fracture behaviors of phosphorene at finite temperatures. It is found that temperature has a significant effect on the mechanical properties of phosphorene. The fracture strength and strain reduce by more than 65% when the temperature increases from 0 K to 450 K. Moreover, the fracture strength and strain in the zigzag direction is more sensitive to the temperature rise than that in the armchair direction. More interestingly, the failure crack propagates preferably along the groove in the puckered structure when uniaxial tension is applied in the armchair direction. In contrast, when the uniaxial tension is applied in the zigzag direction, multiple cracks are observed with rough fracture surfaces. Our present work provides useful information about the mechanical properties and failure behaviors of phosphorene at finite temperatures.

  20. Fracture Mechanics Analysis of a Modified TSD Specimen

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    Berggreen, Christian; Carlsson, Leif A.

    2008-01-01

    The Tilted Sandwich Debond (TSD) specimen has been recognized as a viable candidate for characterization of the face/core fracture resistance. Analysis, however, shows that the range of phase angles that can be realized by altering the tilt angle is quite limited. A parametric study however shows...

  1. Atomistic stimulation of defective oxides

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    Minervini, L

    2000-01-01

    defect processes. The predominant intrinsic disorder reaction and the mechanism by which excess oxygen is accommodated are established. Furthermore, the most favourable migration mechanism and pathway for oxygen ions is predicted. Chapters 7 and 8 investigate pyrochlore oxides. These materials are candidates for solid oxide fuel cell components and as actinide host phases. Such applications require a detailed understanding of the defect processes. The defect energies, displayed as contour maps, are able to account for structure stability and, given an appropriate partial charge potential model, to accurately determine the oxygen positional parameter. In particular, the dependence of the positional parameter on intrinsic disorder is predicted. It is demonstrated, by radiation damage experiments, that these results are able to predict the radiation performance of pyrochlore oxides. Atomistic simulation calculations based on energy minimization techniques and classical pair potentials are used to study several i...

  2. On the characterization of retention mechanisms in rock fractures

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    Radionuclide transport in fractured media is controlled by advection and mass transfer processes. Advection primarily takes place along single fractures, whereas mass transfer such as surface sorption and matrix diffusion occurs at the fracture surfaces. Aperture heterogeneity thus affects both advection and mass transfer characteristics. This spatial heterogeneity, in combination with sparse aperture measurements, results in a prediction uncertainty with implications for both fracture characterization in the field and for safety assessments. An analytical solution for the mass flux in a single fracture is derived using the stochastic Lagrangian travel time approach. Combined matrix diffusion and equilibrium sorption are incorporated in the analysis. The solution is dependent on three variables: the conservative solute travel time (t), a parameter accounting for solute characteristics (k), and a parameter related to the fluid discharge and surface available for diffusion and sorption (b). Based on the analytical mass flux solution and underlying moments of b and t, the first two mass flux moments and first two moments of the time for a given accumulated mass fraction are derived. The results are illustrated for a kinematic flow path with predefined aperture and width statistics. The moments of b and t are derived analytically for the simplified flow case. The effect of variability and spatial correlation structure of aperture and width on the mass flux moments and moments of the time for a given accumulated mass fraction are investigated. The implications of the results for field-scale tracer test and for safety assessment are discussed. The possible correlation between t and b for increasingly complex flow conditions and/or evolving scales is identified as a key issue in both applications. 28 refs

  3. Simulation of crack propagation in fiber-reinforced concrete by fracture mechanics

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    Mode I crack propagation in fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) is simulated by a fracture mechanics approach. A superposition method is applied to calculate the crack tip stress intensity factor. The model relies on the fracture toughness of hardened cement paste (KIC) and the crack bridging law, so-called stress-crack width (σ-δ) relationship of the material, as the fundamental material parameters for model input. As two examples, experimental data from steel FRC beams under three-point bending load are analyzed with the present fracture mechanics model. A good agreement has been found between model predictions and experimental results in terms of flexural stress-crack mouth opening displacement (CMOD) diagrams. These analyses and comparisons confirm that the structural performance of concrete and FRC elements, such as beams in bending, can be predicted by the simple fracture mechanics model as long as the related material properties, KIC and (σ-δ) relationship, are known

  4. Parallel Atomistic Simulations

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    HEFFELFINGER,GRANT S.

    2000-01-18

    Algorithms developed to enable the use of atomistic molecular simulation methods with parallel computers are reviewed. Methods appropriate for bonded as well as non-bonded (and charged) interactions are included. While strategies for obtaining parallel molecular simulations have been developed for the full variety of atomistic simulation methods, molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo have received the most attention. Three main types of parallel molecular dynamics simulations have been developed, the replicated data decomposition, the spatial decomposition, and the force decomposition. For Monte Carlo simulations, parallel algorithms have been developed which can be divided into two categories, those which require a modified Markov chain and those which do not. Parallel algorithms developed for other simulation methods such as Gibbs ensemble Monte Carlo, grand canonical molecular dynamics, and Monte Carlo methods for protein structure determination are also reviewed and issues such as how to measure parallel efficiency, especially in the case of parallel Monte Carlo algorithms with modified Markov chains are discussed.

  5. Fracto-mechanoluminescence and mechanics of fracture of solids

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    The present paper explores the correlation between fracto-mechanoluminescence and fracture of solids and thereby provides a clear understanding of the physics of fracto-mechanoluminescence. When a fluorescent or non-photoluminescent crystal is fractured impulsively by dropping a load on it, then initially the mechanoluminescence (ML) intensity increases linearly with time, attains a maximum value Im at a particular time tm and later on it decreases exponentially with time. However, when a phosphorescent crystal is fractured impulsively by dropping a load on it, then initially the ML intensity increases linearly with time, attains a maximum value Im at a particular time tm and later on it decreases initially at a fast rate and then at a slow rate. For low impact velocity the value of tm is constant, however, for higher impact velocity tm decreases logarithmally with the increasing impact velocity. Whereas the peak ML intensity Im increases linearly with the impact velocity, the total ML intensity IT, initially increases linearly with the impact velocity and then it tends to attain a saturation value for higher values of the impact velocity. The value of tm increases logarithmally with the thickness of crystals, Im increases linearly with the area of cross-section of crystals and IT increases linearly with the volume of crystals. Generally, the ML of non-irradiated crystals decreases with increasing temperature of crystals. Depending on the prevailing conditions the ML spectra consist of either gas discharge spectra or solid state luminescence spectra or combination of the both. On the basis of the rate of generation of cracks and the rate of creation of new surface area of crystals, expressions are derived for the ML intensity and they are found to explain satisfactorily the temporal, spectral, thermal, crystal-size, impact velocity, surface area, and other characteristics of ML. The present investigation may be useful in designing of damage sensors, fracture

  6. Quantum corrections to the `atomistic' MOSFET simulation

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    2000-01-01

    In this paper we study the influence of the quantum effects in the inversion layer on the parameter fluctuation in decanano MOSFETs. The quantum mechanical effects are incorporated in our previously published 3D 'atomistic' simulation approach using a full 3D implementation of the density gradient formalism. This results in a consistent, fully 3D, quantum mechanical picture which incorporates the vertical inversion layer quantization, lateral confinement effects associated with the current fi...

  7. Mechanical Properties and Fracture Behaviour of Multilayer Alumina Composites

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    ZHENG Xinguo; ZHAO Fei; ZHANG Jinyong

    2015-01-01

    Adopting a ceramic/polymer multilayer structure design to simulate the structure of nacre is usually believed to be an effective way to increase the toughness of ceramic composites at the expense of the material's bending strength. However, in this study, we found that both the bending strength and the toughness could be improved simultaneously when using a certain Al2O3/Kevlar multilayer composite design compared to pure alumina samples with the same dimensions. The fracture behaviour of the Al2O3/Kevlar multilayer composite was studied to ifnd a reason for this improvement. The results showed that the complex and asymmetrical stresses occurring in the Kevlar-reinforced layers were the main reason for the differences in fracture behaviour. We expect our results to open up new ways for the design of future high performance ceramic composites.

  8. Mechanical properties and fracture toughness of rail steels and thermite welds at low temperature

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    Wang, Yuan-qing; Zhou, Hui; Shi, Yong-jiu; Feng, Bao-rui

    2012-05-01

    Brittle fracture occurs frequently in rails and thermite welded joints, which intimidates the security and reliability of railway service. Railways in cold regions, such as Qinghai-Tibet Railway, make the problem of brittle fracture in rails even worse. A series of tests such as uniaxial tensile tests, Charpy impact tests, and three-point bending tests were carried out at low temperature to investigate the mechanical properties and fracture toughness of U71Mn and U75V rail steels and their thermite welds. Fracture micromechanisms were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) on the fracture surfaces of the tested specimens. The ductility indices (percentage elongation after fracture and percentage reduction of area) and the toughness indices (Charpy impact energy A k and plane-strain fracture toughness K IC) of the two kinds of rail steels and the corresponding thermite welds all decrease as the temperature decreases. The thermite welds are more critical to fracture than the rail steel base metals, as indicated by a higher yield-to-ultimate ratio and a much lower Charpy impact energy. U71Mn rail steel is relatively higher in toughness than U75V, as demonstrated by larger A k and K IC values. Therefore, U71Mn rail steel and the corresponding thermite weld are recommended in railway construction and maintenance in cold regions.

  9. Fracture Mechanical Trouser Taer Testing of thin polymer films

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    Mehmood, Nasir; Mao, Tan; Bhupati, Gaurav

    2012-01-01

    Tensile and Trouser tear tests of thin packaging polymer films have been done successfully in this research thesis. Two different polymers (PP and LDPE) are used. Mode I and Mode III fracture tests have been used for crack propagation analysis. Several experiments are performed to calculate the material parameters. The research study includes the experimental test along with virtual tests using the FEM software Abaqus 6.12-1. ASTM standard 1938-08 is followed for specimen size and experiments...

  10. Fracture and aggregate interlock mechanisms in reinforced concrete

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    Nine tests regarding thin-webbed I-beams failing in shear because of stirrup yielding and concrete crushing are considered here. An incremental-iterative procedure for the nonlinear F.E. analysis of reinforced concrete structures is applied to three of the above beams. Solid concrete is modeled as a hypoelastic material, while cracked concrete (including fracture and aggregate interlock) is modeled with crack bands, according to the smeared crack approach

  11. Fracture Mechanics Characterization of an AnisotropicGeomaterial

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    Cravero, Masantonio; Iabichino, Giorgio; Valente, Silvio; Fidelibus, Corrado; Barpi, Fabrizio

    2012-01-01

    Argillites are considered worldwide as potential host rock for high level radioactive waste given the low permeability and strong adsorption potential. However, the excavation of the galleries of a repository would produce a disturbed zone around the boundaries rich of new fractures which may enhance the conductivity of the rock along the gallery axis. Several mine-by experiments have been performed in underground rock labs to investi- gate the features of the disturbed zone. In Mont Terri UR...

  12. Fracture mechanical treatment of bridging stresses in ceramics

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    Failure of ceramic materials often starts from cracks which can originate at pores, inclusions or can be generated during surface treatment. Fracture occurs when the stress intensity factor of the most serious crack in a component reaches a critical value Klc, the fracture toughness of the material. In case of ideal brittle materials the fracture toughness is independent of the crack extension and, consequently, identical with the stress intensity factor Kl0 necessary for the onset of stable crack growth. It is a well-known fact that failure of several ceramics is influenced by an increasing crack-growth resistance curve. Several effects are responsible for this behaviour. Crack-border interactions in the wake of the advancing crack, residual stress fields in the crack region of transformation-toughened ceramics, the generation of a micro-crack zone ahead the crack tip and crack branching. The effect of increasing crack resistance has consequences on many properties of ceramic materials. In this report the authors discuss the some aspects of R-curve behaviour as the representation by stress intensity factors or energies and the influence on the compliance using the bridging stress model. (orig.)

  13. A Rock Mechanics and Coupled Hydro mechanical Analysis of Geological Repository of High Level Nuclear Waste in Fractured Rocks

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    This paper introduces a few case studies on fractured hard rock based on geological data from Sweden, Korea is one of a few countries where crystalline rock is the most promising rock formation as a candidate site of geological repository of high level nuclear waste. Despite the progress made in the area of rock mechanics and coupled hydro mechanics, extensive site specific study on multiple candidate sites is essential in order to choose the optimal site. For many countries concerned about the safe isolation of nuclear wastes from the biosphere, disposal in a deep geological formation is considered an attractive option. In geological repository, thermal loading continuously disturbs the repository system in addition to disturbances a recent development in rock mechanics and coupled hydro mechanical study using DFN(Discrete Fracture Network) - DEM(Discrete Element Method) approach mainly applied in hard, crystalline rock containing numerous fracture which are main sources of deformation and groundwater flow

  14. State of the Art Report on Fracture Mechanics (Fracture in the Creep Range). Volume 3: Appendices H - M

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    A CEC State of the Art Report on Fracture Mechanics for Fast Breeder Reactors (Fracture below the Creep Range) has recently been published by Bhandari and coworkers (1984). There has also been a compilation of Creep Crack Growth Data from Germany, France and the U.K. for 304 and 316 stainles steel by Lloyd et al (1984). The present Report provides considerably more data and analytical techniques taken from Worldwide sources on creep crack initiation and propagation. Since the subject is moving quickly there is an emphasis on the most recent work; indeed research studies as yet unpublished are also included. The total Report is in 3 volumes. Volume 3 contains the most important and up-to-date information in some detail in Appendices H to M; this provides a sound base for the Report and for future workers

  15. State of the Art Report on Fracture Mechanics (Fracture in the Creep Range). Volume 2: Appendices A - G

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    A CEC State of the Art Report on Fracture Mechanics for Fast Breeder Reactors (Fracture below the Creep Range) has recently been published by Bhandari and coworkers (1984). There has also been a compilation of Creep Crack Growth Data from Germany, France and the U.K. for 304 and 316 stainles steel by Lloyd et al (1984). The present Report provides considerably more data and analytical techniques taken from Worldwide sources on creep crack initiation and propagation. Since the subject is moving quickly there is an emphasis on the most recent work; indeed research studies as yet unpublished are also included. The total Report is in 3 volumes. Volume 2 contains the most important and up-to-date information in some detail in Appendices A to G; this provides a sound base for the Report and for future workers

  16. Mechanical strength and analysis of fracture of titanium joining submitted to laser and tig welding

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    Ana Cláudia Gabrielli Piveta

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This study compared the tensile strength and fracture mechanism of tungsten inert gas (TIG welds in cylindrical rods of commercially pure titanium (cp Ti with those of laser welds and intact samples. Thirty dumbbell-shaped samples were developed by using brass rods as patterns. The samples were invested in casings, subjected to thermal cycles, and positioned in a plasma arc welding machine under argon atmosphere and vacuum, and titanium was injected under vacuum/pressure. The samples were X-rayed to detect possible welding flaws and randomly assigned to three groups to test the tensile strength and the fracture mechanism: intact, laser welding, and TIG welding. The tensile test results were investigated using ANOVA, which indicated that the samples were statistically similar. The fracture analysis showed that the cpTi samples subjected to laser welding exhibited brittle fracture and those subjected to TIG welding exhibited mixed brittle/ductile fracture with a predominance of ductile fracture with the presence of microcavities and cleavage areas. Intact samples presented the characteristic straightening in the fracture areas, indicating the ductility of the material.

  17. Mechanical Properties of Brittle Materials and Their Single Fracture under Dynamic Loading

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    YASHIMA, Saburo; Kanda, Yoshiteru; Saito, Fumio; Sasaki, Toru; Iijima, Masayoshi; HASHIMOTO, Hitoshi

    1983-01-01

    The meaning of study on single particle crushing is recognized at which it is regarded the accumulation of single particle crushing as the comminution performed in practical operations stochastic phenomena. Especially, experimental data concerning the mechanical properties of brittle solids measured under dynamic loading are so far very few. Further, the experimental data concerning compressive strength, sphere compressive strength, fracture energy, new surface produced and fracture surface e...

  18. Mechanical and mathematical models of multi-stage horizontal fracturing strings and their application

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    Zhanghua Lian

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available 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, open differential-pressure sliding sleeve, and open ball-injection sliding sleeve under a hold-down packer. Moreover, mathematical models were respectively built for the above three cases. According to the Lame formula and Von Mises stress calculation formula for the thick-walled cylinder in the theory of elastic mechanics, a mathematical model was also established to calculate the equivalent stress for tubing string safety evaluation when the fracturing string was under the combined action of inner pressure, external squeezing force and axial stress, and another mathematical model was built for the mechanical strength and safety evaluation of multi-stage fracturing strings. In addition, a practical software was developed for the mechanical safety evaluation of horizontal well multi-stage fracturing strings according to the mathematical model developed for the mechanical calculation of the multi-packer string in horizontal wells. The research results were applied and verified in a gas well of Tahe Oilfield in the Tarim Basin with excellent effects, providing a theoretical basis and a simple and reliable technical means for optimal design and safety evaluation of safe operational parameters of multi-stage fracturing strings in horizontal wells.

  19. Fatigue crack growth and fracture mechanics analysis of a working roll surface layer material

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    M. Drobne

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Fatigue crack growth and fracture mechanics analysis of a working roll surface layer material is presented in this paper. The research is done on a hot strip mill working roll where High Chromium Steel is used for roll’s shell material. To obtain corresponding parameters, a rectangular single edge notched bend specimens – SENB, according to standard BS 7448, were used. The fatigue crack growth analysis was done on a resonant testing machine with use of special crack gauges, while for fracture mechanics parameters the electro–mechanical testing machine was used.

  20. Application of statically indeterminate fracture mechanics, SIFM, to a circumferentially cracked cylinder problem

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    The method of Statically Indeterminate Fracture Mechanics called SIFM is an application of elastic-plastic fracture mechanics to statically indeterminate problems. Application of SIFM has been developed for axially cracked cylinder problems. Its application was modified to a circumferentially cracked cylinder. The component might be loaded by combined transient thermal and mechanical loading. This was applied to simulate pressurized thermal shock, PTS, experiment, NKS-3, carried out by MPA. The predicted result from SIFM shows good agreement with the NKS-3 experimental one. (orig.)

  1. The WST method, a fracture mechanics test method for FRC

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    Lofgren, I.; Stang, Henrik; Olesen, John Forbes

    2008-01-01

    The applicability of the wedge-splitting test method (WST), for determining fracture properties of fibre-reinforced concrete, is discussed. Experimental results, using the WST method, are compared with results from uniaxial tension tests (UTT) and three-point bending tests (3PBT) for five different...... FRC compositions. Furthermore, for the WST method, two different specimen sizes have been investigated. Results from this investigation demonstrate the applicability of the WST method and show that the scatter of the test results is lower than for the 3PBT. Through inverse analysis, stress...

  2. Mechanical behavior and fracture characteristics of off-axis fiber composites. 1: Experimental investigation. [at the Lewis Research Center

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    Sinclair, J. H.; Chamis, C. C.

    1977-01-01

    The mechanical behavior, fracture surfaces, and fracture modes of unidirectional high-modulus graphite-fiber/epoxy composites subjected to off-axis tensile loads were investigated experimentally. The investigation included the generation of stress-strain-to-fracture data and scanning electron microscope studies of the fractured surfaces. The results led to the identification of fracture modes and distinct fracture surface characteristics for off-axis tensile loading. The results also led to the formulation of critical for identifying and characterizing these fracture modes and their associated fracture surfaces. The results presented and discussed herein were used in the theoretical investigation and comparisons described in Part 2. These results should also provide a good foundation for identifying, characterizing, and quantifying fracture modes in both off-axis and angle-plied laminates.

  3. Results of fracture mechanics analyses of the ederer cranes in the device assembly facility using reduced static fracture-toughness values

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    Dalder, E. N. C.

    1996-11-01

    The effects of a decreased static fracture-toughness value from that used in the previous fracture-mechanics analyses of the Ederer cranes in the Device Assembly Facility were examined to see what effects, if any, would be exerted on the fatigue crack growth and fracture behavior of the cranes. In particular, the behavior of the same 3 critical locations on the lower flanges of the load beams of the Ederer 5 ton and 4 ton cranes, were examined, with the reduced static fracture-toughness value.

  4. Numerical Analysis and Experimental Study of Hard Roofs in Fully Mechanized Mining Faces under Sleeve Fracturing

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    Zhitao Zheng

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Sudden falls of large-area hard roofs in a mined area release a large amount of elastic energy, generate dynamic loads, and cause disasters such as impact ground pressure and gas outbursts. To address these problems, in this study, the sleeve fracturing method (SFM was applied to weaken a hard roof. The numerical simulation software FLAC3D was used to develop three models based on an analysis of the SFM working mechanism. These models were applied to an analysis of the fracturing effects of various factors such as the borehole diameter, hole spacing, and sleeve pressure. Finally, the results of a simulation were validated using experiments with similar models. Our research indicated the following: (1 The crack propagation directions in the models were affected by the maximum principal stress and hole spacing. When the borehole diameter was fixed, the fracturing pressure increased with increasing hole spacing. In contrast, when the fracturing pressure was fixed, the fracturing range increased with increasing borehole diameter; (2 The most ideal fracturing effect was found at a fracturing pressure of 17.6 MPa in the model with a borehole diameter of 40 mm and hole spacing of 400 mm. The results showed that it is possible to regulate the falls of hard roofs using the SFM. This research may provide a theoretical basis for controlling hard roofs in mining.

  5. Calculation research of fracture mechanics parameters KJ of cracks in elbows

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    Background: Elbows are important constituent parts of piping systems in nuclear power plant. The pressure boundary integrity of elbows direct influences reliability of nuclear power plant operation. Purpose: Therefore, it is necessary to carry out analysis of the cracked elbows to evaluate whether the safety requirement is satisfied. Methods: The principal fracture mechanics parameters required in analysis and evaluation are stress intensity factor K and J integral. The most important procedure for calculating fracture parameters K/J is to build up correct and reasonable mesh using finite element method. Results: In this paper, a fast programmed and partitioned three dimensional modeling procedure was proposed, which is useful to model the complex finite element model in fracture mechanics calculation, and calculation case of KJ of cracked elbows which subjected to inner pressure and in-plan moment was given based on the modeling method. Conclusions: The results prove that the programmed and partitioned modeling method developed in this paper could solve the complex modeling issue in fracture mechanics calculation of cracked elbow, as well as offer experiences for modeling other cracked components and calculating fracture mechanics parameters KJ. (authors)

  6. Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty Can Restore Normal Spine Mechanics following Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture

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    Jin Luo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Osteoporotic vertebral fractures often lead to pain and disability. They can be successfully treated, and possibly prevented, by injecting cement into the vertebral body, a procedure known as vertebroplasty. Kyphoplasty is similar, except that an inflatable balloon is used to restore vertebral body height before cement is injected. These techniques are growing rapidly in popularity, and a great deal of recent research, reviewed in this paper, has examined their ability to restore normal mechanical function to fractured vertebrae. Fracture reduces the height and stiffness of a vertebral body, causing the spine to assume a kyphotic deformity, and transferring load bearing to the neural arch. Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are equally able to restore vertebral stiffness, and restore load sharing towards normal values, although kyphoplasty is better at restoring vertebral body height. Future research should optimise these techniques to individual patients in order to maximise their beneficial effects, while minimising the problems of cement leakage and adjacent level fracture.

  7. Hydraulic and mechanical properties of natural fractures in low-permeability rock

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    The results of a comprehensive laboratory study of the mechanical displacement, permeability, and void geometry of single rock fractures in a quartz monzonite are summarized and analyzed. A metal-injection technique was developed that provided quantitative data on the precise geometry of the void spaces between the fracture surfaces and the areas of contact at different stresses. At effective stresses of less than 20 MPa fluid flow was proportional to the mean fracture aperture raised to a power greater than 3. As stress was increased, contact area was increased and void spaces become interconnected by small tortuous channels that constitute the principal impediment to fluid flow. At effective stresses higher than 20 MPa, the mean fracture aperture continued to diminish with increasing stress, but this had little effect on flow because the small tortuous flow channels deformed little with increasing stress

  8. Therapeutic effect of pilose antler polypeptides (PAP) on experimental fracture and its mechanism

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    Objective: To test the therapeutic effect of PAP on experimental fracture and its mechanism. Methods: Effect of PAP on the incorporation of [3H]-TdR into DNA syntheses in the cells of rabbits costal cartilage and human embryonic joint as well as osteoblast precursor cells of embryonic chick calvaria in vitro and effect of PAP on the experimental radius fracture in rats in vivo were observed. Results: PAP of 10∼50 μg·ml-1 showed mitogenic activities and significant promotion of DNA syntheses for various cartilage cells in vitro. In vivo experimental results revealed that PAP 10 and 20 mg·kg-1 could promote healing of radius fracture, accelerate osteotylus formation and increase contents of calcium and oxyproline. Conclusion: PAP accelerates fracture healing through promoting multiplications of cartilage and osteoblast precursor cells, collagen accumulation and calcium precipitation in osteotylus

  9. Delayed Fracture Resistance and Mechanical Properties of 30MnSi High Strength Steel

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    XIAO Gui-zhi; DI Hong-shuang

    2009-01-01

    To investigate the effect of heat treatment on mechanical properties and delayed fracture resistance of high strength steel,30MnSi prestressed concrete (PC) steel bars are quenched and tempered.Tensile results show that,after 950 ℃ quenching and about 430 ℃ tempering,30MnSi PC steel bars have superior mechanical properties and delayed fracture resistance.Microstructursl observation shows that 30MnSi steel bar is mainly composed of fine tempered sorbite (troostite) with carbide distributed along the lath martensite boundaries.It can be concluded that thermal refining is an effective way to improve mechanical properties and delayed fracture resistance of 30MnSi PC steel bar.

  10. Non-double-couple mechanisms of microearthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing

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    Sileny, J.; Hill, D.P.; Eisner, L.; Cornet, F.H.

    2009-01-01

    We have inverted polarity and amplitude information of representative microearthquakes to investigate source mechanisms of seismicity induced by hydraulic fracturing in the Carthage Cotton Valley, east Texas, gas field. With vertical arrays of four and eight three-component geophones in two monitoring wells, respectively, we were able to reliably determine source mechanisms of the strongest events with the best signal-to-noise ratio. Our analysis indicates predominantly non-double-couple source mechanisms with positive volumetric component consistent with opening cracks oriented close to expected hydraulic fracture orientation. Our observations suggest the induced events are directly the result of opening cracks by fluid injection, in contrast to many previous studies where the seismicity is interpreted to be primarily shearing caused by pore pressure diffusion into the surrounding rock or associated with shear stresses created at the hydraulic fracture tip. Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.

  11. Variate generation for probabilistic fracture mechanics and fitness-for-service studies

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    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited is conducting studies in Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics. These studies are being conducted as part of a fitness-for-service programme in support of CANDU reactors. The Monte Carlo analyses, which form part of the Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics studies, require that variates can be sampled from probability density functions. Accurate pseudo-random numbers are necessary for accurate variate generation. This report details the principles of variate generation, and describes the production and testing of pseudo-random numbers. A new algorithm has been produced for the correct performance of the lattice test for the independence of pseudo-random numbers. Two new pseudo-random number generators have been produced. These generators have excellent randomness properties and can be made fully machine-independent. Versions, in FORTRAN, for VAX and CDC computers are given. Accurate and efficient algorithms for the generation of variates from the specialized probability density functions of Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics are given. 38 refs

  12. Prediction of retained residual stresses in laboratory fracture mechanics specimens extracted from welded components

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    The measurement of weld material fracture toughness properties is important for the structural integrity assessment of engineering components. However, welds can contain high levels of residual stress and these can be retained in fracture mechanics specimens, particularly when machined from non-stress relieved welds. Retained residual stresses can make the measurement of valid fracture toughness properties difficult. This paper describes the results of analytical work undertaken to investigate factors that can influence the magnitude and distribution of residual stresses retained in fracture mechanics specimen blanks extracted from as-welded ferritic and austenitic stainless steel plates. The results indicate that significant levels of residual stress can be retained in specimen blanks prior to notching, and that the magnitude and distribution of stress is dependent upon material properties, specimen geometry and size, and extraction location through the thickness of the weld. Finite element modelling is shown to provide a useful approach for estimating the level and distributions of retained residual stresses. A new stress partitioning approach has been developed to estimate retained stress levels and results compare favourably with FE analysis and available experimental data. The approach can help guide the selection of specimen geometry and machining strategies to minimise the level of residual stresses retained in fracture mechanics specimen blanks extracted from non stress-relieved welds and thus improve the measurement of weld fracture toughness properties. - Highlights: • A simplified method for generating realistic weld residual stresses has been developed. • It has been shown that significant levels of residual stress can be retained within laboratory fracture mechanics specimens. • The level and distribution is dependant upon material, specimen type, specimen size and extraction location. • A method has been developed to allow estimates of the

  13. Mechanical interactions between proppants and rock and their effect on hydraulic fracture performance

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    Legarth, B.A.; Raab, S.; Huenges, E. [GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (Germany)

    2005-07-01

    Proppants interact mechanically with the rock matrix. This causes damage to the fracture face and influences propped fracture performance. Therefore, proppant embedment and proppant crushing phenomena were analysed in laboratory under simulated in situ conditions. The embedment tests were performed in a conductivity cell using reassembled core halves. Embedment features in the rock matrix were optically analyzed. In a separate unit single grain strength tests were performed on a wide range of ceramic proppant types (AI203-based, coated/uncoated) and sizes (diameter 0,2-1,6 mm). The experiment showed that areas in the fracture with low proppant concentration revealed severe proppant crushing and embedment that occurred already at low effective stress. Punctual loading was identified as reason for premature proppant failure. Grain strength testing showed that compressive fracture force increases with grain diameter, is influenced by the presence of a coating and might be additionally controlled by grain surface structure. Compressive fracture strength is largely independent from size for same proppant types. A contact model introduced by Hertz was applied to retrieve the stress magnitudes at grain failure. Proppant crushing leads to generation of fines in the matrix and the proppant pack. These fines can be transported and plug pore-throats and flow channels. Dependent on completion type and expected fracture widths proppant grain size should be maximized for higher fracture conductivity. Proppant crushing and embedment processes are enforced by decreasing proppant concentration. Considering natural conditions in a fracture - rough surfaces, tortuous-twisted paths that hinder even proppant distribution - low proppant concentrations appear to be very real, maybe even the normal case in nature. Thus, high proppant concentration is the key issue to mitigate fracture impairment. (orig.)

  14. The mechanical benefit of medial support screws in locking plating of proximal humerus fractures.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the biomechanical advantages of medial support screws (MSSs in the locking proximal humeral plate for treating proximal humerus fractures. METHODS: Thirty synthetic left humeri were randomly divided into 3 subgroups to establish two-part surgical neck fracture models of proximal humerus. All fractures were fixed with a locking proximal humerus plate. Group A was fixed with medial cortical support and no MSSs; Group B was fixed with 3 MSSs but without medial cortical support; Group C was fixed with neither medial cortical support nor MSSs. Axial compression, torsional stiffness, shear stiffness, and failure tests were performed. RESULTS: Constructs with medial support from cortical bone showed statistically higher axial and shear stiffness than other subgroups examined (P<0.0001. When the proximal humerus was not supported by medial cortical bone, locking plating with medial support screws exhibited higher axial and torsional stiffness than locking plating without medial support screws (P ≤ 0.0207. Specimens with medial cortical bone failed primarily by fracture of the humeral shaft or humeral head. Specimens without medial cortical bone support failed primarily by significant plate bending at the fracture site followed by humeral head collapse or humeral head fracture. CONCLUSIONS: Anatomic reduction with medial cortical support was the stiffest construct after a simulated two-part fracture. Significant biomechanical benefits of MSSs in locking plating of proximal humerus fractures were identified. The reconstruction of the medial column support for proximal humerus fractures helps to enhance mechanical stability of the humeral head and prevent implant failure.

  15. Fracture mechanics of polymer mortar made with recycled raw materials

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    Marco Antonio Godoy Jurumenha

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to show that industrial residues could be used in construction applications so that production costs as well as environmental protection can be improved. The fracture properties of polymer mortar manufactured with recycled materials are investigated to evaluate the materials behaviour to crack propagation. The residues used in this work were spent sand from foundry industry as aggregate, unsaturated polyester resin from polyethylene terephthalate (PET as matrix and polyester textile fibres from garment industry, producing an unique composite material fully from recycled components with low cost. The substitution of fresh by used foundry sand and the insertions of textile fibres contribute to a less brittle behaviour of polymer mortar.

  16. Elastic-plastic fracture mechanics of strength-mismatching

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    Parks, D.M.; Ganti, S.; McClintock, F.A. [Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Approximate solutions to stress-fields are provided for a strength-mismatched interface crack in small-scale yielding (SSY) for non-hardening and low hardening materials. Variations of local deformation intensities, characterized by a J-type contour integral, are proposed. The softer material experiences a higher deformation intensity level, J{sub S}, while the harder material sees a much lower deformation intensity level, J{sub H}, compared to that obtained from the applied J near the respective homogeneous crack-tips. For a low hardening material, the stress fields are obtained by scaling from an elastic/perfectly-plastic problem, based on an effective mismatch, M{sub eff}, which is a function of mismatch, M, and the hardening exponent, n. Triaxial stress build-up is discussed quantitatively in terms of M. The influence of strength-mismatch on cleavage fracture is discussed using Weibull statistics.

  17. Combining NDE and fracture mechanics by artifical intelligence expert systems techniques

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    This paper reports on the development of a PC-based expert system for non-destructive evaluation. Software tools from the expert systems subfield of artificial intelligence are being used to combine both NDE and fracture mechanics algorithms into one, unified package. The system incorporates elements of computer-enhanced ultrasonic signal processing, featuring artificial intelligence learning capability, state-of-the-art fracture mechanics analytical tools, and all relevant metallurgical and design data necessary to emulate the decisions of the panel(s) of experts typically involved in generating and dispositioning NDE data

  18. Life Prediction of Ball Grid Array Soldered Joints under Thermal Cycling Loading by Fracture Mechanics Method

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    2001-01-01

    Fatigue crack propagation life of ball grid array (BGA) soldered joints during thermal cycling loading was investigated by fracture mechanics approach using finite element analysis. The relationships between the strain energy release rate (G) and crack size (α), thermal cycle numbers (N) can be derived. Based on the relationships, fatigue life of the soldered joints was determined. The results showed that crack propagation life was higher than crack initiation life. Therefore, it appears that it is more appropriate to predict the fatigue life of soldered joints using the fracture mechanics method.

  19. An Overview of Innovative Strategies for Fracture Mechanics at NASA Langley Research Center

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    Ransom, Jonathan B.; Glaessgen, Edward H.; Ratcliffe, James G.

    2010-01-01

    Engineering fracture mechanics has played a vital role in the development and certification of virtually every aerospace vehicle that has been developed since the mid-20th century. NASA Langley Research Center s Durability, Damage Tolerance and Reliability Branch has contributed to the development and implementation of many fracture mechanics methods aimed at predicting and characterizing damage in both metallic and composite materials. This paper presents a selection of computational, analytical and experimental strategies that have been developed by the branch for assessing damage growth under monotonic and cyclic loading and for characterizing the damage tolerance of aerospace structures

  20. In situ atomic scale mechanical microscopy discovering the atomistic mechanisms of plasticity in nano-single crystals and grain rotation in polycrystalline metals

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    Han, Xiaodong, E-mail: xdhan@bjut.edu.cn [Institute of Microstructure and Property of Advanced Materials, Beijing University of Technology (China); Wang, Lihua; Yue, Yonghai [Institute of Microstructure and Property of Advanced Materials, Beijing University of Technology (China); Zhang, Ze, E-mail: zezhang@zju.edu.cn [Institute of Microstructure and Property of Advanced Materials, Beijing University of Technology (China); Department of Materials Science, National Key Lab of Silicon Materials, Zhejiang University (China)

    2015-04-15

    In this review, we briefly introduce our in situ atomic-scale mechanical experimental technique (ASMET) for transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which can observe the atomic-scale deformation dynamics of materials. This in situ mechanical testing technique allows the deformation of TEM samples through a simultaneous double-tilt function, making atomic-scale mechanical microscopy feasible. This methodology is generally applicable to thin films, nanowires (NWs), tubes and regular TEM samples to allow investigation of the dynamics of mechanically stressed samples at the atomic scale. We show several examples of this technique applied to Pt and Cu single/polycrystalline specimens. The in situ atomic-scale observation revealed that when the feature size of these materials approaches the nano-scale, they often exhibit “unusual” deformation behaviours compared to their bulk counterparts. For example, in Cu single-crystalline NWs, the elastic–plastic transition is size-dependent. An ultra-large elastic strain of 7.2%, which approaches the theoretical elasticity limit, can be achieved as the diameter of the NWs decreases to ∼6 nm. The crossover plasticity transition from full dislocations to partial dislocations and twins was also discovered as the diameter of the single-crystalline Cu NWs decreased. For Pt nanocrystals (NC), the long-standing uncertainties of atomic-scale plastic deformation mechanisms in NC materials (grain size G less than 15 nm) were clarified. For larger grains with G<∼10 nm, we frequently observed movements and interactions of cross-grain full dislocations. For G between 6 and 10 nm, stacking faults resulting from partial dislocations become more frequent. For G<∼6 nm, the plasticity mechanism transforms from a mode of cross-grain dislocation to a collective grain rotation mechanism. This grain rotation process is mediated by grain boundary (GB) dislocations with the assistance of GB diffusion and shuffling. These in situ atomic

  1. In situ atomic scale mechanical microscopy discovering the atomistic mechanisms of plasticity in nano-single crystals and grain rotation in polycrystalline metals

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    In this review, we briefly introduce our in situ atomic-scale mechanical experimental technique (ASMET) for transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which can observe the atomic-scale deformation dynamics of materials. This in situ mechanical testing technique allows the deformation of TEM samples through a simultaneous double-tilt function, making atomic-scale mechanical microscopy feasible. This methodology is generally applicable to thin films, nanowires (NWs), tubes and regular TEM samples to allow investigation of the dynamics of mechanically stressed samples at the atomic scale. We show several examples of this technique applied to Pt and Cu single/polycrystalline specimens. The in situ atomic-scale observation revealed that when the feature size of these materials approaches the nano-scale, they often exhibit “unusual” deformation behaviours compared to their bulk counterparts. For example, in Cu single-crystalline NWs, the elastic–plastic transition is size-dependent. An ultra-large elastic strain of 7.2%, which approaches the theoretical elasticity limit, can be achieved as the diameter of the NWs decreases to ∼6 nm. The crossover plasticity transition from full dislocations to partial dislocations and twins was also discovered as the diameter of the single-crystalline Cu NWs decreased. For Pt nanocrystals (NC), the long-standing uncertainties of atomic-scale plastic deformation mechanisms in NC materials (grain size G less than 15 nm) were clarified. For larger grains with G<∼10 nm, we frequently observed movements and interactions of cross-grain full dislocations. For G between 6 and 10 nm, stacking faults resulting from partial dislocations become more frequent. For G<∼6 nm, the plasticity mechanism transforms from a mode of cross-grain dislocation to a collective grain rotation mechanism. This grain rotation process is mediated by grain boundary (GB) dislocations with the assistance of GB diffusion and shuffling. These in situ atomic

  2. Probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis of thermally aged nuclear piping in a pressurized water reactor

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    Highlights: • Thermal aging embrittlement was considered in the PFM analysis of nuclear pipe. • Predicting program for pipe failure probability was developed based on thermal aging. • Cumulative failure probability is significantly affected by fracture toughness. • Cumulative failure probability is slightly affected by fatigue crack growth rate. • Tensile strength increase due to thermal aging slightly reduces pipe failure risk. - Abstract: A predicting program for pipe break probability based on thermal aging embrittlement was developed. In order for life prediction, evolutions of fracture toughness and tensile strength were estimated for a Z3CN20-09M piping steel using the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) procedure. To understand the influence of thermal aging on failure probability, different evolutions of fracture toughness, tensile strength and fatigue crack growth rate were employed in the prediction of cumulative failure probability. The results show that the cumulative failure probability for 40-year thermal aging increases by almost four times compared to without consideration of fracture toughness degradation. The cumulative failure probability is slightly affected by fatigue crack growth rate. The increase of tensile strength due to thermal aging reduces the risk of pipe failure. This work demonstrates that the degradation of fracture toughness due to thermal aging should be fully considered in the probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis of nuclear pressure pipes

  3. 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)

  4. Effect of root canal preparation, type of endodontic post and mechanical cycling on root fracture strength

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    Marília Pivetta RIPPE

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the impact of the type of root canal preparation, intraradicular post and mechanical cycling on the fracture strength of roots. Material and Methods: eighty human single rooted teeth were divided into 8 groups according to the instruments used for root canal preparation (manual or rotary instruments, the type of intraradicular post (fiber posts- FRC and cast post and core- CPC and the use of mechanical cycling (MC as follows: Manual and FRC; Manual, FRC and MC; Manual and CPC; Manual, CPC and MC; Rotary and FRC; Rotary, FRC and MC; Rotary and CPC; Rotary, CPC and MC. The filling was performed by lateral compactation. All root canals were prepared for a post with a 10 mm length, using the custom #2 bur of the glass fiber post system. For mechanical cycling, the protocol was applied as follows: an angle of incidence of 45°, 37°C, 88 N, 4 Hz, 2 million pulses. All groups were submitted to fracture strength test in a 45° device with 1 mm/ min cross-head speed until failure occurred. Results: The 3-way ANOVA showed that the root canal preparation strategy (p<0.03 and post type (p<0.0001 affected the fracture strength results, while mechanical cycling (p=0.29 did not. Conclusion: The root canal preparation strategy only influenced the root fracture strength when restoring with a fiber post and mechanical cycling, so it does not seem to be an important factor in this scenario.

  5. OCA-P, a deterministic and probabilistic fracture-mechanics code for application to pressure vessels

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    The OCA-P code is a probabilistic fracture-mechanics code that was prepared specifically for evaluating the integrity of pressurized-water reactor vessels when subjected to overcooling-accident loading conditions. The code has two-dimensional- and some three-dimensional-flaw capability; it is based on linear-elastic fracture mechanics; and it can treat cladding as a discrete region. Both deterministic and probabilistic analyses can be performed. For the former 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 various histograms (probabilistic analysis)

  6. Fracture Resistance Measurement Method for in situ Observation of Crack Mechanisms

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    Sørensen, Bent F.; Horsewell, A.; Jørgensen, O.;

    1998-01-01

    A special test fixture has been developed for fracture mechanical testing of brittle materials inside an environmental scanning electron microscope. The fixture loads a double cantilever beam specimen with pure bending moments and provides stable crack growth. Crack growth is detected by in situ...... observation and acoustic emission, As an example, crack growth in a cubic-phase yttria-stabilized zirconia is detected easily by in situ observation of the crack-tip region, Many fracture toughness measurements are obtained for each specimen, giving high confidence in the measured fracture toughness value, In...... situ observation is useful for the study of toughening mechanisms and subcritical crack-growth behavior and to sort out erroneous measurements (e.g., due to crack branching)....

  7. Fracture mechanics of PVDF polymeric material : specimen geometry effects

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    Laiarinandrasana, Lucien; Hochstetter, Gilles; Lafarge, Mélanie

    2006-01-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is a semi-crystalline polymer that has been widely studied for structural applications, because it exhibits good mechanical properties and chemical resistance. During viscoplastic deformation, the material whitens after the onset of necking due to nucleation and growth of voids. Mechanical tests on cracked specimens show the crack instability on DENT specimens whereas stable crack growth on SENB specimens is also encountered. In the global approach of non linear...

  8. Forming limit and fracture mechanism of ferritic stainless steel sheets

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    Research highlights: → Forming limit curves of two ferritic stainless steel sheets were well predicted. → Failure occurs by necking in uniaxial and plane strain tension for both materials. → Failure occurs by shearing in balanced biaxial tension for both materials. → Strain rate sensitivity does not affect the limit strains a lot for both materials. → Strain rate sensitivity likely influences the failure mode for both materials. - Abstract: In this work, the forming limit curves (FLCs) of two ferritic stainless steel sheets, AISI409L and AISI430, were predicted with the Marciniak-Kuczynski (MK) and Bressan-William-Hill (BWH) models, combined with the Yld2000-2d yield function and the Swift hardening law. Uniaxial tension, disk compression and hydraulic bulge tests were performed to determine the yield loci and hardening curves of both materials. Meanwhile, the strain rate sensitivity (SRS) coefficient was measured through uniaxial tension tests carried out at different strain rates. Out-of-plane stretching tests were conducted in sheet specimens to obtain the surface limit strains under different linear strain paths. Micrographs of the specimens fractured in different stress states were obtained by optical and scanning electron microscopy. The overall results show that the BWH model can predict the FLC better than the MK model, and that the SRS does not have much effect on the limit strains for both materials. The predicted FLCs and micrograph analysis both indicate that failure occurs by surface localized necking in uniaxial and plane strain tension states, whereas it occurs by localized shearing in the through thickness direction in balanced biaxial tension state.

  9. The imprint of hydro-mechanics of fractures in periodic pumping tests

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    Vinci, C.; Steeb, H.; Renner, J.

    2015-09-01

    Modelling of pressure transients recorded in wells allows for characterization of reservoirs surrounding the well. Simulation of pressure transients furthermore permits sensitivity studies for individual model parameters. We numerically simulated pumping tests in a vertical well intersecting a single horizontal fracture to evaluate the diagnostic potential of periodic pumping procedures for subsurface characterization. The pressure responses in the pumping and monitoring wells were analysed with respect to their sensitivity to geometrical and hydraulic properties of the fracture and of the surrounding rock material. We focused on interference analysis that for periodic pumping tests reduces to a consideration of amplitude ratio and phase shift between pressure transients recorded at an injection well and monitoring points. Fluid flow in the deformable fracture was modelled employing (1) a hybrid-dimensional hydro-mechanically coupled approach and (2) an uncoupled-diffusion equation. Results of both approaches were compared to quantify the effects of hydro-mechanical coupling. While in the uncoupled-diffusion approach a bulk storage capacity value is prescribed for the fracture, storage capacity is implicitly accounted for by the coupling in the hybrid-dimensional approach. Results reveal that hydro-mechanical coupling strongly affects the pressure transient at the pumping well and the monitoring points. Asymmetry of the pressure profiles between injection and production phases at the injection point is a peculiar characteristic of the hydro-mechanical results and is related to changes in fracture permeability with fluid pressure caused by fracture deformation. Further hydro-mechanical effects, such as reverse-pressure response, occur at monitoring points along the fracture domain, in particular at positions in the conduit where the contribution of diffusive pressure propagation remains small, that is, at monitoring distances large compared to classic scaling for

  10. Experimental Investigation and Fracture Mechanical Modelling of Debonded Sandwich Panels Loaded with Lateral Pressure

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    Jolma, Perttu; Segercrantz, Sebastian; Berggreen, Carl Christian

    For the determination of debonded sandwich panel residual strength with lateral loading a parametric finite element model is developed. The parametric model allows an arbitrary positioning of the debond within the panel and consists of both solid and shell elements. A fracture mechanical approach...

  11. An Analytical Model for Fatigue Life Prediction Based on Fracture Mechanics and Crack Closure

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    Ibsø, Jan Behrend; Agerskov, Henning

    Fatigue in steel structures subjected to stochastic loading is studied. Of special interest is the problem of fatigue damage accumulation and in this connection, a comparison between experimental results and results obtained using fracture mechanics. Fatigue test results obtained for welded plate...

  12. Fracture mechanical analysis of strengthened concrete tension members with one crack

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    Hansen, Christian Skodborg; Stang, Henrik

    2012-01-01

    A concrete tension member strengthened 2 with fiber reinforced polymer plates on two sides 3 is analyzed with non-linear fracture mechanics. The 4 analysis of the strengthened tension member incorpo5 rates cohesive properties for both concrete and inter6 face between concrete and strengthening...

  13. Correction of fatigue parameters of concrete using approximation of mechanical-Fracture parameters in time

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    Šimonová, H.; Keršner, Z.; Seitl, Stanislav; Pryl, D.; Pukl, R.

    -, č. 1 (2012), s. 57-59. ISSN 1213-3116 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP104/11/0833 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : fatigue * concrete * correction * fracture parameters Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  14. Adaptive finite element methods for two-dimensional problems in computational fracture mechanics

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    Min, J. B.; Bass, J. M.; Spradley, L. W.

    1994-01-01

    Some recent results obtained using solution-adaptive finite element methods in two-dimensional problems in linear elastic fracture mechanics are presented. The focus is on the basic issue of adaptive finite element methods for validating the new methodology by computing demonstration problems and comparing the stress intensity factors to analytical results.

  15. Thermodynamic and fracture mechanical processes in the context of frost wedging in ice shelves

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    Plate, Carolin; Müller, Ralf; Humbert, Angelika; Gross, Dietmar

    2015-04-01

    Ice shelves, the link between ice shields or glaciers and the ocean are sensitive elements of the polar environment. The ongoing break up and disintegration of huge ice shelf parts or entire ice shelf demands for an explication of the underlying processes. The first analyses of crack growth and break up events in ice shelves date back to more than half a century. Nevertheless, the mechanisms that trigger and influence the collapse of whole ice shelf parts are not yet fully understood. Popular presumptions link ice shelf disintegration to surface meltwater and hydro fracturing, explaining break up events in warm polar seasons. Fracture events during colder seasons are possibly triggered by more complex mechanisms. A well-documented break up event at the Wilkins Ice Shelf bridge inspires the possibility of frost wedging as disintegration cause. The present study shows a two-dimensional thermo-dynamical model simulating the growth of an ice lid in a water-filled crevasse for measured surface temperatures. The influence of the crevasse geometry and the ice shelf temperature are shown. The resulting lid thickness is then used for the linear elastic fracture mechanical analysis. The maximum crack depth is estimated by comparing the computed stress intensity factors to critical values KIc obtained from literature. The thermodynamic as well as the fracture mechanical simulation are performed using the commercial finite element code COMSOL. The computation of KI follows in post processing routines in MATLAB exploiting the benefits of the concept of configurational forces.

  16. Structural Reliability of Ceramics at High Temperature: Mechanisms of Fracture and Fatigue Crack Growth

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    Reinhold H. Dauskardt

    2005-08-01

    Final report of our DOE funded research program. Aim of the research program was to provide a fundamental basis from which the mechanical reliability of layered structures may be understood, and to provide guidelines for the development of technologically relevant layered material structures with optimum resistance to fracture and subcritical debonding. Progress in the program to achieve these goals is described.

  17. Mechanism and patterns of cervical spine fractures-dislocations in vertebral artery injury

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    Pankaj Gupta

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To identify the fracture patterns and mechanism of injury, based on subaxial cervical spine injury classification system (SLIC, on non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT of cervical spine predictive of vertebral artery injury (VAI. Patients and Methods: We retrospectively analyzed cervical spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of 320 patients who were admitted with cervical spine injury in our level I regional trauma center over a period of two years (April 2010 to April 2012. Diagnosis of VAI was based on hyperintensity replacing the flow void on a T2-weighted axial image. NCCT images of the selected 43 patients with MRI diagnosis of VAI were then assessed for the pattern of injury. The cervical spinal injuries were classified into those involving the C1 and C2 and subaxial spine. For the latter, SLIC was used. Results: A total of 47 VAI were analyzed in 43 patients. Only one patient with VAI on MRI had no detectable abnormality on NCCT. C1 and C2 injuries were found in one and six patients respectively. In subaxial injuries, the most common mechanism of injury was distraction (37.5% with facet dislocation with or without fracture representing the most common pattern of injury (55%. C5 was the single most common affected vertebral level. Extension to foramen transversarium was present in 20 (42.5% cases. Conclusion: CT represents a robust screening tool for patients with VAI. VAI should be suspected in patients with facet dislocation with or without fractures, foramina transversarium fractures and C1-C3 fractures, especially type III odontoid fractures and distraction mechanism of injury.

  18. 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.

  19. Application of Fracture Mechanics to Stress Corrosion Cracking

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    Gajdoš, Lubomír

    Poreč : Danubia, 1997 - (Jecič, M.), s. 66-67 [Danubia-Adria Symposium /14./. Poreč (HR), 10.09.1997-12.09.1997] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA103/95/1320 Keywords : stress corrosion, stress intensity factor Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  20. Study on the mechanism of seepage flow in the grouting for multiple fractured model

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    The purpose of study is to improve the grouting method for fractured rock masses. In this paper, the results on the fundamental phenomenon for grasping the properties of grouting injection and seepage flow are discussed. The case of grouting stage is studied about the multiple hydraulic fractured apertures in the injected borehole. So the theory on the mechanism is constructed, and experiment is executed in order to verify the availability of the theory. From the results, it is shown that Bernoulli's law is able to prove the behavior of the grouting. And the theoretical evaluation is executed on the experiential procedure of the grouting. (author)

  1. The use of the J* integral for non-linear fracture mechanics

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    The Griffith energy balance criterion, first postulated over 50 years ago, is still the basis of linear elastic fracture mechanics. From this, accurate numerical methods for establishing stress intensity factors and energy release rates have been developed. One such method involves path independent contour integrals about the crack tip. An improved contour integral, designated J* is discussed, and shown to have distinct advantages over others in non-linear strain situations. A number of examples are shown including fractures in thermo-plastic and creep situations. (author)

  2. The assessment of neutron radiation effect on reactor steels using fracture mechanics parameters

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    The radiation stability is discussed of reactor material 15KH2MFA manufactured by Vitkovice Steel and by the SKODA works and of ASTM A543 manufactured by Vitkovice Steel, applying the parameters of fracture mechanics using the Ksub(IC), COD and Jsub(IC) techniques, the notch toughness and the plastic appearance of fractures of Charpy V (RV) samples. The shifts in transient temperatures are given effected in the individual tests by irradiation with fast neutrons (E>1MeV, 1023 n/m2). (author)

  3. The application of fracture mechanics to the notch sensitivity of graphite

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    A theoretical model of a doubly-notched plate of a brittle porous solid is used to investigate the effect of specimen geometry on the notch sensitivity of the material. Conformal mapping techniques are used to analyse the stress distribution in the model, which is assumed to be loaded in longitudinal shear and to fracture from a critically placed defect in the root of the notch. Results obtained from the model are compared with observed notch sensitivities of an AGL moulded graphite, both before and after irradiation, and demonstrate that, under stress conditions of this type, fracture mechanics can be used to formulate an entirely adequate failure criterion for the material. (author)

  4. 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...

  5. Rock mechanics issues and research needs in the disposal of wastes in hydraulic fractures

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    Doe, T.W.; McClain, W.C.

    1984-07-01

    The proposed rock mechanics studies outlined in this document are designed to answer the basic questions concerning hydraulic fracturing for waste disposal. These questions are: (1) how can containment be assured for Oak Ridge or other sites; and (2) what is the capacity of a site. The suggested rock mechanics program consists of four major tasks: (1) numerical modeling, (2) laboratory testing, (3) field testing, and (4) monitoring. These tasks are described.

  6. Application of the generalized linear elastic fracture mechanics to NiTi catheter

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    Houfek, L.; Klusák, Jan; Profant, T.; Kotoul, M.; Knésl, Zdeněk

    Rio de Janeiro: SBPMat, Brazil- MRS , 2009. s. 1-1. ISSN 1983-7542. [International Conference on Advanced Materials /11./. 20.09.2009-25.09.2009, Rio de Janeiro] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA101/08/0994 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : generalized fracture mechanics * singular stress concentrator * crack initiation direction Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  7. A novel diagnostic sign of hip fracture mechanism in ground level falls: two case reports and review of the literature

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    Kelly Douglas W

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Most elderly hip fractures are the result of a ground level fall. Defining high risk falls and fracture mechanisms are important to develop successful hip fracture prevention programs. This case series presents a previously unreported diagnostic sign and for the first time documents a hip fracture mechanism for a knee impact injury from a ground level fall in two elderly patients. Case presentation Case 1 was a 65-year-old Caucasian woman who fell forward with initial contact to her left knee, sustaining an impacted femoral neck fracture of her ipsilateral left hip. Case 2 was a 92-year-old Caucasian woman who fell bending forward, impacting her left knee and sustaining a comminuted intertrochanteric fracture of her ipsilateral left hip. The fractures occurred as a result of unprotected ground level falls in a forward direction with initial impact to the knee. The knee contusions were located near Gerdy’s tubercle and appear characteristic of a direct impact injury. Conclusion The physical finding of a small localized site of impact and/or contusion in the anterior aspect of the knee in both of these patients with radiographic evidence of an ipsilateral hip fracture would strongly suggest that a knee impact injury can transmit enough energy to the proximal femur by axial loading to result in the hip fracture. The physical finding described is a reliable indicator of this hip fracture mechanism.

  8. Method for fracture mechanics analysis of nuclear reactor vessels under severe thermal transients. [PWR

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    Bamford, W.H.; Buchalet, C.B.

    1976-07-01

    Fracture mechanics analyses of nuclear reactor vessels under severe thermal transients require accurate stress intensity factor expressions for flaws in cylindrical geometries subjected to arbitrary stress profiles and knowledge of fracture toughness properties of the reactor vessel steel and their variation with temperature and irradiation. The method of analysis utilizes stress intensity factor solutions recently developed for cylindrical geometries to determine the stress intensity factor profiles through the reactor vessel wall at various time intervals during the transient. The stress intensity factor values are obtained using the thermal stresses given by a previous thermo-hydraulic analysis also giving the temperature profiles through the vessel wall. A reference fracture toughness curve of K/sub lc/ versus temperature was established from all the experimental data available and was indexed to reference transition temperature, RT/sub NDT/. Reference curves giving the shift in RT/sub NDT/ as a function of fluence were also established from experimental data. The fracture toughness curve corresponding to a given irradiation level is obtained by translating the original K/sub lc/ temperature curve by an amount equal to the shift in RT/sub NDT/ obtained from the reference curves. The fracture toughness profiles through the vessel wall are determined at the same time intervals during the transient as those used in the stress intensity factor calculations. The fracture toughness profiles are obtained from the temperature and irradiation profiles. For each time interval considered, the critical crack depth is obtained at the intersection between the stress intensity factor profile and the fracture toughness profile. The variation of the critical crack depth as a function of time during the transient is also determined.

  9. Humeral fracture in non-ambulant infants - a possible accidental mechanism

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    Somers, John M.; Halliday, Katharine E. [Nottingham University Hospitals, Radiology Department, Nottingham (United Kingdom); Chapman, Stephen [Birmingham Children' s Hospital, Birmingham (United Kingdom)

    2014-10-15

    Humeral fracture in a non-ambulant infant younger than 1 year is suspicious for a non-accidental injury unless there is a credible accidental explanation. A previously unrecognised accidental mechanism was described in 1996 whereby a 5-month-old infant was rolled by a 3-year-old sibling from a prone to a supine position. To investigate the widely accepted view that an infant with limited mobility cannot sustain a fracture of the humerus by his or her own actions in the absence of the intervention of an external party. We present seven cases of non-ambulant infants between 4 and 7 months of age in whom an isolated humeral fracture was the only injury present. In each case the caregiver described the fracture occurring when the child rolled over, trapping the dependent arm, without the intervention of another party. There is no proof for this mechanism in the form of an independent witness or video recording. However, we propose that this mechanism is worthy of further consideration as a rare and unusual cause for the injury. Further study is required. (orig.)

  10. Focal mechanism caused by fracture or burst of a coal pillar

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    CAO An-ye; DOU Lin-ming; CHEN Guo-xiang; GONG Si-yuan; WANG Yu-gang; LI Zhi-hua

    2008-01-01

    As a regional, real-time and dynamic method, microseismic monitoring technology is quite an appropriate technology for forecasting geological hazards, such as rock bursts, mine tremors, coal and gas outbursts and can even be used to prevent or at least reduce these disasters. The study of the focal mechanisms of different seismic sources is the prerequisite and basis for forecasting rock burst by microseismic monitoring technology. Based on the analysis on the mechanism and fracture course of coal pillars where rock bursts occur mostly, the equivalent point source model of the seismicity caused by a coal pillar was created. Given the model, the seismic displacement equation of a coal pillar was analyzed and the seismic mechanism was pointed out by seismic wave theory. The course of the fracture of the coal pillar was simulated closely in the laboratory and the equivalent microseismic signals of the fractures of the coal pillar were acquired using a TDS-6 experimental system. The results show that, by the pressure and friction of a medium near the seismic source, both a compression wave and a shear wave will be emitted and shear fracture will be induced at the moment of breakage. The results can be used to provide an academic basis to forecast and prevent rock bursts or tremors in a coal pillar.

  11. Mechanical response and fracture dynamics of polymeric foams

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    Deschanel, S.; Vanel, L.; Godin, N.; Maire, E.; Vigier, G.; Ciliberto, S.

    2009-11-01

    Heterogeneous materials usually break through a process of microcracking that eventually leads to final rupture after accumulation and coalescence of many microcracks. The statistical properties of microcracking rupture have been known to resemble critical point statistics, with many of the physical quantities obeying power law distributions. However, there is no clear understanding of the origin of these distributions and of the specific values observed for the power law exponents. In this paper, we review the special case of polymeric foams that have the advantage of containing a single material component, the polymer, as opposed to usual heterogeneous materials such as composites. First, we briefly review the typical features of the polymeric foam mechanical response up to rupture that have been widely studied previously. Then, we focus on a less well-known aspect: the rupture dynamics of polymeric foams. We not only show that polymeric foams behave like other heterogeneous materials, i.e. they display power law statistics, but we are also able to test the effect on the power laws of the following properties: the foam heterogeneity by changing its density, the foam mechanical response by changing its temperature and the mechanical history by comparing creep tests and tensile tests.

  12. The effect of hydrogen on strain hardening and fracture mechanism of high-nitrogen austenitic steel

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    Maier, G. G.; Astafurova, E. G.; Melnikov, E. V.; Moskvina, V. A.; Vojtsik, V. F.; Galchenko, N. K.; Zakharov, G. N.

    2016-07-01

    High-nitrogen austenitic steels are perspective materials for an electron-beam welding and for producing of wear-resistant coatings, which can be used for application in aggressive atmospheres. The tensile behavior and fracture mechanism of high-nitrogen austenitic steel Fe-20Cr-22Mn-1.5V-0.2C-0.6N (in wt.%) after electrochemical hydrogen charging for 2, 10 and 40 hours have been investigated. Hydrogenation of steel provides a loss of yield strength, uniform elongation and tensile strength. The degradation of tensile properties becomes stronger with increase in charging duration - it occurs more intensive in specimens hydrogenated for 40 hours as compared to ones charged for 2-10 hours. Fracture analysis reveals a hydrogen-induced formation of brittle surface layers up to 6 μm thick after 40 hours of saturation. Hydrogenation changes fracture mode of steel from mixed intergranular-transgranular to mainly transgranular one.

  13. Combined loading effects on the fracture mechanics behavior of line pipes

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    Bravo, R.E.; Cravero, S.; Ernst, H.A. [Tenaris Group, Campana (Argentina). SIDERCA R and D Center

    2009-12-19

    For certain applications, pipelines may be submitted to biaxial loading situations. In these cases, it is not clear the influence of the biaxial loading on the fracture mechanics behavior of cracked pipelines. For further understanding of biaxial loading effects, this work presents a numerical simulation of ductile tearing in a circumferentially surface cracked pipe under biaxial loading using the computational cell methodology. The model was adjusted with experimental results obtained in laboratory using single edge cracked under tension (SENT) specimens. These specimens appear as the better alternative to conventional fracture specimens to characterize fracture toughness of cracked pipes. The negligible effect of biaxial loadings on resistance curves was demonstrated. To guarantee the similarities of stress and strains fields between SENT specimens and cracked pipes subjected to biaxial loading, a constraint study using the J-Q methodology and the h parameter was used. The constraint study gives information about the characteristics of the crack-tip conditions. (author)

  14. Analysis of propagation mechanisms of stimulation-induced fractures in rocks

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    Krause, Michael; Renner, Joerg

    2016-04-01

    Effectivity of geothermal energy production depends crucially on the heat exchange between the penetrated hot rock and the circulating water. Hydraulic stimulation of rocks at depth intends to create a network of fractures that constitutes a large area for exchange. Two endmembers of stimulation products are typically considered, tensile hydro-fractures that propagate in direction of the largest principal stress and pre-existing faults that are sheared when fluid pressure reduces the effective normal stress acting on them. The understanding of the propagation mechanisms of fractures under in-situ conditions is still incomplete despite intensive research over the last decades. Wing-cracking has been suggested as a mechanism of fracture extension from pre-existent faults with finite length that are induced to shear. The initiation and extension of the wings is believed to be in tensile mode. Open questions concern the variability of the nominal material property controlling tensile fracture initiation and extension, the mode I facture toughness KIC, with in-situ conditions, e.g., its mean-stress dependence. We investigated the fracture-propagation mechanism in different rocks (sandstones and granites) under varying conditions mimicking those representative for geothermal systems. To determine KIC-values we performed 3-point bending experiments. We varied the confining pressure, the piston velocity, and the position of the chevron notch relative to the loading configuration. Additional triaxial experiments at a range of confining pressures were performed to study wing crack propagation from artificial flaws whose geometrical characteristics, i.e., length, width, and orientation relative to the axial load are varied. We monitored acoustic emissions to constrain the spacio-temporal evolution of the fracturing. We found a significant effect of the length of the artificial flaw and the confining pressure on wing-crack initiation but did not observe a systematic dependence

  15. Phenomenological and mechanics aspects of nondestructive evaluation and characterization by sound and ultrasound of material and fracture properties

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    Fu, L. S. W.

    1982-01-01

    Developments in fracture mechanics and elastic wave theory enhance the understanding of many physical phenomena in a mathematical context. Available literature in the material, and fracture characterization by NDT, and the related mathematical methods in mechanics that provide fundamental underlying principles for its interpretation and evaluation are reviewed. Information on the energy release mechanism of defects and the interaction of microstructures within the material is basic in the formulation of the mechanics problems that supply guidance for nondestructive evaluation (NDE).

  16. Fracture Mechanics Analyses of Subsurface Defects in Reinforced Carbon-Carbon Joggles Subjected to Thermo-Mechanical Loads

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    Knight, Norman F., Jr.; Raju, Ivatury S.; Song, Kyongchan

    2011-01-01

    Coating spallation events have been observed along the slip-side joggle region of the Space Shuttle Orbiter wing-leading-edge panels. One potential contributor to the spallation event is a pressure build up within subsurface voids or defects due to volatiles or water vapor entrapped during fabrication, refurbishment, or normal operational use. The influence of entrapped pressure on the thermo-mechanical fracture-mechanics response of reinforced carbon-carbon with subsurface defects is studied. Plane-strain simulations with embedded subsurface defects are performed to characterize the fracture mechanics response for a given defect length when subjected to combined elevated-temperature and subsurface-defect pressure loadings to simulate the unvented defect condition. Various subsurface defect locations of a fixed-length substrate defect are examined for elevated temperature conditions. Fracture mechanics results suggest that entrapped pressure combined with local elevated temperatures have the potential to cause subsurface defect growth and possibly contribute to further material separation or even spallation. For this anomaly to occur, several unusual circumstances would be required making such an outcome unlikely but plausible.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. Understanding Irreversible Degradation of Nb3Sn Wires with Fundamental Fracture Mechanics

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    Zhai, Yuhu [PPPL; Calzolaio, Ciro [Univ of Geneva; Senatore, Carmine [Univ of Geneva

    2014-08-01

    Irreversible performance degradation of advanced Nb3Sn superconducting wires subjected to transverse or axial mechanical loading is a critical issue for the design of large-scale fusion and accelerator magnets such as ITER and LHC. Recent SULTAN tests indicate that most cable-in-conduit conductors for ITER coils made of Nb3Sn wires processed by various fabrication techniques show similar performance degradation under cyclic loading. The irreversible degradation due to filament fracture and local strain accumulation in Nb3Sn wires cannot be described by the existing strand scaling law. Fracture mechanic modeling combined with X-ray diffraction imaging of filament micro-crack formation inside the wires under mechanical loading may reveal exciting insights to the wire degradation mechanisms. We apply fundamental fracture mechanics with a singularity approach to study influence of wire filament microstructure of initial void size and distribution to local stress concentration and potential crack propagation. We report impact of the scale and density of the void structure on stress concentration in the composite wire materials for crack initiation. These initial defects result in an irreversible degradation of the critical current beyond certain applied stress. We also discuss options to minimize stress concentration in the design of the material microstructure for enhanced wire performance for future applications.

  20. A damage-mechanics model for fracture nucleation and propagation

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    Yakovlev, G; Turcotte, D L; Rundle, J B; Klein, W; 10.1016/j.tafmec.2010.06.002.

    2010-01-01

    In this paper a composite model for earthquake rupture initiation and propagation is proposed. The model includes aspects of damage mechanics, fiber-bundle models, and slider-block models. An array of elements is introduced in analogy to the fibers of a fiber bundle. Time to failure for each element is specified from a Poisson distribution. The hazard rate is assumed to have a power-law dependence on stress. When an element fails it is removed, the stress on a failed element is redistributed uniformly to a specified number of neighboring elements in a given range of interaction. Damage is defined to be the fraction of elements that have failed. Time to failure and modes of rupture propagation are determined as a function of the hazard-rate exponent and the range of interaction.

  1. LWR pressure vessel failure assessment in case of LOCA using advanced thermohydraulic and fracture mechanics methods

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    Analyses of the integrity of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) of NPP Stade (KKS) under emergency core cooling conditions have been carried out using experimental and theoretical/numerical investigations to improve modelling of the complex thermohydraulic processes during loss of coolant accidents and to gain more realistic input data for an updated fracture mechanics analysis. The results presented for RPV-KKS take into account the effect of austenitic cladding and include a reevaluation and application of the warm prestress effect. The results of thermohydraulic analyses were used as input to finite-element calculations to evaluate temperature and stresses in the vessel wall. Fracture mechanics analyses have proven the exclusion of crack initiation for crack sizes below and even above the detection threshold of the continuously improved NDE method. With this result, the safety against brittle fracture according to the first KTA/ASME criterion - exclusion of crack initiation - is proven. In addition, finite-element arrest analyses were performed, showing that all postulated cracks were arrested within the allowable crack depth of 3/4 of the wall thickness. By that, the safety against brittle fracture according to the second KTA/ASME criterion - crack arrest - is confirmed, also if the NDE results were totally neglected. Therefore, no critical crack depth exists as a possible reason for a failure of the pressure vessel. (J.S.). 12 refs., 8 figs

  2. Tobacco extract but not nicotine impairs the mechanical strength of fracture healing in rats.

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    Skott, Martin; Andreassen, Troels T; Ulrich-Vinther, Michael; Chen, X; Keyler, Dan E; LeSage, Mark G; Pentel, Paul R; Bechtold, Joan E; Soballe, Kjeld

    2006-07-01

    The influence of nicotine and tobacco extract (without nicotine) alone and in combination on and mechanical strength of closed femoral fractures in rats was investigated. One hundred four male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups receiving: nicotine, tobacco extract, tobacco extract plus nicotine, and saline. One week prior to fracture, osmotic pumps were implanted subcutaneously in all animals to administer nicotine equivalent to the serum level of nicotine observed in a smoker consuming one to two packs of cigarettes daily. An equivalent volume of saline was administered to the control animals. Tobacco extract was administered orally. A closed transverse femoral diaphysial fracture was performed, and stabilized with an intramedullary pin. The fractures were mechanically tested after 21 days of healing. Tobacco extract alone decreased the mechanical strength. Ultimate torque and torque at yield point of the tobacco extract group were decreased by 21% (p=0.010) and 23% (p=0.056), respectively, compared with the vehicle (saline) group, and by 20% (p=0.023) and 26% (p=0.004), respectively, compared with the nicotine group. No difference was found between the tobacco extract and tobacco extract plus nicotine groups. An 18% (p=0.013) reduction in torque at yield point was observed in the tobacco extract plus nicotine group compared with the nicotine group. No differences in ultimate stiffness, energy absorption, and callus bone mineral content at the fracture line were found between any of the groups. Serum levels of nicotine were between 40-50 ng/mL in the group given nicotine alone and the group given tobacco extract plus nicotine (equivalent to serum levels observed in persons smoking one to two packs of cigarettes per day). PMID:16705735

  3. Ipsilateral simultaneous fracture of the trochlea involving the lateral end clavicle and distal end radius: a rare combination and a unique mechanism of injury

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    Gupta RK

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Isolated trochlea fracture in adults is a rare surgical entity as compared to its capitellar counterpart. It has been only mentioned sporadically in the literature as case reports. Fracture of the trochlea is accompanied by other elbow injuries like elbow dislocation, capitellum fracture, ulnar fracture and extraarticular condylar fracture. Here we report a unique case of isolated displaced trochlea fracture associated with fractures of the lateral end clavicle and the distal end radius. We propose a unique mechanism for this rare combination of injuries: typical triad of injury, i.e. fracture of the distal end radius with trochlea and fracture of the lateral end of the clavicle. Nonoperative treatment is recommended for undisplaced humeral trochlea fractures; but for displaced ones, anatomical reduction and internal fixation are essential to maintain the congruous trochleacoronoid articulation and hence to maintain the intrinsic stability of the elbow. Key words: Isolated trochlea fracture; Clavicle; Radius fractures

  4. Using fracture mechanics for determining residual stress fields in diverse geometries

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    Guillermo Urriolagiotia Sosa

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Component deterioration due to a crack is of the highest importance for the engineering community. Fracture mechanics have mainly been used for studying and evaluating crack or defect nucleation and propagation. This article presents a methodology based on inducing a crack (cut into mechanical components to characterise an induced residual stress field. This research work’s originality was aimed at highlighting fracture mechanics’ role in detecting possible component destruction by energetic analysis of crack propagation and evaluating service-life to be used as a technique for characterising the effect of prior loading history regarding a given material. The technique presented in this work is known worldwide as the crack compliance method, based on linear elastic fracture mechanics principles developed by Vaidyanathan and Finnie. Three studies are shown (bent beam, pressurised pipe and modified SEN specimen where components were induced with a residual stress field. The way non-homogeneous loading could introduce a residual stress field is also presented; if residual stress field acting on a specimen has been characterised, then the mechanical process can be manipulated and a beneficial effect induced into the material.

  5. Fracture Mechanics Analyses of Reinforced Carbon-Carbon Wing-Leading-Edge Panels

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    Raju, Ivatury S.; Phillips, Dawn R.; Knight, Norman F., Jr.; Song, Kyongchan

    2010-01-01

    Fracture mechanics analyses of subsurface defects within the joggle regions of the Space Shuttle wing-leading-edge RCC panels are performed. A 2D plane strain idealized joggle finite element model is developed to study the fracture behavior of the panels for three distinct loading conditions - lift-off and ascent, on-orbit, and entry. For lift-off and ascent, an estimated bounding aerodynamic pressure load is used for the analyses, while for on-orbit and entry, thermo-mechanical analyses are performed using the extreme cold and hot temperatures experienced by the panels. In addition, a best estimate for the material stress-free temperature is used in the thermo-mechanical analyses. In the finite element models, the substrate and coating are modeled separately as two distinct materials. Subsurface defects are introduced at the coating-substrate interface and within the substrate. The objective of the fracture mechanics analyses is to evaluate the defect driving forces, which are characterized by the strain energy release rates, and determine if defects can become unstable for each of the loading conditions.

  6. Modelling of Debond and Crack Propagation in Sandwich Structures Using Fracture and Damage Mechanics

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    Berggreen, C.; Simonsen, Bo Cerup; Toernqvist, Rikard

    Skin-core de-bonding or core crack propagation will often be dominating mechanisms in the collapse modes of sandwich structures. This paper presents two different methods for prediction of crack propagation in a sandwich structure: a fracture mechanics approach, where a new mode-mix method is...... presented, and a local damage mechanics approach. The paper presents a real-life application example, where the superstructure in a vessel pulls the skin off the sandwich deck. The calculations show almost unstable crack growth initially followed by a stabilization, and a nearly linear relation between...

  7. Fracture mechanical evaluation of high temperature structure and creep-fatigue defect assessment

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    Park, Chang Gyu; Kim, Jong Bum; Lee, Jae Han

    2004-02-01

    This study proposed the evaluation procedure of high temperature structures from the viewpoint of fracture mechanics on the cylindrical structure applicable to the KALIMER, which is developed by KAERI. For the evaluation of structural integrity, linear and non-linear fracture mechanics parameters were analyzed. Parameters used in creep defect growth applicable to high temperature structure of liquid metal reactor and the evaluation codes with these parameters were analyzed. The evaluation methods of defect initiation and defect growth which were established in R5/R6 code(UK), JNC method (Japan) and RCC-MR A16(France) code were analyzed respectively. The evaluation procedure of leak before break applicable to KALIMER was preliminarily developed and proposed. As an application example of defect growth, the creep-fatigue defect growth on circumferential throughwall defect in high temperature cylindrical structure was evaluated by RCC-MR A16 and this application technology was established.

  8. The application of fracture mechanics to the safety assessment of transport casks for radioactive materials

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    BAM is the German responsible authority for the mechanical and thermal design safety assessment of packages for the transport of radioactive materials. The assessment has to cover the brittle fracture safety proof of package components made of potentially brittle materials. This paper gives a survey of the regulatory and technical requirements for such an assessment according to BAM's new ''Guidelines for the Application of Ductile Cast Iron for Transport and Storage Casks for Radioactive Materials''. Based on these guidelines higher stresses than before can become permissible, but it is necessary to put more effort into the safety assessment procedure. The fundamentals of such a proof with the help of the methods of fracture mechanics are presented. The recommended procedure takes into account the guidelines of the IAEA Advisory Material which are based on the prevention of crack initiation. Examples of BAM's research and safety assessment practices are given. Recommendations for further developments towards package designs with higher acceptable stress levels will be concluded

  9. Fracture mechanics based design for radioactive material transport packagings -- Historical review

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    The use of a fracture mechanics based design for the radioactive material transport (RAM) packagings has been the subject of extensive research for more than a decade. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has played an important role in the research and development of the application of this technology. Ductile iron has been internationally accepted as an exemplary material for the demonstration of a fracture mechanics based method of RAM packaging design and therefore is the subject of a large portion of the research discussed in this report. SNL's extensive research and development program, funded primarily by the U. S. Department of Energy's Office of Transportation, Energy Management and Analytical Services (EM-76) and in an auxiliary capacity, the office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, is summarized in this document along with a summary of the research conducted at other institutions throughout the world. In addition to the research and development work, code and standards development and regulatory positions are also discussed

  10. The COD concept and its application to fracture mechanical evaluation of cracked components

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    Based on a comprehensive literature study, this report critically evaluates the current state of experiences with the COD concept in fracture mechanics. First the concept is explained and the procedure of materials testing with a view to fracture mechanics is discussed in detail with emphasis on: The definition of crack shape modification; the procedure to detect crack modification, with subsequent comparison; the determination of material characteristics; the impact on the characteristics of the crack tip opening and the dispersion of results. The correlation between crack tip opening characteristics and notch impact strength is explained, and the methods applied for analysis of the streses affecting the structural components are shown. The design-based and failure threshold curves and the treatment of real crack geometries are also discussed. Problems still to be solved are shown. (orig./HP)

  11. The influence of heat treatment on mechanical and fracture properties of an alumina microsphere reinforced aluminium matrix composite

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    Hadianfard, M.J.; Healy, J.C.; Mai, Y.W. [Univ. of Sydney, NSW (Australia). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    1993-12-31

    The effects of aging on the mechanical and fracture toughness properties of a 6061 Al reinforced with 20 vol % alumina microsphere (Comral-85) were studied. Fractographic examination combined with X-ray mapping and image analysis were used to investigate the fracture micro-mechanisms. Hardness and tensile strength were found to increase with aging time reaching a maximum value after approximately 8 hours aging at 175{degree}C. Although elongation to failure decreased with aging time the fracture toughness showed little variation. Specimens for all heat treated conditions (peak-aged, under-aged and over-aged) exhibited ductile fracture consisting of void formation and coalescence. However, the matrix aging condition and particulate distribution significantly affected the fracture mechanisms. Fracture was characterized by particulate distribution significantly affected the fracture mechanisms. Fracture was characterized by particle cracking and matrix failure in the under-aged condition and by decohesion at the matrix/particle interface in the over-aged condition. Image analysis indicated that regions of particulate clusters were preferential sites for crack initiation and subsequent growth for all heat treated conditions. These results are discussed in terms of the effects on matrix microstructure due to accelerated aging and the local density of particulates.

  12. Effect laws and mechanisms of different temperatures on isothermal tensile fracture morphologies of high-strength boron steel

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    刘佳宁; 宋燕利; 路珏; 郭巍

    2015-01-01

    The fracture behaviour and morphologies of high-strength boron steel were investigated at different temperatures at a constant strain rate of 0.1 s−1 based on isothermal tensile tests. Fracture mechanisms were also analyzed based on the relationship between microstructure transformation and continuous cooling transformation (CCT) curves. It is found that 1) fractures of the investigated steel at high temperatures are dimple fractures; 2) the deformation of high-strength boron steel at high temperatures accelerates diffusion transformations;thus, to obtain full martensite, a higher cooling rate is needed;and 3) the investigated steel has the best plasticity when the deformation temperature is 750 °C.

  13. Thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in fractured rock formations during a glacial advance

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    Selvadurai, A. P. S.; Suvorov, A. P.; Selvadurai, P. A.

    2015-01-01

    The paper examines the coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) processes that develop in a fractured rock region within a fluid-saturated rock mass due to loads imposed by an advancing glacier. This scenario needs to be examined in order to assess the suitability of potential sites for the location of deep geologic repositories for the storage of high-level nuclear waste. The THM processes are examined using a computational multiphysics approach that takes into account thermo-...

  14. Fracture risk assessment of trunk oil pipeline by corrosion fatigue mechanism of service defects development

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    Vasyl Luzhetskyy

    2013-01-01

    Engineering estimations of the corrosion fracture velocity of oil pipelines have been given, which include both mechanical and physical-chemical interaction operation factors of strained material with workspace. Characteristics of cyclic corrosion crack resistance of a pipe metal of the exploited oil-trunk pipeline with the regard for operating production factors have been defined. New data about corrosive and fatigue failure of pipes in dependence on the initial sizes and forms of their dete...

  15. Prediction of fatigue life of reinforced concrete bridges using Fracture Mechanics

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    Biondini, Fabio; Frangopol, Dan; Rocha, Marina; Brühwiler, Eugen

    2012-01-01

    With the occurrence of higher and more frequent axle loads, bridges are more solicited by fatigue loading. Bridge elements like deck slabs are subjected to a high number of stress cycles at relatively small stress magnitudes. The application of Fracture Mechanics as a useful tool for the analysis of fatigue crack growth in steel elements was demonstrated by Paris et al. in the early 1960s. With respect to reinforced concrete, the fatigue strength of the steel reinforcement is determinant. The...

  16. The effect of adhesive layer elasticity on the fracture mechanics of a blister test specimen

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    Updike, D. P.

    1975-01-01

    An analytical model of a blister type specimen for evaluating adhesive bond strength was developed. Plate theory with shear deformation was used to model the deformation of the plate, and elastic deformation of the adhesive layer is taken into account. It is shown that the inclusion of the elastic deformation of the adhesive layer can have a significant influence in the energy balance calculations of fracture mechanics.

  17. Experimental measurement of fracture mechanics parameters using Digital Image Correlation method

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    Jandejsek, Ivan; Vavřík, Daniel

    Wuppertal : Institute static and dynamic of structures Bergischen Universitat Wuppertal, 2010 - (Harte, R.), s. 84-87 ISBN N. [Bilateral Czech/German Symposium /12./. Bremen (DE), 30.06.2010-03.07.2010] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA103/09/2101 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20710524 Keywords : fracture toughness * Digital Image Correlation * J integral Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  18. 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.

  19. Fracture mechanics analysis of a high-pressure hydrogen facility compressor

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    Vroman, G. A.

    1974-01-01

    The investigation and analysis of a high-pressure hydrogen facility compressor is chronicled, and a life prediction based on fracture mechanics is presented. Crack growth rates in SA 105 Gr II steel are developed for the condition of sustained loading, using a hypothesis of hydrogen embrittlement associated with plastic zone reverse yielding. The resultant formula is compared with test data obtained from laboratory specimens.

  20. Development of classical boundary element analysis of fracture mechanics in gradient materials

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    Xiao, HT; Yue, QZQ

    2013-01-01

    Over the last decade, the authors have extended the classical boundary element methods (BEM) for analysis of the fracture mechanics in functionally gradient materials. This paper introduces the dual boundary element method associated with the generalized Kelvin fundamental solutions of multilayered elastic solids (or Yue’s solution). This dual BEM uses a pair of the displacement and traction boundary integral equations. The former is collocated exclusively on the uncracked boundary, and the l...

  1. Fracture mechanics approaches for assessment of HTGR steam generator tube weld integrity

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    HTGR steam generator tube welds with circumferential cracks in their highest stress region were assessed by linear elastic fracture mechanics methods. The computed stress intensity factors were below the threshold level for propagation and crack propagation will not occur for the pipe geometry (radius and thickness of tube wall) and the stress levels considered. In addition crack arrest may be expected if the predominant stress field is a thermally induced bending stress field

  2. Non–double-couple mechanisms of microearthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing

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    Šílený, Jan; Hill, D. P.; Eisner, L.; Cornet, F. H.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 114, B8 (2009), B08307/1-B08307/15. ISSN 0148-0227 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA300120502; GA ČR GA205/09/0724 Grant ostatní: EC(XE) MTKI-CT-2004-517242 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30120515 Keywords : microearthquakes * source mechanisms * hydraulic fracturing Subject RIV: DC - Siesmology, Volcanology, Earth Structure Impact factor: 3.082, year: 2009

  3. Non-double-couple mechanisms of microearthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing

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    Šílený, Jan; Eisner, L.; Hill, D. P.; Cornet, F. H.

    Houten : EAGE, 2008, s. 16-20. ISBN 978-90-73781-53-5. [EAGE conference & exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2008 /70./. Rome (IT), 09.06.2008-12.06.2008] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA300120502 Grant ostatní: EC(XE) MTKI-CT-2004-517242 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30120515 Keywords : microearthquakes * hydraulic fracturing * source mechanisms Subject RIV: DC - Siesmology, Volcanology, Earth Structure

  4. The safety analysis concept of welded components under cyclic loads using fracture mechanics method

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    Al-Mukhtar, Ahmed

    2010-01-01

    Fracture Mechanics process of Welded Joint is a very vast research area and has many possibilities for solution and prediction. Although the fatigue strength (FAT) and stress intensity factor (SIF) solutions are reported in several handbooks and recommendations, these values are available only for a small number of specimens, components, loading and welding geometries. The available solutions are not always adequate for particular engineering applications. Moreover, the reliable solutions of ...

  5. Considerations to the possibilities and limits of the application of fracture mechanics

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    The present report gives a review on the principal possibilities and problems of the application of fracture mechanics. In principle, a loading parameter - the crack field parameter P - is compared with a material property R. It is demonstrated that failure loads, critical crack lengths, and residual lifetimes can be determined by procedures which are based on simple principles. Furthermore, the problems which may set limits to the application of these simple procedures are discussed in detail. (orig.)

  6. A fracture mechanics study of tungsten failure under high heat flux loads

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    The performance of fusion devices is highly dependent on plasma-facing components. Tungsten is the most promising candidate material for armors in plasma-facing components in ITER and DEMO. However, the brittleness of tungsten below the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature is very critical to the reliability of plasma-facing components. In this work, thermo-mechanical and fracture behaviors of tungsten are predicted numerically under fusion relevant thermal loadings.

  7. 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.

  8. Investigation of the Thermal, Mechanical, and Fracture Properties of Alumina-Epoxy Composites

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    McGrath,L.; Parnas, R.; King, S.; Schroeder, J.; Fischer, D.; Lenhart, J.

    2008-01-01

    A combination of dynamic shear rheology, thermomechanical analysis (TMA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS), and fracture toughness testing was utilized to characterize the thermal, mechanical, chemical, and fracture properties of alumina (a-Al2O3)-filled epoxy resins as a function of average filler size, size distribution, particle shape, loading, and epoxy crosslink density. In general the cured properties of the filled composites were robust. Small changes in particle size, shape, and size distribution had little impact on the final properties. Resin crosslink density and filler loading were the most critical variables, causing changes in all properties. However, most applications could likely tolerate small changes in these variables also. SEM and NEXAFS characterization of the fracture surfaces revealed that the fracture occurs at the filler interface and the interfacial epoxy composition is similar to the bulk resin, indicating a weak epoxy-alumina interaction. These results are critical for implementation of particulate-filled polymer composites in practical applications because relaxed material specifications and handling procedures can be incorporated in production environments to improve efficiency.

  9. Study of Mechanical Properties and Fracture Mode of Alumina-Silicon Carbide Nanocomposites

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    Rahimnezhad Yazdi, A.; Baharvandi, H. R.; Abdizadeh, H.; Ehsani, N.

    In this study Al2O3-SiC nanocomposites have been fabricated by mixing of alumina and silicon carbide nano powders, followed by hot pressing at 1700°C. The mechanical properties and fracture mode of Al2O3-SiC nanocomposites containing different volume fractions (5, 10 and 15%) of nano scale SiC particles were investigated and compared with those of alumina. Al2O3-SiC powders were prepared by planetary milling in isopropanol. Fracture mode of specimens was investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy. Nanocomposites were tougher than alumina when they were hot pressed at the same temperature, and the values of nanocomposite's flexural strength and hardness were higher than those of alumina. Flexural strength, hardness and fracture toughness of the nanocomposites increase by increasing the volume percent of SiC up to 10% and then decrease slightly. The Scanning electron microscopy observations showed that fracture mode changes from intergranular for alumina to transgranular for nanocomposites. Finally X-ray diffraction analysis couldn't detect any chemical reactions between Al2O3 and SiC particles.

  10. 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.

  11. Research of fracturing mechanism of coal subjected to liquid nitrogen cooling

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    Chunhui ZHANG

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available In order to research fracturing mechanism of coal subjected to liquid nitrogen cooling, submersion tests of liquid nitrogen for natural coal samples are carried out. A laser microscope is employed to observe the extension of native crack and propagation of cracks of coal samples after thermal shock. Then the fracture mechanics theory is used to analyze the extension mechanism of the crack during thermal shock. The main conclusions include: 1 Liquid nitrogen cooling causes temperature tensile stress and the stress concentration. When the stress intensity factor is more than the fracture toughness of coal native crack, the native crack will extend. 2 The temperature tensile stress makes the particle clusters with low tensile strength around the native crack fail and break off, and the destruction of the structure of the coal sample causes microcrack initiation. 3 There is a great effect of cooling time on the stress intensity factor. With the increasing of the temperature gradient and the cooling time, the stress intensity factor increases, with more susceptibility for coal to rupture.

  12. Evaluation of hydrogen assisted cracking: the meaning and significance of the fracture mechanics approach

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    Analysis of hydrogen assisted cracking is performed with emphasis on the validity of the linear elastic fracture mechanics approach. Its soundness is ensured by the uniqueness of the crack growth kinetics curve 'crack growth rate v versus stress intensity factor K' for a material-environment system. The ability of this relationship to match the similitude of crack tip events is revised for the whole chain of process components: 'hydrogen supply to metal-entry into and accumulation in the process zone-degradation and crack advance'. Some of the factors able to violate the uniqueness of the 'material's' v(K)-curve are discussed: (i) the role of far field in hydrogen transportation to the fracture zone; (ii) near tip environmental interactions and process zone hydrogenation dependent on the cracking process history; (iii) mechanical nonlinear effects caused by crack tip plasticity which may be significant even under small-scale yielding. Suggestions for a refinement of the customary fracture mechanics approach are given. (orig.)

  13. Strontium Is Incorporated into the Fracture Callus but Does Not Influence the Mechanical Strength of Healing Rat Fractures

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    Brüel, Annemarie; Olsen, Jakob; Birkedal, Henrik;

    2011-01-01

    Strontium ranelate (SrR) is a new agent used in the treatment of osteoporosis and is suggested to reduce bone resorption and increase bone formation. We investigated whether SrR influences the macro- and nanomechnical properties of healing fractures in rats. A closed tibia fracture model was used...... to study fracture healing in rats after 3 and 8 weeks of healing. Two groups of rats were treated with SrR (900 mg/kg/day) mixed into the food, while two groups served as control animals. The healing fractures were investigated by three-point bending, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, energy...... significant increase in callus bone mineral content (P\\0.05). However, after 8 weeks of healing, no difference was found in either callus volume or bone mineral content. SrR did not influence maximum load or stiffness of the fractures after either 3 or 8 weeks of healing. EDX showed that Sr was incorporated...

  14. A robust, coupled approach for atomistic-continuum simulation.

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    Aubry, Sylvie; Webb, Edmund Blackburn, III (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM); Wagner, Gregory John; Klein, Patrick A.; Jones, Reese E.; Zimmerman, Jonathan A.; Bammann, Douglas J.; Hoyt, Jeffrey John (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM); Kimmer, Christopher J.

    2004-09-01

    This report is a collection of documents written by the group members of the Engineering Sciences Research Foundation (ESRF), Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project titled 'A Robust, Coupled Approach to Atomistic-Continuum Simulation'. Presented in this document is the development of a formulation for performing quasistatic, coupled, atomistic-continuum simulation that includes cross terms in the equilibrium equations that arise due to kinematic coupling and corrections used for the calculation of system potential energy to account for continuum elements that overlap regions containing atomic bonds, evaluations of thermo-mechanical continuum quantities calculated within atomistic simulations including measures of stress, temperature and heat flux, calculation used to determine the appropriate spatial and time averaging necessary to enable these atomistically-defined expressions to have the same physical meaning as their continuum counterparts, and a formulation to quantify a continuum 'temperature field', the first step towards constructing a coupled atomistic-continuum approach capable of finite temperature and dynamic analyses.

  15. Integration of fracture mechanics tests into quality management and quality assurance systems for fine-grained structural steels

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    Fracture toughness reference data were to be established by fracture mechanics tests. The weldable, fine-grained structural steel E StE 355 was tested for this purpose by a variety of methods. The qualitative toughness properties were determined by conventional Charpy impact tests. The shelf energy values of toughness and the transition temperatures were derived from the temperature-dependent curves of the parameters of impact energy, lateral spreading, and crystalline fraction. The quantitative characterisation of the toughness properties required fracture mechanics data, which were obtained using the instrumented precracked Charpy test. Upon assignment of the measured dynamic fracture toughness data to the relevant transition temperatures defined in the qualification requirements, and upon determination of the link between crack initation toughness and notch impact shelf energy data, the advantage and necessity of an evaluation of the material's toughness from the fracture-mechanical point of view became very clear. It was recognized that the requirements for qualification and quality assurance of fine-grained structural steels have to be reviewed taking into account the criteria of fracture mechanics. The paper explains a newly designed quality management and quality assurance system incorporating fracture mechanics data derived from Charpy impact tests. (orig.)

  16. 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.

  17. Computational implementation of the multi-mechanism deformation coupled fracture model for salt

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    The Multi-Mechanism Deformation (M-D) model for creep in rock salt has been used in three-dimensional computations for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a potential waste, repository. These computational studies are relied upon to make key predictions about long-term behavior of the repository. Recently, the M-D model was extended to include creep-induced damage. The extended model, the Multi-Mechanism Deformation Coupled Fracture (MDCF) model, is considerably more complicated than the M-D model and required a different technology from that of the M-D model for a computational implementation

  18. MECHANICAL FAILURE OF THE LONG GAMMA NAIL IN TWO PROXIMAL FEMUR FRACTURES

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    2010-01-01

    Mechanical failure of the long gamma nail was encountered in two elderly patients with proximal femur fractures over a 6-month period. One of the patients had a known history of lymphoma. The other patient had a history of rheumatoid arthritis but no history of cancer or other metabolic bone disease. Both nails failed at the junction of the compression screw and the nail. The angle of failure of the nail was the same in both cases. The index of suspicion for imminent mechanical failure of the...

  19. A fracture mechanics assessment of surface cracks existing in protective layers of the composite pipes

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    Nezbedová, E.; Hutař, Pavel; Náhlík, Luboš; Ševčík, Martin; Knésl, Zdeněk

    Porto : University of Porto, 2009 - (Ferreira, A.). s. 1-2 [International Conference on Composite Structures /15./. 15.6.2009-17.6.2009, Porto] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/09/0279; GA ČR GC101/09/J027; GA ČR GD106/09/H035 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : protective layers * multilayer pipes * fracture mechanics * Bi-material body Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  20. Quantifying mechanical properties in a murine fracture healing system using inverse modeling: preliminary work

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    Miga, Michael I.; Weis, Jared A.; Granero-Molto, Froilan; Spagnoli, Anna

    2010-03-01

    Understanding bone remodeling and mechanical property characteristics is important for assessing treatments to accelerate healing or in developing diagnostics to evaluate successful return to function. The murine system whereby mid-diaphaseal tibia fractures are imparted on the subject and fracture healing is assessed at different time points and under different therapeutic conditions is a particularly useful model to study. In this work, a novel inverse geometric nonlinear elasticity modeling framework is proposed that can reconstruct multiple mechanical properties from uniaxial testing data. To test this framework, the Lame' constants were reconstructed within the context of a murine cohort (n=6) where there were no differences in treatment post tibia fracture except that half of the mice were allowed to heal 4 days longer (10 day, and 14 day healing time point, respectively). The properties reconstructed were a shear modulus of G=511.2 +/- 295.6 kPa, and 833.3+/- 352.3 kPa for the 10 day, and 14 day time points respectively. The second Lame' constant reconstructed at λ=1002.9 +/-42.9 kPa, and 14893.7 +/- 863.3 kPa for the 10 day, and 14 day time points respectively. An unpaired Student t-test was used to test for statistically significant differences among the groups. While the shear modulus did not meet our criteria for significance, the second Lame' constant did at a value pfracture healing research community were not found to be statistically significant.

  1. User's manuals of probabilistic fracture mechanics codes. PASCAL-SC and PASCAL-EQ

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    As a part of the aging and structural integrity research for LWR components, new PFM (Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics) codes PASCAL-SC (PFM Analysis of Structural Components in Aging LWR - Stress Corrosion Cracking) and PASCAL-EQ (PFM Analysis of Structural Components in Aging LWR - EarthQuake) have been developed. These codes evaluate the failure probability of an aged welded joint by Monte Carlo method. PASCAL-SC treats Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) in piping, while PASCAL-EQ takes fatigue crack growth by seismic load into account. The development of these codes has been aimed to improve the accuracy and reliability of analysis by introducing new analysis and methodologies and algorithms the recent development in the fracture mechanics methodologies and computer performance. The crack growth by an irregular stress due to seismic load in detail is considered in these codes. They also involves recent stress intensity factors and fracture criteria. In addition, a user's friendly operations of a GUI (Graphical User Interface) which generates input data, supports calculations and plots results is introduced. This report provides the user's manual and theoretical background of these codes. (author)

  2. FRACTURE MECHANICS TESTING OF HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE (HDPE PIPE MATERIAL WITH COMPACT TENSION (CT SPECIMENS

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    VLAD ULMANU

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The lifetime of polyethylene pipes used for water and natural gas distribution is usually estimated based on relatively long-time creep tests. The pipes fail in service at room temperature and low stress in brittle mode called "long-time brittle failure". In order to economically predict the long term creep performance of HDPE pipes, short term static or fatigue tests are used, in which the crack growth rate is substantially increased. One of the recent tests capable of presenting results useful for HDPE pipe failure prediction is based on the concepts of fracture mechanics. The paper the tests performed on CT specimens cut directly from the HDPE gas pipe in order to determine the fracture toughness the crack propagation rate in fatigue and the crack propagation rate at different loading speeds. The crack propagation speed was monitored by video-controlled technique.

  3. Mechanical properties and fracture characteristics of high carbon steel after equal channel angular pressing

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    The ultra-microduplex structure was fabricated in a fully pearlitic Fe–0.8 wt% C steel after equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) at 923 K via the Bc route. The microstructures and mechanical properties, before and after deformation, were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and mini-tensile tests. The cementite lamellae are gradually spheroidized by increasing the number of ECAP passes. After four passes, the cementite lamellae are fully spheroidized. Microhardness and the ultimate tensile strength of pearlite increase with the strain, up to a peak value (after two passes) and then decrease significantly. The yield strength, elongation and percentage of reduction in area increase with the number of ECAP passes. The tensile fracture morphology changes gradually from brittle cleavage to typical ductile fracture after four passes

  4. Correlation of Mechanical Properties with Fracture Surface Features in a Newly Developed Dual-Phase Steel

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    Mazaheri, Y.; Saeidi, N.; Kermanpur, A.; Najafizadeh, A.

    2015-04-01

    Dual-phase (DP) steels were produced by a newly developed method utilizing simple cold-rolling and subsequent short intercritical annealing of a martensite-ferrite duplex starting structure. Tensile testing revealed an excellent strength-elongation balance (UTS × UE ≈ 110-150 J/cm3) for the DP steels in comparison with the commercially used high strength steels. Fracture surfaces of the tensile specimens were studied by scanning electron microscopy analysis and image processing. Mechanical properties were correlated with fracture surface features. It was found that the variation of the total elongation and strength-elongation balance with the martensite volume fraction could be well correlated with the variation of the average dimple area. The variation of the yield strength and dimple areal density with the martensite volume fraction followed the same trend.

  5. A field study of coupled mechanical-hydrological processes in fractured crystalline rock

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    This paper reports on a series of experiments with a large in-situ cube of fractured metamorphic rock. The purpose is to better understand the response of jointed rock to loading. One of the parameters which can be measured in any mechanical testing scheme is displacement. An instrumentation system was developed to measure absolute displacement in the interior of the block during loading, avoiding a suspected decoupled zone near the surface. The system is based on an array of inductive proximity transducers mounted on a rigid reference frame anchored to the mine roof above the block. The stress field within the block during loading was monitored at several points with U.S.B.M. borehole deformation gages, using elastic moduli determined separately at each point with a borehole dilatometer. With these data the effect of fractures on the redistribution of stresses can be more readily understood

  6. STUDY OF DEFECT ADMISSIBILITY IN GAS PIPELINES BASED ON FRACTURE MECHANICS

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    N. ABDELBAKI

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Bearing in mind the considerable distances between natural gas fields and consumers’ appliances, transport by gas pipelines remains the most competitive means. These gas pipelines which are generally made of steel pipes may contain however several types of defects of various origins and which are susceptible to initiate cracks which may grow under some circumstances to such extent as to lead to fracture. Failures of gas pipelines may have serious consequences and may lead to catastrophes from ecological and financial viewpoints. It is therefore interesting to study the defect admissibility so as to maximize safety and minimize exploitation costs through a simplified method based on the Failure Assessment Diagram (FAD. The latter is used in conjunction with Finite Element Analysis (FEM applied to fracture mechanics to help decision making as to whether a given defect present in a pipe is acceptable or not.

  7. A novel Lagrangian approach for the stable numerical simulation of fault and fracture mechanics

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    Franceschini, Andrea; Ferronato, Massimiliano; Janna, Carlo; Teatini, Pietro

    2016-06-01

    The simulation of the mechanics of geological faults and fractures is of paramount importance in several applications, such as ensuring the safety of the underground storage of wastes and hydrocarbons or predicting the possible seismicity triggered by the production and injection of subsurface fluids. However, the stable numerical modeling of ground ruptures is still an open issue. The present work introduces a novel formulation based on the use of the Lagrange multipliers to prescribe the constraints on the contact surfaces. The variational formulation is modified in order to take into account the frictional work along the activated fault portion according to the principle of maximum plastic dissipation. The numerical model, developed in the framework of the Finite Element method, provides stable solutions with a fast convergence of the non-linear problem. The stabilizing properties of the proposed model are emphasized with the aid of a realistic numerical example dealing with the generation of ground fractures due to groundwater withdrawal in arid regions.

  8. Fatigue behaviour and fracture mechanism of cryogenically treated En 353 steel

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    An experimental investigation was conducted for a better understanding of fatigue and fracture behaviour of carburized steel used in the manufacture of vehicle transmission elements such as crown wheel and pinion. An attempt was made to study the fatigue strength of En 353 based on failure at 107 cycles after subjecting to three different treatments namely conventional heat treatment, shallow cryogenic treatment and deep cryogenic treatment. Rotating bending fatigue test was performed in air at room temperature for all specimens. Fractured specimen surfaces were examined by scanning electron microscope to identify the mechanism involved during fatigue. The study concludes that shallow and deep cryogenically treated samples show an improvement with an overall fatigue life of 71% and a reduction of 26% over conventionally heat treated samples respectively. The combined presence of retained austenite and fine carbides has resulted in enhanced fatigue strength of shallow cryogenically treated specimens over the conventionally heat treated and deep cryogenically treated specimens.

  9. Fracture mechanical investigation of a thermo shock scenario for a VVER-440 RPV

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    The paper describes the modelling and evaluation of a pressurized thermal shock (PTS) scenario in a VVER-440 reactor pressure vessel due to an emergency cooling. An axially oriented semi-elliptical crack is assumed to be located in the core welding seam. Two variants of fracture mechanical evaluation are performed: the analysis of a sub-cladding crack and of a surface crack. Three-dimensional finite element (FE) models are used to compute the global transient temperature and stress-strain fields. By using a three-dimensional submodel, which includes the crack, the local crack stress-strain field is obtained. Within the subsequent postprocessing using the J-integral technique the stress intensity factors KI along the crack front are obtained. The FE results are compared to analytical calculations proposed in the VERLIFE code. The stress intensity factors are compared to the fracture toughness curve of the weld material. (orig.)

  10. Fracture mechanical investigation of a thermo shock scenario for a VVER-440 RPV

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    Altstadt, E.; Abendroth, Martin [Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    The paper describes the modelling and evaluation of a pressurized thermal shock (PTS) scenario in a VVER-440 reactor pressure vessel due to an emergency cooling. An axially oriented semi-elliptical crack is assumed to be located in the core welding seam. Two variants of fracture mechanical evaluation are performed: the analysis of a sub-cladding crack and of a surface crack. Three-dimensional finite element (FE) models are used to compute the global transient temperature and stress-strain fields. By using a three-dimensional submodel, which includes the crack, the local crack stress-strain field is obtained. Within the subsequent postprocessing using the J-integral technique the stress intensity factors K{sub I} along the crack front are obtained. The FE results are compared to analytical calculations proposed in the VERLIFE code. The stress intensity factors are compared to the fracture toughness curve of the weld material. (orig.)

  11. 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.

  12. Dyke propagation and tensile fracturing at high temperature and pressure, insights from experimental rock mechanics.

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    Bakker, Richard; Benson, Philip; Vinciguerra, Sergio

    2014-05-01

    It is well known that magma ascends trough the crust by the process of dyking. To enable dyke emplacement, basement rocks typically fail in a mode 1 fracture, which acts as conduits for magma transport. An overpressure of the ascending magma will further open/widen the fracture and permit the fracture to propagate. In order to further understand the emplacement and arrest of dykes in the subsurface, analogue and numerical studies have been conducted. However, a number of assumptions regarding rock mechanical behaviour frequently has to be made as such data are very hard to directly measure at the pressure/temperature conditions of interest: high temperatures at relatively shallow depths. Such data are key to simulating the magma intrusion dynamics through the lithologies that underlie the volcanic edifice. Here we present a new laboratory setup, which allows us to investigate the tensile fracturing properties under both temperature and confining pressure, and the emplacement of molten material within the newly formed fracture. We have modified a traditional tri-axial test assembly setup to be able to use a Paterson type High Pressure, High Temperature deformation apparatus. Sample setup consists of cylindrical rock samples with a 22 mm diameter and a 8 mm bore at their centre, filled with a material chosen as such that it's in a liquid state at the experimental temperature and solid at room temperature to enable post-experiment analysis. The top and lower parts of the rock sample are fitted with plugs, sealing in the melt. The assembly is then placed between ceramic pistons to ensure there are no thermal gradients across the sample. The assembly is jacketed to ensure the confining medium (Ar) cannot enter the assembly. A piston is driven into the sample such that the inner conduit materials pressure is slowly increased. At some point a sufficient pressure difference between the inner and outer surfaces causes the sample to deform and fail in the tensile regime

  13. THE STRESS IMPACT ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF ROCKS IN HYDRO FRACTURING TECHNIQUE

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Ground water is considered to be the best safe protected drinking water source and bore wells are drilled in hard crystalline rock terrains for drinking water, irrigation and industrial purposes. Even after scientific location, some bore wells yield inadequate quantity of water or fail to yield. The success of bore wells depend largely onnumber, length, dilation and interconnectivity of fractures encountered on drilling. Considering the cost factor involved in drilling a new bore well, rejuvenation of failed bore well through some technique is thought off. The innovative technology of ‘hydro fracturing’ is a new interdisciplinary approach of Hydro mechanical tostimulate the bore well to improve the yield by applying water pressure into bore well by using a heavy duty mechanical compressor. The hydro fracturing technique was first used in oil well to increase oil and gas production. In this research paper, the hydraulic pressure applied increases with depth reflecting the rigidness,toughness of rock. The fracture development, propagation of fracture and stress behavior depends on the physical and mechanical properties of rocks. The hydro fracturing process has been conducted in three depth zones ranging from 8 m to 45 m below ground level in Annavasal union of Pudukottai district, Tamil Nadu, India. The Pressure application varies depending on the geological formations. This study pertains to a part of research work. The minimum and maximum pressures applied are 1 and 10 N/mm2 respectively. The maximumpressure of 10 N/mm2 has been recorded in the third zone, where the country rock is charnockite which is generally massive, compact and dense rock. Generally for the igneous rock in the third zone in the depth range of 40 to 50 m, more than 7 N/mm2 of pressure has been applied indicating extremely strong nature with uniaxial compressive strength 100 – 300 N/mm2, tensile strength 7- 25 N/mm2. Out of 37 bore wells 32.4% of bore wells have shown

  14. Kinetics and fracture resistance of lithiated silicon nanostructure pairs controlled by their mechanical interaction

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    Lee, Seok Woo; /Stanford U., Geballe Lab.; Lee, Hyun-Wook; /Stanford U., Materials Sci. Dept.; Ryu, Ill; /Brown U.; Nix, William D.; /Stanford U., Materials Sci. Dept.; Gao, Huajian; /Brown U.; Cui, Yi; /Stanford U., Materials Sci. Dept. /SLAC

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    Following an explosion of studies of silicon as a negative electrode for Li-ion batteries, the anomalous volumetric changes and fracture of lithiated single Si particles have attracted significant attention in various fields, including mechanics. However, in real batteries, lithiation occurs simultaneously in clusters of Si in a confined medium. Hence, understanding how the individual Si structures interact during lithiation in a closed space is necessary. Herein, we demonstrate physical/mechanical interactions of swelling Si structures during lithiation using well-defined Si nanopillar pairs. Ex situ SEM and in situ TEM studies reveal that compressive stresses change the reaction kinetics so that preferential lithiation occurs at free surfaces when the pillars are mechanically clamped. Such mechanical interactions enhance the fracture resistance of This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515. SLAC-PUB-16300 2 lithiated Si by lessening the tensile stress concentrations in Si structures. This study will contribute to improved design of Si structures at the electrode level for high performance Li-ion batteries.

  15. Characterization of an injectable, degradable polymer for mechanical stabilization of mandibular fractures.

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    Henslee, Allan M; Yoon, Diana M; Lu, Benjamin Y; Yu, Joseph; Arango, Andrew A; Marruffo, Liann P; Seng, Luke; Anver, Tamir D; Ather, Hunaiza; Nair, Manitha B; Piper, Sean O; Demian, Nagi; Wong, Mark E K; Kasper, F Kurtis; Mikos, Antonios G

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    This study investigated the use of injectable poly(propylene fumarate) (PPF) formulations for mandibular fracture stabilization applications. A full factorial design with main effects analysis was employed to evaluate the effects of the PPF:N-vinyl pyrrolidone (NVP, crosslinking agent) ratio and dimethyl toluidine (DMT, accelerator) concentration on key physicochemical properties including setting time, maximum temperature, mechanical properties, sol fraction, and swelling ratio. Additionally, the effects of formulation crosslinking time on the mechanical and swelling properties were investigated. The results showed that increasing the PPF:NVP ratio from 3:1 to 4:1 or decreasing the DMT concentration from 0.05 to 0.01 v/w % significantly decreased all mechanical properties as well as significantly increased the sol fraction and swelling ratio. Also, increasing the crosslinking time at 37°C from 1 to 7 days significantly increased all mechanical properties and decreased both the sol fraction and swelling ratio. This study further showed that the flexural stiffness of ex vivo stabilized rabbit mandibles increased from 1.7 ± 0.3 N/mm with a traditional mini-plate fixator to 14.5 ± 4.1 N/mm for the 4:1 (0.05 v/w % DMT) PPF formulation at day 1. Overall, the formulations tested in this study were found to have properties suitable for potential further consideration in mandibular fracture fixation applications. PMID:24934595

  16. A rock mechanics study of fracture zone 2 at the Finnsjoen site

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    Comprehensive field investigations at the Finnsjoen study site have revealed a subhorizontal zone, termed Zone 2, that exhibits anomalous characteristics in terms of high hydraulic conductivity, governing the groundwater transport pattern on a regional scale. The present study provides an assessment of the characteristics of Zone 2. Thus, estimates of the deformational characteristics of the zone, based on available borehole information, show that the zone forms a diffuse and rather moderate mechanical contrast to the surrounding bedrock. As also verified by stress measurement results, major stress anomalies attributable to the zone are therefore not to be expected. Bound estimates of stress conditions during periods of glaciation and deglaciation are also derived, and possible impacts of these loadings on the fracture zone are discussed. It is concluded that glaciation represents stable conditions, whilst the complex loading mechanisms encountered during deglaciation may trigger reactivation of structures at shallow depth. Taking the above results as an example, implications of a feature like Zone 2 on the integrity of a hypothetical repository are discussed in more general terms. Considering the likely spatial extension of the mechanical disturbances related to the repository excavations and the fracture zone respectively, it is suggested that a mutual distance of the order of one hundred metres is sufficient to avoid mechanical interaction. (au)

  17. Fracture mechanics of human cortical bone: The relationship of geometry, microstructure and composition with the fracture of the tibia, femoral shaft and the femoral neck

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    Bone fracture is a major health problem in old population with its complications leading to mortality and morbidity. Therapies mostly involve preventing bone mass loss. Individuals with high bone mass, however, may still suffer fractures suggesting that additional components such as bone microstructure and composition may be responsible for increased fracture risk in the elderly. The relationship of bone constituents with bone fragility, however, is not well-understood. A better understanding of these relationships will help improving therapies by controlling the relevant biological processes. Bone is a composite material with many constituents such as osteons embedded with vascular channels, collagen fibers, mineral crystals, etc. The nature of interfacing between these constituents makes bone a more complex material. Bone also has a structure that adapts itself, both internally and externally, to better fit its needs. This suggested that, unlike man-made materials, a relationship between material properties and structural properties may exist. Because bone has some similarities with engineering composite materials and also experiences microcracks, a fracture mechanics approach would be more appropriate for investigating its fragility. Choosing mode I and mode II fracture toughness (Gsb{Ic} and Gnsb{IIc}, respectively) as indicators of bone fragility, their relationship with bone microstructure (porosity, osteon morphology, mineral crystal imperfection and microdamage), composition (density, mineral, organic, water and collagen content) and macrostructure (thickness, diameter and moment of inertia of the shaft and angle between the femoral neck and femoral shaft from different views) was investigated. Use of x-ray radiogrammetry for detecting the latter was tested. Differences among the femoral shaft, femoral neck and the tibia were investigated for an age range of 22-94 years. In general, fracture toughness increased with increasing bone quantity. However, the

  18. Fracture mechanisms in dual phase steels based on the acicular ferrite + martensite/austenite microstructure

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    The fracture mechanisms of low carbon microalloyed plate steels based on the acicular ferrite + marten site/austenite microstructure (AF + M/A) are investigated. The final microstructure consists of a dispersed phase of submicron equi-axed martensite particles with a bainitic ferrite matrix. A series of plates with M/A volume fractions of 0.076--0.179 are studied. Brittle fracture is investigated by Instrumented Charpy impact testing of samples at -196°C and subsequent metallography. The M/A particles are identified as the crack nucleation sites and the cleavage fracture stress calculated to be 2400 MPa in a complete AF microstrucuture. This value is significantly larger than in steels that contain significant proportions of conventional bainite. Standard Charpy and Instrumented Charpy impact testing is conducted through a temperature range from -80 to + 22°C to study ductile fracture behaviour. The total absorbed energy is separated into energies of crack nucleation and of crack propagation. It is found that the energy of crack nucleation is weakly dependent on the volume fraction of M/A and completely independent of temperature over the range studied. The crack propagation energy varies significantly with both variables, decreasing with increased volume fraction of M/A and with decreasing temperature. The peak load in the instrumented Charpy data is used to calculate the dynamic fracture toughness, KId, which is found to be 105--120 MPa-m1/2. The void nucleation and void growth stages of ductile fracture are studied by metallographic examination of tensile bars. The sites of void nucleation are identified as inclusions and M/A particles. Voids nucleate at the M/A particles by decohesion of the particle-matrix interface. A constant void nucleation strain of epsilon = 0.90 +/- 0.05 is measured for all of the samples independent of the volume fraction of M/A. A stress-based criterion is used to predict void nucleation and the interface strength is determined to be

  19. Fracture Mechanisms of Zirconium Diboride Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics under Pulse Loading

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    Skripnyak, Vladimir V.; Bragov, Anatolii M.; Skripnyak, Vladimir A.; Lomunov, Andrei K.; Skripnyak, Evgeniya G.; Vaganova, Irina K.

    2015-06-01

    Mechanisms of failure in ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTC) based on zirconium diboride under pulse loading were studied experimentally by the method of SHPB and theoretically using the multiscale simulation method. The obtained experimental and numerical data are evidence of the quasi-brittle fracture character of nanostructured zirconium diboride ceramics under compression and tension at high strain rates and the room temperatures. Damage of nanostructured porous zirconium diboride -based UHTC can be formed under stress pulse amplitude below the Hugoniot elastic limit. Fracture of nanostructured ultra-high temperature ceramics under pulse and shock-wave loadings is provided by fast processes of intercrystalline brittle fracture and relatively slow processes of quasi-brittle failure via growth and coalescence of microcracks. A decrease of the shear strength can be caused by nano-voids clusters in vicinity of triple junctions between ceramic matrix grains and ultrafine-grained ceramics. This research was supported by grants from ``The Tomsk State University Academic D.I. Mendeleev Fund Program'' and also N. I. Lobachevski State University of Nizhny Novgorod (Grant of post graduate mobility).

  20. Anomalous surface states modify the size-dependent mechanical properties and fracture of silica nanowires

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    Molecular dynamics simulations of amorphous silica nanowires under tension were analyzed for size and surface stress effects on mechanical properties and for structural modifications via bond angle distributions. Their fracture behavior was also investigated beyond the elastic limit. The Young’s moduli of silica nanowires were predicted to be about 75–100 GPa, depending on the nanowire size. The ultimate strength was calculated to be ∼10 GPa, depending on the diameter, which is in excellent agreement with the experiments. The dependence of the Young’s modulus on nanowire diameter is explained in terms of surface compressive stress effects. The fracture behavior of nanowires was also found to be influenced by surface compressive stresses. Bond angle distribution analysis of various nanowires reveals significant compressive surface states, as evidenced by the appearance of a secondary peak in the Si-O-Si bond angle distribution at ∼97°, which is absent in bulk silica. The strain rate was found to have a negligible effect on the Young’s modulus of the silica nanowires, but it has a critical role in determining their fracture mode. (paper)

  1. Simultaneous hydraulic fracturing of ultra-low permeability sandstone reservoirs in China:Mechanism and its field test

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    任岚; 林然; 赵金洲; 杨克文; 胡永全; 王秀娟

    2015-01-01

    Based on the impact of the stress perturbation effect created by simultaneous propagation of multiple fractures in the process of simultaneous hydraulic fracturing, a thorough research on the mechanism and adaptation of simultaneous fracturing of double horizontal wells in ultra-low permeability sandstone reservoirs was conducted by taking two adjacent horizontal wells (well Yangping-1 and well Yangping-2 located in Longdong area of China Changqing Oilfield) as field test wells. And simultaneous fracturing optimal design of two adjacent horizontal wells was finished and employed in field test. Micro-seismic monitoring analysis of fracture propagation during the stimulation treatment shows that hydraulic fractures present a pattern of complicated network expansion, and the well test data after fracturing show that the daily production of well Yangping-1 and well Yangping-2 reach 105.8 t/d and 87.6 t/d, which are approximately 9.4 times and 7.8 times the daily production of a fractured vertical well in the same area, respectively. Field test reflects that simultaneous hydraulic fracturing of two adjacent horizontal wells can enlarge the expansion area of hydraulic fractures to obtain a lager drainage area and realize the full stimulation of ultra-low permeability sandstone reservoirs in China Changqing oilfield. Therefore, simultaneous fracturing of two adjacent horizontal wells provides a good opportunity in stimulation techniques for the efficient development of ultra-low permeability reservoirs in China Changqing oilfield, and it has great popularization value and can provide a new avenue for the application of stimulation techniques in ultra-low permeability reservoirs in China.

  2. Colloid and radionuclide retention mechanisms in fractured rock under near-natural flow conditions

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    Full text of publication follows: Experiments in fractured host rock (Grimsel Test Site, GTS, Switzerland) revealed that the colloid relevance for actinide migration is high due to the specific geochemical groundwater conditions [1]. However, even under such conditions it is found that retention of colloids and colloid-borne actinides becomes significant under near-natural groundwater flow rates (1-10 m/a) [2]. Underlying mechanisms of colloid and radionuclide retention are not well understood up to now. The present study co-funded by the NoE ACTINET-6 focuses on (i) the kinetics of actinide-colloid interactions and (ii) the relevance of matrix diffusion as a competition process to other retention mechanisms which affect the actinides behavior in fractured rock systems such as the Grimsel granodiorite. Colloid migration is studied with well defined model colloids as e.g. fluorescence dyed carboxylated polystyrene particles, and natural colloids extracted from bentonite (FEBEX) and from fracture filling material (GTS). In order to study the influence of matrix porosity on actinides migration, those experiments are performed in columns of well defined geometry filled with microporous unmodified silica spheres, porous ceramic material and natural fracture filling material from the GTS. The behaviour of actinides (Pu(IV) and Am(III)) sorbed onto bentonite colloids is investigated in column and batch experiments. All experiments are performed under anoxic conditions. Colloid characterization methods used in this study include the combination of photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS), laser-induced breakdown detection (LIBD), fluorimetry and field flow fractionation (FFF). Experimental results and their application to the parametrisation of reactive colloid transport models are discussed. [1] Geckeis H, Schaefer T, Hauser W, Rabung T, Missana T, Degueldre C, Moeri A, Eikenberg J, Fierz T, Alexander WR (2004) Results of the Colloid and Radionuclide Retention experiment

  3. Adaptation of OCA-P, a probabilistic fracture-mechanics code, to a personal computer

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    The OCA-P probabilistic fracture-mechanics code can now be executed on a personal computer with 512 kilobytes of memory, a math coprocessor, and a hard disk. A user's guide for the particular adaptation has been prepared, and additional importance sampling techniques for OCA-P have been developed that allow the sampling of only the tails of selected distributions. Features have also been added to OCA-P that permit RTNDT to be used as an ''independent'' variable in the calculation of P

  4. Fracture mechanical evaluation of allowable surface flaw for core support graphite components in the HTTR

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    Graphite and carbon materials are used for core support components in the High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor(HTTR) due to their excellent heat-resistant properties. In the machining or handling process of the component fabrication surface flaws and so forth are possibly formed since these materials are brittle. In order to determine the pass/fail criteria in a visual inspection, it is necessary to quantitatively determine the allowable flaw size on the surface of the core support components. Accordingly, allowable flaw sizes for these graphite and carbon materials are quantitatively evaluated on the basis of the fracture mechanics approach in this report. (author)

  5. 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...

  6. Use of adjoint methods in the probabilistic finite element approach to fracture mechanics

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    Liu, Wing Kam; Besterfield, Glen; Lawrence, Mark; Belytschko, Ted

    1988-01-01

    The adjoint method approach to probabilistic finite element methods (PFEM) is presented. When the number of objective functions is small compared to the number of random variables, the adjoint method is far superior to the direct method in evaluating the objective function derivatives with respect to the random variables. The PFEM is extended to probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) using an element which has the near crack-tip singular strain field embedded. Since only two objective functions (i.e., mode I and II stress intensity factors) are needed for PFM, the adjoint method is well suited.

  7. Fracture mechanics analysis of damaged turbine rotor discs using finite element method

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    Vasović Ivana V.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents evaluation fracture mechanics parameters in low pressure turbine components. Critical locations such as keyway and dovetail area are experiencing stress concentration leading to crack initiation. Stress intensity factors were evaluated using the J-Integral approach available within ANSYS software code. The finite element method allowed the prediction of the point of crack initiation and the crack propagation using the orientations of the maximum principal stresses. Special attention in this investigation is focused to develop analytic expressions for stress intensity factors at critical location of low pres-sure steam turbine disc. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. I-174001 i br. TR-35045

  8. Dynamic Response and Fracture Mechanism of a Novel Structural Radar Absorbing Material

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    CAO Mao-Sheng; ZHOU Wei; QU Gui-Min; RONG Ji-Li

    2008-01-01

    @@ A novel structural radar absorbing material (SRAM), which gives the normal resin-base composites new function, is prepared. The dynamic compressive tests of SRAM are carried out in both in-plane and normal directions of composites by means of the split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB). In the compressive test along in-plane direction, failure occurs at the interface between a fibre and the matrix. A fracture mode and mechanism was proposed to explain these results. The addition of absorbing particles results in the deterioration of the compressive properties. However, there is no obvious decrease on compressive strength of SRAM with the radar absorbing properties.

  9. Consideration of the effect of geological fractures on the productivity of complexly mechanized longwalls

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    Kostenko, V.K.; Antropov, V.I.; Nosach, A.K.

    1984-01-01

    The productivity of complexly mechanized longwalls which mine strata with mining and geological disruptions is reduced due to stoppages associated with elimination of the results of roof collapses. The existing standards do not call for consideration of these stoppages and therefore, errors are possible in planning the operation of mines. The possibility of considering the effect of geological fractures on the operation of longwalls within a single mine stratum is shown in an example of one of the longwalls in the Krasnoarmeyskiy mine of the Dobropolyeugol production association (PO).

  10. Ultrasonic structure and stress characterization for the improved determination of defect criticality by fracture mechanics

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    The assessment of defect behavior in a component under load requires information about the defect (location, type, size), the loading (external loads and internal stresses) and the material (microstructure, mechanical properties, failure criteria). NDE-techniques are able to supply detailed and quantitative results for these three parameter fields related to a specific structural situation. Fracture mechanics offers a tool for a quantitative evaluation of the criticality of the defect. This contribution describes the ultrasonic back-scattering measurement technique used for the characterization of the microstructure (grain size, homogeneity, anisotropy) and the localization of defects relative to their surrounding critical region (e.g. weldments). For the quantitative determination of residual stresses an ultrasonic method is used evaluating time-of-flight data and absorption measurements from polarized shear waves. This information is used as input data to a fracture mechanics analysis evaluating the criticality of indications found in a PWR steam generator. The definition of the defect model under the relevant loads and of the local material properties describing initiation and growth of cracks and their influence on the assessment are emphasized

  11. A fracture- mechanics calculation of crack growth rate for a gas turbine blade

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    The existence of thermo-mechanical stresses, due to the frequent start-ups and shutdowns of gas turbines. Combined with high working temperatures may cause creep and fatigue failure of the blades. This paper describes a fracture-mechanics life assessment of a gas turbine blade. Initially, the distributions of thermal and mechanical stresses were obtained by using the finite element method. Accordingly; the crack modeling was performed in a high stress region at the suction side surface of the blade. Several crack growth increments were observed and the related crack tip parameters were calculated. Finally; the creep-fatigue crack growth in each cycle was calculated and the total number of start-stop cycles was determined

  12. Comparison of different test methods in fracture mechanics for the assessment of critical parameters describing the fracture behavior

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    The values for the fracture toughness determined with the aid of the elastic-plastic methods all fit well into the band of scattering of the fracture toughness-temperature diagram put up according to ASTM E 399. This proves the applicability of these methods and the possibility of determining a critical fracture toughness with sufficient accuracy by means of the applied methods of measurement. For the assessment of the critical stress of the specimen the potential method is a proper method. No influence of the sample site on the elastic-plastic characteristics could be found, a sample geometry factor of β = sup(>) 0.35 instead of β = 2.5 required by ASTM E 399 thus being sufficient for the materials used for the construction of turbine generators. (orig.)

  13. Mechanical Behavior and Fracture Toughness Evaluation of Multiphase Polymer Nanocomposites Using Impact and J-Integral via Locus Method

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    Bishnu P. Panda

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Fracture behaviors of fibrillar silicate clay (MMT filled thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO containing polypropylene (PP blended with ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM were systematically investigated using impact test method and J-integral by locus method. Drastic increase in impact strength is observed for all developed compositions and generally shows higher value for the selected phases containing dispersed nanoclay in PP matrix. A fracture mechanics approach has been adopted by mode I test, and the effects of specimen geometry have been investigated. Increase in interlaminar fracture energy value, Gc, and J-integral value, Jc, is marked as the crack propagated through the composite; that is, a rising “R-curve” is observed. Toughness measurements revealed that the fracture toughness increased with increasing clay content reaching maximum at 3 wt% of clay than pure PP. Moreover, enhancement of fracture toughness was more remarkable than that of stiffness. The fracture surfaces taken from different specimens were observed for exploring the fracture mechanisms using transmission electron microscopy (TEM revealed a strong particle-matrix adhesion.

  14. Analysis and modeling of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical phenomena in 3D fractured media

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    This doctoral research was conducted as part of a joint France-Spain co-tutelage PhD thesis in the framework of a bilateral agreement between two universities, the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT) and the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM). It concerns a problem of common interest at the national and international levels, namely, the disposal of radioactive waste in deep geological repositories. The present work is devoted, more precisely, to near-field hydrogeological aspects involving mass and heat transport phenomena. The first part of the work is devoted to a specific data interpretation problem (pressures, relative humidities, temperatures) in a multi-barrier experimental system at the scale of a few meters - the 'Mock-Up Test' of the FEBEX project, conducted in Spain. Over 500 time series are characterized in terms of spatial, temporal, and/or frequency/scale-based statistical analysis techniques. The time evolution and coupling of physical phenomena during the experiment are analyzed, and conclusions are drawn concerning the behavior and reliability of the sensors. The second part of the thesis develops in more detail the 3-Dimensional (3D) modeling of coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical phenomena in a fractured porous rock, this time at the scale of a hundred meters, based on the data of the 'In-Situ Test' of the FEBEX project conducted at the Grimsel Test Site in the Swiss Alps. As a first step, a reconstruction of the 3D fracture network is obtained by Monte Carlo simulation, taking into account through optimization the geomorphological data collected around the FEBEX gallery. The heterogeneous distribution of traces observed on the cylindrical wall of the tunnel is fairly well reproduced in the simulated network. In a second step, we develop a method to estimate the equivalent permeability of a many-fractured block by extending the superposition method of Ababou et al. [1994] to the case where the permeability of the rock matrix is not

  15. 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

  16. Study of mechanical properties and fracture mechanisms of synthetic fibers nylon-and-polyester type, used in engineering products

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    Fibers are groups formed by molecular-chain-oriented filaments. Fibers play a fundamental role in human being's daily life and they can be found in several forms and geometries, such as filaments, yarns, beams, rope, fabric, composite, coatings, others. They are used in various segments such as civil, mechanical, electrical, electronics, military, naval, nautical, aviation, health, medicine, environment, communications, safety, space, others. Fibers are divided into two distinct classes: natural and chemical ones, which cover synthetic and man-made sub-classes. They can be produced from several materials, such as wool, cotton, rayon, flax, silk, rock, nylon, polyester, polyethylene, poly-propylene, aramid, glass, carbon, steel, ceramic, others. Globally, the participation of chemical fibers corresponds to approximately 59,9%, and the synthetic fiber polyester, the most used one, represents approximately 63% of the world market. Vital needs have led to the development of multi-function fibers and the focus has changed in the last 10 years with the use of nano technology for environmental responsibility and smart fibers. The study of mechanical properties and fracture mechanisms of fibers is of great relevance for characterization and understanding of causes as consequence of failures. For such reason, it was selected technical fabrics made of high performance synthetic fiber nylon-and-polyester type, used in engineered products such as tires, belts, hoses and pneumatic springs, which have been analyzed in each processing phase. Fiber samples were extracted after each processing phase to be analyzed, by traction destructive tests and scanning electron microscopy. The results of analysis of mechanical properties showed loss of resistance to temperature and multi axial stress during fiber processing phase. Through microscopy tests, it was possible to find contamination, surface stains, plastic deformations, scaling, variations in the fracture faces of the filaments and

  17. 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.

  18. Strain rate effects on the mechanical properties and fracture mode of skeletal muscle

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    The present study aimed to characterize the mechanical response of beagle sartorius muscle fibers under strain rates that increase logarithmically (0.1 mm/min, 1 mm/min and 10 mm/min), and provide an analysis of the fracture patterns of these tissues via scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Muscle tissue from dogs' sartorius was excised and test specimens were sectioned with a lancet into sections with nominal length, width, and thickness of 7, 2.5 and 0.6 mm, respectively. Trimming of the tissue was done so that the loading would be parallel to the direction of the muscle fiber. Samples were immediately tested following excision and failures were observed under the SEM. No statistically significant difference was observed in strength between the 0.1 mm/min (2.560 ± 0.37 MPa) and the 1 mm/min (2.702 ± 0.55 MPa) groups. However, the 10 mm/min group (1.545 ± 0.50 MPa) had a statistically significant lower strength than both the 1 mm/min group and the 0.1 mm/min group with p < 0.01 in both cases. At the 0.1 mm/min rate the primary fracture mechanism was that of a shear mode failure of the endomysium with a significant relative motion between fibers. At 1 mm/min this continues to be the predominant failure mode. At the 10 mm/min strain rate there is a significant change in the fracture pattern relative to other strain rates, where little to no evidence of endomysial shear failure nor of significant motion between fibers was detected

  19. Strain rate effects on the mechanical properties and fracture mode of skeletal muscle

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    Shapiro, Michael; Tovar, Nick; Yoo, Daniel [Biomaterials and Biomimetics, New York University College of Dentistry (United States); Sobieraj, Micheal [Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Joint Diseases (United States); Gupta, Nikhil [Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU-Poly (United States); Branski, Ryan C. [Dept of Otolaryngology, New York University School of Medicine (United States); Coelho, Paulo G., E-mail: pc92@nyu.edu [Biomaterials and Biomimetics, New York University College of Dentistry (United States)

    2014-06-01

    The present study aimed to characterize the mechanical response of beagle sartorius muscle fibers under strain rates that increase logarithmically (0.1 mm/min, 1 mm/min and 10 mm/min), and provide an analysis of the fracture patterns of these tissues via scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Muscle tissue from dogs' sartorius was excised and test specimens were sectioned with a lancet into sections with nominal length, width, and thickness of 7, 2.5 and 0.6 mm, respectively. Trimming of the tissue was done so that the loading would be parallel to the direction of the muscle fiber. Samples were immediately tested following excision and failures were observed under the SEM. No statistically significant difference was observed in strength between the 0.1 mm/min (2.560 ± 0.37 MPa) and the 1 mm/min (2.702 ± 0.55 MPa) groups. However, the 10 mm/min group (1.545 ± 0.50 MPa) had a statistically significant lower strength than both the 1 mm/min group and the 0.1 mm/min group with p < 0.01 in both cases. At the 0.1 mm/min rate the primary fracture mechanism was that of a shear mode failure of the endomysium with a significant relative motion between fibers. At 1 mm/min this continues to be the predominant failure mode. At the 10 mm/min strain rate there is a significant change in the fracture pattern relative to other strain rates, where little to no evidence of endomysial shear failure nor of significant motion between fibers was detected.

  20. Two-parameter fracture mechanics: Evaluation of T-stress for a general three-point-bend specimen

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    Seitl, Stanislav; Viszlay, Viliam; Cifuentes, H.; Canteli, A.

    Zamora: Grupo Espanol de Fractura, 2015, s. 310-315. ISSN 0213-3725. [32 SCFSI/32 GEF Spanish Conference on Fracture and Structural Integrity Encuentro del Grupo Espanol de Fractura /32./. Zamora (ES), 27.04.2015-29.04.2015] Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Fracture * stress intensity factor * T-stress * constraint * three point bending test * FEM Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  1. Continuum Damage Mechanics A Continuum Mechanics Approach to the Analysis of Damage and Fracture

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    Murakami, Sumio

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    Recent developments in engineering and technology have brought about serious and enlarged demands for reliability, safety and economy in wide range of fields such as aeronautics, nuclear engineering, civil and structural engineering, automotive and production industry.  This, in turn, has caused more interest in continuum damage mechanics and its engineering applications.   This book aims to give a concise overview of the current state of damage mechanics, and then to show the fascinating possibility of this promising branch of mechanics, and to provide researchers, engineers and graduate students with an intelligible and self-contained textbook.   The book consists of two parts and an appendix.  Part I  is concerned with the foundation of continuum damage mechanics.  Basic concepts of material damage and the mechanical representation of damage state of various kinds are described in Chapters 1 and 2.  In Chapters 3-5, irreversible thermodynamics, thermodynamic constitutive theory and its application ...

  2. Atomistic Processes of Catalyst Degradation

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    The purpose of this cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) between Sasol North America, Inc., and the oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) was to improve the stability of alumina-based industrial catalysts through the combination of aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) at ORNL and innovative sample preparation techniques at Sasol. Outstanding progress has been made in task 1, 'Atomistic processes of La stabilization'. STEM investigations provided structural information with single-atom precision, showing the lattice location of La dopant atoms, thus enabling first-principles calculations of binding energies, which were performed in collaboration with Vanderbilt University. The stabilization mechanism turns out to be entirely due to a particularly strong binding energy of the La tom to the {gamma}-alumina surface. The large size of the La atom precludes incorporation of La into the bulk alumina and also strains the surface, thus preventing any clustering of La atoms. Thus highly disperse distribution is achieved and confirmed by STEM images. la also affects relative stability of the exposed surfaces of {gamma}-alumina, making the 100 surface more stable for the doped case, unlike the 110 surface for pure {gamma}-alumina. From the first-principles calculations, they can estimate the increase in transition temperature for the 3% loading of La used commercially, and it is in excellent agreement with experiment. This task was further pursued aiming to generate useable recommendations for the optimization of the preparation techniques for La-doped aluminas. The effort was primarily concentrated on the connection between the boehmitre-{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase transition (i.e. catalyst preparation) and the resulting dispersion of La on the {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} surface. It was determined that the La distribution on boehmite was non-uniform and different from that on the {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and thus

  3. Fracture mechanics models developed for piping reliability assessment in light water reactors: piping reliability project

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    The efforts concentrated on modifications of the stratified Monte Carlo code called PRAISE (Piping Reliability Analysis Including Seismic Events) to make it more widely applicable to probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis of nuclear reactor piping. Pipe failures are considered to occur as the result of crack-like defects introduced during fabrication, that escape detection during inspections. The code modifications allow the following factors in addition to those considered in earlier work to be treated: other materials, failure criteria and subcritical crack growth characteristic; welding residual and vibratory stresses; and longitudinal welds (the original version considered only circumferential welds). The fracture mechanics background for the code modifications is included, and details of the modifications themselves provided. Additionally, an updated version of the PRAISE user's manual is included. The revised code, known as PRAISE-B was then applied to a variety of piping problems, including various size lines subject to stress corrosion cracking and vibratory stresses. Analyses including residual stresses and longitudinal welds were also performed

  4. Structure, thermal and fracture mechanical properties of benzoxazine-modified amine-cured DGEBA epoxy resins

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    Full Text Available First, traditional diamine hardeners of epoxy resins (EP were checked as potential accelerators for the benzoxazine (BOX homopolymerization. It was established that the acceleration effect depends on both the type and amount of the diamine compounds. In the follow-up work amine-curable diglycidyl ether bisphenol A (DGEBA type EP was modified with BOX keeping the EP/BOX ratio constant (75/25 wt.%. The amine hardeners, added in the EP in stoichiometric amounts, were of aliphatic and aromatic nature, viz. diethylenetriamine (DETA, 4,4'-diaminodiphenyl methane (DDM, and their 1/1 mixture. The thermal, viscoelastic, flexural and fracture mechanical properties of the EP/BOX hybrids were determined and compared to those of the reference EPs. Based on dynamic-mechanical thermal analysis and atomic force microscopy the formation of co-network between EP and BOX was concluded. Homopolymerized BOX was built in the network in nanoscaled inclusions and it was associated with internal antiplasticization. Incorporation of BOX improved the charring, enhanced the flexural modulus and strength, and reduced the glass transition of the parent EP. The fracture toughness and energy were not improved by hybridization with BOX.

  5. Standard guide for evaluating data acquisition systems used in cyclic fatigue and fracture mechanics testing

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    1998-01-01

    1.1 This guide covers how to understand and minimize the errors associated with data acquisition in fatigue and fracture mechanics testing equipment. This guide is not intended to be used instead of certified traceable calibration or verification of data acquisition systems when such certification is required. It does not cover static load verification, for which the user is referred to the current revision of Practices E 4, or static extensometer verification, for which the user is referred to the current revision of Practice E 83. The user is also referred to Practice E 467. 1.2 The output of the fatigue and fracture mechanics data acquisition systems described in this guide is essentially a stream of digital data. Such digital data may be considered to be divided into two types- Basic Data, which are a sequence of digital samples of an equivalent analog waveform representing the output of transducers connected to the specimen under test, and Derived Data, which are digital values obtained from the Basic D...

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

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    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.

  7. On the estimation of the steam generator maintenance efficiency by the means of probabilistic fracture mechanics

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    In this report, an original probabilistic model aimed to assess the efficiency of particular maintenance strategy in terms of tube failure probability is proposed. The model concentrates on axial through wall cracks in the residual stress dominated tube expansion transition zone. It is based on the recent developments in probabilistic fracture mechanics and accounts for scatter in material, geometry and crack propagation data. Special attention has been paid to model the uncertainties connected to non-destructive examination technique (e.g., measurement errors, non-detection probability). First and second order reliability methods (FORM and SORM) have been implemented to calculate the failure probabilities. This is the first time that those methods are applied to the reliability analysis of components containing stress-corrosion cracks. In order to predict the time development of the tube failure probabilities, an original linear elastic fracture mechanics based crack propagation model has been developed. It accounts for the residual and operating stresses together. Also, the model accounts for scatter in residual and operational stresses due to the random variations in tube geometry and material data. Due to the lack of reliable crack velocity vs load data, the non-destructive examination records of the crack propagation have been employed to estimate the velocities at the crack tips. (orig./GL)

  8. Determination of fracture mechanics parameters on a base of local displacement measurements

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available New experimental technique for a determination of the stress intensity factor (SIF and T-stress values is developed and verified. The approach assumes combining the crack compliance method and optical interferometric measurements of local deformation response on small crack length increment. Initial experimental information has a form of in-plane displacement component values, which are measured by electronic speckle-pattern interferometry at some specific points located near a crack tip. Required values of fracture mechanics parameters follow from the first four coefficients of Williams’ series. A determination of initial experimental data at the nearest vicinity of notch tip is the main feature of the developed approach. That is why it is not necessary to involve complex numerical models, which include global geometrical parameters, loading and boundary conditions of the object under study, in a stage of experimental data interpretation. An availability of high-quality interference fringe patterns, which are free from rigid-body motions, serves as a reliable indicator of real stress state around a crack tip. A verification of the technique is performed by comparing experimental results with analogous data of FEM modelling. Experimentally determined mode I SIF for DCB specimen with end crack is in 5 per cent agreement with the numerically simulated case. Proposed approach is capable of estimating an influence of the notch radius on fracture mechanics parameters. Comparing SIF and T-stress obtained for U notches of different radius both in actual and residual stress field confirms this statement.

  9. A New Approximate Fracture Mechanics Analysis Methodology for Composites with a Crack or Hole

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    Tsai, H. C.; Arocho, A.

    1990-01-01

    A new approximate theory which links the inherent flaw concept with the theory of crack tip stress singularities at a bi-material interface was developed. Three assumptions were made: (1) the existence of inherent flaw (i.e., damage zone) at the tip of the crack, (2) a fracture of the filamentary composites initiates at a crack lying in the matrix material at the interface of the matrix/filament, and (3) the laminate fails whenever the principal load-carrying laminae fails. This third assumption implies that for a laminate consisting of 0 degree plies, cracks into matrix perpendicular to the 0 degree filaments are the triggering mechanism for the final failure. Based on this theory, a parameter bar K sub Q which is similar to the stress intensity factor for isotropic materials but with a different dimension was defined. Utilizing existing test data, it was found that bar K sub Q can be treated as a material constant. Based on this finding a fracture mechanics analysis methodology was developed. The analytical results are correlated well with test results. This new approximate theory can apply to both brittle and metal matrix composite laminates with crack or hole.

  10. The application of fracture mechanics to the safety assessment of transport casks for radioactive materials

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    Zencker, U.; Mueller, K.; Droste, B.; Roedel, R.; Voelzke, H. [Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung (BAM), Berlin (Germany)

    2004-07-01

    BAM is the German responsible authority for the mechanical and thermal design safety assessment of packages for the transport of radioactive materials. The assessment has to cover the brittle fracture safety proof of package components made of potentially brittle materials. This paper gives a survey of the regulatory and technical requirements for such an assessment according to BAM's new ''Guidelines for the Application of Ductile Cast Iron for Transport and Storage Casks for Radioactive Materials''. Based on these guidelines higher stresses than before can become permissible, but it is necessary to put more effort into the safety assessment procedure. The fundamentals of such a proof with the help of the methods of fracture mechanics are presented. The recommended procedure takes into account the guidelines of the IAEA Advisory Material which are based on the prevention of crack initiation. Examples of BAM's research and safety assessment practices are given. Recommendations for further developments towards package designs with higher acceptable stress levels will be concluded.

  11. Advances in fracture mechanics analyses of primary system performance under operating and accident conditions

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    Safety research sponsored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Division of Reactor Safety Research, has resulted in notable advances in several areas of importance in the safety evaluation of reactor primary systems under normal operations and accident situations. First, the methods of linear elastic fracture mechanics and of elastic plastic fracture mechanics have been validated for prediction of pressure vessel performance by the Intermediate Vessel Test program results at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The ability confidently to predict vessel performance under realistic service conditions has permitted development of the computer program OCTAVIA which computes failure curves for a range of flaw sizes in terms of pressure and temperature for specified presure vessel material at specific neutron fluence levels. It then considers the probability of occurrence of flaw sizes and magnitude of pressure during an operational, overpressurization transient and determines the probability of failure, for both individual flaw sizes and for the full spectrum. This advance has been verified by the confirmatory results of testing small thick-walled cylinders under thermal shock conditions in the Heavy Section Steel Technology program, and of warm prestressing tests at the US Navel Research Laboratory. Thirdly, the technology of crack arrest has reached a level wherein standardization of test specimens and testing methods is now possible and, indeed, is underway. (Auth.)

  12. Fracture mechanics based design for radioactive material transport packagings -- Historical review

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    Smith, J.A.; Salzbrenner, D.; Sorenson, K.; McConnell, P.

    1998-04-01

    The use of a fracture mechanics based design for the radioactive material transport (RAM) packagings has been the subject of extensive research for more than a decade. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has played an important role in the research and development of the application of this technology. Ductile iron has been internationally accepted as an exemplary material for the demonstration of a fracture mechanics based method of RAM packaging design and therefore is the subject of a large portion of the research discussed in this report. SNL`s extensive research and development program, funded primarily by the U. S. Department of Energy`s Office of Transportation, Energy Management and Analytical Services (EM-76) and in an auxiliary capacity, the office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, is summarized in this document along with a summary of the research conducted at other institutions throughout the world. In addition to the research and development work, code and standards development and regulatory positions are also discussed.

  13. Mechanisms of fracture of the free surface of shock-compressed metals

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    Mokhova, V. V., E-mail: vvmokhova@yandex.ru; Mikhailov, A. L.; Til’kunov, A. V. [Russian Federal Nuclear Center–All-Russia Research Institute of Experimental Physics (Russian Federation); Orlov, N. I. [National Nuclear Research University MEPhI, Sarov State Physicotechnical Institute (Russian Federation); Kanunova, L. I.; Bragunets, V. A.; Tkachenko, M. I.; Simakov, V. G.; Sokolov, S. S.; Podurets, A. M. [Russian Federal Nuclear Center–All-Russia Research Institute of Experimental Physics (Russian Federation)

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    The mechanisms of the ejection of aluminum and copper microparticles from the free surfaces of these metals have been studied under conditions of the escape of a moderate-intensity shock wave from a sample. The free surfaces of samples contained 0.7–0.9 mm deep artificial wells and protrusions simulating (on a greater scale of 10: 1) the natural surface roughness retained upon mechanical processing. The pressure in a shock-wave pulse at the base of a protrusion was controlled within P = 5–20 GPa (i.e., below the melting region), and the variable duration of pressure pulses was 0.02, 0.2, and 1 μs. Analysis of the free surfaces of postloaded samples showed that, for certain loading and roughness parameters, the ejection of metal from vertices of protruding ridges or pyramids (as a result of the longitudinal fracture) was about ten times greater than the amount of metal ejected in the form of cumulative jets from wells. The amount of ejected metal and the size distribution of metal microparticles were quantitatively characterized using “soft collecting targets” and by measuring mass losses of samples upon fracture.

  14. 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

  15. Fracture resistance curves and toughening mechanisms in polymer based dental composites

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    De Souza, J.A.; Goutianos, Stergios; Skovgaard, M.;

    2011-01-01

    The fracture resistance (R-curve behaviour) of two commercial dental composites (Filtek Z350® and Concept Advanced®) were studied using Double Cantilever Beam sandwich specimens loaded with pure bending moments to obtain stable crack growth. The experiments were conducted in an environmental...... scanning electron microscope to (a) accurately measure the applied energy-release rate for crack initiation, (b) measure the early (rising) part of the R-curve, and (c) provide direct microscopic evidence of the toughening mechanisms ahead of and/or in the wake of the crack tip. The two tested composites...... displayed distinctly different R-curve behaviours. The difference was related to different toughening mechanisms as the two composites had markedly different microstructures. Contrary to common experience, the composite with the finer microstructure (smaller particles), the Concept Advanced®, showed...

  16. Fracture mechanics limitations for short cracks and the non-propagating cracks

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    Fracture mechanics limitations when the crack length is small can be listed as metallurgical or plastical arguments. It was here defined a ''non propagating cracks'' criterion, based on some critical length 1sub(c) (relying Δσe and ΔKth). It is shown a comparison of theoretical and experimental results about initiation and subsequent micropropagation of short cracks at the notch root of 316 L specimen at 200C and 5500C. It was shown that non-propagating cracks occurence could be mainly related to the closure phenomena on a mechanical point of view and to the ability of emitted dislocations to propagate beyond the grain boundary on the metallurgical point of view

  17. Simulating Thermal-Hydrologic-Mechanical-Chemical Evolution Surrounding Fluid Injection in a Fractured Porous Geothermal Reservoir

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    Taron, J.; Min, K.; Elsworth, D.

    2006-12-01

    Computational analysis is conducted on the coupled thermal-hydrologic-mechanical-chemical (THMC) behavior of a stimulated EGS geothermal reservoir. Numerical analyses utilize a newly developed simulator capable of examining THMC processes in fractured porous geologic media. The simulator links the thermal-hydrologic- chemical (THC) computational code TOUGHREACT with the mechanical (M) capability of FLAC3D, where the response of pore fluid pressure to mechanical disturbance is treated as an undrained system and mineral precipitation/dissolution generates porosity and permeability change within each dual-permeability continuum. Non-linear permeability response to thermal-hydrologic-mechanical (THM) mechanisms is accommodated via embryonic mechanical and transport constitutive laws, and is considered to act in union with permeability changes associated with the removal or addition of minerals within the system. This construct is applied to the geometry of an injector-withdrawal doublet within the Coso Geothermal field, where in situ stress conditions, thermal state, and mineralogical composition at 3000m depth are extracted from recorded field data. Initial results for feasible parametric settings show that permeability reduction in the vicinity of a cool (80°C) injection well may be significant, within an order of magnitude, and accompanied by large (MPa) changes in the stress field throughout the reservoir for imposed boundary conditions of constant stress.

  18. Proceedings of the Joint IAEA/CSNI Specialists' Meeting on Fracture Mechanics Verification by Large-Scale Testing

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    This report provides the proceedings of a Specialists' Meeting on Fracture Mechanics Verification by Large-Scale Testing that was held in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on October 23-25, 1992. The meeting was jointly sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In particular, the International Working Group (IWG) on Life Management of Nuclear Power Plants (LMNPP) was the IAEA sponsor, and the Principal Working Group 3 (PWG-3) (Primary System Component Integrity) of the Committee for the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) was the NEA's sponsor. This meeting was preceded by two prior international activities that were designed to examine the state-of-the-art in fracture analysis capabilities and emphasized applications to the safety evaluation of nuclear power facilities. The first of those two activities was an IAEA Specialists' Meeting on Fracture Mechanics Verification by Large-Scale Testing that was held at the Staatliche Materialprufungsanstalt (MPA) in Stuttgart, Germany, on May 25-27, 1988; the proceedings of that meeting were published 1991.1 The second activity was the CSNI/PWG-3's Fracture Assessment Group's Project FALSIRE (Fracture Analyses of Large-Scale International Reference Experiments). The proceedings of the FALSIRE workshop that was held in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., on May 8-10, 1990, was recently published by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Those previous activities identified capabilities and shortcomings of various fracture analysis methods based on analyses of six available large-scale experiments. Different modes of fracture behavior, which ranged from brittle to ductile, were considered. In addition, geometry, size, constraint and multiaxial effects were considered. While generally good predictive capabilities were demonstrated for brittle fracture, issues were identified relative to predicting fracture behavior at higher

  19. A predictive mechanical model for evaluating vertebral fracture probability in lumbar spine under different osteoporotic drug therapies.

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    López, E; Ibarz, E; Herrera, A; Puértolas, S; Gabarre, S; Más, Y; Mateo, J; Gil-Albarova, J; Gracia, L

    2016-07-01

    Osteoporotic vertebral fractures represent a major cause of disability, loss of quality of life and even mortality among the elderly population. Decisions on drug therapy are based on the assessment of risk factors for fracture from bone mineral density (BMD) measurements. A previously developed model, based on the Damage and Fracture Mechanics, was applied for the evaluation of the mechanical magnitudes involved in the fracture process from clinical BMD measurements. BMD evolution in untreated patients and in patients with seven different treatments was analyzed from clinical studies in order to compare the variation in the risk of fracture. The predictive model was applied in a finite element simulation of the whole lumbar spine, obtaining detailed maps of damage and fracture probability, identifying high-risk local zones at vertebral body. For every vertebra, strontium ranelate exhibits the highest decrease, whereas minimum decrease is achieved with oral ibandronate. All the treatments manifest similar trends for every vertebra. Conversely, for the natural BMD evolution, as bone stiffness decreases, the mechanical damage and fracture probability show a significant increase (as it occurs in the natural history of BMD). Vertebral walls and external areas of vertebral end plates are the zones at greatest risk, in coincidence with the typical locations of osteoporotic fractures, characterized by a vertebral crushing due to the collapse of vertebral walls. This methodology could be applied for an individual patient, in order to obtain the trends corresponding to different treatments, in identifying at-risk individuals in early stages of osteoporosis and might be helpful for treatment decisions. PMID:27265047

  20. 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

  1. An efficient numerical simulation of coupled thermal-hydro-mechanical process in CO2 leakage through fractured caprocks

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    Wu, Y. S.; Huang, Z.; Winterfeld, P. H.

    2014-12-01

    The safety of CO2 sequestration in geological formations relies on the integrity of the caprock. However, the elevated fluid pressure during CO2 injection changes the stress states in the caprock, and may lead to reactivate pre-existing fractures or even fracture the caprock. It is necessary to develop an efficient and practical monitor technology to detect and identify CO2 leakage pathways. To this end, we should understand the transport behavior of CO2 coupled with geomechanical effects during injection. In this work, we first developed an efficient parallel fully-coupled thermal-hydro-mechanical simulator to model CO2 transport in geological formations. The numerical model was verified through classical problems with analytical solutions. Then, based on this simulator, we investigated the fluid flow behavior when CO2 leakage occurs through fluid-driven fracturing zones. We proposed an implicit, physics-based model to simulate the fluid-driven fracturing process by using several practical correlations, including fracturing pressure functions, porosity/permeability-stress relationships, which can be obtained by lab experiments. A set of numerical simulations have been conducted by considering various scenarios, such as different injection rates, locations and distributions of fracture zones, and initial fracture permeability. The numerical results show that there are several characteristics can be used to detect CO2 leakage pathways, and it is possible to develop an advanced inverse modeling and monitoring technology to identify leakage locations, times and rates using measured pressure data of permanent downhole gauges and our simulator.

  2. Nonadiabatic study of dynamic electronic effects during brittle fracture of silicon.

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    Theofanis, Patrick L; Jaramillo-Botero, Andres; Goddard, William A; Xiao, Hai

    2012-01-27

    It has long been observed that brittle fracture of materials can lead to emission of high energy electrons and UV photons, but an atomistic description of the origin of such processes has lacked. We report here on simulations using a first-principles-based electron force field methodology with effective core potentials to describe the nonadiabatic quantum dynamics during brittle fracture in silicon crystal. Our simulations replicate the correct response of the crack tip velocity to the threshold critical energy release rate, a feat that is inaccessible to quantum mechanics methods or conventional force-field-based molecular dynamics. We also describe the crack induced voltages, current bursts, and charge carrier production observed experimentally during fracture but not previously captured in simulations. We find that strain-induced surface rearrangements and local heating cause ionization of electrons at the fracture surfaces. PMID:22400860

  3. Study of the competition between ductile tearing and brittle fracture : Application to the mechanical strength of C-Mn pipes and their welded joints.

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    Le Corre, Vincent

    2006-01-01

    This study deals with the fracture behaviour of welded thin structures in the ductile to brittle transition range. It aims to propose a criterion to define the conditions for which the risk of fracture per cleavage does not exist on a cracked structure.The literature review shows that the difficulties of prediction of the fracture behaviour of a structure are related to the dependence of the fracture probability to the mechanical fields at the crack tip. The ductile to brittle transition rang...

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Scalable Atomistic Simulation Algorithms for Materials Research

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    Aiichiro Nakano

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A suite of scalable atomistic simulation programs has been developed for materials research based on space-time multiresolution algorithms. Design and analysis of parallel algorithms are presented for molecular dynamics (MD simulations and quantum-mechanical (QM calculations based on the density functional theory. Performance tests have been carried out on 1,088-processor Cray T3E and 1,280-processor IBM SP3 computers. The linear-scaling algorithms have enabled 6.44-billion-atom MD and 111,000-atom QM calculations on 1,024 SP3 processors with parallel efficiency well over 90%. production-quality programs also feature wavelet-based computational-space decomposition for adaptive load balancing, spacefilling-curve-based adaptive data compression with user-defined error bound for scalable I/O, and octree-based fast visibility culling for immersive and interactive visualization of massive simulation data.

  7. FAVOR: A new fracture mechanics code for reactor pressure vessels subjected to pressurized thermal shock

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    This report discusses probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis which is a major element of the comprehensive probabilistic methodology endorsed by the NRC for evaluation of the integrity of Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) pressure vessels subjected to pressurized-thermal-shock (PTS) transients. It is anticipated that there will be an increasing need for an improved and validated PTS PFM code which is accepted by the NRC and utilities, as more plants approach the PTS screening criteria and are required to perform plant-specific analyses. The NRC funded Heavy Section Steel Technology (HSST) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratories is currently developing the FAVOR (Fracture Analysis of Vessels: Oak Ridge) PTS PFM code, which is intended to meet this need. The FAVOR code incorporates the most important features of both OCA-P and VISA-II and contains some new capabilities such as PFM global modeling methodology, the capability to approximate the effects of thermal streaming on circumferential flaws located inside a plume region created by fluid and thermal stratification, a library of stress intensity factor influence coefficients, generated by the NQA-1 certified ABAQUS computer code, for an adequate range of two and three dimensional inside surface flaws, the flexibility to generate a variety of output reports, and user friendliness

  8. Fatigue Properties and Fracture Mechanism of Steel Coated with Diamond-Like Carbon Films

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    Akebono, Hiroyuki; Kato, Masahiko; Sugeta, Atsushi

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have attracted much attention in many industrial fields because of their excellent tribological properties, high hardness, chemical inertness and biocompatibility. In order to examine the fatigue properties and to clear the fracture mechanism of DLC coated materials, AISI4140 steel coated with DLC films by using unbalanced magnetron sputtering method was prepared and two types of fatigue test were carried out by using a tension and compression testing machine with stress ratio -1 and a bending testing machine with stress ratio -1 with a focused on the fatigue crack behavior in detail. The fracture origin changed from the slip deformation to micro defects at surface whose size didn't affect the fatigue crack initiation behavior in the case of Virgin series because the hard coating like DLC films make the defect sensitivity of coated material higher. However, DLC series indicated higher fatigue strengths in finite life region and fatigue limit compared with Virgin series. From the continuously observation by using a plastic replicas technique, it is clear that there are no noticeable differences on fatigue crack propagation rate between the Virgin and DLC series, however the fatigue crack initiation of DLC series was delayed significantly by existence of DLC films compared with Virgin series.

  9. Pressurized thermal shock probabilistic fracture mechanics sensitivity analysis for Yankee Rowe reactor pressure vessel

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    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to perform a pressurized-thermal-shock (PTS) probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) sensitivity analysis for the Yankee Rowe reactor pressure vessel, for the fluences corresponding to the end of operating cycle 22, using a specific small-break-loss- of-coolant transient as the loading condition. Regions of the vessel with distinguishing features were to be treated individually -- upper axial weld, lower axial weld, circumferential weld, upper plate spot welds, upper plate regions between the spot welds, lower plate spot welds, and the lower plate regions between the spot welds. The fracture analysis methods used in the analysis of through-clad surface flaws were those contained in the established OCA-P computer code, which was developed during the Integrated Pressurized Thermal Shock (IPTS) Program. The NRC request specified that the OCA-P code be enhanced for this study to also calculate the conditional probabilities of failure for subclad flaws and embedded flaws. The results of this sensitivity analysis provide the NRC with (1) data that could be used to assess the relative influence of a number of key input parameters in the Yankee Rowe PTS analysis and (2) data that can be used for readily determining the probability of vessel failure once a more accurate indication of vessel embrittlement becomes available. This report is designated as HSST report No. 117

  10. Modeling the Progressive Failure of Jointed Rock Slope Using Fracture Mechanics and the Strength Reduction Method

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    Zhang, Ke; Cao, Ping; Meng, Jingjing; Li, Kaihui; Fan, Wenchen

    2015-03-01

    The fracturing process during the progressive failure of a jointed rock slope is numerically investigated by using fracture mechanics and the strength reduction method (SRM). A displacement discontinuity method containing frictional elements is developed for the calculation of the stress intensity factor (SIF). The failure initiation of the jointed rock slope is analyzed by evaluating the SIF. A new joint model is proposed by combining solid elements with interface elements in the commercial software FLAC3D. These represent the discontinuous planes in a rock mass on which sliding or separation can occur. The progressive failure process is simulated by reducing the shear strength of the rock mass, which includes the process of stress concentration, crack initiation, crack propagation, slip weakening, and coalescence of failure surfaces. The factor of safety (FS) and location of the critical failure surface are determined by the SRM. The influence of the joint inclination is investigated using the FS and the SIF. Laboratory experiments on specimens containing an inclined flaw under compression-shear stress are also conducted to investigate the effect of the angle between the shear direction and the flaw inclination, which provides an experimental explanation for the shear behavior of jointed rock. The results show that the joint inclination dominates the failure behavior of jointed rock slope, and two failure patterns have been classified.

  11. Ultrasonic detection variability of weld defects and the effect on fracture mechanics predictions - an experimental assessment

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    Discrete, artificial weld defects, simulating lack of fusion, were introduced into a series of thirty test plates of a medium strength structural steel. Two welding processes (MMA and SAW) were used. Each test weld was then ultrasonically examined by fourteen different operators to obtain predictions of defect geometry and position. Twenty of the test plates were then destructively tested under controlled four point bending to obtain measured failure loads, and the defect parameters length, height and depth were accurately measured from the resulting fracture surfaces. Very considerable variability in these defect parameters, both between operators and between predicted and actual defects, was observed. The ultrasonic data has been used quantitatively in conjunction with two widely used failure assessment procedures, viz. the COD approach of British Standard's PD 6493 (1980), and the U.K. Central Electricity Generating Board's Two-criteria or R-6 Method (1980), to study the effect of ultrasonic defect sizing on fracture mechanics predictions. Results indicate compatibility between the two approaches and a considerable tolerance to variations in defect sizes in failure prediction estimation

  12. Solute transport in fractured media - The important mechanisms for performance assessment

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    The most important mechanisms that control the release of contaminants from a repository for nuclear or chemical waste have been studied. For the time scale of interest for the disposal of nuclear or even chemical waste, diffusion into the rock matrix is an important factor which retards and dilutes the contaminants. It is found that the water flow-rate distribution and the flow-wetted surface are the entities that primarily determine the solute transport. If the diffusion in the rock matrix is negligible, the solute transport is determined by the water flow-rate and the flow porosity. This is shown by simulations using analytical solutions obtained for simple geometries, such as the flow in a fracture or a channel. Similar results are obtained for more complex systems, such as flow in a fracture with variable aperture and through a network of channels. It is also found that the use of a retardation factor relating the travel times of interacting and noninteracting solutes is inappropriate and may be misleading. 11 refs, 9 figs, 1 tab

  13. Elastic-plastic fracture mechanics analyses of cracked steam generator tubes under internal pressure

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    Kim, Hyeong Keun; Ahn, Min Yong; Moon, Seong In; Chang, Yoon Suk; Kim, Young Jin [Sungkyunkwan Univ., Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Hwang, Seong Sik; Kim, Joung Soo [KAERI, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-07-01

    The structural and leakage integrity of steam generator tube should be maintained during operation even though a crack is existed on it. During the past three decades, several limit load solutions have been proposed to resolve the integrity issue. However, for exact load carrying capacity estimation of specific components under different conditions, these solutions have to be modified by using lots of experimental data. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new burst pressure estimation scheme based on fracture mechanics analyses for steam generator tube with an axial or circumferential through-wall crack. To do this, closed-form engineering equations were derived to get relevant parameters from three dimensional elastic-plastic finite element analyses combined with reference stress method. Also, a series of structural integrity analyses were carried out using the calculated J-integral from engineering equations and fracture toughness data. Thereby, in comparison with the experimental data as well as corresponding estimation results from limit load solutions, it was proven that the proposed estimation scheme can be used as an efficient tool for integrity evaluation of cracked steam generator tubes.

  14. Network-based creep-fatigue crack propagation assessment tools using fracture mechanics parameter database

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    Full text: In performing residual life assessment of a high temperature power plant component, prediction of propagation behavior of crack like defect is sometimes required. When evaluating crack propagation rate of a given crack subjected to creep-fatigue loading, J-integral type of fracture mechanics parameters, elastic-plastic J-integral for fatigue and C(t) for creep, are needed to estimate. Although these parameters may be estimated by detailed finite element analysis (FEA) modeling inelastic deformation behavior, simplified method without costly computation is usually preferred. Simplified defect assessment procedures, which are mostly based on the failure assessment diagram approach, are being standardized in many countries. The author too presented defect assessment procedures for elevated temperature power plant components in where several simplified approaches including the reference stress approach were proposed. When an analyst performs defect assessment with the failure assessment diagram or the reference stress approach, the analyst needs solutions of stress intensity factor and limit load for the cracked component to evaluate. These solutions may be obtained by systematically performed finite element analyses and can form fracture mechanics database. Elastic follow-up factors for displacement-controlled loading also may be obtained by FEA and stored in database. The fracture mechanics database used for the software tools described here includes these FEA solutions related to elastic/inelastic response of cracked geometries. This paper describes computer software tools enabling users to perform easily defect assessment of high temperature power plant component. These tools are web-based and can be used remotely. FEA computation is also possible by using a Java tool for preparing FEA data and sending the data to a cgi at the computation site. If a user needs a new solution of stress intensity factor, limit load or elastic follow-up factor, he can

  15. Fracture of ECAP-deformed iron and the role of extrinsic toughening mechanisms

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    Hohenwarter, A.; Pippan, R.

    2013-01-01

    The fracture behaviour of pure iron deformed by equal-channel angular pressing via route A was examined. The fracture toughness was determined for different specimen orientations and measured in terms of the critical plane strain fracture toughness, KIC , the critical J integral, JIC , and the crack opening displacement for crack initiation, CODi . The results demonstrate that the crack plane orientation has a pronounced effect on the fracture toughness. Different crack plane orientations lea...

  16. A FRACTURE STUDY IN GLASS FIBER COMPOSITES IN DYNAMIC TENSION BY MECHANICAL LUMINESCENCE METHOD

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    Tamuzh, V.; Krauja, U.; Kalninsh, P.

    1985-01-01

    Some dependencies of the fracture development in glass fiber composites under dynamic tension have been established. A stageful character of the fracture of an angle-ply glass fiber composite has been shown. The onset of the very initial fracture events within the range of the linear material behavior has been detected. The fracture development in glass fiber composites under dynamic tension depends both on the reinforcement layup and strain rate of specimens.

  17. Mechanics of tungsten blistering II: Analytical treatment and fracture mechanical assessment

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    Li, Muyuan; You, Jeong-Ha

    2015-10-01

    Since a decade the blistering of pure tungsten under hydrogen implantation has been one of the major research topics in relation to the plasma-wall interaction of tungsten-armored first wall. Overall blistering may reduce the erosion lifetime of the wall. Mature blisters grown by high internal pressure are likely to burst leading to exfoliation of the surface. Therefore, the control and suppression of blistering is an important concern for sustainable operation of the tungsten-armored plasma-facing components. In this context, a quantitative assessment of the mechanical conditions for blister bulging and growth is an important concern. In this article a theoretical framework is presented to describe the bulging deformation of tungsten blisters and to estimate the mechanical driving force of blister growth. The validity of the analytical formulations based on the theory of elastic plates is evaluated with the help of finite element analysis. Plastic strains and J-integral values at the blister boundary edge are assessed by means of numerical simulation. Extensive parametric studies were performed for a range of blister geometry (cap aspect ratio), gas pressure, yield stress and hardening rate. The characteristic features of the blistering mechanics are discussed and the cracking energy is quantitatively estimated for the various combinations of parameters.

  18. Fluctuations of exoemission currents accompanying the initial stages of materials fracture at pitting corrosion and mechanical stresses

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    A new aspect of exoemission phenomena accompanying the processes of fracture of metals and polymer materials at corrosion, mechanical and thermomechanical actions has been considered. Fluctuations of exoemission currents of negative charges, which are a consequence of the occurrence of local electric fields of high strength have been observed and investigated. The mechanism of fluctuations is discussed from the stand-point of break-down phenomena-streamer discharges resultant from a simultaneous formation of micropoints and gas release at the initial stages of materials fracture

  19. Material fields in atomistics as pull-backs of spatial distributions

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    Chandra Admal, Nikhil; Tadmor, Ellad B.

    2016-04-01

    The various fields defined in continuum mechanics have both a material and a spatial description that are related through the deformation mapping. In contrast, continuum fields defined for atomistic systems using the Irving-Kirkwood or Murdoch-Hardy procedures correspond to a spatial description. It is uncommon to define atomistic fields in the reference configuration due to the lack of a unique definition for the deformation mapping in atomistic systems. In this paper, we construct referential atomistic distributions as pull-backs of the spatial distributions obtained in the Murdoch-Hardy procedure with respect to a postulated deformation mapping that tracks particles. We then show that some of these referential distributions are independent of the choice of the deformation mapping and only depend on the reference and current configuration of particles. Therefore, the fields obtained from these distributions can be calculated without explicitly constructing a deformation map, and by construction they satisfy the balance equations. In particular, we obtain definitions for the first and second atomistic Piola-Kirchhoff stress tensors. We demonstrate the validity of these definitions through a numerical example involving finite deformation of a slab containing a notch under tension. An interesting feature of the atomistic first Piola-Kirchhoff stress tensor is the absence of a kinetic part, which in the atomistic Cauchy stress tensor accounts for thermal fluctuations. We show that this effect is implicitly included in the atomistic first Piola-Kirchhoff stress tensor through the motion of the particles. An open source program to compute the atomistic Cauchy and first Piola-Kirchhoff stress fields called MDStressLab is available online at

  20. Analysis of interlaminar fracture toughness and damage mechanisms in composite laminates reinforced with sprayed multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Highlights: • CNTs are solvent sprayed on CFRP prepreg to improve interlaminar fracture toughness. • Raman mapping revealed the actual penetration of CNTs across the interface. • A finite thickness nanoreinforced region was able to spread damage through CNT pull-out and peeling. • The induced dissipation mechanisms are operative at the microscale. • The nanoreinforcement strategy led to an increased fracture toughness. - Abstract: The present work is focused on the nanoreinforcement of prepreg based carbon fiber composite laminates to improve delamination resistance. Functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were dispersed over the interface between prepreg layers through solvent spraying and the resulting mode I interlaminar fracture toughness was determined. For comparison, baseline samples with neat prepregs were also prepared. Results indicate that the introduction of functionalized MWCNTs can favorably affect the interlaminar fracture toughness, and the associated mechanisms of failure have been investigated. The manufacturing procedures and the interfacial reinforcing mechanism were explored by analyzing (i) the wettability between CNTs-solvent solution and prepreg surface, (ii) CNTs dispersion and (iii) the fractured surfaces through high resolution scanning electron microscopy and Raman mapping

  1. User's manual and analysis methodology of probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis code PASCAL3 for reactor pressure vessel (Contract research)

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    As a part of the structural integrity research for aging LWR (Light Water Reactor) components, the probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis code PASCAL (PFM Analysis of Structural Components in Aging LWR) has been developed in JAEA. The PASCAL code evaluates the conditional probabilities of crack initiation and fracture of a reactor pressure vessel (RPV) under transient conditions such as pressurized thermal shock (PTS). The continuous development of the code has been aimed to improve the accuracy and reliability of analysis by introducing new analysis methodologies and algorithms considering recent developments in the fracture mechanics and computer performance. Previous version of PASCAL (PASCAL Ver.2) that was released in 2007 has many functions including the evaluation method for an embedded crack and conditional probabilities of crack initiation and fracture of a RPV, PTS transient database, inspection crack detection probability model and others. Since 2007, the PASCAL Ver. 2 has been improved mainly considering the effects of weld-overlay cladding on the inner surface of RPV. A generalized analysis method is available on the basis of the development of PASCAL Ver.3 and sensitivity analysis results. Graphical user interface (GUI) including a generalized method and some functions of probabilistic fracture mechanics have been also updated for PASCAL3. This report provides the user's manual, examples of analysis and theoretical background of PASCAL Ver.3. (author)

  2. 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

  3. Fracture mechanics data deduced from thermal-shock and related experiments with PWR pressure vessel material

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    Thermal-shock experiments with steel cylinders have been conducted at ORNL to investigate the behavior of long axial inner-surface flaws during loading conditions similar to those imposed by a PWR LOCA. The scope of the three most recent experiments was dictated by results of the PWR-LOCA fracture-mechanics analysis and included: initiation and arrest of shallow and deep flaws, a series of initiation-arrest events with deep penetration of the wall, long crack jumps, arrest in a rising K1 field, and warm prestressing. For the purpose of designing the experiments and evaluating their results, the static initiation and arrest toughness curves were determined for the test cylinders, and this was done using compact specimens. The experiments demonstrated WPS and arrest in a rising K1 field and indicated that LEFM is valid for thermal-shock loading

  4. 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

  5. Estimates of elastic fracture mechanics parameters for thick walled pipes with slanted axial through wall cracks

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    The present paper provides the elastic stress intensity factors (SIFs) and the crack opening displacements (CODs) of a thick walled pipe with a slanted axial through wall crack. For estimating these elastic fracture mechanics parameters, systematic three dimensional elastic finite element (FE) analyses were performed by considering geometric variables, i. e., thickness of pipe, reference crack length, and crack length ratio, affecting the SIFs and CODs. As for loading condition, the internal pressure was considered. Based on the FE results, the SIFs and CODs of slanted axial through wall cracks in a thick-walled pipe along the crack front and the wall thickness were calculated. In particular, to calculate the SIFs of a thick walled pipe with a slanted axial through wall crack from those of a thick walled pipe with an idealized axial through wall crack, a slant correction factor representing the effect of the slant crack on the SIFs was proposed

  6. Sensitivity of using blunt and sharp crack models in elastic-plastic fracture mechanics

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    J-integral values are calculated for both the blunt (smeared) crack and the sharp (discrete) crack models in elastic-plastic fracture mechanics problems involving metallic materials. A sensitivity study is performed to show the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two cracking models. It is concluded that the blunt crack model is less dependent on the orientation of the mesh. For the mesh which is in line with the crack direction, however, the sharp crack model is less sensitive to the mesh size. Both models yield reasonable results for a properly discretized finite-element mesh. A subcycling technique is used in this study in the explicit integration scheme so that large time steps can be used for the coarse elements away from the crack tip. The savings of computation time by this technique are reported. 6 refs., 9 figs

  7. Fracture mechanics study of a longitudinally weakened elbow under static loading

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    Using the example of a pipe elbow (15 NiCuMoNb 5, WB 36) of the RORV(B) pipeline of the HDR experimental plant, it is shown which fracture mechanics parameters are obtained if an elbow with postulated longitudinal faults is exposed to a combined load consisting of bending moment and internal pressure which, according to the regulations, causes stresses within the permitted limits for an integral elbow. Linear-elastic and elastic/plastic finite element calculations with continuum models are carried out for an integral elbow and a damaged elbow with different depths and lengths of cracks. The load was selected so that for the integral elbow a stress just equal to the material elastic limit according to a comparative strain of 4 per mille is reached. (orig./DG)

  8. A fracture mechanics analysis of impact damage in a thick composite laminate

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    Poe, C. C., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    Graphite/epoxy filament-wound cases (FWC) for the solid rocket motors of the space shuttle are being made by NASA. The FWC cases are wound with AS4W graphite fiber impregnated with an epoxy resin and are about 1.4 inches or more thick. Graphite-epoxy composite laminates, unlike metals, can be damaged easily by low velocity impacts of objects like dropped tools. The residual tension strength of the FWC laminate, after impact, is being studied at Langley Research Center. The conditions that give minimum visual evidence of damage are being emphasized. A fracture mechanics analysis was developed to predict the residual strength, after impact, using radiographs to measure the size of the damage and an equivalent surface crack to represent the damage.

  9. Finite element calculations in fracture mechanics experiments at temperatures above 700deg C

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    Side grooved CT-specimens and thick walled tubes with a circumferential crack on the outside were analysed with very detailed finite element calculations to determine the fracture mechanics parameters. Available are experiments for the creep crack growth of the CT-specimens and for the fatigue crack growth of the thick walled tubes. The experiments were carried out by the Institute of Reactor Materials (IRW) of the KFA at temperatures above 700deg C. The results of the calculations can be summarized as follows: For CT-specimens: 1) The measured and the calculated creep deformations are well matched. Decisive is the knowledge of the exact parameters of the creep law. 2) The C* value is constant in the stationary creep domain and is well suited as a characteristic parameter for describing the creep crack growth. For thick wall tubes: The KI-values determined by the EPRI-handbook are conservative. More exact finite element calculations give lower values. (orig.)

  10. Boundary-integral equation in engineering stress and fracture mechanics. Technical report

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    A boundary-integral equation (BIE) method, as employed by a computer program called PESTIE (Plane Elastic Solution Technique of Integral Equations), is described for application to engineering stress and fracture mechanics problems of interest to the electric power generating industry. The paper describes a unique combination of several numerical analysis capabilities and user-oriented features that produce significant advantages over finite element programs and earlier BIE programs. These advantages are demonstrated by comparing numerical results and performance of PESTIE with those of other programs for a series of stress concentration and stress intensity factor problems. The examples include the effect of closely spaced notches (e.g. as encountered in the rim area of a turbine rotor spindle), and the stress intensity factor of a shallow wide crack (e.g. a longitudinal crack in a large diameter pipe)

  11. Fracture mechanical analysis of tungsten armor failure of a water-cooled divertor target

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    Highlights: • The FEM-based VCE method and XFEM were employed for computing KI (or J-integral) and predicting progressive cracking, respectively. • The most probable pattern of crack formation is radial cracking in the tungsten armor block. • The most probable site of cracking is the upper interfacial region of the tungsten armor block adjacent to the top position of the copper interlayer. • The initiation of a major crack becomes likely, only when the strength of tungsten armor block is significantly reduced from its original strength. - Abstract: The inherent brittleness of tungsten at low temperature and the embrittlement by neutron irradiation are its most critical weaknesses for fusion applications. In the current design of the ITER and DEMO divertor, the high heat flux loads during the operation impose a strong constraint on the structure–mechanical performance of the divertor. Thus, the combination of brittleness and the thermally induced stress fields due to the high heat flux loads raises a serious reliability issue in terms of the structural integrity of tungsten armor. In this study, quantitative estimates of the vulnerability of the tungsten monoblock armor cracking under stationary high heat flux loads are presented. A comparative fracture mechanical investigation has been carried out by means of two different types of computational approaches, namely, the extended finite element method (XFEM) and the finite element method (FEM)-based virtual crack tip extension (VCE) method. The fracture analysis indicates that the most probable pattern of crack formation is radial cracking in the tungsten armor starting from the interface to tube and the most probable site of cracking is the upper interfacial region of the tungsten armor adjacent to the top position of the copper interlayer. The strength threshold for crack initiation and the high heat flux load threshold for crack propagation are evaluated based on XFEM simulations and computations of

  12. Complementary hydro-mechanical coupled finite/discrete element and microseismic modelling to predict hydraulic fracture propagation in tight shale reservoirs

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    Profit, Matthew; Dutko, Martin; Yu, Jianguo; Cole, Sarah; Angus, Doug; Baird, Alan

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents a novel approach to predict the propagation of hydraulic fractures in tight shale reservoirs. Many hydraulic fracture modelling schemes assume that the fracture direction is pre-seeded in the problem domain discretisation. This is a severe limitation as the reservoir often contains large numbers of pre-existing fractures that strongly influence the direction of the propagating fracture. To circumvent these shortcomings, a new fracture modelling treatment is proposed where the introduction of discrete fracture surfaces is based on new and dynamically updated geometrical entities rather than the topology of the underlying spatial discretisation. Hydraulic fracturing is an inherently coupled engineering problem with interactions between fluid flow and fracturing when the stress state of the reservoir rock attains a failure criterion. This work follows a staggered hydro-mechanical coupled finite/discrete element approach to capture the key interplay between fluid pressure and fracture growth. In field practice, the fracture growth is hidden from the design engineer and microseismicity is often used to infer hydraulic fracture lengths and directions. Microseismic output can also be computed from changes of the effective stress in the geomechanical model and compared against field microseismicity. A number of hydraulic fracture numerical examples are presented to illustrate the new technology.

  13. Multiple bilateral lower limb fractures in a 2-year-old child: previously unreported injury with a unique mechanism

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    Anuj Jain

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Fall from height is a common cause of unintentional injuries in children and accounts for 6% of all trauma-related childhood deaths, usually from head injury. We report a case of a 2-year-old child with multiple fractures of the bilateral lower limbs due to this reason. A child fell from a height of around 15 feet after toppling from a alcony. He developed multiple fractures involving the right femoral shaft, right distal femoral epiphysis (Salter Harris type 2, right distal metaphysis of the tibia and fi bula, and undisplaced Salter Harris type 2 epiphyseal injury of the left distal tibia. There were no head, abdominal or spinal injuries. The patient was taken into emergency operation theatre after initial management which consisted of intravenous fl uids, blood transfusion, and splintage of both lower limbs. Fracture of the femoral shaft was treated by closed reduction and fixation using two titanium elastic nails. Distal femoral physeal injury required open eduction and fixation with K wires. Distal tibia fractures were closely reduced and managed nonoperatively in both the lower limbs. All the fractures united in four weeks. At the last follow-up, the child had no disability and was able to perform daily ctivities comfortably. We also proposed the unique mechanism of injury in this report. Key words: Multiple bilateral lower limb fractures; Fall; Child

  14. 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

  15. Analysis of interlaminar fracture toughness and damage mechanisms in composite laminates reinforced with sprayed multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Almuhammadi, Khaled

    2014-01-01

    The present work is focused on the nanoreinforcement of prepreg based carbon fiber composite laminates to improve delamination resistance. Functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were dispersed over the interface between prepreg layers through solvent spraying and the resulting mode I interlaminar fracture toughness was determined. For comparison, baseline samples with neat prepregs were also prepared. Results indicate that the introduction of functionalized MWCNTs can favorably affect the interlaminar fracture toughness, and the associated mechanisms of failure have been investigated. The manufacturing procedures and the interfacial reinforcing mechanism were explored by analyzing (i) the wettability between CNTs-solvent solution and prepreg surface, (ii) CNTs dispersion and (iii) the fractured surfaces through high resolution scanning electron microscopy and Raman mapping. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

  16. PASCAL, Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics Analysis of Structural Components in Aging LWR

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    A - Description of program or function: PASCAL (PFM analysis of Structural Components in Aging LWR) is a PFM (Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics) code for evaluating the failure probability of aged pressure components. PASCAL has been developed as a part of the JAERI's research program on aging and structural integrity of LWR components, in order to respond to the increasing need of the probabilistic methodology in the regulation and inspection of nuclear components with the objective to provide a rational tool for the evaluation of the reliability and integrity of structural components. In order to improve the accuracy and reliability of the analysis code, some new fracture mechanics models or computational techniques are introduced considering the recent progress in the state of the art and performance of PC. Thus some new analysis models and original methodologies were introduced in PASCAL such as the elastic-plastic fracture criterion based on R6 method, a new crack extension model of semi-elliptical crack evaluation and so on. Moreover a function to evaluate the effect of embrittlement recovery by annealing of irradiated RPV is also introduced in the code based on the USNRC R.G. 1.162(1996). The code has been verified through various failure analysis results and international PTS round robin analysis ICAS which had been organized by the Principal Working Group 3 of OECD/NEA/CSNI. In order to attain a high usability, PASCAL Ver.1 with GUI provides an exclusive FEM pre-processor Pre-PASCAL for generating the input load transient data, a GUI system for generating the input data for PASCAL main processor of main solver and post-processor for output data. - Pre-PASCAL: Pre-PASCAL is an exclusive 3-D FEM pre-processor for generating the input transient data provided with 3 RPV mesh models and two simple specimen mesh models, i.e. CT and CCP. Almost the same input data format with that of PASCAL main processor is used. Output data of temperature and stress distribution

  17. Fracture mechanics-based life management of structural materials operating at elevated temperatures

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    Full text: All aspects of plant safety are paramount in the nuclear industry and therefore advanced methodologies have to be developed to cater for high levels of conservatism and extreme caution in design and plant life extension. Fracture mechanics based design and remaining life prediction methods coupled with multi-disciplinary materials modelling are the likely candidates for this task. Since the likelihood of failure is increased when cracks or defects are present in the structure and in particular in regions of weldments it becomes imperative to further develop predictive techniques. Fracture mechanics is routinely applied at British Energy Plc. [United Kingdom] codes of Practice R5/R6 to predict failure behaviour in equipment operating in the creep and creep/fatigue range by assessing crack initiation and growth from existing defects. This paper considers the relevant structural integrity aspects of a high temperature fracture-based methodology by considering the background to the present codes and standards that are used, role of residual stresses and the theory which deals with cracked structures at elevated temperatures for components. An international collaborative effort under the auspices of the Versailles Agreement on Materials and Standards (VAMAS) is now underway to deal with these aspects and develop recommendations for standard bodies. Aging structures and components which are at the end of their operation design life need to prove safety levels in order to get approval for life extension. Even more stringent criteria for both clean and safe nuclear energy production are needed to improve public perception of the long term safety and societal compatibility with nuclear energy. Also the trends towards higher operating temperatures extend the life of existing nuclear power plant, mean that new and more accurate and reliable experimental data and fracture mechanics models on newer steels will be needed. Another important aspect of improving lifting

  18. 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)

  19. Atomistic modelling of radiation effects: Towards dynamics of exciton relaxation

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    Shluger, A. L.; Gavartin, J. L.; Szymanski, M. A.; Stoneham, A. M.

    2000-01-01

    This brief review is focused on recent results of atomistic modelling and simulation of exciton related processes in ionic materials. We present an analysis of thermal fluctuations of the electrostatic potential in cubic ionic crystals and their relation to formation of a tail in the electron density of states and localisation of electronic states. Then the possible 'fast' mechanism of formation of F-H pairs in KBr as a result of decomposition of relaxing excitons is discussed. We briefly des...

  20. Atomistic Simulations of Pore Formation and Closure in Lipid Bilayers

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    Bennett, W. F. Drew; Sapay, Nicolas; Tieleman, D. Peter

    2014-01-01

    Cellular membranes separate distinct aqueous compartments, but can be breached by transient hydrophilic pores. A large energetic cost prevents pore formation, which is largely dependent on the composition and structure of the lipid bilayer. The softness of bilayers and the disordered structure of pores make their characterization difficult. We use molecular-dynamics simulations with atomistic detail to study the thermodynamics, kinetics, and mechanism of pore formation and closure in DLPC, DM...

  1. Atomistic Determination of Cross-Slip Pathway and Energetics

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    Rasmussen, Torben; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel; Leffers, Torben;

    1997-01-01

    The mechanism for cross slip of a screw dislocation in Cu is determined by atomistic simulations that only presume the initial and final states of the process. The dissociated dislocation constricts in the primary plane and redissociates into the cross-slip plane while still partly in the primary...... dislocation is determined. The breakdown of linear elasticity theory for small splitting widths is studied. [S0031-9007(97)04444-X]....

  2. Understanding the origin of the fracture toughness evolution of nuclear glasses under irradiation

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    In the nuclear industry, complex borosilicate glasses are used for the confinement of fission products and long-life minor actinides. Under irradiations, the structure and the mechanical properties of these glasses evolve. In this work, atomistic and multi-scale simulations of three simplified borosilicate glasses were run to understand the origin of their fracture behavior change under irradiation. Under the radiation effects, elasticity decreases and plasticity increases. Fracture happens due to the formation and coalescence of nano-cavities. The structural modifications under the radiation effects lead to a delay of the coalescence and of the irradiated glass rupture. Several phenomena overlay to explain this behavior, especially the cavities distribution modifications, the sodium mobility, and the borate and silicate entities organization in the glassy network. Depending on the nature of the more important mechanism, the fracture toughness can increase or decrease under radiation. (author)

  3. Atomistic Origin of Brittle Failure of Boron Carbide from Large-Scale Reactive Dynamics Simulations: Suggestions toward Improved Ductility

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    An, Qi; Goddard, William A.

    2015-09-01

    Ceramics are strong, but their low fracture toughness prevents extended engineering applications. In particular, boron carbide (B4C ), the third hardest material in nature, has not been incorporated into many commercial applications because it exhibits anomalous failure when subjected to hypervelocity impact. To determine the atomistic origin of this brittle failure, we performed large-scale (˜200 000 atoms /cell ) reactive-molecular-dynamics simulations of shear deformations of B4C , using the quantum-mechanics-derived reactive force field simulation. We examined the (0001 )/⟨10 1 ¯ 0 ⟩ slip system related to deformation twinning and the (01 1 ¯ 1 ¯ )/⟨1 ¯ 101 ⟩ slip system related to amorphous band formation. We find that brittle failure in B4C arises from formation of higher density amorphous bands due to fracture of the icosahedra, a unique feature of these boron based materials. This leads to negative pressure and cavitation resulting in crack opening. Thus, to design ductile materials based on B4C we propose alloying aimed at promoting shear relaxation through intericosahedral slip that avoids icosahedral fracture.

  4. Structure-Property-Fracture Mechanism Correlation in Heat-Affected Zone of X100 Ferrite-Bainite Pipeline Steel

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    Li, Xueda; Ma, Xiaoping; Subramanian, S. V.; Misra, R. D. K.; Shang, Chengjia

    2015-03-01

    Structural performance of a weld joint primarily depends on the microstructural characteristics of heat-affected zone (HAZ). In this regard, the HAZ in X100 ferrite-bainite pipeline steel was studied by separating the HAZ into intercritically reheated coarse-grained (ICCG) HAZ containing and non-containing regions. These two regions were individually evaluated for Charpy impact toughness and characterized by electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD). Low toughness of ~50 J was obtained when the notch of impact specimen encountered ICCGHAZ and high toughness of ~180 J when the notch did not contain ICCGHAZ. Fracture surface was ~60 pct brittle in the absence of ICCGHAZ, and 95 pct brittle (excluding shear lip) in the presence of ICCGHAZ in the impact tested samples. The underlying reason is the microstructure of ICCGHAZ consisted of granular bainite and upper bainite with necklace-type martensite-austenite (M-A) constituent along grain boundaries. The presence of necklace-type M-A constituent notably increases the susceptibility of cleavage microcrack nucleation. ICCGHAZ was found to be both the initiation site of the whole fracture and cleavage facet initiation site during brittle fracture propagation stage. Furthermore, the study of secondary microcracks beneath CGHAZ and ICCGHAZ through EBSD suggested that the fracture mechanism changes from nucleation-controlled in CGHAZ to propagation-controlled in ICCGHAZ because of the presence of necklace-type M-A constituent in ICCGHAZ. Both fracture mechanisms contribute to the poor toughness of the sample contained ICCGHAZ.

  5. User's manual and analysis methodology of probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis code PASCAL Ver.2 for reactor pressure vessel (Contract research)

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    As a part of the aging structural integrity research for LWR components, the probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis code PASCAL (PFM Analysis of Structural Components in Aging LWR) has been developed in JAEA. This code evaluates the conditional probabilities of crack initiation and fracture of a reactor pressure vessel (RPV) under transient conditions such as pressurized thermal shock (PTS). 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 and computer performance. PASCAL Ver.1 has functions of optimized sampling in the stratified Monte Carlo simulation, elastic-plastic fracture criterion of the R6 method, crack growth analysis models for a semi-elliptical crack, recovery of fracture toughness due to thermal annealing and so on. Since then, under the contract between the Ministry of Economy, Trading and Industry of Japan and JAEA, we have continued to develop and introduce new functions into PASCAL Ver.2 such as the evaluation method for an embedded crack, KI database for a semi-elliptical crack considering stress discontinuity at the base/cladding interface, PTS transient database, and others. A generalized analysis method is proposed on the basis of the development of PASCAL Ver.2 and results of sensitivity analyses. Graphical user interface (GUI) including a generalized method as default values has been also developed for PASCAL Ver.2. This report provides the user's manual and theoretical background of PASCAL Ver.2. (author)

  6. 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.

  7. Mechanical properties and failure characteristics of fractured sandstone with grouting and anchorage

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    Zong Yijiang; Han Lijun; Qu Tao; Yang Shengqi

    2014-01-01

    Based on uniaxial compression experimental results on fractured sandstone with grouting and anchorage, we studied the strength and deformation properties, the failure model, crack formation and evolution laws of fractured sandstone under different conditions of anchorage. The experimental results show that the strength and elastic modulus of fractured sandstone with different fracture angles are sig-nificantly lower than those of intact sandstone. Compared with the fractured samples without anchorage, the peak strength, residual strength, peak and ultimate axial strain of fractured sandstone under different anchorage increase by 64.5-320.0%, 62.8-493.0%, and 31.6-181.4%, respectively. The number of bolts and degree of pre-stress has certain effects on the peak strength and failure model of fractured sandstone. The peak strength of fractured sandstone under different anchorage increases to some extent, and the failure model of fractured sandstone also transforms from tensile failure to tensile-shear mixed failure with the number of bolts. The pre-stress can restrain the formation and evolution process of tensile cracks, delay the failure process of fractured sandstone under anchorage and impel the transformation of failure model from brittle failure to plastic failure.

  8. Wedge splitting test method: quantification of influence of glued marble plates by two-parameter fracture mechanics

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    Seitl, Stanislav; Nieto Garcia, B.; Merta, I.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 30, OCT (2014), s. 174-181. ISSN 1971-8993 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 7AMB14AT012 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Wedge splitting test * T-stress * K-calibration curves * Stress intensity factor * Concrete fracture test Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  9. Accurate evaluation of flaw size in turbine rotors by ultrasonics - a modern technique to satisfy the requirements of fracture mechanics

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    Applying the principles of fracture mechanics for enhanced dependability of modern large turbines, types of flaws in turbine rotors, determination of flaw size according to percent amplitude evaluation and reflectivity diagram, matching of sound geometry to flaw orientation, influence of axial boreholes, mechanised inspection and electronic data processing. (orig.)

  10. A critical review on the application of elastic-plastic fracture mechanics to nuclear pressure vessel and piping systems

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    A comprehensive literature survey on the application of Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics to the assessment of the structural integrity of nuclear pressure vessels and piping is presented. In particular, the J-integral/Tearing Modulus (J/T) approach and the Failure Assessment Diagram (FAD) are covered in detail because of their general suitability for use in Ontario Hydro. (25 refs.)

  11. FAVOR: A new fracture mechanics code for reactor pressure vessels subjected to pressurized thermal shock

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    Probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis is a major element of the comprehensive probabilistic methodology endorsed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for evaluation of the integrity of pressurized water reactor pressure vessels subjected to pressurized-thermal-shock (PTS) transients. OCA-P and VISA-II are PTS PFM computer codes that are currently referenced in Regulatory Guide 1.154 as acceptable codes for performing plant-specific analyses. These codes perform PFM analyses to estimate the increase in vessel failure probability as the vessel accumulates radiation damage over the operating life of the vessel. Experience with the application of these codes in the last few years has provided insights into areas where they could be improved. As more plants approach the PTS screening criteria and are required to perform plant-specific analyses, there will be an increasing need for an improved and validated PTS PFM code that is accepted by the NRC and utilities. The NRC funded Heavy Section Steel Technology Program (HSST) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is currently developing the FAVOR (Fracture Analysis of Vessels: Oak Ridge) code, which is expected to meet this need. The FAVOR code incorporates the most important features of both OCA-P and VISA-II and contains some new capabilities such as (1) a PFM global modeling methodology; (2) the calculation of the axial stress component associated with coolant streaming beneath an inlet nozzle; (3) a library of stress intensity factor influence coefficients, generated by the NQA-1 certified ABAQUS computer code, for an appropriate range of two and three dimensional inner-surface flaws; (4) the flexibility to generate a variety of output reports; and (5) enhanced user friendliness

  12. Ductile fracture evaluation of ductile cast iron and forged steel by nonlinear-fracture-mechanics. Pt. 1. Tensile test by large scaled test pieces with surface crack

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    The ductile fracture tests of Ductile Cast Iron and Forged Steel under a tensile stress condition were conducted using large-scaled flat test specimens with a surface crack and were evaluated by the J-integral values, in order to propose an evaluation method of initiation of ductile fracture of a cask body with crack by nonlinear-fracture-mechanics. Following results were obtained. 1) 1 -strain relations of Ductile Cast Iron and Forged Steel under the tensile stress condition were obtained, which is necessary for the development of J-integral design curves for evaluating the initiation of ductile fracture of the cask body. 2) In case of Ductile Cast Iron, the experimental J-integral values obtained from strain-gauges showed a good agreement with the linear-elastic-theory by Raju and Newman at room temperature, in both elastic and plastic regions. But, at 70degC in plastic region, the experimental i-integral values showed middle values between those predicted by the linear-elastic-theory and by the non- linear-elastic- theory (based on the fully plastic solution by Yagawa et al.). 3) In case of Forged Steel at both -25degC and room temperature, the experimental i-integral values obtained from strain-gauges showed a good agreement with those predicted by the linear-elastic-theory by Raju and Newman, in the elastic region. In the plastic region, however, the experimental i-integral values fell apart from the curve predicted by the linear-elastic-theory by Raju and Newman, and also approached to those by the non-linear-elastic-theory with increasing strain.(author)

  13. THERMO-HYDRO-MECHANICAL MODELING OF WORKING FLUID INJECTION AND THERMAL ENERGY EXTRACTION IN EGS FRACTURES AND ROCK MATRIX

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    Robert Podgorney; Chuan Lu; Hai Huang

    2012-01-01

    Development of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) will require creation of a reservoir of sufficient volume to enable commercial-scale heat transfer from the reservoir rocks to the working fluid. A key assumption associated with reservoir creation/stimulation is that sufficient rock volumes can be hydraulically fractured via both tensile and shear failure, and more importantly by reactivation of naturally existing fractures (by shearing), to create the reservoir. The advancement of EGS greatly depends on our understanding of the dynamics of the intimately coupled rock-fracture-fluid-heat system and our ability to reliably predict how reservoirs behave under stimulation and production. Reliable performance predictions of EGS reservoirs require accurate and robust modeling for strongly coupled thermal-hydrological-mechanical (THM) processes. Conventionally, these types of problems have been solved using operator-splitting methods, usually by coupling a subsurface flow and heat transport simulators with a solid mechanics simulator via input files. An alternative approach is to solve the system of nonlinear partial differential equations that govern multiphase fluid flow, heat transport, and rock mechanics simultaneously, using a fully coupled, fully implicit solution procedure, in which all solution variables (pressure, enthalpy, and rock displacement fields) are solved simultaneously. This paper describes numerical simulations used to investigate the poro- and thermal- elastic effects of working fluid injection and thermal energy extraction on the properties of the fractures and rock matrix of a hypothetical EGS reservoir, using a novel simulation software FALCON (Podgorney et al., 2011), a finite element based simulator solving fully coupled multiphase fluid flow, heat transport, rock deformation, and fracturing using a global implicit approach. Investigations are also conducted on how these poro- and thermal-elastic effects are related to fracture permeability

  14. Fracture of ECAP-deformed iron and the role of extrinsic toughening mechanisms.

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    Hohenwarter, A; Pippan, R

    2013-05-01

    The fracture behaviour of pure iron deformed by equal-channel angular pressing via route A was examined. The fracture toughness was determined for different specimen orientations and measured in terms of the critical plane strain fracture toughness, KIC , the critical J integral, JIC , and the crack opening displacement for crack initiation, CODi . The results demonstrate that the crack plane orientation has a pronounced effect on the fracture toughness. Different crack plane orientations lead to either crack deflection or delamination, resulting in increased fracture resistance in comparison to one remarkably weak specimen orientation. The relation between the microstructure typical for the applied deformation route and the enormous differences in the fracture toughness depending on the crack plane orientation will be analyzed in this paper. PMID:23645995

  15. Research on the Fracture Mechanism of Scored Liner Under Explosive Loading

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    尹建平; 王志军; 张云逸; 周栋

    2011-01-01

    The notch tip fracture criterion of cored liner is proposed based on a dislocation, model. The analysis reveals that the ductile shear fracture is a dominant fracture mode in the scored liner, and the fracture path is along the maximum shear stress tracing line. The numerical simulation of fracture process of scored liner under explosive loading is performed using the nonlinear finite element analysis program ANSYS-LS/DYNA, and then the experiments are made to verify the simulation. The experimental results are demonstrated to be in line with the numerical simulation results. The liner can form a focused jet of metal fragments with certain amount and mass that travels at very high speed in the cone-angle direction, which indicates that the dislocation model can be used to analyze the crack fracture of notch tip.

  16. The fracture mechanisms in duplex stainless steels at sub-zero temperatures

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    Pilhagen, Johan

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the thesis was to study the susceptibility for brittle failures and the fracture process of duplex stainless steels at sub-zero temperatures (°C). In the first part of the thesis plates of hot-rolled duplex stainless steel with various thicknesses were used to study the influence of delamination (also known as splits) on the fracture toughness. The methods used were impact and fracture toughness testing. Light optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy were used to investi...

  17. A computational linear elastic fracture mechanics-based model for alkali-silica reaction

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    This article presents a fracture mechanics model for Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR). The model deals with the case of a concrete made up of dense aggregates submitted to chemical attack. The chemistry and diffusion (of ions and gel) are not modelled. The focus is put on the mechanical consequences of the progressive replacement of the outer layer of the aggregate by a less dense gel. A schematic cracking pattern is assumed: a ring-shaped crack appears in the cement paste surrounding the spherical aggregate depending on the pressure build-up. The onset of cracking is determined using an incremental energy criterion. The stored elastic energy and deformation of a given configuration are determined assuming that each aggregate behaves as if it was embedded in an infinite cement paste matrix. The calculations are performed by Finite Element Analysis. We note a very different behaviour of aggregates of different sizes. Adding the contributions of different aggregate sizes leads to an estimation of the global free expansion of a concrete of given aggregate size distribution. A rate of attack is identified that leads to recover the usual sigmoid ASR expansion curve. (authors)

  18. 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.

  19. Fracture mechanics by three-dimensional crack-tip synchrotron X-ray microscopy.

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    Withers, P J

    2015-03-01

    To better understand the relationship between the nucleation and growth of defects and the local stresses and phase changes that cause them, we need both imaging and stress mapping. Here, we explore how this can be achieved by bringing together synchrotron X-ray diffraction and tomographic imaging. Conventionally, these are undertaken on separate synchrotron beamlines; however, instruments capable of both imaging and diffraction are beginning to emerge, such as ID15 at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and JEEP at the Diamond Light Source. This review explores the concept of three-dimensional crack-tip X-ray microscopy, bringing them together to probe the crack-tip behaviour under realistic environmental and loading conditions and to extract quantitative fracture mechanics information about the local crack-tip environment. X-ray diffraction provides information about the crack-tip stress field, phase transformations, plastic zone and crack-face tractions and forces. Time-lapse CT, besides providing information about the three-dimensional nature of the crack and its local growth rate, can also provide information as to the activation of extrinsic toughening mechanisms such as crack deflection, crack-tip zone shielding, crack bridging and crack closure. It is shown how crack-tip microscopy allows a quantitative measure of the crack-tip driving force via the stress intensity factor or the crack-tip opening displacement. Finally, further opportunities for synchrotron X-ray microscopy are explored. PMID:25624521

  20. Hygrothermal effects on dynamic mechanical snalysis and fracture behavior of polymeric composites

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    Michelle Leali Costa

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Polymer composites used above their glass transition temperatures Tg present a substantial degradation of physical properties; therefore a material's glass transition temperature and its change with moisture absorption are of practical importance. Little attention has been paid to the role of the adhesive bonding between the reinforcing fiber and matrix, particularly for BMI matrix. In this work the effect of moisture on the dynamic mechanical behavior and the fiber/matrix interface was investigated. Two systems were evaluated: carbon fabric/epoxy and carbon fabric/bismaleimide laminates. The results demonstrated that the moisture absorbed by the laminates causes either reversible or irreversible plasticization of the matrix. The humidity combined with the temperature effects may cause significant changes in the Tg matrix and toughness affecting the laminate strength. Moisture absorption was correlated to the fracture mode of the laminate demonstrating the deleterious effect of moisture on the interface. This leads to debonding between fiber and matrix. This behavior was investigated by scanning electron microscopy and dynamic mechanical analysis.

  1. Comparison between Visa-II and OCA-P for probabilistic fracture mechanics analysis focusing on analysis method

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    Probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analyses have been widely applied to evaluate the failure probabilities of PWR reactor pressure vessels subjected to pressurized thermal shock. In this study, a comparison between the VISA-II and OCA-P codes for PFM analyses was performed to clarify the differences in the numerical processes. For this purpose, the benchmark problems proposed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Electric Power Research Institute were applied. It is also discussed the algorithm to evaluate the deviations from the means of RTNDT and fracture toughness, and the numerical treatment of initial flaw depth as the major differences in these codes. 4 refs., 9 figs

  2. A general mixed mode fracture mechanics test specimen: The DCB-specimen loaded with uneven bending moments

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    Sørensen, Bent F.; Jørgensen, K.; Jacobsen, T.K.;

    2004-01-01

    A mixed mode specimen is proposed for fracture mechanics characterisation of adhesive joints, laminates and multilayers. The specimen is a double cantilever beam specimen loaded with uneven bending moments at the two free beams. By varying the ratiobetween the two applied moments, the full mode...... mixity range from pure mode I to pure mode II can be generated for the same specimen geometry. The specimen allows stable crack growth. In case of large scale crack bridging, mixed mode cohesive laws can beobtained by a J integral based approach. As an example, fracture of adhesive joints between two...

  3. Hierarchies, multiple energy barriers, and robustness govern the fracture mechanics of α-helical and β-sheet protein domains

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    Ackbarow, Theodor; Chen, Xuefeng; Keten, Sinan; Buehler, Markus J.

    2007-01-01

    The fundamental fracture mechanisms of biological protein materials remain largely unknown, in part, because of a lack of understanding of how individual protein building blocks respond to mechanical load. For instance, it remains controversial whether the free energy landscape of the unfolding behavior of proteins consists of multiple, discrete transition states or the location of the transition state changes continuously with the pulling velocity. This lack in understanding has thus far pre...

  4. A fracture mechanics-based method for prediction of cracking of circular and elliptical concrete rings under restrained shrinkage

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    Dong, W.; Zhou, X.; Wu, Z.

    2014-01-01

    A new experimental method, utilizing elliptical ring specimens, is developed for assessing the likelihood of cracking and cracking age of concrete subject to restrained shrinkage. To investigate the mechanism of this new ring test, a fracture mechanics-based numerical approach is proposed to predict crack initiation in restrained concrete rings by using the R-curve method. It has been found that numerical results accord well with experimental results in terms of cracking ages for both circula...

  5. A fracture mechanics assessment of surface cracks existing in protective layers of multi-layer composite pipes

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

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 92, č. 5 (2010), s. 1120-1125. ISSN 0263-8223 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/09/0279 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : Protective layers * Multi-layer pipes damage * Fracture mechanics * Bi-material interface * Generalized stress intensity factor Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 2.028, year: 2010

  6. Rib stress fractures among rowers: definition, epidemiology, mechanisms, risk factors and effectiveness of injury prevention strategies.

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    McDonnell, Lisa K; Hume, Patria A; Nolte, Volker

    2011-11-01

    Rib stress fractures (RSFs) can have serious effects on rowing training and performance and accordingly represent an important topic for sports medicine practitioners. Therefore, the aim of this review is to outline the definition, epidemiology, mechanisms, intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors, injury management and injury prevention strategies for RSF in rowers. To this end, nine relevant books, 140 journal articles, the proceedings of five conferences and two unpublished presentations were reviewed after searches of electronic databases using the keywords 'rowing', 'rib', 'stress fracture', 'injury', 'mechanics' and 'kinetics'. The review showed that RSF is an incomplete fracture occurring from an imbalance between the rate of bone resorption and the rate of bone formation. RSF occurs in 8.1-16.4% of elite rowers, 2% of university rowers and 1% of junior elite rowers. Approximately 86% of rowing RSF cases with known locations occur in ribs four to eight, mostly along the anterolateral/lateral rib cage. Elite rowers are more likely to experience RSF than nonelite rowers. Injury occurrence is equal among sweep rowers and scullers, but the regional location of the injury differs. The mechanism of injury is multifactorial with numerous intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors contributing. Posterior-directed resultant forces arising from the forward directed force vector through the arms to the oar handle in combination with the force vector induced by the scapula retractors during mid-drive, or repetitive stress from the external obliques and rectus abdominis in the 'finish' position, may be responsible for RSF. Joint hypomobility, vertebral malalignment or low bone mineral density may be associated with RSF. Case studies have shown increased risk associated with amenorrhoea, low bone density or poor technique, in combination with increases in training volume. Training volume alone may have less effect on injury than other factors. Large differences in seat and handle

  7. In vitro mechanical assessment of 2.0-mm system three-dimensional miniplates in anterior mandibular fractures.

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    de Oliveira, K P; de Moraes, P H; da Silva, J S P; de Queiroz, W F; Germano, A R

    2014-05-01

    This study constituted a comparative assessment of the mechanical resistance of square and rectangular 2.0-mm system three-dimensional miniplates as compared to the standard configuration using two straight miniplates. 90 polyurethane replica mandibles were used for the mechanical trials. Groups 1, 2, and 3 simulated complete symphyseal fractures characterized by linear separation of the central incisors; groups 4, 5, and 6 simulated parasymphyseal fractures with an oblique configuration. Groups 1 and 4 represented the standard method with two straight miniplates set parallel to one another. Square miniplates were used in groups 2 and 5, and rectangular miniplates in groups 3 and 6. A universal testing machine set to a velocity of 10mm/min and delivering a vertical linear load to the first left molar was used to test each group. Maximum load values and load values with pre-established dislocation of 5mm were obtained and submitted to statistical analysis using a calculated reliability interval of 95%. The mechanical performances of the devices were similar, except in the case of rectangular plates used in the parasymphyseal fractures. The innovative fixation methods used showed significantly better results in the case of symphyseal fractures. PMID:24239141

  8. Peridynamics as a rigorous coarse-graining of atomistics for multiscale materials design.

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    Lehoucq, Richard B.; Aidun, John Bahram; Silling, Stewart Andrew; Sears, Mark P.; Kamm, James R.; Parks, Michael L.

    2010-09-01

    This report summarizes activities undertaken during FY08-FY10 for the LDRD Peridynamics as a Rigorous Coarse-Graining of Atomistics for Multiscale Materials Design. The goal of our project was to develop a coarse-graining of finite temperature molecular dynamics (MD) that successfully transitions from statistical mechanics to continuum mechanics. The goal of our project is to develop a coarse-graining of finite temperature molecular dynamics (MD) that successfully transitions from statistical mechanics to continuum mechanics. Our coarse-graining overcomes the intrinsic limitation of coupling atomistics with classical continuum mechanics via the FEM (finite element method), SPH (smoothed particle hydrodynamics), or MPM (material point method); namely, that classical continuum mechanics assumes a local force interaction that is incompatible with the nonlocal force model of atomistic methods. Therefore FEM, SPH, and MPM inherit this limitation. This seemingly innocuous dichotomy has far reaching consequences; for example, classical continuum mechanics cannot resolve the short wavelength behavior associated with atomistics. Other consequences include spurious forces, invalid phonon dispersion relationships, and irreconcilable descriptions/treatments of temperature. We propose a statistically based coarse-graining of atomistics via peridynamics and so develop a first of a kind mesoscopic capability to enable consistent, thermodynamically sound, atomistic-to-continuum (AtC) multiscale material simulation. Peridynamics (PD) is a microcontinuum theory that assumes nonlocal forces for describing long-range material interaction. The force interactions occurring at finite distances are naturally accounted for in PD. Moreover, PDs nonlocal force model is entirely consistent with those used by atomistics methods, in stark contrast to classical continuum mechanics. Hence, PD can be employed for mesoscopic phenomena that are beyond the realms of classical continuum mechanics and

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Fracture mechanics behavior of the T91 martensitic steel in contact with liquid lead-bismuth eutectic for application in an accelerator driven system

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    Auger, T., E-mail: thierry.auger@ecp.fr [CNRS-MSSMAT, Ecole Centrale Paris, Grande Voie des Vignes, 92290 Chatenay-Malabry Cedex (France); Gorse, D. [CNRS-LSI, Ecole Polytechnique, Route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex (France); Hamouche-Hadjem, Z. [CNAM, 2 rue Conte, 75003 Paris (France); Van den Bosch, J.; Coen, G.; Almazouzi, A. [SCK-CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre), Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Hojna, A.; Dalikova, K.; Di Gabriele, F. [Ustav Jaderneho Vyzkumu Rez a.s., Rez 130, Husinec 25068 (Czech Republic); Serrano, M. [CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Gessi, A.; Agostini, P. [ENEA, CR Brasimone 40032 Camugnano, Bologna (Italy); Vogt, J.-B.; Serre, I. [CNRS-LMPGM, 59655 Villeneuved' Ascq Cedex (France)

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    The fracture toughness of the T91 martensitic steel in liquid lead-bismuth eutectic has been measured at 300 deg. C in plane stress and plane strain conditions. The effect of achieving wetting at the crack tip prior starting mechanical testing is demonstrated to be the key factor for a correct evaluation of the potential effect of LBE on fracture toughness. In plane stress, one observes a serrated fracture mode associated with a reduction of fracture toughness between 20% and 30%. The toughness reduction is higher in plane strain where the cleavage fracture mode prevails. The difference between the two fracture modes is due to the higher plastic deformation level reached at final fracture in plane stress and to the higher crack growth rate in plane strain. These results will be useful for the design of future nuclear systems cooled by LBE planning to use martensitic steels as structural materials.

  12. Research on the Fracture Properties and Modification Mechanism of Polyester Fiber and SBR Latex Modified Cement Concrete

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyester fiber and SBR latex cement concrete is prepared as pavement surface material; its fracture properties including fracture toughness, fracture energy, CMOD, and flexural strength are studied comparing with those of normal concrete (NC, polyester fiber modified concrete (FMC, SBR polymer modified concrete (SMC, and the combination of polyester fiber and SBR polymer modified concrete (FSMC. The modification mechanism of the latex and fiber on the concrete was also studied by the methods including X-ray test, chemically combined water, heat of hydration, water loss, and scanning electron microscope. Results indicated that the concrete modified by latex and polyester fiber has flexural strength, fracture toughness, and fracture energy of 44.4%, 397.0%, and 462.8% higher than the reference normal concrete, the polymer retarded the hydration process and reduced the hydration degree of cement at early age, while the hydration degree is promoted by the polymer film for its excellent water resistance after 28 d, and the bond between the fiber and cement paste is improved by the latex.

  13. Multiple bilateral lower limb fractures in a 2-year-old child: previously unreported injury with a unique mechanism

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    Basant Repswal; Anuj Jain; Sunil Gupta; Aditya Aggarwal; Tushar Kohli; Devendra Pathrot

    2014-01-01

    Fall from height is a common cause of unintentional injuries in children and accounts for 6% of all trauma-related childhood deaths,usually from head injury.We report a case of a 2-year-old child with multiple fractures of the bilateral lower limbs due to this reason.A child fell from a height of around 15 feet after toppling from a balcony.He developed multiple fractures involving the right femoral shaft,right distal femoral epiphysis (Salter Harris type 2),right distal metaphysis of the tibia and fibula,and undisplaced Salter Harris type 2 epiphyseal injury of the left distal tibia.There were no head,abdominal or spinal injuries.The patient was taken into emergency operation theatre after initial management which consisted of intravenous fluids,blood transfusion,and splintage of both lower limbs.Fracture of the femoral shaft was treated by closed reduction and fixation using two titanium elastic nails.Distal femoral physeal injury required open reduction and fixation with K wires.Distal tibia fractures were closely reduced and managed nonoperatively in both the lower limbs.All the fractures united in four weeks.At the last follow-up,the child had no disability and was able to perform daily activities comfortably.We also proposed the unique mechanism of injury in this report.

  14. Multiple bilateral lower limb fractures in a 2-year-old child: previously unreported injury with a unique mechanism.

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    Repswal, Basant; Jain, Anuj; Gupta, Sunil; Aggarwal, Aditya; Kohli, Tushar; Pathrot, Devendra

    2014-01-01

    Fall from height is a common cause of unintentional injuries in children and accounts for 6% of all trauma-related childhood deaths, usually from head injury. We report a case of a 2-year-old child with multiple fractures of the bilateral lower limbs due to this reason. A child fell from a height of around 15 feet after toppling from a balcony. He developed multiple fractures involving the right femoral shaft, right distal femoral epiphysis (Salter Harris type 2), right distal metaphysis of the tibia and fibula, and undisplaced Salter Harris type 2 epiphyseal injury of the left distal tibia. There were no head, abdominal or spinal injuries. The patient was taken into emergency operation theatre after initial management which consisted of intravenous fluids, blood transfusion, and splintage of both lower limbs. Fracture of the femoral shaft was treated by closed reduction and fixation using two titanium elastic nails. Distal femoral physeal injury required open reduction and fixation with K wires. Distal tibia fractures were closely reduced and managed nonoperatively in both the lower limbs. All the fractures united in four weeks. At the last follow-up, the child had no disability and was able to perform daily activities comfortably. We also proposed the unique mechanism of injury in this report. PMID:25293902

  15. Fracture Profile and Crack Propagation of Ultra-High Strength Hot-Stamped Boron Steel During Mechanical Trimming Process

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    Han, Xianhong; Yang, Kun; Chen, Sisi; Chen, Jun

    2015-10-01

    Mechanical trimming process for ultra-high strength boron steel after hot stamping was carried out in this study. Shear and tensile tests were designed to analyze the influences of stress state on the fracture mode; trimmed fracture surface and profile were observed and compared to other commonly used steels such as DP980 and Q235 etc.; the crack propagation during trimming process was studied through step-by-step tests. The observation and analysis reveal that the fracture mode of hot-stamped boron steel is highly related to the stress state, it belongs to cleavage fracture on low stress triaxiality but dimple fracture on high stress triaxiality. Such phenomenon is reflected in the trimming process, during which the stress state changes from shear-dominated state to tensile-dominated state. In addition, the burnish zone of trimmed boron steel is much smaller than other high strength steels, and the profile of cutting surface shows an `S'-like shape which is destructive to the trimming tool. Moreover, during the trimming process, most martensite laths near the cutting edge are stretched and rotated markedly to the direction of the shear band, and the main crack expands along those grain boundaries, which may penetrate through a few martensite laths and form small crack branches.

  16. Mechanism of evolution on winter-time natural convection cooling effect of fractured-rock embankment in permafrost regions

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    SUN Binxiang; XU Xuezu; LAI Yuanming; WANG Shuangjie; ZHANG Jinzhao

    2005-01-01

    Mechanism and evolution of the pore-air natural convection cooling effect in fractured-rock embankments in permafrost regions are studied using a numerical representation of the non-dimensional governing equations in variable permeability porous media. The analyses show that winter-time natural convection in fractured-rock embankments begins to occur in the side slope portions and gradually develops from the left and right side slope portions to the middle portion of embankment. The more significant distortion of isotherms from their initial orientations due to heat conduction alone is that the cooling effect of winter-time natural convection on the fractured-rock embankment is stronger. The minimum critical Rayleigh numbers triggering natural convection of the pore-air in the side slope portions and the middle portion of embankment were obtained. The factors of influence on triggering winter-time convection cooling effect in fractured-rock embankments were analyzed.Finally, the assertion that the techniques of the fractured-rock revetment and berm are the effective measures to maintain the heat stability of the roadbed in permafrost regions is theoretically demonstrated.

  17. Fracture mechanics behavior of a Ni-Fe superalloy sheath for superconducting fusion magnets. Pt. 2. Magnet life analysis model

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    For pt.1 see ibid., p.251-67,(1997). From previous results of fatigue crack growth and fracture toughness measurements for a Ni-Fe base superalloy, a primary candidate for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) central solenoid (CS) conduit, we derive an improved magnet life analysis model from the framework of Newman and Raju. For the superalloy conduit with an initial semielliptical surface crack in its thickness direction, the model predicts the evolution of crack aspect ratio for a wide range of initial crack geometries under pure tension and bending fatigue. The prediction of final fracture due to fatigue crack growth using the linear elastic fracture mechanics approach is shown to be underconservative. An alternative model based on Newman's elastic-plastic fracture toughness parameter is derived for the base metal with nearly semicircular cracks. The improved life analysis model taking into account the fatigue and fracture behavior is applied to the ITER CS magnet and the results are compared with those from earlier models. Accounting for the crack shape evolution leads to significantly longer life compared to assuming a constant aspect ratio. For the superalloy base metal we find that the expected fatigue life of engineering design activity design of the CS magnet is about eight times the design requirement. Even the conceptual design activity design with a free-standing CS meets the life requirement when analyzed by the improved model. (orig.)

  18. Melt Impregnation, Strain Localization, and Deformation Mechanisms in a Fossil Oceanic Fracture Zone (Ingalls Ophiolite)

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    Miller, R. B.; Gordon, S. M.

    2010-12-01

    A steep mantle shear zone that deforms ultramafic rocks of the Jurassic Ingalls ophiolite is inferred to preserve a record of the interplay of melt impregnation, strain localization, and switching deformation mechanisms in a fossil oceanic fracture zone. This ~2-km-wide, E-W-striking shear zone separates harzburgite and dunite on the south from lherzolite and cpx-rich harzburgite on the north. Geochemical data from the lherzolite, which contains veinlets of plagioclase and cpx, suggest impregnation by infiltrating basaltic melt. The shear zone reworks the lherzolite unit, but also contains widespread plagioclase peridotite and hornblende peridotite, and shear-zone mylonites are less depleted than the adjacent units. Olivine is reduced in average grain size from 1.5-3.0 mm in the lherzolites to 50 µm in some mylonites. In the mylonites, opx and cpx porphyroclasts are set in a mosaic of olivine, cpx, opx +/- hornblende +/- plagioclase. Lattice preferred orientations (LPO) determined by EBSD indicate that olivine in the dunite-harzburgite and lherzolite units deformed by glide on [100] (010), a common mechanism for dislocation creep in the upper mantle. In contrast, olivine in the mylonites has much weaker, poorly defined LPOs. This weakening of the LPO and the microstructures are compatible with dynamic recrystallization and grain-size reduction resulting from dislocation creep leading to a change to a grain-size-sensitive deformation mechanism. We suggest that impregnation by infiltrating melts may have helped localize strain, and the formation of multiple phases, in part as a result of impregnation, may have stabilized the small olivine grain size.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.