Sample records for haz liquation cracking

  1. Use of Friction Buttering for Overcoming HAZ Liquation Cracking (United States)

    Karthik, G. M.; Janaki Ram, G. D.; Kottada, Ravi Sankar


    Multi-layer friction deposits in nickel-based superalloy Inconel 718 were investigated for their heat-affected zone liquation cracking resistance. The friction deposits, owing to their fine-grained microstructure with a large number of subgrain boundaries and fine, uniformly distributed carbide particles, were found to exhibit superior liquation cracking resistance to standard wrought-processed alloy 718. Based on these findings, a new technique involving friction deposition of the base plates prior to fusion welding was proposed for overcoming liquation cracking.

  2. Influence of heat input on HAZ liquation cracking in laser welded GH909 alloy (United States)

    Yan, Fei; Hu, Chongjing; Zhang, Xiong; Cai, Yuanzheng; Wang, Chunming; Wang, Jun; Hu, Xiyuan


    In this paper, we describe influence of heat input on HAZ liquation cracking in laser welded GH909 alloy. The results demonstrated that more cracks were produced using high laser power and welding speed. The presence of cracks greatly weakened the hot ductility of this material and the binding force between the adjacent grains, resulting in reducing the tensile strength of welded joints. The occurrence of HAZ cracking was mainly attributable to the coarseness of microstructures and large tensile stresses. A new method was proposed to prevent HAZ liquation cracking using low laser power and welding speed at a constant heat input. The simulated results were consistent with the experimental results, verifying the correctness and feasibility of the method.

  3. The Segregation and Liquation Crackings in the HAZ of Multipass Laser-Welded Joints for Nuclear Power Plants (United States)

    Li, Gang; Lu, Xiaofeng; Zhu, Xiaolei; Huang, Jian; Liu, Luwei; Wu, Yixiong


    The segregation and liquation crackings in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) beside Inconel 52M overlays of multipass laser-welded joints are investigated for nuclear power plants. The results indicate that Nb-rich precipitates are distributed in chains and some aggregate together as coarse particles in the local regions at the interface. With increasing heat input, the transition width becomes widened and the fraction of the precipitates at the interface significantly increases. Closely associated to Nb segregation, liquation crackings occur along columnar dendrites in the HAZ beside Inconel 52M overlays. Due to no deformation coordination of the columnar dendrites with Nb-rich segregates in Inconel 52M overlays, liquation crackings occur in thermal cycle of multipass laser welding. The enrichment of Nb element in the interdendritic regions increases favorable factors of liquation crackings at grain boundaries.

  4. On the development of a new pre-weld thermal treatment procedure for preventing heat-affected zone (HAZ) liquation cracking in nickel-base IN 738 superalloy (United States)

    Ola, O. T.; Ojo, O. A.; Chaturvedi, M. C.


    Hot cracking in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of precipitation strengthened nickel-base superalloys, such as IN 738, during fusion welding remains a major factor limiting reparability of nickel-base gas turbine components. The problem of HAZ intergranular cracking can be addressed by modifying the microstructure of the pre-weld material through thermal treatment, which requires significant understanding of the critical factors controlling cracking behaviour. The decomposition of Mo-Cr-W-and Cr-rich borides in the alloy, among other factors, has been observed to contribute significantly to non-equilibrium intergranular liquation and, hence, intergranular liquation cracking during welding. Gleeble physical simulation of HAZ microstructure has also shown that non-equilibrium liquation is more severe in the vicinity of decomposed borides in the alloy and can occur at temperatures as low as 1,150 °C. Although currently existing pre-weld heat treatments for IN 738 superalloy minimize the contributions of dissolution of second phases, including borides, to HAZ intergranular liquation, these heat treatments are not industrially feasible due to process-related difficulties. Therefore, a new industrially feasible and effective pre-weld thermal treatment process, designated as FUMT, was developed during the present research by controlling both the formation of borides and the segregation of boron at the grain boundaries in the pre-weld heat-treated material. This thermal treatment was observed to very significantly reduce intergranular HAZ cracking in welded IN 738 superalloy. The details of the development process and developed procedure are presented in this paper.

  5. Heat-Affected Zone Liquation Cracking Resistance of Friction Stir Processed Aluminum-Copper Alloy AA 2219 (United States)

    Karthik, G. M.; Janaki Ram, G. D.; Kottada, Ravi Sankar


    In the current work, the effect of friction stir processing on heat-affected zone (HAZ) liquation cracking resistance of aluminum-copper alloy AA 2219 was evaluated. In Gleeble hot-ductility tests and longitudinal Varestraint tests, the FSPed material, despite its very fine dynamically recrystallized equiaxed grain structure, showed considerably higher susceptibility to HAZ liquation cracking when compared to the base material. Detailed microstructural studies showed that the increased cracking susceptibility of the FSPed material is due to (i) increase in the amount of liquating θ phase (equilibrium Al2Cu) and (ii) increase in the population of grain boundary θ particles. An important learning from the current work is that, in certain materials like alloy 2219, the use of FSP as a pretreatment to fusion welding can be counterproductive.

  6. Influence of electron beam welding parameters and metallurgical factors on intergranular liquation cracking susceptibility of cast alloy 718 (United States)

    Woo, Insu; Kang, Chungyun; Nishimoto, Kazutoshi


    The factors affecting intergranular liquation cracking susceptibility in electron beam welds were investigated for cast alloy 718. The materials used were as-received plates and heat-treated plates with three different levels of grain size. Liquation cracking susceptibility in HAZ was evaluated by a bead-on-plate test and a restraint/relaxation U-type hot cracking test. The penetrated shapes in the welds were classified into wine cup-like Type W and nail head-like Type N. For a given beam current, Type w and Type N were observed at the lower and higher welding speeds, respectively. Welding defects, i.e., underfills and microcracks were seen in the electron beam welds. Compared with Type W, the liquation cracking was more sensitive for the Type N bead cross sectional shape. Furthermore, it easily occurred at grain boundaries in Region II, i.e., very near the nail head necked part. According to the restraint/relaxation U-type hot cracking test, the liquation cracking susceptibility decreased with decreasing grain size or with homogenization heat treatment. These results suggested that the liquation cracking susceptibility in cast alloy 718 electron beam welds could be improved by using the Type W bead cross sectional shape, a decreasing the grain size and using appropriate heat treatment before welding.

  7. Effect of Heat Treatment on Liquation Cracking in Continuous Fiber and Pulsed Nd:YAG Laser Welding of HASTELLOY X Alloy (United States)

    Pakniat, M.; Ghaini, F. Malek; Torkamany, M. J.


    Laser welding of HASTELLOY X is highly feasible; however, hot cracking can be a matter of concern. The objective of this study is to assess the effect of solution heat treatment on susceptibility to liquation cracking in welding of a 2-mm-thick HASTELLOY X plate. In addition, Nd-YAG pulsed laser (400 W) and continuous wave (CW) fiber laser (600 W) were compared with each other in this respect. Results revealed that performing the prewelding solution heat treatment reduces the tendency for occurrence of liquation cracking. Furthermore, it was established that by increasing pulse frequency, there was a significant reduction in the tendency for liquation cracking. With CW laser welding of HASTELLOY X in the solution-heat-treated condition, the tendency for heat-affected zone (HAZ) cracking was found to be minimized.

  8. Sensitivity of Liquation Cracking to Deposition Parameters and Residual Stresses in Laser Deposited IN718 Alloy (United States)

    Zhang, Yaocheng; Yang, Li; Chen, Tingyi; Pang, Song; Zhang, Weihui


    The laser deposited IN718 alloys were fabricated with laser cladding system under different conditions to estimate the sensitivity of weld metal liquation cracking. The microstructure and the crack characterization of the laser deposited IN718 alloy were investigated, and the effect of metallurgical factors and residual stress on the crack sensitivity was analyzed. The results showed that the continuous dendritic Laves was precipitated and formed a Lave-austenite interface with ambiguous nanohardness distribution. The weld metal liquation cracking was propagated along the laser scanning direction and the buildup direction in the laser deposited IN718 alloy simultaneously, and the Nb-/Mo-riched fine granular clusters were formed in the crack surface. The precipitation amount of the coarse eutectic phases, presented as dendrite or network, was increased in the laser deposited alloy fabricated with IN718/C-Fe-Cr composite powder and slow cooling rate. The total crack length and the maximum crack length were decreased by increasing cooling rate, and the transverse residual stress was increased with increasing buildup layer number. The crack sensitivity of the laser deposited IN718 alloy was increased by the crack initiation provided by the metallurgical defects and the eutectic phases with low melting temperatures, and then, crack propagated along the continuous phase under the transverse residual stress.

  9. Sensitivity of Liquation Cracking to Deposition Parameters and Residual Stresses in Laser Deposited IN718 Alloy (United States)

    Zhang, Yaocheng; Yang, Li; Chen, Tingyi; Pang, Song; Zhang, Weihui


    The laser deposited IN718 alloys were fabricated with laser cladding system under different conditions to estimate the sensitivity of weld metal liquation cracking. The microstructure and the crack characterization of the laser deposited IN718 alloy were investigated, and the effect of metallurgical factors and residual stress on the crack sensitivity was analyzed. The results showed that the continuous dendritic Laves was precipitated and formed a Lave-austenite interface with ambiguous nanohardness distribution. The weld metal liquation cracking was propagated along the laser scanning direction and the buildup direction in the laser deposited IN718 alloy simultaneously, and the Nb-/Mo-riched fine granular clusters were formed in the crack surface. The precipitation amount of the coarse eutectic phases, presented as dendrite or network, was increased in the laser deposited alloy fabricated with IN718/C-Fe-Cr composite powder and slow cooling rate. The total crack length and the maximum crack length were decreased by increasing cooling rate, and the transverse residual stress was increased with increasing buildup layer number. The crack sensitivity of the laser deposited IN718 alloy was increased by the crack initiation provided by the metallurgical defects and the eutectic phases with low melting temperatures, and then, crack propagated along the continuous phase under the transverse residual stress.

  10. Transgranular liquation cracking of grains in the semi-solid state (United States)

    Karagadde, S.; Lee, P. D.; Cai, B.; Fife, J. L.; Azeem, M. A.; Kareh, K. M.; Puncreobutr, C.; Tsivoulas, D.; Connolley, T.; Atwood, R. C.


    Grain refinement via semi-solid deformation is desired to obtain superior mechanical properties of cast components. Using quantitative in situ synchrotron X-ray tomographic microscopy, we show an additional mechanism for the reduction of grain size, via liquation assisted transgranular cracking of semi-solid globular microstructures. Here we perform localized indentation of Al-15wt.%Cu globular microstructures, with an average grain size of ∼480 μm, at 555 °C (74% solid fraction). Although transgranular fracture has been observed in brittle materials, our results show transgranular fracture can also occur in metallic alloys in semi-solid state. This transgranular liquation cracking (TLC) occurs at very low contact stresses (between 1.1 and 38 MPa). With increasing strain, TLC continues to refine the size of the microstructure until the grain distribution reaches log-normal packing. The results demonstrate that this refinement, previously attributed to fragmentation of secondary arms by melt-shearing, is also controlled by an additional TLC mechanism. PMID:26353994

  11. Use of Friction Stir Processing for Improving Heat-Affected Zone Liquation Cracking Resistance of a Cast Magnesium Alloy AZ91D (United States)

    Karthik, G. M.; Janaki Ram, G. D.; Kottada, Ravi Sankar


    In this work, a cast magnesium alloy AZ91D was friction stir processed. Detailed microstructural studies and Gleeble hot ductility tests were conducted on the as-cast and the FSPed samples to comparatively assess their heat-affected zone liquation cracking behavior. The results show that the use of FSP as a pretreatment to fusion welding can strikingly improve the heat-affected zone liquation cracking resistance of alloy AZ91D by reducing the amount and size of the low-melting eutectic β (Mg17Al12) as well as by refining the matrix grain size.

  12. Mechanism of intergranular stress corrosion cracking in HAZ for super-martensitic stainless steel

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    Miyata, Yukio; Kimura, Mitsuo [Tubular Products and Casting Research Dept., JFE Steel Corporation, 1-1, Kawasaki-cho, Handa (Japan); Nakamichi, Haruo; Sato, Kaoru [Analysis and Characterization Research Dept., JFE Steel Corporation, 1-1, Minamiwatarida-cho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki (Japan); Itakura, Noritsugu [Products Service and Development Dept., Chita Works, JFE Steel Corporation. 1-1, Kawasaki-cho, Handa (Japan); Masamura, Katsumi [Tubular Products Business Planning Dept., JFE Steel Corporation, 2-2-3, Uchisaiwai-sho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Japan)


    Mechanism of intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) for heat affected zone (HAZ) of super-martensitic stainless steel was studied using two types of the steel. One was a lean grade, which was Mo free and low Ni, and the other was a high grade, which was Mo added and high Ni. Specimens received heat treatments simulating welding thermal cycles were applied to SCC tests. Cracks were observed in some specimens after U-bend SCC test under low pH environments. Thermal cycle conditions with sensitization were verified from the results. No crack was observed in the specimen with the thermal cycle simulating post welding heat treatment (PWHT) after sensitizing conditions. Therefore, PWHT was clarified to be effective to prevent the cracking. Cr carbides were observed along prior austenite grain boundary intermittently, and Cr depleted zone was confirmed on the grain boundary adjacent to carbides that precipitated on the grain boundary. It is, therefore, concluded that the cracking results from Cr depletion on prior austenite grain boundary accompanied by precipitation of Cr carbides under specific welding conditions. (authors)

  13. Dendritic microstructure and hot cracking of laser additive manufactured Inconel 718 under improved base cooling

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    Chen, Yuan; Lu, Fenggui; Zhang, Ke; Nie, Pulin; Elmi Hosseini, Seyed Reza; Feng, Kai, E-mail:; Li, Zhuguo, E-mail:


    The base cooling effect was improved by imposing the continuous water flow on the back of the substrate during the laser additive manufacturing of Inconel 718 (IN718). The dendritic microstructure, crystal orientation and hot cracking behavior were studied by using optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) techniques. The results showed that the crystal orientation was increased by increasing the base cooling effect during the deposition. Also, highly ordered columnar dendrites were established, and mono-crystalline texture was constructed in the final clad. It was fund that the effect of solidification cracking on the properties of final clad was negligible since it was only generated at the top region of the deposit, while liquation cracking was produced and remained in the heat affected zone (HAZ) and needed to be carefully controlled. The susceptibility to the liquation cracking showed a high dependence on the grain boundary misorientation, which was considered to be attributed to the stability of interdendritic liquation films, as well as the magnitude of local stress concentration in the last stage of solidification. - Highlights: • The base cooling effect was increased during laser additive manufacturing. • Highly ordered dendrites were established under improved base cooling. • The crystal orientation was increased by improving the base cooling effect. • Liquation cracking tendency was reduced due to the increase of base cooling. • Liquation cracking increased with the increase of grain boundary misorientation.

  14. Cracking in fusion zone and heat affected zone of electron beam welded Inconel-713LC gas turbine blades

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    Chamanfar, A., E-mail: [Département de Génie Mécanique, École de Technologie Supérieure, 1100 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3C 1K3 (Canada); Jahazi, M. [Département de Génie Mécanique, École de Technologie Supérieure, 1100 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3C 1K3 (Canada); Bonakdar, A.; Morin, E. [Siemens Canada Limited, 9545 Côte-de-Liesse, Dorval, Québec, Canada H9P 1A5 (Canada); Firoozrai, A. [Département de Génie Mécanique, École de Technologie Supérieure, 1100 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3C 1K3 (Canada)


    Electron beam welding (EBW) of shrouds in Inconel-713LC low pressure gas turbine blades was associated with cracking in fusion zone (FZ) and heat affected zone (HAZ) leading to a high scrap rate in manufacturing of gas turbine blades. In this study, in order to develop a detailed map of cracks and understand the root cause of cracking, a comprehensive microstructural and numerical analysis was performed. The elemental mapping in scanning electron microscope (SEM)-energy dispersive spectral analysis revealed segregation of alloying elements in the cracked area of FZ and HAZ. In other words, one of the cracking mechanisms in FZ and HAZ was found to be segregation induced liquation and subsequent cracking due to thermal and mechanical tensile stresses generated during EBW. Cracking in FZ also occurred because of low strength of the solidifying weld metal as well as solidification contraction. As well, γ′ dissolution and reprecipitation in HAZ leading to decreased ductility and generation of contraction stresses was another mechanism for cracking in HAZ. The numerical model was capable to predict the cracking location as well as cracking orientation with respect to the weld line.

  15. Microstructural response to heat affected zone cracking of prewelding heat-treated Inconel 939 superalloy

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    Gonzalez, M.A., E-mail: [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica (FIME-UANL), Av. Universidad s/n. Ciudad Universitaria, C.P.66451 San Nicolas de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Martinez, D.I., E-mail: [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica (FIME-UANL), Av. Universidad s/n. Ciudad Universitaria, C.P.66451 San Nicolas de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Perez, A., E-mail: [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica (FIME-UANL), Av. Universidad s/n. Ciudad Universitaria, C.P.66451 San Nicolas de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Guajardo, H., E-mail: [FRISA Aerospace, S.A. de C.V., Valentin G. Rivero No. 200, Col. Los Trevino, C.P. 66150, Santa Caterina N.L. (Mexico); Garza, A., E-mail: [Corporacion Mexicana de Investigacion en Materiales S.A. de C.V. (COMIMSA), Ciencia y Tecnologia No.790, Saltillo 400, C.P. 25295 Saltillo Coah. (Mexico)


    The microstructural response to cracking in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of a nickel-based IN 939 superalloy after prewelding heat treatments (PWHT) was investigated. The PWHT specimens showed two different microstructures: 1) spherical ordered {gamma} Prime precipitates (357-442 nm), with blocky MC and discreet M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides dispersed within the coarse dendrites and in the interdendritic regions; and 2) ordered {gamma} Prime precipitates in 'ogdoadically' diced cube shapes and coarse MC carbides within the dendrites and in the interdendritic regions. After being tungsten inert gas welded (TIG) applying low heat input, welding speed and using a more ductile filler alloy, specimens with microstructures consisting of spherical {gamma} Prime precipitate particles and dispersed discreet MC carbides along the grain boundaries, displayed a considerably improved weldability due to a strong reduction of the intergranular HAZ cracking associated with the liquation microfissuring phenomena. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Homogeneous microstructures of {gamma} Prime spheroids and discreet MC carbides of Ni base superalloys through preweld heat treatments. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {gamma} Prime spheroids and discreet MC carbides reduce the intergranular HAZ liquation and microfissuring of Nickel base superalloys. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microstructure {gamma} Prime spheroids and discreet blocky type MC carbides, capable to relax the stress generated during weld cooling. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low welding heat input welding speeds and ductile filler alloys reduce the HAZ cracking susceptibility.

  16. On the Occurrence of Liquation During Linear Friction Welding of Ni-Based Superalloys (United States)

    Masoumi, F.; Shahriari, D.; Jahazi, M.; Cormier, J.; Flipo, B. C. D.


    A combination of experimental and analytical methods was used to study the possible occurrence of liquation during LFW of the newly developed AD730TM Ni-based superalloy. LFWed joints were produced using a semi-industrial size facility and the interfaces of the joints as well as the ejected flash were examined using optical and Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscopy (FEG-SEM). Physical simulation of the LFW thermal cycle, using thermomechanical simulator Gleeble™ 3800, showed that incipient melting started from 1473 K (1200 °C). The analytical model, calibrated by experiments, predicted that the highest temperature of the interface was about 1523 K (1250 °C). The constitutive equations based on lattice and pipe diffusion models were developed to quantify the self-diffusivity of the elements and control the extent of liquation by considering the effect of LFW process parameters. Analytical results show that the application of compressive stresses during LFW results in 25 times increase in the diffusion of Ni atoms at the weld interface. Therefore, no presence of re-solidified phases, i.e., occurrence of liquation, was observed in the microstructure of the weld zone or the flash in the present study. Based on the obtained results, a methodology was developed for designing the optimum pressure above which no liquation, and hence cracking, will be observable.

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  18. Research on the Grain Boundary Liquation Mechanism in Heat Affected Zones of Laser Forming Repaired K465 Nickel-Based Superalloy

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    Qiuge Li


    Full Text Available The damaged K465 nickel-based superalloy parts were repaired by laser forming repair technology. The cracking characteristics and grain boundary liquation in heat affected zones were investigated by optical microscopy (OM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. It was found that the cracks originated from the heat-affected zone and extended to the repaired zone. The calculation by Thermol-Cale software showed that the larger γ′ particles at grain boundaries partly dissolved in the γ phase, which made the solutes’ concentration at the γ′/γ interface meet the eutectic-type liquation reaction condition of γ + γ′ → L. Then, grain boundaries liquation occurred and liquid films appeared with the temperature increasing in a rapid heating process. However, the intragranular γ′ phase completely dissolved into the γ phase with no devotion to the liquid film. The dissolution of M5B3 borides at grain boundaries could promote grain boundary liquation.

  19. Microstructural analysis of weld cracking in 718 Plus superalloy (United States)

    Vishwakarma, Krutika

    chemistries. The main discernible difference was the formation of gamma' as the main strengthening precipitate in 718 Plus alloys in the as received and 950°C solution heat treated condition. The other phases present in the pre-weld microstructure were Nb rich MC type carbides, Ti rich carbonitrides and grain boundary delta phase. Solution heat treated plates of all the three alloys were welded with a sharp focus electron beam with the welding parameters of 44 kV voltage, 79 mA current and 152 cm/min speed. The microsegregation pattern of 718 Plus during solidification of the fusion zone indicated that while Fe, Co, W and Cr segregated to the core of the gamma dendrites, Nb, Ti and Al were extensively rejected into the interdendritic liquid. Electron diffraction and x-ray microanalysis using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the fusion zone showed that the major secondary phases that formed from the interdendritic liquid were gamma/MC type carbide eutectic and gamma/Laves eutectic constituents. Heat affected Zone (HAZ) microfissuring due to liquation was observed in all the alloys with resolidified products on the liquated and resolidified grain boundaries. Grain boundary liquation and segregation of minor alloying elements was considered to he the primary reason for liquation of HAZ grain boundaries which caused cracking. Evidence of constitutional liquation of Nb rich MC type carbides in 718 Plus was found in the region adjacent to the fusion zone and also on the cracked grain boundaries. The resolidified products along the microfissures consisted of gamma + Laves and gamma + MC type carbide eutectics. Complete and partial healing of microfissuring by backfilling was also observed. Segregation of B was detected by SIMS on the grain boundaries of both the 718 Plus alloys, with higher concentration of Bon HC 49 grain boundaries. Also, for the first time, P was detected by SIMS on the cracked grain boundaries on both the alloys, which confirmed that grain boundary

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    Abrahamsen, Kristin Marheim; Knudsen, Andreas


    This report presents a study of the effect of reusing experience in the Hazards and Operability Analysis method (HazOp method) with regards to how the effectiveness of the method is affected. The study was conducted by first creating a software tool for experience reuse in HazOp, then testing that tool in a student experiment in which the participants used the tool when conducting a HazOp. During the experiment it was found that students using the tool found 21% more hazards in the system...

  2. Avaliação da suscetibilidade à corrosão sob tensão da ZAC do aço inoxidável AISI 316L em ambiente de reator nuclear PWR Stress corrosion cracking of stainless steel AISI 316L HAZ in PWR Nuclear reactor environment

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    Mônica Maria de Abreu Mendonça Schvartzman


    Full Text Available Aços carbono de baixa liga e aços inoxidáveis são amplamente utilizados nos circuitos primários de reatores nucleares do tipo PWR (Pressurized Water Reactor. Ligas de níquel são empregadas na soldagem destes materiais devido a características como elevadas resistências mecânica e à corrosão, coeficiente de expansão térmica adequado, etc. Nos últimos 30 anos, a corrosão sob tensão (CST tem sido observada principalmente nas regiões das soldas entre materiais dissimilares existentes nestes reatores. Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar, por comparação, a suscetibilidade à corrosão sob tensão da zona afetada pelo calor (ZAC do aço inoxidável austenítico AISI 316L quando submetida a um ambiente similar ao do circuito primário de um reator nuclear PWR nas temperaturas de 303ºC e 325ºC. Para esta avaliação empregou-se o ensaio de taxa de deformação lenta - SSRT (Slow Strain Rate Test. Os resultados indicaram que a CST é ativada termicamente e que a 325ºC pode-se observar a presença mais significativa de fratura frágil decorrente do processo de corrosão sob tensão.In pressurized water reactors (PWRs, low alloy carbon steels and stainless steel are widely used in the primary water circuits. In most cases, Ni alloys are used to joint these materials and form dissimilar welds. These alloys are known to accommodate the differences in composition and thermal expansion of the two materials. Stress corrosion cracking of metals and alloys is caused by synergistic effects of environment, material condition and stress. Over the last thirty years, CST has been observed in dissimilar metal welds. This study presents a comparative work between the CST in the HAZ (Heat Affected Zone of the AISI 316L in two different temperatures (303ºC and 325ºC. The susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking was assessed using the slow strain rate tensile (SSRT test. The results of the SSRT tests indicated that CST is a thermally


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    Full Text Available Analysis of intragranular carbide precipitate in the Heat Affected Zone (HAZ of Martensitic Stainless Steel (MSS weldment was carried out. Low carbon grade martensitic stainless steel weldment subjected to four point bend test in simulated sweet crude environment was analysed with Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM. The optical microscopy of the failed sample revealed the presence of intergranular cracks on both sides of the weldment in the HAZ. Electron transparent sample for TEM was prepared from the HAZ of the weldment using extraction replica technique. The examination of TEM specimen in imaging mode revealed the presence of precipitates on grain boundaries. The compositional analysis of the precipitates was carried out with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX. The result of EDX analysis showed the presence of chromium and molybdenum, this suggests, the precipitates were carbides of the form M23C6. The study therefore upholds sensitisation as the mechanism behind the intergranular cracks observed in the HAZ of the MSS weldment.

  4. On post-weld heat treatment cracking in tig welded superalloy ATI 718Plus

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    G. Asala


    Full Text Available The susceptibility of heat affected zone (HAZ to cracking in Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG welded Allvac 718Plus superalloy during post-weld heat treatment (PWHT was studied. Contrary to the previously reported case of low heat input electron beam welded Allvac 718Plus, where HAZ cracking occurred during PWHT, the TIG welded alloy is crack-free after PWHT, notwithstanding the presence of similar micro-constituents that caused cracking in the low input weld. Accordingly, the formation of brittle HAZ intergranular micro-constituents may not be a sufficient factor to determine cracking propensity, the extent of heat input during welding may be another major factor that influences HAZ cracking during PWHT of the aerospace superalloy Allvac 718Plus.

  5. On post-weld heat treatment cracking in tig welded superalloy ATI 718Plus (United States)

    Asala, G.; Ojo, O. A.

    The susceptibility of heat affected zone (HAZ) to cracking in Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welded Allvac 718Plus superalloy during post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) was studied. Contrary to the previously reported case of low heat input electron beam welded Allvac 718Plus, where HAZ cracking occurred during PWHT, the TIG welded alloy is crack-free after PWHT, notwithstanding the presence of similar micro-constituents that caused cracking in the low input weld. Accordingly, the formation of brittle HAZ intergranular micro-constituents may not be a sufficient factor to determine cracking propensity, the extent of heat input during welding may be another major factor that influences HAZ cracking during PWHT of the aerospace superalloy Allvac 718Plus.

  6. Haz-Map: information on hazardous chemicals and occupational diseases. (United States)

    Fitzpatrick, Roberta Bronson


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  7. Failure Behaviors Depending on the Notch Location of the Impact Test Specimens on the HAZ

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    Jang, Yun Chan; Kim, Dong Wook; Lee, Young Suk [Chungang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Jae Keun; Park, Ji Hong [Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Numerical studies were performed to examine the effects of notch location of impact specimens on the failure behavior of HAZ (Heat Affected Zone) when Charpy V-notch impact test were made at a low temperature (1 .deg. C). Carbon steel plate (SA-516 Gr. 70) with thickness of 25mm for pressure vessel was welded by SMAW (Shielded Metal-Arc Welding) and specimens were fabricated from the welded plate. Charpy tests were then performed with specimens having different notch positions of specimens varying from the fusion line through HAZ to base metal. A series of finite element analysis which simulates the Charpy test and crack propagation initiating at the tip of V-notch was carried out as well. The finite element analysis takes into account the irregular fusion line and non-homogenous material properties due to the notch location of the specimen in HAZ. Results reveals that the energies absorbed during impact test depend significantly on the notch location and direction of specimen. Finite element analysis also demonstrates that the notch location of specimens, to a great extent, influences the reliability and consistency of the test.

  8. Evaluation of methods to predict safe welding conditions and maximum HAZ hardness in steel welding

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    Tronskar, J.P. [Det Norske Veritas Industri Norge AS, Oslo (Norway)


    During the last ten years new structural steels of improved weldability have been introduced. In particular structural steels for the fabrication of offshore structures have been greatly improved in this respect throughout this period. These steels have lean chemical compositions which are generally outside the range for which the existing HAZ hardness criteria and the International Institute of Welding carbon equivalent (CEIIW) formula were originally developed. However, there are indications that the BS 5135:1984 method is not satisfactory for low carbon low CEIIW carbon equivalent steels. This paper presents the results from investigations of the weldability of three normalized (R{sub e min} 350 MPa) and three quenched and tempered (R{sub e min} 500 MPa) offshore structural steels. Weldability testing was conducted to study the relative performance of the different steels and to obtain a comparison between the capability of the different methods to predict safe welding conditions to avoid cold cracking in steel welding. Maximum HAZ hardness restrictions are often a point of contention between fabricators and their clients due to the difficulties often experienced in meeting these hardness requirements. Problems meeting maximum HAZ hardness requirements have been encountered for applications where NACE maximum hardness HRC 22 or Vickers HV10 260 have been imposed for materials exposed to sour service in oil and gas production, processing and transportation. Many attempts have been made to develop empirical formulae for the estimation of maximum HAZ hardnesses. This paper presents some of the more successful approaches proposed to date and compares their performance.

  9. Normalizing effect on fatigue crack propagation at the heat-affected zone of AISI 4140 steel shielded metal arc weldings


    B. Vargas-Arista; J. Teran-Guillen; Solis, J.; García-Cerecero,G.; Martínez-Madrid,M.


    The fractography and mechanical behaviour of fatigue crack propagation in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of AISI 4140 steel welded using the shielded metal arc process was analysed. Different austenitic grain size was obtained by normalizing performed at 1200 °C for 5 and 10 hours after welding. Three point bending fatigue tests on pre-cracked specimens along the HAZ revealed that coarse grains promoted an increase in fatigue crack growth rate, hence causing a reduction in both fracture toughne...

  10. Study on Characteristics of SCC and AE Signals for Weld HAZ of HT-60 Steel

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    Na, Eui Gyun [Kunsan National University, Gunsan (Korea, Republic of); Yu, Hyo Sun [Chonbuk National University, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hoon [Yosu National University, Yeosu (Korea, Republic of)


    In order to characterize the microscopic fracture behaviour of the weldment din stress corrosion cracking(SCC) phenomena, SCC and acoustic emission(AE) tests were carried out simultaneously and the correlation between mechanical parameters obtained from SCC and AE tests was investigated. In the case of base metal, much more AE events were produced at -0.5V than at -0.8V because of the dissolution mechanism before the maximum load. Regardless of the applied voltages to the specimens, however, AE events decreased after the maximum load. In the case of weldment, lots of AE events with larger amplitude range(40{approx}dB) were produced because of the singularities of weld HAZ in comparison to the base metal and post-weld heat-treated(PWHT) specimens. Numerous and larger cracks for the weldment were observed on the fractured surfaces by SEM examination. From these results, it was concluded that SCC for the weldment appeared most severely in synthetic seawater. Weld HAZ was softened by PWHT which also contributed to the reduced susceptibility to corrosive environment in comparison to the weldment

  11. HazLit: a unique resource for natural hazards information. (United States)

    Fitzpatrick, Roberta Bronson


    The "Online Updates" column generally focuses on bibliographic databases that may be licensed from commercial vendors or are available free of charge from a federal government agency. HazLit is featured because it is a unique and comprehensive resource of the literature of natural disasters. This column provides background information on HazLit and offers some searching basics, as well as highlights special information found at the Web site that hosts the database.

  12. Numerical study of the Notch Location of the Impact Test Specimens on the HAZ of SA516 Steels

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    Jang, Yun Chan; Kim, Dong Wook; Lee, Young Seog [Chungang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Jae Keun; Park, Ji Hong [Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Experimental and numerical studies were performed to examine the effects of notch position on the failure behavior and energy absorption when the Charpy V-notch impact test is made at 1 .deg. C. For this purpose, carbon steel plate (SA-516 Gr. 70) with thickness of 25mm usually used for pressure vessel was welded by SMAW (Shielded Metal-Arc Welding) method and specimens were fabricated from the welded plate. The Charpy impact tests were then performed with specimens having different notch positions varying within HAZ. A series of three-dimensional FE analysis which simulates the Charpy test and crack propagation are carried out as well to examine the reproducibility of test results. The FE analysis takes into account the heterogeneous mechanical properties with complex microstructures in HAZ. Results reveal that the absorbed energies during impact test depend significantly on the notch position.

  13. The effect of inversion of matrix and inclusions composition in liquation phospho-silicate glasses. (United States)

    Sitarz, M


    Silico-phosphate glasses of XCaPO(4)-SiO(2) and XCaPO(4)-AlPO(4)-SiO(2) (X=Na(+) and/or K(+)) system have been the subject of the presented investigations. Glasses belonging to those systems are characterized by a liquation phenomenon-spherical amorphous inclusions dispersed in an amorphous matrix. Thorough EDX investigations have shown that introduction of aluminum ions into the structure of phospho-silicate glasses results in inversion of matrix and inclusions composition, when XCaPO(4) exceeds 25-35% mol. Such a substantial influence of aluminum ions on phospho-silicate glasses texture as well as matrix and inclusions composition (inversion) must be a result of structural changes. (27)Al MAS NMR research stated that aluminum ions in structures of XCaPO(4)-AlPO(4)-SiO(2) phospho-silicate glasses always acts as a glass-forming ion-i.e. aluminum always occupies fourfold coordinated sites. (23)Na and (31)P MAS NMR research has shown that the inversion of matrix and inclusions composition, brought about by introduction of aluminum ions into the structure of phospho-silicate glasses, is an outcome of a change in phosphorous and alkaline ions coordination. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Prediction of HAZ maximum hardness and method to determine necessary preheating temperature for steel welding; Hagane no yosetsu netsu eikyobu katasa no yosoku to hitsuyo yonetsu ondo no sentei hoho

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    Kasuya, T.; Yurioka, N.; Okumura, M. [Nippon Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan)


    This report describes a method for evaluating weldability (hardness of heat affected zone (HAZ) and cold cracking susceptibility) of steel. An estimation formula was derived for the HAZ maximum hardness based on a carbon equivalent number as a guideline to estimate weldability. The coordinate of the point indicating the limit where martensite ratio was 100% and 0%, which was required to derive this curve, was determined from experiment data. The danger, in which HAZ of a hard structure was cracked by hydrogen during arc welding, was affected by the HAZ structure, nitrogen quantity, residual stress, etc. A method to deal with these elements was preheating. In this case, a method to determine a preheating temperature was essential which was required to maintain the level of residual hydrogen for preventing the generation of cold cracking. A method was developed to estimate the temperature from a relational diagram between a carbon equivalent number CEN and the lowest minimum preheating temperature of Y-shaped weld cracking test, a relational diagram between heat input and {Delta}CEN, and a relational diagram between the hydrogen quantity for a weld metal and {Delta}CEN. The estimation method or the determination method was utilized to estimate the maximum hardness in the circumference welding of line pipe steel and to examine the cracking susceptibility of the same steel, for example. 16 refs., 9 figs., 4 tabs.

  15. Evaluation of methods to predict safe welding conditions and maximum HAZ hardness in steel welding

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    Tronskar, J.P. [Det Norske Veritas Industry, Oslo (Norway)


    During the last ten years new structural steels of improved weldability have been introduced. In particular, structural steels for the fabrication of offshore structures have been greatly improved in this respect throughout this period. These steels have lean chemical compositions which are generally outside the range for which the existing HAZ hardness criteria and the International Institute of Welding carbon equivalent (CEIIW) formula were originally developed. This paper presents the results from investigations of the weldability of three normalized (R{sub e} min 350 MPa) and three quenched and tempered (R{sub e} min 500 MPa) offshore structural steels. Weldability testing was conducted to study the relative performance of the different steels and to obtain a comparison between the capability of the different methods to predict safe welding conditions to avoid cold cracking in steel welding. It has become a widespread practice in welding high-strength steels to incorporate maximum HAZ hardness restrictions in fabrication specifications, particularly so in the offshore industry. This paper presents some of the more successful approaches proposed to date and compares their performance.

  16. Hydrogen-induced cold cracking in heat-affected zone of low-carbon high-strength steel (United States)

    Lan, Liangyun; Kong, Xiangwei; Hu, Zhiyong; Qiu, Chunlin


    The Y-groove cracking test by submerged arc welding was employed to study the susceptibility of a low-carbon high-strength steel to hydrogen-induced cold cracking (HICC). The morphology of hydrogen cracks was observed using an electron probe microscope. The results showed that the heat-affected zone (HAZ) has a higher susceptibility to HICC than the weld metal and that increasing heat input can improve the HICC resistance of the weldment. The intergranular microcracking is the main HICC mode at the lowest heat input condition, accompanied with some transgranular microcracks attached to complex inclusions. In combination with phase transformation behaviour in sub-zones, the effect of the phase transformation sequence is proposed to try to illustrate the fact that the fine-grained HAZ has higher probability of hydrogen cracking than the coarse-grained HAZ owing to the occurrence of hydrogen enrichment in the fine-grained HAZ after the transformation.

  17. Normalizing effect on fatigue crack propagation at the heat-affected zone of AISI 4140 steel shielded metal arc weldings

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    B. Vargas-Arista


    Full Text Available The fractography and mechanical behaviour of fatigue crack propagation in the heat-affected zone (HAZ of AISI 4140 steel welded using the shielded metal arc process was analysed. Different austenitic grain size was obtained by normalizing performed at 1200 °C for 5 and 10 hours after welding. Three point bending fatigue tests on pre-cracked specimens along the HAZ revealed that coarse grains promoted an increase in fatigue crack growth rate, hence causing a reduction in both fracture toughness and critical crack length, and a transgranular brittle final fracture with an area fraction of dimple zones connecting cleavage facets. A fractographic analysis proved that as the normalizing time increased the crack length decreased. The increase in the river patterns on the fatigue crack propagation in zone II was also evidenced and final brittle fracture because of transgranular quasicleavage was observed. Larger grains induced a deterioration of the fatigue resistance of the HAZ.

  18. Correlation between microstructure and hardness of the weld HAZ in grade 100 microalloyed steel

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    Poorhaydari, K.; Patchett, B.M.; Ivey, D.G. [Alberta Univ., Edmonton, AB (Canada). Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering


    High-strength microalloyed steels generally contain low levels of carbon to increase the weldability, and are therefore microalloyed with other elements to increase their strength. Micro alloy carbides, nitrides and carbonitrides play an important role in grain refinement and dispersion hardening. A weld thermal cycle creates changes in the microstructure and mechanical properties of the weld heat affected zone (HAZ). Variations in hardness across the HAZ were obtained in a grade 100 microalloyed steel, for different welding heat inputs. Hardness profiles across the HAZ were determined using nano-hardness tests. A transmission electron microscope (TEM) was used to examine the microstructure of the steels and to evaluate the grain size, phase structure and precipitate type, shape and distribution. The uses of carbon extraction replicas in the examination of HSMA steels was demonstrated with particular reference to the systematic measurement of grain size. The properties of the base metal were compared with those of the fine-grained HAZ. The fine-grained HAZ for all heat inputs was composed primarily of polygonal ferrite, with some twinned martensite in the higher heat input samples. Twinned martensite regions were observed in the coarse-grained HAZ. The main cause for changes in hardness in the fine-grained HAZ was grain size changes. However, the relative hardening in the coarse-grained HAZ was due to the large packets of bainitic ferrite and martensite in the coarse-grained HAZ, with small ferrite/martensite laths. 27 refs., 4 tabs., 12 figs.

  19. Long-term Creep Life Prediction and Its Reliability on HAZ Failure Data of Grade 91 Steel

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    Kim, Woo Gon; Jang, Jin Sung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jae Young [Pukyong National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    Long-term creep life prediction on Grade 91 HAZ failure data was performed by LM parameter, and its reliability was successfully demonstrated using SCRI model based on Z-parameter. To improve the creep life prediction at the low stress range of high temperature range, the master curve with a 'sinh' function was newly proposed. By Monte-Carlo simulation, reliability assessment was made using the chosen service temperature and stress conditions. carbide/nitride forming elements such as V and Nb along with controlled addition of N in the plain 9Cr. 1Mo steel, offers a good combination of high creep strength and ductility over prolonged exposures at elevated temperatures. The choice of Gr. 91 steel for sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) applications is guided by its low thermal expansion coefficient and high resistance to stress corrosion cracking in water-steam systems compared to austenitic stainless steels.

  20. Knuckle Cracking (United States)

    ... people realize that cracking knuckles produces a funny noise and may repeat cracking just to produce the ... main areas of exercise are aerobic exercise and resistance News Categories Ankylosing Spondylitis News Fibromyalgia News Gout ...

  1. Methodology for corrosion evaluation in HAZ of 11%-Cr ferritic stainless steel

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    Nascimento, Carmem C. F.; Rodrigues, Samul F. [Dept. of Mechanic and MaterialsFederal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Maranhao, Sao Luis (Brazil); De Morais, Vinicius M.; Vilarinho, Louriel O. [Dept. of Mechanic Engineering, Federal University of Uberlandia, Uberlandia (Brazil)


    A novel methodology is proposed for corrosion-wear measurement in the Heat affected zone (HAZ) of 11%-Cr ferritic stainless steel. Weld beads with different stress-concentration were manufactured by using MIG/MAG process. After, the welded sample is extracted from the plate, the beads were bended and external stress was applied. Finally, they were inserted in ferric-chloride solution. Corrosive wear were assessed by means of optical microscopy in the HAZ by using polymeric resin mask and comparing profiles before and after inserting the sample into the solution. The results demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed methodology for assessing corrosive wear in the HAZ.



    Kazunari, FUJIYAMA; Takashi, ISEKI; Atsushi, KOMATSU; Nagatoshi, OKABE; Heavy Apparatus Engineering Laboratory, Toshiba Corporation; Keihin Product Operations, Toshiba Corporation; Keihin Product Operations, Toshiba Corporation; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ehime University


    A creep life assessment method was proposed for base metal and HAZ of 2.25Cr-1Mo steel STPA24 used in high temperature steam piping of fossil power plants. Microstructuiral observations and hardness measurements were carried out for base metal and simulated HAZ after thermal aging and creep testing. Simulated HAZ material showed significant softening during thermal and creep exposure, but base metal showed less softening. Hardness equation was established based on the kinetics of carbide coar...

  3. Microstructure characterization and weldability evaluation of the weld heat affected zone (HAZ) in 310HCbN tubing

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    Lundin, C.D.; Qiao, C.Y.P. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)


    Metallographic evaluation on the Gleeble simulated HAZ samples of 310HCbN tubing material was performed in order to reveal potential degradation in mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. The carbide evolutionary process in the HAZ samples was studied. It is indicated that 310HCbN material showed a weld HAZ sensitization tendency that is associated with the formation of Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6}.

  4. Thermographic Assessment of the HAZ Properties and Structure of Thermomechanically Treated Steel (United States)

    Górka, Jacek; Janicki, Damian; Fidali, Marek; Jamrozik, Wojciech


    Thermomechanically processed steels are materials of great mechanical properties connected with more than good weldability. This mixture makes them interesting for different types of industrial applications. When creating welded joints, a specified amount of heat is introduced into the welding area and a so called heat-affected zone (HAZ) is formed. The key issue is to reduce the width of the HAZ, because properties of the material in the HAZ are worse than in the base material. In the paper, thermographic measurements of HAZ temperatures were presented as a potential tool for quality assuring the welding process in terms of monitoring and control. The main issue solved was the precise temperature measurement in terms of varying emissivity during a welding thermal cycle. A model of emissivity changes was elaborated and successfully applied. Additionally, material in the HAZ was tested to reveal its properties and connect changes of those properties with heating parameters. The obtained results prove that correctly modeled emissivity allows measurement of temperature, which is a valuable tool for welding process monitoring.

  5. Root Cracking and Maximum Hardness in High-Strength Steel Welds


    Haruyoshi, SUZUKI; Head Office, Nippon Steel Corporation


    Effects of maximum hardness in the HAZ on root crack initiation in the JIS-y (oblique- Y groove) cracking test are discussed. The values of critical hydrogen concentration Hc at the location of root crack initiation at 100゜C during cooling, were calculated assuming uniform diffusion of hydrogen through the weld zone. Hc is proportional to the deposited diffusible hydrogen content H_D and is a function of cooling time t_100, from solidification to 100゜C. The values of log Hc decreased linearly...

  6. Creep rupture properties of P122 and P92 steel HAZs simulated by heat treatments and by a weld simulator

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    Albert, S.K. [IGCAR, Kalpakkam (India); Matsui, M. [Mitsubushi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki (Japan); Watanabe, T.; Hongo, H.; Kubo, K.; Tabuchi, M. [National Inst. for Materials Science, Ibaraki (Japan)


    In the present study, creep rupture properties of the heat affected zones (HAZs) of P122 and P92 steels, simulated by a heat treatments and by a weld simulator, are studied and compared with those of the actual weld joint. Specimen blanks cut out from steel plates were heated to different peak temperatures that corresponds to intercritical HAZ (ICHAZ), fine grained HAZ (FGHAZ) and coarse grained HAZ (CGHAZ) both by heat treatment and by employing a weld simulator. These were then subjected to post weld heat treatment (PWHT) and creep specimens prepared from these blanks were tested at 923 K for various stress levels. Microstructure was uniform for the specimens with HAZ simulated by heat treatment while for those produced by weld simulator, the uniform microstructures corresponding to the peak temperature of simulation was confined to only {proportional_to}10 mm at the center of the specimens. (orig.)

  7. Numerical and experimental investigations on HAZ formation in 9% Cr steels

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    Zoellner, A.; Bauer, M. [Stuttgart Univ. (Germany). MPA; Bhaduri, A.K. [IGCAR, Kalpakkam (India)


    In modern power plants, components made of martensitic heat resistant 9-12 wt. % chromium steels are used for their high creep strength, good hot work- and weldability and excellent economic efficiency ratio. By welding these components, the heat affected zone (HAZ) is of major importance as it shows very poor creep strength in general. This decrease is believed to be caused by a change in the material's microstructure i.e. size and number of precipitates, dislocation density, etc. As the microstructural processes in the HAZ leading to the decrease in creep strength are not fully understood yet, better knowledge of the HAZ's dimension and extent will help to develop optimization strategies to increase the lifetime of welded components. On this account, a research program was launched recently investigating an actual welding process with a large number of thermocouples at different positions from the fusion line and at different wall thicknesses (close to the root, mid wall, close to final pass). For a better understanding analytical calculations based on Rosenthal's solution of Fourier's partial differential equation for heat flux and a finite element heat flux simulation are performed and validated with the experimental findings. After a description of the experimental setup and the used mathematical and numerical models the obtained temperature-time and temperaturedistance diagrams are reviewed. The paper gives a comparison of experimental, analytical and numerical results and discusses the potential of theoretical HAZ determination. (orig.)

  8. Effect of weld heat input on toughness and structure of HAZ of a new ...

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    lysed by using H-800 transmission electron microscope and electron diffraction technique. 3. Results and analysis. 3.1 Toughness and fracture morphology in the heat-affected zone. Effect of the weld heat input (E) on the impact energy in the HAZ of HQ130 super-high strength steel is shown in. *Author for correspondence ...

  9. Study of stress relief cracking in titanium stabilized austenitic stainless steel; Etude de la fissuration differee par relaxation d'un acier inoxydable austenitique stabilise au titane

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    Chabaud-Reytier, M


    The heat affected zone (HAZ) of titanium stabilised austenitic stainless steel welds (AISI 321) may exhibit a serious form of intercrystalline cracking during service at high temperature. This type of cracking, called 'stress relief cracking', is known to be due to work hardening but also to ageing: a fine and abundant intragranular Ti(C,N) precipitation appears near the fusion line and modifies the mechanical behaviour of the HAZ. This study aims to better know the accused mechanism and to succeed in estimating the risk of such cracking in welded junctions of 321 stainless steel. To analyse this embrittlement mechanism, and to assess the lifetime of real components, different HAZ are simulated by heat treatments applied to the base material which is submitted to various cold rolling and ageing conditions in order to reproduce the HAZ microstructure. Then, we study the effects of work hardening and ageing on the titanium carbide precipitation, on the mechanical (tensile and creep) behaviour of the resulting material and on its stress relief cracking sensitivity. It is shown that work hardening is the main parameter of the mechanism and that ageing do not favour crack initiation although it leads to titanium carbide precipitation. The role of this precipitation is also discussed. Moreover, a creep damage model is identified by a local approach to fracture. Materials sensitive to stress relief cracking are selected. Then, creep tests are carried out on notched bars in order to quantify the intergranular damage of these different materials; afterwards, these measurements are combined with calculated mechanical fields. Finally, it is shown that the model gives good results to assess crack initiation for a compact tension (CT) specimen during relaxation tests, as well as for a notched tubular specimen tested at 600 deg. C under a steady torque. (author)

  10. Hydrogen Cracking and Stress Corrosion of Pressure Vessel Steel ASTM A543 (United States)

    AlShawaf, Ali Hamad

    The purpose of conducting this research is to develop fundamental understanding of the weldability of the modern Quenched and Tempered High Strength Low Alloy (Q&T HSLA) steel, regarding the cracking behavior and susceptibility to environmental cracking in the base metal and in the heat affected zone (HAZ) when welded. A number of leaking cracks developed in the girth welds of the pressure vessel after a short time of upgrading the material from plain carbon steel to Q&T HSLA steel. The new vessels were constructed to increase the production of the plant and also to save weight for the larger pressure vessel. The results of this research study will be used to identify safe welding procedure and design more weldable material. A standardized weldability test known as implant test was constructed and used to study the susceptibility of the Q&T HSLA steel to hydrogen cracking. The charged hydrogen content for each weld was recorded against the applied load during weldability testing. The lack of understanding in detail of the interaction between hydrogen and each HAZ subzone in implant testing led to the need of developing the test to obtain more data about the weldability. The HAZ subzones were produced using two techniques: standard furnace and GleebleRTM machine. These produced subzones were pre-charged with hydrogen to different levels of concentration. The hydrogen charging on the samples simulates prior exposure of the material to high humidity environment during welding process. Fractographical and microstructural characterization of the HAZ subzones were conducted using techniques such as SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy). A modified implant test using the mechanical tensile machine was also used to observe the effects of the hydrogen on the cracking behavior of each HAZ subzone. All the experimental weldability works were simulated and validated using a commercial computational software, SYSWELD. The computational simulation of implant testing of Q&T HSLA

  11. Microstructural dependence of Barkhausen noise and magnetic relaxation in the weld HAZ of an RPV steel (United States)

    Park, Duck-Gun; Kim, Cheol Gi; Hong, Jun-Hwa


    Magnetic Barkhausen noise and permeability spectra have been measured to characterize different microstructure regions such as coarse-grain region, fine-grain region, intercritical structure (composed of tempered martensite and bainite) within the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of SA508-3 steel weldments using simulated HAZ microstructure sample. The intercritical region and coarse-grained region can be distinguished from the BNE and relaxation frequency. The BNE was decreased in the martensite regions and increased in the bainite regions by the post-weld heat treatment (PWHT). The change of relaxation frequency also showed similar trends, but the rate of change was less than that of BNE. The behavior of BNE and permeability spectra on the corresponding microstructure can be explained in terms of carbide morphology and residual stress related with domain wall motion.

  12. Experimental modeling of weld thermal cycle of the heat affected zone (HAZ

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    J. Kulhánek


    Full Text Available Contribution deals with experimental modeling of quick thermal cycles of metal specimens. In the introduction of contribution will be presented measured graphs of thermal cycle of heat affected zone (HAZ of weld. Next will be presented experimental simulation of measured thermal cycle on the standard specimens, useable for material testing. This approach makes possible to create material structures of heat affected zone of weld, big enough for standard material testing.

  13. Stripe-PZT Sensor-Based Baseline-Free Crack Diagnosis in a Structure with a Welded Stiffener

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    Yun-Kyu An


    Full Text Available This paper proposes a stripe-PZT sensor-based baseline-free crack diagnosis technique in the heat affected zone (HAZ of a structure with a welded stiffener. The proposed technique enables one to identify and localize a crack in the HAZ using only current data measured using a stripe-PZT sensor. The use of the stripe-PZT sensor makes it possible to significantly improve the applicability to real structures and minimize man-made errors associated with the installation process by embedding multiple piezoelectric sensors onto a printed circuit board. Moreover, a new frequency-wavenumber analysis-based baseline-free crack diagnosis algorithm minimizes false alarms caused by environmental variations by avoiding simple comparison with the baseline data accumulated from the pristine condition of a target structure. The proposed technique is numerically as well as experimentally validated using a plate-like structure with a welded stiffener, reveling that it successfully identifies and localizes a crack in HAZ.

  14. Characterization of the Microstructures and the Cryogenic Mechanical Properties of Electron Beam Welded Inconel 718 (United States)

    Kwon, Soon Il; Bae, Sang Hyun; Do, Jeong Hyeon; Jo, Chang Yong; Hong, Hyun Uk


    The microstructures and the cryogenic mechanical properties of electron beam (EB) welds between cast and forged Inconel 718 superalloys with a thickness of 10 mm were investigated in comparison with gas tungsten arc (GTA) welds. EB welding with a heat input lower than 250 J/mm caused the formation of liquation microfissuring in the cast-side heat-affected-zone (HAZ) of the EB welds. HAZ liquation microfissuring appeared to be associated with the constitutional liquation of primary NbC carbides at the grain boundaries. Compared with the GTA welding process, the EB welding produced welds with superior microstructure, exhibiting fine dendritic structure associated with the reduction in size and fraction of the Laves phase due to the rapid cooling rate. This result was responsible for the superior mechanical properties of the EB welds at 77 K (-196 °C). Laves particles in both welds were found to provide the preferential site for the crack initiation and propagation, leading to a significant decrease in the Charpy impact toughness at 77 K (-196 °C). Crack initiation and propagation induced by Charpy impact testing were discussed in terms of the dendrite arm spacing, the Laves size and the dislocation structure ahead of the crack arisen from the fractured Laves phase in the two welds.

  15. Evaluation of hydrogen-Induced cracking resistance of the In625 laser coating system on a C-Mn steel substrate

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    Vicente Braz Trindade

    Full Text Available Abstract The corrosion of C-Mn steels in the presence of hydrogen sulfide (H2S represents a significant challenge to oil production and natural gas treatment facilities. The failure mechanism induced by hydrogen-induced cracking (HIC in a Inconel 625 coating / C-Mn steel has not been extensively investigated in the past. In the present work, an API 5CT steel was coated with In625 alloy using laser cladding and the HIC resistance of different regions, such as the coating surface, the substrate and HAZ, were evaluated. SEM observations illustrated that all HIC cracks were formed at the hard HAZ after 96h of exposure. No HIC cracks were observed in the substrate and the In625 coating after the same exposure duration. Pitting was recorded in the substrate caused by non-metallic inclusion dissolving.

  16. Ultrasonic phased array with surface acoustic wave for imaging cracks

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    Yoshikazu Ohara


    Full Text Available To accurately measure crack lengths, we developed a real-time surface imaging method (SAW PA combining an ultrasonic phased array (PA with a surface acoustic wave (SAW. SAW PA using a Rayleigh wave with a high sensitivity to surface defects was implemented for contact testing using a wedge with the third critical angle that allows the Rayleigh wave to be generated. Here, to realize high sensitivity imaging, SAW PA was optimized in terms of the wedge and the imaging area. The improved SAW PA was experimentally demonstrated using a fatigue crack specimen made of an aluminum alloy. For further verification in more realistic specimens, SAW PA was applied to stainless-steel specimens with a fatigue crack and stress corrosion cracks (SCCs. The fatigue crack was visualized with a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR and its length was measured with a high accuracy of better than 1 mm. The SCCs generated in the heat-affected zones (HAZs of a weld were successfully visualized with a satisfactory SNR, although responses at coarse grains appeared throughout the imaging area. The SCC lengths were accurately measured. The imaging results also precisely showed complicated distributions of SCCs, which were in excellent agreement with the optically observed distributions.

  17. The modeling of heat affected zone (HAZ in submerged arc welding (SAW surfacing steel element

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    J. Winczek


    Full Text Available In the work the bimodal heat source model in the description of the temperature field is presented. The electric arc was treated physically as one heat source, whose heat was divided: part of the heat is transferred by the direct impact of the electric arc, but another part of the heat is transferred to the weld by the melted material of the electrode. Computations of the temperature field during SAW surfacing of S355 steel element are carried out. The macrographic and metallographic analysis of the weld confirmed the depth and shapes of the fusion line and HAZ defined by the numerical simulation.

  18. Cefalometría 3D mediante tomografía computarizada de haz de cono


    Montoto González, Gloria


    La cefalometría es una herramienta clínica de investigación esencial en la ortodoncia. Las imágenes en dos dimensiones tienen una serie de desventajas entre ellas la falta de perspectiva, errores en la proyección, superposición de estructuras, artefactos en la imagen, magnificación o errores de posición de la cabeza. La tomografía computarizada de haz de cono (TCCB) nos ofrece una alternativa a sistemas tradicionales de TC con ciertas ventajas como menor radiación y menor coste. OBJET...

  19. Microstructural Differences in the SCCG, ICCG HAZs of SA 508 Gr. 3 and 4N Low Alloy Steels

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    Lee, Ki Hyoung; Wee, Dang Moon [KAIST, Advanced High Temperature Materials LAb., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Yoon Sun; Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Microstructural changes, such as a grain coarsening, carbide precipitation and martensite formation, in the heat-affected zones (HAZ) of low alloy steels as in a nuclear pressure vessel generally occur and induce a deterioration of the toughness and an increase of the sensitivity to brittle fracture. Metallographic analyses of low alloy steel welds reveal considerably different regions in HAZ microstructures. In 2-pass welds, they could be categorized as seven characteristic regions that are determined by the peak temperature in the HAZ during weld thermal cycle: a coarse-grained region, a fine-grained region, an intercritical region, and subcritical region. The coarse-grained region can be categorized into four regions that are determined by the reheating temperature as follows : an unaltered coarse-grained zone (UCGHAZ), a supercritically reheated coarse-grained zone (SCRCGHAZ), an intercritically reheated coarse-grained zone (ICCGHAZ), and an subcritically reheated coarse-grained zone (SCCGHAZ). The purpose of this study is to investigate the differences of the microstructure and mechanical properties in the sub-HAZ of SA508 Gr.3 and 4N low alloy steels. From these results, the cause of a toughness degradation in the ICCG, SCCG HAZs of SA508 Gr. 3 and 4N is discussed.

  20. Microstructure and mechanical property in heat affected zone (HAZ in F82H jointed with SUS316L by fiber laser welding

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    S. Kano


    Full Text Available This study investigates the microstructure and mechanical property in heat affected zone (HAZ between F82H and SUS316L jointed by 4 kW fiber laser welding at different parameters such as laser scan rate and beam position. OM/FE-SEM observation, EPMA analysis and nano-indentation hardness test were utilized to characterize the microstructure and evaluate the mechanical property. Results show that the HAZ width is dependent on the welding condition. The precipitation of M23C6 particle in HAZ is found to be closely related to the distance from WM/HAZ interface. Decrease in Cr and C concentration in M23C6 depended on the welding condition; the decrease was relatively milder in the case of shifting the beam position to SUS side. Furthermore, the rapid increment in nano-indentation hardness, i.e. ≈2500 MPa, at HAZ/F82H interface was observed regardless of welding parameters. The temperatures at HAZ/F82H interface were estimated from Cr and C concentration change of M23C6 by EPMA. It was revealed that the temperature of HAZ/F82H interface increased with increasing HAZ width, and that the presence of over-tempered HAZ (THAZ region is confirmed only in the specimens welded right on the F82H/SUS interface (no-shift at the laser scan rate of 3 m/min.

  1. Irradiation-Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking of Austenitic Stainless Steels in BWR Environments

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    Chen, Y. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Chopra, O. K. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Gruber, Eugene E. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Shack, William J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)


    The internal components of light water reactors are exposed to high-energy neutron irradiation and high-temperature reactor coolant. The exposure to neutron irradiation increases the susceptibility of austenitic stainless steels (SSs) to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) because of the elevated corrosion potential of the reactor coolant and the introduction of new embrittlement mechanisms through radiation damage. Various nonsensitized SSs and nickel alloys have been found to be prone to intergranular cracking after extended neutron exposure. Such cracks have been seen in a number of internal components in boiling water reactors (BWRs). The elevated susceptibility to SCC in irradiated materials, commonly referred to as irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC), is a complex phenomenon that involves simultaneous actions of irradiation, stress, and corrosion. In recent years, as nuclear power plants have aged and irradiation dose increased, IASCC has become an increasingly important issue. Post-irradiation crack growth rate and fracture toughness tests have been performed to provide data and technical support for the NRC to address various issues related to aging degradation of reactor-core internal structures and components. This report summarizes the results of the last group of tests on compact tension specimens from the Halden-II irradiation. The IASCC susceptibility of austenitic SSs and heat-affected-zone (HAZ) materials sectioned from submerged arc and shielded metal arc welds was evaluated by conducting crack growth rate and fracture toughness tests in a simulated BWR environment. The fracture and cracking behavior of HAZ materials, thermally sensitized SSs and grain-boundary engineered SSs was investigated at several doses (≤3 dpa). These latest results were combined with previous results from Halden-I and II irradiations to analyze the effects of neutron dose, water chemistry, alloy compositions, and welding and processing conditions on IASCC

  2. Microstructural, Micro-hardness and Sensitization Evaluation in HAZ of Type 316L Stainless Steel Joint with Narrow Gap Welds

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    Islam, Faisal Shafiqul; Jang, Changheui [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Shi Chull [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    From Micro-hardness measurement HAZ zone was found approximately 1-1.5 mm in NGW and DL-EPR test confirmed that 316L NGW HAZ was not susceptible to sensitization as DOS <1% according to sensitization criteria based on reference. In nuclear power plants 316L stainless steels are commonly used material for their metallurgical stability, high corrosion resistance, and good creep and ductility properties at elevated temperatures. Welding zone considered as the weakest and failure initiation source of the components. For safety and economy of nuclear power plants accurate and dependable structural integrity assessment of main components like pressure vessels and piping are need as it joined by different welding process. In similar and dissimilar metal weld it has been observed that weld microstructure cause the variation of mechanical properties through the thickness direction. In the Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) relative to the fusion line face a unique thermal experience during welding.

  3. Modified Dugdale cracks and Fictitious cracks

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    Nielsen, Lauge Fuglsang


    A number of theories are presented in the literature on crack mechanics by which the strength of damaged materials can be predicted. Among these are theories based on the well-known Dugdale model of a crack prevented from spreading by self-created constant cohesive flow stressed acting in local...... areas, so-called fictitious cracks, in front of the crack.The Modified Dugdale theory presented in this paper is also based on the concept of Dugdale cracks. Any cohesive stress distribution, however, can be considered in front of the crack. Formally the strength of a material weakened by a modified...... Dugdale crack is the same as if it has been weakened by the well-known Griffith crack, namely sigma_CR = (EG_CR/phi)^1/2 where E and 1 are Young's modulus and crack half-length respectively, and G_CR is the so-called critical energy release rate. The physical significance of G_CR, however, is different...

  4. Cocaine (Coke, Crack) Facts (United States)

    ... That People Abuse » Cocaine (Coke, Crack) Facts Cocaine (Coke, Crack) Facts Listen Cocaine is a white ... Version Download "My life was built around getting cocaine and getting high." © Marjot Stacey is ...

  5. Crack sealer fill characteristics. (United States)


    Laboratory testing was conducted to determine the extent of crack fill for crack sealers composed of methyl methacrylate, : epoxy, urethane, and high molecular weight methacrylate. The test specimens consisted of eight-inch long concrete : cylinders ...

  6. Stress corrosion cracking behaviour of gas tungsten arc welded super austenitic stainless steel joints

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    M. Vinoth Kumar


    Full Text Available Super 304H austenitic stainless steel with 3% of copper posses excellent creep strength and corrosion resistance, which is mainly used in heat exchanger tubing of the boiler. Heat exchangers are used in nuclear power plants and marine vehicles which are intended to operate in chloride rich offshore environment. Chloride stress corrosion cracking is the most likely life limiting failure with austenitic stainless steel tubing. Welding may worsen the stress corrosion cracking susceptibility of the material. Stress corrosion cracking susceptibility of Super 304H parent metal and gas tungsten arc (GTA welded joints were studied by constant load tests in 45% boiling MgCl2 solution. Stress corrosion cracking resistance of Super 304H stainless steel was deteriorated by GTA welding due to the formation of susceptible microstructure in the HAZ of the weld joint and the residual stresses. The mechanism of cracking was found to be anodic path cracking, with transgranular nature of crack propagation. Linear relationships were derived to predict the time to failure by extrapolating the rate of steady state elongation.

  7. Effects of Nitrogen Content on the HAZ Softening of Ti-Containing High Strength Steels Manufactured by Accelerated Cooling

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    Bang, Kook-soo; Jung, Ho-shin; Park, Chan [Pukyong National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    The effects of nitrogen content on the HAZ softening of Ti-containing high strength steels manufactured by accelerating cooling were investigated and interpreted in terms of the microstructures in the softening zone. Regardless of their content, all of the steels investigated showed a softened zone 9-10 mm wide. The minimum hardness in the zone, however, was different, with lower hardness in the higher nitrogen content steel. Microstructural observations of the steel showed that the amount of soft ferrite was increased in the zone with an increase of nitrogen content of the steel, suggesting that microstructural evolution in the HAZ is influenced by the nitrogen content. Measurements of TiN particles showed that the degree of particles coarsening in the HAZ was lower in the higher nitrogen content steel. Therefore, it is believed that finer TiN particles in the HAZ inhibit austenite grain growth more effectively, and lead to an accelerated ferrite transformation in higher nitrogen content steel, resulting in a higher amount of soft ferrite microstructure in the softened zone.

  8. Microstructural and weldability evaluation of 310TaN

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    Lundin, C.D.; Qiao, C.Y.P. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Swindeman, R.W. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)


    Excellent weldability and good microstructural stability of 310TaN, in terms of the formation and growth of secondary phases at elevated temperature, was revealed in this investigation. The interganular stress corrosion resistance of 310TaN is superior to modified 800H and 310HCbN evaluated previously due to the fact that TaC, TaN and Ta(C,N) particles are more stable compared to Nb-rich or Ti-rich carbides, nitrides and carbonitrides presented in the other advanced alloys. Using resistance spot welding technique for which extremely fast cooling is a characteristic, it was found that a very minor amount of gain boundary liquation takes place during welding thermal cycling. The limited grain boundary liquation is of the eutectic type i.e., a low tendency to weld HAZ hot cracking.

  9. Enhancing international earth science competence in natural hazards through 'geoNatHaz (United States)

    Giardino, Marco; Clague, John J.


    "geoNatHaz" is a Transatlantic Exchange Partnership project (TEP 2009-2012) within the framework of the EU-Canada programme for co-operation in higher education, training, and youth. The project is structured to improve knowledge and skills required to assess and manage natural hazards in mountain regions. It provides student exchanges between European and Canadian universities in order to enhance international competence in natural hazard research. The university consortium is led by Simon Fraser University (Canada) and Università degli studi di Torino (Italy). Partner universities include the University of British Columbia, Queen's University, Università di Bologna, Université de Savoie, and the University of Athens. Université de Lausanne (Switzerland) supports the geoNatHaz advisory board through its bilateral agreements with Canadian partner universities. The geoNatHaz project promotes cross-cultural understanding and internationalization of university natural hazard curricula through common lectures, laboratory exercises, and field activities. Forty graduate students from the seven Canadian and European partner universities will benefit from the project between 2009 and 2012. Some students enrolled in graduate-level earth science and geologic engineering programs spend up to five months at the partner universities, taking courses and participating in research teams under the direction of project scientists. Other students engage in short-term (four-week) exchanges involving training in classic natural hazard case-studies in mountain regions of Canada and Europe. Joint courses are delivered in English, but complementary cultural activities are offered in the languages of the host countries. Supporting organizations offer internships and technical and scientific support. Students benefit from work-study programs with industry partners. Supporting organizations include government departments and agencies (Geological Survey of Canada; CNR-IRPI National

  10. Eliminating cracking during drying. (United States)

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


    When colloidal suspensions dry, stresses build up and cracks often occur -a phenomenon undesirable for important industries such as paint and ceramics. We demonstrate an effective method which can completely eliminate cracking during drying: by adding emulsion droplets into colloidal suspensions, we can systematically decrease the amount of cracking, and eliminate it completely above a critical droplet concentration. Since the emulsion droplets eventually also evaporate, our technique achieves an effective function while making little changes to the component of final product, and may therefore serve as a promising approach for cracking elimination. Furthermore, adding droplets also varies the speed of air invasion and provides a powerful method to adjust drying rate. With the effective control over cracking and drying rate, our study may find important applications in many drying- and cracking-related industrial processes.

  11. Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior of a New Type of 10% Cr Martensitic Steel Welded Joints with Ni-Based Weld Metal (United States)

    Zhang, Qunbing; Zhang, Jianxun


    In the present work, the fatigue crack growth (FCG) behavior of a new type of 10% Cr martensitic steel welded joints with Ni-based weld metal was comparatively studied for different regions including base metal (BM), heat-affected zone (HAZ) and weld metal (WM). FCG results indicated that the tempered lath martensite BM has a higher fatigue crack growth resistance than the tempered granular martensite HAZ that without a typical lath structure. In comparison, the austenitic WM has the highest fatigue crack growth threshold. Meanwhile, due to the microstructural and chemical compositional differences between BM and WM, a clear interface existed in the welded joints. At the region of the interface, the microstructures were physically connected and an element transition layer was formed. Although the starter notch was positioned at the region of interface, the fatigue crack gradually deviated from the interface and ultimately propagated along the inter-critically heat-affected zone. The difference in microstructure is considered as the primary factor that resulted in the different fatigue crack growth behaviors of the welded joints. In addition, the continuous microstructure connection and composition transition at the interface contributed to the good fatigue resistance at this region.

  12. Effects of Niobium on the Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of Simulated Weld HAZ of HSLA Steel (United States)

    Wang, Zihao; Wu, Junsheng; Li, Jia; Wu, Xiaoguang; Huang, Yunhua; Li, Xiaogang


    Simulated microstructures of the TZ, ICHAZ, FGHAZ, and CGHAZ of weld joints made from two kinds of HSLA steels with 0 or 0.079 wt pct Nb were prepared by means of heat treatment. Optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used to observe microstructures and the distribution of nanosized precipitates in the simulated weld heat-affected zone (HAZ). Mechanical properties of the simulated HAZ were measured by tensile tests, and the corrosion behavior in simulated seawater was studied using electrochemical and immersion tests. It was shown that the ICHAZ and CGHAZ possess the worst overall mechanical properties in both kinds of HSLA steels, and the corrosion resistance in the descending order was the BM, TZ, FGHAZ, ICHAZ, and CGHAZ. Contrasting Nb-bearing and Nb-free steel demonstrated that the strength and corrosion resistance of the simulated HAZ were enhanced by Nb microalloying, which resulted in precipitation, homogeneous microstructures, and other relative sequences. Moreover, the surface of the Nb-bearing steel formed compact corrosion product films with higher resistance to ion migration; thus, the initiation and propagation of pitting holes were effectively inhibited.

  13. Crack and Kids. (United States)

    Besharov, Douglas J.


    Reviews problems of crack-addicted babies. Suggests the following areas for grant support: (1) results of fetal exposure; (2) medical treatment and foster care for newborns; (3) research on behavioral changes resulting from crack use; (4) public awareness materials; (5) education for addicted mothers who keep their babies; and (6) removing babies…

  14. Updating a cracked database

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    S. Idreos (Stratos); M.L. Kersten (Martin); S. Manegold (Stefan)


    textabstractA cracked database is a datastore continuously reorganized based on operations being executed. For each query, the data of interest is physically reclustered to speed-up future access to the same, overlapping or even disjoint data. This way, a cracking DBMS self-organizes and adapts

  15. Crack tip strain evolution and crack closure during overload of a growing fatigue crack

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    De-Qiang Wang


    Full Text Available It is generally accepted that fatigue crack growth is retarded after an overload, which has been explained either by plasticity-induced crack closure or near-tip residual stress. However, any interpretation of overload effect is insufficient if strain evolution in front of crack tip is not properly considered. The current understanding of overload-induced retardation lacks the clarification of the relationship between crack closure at crack wake and strain evolution at crack tip. In this work, a material with low work hardening coefficient was used to study the effect of overload on crack tip strain evolution and crack closure by in-situ SEM observation and digital image correlation technique. Crack opening displacement (COD and crack tip strain were measured before and after the overload. It was observed that the evolution of crack tip strain follows the crack opening behaviour behind the crack tip, indicating a smaller influence of overload on micro-mechanical behaviour of fatigue crack growth. After the overload, plastic strain accumulation was responsible for crack growth. The strain at a certain distance to crack tip was mapped, and it was found that the crack tip plastic zone size correlated well with crack growth rate during post-overload fatigue crack propagation.

  16. An investigation of reheat cracking in the weld heat affected zone of type 347 stainless steel (United States)

    Phung-On, Isaratat


    Reheat cracking has been a persistent problem for welding of many alloys such as the stabilized stainless steels: Types 321 and 347 as well as Cr-Mo-V steels. Similar problem occurs in Ni-base superalloys termed "strain-age cracking". Cracking occurs during the post weld heat treatment. The HAZ is the most susceptible area due to metallurgical reactions in solid state during both heating and cooling thermal cycle. Many investigations have been conducted to understand the RHC mechanism. There is still no comprehensive mechanism to explain its underlying mechanism. In this study, there were two proposed cracking mechanisms. The first is the formation of a PFZ resulting in local weakening and strain localization. The second is the creep-like grain boundary sliding that causes microvoid formation at the grain boundaries and the triple point junctions. Cracking occurs due to the coalescence of the microvoids that form. In this study, stabilized grade stainless steel, Type 347, was selected for investigation of reheat cracking mechanism due to the simplicity of its microstructure and understanding of its metallurgical behavior. The Gleeble(TM) 3800 system was employed due to its capability for precise control of both thermal and mechanical simulation. Cylindrical samples were subjected to thermal cycles for the HAZ simulation followed by PWHT as the reheat cracking test. "Susceptibility C-curves" were plotted as a function of PWHT temperatures and time to failure at applied stress levels of 70% and 80% yield strength. These C-curves show the possible relationship of the reheat cracking susceptibility and carbide precipitation behavior. To identify the mechanism, the sample shape was modified containing two flat surfaces at the center section. These flat surfaces were electro-polished and subjected to the HAZ simulation followed by the placement of the micro-indentation arrays. Then, the reheat cracking test was performed. The cracking mechanism was identified by tracing

  17. Effect of notch location on fatigue crack growth behavior of strength-mismatched high-strength low-alloy steel weldments (United States)

    Ravi, S.; Balasubramanian, V.; Nasser, S. Nemat


    Welding of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steels involves the use of low-strength, equal-strength, and high-strength filler materials (electrodes) compared with the parent material, depending on the application of the welded structures and the availability of filler material. In the present investigation, the fatigue crack growth behavior of weld metal (WM) and the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of undermatched (UM), equally matched (EM), and overmatched (OM) joints has been studied. The base material used in this investigation is HSLA-80 steel of weldable grade. Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) has been used to fabricate the butt joints. A center-cracked tension (CCT) specimen has been used to evaluate the fatigue crack growth behavior of welded joints, utilizing a servo-hydraulic-controlled fatigue-testing machine at constant amplitude loading (R=0). The effect of notch location on the fatigue crack growth behavior of strength mismatched HSLA steel weldments also has been analyzed.

  18. Thermal and mechanical effect during rapid heating of astroloy for improving structural integrity

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    Popoolaa, A.P.I., E-mail: [Department of Chemical, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria (South Africa); Oluwasegun, K.M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria); Olorunniwo, O.E., E-mail: [Department of Chemical, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria (South Africa); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria); Atanda, P.O. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria); Aigbodion, V.S. [Department of Chemical, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria (South Africa); Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria)


    The behaviour of γ′ phase to thermal and mechanical effects during rapid heating of Astroloy(Turbine Disc alloy) a Powder metallurgy (PM) nickel base superalloy has been investigated. The thermo-mechanical affected zone (TMAZ) and heat affected zone (HAZ) microstructure of an inertia friction welded Astroloy were simulated using a Gleeble thermo-mechanical simulation system. Detailed microstructural examination of the simulated TMAZ and HAZ and those present in actual inertial friction welded specimens showed that γ′ particles persisted during rapid heating up to a temperature where the formation of liquid is thermodynamically favoured, and subsequently re-solidified eutectically. The result obtained showed that forging during the thermo-mechanical simulation significantly enhanced resistance to weld liquation cracking of the alloy. This is attributable to strain-induced rapid isothermal dissolution of the constitutional liquation products within 150 μm from the centre of the forged sample. This was not observed in purely thermally simulated samples. The microstructure within the TMAZ of the as-welded alloy is similar to the microstructure in the forged Gleeble specimens. - Highlights: • The behaviour of γ′ phase to thermal and mechanical effects during rapid heating of Astrology • The thermo-mechanical affected zone (TMAZ) and heat affected zone (HAZ). • significantly enhanced resistance to weld liquation cracking of the alloy. • This was not observed in purely thermally simulated samples. • The microstructure within the TMAZ of the as-welded alloy is similar to the microstructure in the forged Gleeble specimens.

  19. Towards flash flood disaster prevention: the SciNetNat Haz proposal (United States)

    Konstantinos, Papatheodorou; Elena, Tzanou; Carmen, Maftei; Ozgur, Kirca; Hafzullah, Aksoy


    Floods occur with a continuously increasing frequency due to climatic changes and cause serious damage in the wider Black Sea area, endangering human life and property. As societies continuously expand, these phenomena are expected to play an increasingly important role, blocking sustainable development unless properly tackled. Flash flood prevention seems at this point, to be the target of effectively mitigating the potential threat. Since in many cases, there is a cross-border character of the problem, collaborative efforts have to be made involving cooperation between countries. To this end, a variety of problems exist, including the "information gap" related to the unavailability of data and the multitude of methodologies used to assess flood hazard; a fact that renders comparison of hazard assessment results and cross border cooperation ineffective. An effort made within the context of the SciNetNatHaz project, suggests a two step approach to produce reliable the results which can lead to decision making regarding designing preventive measures. The first step aims at defining the flood prone areas on a regional scale, using geomorphometric models and readily available topographic data; thus overcoming the problem of data availability for any region of interest. The second step follows a vulnerability and risk assessment of the flood prone areas of interest and focuses on the calculation of flood parameters on a local scale using hydraulic models. Implementation of the full process is based on Open Source software tools so that it can be implemented with minimal costs by anyone interested. Implementation of the proposed procedure in three different cases in Greece and in Romania shows that it can provide accurate and reliable results to support decision making regarding the design of preventive measures. Keywords: Flash floods, hazard assessment, flood disaster prevention, HEC-RAS, SAGA GIS . Acknowledgements: This work is partially funded by the EU through the

  20. Fatigue crack propagation and cyclic deformation at a crack tip (United States)

    Kang, T. S.; Liu, H. W.


    The fatigue crack propagation relation da/dN = f(R) Delta K squared can be derived with three assumptions: small-scale yielding, material homogeneity, and that crack tip stresses and strains are not strongly affected by plate thickness. The function f(R) is a constant at a given stress ratio, R. The effects of plate thickness and stress ratio on crack tip deformation and fatigue crack growth in 2024-T351 aluminum alloy were studied. High Delta K level in a thin specimen causes crack tip necking. Necking is more pronounced at high stress ratio. Necking causes high maximum strain near a crack tip and fast crack growth rate.

  1. Quantity effect of radial cracks on the cracking propagation behavior and the crack morphology. (United States)

    Chen, Jingjing; Xu, Jun; Liu, Bohan; Yao, Xuefeng; Li, Yibing


    In this letter, the quantity effect of radial cracks on the cracking propagation behavior as well as the circular crack generation on the impacted glass plate within the sandwiched glass sheets are experimentally investigated via high-speed photography system. Results show that the radial crack velocity on the backing glass layer decreases with the crack number under the same impact conditions during large quantities of repeated experiments. Thus, the "energy conversion factor" is suggested to elucidate the physical relation between the cracking number and the crack propagation speed. Besides, the number of radial crack also takes the determinative effect in the crack morphology of the impacted glass plate. This study may shed lights on understanding the cracking and propagation mechanism in laminated glass structures and provide useful tool to explore the impact information on the cracking debris.

  2. Modelling of Corrosion Cracks

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

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

  3. SSRI Facilitated Crack Dancing. (United States)

    Doobay, Ravi; Sun, Lili; Shah, Amish; Masuta, Pardeep; Shepherd, Zachary


    Choreoathetoid movement secondary to cocaine use is a well-documented phenomenon better known as "crack dancing." It consists of uncontrolled writhing movements secondary to excess dopamine from cocaine use. We present a 32-year-old male who had been using cocaine for many years and was recently started on paroxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) for worsening depression four weeks before presentation. He had been doing cocaine every 2 weeks for the last three years and had never "crack danced" before this episode. The authors have conducted a thorough literature review and cited studies that suggest "crack dancing" is associated with excess dopamine. There has never been a documented case report of an SSRI being linked with "crack dancing." The authors propose that the excess dopaminergic effect of the SSRI lowered the dopamine threshold for "crack dancing." There is a communication with the Raphe Nucleus and the Substantia Nigra, which explains how the SSRI increases dopamine levels. This is the first documented case of an SSRI facilitating the "crack dance."

  4. SSRI Facilitated Crack Dancing

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    Ravi Doobay


    Full Text Available Choreoathetoid movement secondary to cocaine use is a well-documented phenomenon better known as “crack dancing.” It consists of uncontrolled writhing movements secondary to excess dopamine from cocaine use. We present a 32-year-old male who had been using cocaine for many years and was recently started on paroxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI for worsening depression four weeks before presentation. He had been doing cocaine every 2 weeks for the last three years and had never “crack danced” before this episode. The authors have conducted a thorough literature review and cited studies that suggest “crack dancing” is associated with excess dopamine. There has never been a documented case report of an SSRI being linked with “crack dancing.” The authors propose that the excess dopaminergic effect of the SSRI lowered the dopamine threshold for “crack dancing.” There is a communication with the Raphe Nucleus and the Substantia Nigra, which explains how the SSRI increases dopamine levels. This is the first documented case of an SSRI facilitating the “crack dance.”

  5. Characterization of HAZ of API X70 Microalloyed Steel Welded by Cold-Wire Tandem Submerged Arc Welding (United States)

    Mohammadijoo, Mohsen; Kenny, Stephen; Collins, Laurie; Henein, Hani; Ivey, Douglas G.


    High-strength low-carbon microalloyed steels may be adversely affected by the high-heat input and thermal cycle that they experience during tandem submerged arc welding. The heat-affected zone (HAZ), particularly the coarse-grained heat-affected zone (CGHAZ), i.e., the region adjacent to the fusion line, has been known to show lower fracture toughness compared with the rest of the steel. The deterioration in toughness of the CGHAZ is attributed to the formation of martensite-austenite (M-A) constituents, local brittle zones, and large prior austenite grains (PAG). In the present work, the influence of the addition of a cold wire at various wire feed rates in cold-wire tandem submerged arc welding, a recently developed welding process for pipeline manufacturing, on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the HAZ of a microalloyed steel has been studied. The cold wire moderates the heat input of welding by consuming the heat of the trail electrode. Macrostructural analysis showed a decrease in the CGHAZ size by addition of a cold wire. Microstructural evaluation, using both tint etching optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, indicated the formation of finer PAGs and less fraction of M-A constituents with refined morphology within the CGHAZ when the cold wire was fed at 25.4 cm/min. This resulted in an improvement in the HAZ impact fracture toughness. These improvements are attributed to lower actual heat introduced to the weldment and lower peak temperature in the CGHAZ by cold-wire addition. However, a faster feed rate of the cold wire at 76.2 cm/min adversely affected the toughness due to the formation of slender M-A constituents caused by the relatively faster cooling rate in the CGHAZ.

  6. Prediction of temperature and HAZ in thermal-based processes with Gaussian heat source by a hybrid GA-ANN model (United States)

    Fazli Shahri, Hamid Reza; Mahdavinejad, Ramezanali


    Thermal-based processes with Gaussian heat source often produce excessive temperature which can impose thermally-affected layers in specimens. Therefore, the temperature distribution and Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) of materials are two critical factors which are influenced by different process parameters. Measurement of the HAZ thickness and temperature distribution within the processes are not only difficult but also expensive. This research aims at finding a valuable knowledge on these factors by prediction of the process through a novel combinatory model. In this study, an integrated Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and genetic algorithm (GA) was used to predict the HAZ and temperature distribution of the specimens. To end this, a series of full factorial design of experiments were conducted by applying a Gaussian heat flux on Ti-6Al-4 V at first, then the temperature of the specimen was measured by Infrared thermography. The HAZ width of each sample was investigated through measuring the microhardness. Secondly, the experimental data was used to create a GA-ANN model. The efficiency of GA in design and optimization of the architecture of ANN was investigated. The GA was used to determine the optimal number of neurons in hidden layer, learning rate and momentum coefficient of both output and hidden layers of ANN. Finally, the reliability of models was assessed according to the experimental results and statistical indicators. The results demonstrated that the combinatory model predicted the HAZ and temperature more effective than a trial-and-error ANN model.

  7. Simulación del haz de electrones en un TEM como flujo de partículas cargadas

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    Alberto Hernández-Valle


    Full Text Available Se simuló el comportamiento de un haz de electrones en un Microscopio Electrónico de Transmisión (TEM en función del voltaje de aceleración, la corriente de excitación de las lentes y la permeabilidad relativa de las piezas polares, por medio del software COMSOL Multiphysics versión 4.2a. Los resultados mostraron una baja velocidad vertical en los electrones dispersos, los cuales fueron filtrados por los diafragmas. Además, los gráficos expusieron que la densidad del flujo magnético aumentó con el incremento en la permeabilidad magnética de las piezas polares. Además, un aumento en la densidad del flujo magnético incrementó el ángulo de los electrones divergentes y redujo su velocidad vertical. Finalmente, las observaciones demostraron que el número de electrones que entran en el sistema no afecta el comportamiento general del haz ni la magnitud de la densidad del flujo magnético.

  8. SmokeHaz: Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses of the Effects of Smoking on Respiratory Health. (United States)

    Jayes, Leah; Haslam, Patricia L; Gratziou, Christina G; Powell, Pippa; Britton, John; Vardavas, Constantine; Jimenez-Ruiz, Carlos; Leonardi-Bee, Jo


    Smoking tobacco increases the risk of respiratory disease in adults and children, but communicating the magnitude of these effects in a scientific manner that is accessible and usable by the public and policymakers presents a challenge. We have therefore summarized scientific data on the impact of smoking on respiratory diseases to provide the content for a unique resource, SmokeHaz. We conducted systematic reviews and meta-analyses of longitudinal studies (published to 2013) identified from electronic databases, gray literature, and experts. Random effect meta-analyses were used to pool the findings. We included 216 articles. Among adult smokers, we confirmed substantially increased risks of lung cancer (risk ratio (RR), 10.92; 95% CI, 8.28-14.40; 34 studies), COPD (RR, 4.01; 95% CI, 3.18-5.05; 22 studies), and asthma (RR, 1.61; 95% CI, 1.07-2.42; eight studies). Exposure to passive smoke significantly increased the risk of lung cancer in adult nonsmokers and increased the risks of asthma, wheeze, lower respiratory infections, and reduced lung function in children. Smoking significantly increased the risk of sleep apnea and asthma exacerbations in adult and pregnant populations, and active and passive smoking increased the risk of tuberculosis. These findings have been translated into easily digestible content and published on the SmokeHaz website. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Geometry and Material Constraint Effects on Creep Crack Growth Behavior in Welded Joints (United States)

    Li, Y.; Wang, G. Z.; Xuan, F. Z.; Tu, S. T.


    In this work, the geometry and material constraint effects on creep crack growth (CCG) and behavior in welded joints were investigated. The CCG paths and rates of two kinds of specimen geometry (C(T) and M(T)) with initial cracks located at soft HAZ (heat-affected zone with lower creep strength) and different material mismatches were simulated. The effect of constraint on creep crack initiation (CCI) time was discussed. The results show that there exists interaction between geometry and material constraints in terms of their effects on CCG rate and CCI time of welded joints. Under the condition of low geometry constraint, the effect of material constraint on CCG rate and CCI time becomes more obvious. Higher material constraint can promote CCG due to the formation of higher stress triaxiality around crack tip. Higher geometry constraint can increase CCG rate and reduce CCI time of welded joints. Both geometry and material constraints should be considered in creep life assessment and design for high-temperature welded components.

  10. Oxidation behavior of base metal, weld metal and HAZ regions of SMAW weldment in ASTM SA210 GrA1 steel

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    Kumar, Ravindra [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India)], E-mail:; Tewari, V.K.; Prakash, Satya [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India)


    Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) was used to weld together ASTM SA210 GrA1 steel. The oxidation studies were conducted on different regions of shielded metal arc weldment i.e., base metal, weld metal and heat affected zone (HAZ) specimens after exposure to air at 900 deg. C under cyclic conditions. The thermo-gravimetric technique was used to establish kinetics of oxidation. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive analysis (SEM/EDAX) techniques were used to analyze the oxidation products. Base metal showed more weight gain than that of weld metal and HAZ. The HAZ specimen showed the least weight gain due to the formation of densely inner oxide scale.

  11. Cracking the Credit Hour (United States)

    Laitinen, Amy


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

  12. Cracking the Codes (United States)

    Heathcote, Dorothy


    Prescribes an attitude that teachers can take to help students "crack the code" of a dramatic work, combining a flexible teaching strategy, the suspension of beliefs or preconceived notions about the work, focusing on the drams's text, and choosing a reading strategy appropriate to the dramatic work. (RL)

  13. Development of fiber-delivered laser peening system to prevent stress corrosion cracking of reactor components

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    Sano, Y.; Kimura, M.; Yoda, M.; Mukai, N.; Sato, K.; Uehara, T.; Ito, T.; Shimamura, M.; Sudo, A.; Suezono, N. [Toshiba Corp., Yokohama (Japan)


    The authors have developed a system to deliver water-penetrable intense laser pulses of frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser through optical fiber. The system is capable of improving a residual stress on water immersed metal material remotely, which is effective to prevent the initiation of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of reactor components. Experimental results showed that a compressive residual stress with enough amplitude and depth was built in the surface layer of type 304 stainless steel (SUS304) by irradiating laser pulses through optical fiber with diameter of 1 mm. A prototype peening head with miniaturized dimensions of 88 mm x 46 mm x 25 mm was assembled to con-firm the accessibility to the heat affected zone (HAZ) along weld lines of a reactor core shroud. The accessibility was significantly improved owing to the flexible optical fiber and the miniaturized peening head. The fiber delivered system opens up the possibility of new applications of laser peening. (author)

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

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


    enrichments to the cracked elements. The extra enrichments are element side local and were developed by superposition of the standard nodal shape functions for the element and standard nodal shape functions for a sub-triangle of the cracked element. With the extra enrichments, the crack-tip element becomes...... capable of modelling variations in the discontinuous displacement field on both sides of the crack and hence also capable of modelling the case where equal stresses are present on each side of the crack. The enrichment was implemented for the 3-node constant strain triangle (CST) and a standard algorithm...... XFEM results applying fully cracked XFEM elements, with computational results achieved using standard cohesive interface elements in a commercial code, and with experimental results. The suggested element performed well in the tests....

  15. Reheat cracking susceptibility of P23 (7CrWVMoNb9-6) steel welds made using matching and mis-matching filler metals

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    Nevasmaa, Pekka; Salonen, Jorma; Auerkari, Pertti; Rantala, Juhani; Holmstroem, Stefan [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland)


    Reheat cracking sensitivity of 7CrWVMoNb9-6 (P23) thick-section multipass welds has been investigated by Gleeble simulation, mechanical testing, fractography and metallography. The results demonstrate that the experimental weld metal made using a high-Nb-W-Ti-B type filler metal was sensitive to reheat cracking, with a reduction of area no more than 2-3% in the BWI reheat cracking (RC) test. Welds made using a high-W -low-Ti type filler metal with Nb content similar to the parent steel, as well as welds make using a Ni-Nb-Ti-free-(W-free) type filler metal with the chemical composition closer to P24 grade material, were more ductile and crack-resistant, though with reduced cross-weld creep strength. Fractography of RC test specimens showed evidence of pronounced localisation of damage at the prior austenite grain boundaries of the thermally reheated, experimental P23 weld metal. The reheat cracking susceptibility of the less ductile weld metal was apparently related both to the chemical composition (higher B, Nb and Ti content) and sub-structural features of the coarse-grained reheated weld metal microstructure. Appropriate single- and multi-cycle thermal Gleeble simulations to produce representative HAY and reheated weld metal microstructures (as function of peak temperature), in conjunction with the BWI RC test were successfully applied to characterise the reheat cracking sensitivity of the candidate weld metals and parent steel HAZ. (orig.)

  16. Cracking of anisotropic cylindrical polytropes

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    Mardan, S.A. [University of the Management and Technology, Department of Mathematics, Lahore (Pakistan); Azam, M. [University of Education, Division of Science and Technology, Lahore (Pakistan)


    We study the appearance of cracking in charged anisotropic cylindrical polytropes with generalized polytropic equation. We investigate the existence of cracking in two different kinds of polytropes existing in the literature through two different assumptions: (a) local density perturbation with conformally flat condition, and (b) perturbing polytropic index, charge and anisotropy parameters. We conclude that cracking appears in both kinds of polytropes for a specific range of density and model parameters. (orig.)

  17. Catalytic cracking with deasphalted oil

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    Beaton, W.I.; Taylor, J.L.; Peck, L.B.; Mosby, J.F.


    This patent describes a catalytic cracking process. It comprises: hydrotreating resid; thereafter deasphalting the hydrotreated resid to produce substantially deasphalted oil; catalytically cracking the hydrotreated oil in a catalytic cracking unit in the presence of a cracking catalyst to produce upgraded oil leaving coked catalyst; and regenerating the coked catalyst in the presence of a combustion-supporting gas comprising excess molecular oxygen in an amount greater than the stoichiometric amount required for substantially completely combusting the coke on the catalyst to carbon dioxide.

  18. Polygon-Cracked Plain (United States)


    21 July 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a polygon-cracked plain in the south polar region of Mars. When this picture was acquired in April 2005, the surface was covered with seasonal carbon dioxide frost. Dark spots and streaks indicate areas where the frost had begun to change and sublime away. Location near: 86.8oS, 300.5oW Image width: width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Spring

  19. Cryptography cracking codes

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

  20. Fatigue Crack Topography. (United States)


    possibilities. 2. EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM The materials under investigation were typical commetial aircraft alloys as the titanium alloy Ti6Al4V , aluminium alloys...the macroscopic crack growth rate da/dN is plotted vs. the stress intensity range K as a straight 15e for constant amplitude loading with the Ti6Al4V ...cyc- le, and the units on the ordinate give the amount of striation spacing r mm. For Ti6Al4V striations were detectable for stress intensity ranges

  1. Effect of welding processes and consumables on fatigue crack growth behaviour of armour grade quenched and tempered steel joints

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    G. Magudeeswaran


    Full Text Available Quenched and Tempered (Q&T steels are widely used in the construction of military vehicles due to its high strength to weight ratio and high hardness. These steels are prone to hydrogen induced cracking (HIC in the heat affected zone (HAZ after welding. The use of austenitic stainless steel (ASS consumables to weld the above steel was the only available remedy because of higher solubility for hydrogen in austenitic phase. The use of stainless steel consumables for a non-stainless steel base metal is not economical. Hence, alternate consumables for welding Q&T steels and their vulnerability to HIC need to be explored. Recent studies proved that low hydrogen ferritic steel (LHF consumables can be used to weld Q&T steels, which can give very low hydrogen levels in the weld deposits. The use of ASS and LHF consumables will lead to distinct microstructures in their respective welds. This microstructural heterogeneity will have a drastic influence in the fatigue crack growth resistance of armour grade Q&T steel welds. Hence, in this investigation an attempt has been made to study the influence of welding consumables and welding processes on fatigue crack growth behaviour of armour grade Q&T Steel joints. Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW and Flux cored arc welding (FCAW were used for fabrication of joints using ASS and LHF consumables. The joints fabricated by SMAW process using LHF consumable exhibited superior fatigue crack growth resistance than all other joints.

  2. Catalytic cracking of lignites

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    Seitz, M.; Nowak, S.; Naegler, T.; Zimmermann, J. [Hochschule Merseburg (Germany); Welscher, J.; Schwieger, W. [Erlangen-Nuernberg Univ. (Germany); Hahn, T. [Halle-Wittenberg Univ., Halle (Germany)


    A most important factor for the chemical industry is the availability of cheap raw materials. As the oil price of crude oil is rising alternative feedstocks like coal are coming into focus. This work, the catalytic cracking of lignite is part of the alliance ibi (innovative Braunkohlenintegration) to use lignite as a raw material to produce chemicals. With this new one step process without an input of external hydrogen, mostly propylene, butenes and aromatics and char are formed. The product yield depends on manifold process parameters. The use of acid catalysts (zeolites like MFI) shows the highest amount of the desired products. Hydrogen rich lignites with a molar H/C ratio of > 1 are to be favoured. Due to primary cracking and secondary reactions the ratio between catalyst and lignite, temperature and residence time are the most important parameter to control the product distribution. Experiments at 500 C in a discontinuous rotary kiln reactor show yields up to 32 wt-% of hydrocarbons per lignite (maf - moisture and ash free) and 43 wt-% char, which can be gasified. Particularly, the yields of propylene and butenes as main products can be enhanced four times to about 8 wt-% by the use of catalysts while the tar yield decreases. In order to develop this innovative process catalyst systems fixed on beads were developed for an easy separation and regeneration of the used catalyst from the formed char. (orig.)

  3. Creep Rupture of the Simulated HAZ of T92 Steel Compared to that of a T91 Steel. (United States)

    Peng, Yu-Quan; Chen, Tai-Cheng; Chung, Tien-Jung; Jeng, Sheng-Long; Huang, Rong-Tan; Tsay, Leu-Wen


    The increased thermal efficiency of fossil power plants calls for the development of advanced creep-resistant alloy steels like T92. In this study, microstructures found in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of a T92 steel weld were simulated to evaluate their creep-rupture-life at elevated temperatures. An infrared heating system was used to heat the samples to 860 °C (around AC1), 900 °C (slightly below AC3), and 940 °C (moderately above AC3) for one minute, before cooling to room temperature. The simulated specimens were then subjected to a conventional post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) at 750 °C for two hours, where both the 900 °C and 940 °C simulated specimens had fine grain sizes. In the as-treated condition, the 900 °C simulated specimen consisted of fine lath martensite, ferrite subgrains, and undissolved carbides, while residual carbides and fresh martensite were found in the 940 °C simulated specimen. The results of short-term creep tests indicated that the creep resistance of the 900 °C and 940 °C simulated specimens was poorer than that of the 860 °C simulated specimens and the base metal. Moreover, simulated T92 steel samples had higher creep strength than the T91 counterpart specimens.

  4. Creep Rupture of the Simulated HAZ of T92 Steel Compared to that of a T91 Steel

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    Yu-Quan Peng


    Full Text Available The increased thermal efficiency of fossil power plants calls for the development of advanced creep-resistant alloy steels like T92. In this study, microstructures found in the heat-affected zone (HAZ of a T92 steel weld were simulated to evaluate their creep-rupture-life at elevated temperatures. An infrared heating system was used to heat the samples to 860 °C (around AC1, 900 °C (slightly below AC3, and 940 °C (moderately above AC3 for one minute, before cooling to room temperature. The simulated specimens were then subjected to a conventional post-weld heat treatment (PWHT at 750 °C for two hours, where both the 900 °C and 940 °C simulated specimens had fine grain sizes. In the as-treated condition, the 900 °C simulated specimen consisted of fine lath martensite, ferrite subgrains, and undissolved carbides, while residual carbides and fresh martensite were found in the 940 °C simulated specimen. The results of short-term creep tests indicated that the creep resistance of the 900 °C and 940 °C simulated specimens was poorer than that of the 860 °C simulated specimens and the base metal. Moreover, simulated T92 steel samples had higher creep strength than the T91 counterpart specimens.

  5. Experiences on IGSCC crack manufacturing

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


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

  6. A study on laser weldability improvement of newly developed Haynes 282 superalloy (United States)

    Osoba, Lawrence Opeyemi

    Haynes alloy 282 is a new gamma prime (gamma') precipitation strengthened nickel-base superalloy developed for high temperature applications in land-based and aero turbine engines. Joining is a crucial process both during the manufacturing of new components and repair of service-damaged turbine parts. Unfortunately, the new superalloy cracks during laser beam welding (LBW), which is an attractive technique for joining superalloys components due to its low heat input characteristic that preclude the geometrical distortion of welded components. This research is therefore initiated with the goal of studying and developing an effective approach for preventing or minimizing cracking during LBW of the new superalloy Haynes 282. Careful and detailed electron microscopy and spectroscopy study reveal, for the first time, the formation of sub-micron grain boundary M5B3 particles, in the material. Microstructural study of welded specimens coupled with Gleeble thermo-mechanical physical simulations shows that the primary cause of weld heat affected zone (HAZ) cracking in the alloy is the sub-solidus liquation reaction of intergranular M5B3 borides in the material. Further weldability study showed that the HAZ liquation cracking problem worsens with reduction in welding heat input, which is normally necessary to produce the desired weld geometry with minimum distortion. In order to minimize the HAZ cracking during low heat input laser welding, microstructural modification of the alloy by heat treatment at 1080--1100°C has been developed. The pre-weld heat treatment minimizes cracking in the alloy by reducing the volume fraction of the newly identified M5B3 borides, while also minimizing non-equilibrium grain boundary segregation of boron liberated during dissociation of the boride particles. Further improvement in resistance to cracking was produced by subjecting the material to thermo-mechanically induced grain refinement coupled with a pre-weld heat treatment at 1080

  7. Probabilistic Analysis of Crack Width

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    J. Marková


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

  8. Stress intensity and crack displacement for small edge cracks (United States)

    Orange, Thomas W.


    The weight function method was used to derive stress intensity factors and crack mouth displacement coefficients for small edge cracks (less than 20 percent of the specimen width) in common fracture specimen configurations. Contact stresses due to point application of loads were found to be small but significant for three-point bending and insignificant for four-point bending. The results are compared with available equations and numerical solutions from the literature and with unpublished boundary collocation results.

  9. Subsurface metals fatigue cracking without and with crack tip

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    Andrey Shanyavskiy


    Full Text Available Very-High-Cycle-Fatigue regime for metals was considered and mechanisms of the subsurface crack origination were introduced. In many metals first step of crack origination takes place with specific area formation because of material pressing and rotation that directed to transition in any volume to material ultra-high-plasticity with nano-structure appearing. Then by the border of the nano-structure takes place volume rotation and fracture surface creates with spherical particles which usually named Fine-Granular-Area. In another case there takes place First-Smooth-Facet occurring in area of origin due to whirls appearing by the one of the slip systems under discussed the same stress-state conditions. Around Fine-Granular-Area or First-Smooth-Facet there plastic zone appeared and, then, subsurface cracking develops by the same manner as for through cracks. In was discussed quantum-mechanical nature of fatigue crack growth in accordance with Yang’s modulus quantization for low level of deformations. New simply equation was considered for describing subsurface cracking in metals out of Fine-Granular-Area or Fist-Smooth-Facet.

  10. Crackscope : automatic pavement cracking inspection system. (United States)


    The CrackScope system is an automated pavement crack rating system consisting of a : digital line scan camera, laser-line illuminator, and proprietary crack detection and classification : software. CrackScope is able to perform real-time pavement ins...

  11. Uncontrolled concrete bridge parapet cracking. (United States)


    The Ohio Department of Transportation has recently identified the problem of wide-spread premature cracking of concrete bridge : parapets throughout its District 12 region (Northeast Ohio). Many of the bridge decks that contain these prematurely crac...

  12. Peridynamic model for fatigue cracking.

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    Silling, Stewart Andrew; Abe Askari (Boeing)


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

  13. Premature asphalt concrete pavement cracking. (United States)


    Recently, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has identified hot mix asphalt concrete : (HMAC) pavements that have displayed top-down cracking within three years of construction. The objective of : the study was to evaluate the top-down cr...

  14. Initiation and propagation of small corner cracks (United States)

    Ellyin, Ferdnand; Kujawski, Daniel; Craig, David F.


    The behaviour of small corner cracks, inclined or perpendicular to loading direction, is presented. There are two aspects to this investigation: initiation of small cracks and monitoring their subsequent growth. An initial pre-cracking procedure under cyclic compression is adopted to minimize the residual damage at the tip of the growing and self-arresting crack under cyclic compression. A final fatigue specimen, cut from the larger pre-cracked specimen, has two corner flaws. The opening load of corner flaw is monitored using a novel strain gauge approach. The behaviour of small corner cracks is described in terms of growth rate relative to the size of the crack and its shape.

  15. Proyecto Haz[Otea

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    Ricardo Alvira Baeza


      For some time now, it has become increasingly common hearing about the great potential trans-forming urban rooftop spaces poses for increasing cities’ sustainability, in a speech usually encour-aging their adaptation into green roofs or use for locating renewable energy generators. However, it is currently extremely difficult assessing to what extent these statements are correct: • Available information and assessments of these rooftops’ types describe technical issues and/or focus on specific aspects of their impact on reality [thermal insulation, rain water re-tention ...] being hardly relatable to the impact a general transformation of an urban area’s rooftops would imply for the area’s overall state. • The impact of some technological solution/design may be different in different urban are-as. • Rooftops may host several uses, yet we have found no document providing an extensive comparison of the impact of each of them. To assist in this debate, in this text we estimate the expected impact of the hypothetical transfor-mation of all available rooftops in an existing urban area: Palos de Moguer neighborhood in Madrid. In order to do so, we use Meta[S] model proposed by the author as PhD Thesis project, which as-sesses 64 dimensions of urban reality. The assessment allows us to highlight three key issues: • Not all possible rooftops transformations produce the same benefit for cities/urban areas, and in urban consolidated environments rooftop transformations that allow people’s use may pose higher collective benefit. • Rooftops transformations benefit maximization requires individual analysis of each urban area, relating its particular needs with available rooftop surface characteristics. • The number of different rooftops possible uses and their ease of implementation can be greatly increased if some previsions are incorporated in Urban Planning/Building Codes These last two issues allow us to state the interest of both updating national Building & Design Codes and that municipalities regulate the conditions and use of rooftop spaces. In the Conclusions we list some issues we believe should be incorporated by different rooftops’ regulations.

  16. Haz-Map Glossary (United States)

    ... For values, see NRC ALIs . Aplastic anemia One type of anemia caused by injury to blood forming tissues and ... For values, see NRC ALIs . Aplastic anemia One type of anemia caused by injury to blood forming tissues and ...

  17. Observation of Intralaminar Cracking in the Edge Crack Torsion Specimen (United States)

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


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

  18. Hallazgos radiográficos de connotación endodóntica utilizando tomografía computarizada de haz cónico


    H. Monardes Cortés; J. Abarca Reveco; D. Chaparro González; F. Pizarro Gamboa


    En la práctica de la odontología, la tomografía computarizada de haz cónico (TCHC) ha sido utilizada en la indicación de implantes y cirugía maxilofacial. En endodoncia, ya ha comenzado su uso, por la posibilidad de conocer las tres dimensiones del diente. Este estudio busca determinar la frecuencia de las diferentes condiciones patológicas más prevalentes en endodoncia, mediante el uso de TCHC, para lo cual se identificaron y cuantificaron hallazgos radiográficos de connotación endodóntica e...

  19. Corrosion fatigue crack propagation in metals (United States)

    Gangloff, Richard P.


    This review assesses fracture mechanics data and mechanistic models for corrosion fatigue crack propagation in structural alloys exposed to ambient temperature gases and electrolytes. Extensive stress intensity-crack growth rate data exist for ferrous, aluminum and nickel based alloys in a variety of environments. Interactive variables (viz., stress intensity range, mean stress, alloy composition and microstructure, loading frequency, temperature, gas pressure and electrode potential) strongly affect crack growth kinetics and complicate fatigue control. Mechanistic models to predict crack growth rates were formulated by coupling crack tip mechanics with occluded crack chemistry, and from both the hydrogen embrittlement and anodic dissolution/film rupture perspectives. Research is required to better define: (1) environmental effects near threshold and on crack closure; (2) damage tolerant life prediction codes and the validity of similitude; (3) the behavior of microcrack; (4) probes and improved models of crack tip damage; and (5) the cracking performance of advanced alloys and composites.

  20. Cracking in Flexural Reinforced Concrete Members

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    Rasmussen, Annette Beedholm; Fisker, Jakob; Hagsten, Lars German


    The system of cracks developing in reinforced concrete is in many aspects essential when modelling structures in both serviceability- and ultimate limit state. This paper discusses the behavior concerning crack development in flexural members observed from tests and associates it with two different...... existing models. From the investigations an approach is proposed on how to predict the crack pattern in flexural members involving two different crack systems; primary flexural cracks and local secondary cracks. The results of the approach is in overall good agreement with the observed tests and captures...... the pronounced size effect associated with flexural cracking in which the crack spacing and crack widths are approximately proportional to the depth of the member....

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

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    Xiao-Yong Wang


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

  2. Mechanics of quasi-static crack growth

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    Rice, J R


    Results on the mechanics of quasi-static crack growth are reviewed. These include recent studies on the geometry and stability of crack paths in elastic-brittle solids, and on the thermodynamics of Griffith cracking, including environmental effects. The relation of crack growth criteria to non-elastic rheological models is considered and paradoxes with energy balance approaches, based on singular crack models, are discussed for visco-elastic, diffuso-elastic, and elastic-plastic materials. Also, recent approaches to prediction of stable crack growth in ductile, elastic-plastic solids are discussed.

  3. Numerical prediction of heat affected zone (HAZ) grain refinement for multiples weld-beads deposits during SMAW welding process of Cr-Mo-V steel; Prediccion numerical del afino de los granos en la zona afectada por la temperature (ZAC) para aportes de multipasadas durante el proceso de soldeo SMAW en el acero al Cr-Mo-V

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    Mazur, Z.; Gonzalez, G.; Urquiza, G.; Salazar, O.; Marino, C.; Hernandez, A.


    The methodology of prediction of the heat-affected zone (HAZ) microstructure in a multiple-bead wields of the two layers of 1.25 Cr-1 Mo-0.25V steel using SMAW deposition process is presented. A computer program was developed to calculate extension zones of interest of two layer multipass weld-beads HAZ and predict a percentage of HAZ coarse grains refinement for determined welding parameters, preheating temperature and weld bead overlap. The computer model has been validated by experiment depositing a series of two-year weld-beads getting reasonable concordance of model prediction and measured during experiment structural HAZ distribution. (Author) 5 refs.

  4. Fatigue life evaluation of a cracked pipeline pipe operating under variable; Estudo da vida em fadiga com variacao de pressao interna em tubos com defeitos

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    Betanzos, J.; Mattei, F. [Rio Grande do Sul Univ., Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Strohaecker, T. [Rio Grande do Sul Univ., Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Engenharia de Minas, Metalurgia e Materiais; Marinho, R.; Hoppe, R.; Donato, G. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)


    Fatigue cracks in welded joints are commonly found in gas and oil pipelines and usually pumping is interrupted for repair. The strength of welded joints with defects, and consequently, the useful life of a pipeline, is an important information that could lead to great improvements in the reliability. To evaluate the working conditions determined by standards, specimens with 22'' diameter and 1/2'' wall thickness API 5L X60 pipes were used. Two semi-elliptical cracks were electro spark machined, with 50% and 25% of the tube wall thickness depths and a length/depth ratio of 1/20. Both defects were located in the HAZ of the tube longitudinal seam weld. Applying a cyclic internal pressure it was possible to propagate a fatigue crack until a through-thickness condition. The results show that the pressures to initiate crack propagation are too much higher than the pressures allowed by the standards for this kind of defect. (author)

  5. Getter materials for cracking ammonia

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    Boffito, Claudio; Baker, John D.


    A method is provided for cracking ammonia to produce hydrogen. The method includes the steps of passing ammonia over an ammonia-cracking catalyst which is an alloy including (1) alloys having the general formula Zr.sub.1-x Ti.sub.x M.sub.1 M.sub.2, wherein M.sub.1 and M.sub.2 are selected independently from the group consisting of Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni, and x is between about 0.0 and about 1.0 inclusive; and between about 20% and about 50% Al by weight. In another aspect, the method of the invention is used to provide methods for operating hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines and hydrogen fuel cells. In still another aspect, the present invention provides a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine and a hydrogen fuel cell including the above-described ammonia-cracking catalyst.

  6. Cracking and corrosion recovery boiler

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


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

  7. Nonlinear structural crack growth monitoring (United States)

    Welch, Donald E.; Hively, Lee M.; Holdaway, Ray F.


    A method and apparatus are provided for the detection, through nonlinear manipulation of data, of an indicator of imminent failure due to crack growth in structural elements. The method is a process of determining energy consumption due to crack growth and correlating the energy consumption with physical phenomena indicative of a failure event. The apparatus includes sensors for sensing physical data factors, processors or the like for computing a relationship between the physical data factors and phenomena indicative of the failure event, and apparatus for providing notification of the characteristics and extent of such phenomena.

  8. The Reflective Cracking in Flexible Pavements

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    Pais Jorge


    Full Text Available Reflective cracking is a major concern for engineers facing the problem of road maintenance and rehabilitation. The problem appears due to the presence of cracks in the old pavement layers that propagate into the pavement overlay layer when traffic load passes over the cracks and due to the temperature variation. The stress concentration in the overlay just above the existing cracks is responsible for the appearance and crack propagation throughout the overlay. The analysis of the reflective cracking phenomenon is usually made by numerical modeling simulating the presence of cracks in the existing pavement and the stress concentration in the crack tip is assessed to predict either the cracking propagation rate or the expected fatigue life of the overlay. Numerical modeling to study reflective cracking is made by simulating one crack in the existing pavement and the loading is usually applied considering the shear mode of crack opening. Sometimes the simulation considers the mode I of crack opening, mainly when temperature effects are predominant.

  9. Farriery for hoof wall defects: quarter cracks and toe cracks. (United States)

    Pleasant, R Scott; O'Grady, Stephen E; McKinlay, Ian


    Conditions that result in the loss of the structural integrity of the hoof wall, such as quarter and toe cracks, are not uncommon and usually manifest in lameness. The successful management of these problems involves identifying and addressing the underlying causes, stabilization of the foot, and committed follow-up. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Modified Dugdale crack models - some easy crack relations

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    Nielsen, Lauge Fuglsang


    _Ldelta_CR where sigma_L is strength, and at the same time constant flow stress, of the uncracked material while delta_CR is flow limit (displacement).Obviously predictions by the Dugdale model are most reliable for materials with stress-strain relations where flow can actually be described (or well approximated...... are assumed to be self created by local materials flow. The strength sigma_CR predictid by the Dugdale model is sigma_CR =(E Gamma_CR/phi1)^½ where E and 1 are Young’s modulus and crack half-length respectively of the material considered. The so-called critical strain energy rate is Gamma_CR = sigma......) by a constant flow stress (sigma_L). A number of materials, however, do not at all exhibit this kind of flow. Such materials are considered in this paper by Modified Dugdale crack models which apply for any cohesive stress distribution in crack front areas. Formally modified Dugdale crack models exhibit...

  11. Problem Davranışların Azaltılmasında Olumlu Davranışsal Destek Planı Hazırlama

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    Dilek Erbaş


    Full Text Available Günümüzde problem davranışlara, normal gelişim gösteren ve özürlü çocuklarda oldukça sık rastlanılmaktadır. Problem davranışlar öğrencilerin yaşamlarını farklı şekillerde olumsuz olarak etkilemekledir. Problem davranış gösteren bireyler bit davranışları nedeniyle, eğitim ve öğretim olanaklarından yeterince yararlanamamaktadır. Ayrıca, bu bireyler akranları ve toplumdaki diğer bireyler tarafından dışlanabildikleri için bazı sosyal becerileri geliştirememekle ya da sınırlı düzeyde geliştirebilmekledirler. Dolayısıyla, öğretmenler, öğrencilerin yaşamlarını olumsuz etkileyen bu davranışları azaltmak için, olumlu davranışsal destek planı hazırlamalıdır. Hazırlanan bu planlar, uygulamalı davranış analiz ilkelerine dayalı olmalıdır. Ayrıca, hazırlanan planın Öğrenciye ve uygulayacak bireylerin değer yargılarına uygun olması gereklidir. Olumlu davranışsal destek planının sahip olması gereken diğer önemli bir özelliği ise, hazırlanan planın. Öğrencinin yaşam kalitesini arttıracak şekilde desenlenınesi ve uygulanmasıdır. Kapsamlı bir plan hazırlamak için, planı ayrıntılı şekilde yazmak, tutarlı ve sistemli olarak uygulamak ve planın etkililiğini değerlendirmek ve gerektiğinde düzenlemeleri yapmak için veri toplamak gibi basamakları gerçekleştirmek gereklidir. Problem behaviors are frequently seen among the children with normal development as well as children with disabilities- Problem behaviors affect the students' lives in different negative ways. Individuals exhibiting problem behaviors cannot make the most out of their educational opportunities due to their behaviors. What's more, these individuals may run the risk of being incompetent or restricted İn some social skills because of being excluded by their peers. Thus, teachers should prepare behavior-changing plans based on positive behavior support to mitigate the problem behaviors

  12. Fracture mechanics parameters for small fatigue cracks (United States)

    Newman, J. C., Jr.


    This paper presents a review of some common small-crack test specimens, the underlying causes of the small-crack effect, and the fracture-mechanics parameters that have been used to correlate or predict their growth behavior. This review concentrates on continuum mechanics concepts and on the nonlinear behavior of small cracks. The paper reviews some stress-intensity factor solutions for small-crack test specimens and develops some simple elastic-plastic J integral and cyclic J integral expressions that include the influence of crack-closure. These parameters were applied to small-crack growth data on two aluminum alloys, and a fatigue life prediction methodology is demonstrated. For these materials, the crack-closure transient from the plastic wake was found to be the major factor in causing the small-crack effect.

  13. Cracking of SHCC due to reinforcement corrosion

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    Savija, B.; Lukovic, M.; Pacheco Farias, J.; Schlangen, H.E.J.G.; Saouma, V.; Bolander, J.; Landis, E.


    Reinforcement corrosion is the most important deterioration mechanism affecting reinforced concrete infrastructures. After corrosion starts, expansive pressures are exerted onto the surrounding concrete, causing cracking and spalling of the cover concrete. The amount of cover cracking can possibly

  14. Effectiveness of two reflection crack attenuation techniques. (United States)


    Asphalt overlays are one of the most common tools for rehabilitating existing asphalt and concrete pavements. : However, the performance of new overlays is often jeopardized by the cracking distress in the existing : pavement. This existing cracking ...

  15. Investigation of reflective cracking mitigation techniques : [summary]. (United States)


    When new asphalt is placed over concrete or : asphalt pavement, cracks or joints in the old : layer can appear in the new overlay; this is : called reflective cracking (RC). In current Florida : practice, an asphalt rubber membrane interlayer : (ARMI...

  16. Development of the crack sealant adhesion test. (United States)


    Crack sealants are widely used in Texas to prevent water from entering into lower structural layers thereby : extending pavement life. However, most current crack sealants have been reported to have a very short life mainly due : to adhesive failures...

  17. Junction formation during desiccation cracking. (United States)

    Toga, K B; Alaca, B Erdem


    In order to provide a sound physical basis for the understanding of the formation of desiccation crack networks, an experimental study is presented addressing junction formation. Focusing on junctions, basic features of the network determining the final pattern, provides an elemental approach and imparts conceptual clarity to the rather complicated problem of the evolution of crack patterns. Using coffee-water mixtures a clear distinction between junction formation during nucleation and propagation is achieved. It is shown that for the same drying suspension, one can switch from the well-known symmetric triple junctions that are unique to the nucleation phase to propagation junctions that are purely dictated by the variations of the stress state. In the latter case, one can even manipulate the path of a propagating crack in a deterministic fashion by changing the stress state within the suspension. Clear microscopic evidence is provided for the formation of propagation junctions, and material inhomogeneity is observed to be reflected by a broad distribution of angles, in stark contrast to shrinkage cracks in homogeneous solid films.

  18. The debauchery that crack brings

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    Francisco Eudison da Silva Maia


    Full Text Available Among the substances with psychoactive effects, the most powerful and damaging is the crack, which acts directly on the central nervous system, producing various sensations of pleasure over the conventional. Currently, because of the debauchery that is causing, it is considered a problem of public health worldwide.

  19. Steam Hydrocarbon Cracking and Reforming (United States)

    Golombok, Michael


    The interactive methods of steam hydrocarbon reforming and cracking of the oil and chemical industries are scrutinized, with special focus on their resemblance and variations. The two methods are illustrations of equilibrium-controlled and kinetically-controlled processes, the analysis of which involves theories, which overlap and balance each…

  20. Crack and seat concrete pavement (United States)


    Prevention of reflective cracking in HMAC overlays placed over PCCP has been based on experience gained from trial and error methods of in-service pavements in many states. Arizona recently utilized this technique on a PCCP section of Interstate 40 b...

  1. The quest for intensified steam cracking process

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    Van Goethem, M.W.M.; Verheijen, P.J.T.


    In this paper the results are presented on the quest for an intensified steam cracking process. The main focus is to improve the efficiency of the steam cracking process. The first part of the investigation is to examine which of the current available processes is close to the ideal steam cracking

  2. Twisting cracks in Bouligand structures. (United States)

    Suksangpanya, Nobphadon; Yaraghi, Nicholas A; Kisailus, David; Zavattieri, Pablo


    The Bouligand structure, which is found in many biological materials, is a hierarchical architecture that features uniaxial fiber layers assembled periodically into a helicoidal pattern. Many studies have highlighted the high damage-resistant performance of natural and biomimetic Bouligand structures. One particular species that utilizes the Bouligand structure to achieve outstanding mechanical performance is the smashing Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus Scyllarus (or stomatopod). The mantis shrimp generates high speed, high acceleration blows using its raptorial appendage to defeat highly armored preys. The load-bearing part of this appendage, the dactyl club, contains an interior region [16] that consists of a Bouligand structure. This region is capable of developing a significant amount of nested twisting microcracks without exhibiting catastrophic failure. The development and propagation of these microcracks are a source of energy dissipation and stress relaxation that ultimately contributes to the remarkable damage tolerance properties of the dactyl club. We develop a theoretical model to provide additional insights into the local stress intensity factors at the crack front of twisting cracks formed within the Bouligand structure. Our results reveal that changes in the local fracture mode at the crack front leads to a reduction of the local strain energy release rate, hence, increasing the necessary applied energy release rate to propagate the crack, which is quantified by the local toughening factor. Ancillary 3D simulations of the asymptotic crack front field were carried out using a J-integral to validate the theoretical values of the energy release rate and the local stress intensity factors. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. FOURCRACK advanced coal-fired power plant steels - avoidance of early weld failure by 'Type IV' cracking

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    Allen, D.J.; Harvey, B.; Brett, S.J. [E.ON UK plc., Nottingham (United Kingdom)


    Project 'FOURCRACK' was undertaken to improve understanding of the problem, assist materials selection, and clarify the effective limits on plant design conditions and temperatures. The main project was based on cross-weld creep rupture testing. Tests were carried out to assess the high temperature performance of welds in seven different casts of leading advanced high alloy ferritic steels, E911, P92 and P122, supplied as forging, casting, plate, and pipe components, and in a weak cast of Grade 91 steel which was welded following different heat treatments to compare the performance of as received, renormalised and tempered and preaged parent material conditions. A novel form of test matrix was devised to investigate variations in both stress and temperature and compare the performance of a large number of different weldment over a range of different test conditions. To generate better long term data on Type IV cracking in the heat-affected zone, the main test programme was followed by additional testing using a special waited specimen geometry. The test data included many short term failures in the weld metal. However, there was a clear trend toward HAZ failure at lower temperature and stresses, and it could be concluded that HAZ Type IV failure is the main long term risk under plant operating conditions. 15 refs., 29 figs., 26 abs., 5 apps.

  4. Comparison of thermal cracking and hydro-cracking yield distributions

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    Romero, S.; Sayles, S. [KBC Advanced Technologies Inc., Houston, TX (United States)


    Operators of bitumen upgraders are faced with the challenge of obtaining maximum performance from existing equipment whose performance is already pushed to the limits. The main constraint is the primary upgrader processes, notably coking and hydrocracking. Under the current economic conditions, funding for new equipment is difficult. However, changes can be made to optimize unit performance by better understanding the basic kinetics in thermal cracking and hydrocracking. This paper reviewed the yield distribution differences between thermal cracking and hydrocracking to provide insight into the basic components of operational changes. The objective was to compare yields, product quality distributions and the elemental balances. The opportunities to increase production and improve performance were then analyzed quantitatively within the existing unit equipment limits. tabs., figs.


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    Karin Kocúrová


    Full Text Available The article deals with the analysis of a damaged part, which was designed for use in a mechanical clutch of a car. The crack in the part was found during the production inspection. The aim of metallographic and fractography analyses of the fracture surfaces was to discover the reasons for the crack. The reason for creating the crack was the formation of smaller cracks in the production during pressing process of the semiproduct. These cracks even grew after the following thermochemical treatment. The fracture was initiated during the straightening process of quenched part.

  6. Polygon/Cracked Sedimentary Rock (United States)


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

  7. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Crack Propagation in Single-Crystal Aluminum Plate with Central Cracks

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    Jun Ding


    Full Text Available The crack propagation process in single-crystal aluminum plate (SCAP with central cracks under tensile load was simulated by molecular dynamics method. Further, the effects of model size, crack length, temperature, and strain rate on strength of SCAP and crack growth were comprehensively investigated. The results showed that, with the increase of the model size, crack length, and strain rate, the plastic yield point of SCAP occurred in advance, the limit stress of plastic yield decreased, and the plastic deformability of material increased, but the temperature had less effect and sensitivity on the strength and crack propagation of SCAP. The model size affected the plastic deformation and crack growth of the material. Specifically, at small scale, the plastic deformation and crack propagation in SCAP are mainly affected through dislocation multiplication and slip. However, the plastic deformation and crack propagation are obviously affected by dislocation multiplication and twinning in larger scale.

  8. Fatigue cracks in Eurofer 97 steel: Part II. Comparison of small and long fatigue crack growth (United States)

    Kruml, T.; Hutař, P.; Náhlík, L.; Seitl, S.; Polák, J.


    The fatigue crack growth rate in the Eurofer 97 steel at room temperature was measured by two different methodologies. Small crack growth data were obtained using cylindrical specimens with a shallow notch and no artificial crack starters. The growth of semicircular cracks of length between 10-2000 μm was followed in symmetrical cycling with constant strain amplitude ( R ɛ = -1). Long crack data were measured using standard CT specimen and ASTM methodology, i.e. R = 0.1. The growth of cracks having the length in the range of 10-30 mm was measured. It is shown that the crack growth rates of both types of cracks are in a very good agreement if J-integral representation is used and usual assumptions of the crack closure effects are taken into account.

  9. Using height-for-age differences (HAD) instead of height-for-age z-scores (HAZ) for the meaningful measurement of population-level catch-up in linear growth in children less than 5 years of age. (United States)

    Leroy, Jef L; Ruel, Marie; Habicht, Jean-Pierre; Frongillo, Edward A


    Evidence from studies conducted in nutritionally deprived children in low- and middle-income countries (LIMC) in past decades showed little or no population-level catch-up in linear growth (mostly defined as reductions in the absolute height deficit) after 2 years of age. Recent studies, however, have reported population-level catch-up growth in children, defined as positive changes in mean height-for-age z-scores (HAZ). The aim of this paper was to assess whether population-level catch-up in linear growth is found when height-for-age difference (HAD: child's height compared to standard, expressed in centimeters) is used instead of HAZ. Our premise is that HAZ is inappropriate to measure changes in linear growth over time because they are constructed using standard deviations from cross-sectional data. We compare changes in growth in populations of children between 2 and 5 years using HAD vs. HAZ using cross-sectional data from 6 Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and longitudinal data from the Young Lives and the Consortium on Health-Orientated Research in Transitional Societies (COHORTS) studies. Using HAD, we find not only an absence of population-level catch-up in linear growth, but a continued deterioration reflected in a decrease in mean HAD between 2 and 5 years; by contrast, HAZ shows either no change (DHS surveys) or an improvement in mean HAZ (some of the longitudinal data). Population-level growth velocity was also lower than expected (based on standards) in all four Young Lives data sets, confirming the absence of catch-up growth in height. We show no evidence of population-level catch-up in linear growth in children between 2 to 5 years of age when using HAD (a measure more appropriate than HAZ to document changes as populations of children age), but a continued deterioration reflected in a decrease in mean HAD. The continued widening of the absolute height deficit after 2 years of age does not challenge the critical importance of investing in

  10. Nonlinear ultrasonic assessment of stress corrosion cracking damage in sensitized 304 stainless steel (United States)

    Morlock, Florian; Jacobs, Laurence J.; Kim, Jin-Yeon; Singh, Preet; Wall, James J.


    This research uses nonlinear Rayleigh surface waves to characterize stress corrosion cracking (SCC) damage in welded 304 Stainless Steel (304 SS). 304 SS is widely used in reactor pressure vessels, where a corrosive environment in combination with applied stress due to high internal pressures can cause SCC. Welds and the nearby heat affected zones (HAZ) in the vessel material are especially sensitive to SCC damage. SCC damage results in microstructural changes such as dislocation formation and microcrack initiation that in the long term lead to reduced structural integrity and material failure. Therefore, the early detection of SCC is crucial to ensure safe operation. It has been shown that the microstructural changes caused by SCC can generate higher harmonic waves when excited harmonically. This research considers different levels of SCC damage induced in samples of welded 304 SS by applying stress to a specimen held in a corrosive medium (Sodium Thiosulfate). A nonlinear Rayleigh surface wave is introduced in the material and the fundamental and the second harmonic waves are measured using wedge detection. The nonlinearity parameter that relates the fundamental and the second harmonic amplitudes, is computed to quantify the SCC damage in each sample. These results are used to demonstrate the feasibility of using nonlinear Rayleigh waves to characterize SCC damage.

  11. Bursa 'da Satışa Sunulan Beş Farklı Grup Hazır Köftenin Kimyasal Bileşimi ve pH Değerlerinin Saptanması

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    G. Ece Soyutemiz


    Full Text Available Çalışmada market ve kasap dükkanlarında hazır olarak satılan 5 farklı tip hazır köftenin (hamburger, inegöl, kasap, Adana ve kaşarlı köfte kimyasal bileşimi ve pH değerlerinin saptanarak, farklı köfte gruplarının özelliklerini karşılaştırmak amaçlandı. Hazır köfteler kimyasal olarak; rutubet, protein, yağ, nişasta, kül ve tuz miktarları bakımından incelendi. Ayrıca pH değerleri saptandı. Hazır hamburger köfteler en çok yağ, nişasta ve tuz İçeren, İnegöl, kasap ve kaşarlı köftelerden daha az proteini olan köftelerdir. Ayrıca %6.22 nişasta miktarı ile hamburger köfte standardındaki limitlerin üzerine çıkmıştır. Fakat pH değeri bakımından hamburger köfteler standardın getirdiği sınırlamaya uyan tek köfte tipidir. Diğer hazır köfteler ortalama 6.82-7.32 arasında pH içermektedir, ancak kimyasal özellikler bakımın­dan standartlara uymaktadır.

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

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    S. Barter


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

  13. Mechanisms of Subcritical Cracking in Calcite (United States)

    Royne, A.; Dysthe, D. K.; Bisschop, J.


    Brittle materials are characterized by a critical stress intensity factor above which they will fail catastrophically by dynamic cracking. However, it has been observed that materials can also fail at much lower stresses, through slow crack growth, often referred to as subcritical cracking. This phenomenon can take place even in vacuum, but is greatly enhanced by water and other reactive species in the environment. For a given material and environmental condition there is a systematic relationship between the crack tip velocity and the stress intensity factor. The presence of a lower stress limit to subcritical cracking has been predicted from thermodynamics but has not been firmly demonstrated experimentally. This parameter would control the long- term strength of geological materials. Subcritical cracking must necessarily be important in controlling the rock strength in near-surface processes where water and other active species are present and the displacements and stresses are low. Weathering is one example of such a process. Modelling has shown that fracture networks generated by a high degree of subcritical cracking will percolate at much lower fracture densities than purely stochastical fracture networks. This has important implications for how water can move through the crust. Understanding the mechanisms for subcritical crack growth in geological materials is also important in assessing the stability and long term performance of sequestration reservoirs for CO2 or nuclear waste. The mechanism for stress corrosion is well known for glasses and quartz. For carbonate minerals, the mechanism for subcritical crack growth has not been identified, and the only experimental studies on calcitic materials have been on polycrystalline rocks such as marble. Suggested mechanisms include stress corrosion (weakening reactions at the crack tip), preferential dissolution at the crack tip with rapid removal of dissolved species, and environmentally controlled

  14. Crack formation and prevention in colloidal drops (United States)

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


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

  15. Closure measurements of naturally initiating small cracks (United States)

    Sharpe, W. N., Jr.; Su, X.


    The initiation and growth of cracks in smooth 2024-T3 aluminum specimens have been investigated using acetate replicas. Crack opening displacements were measured as a function of load at several positions along the crack as it grew across the thickness of the specimen and became a through-the-thickness crack of a few millimeters in length. Tests run for R-ratios of 0.5, 0.0 and -1.0 showed that closure loads were well predicted by Newman's (1984) model. It is noted that small cracks grow slightly faster than would be predicted by long-crack data, and it is suggested that effects other than plasticity-induced closure must be taken into account.

  16. Numerical Study of Corrosion Crack Opening

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


    for the corrosion crack opening. Experiments and theoretical analysis by a numerical method, FEM, support that the relation between the reduction of the reinforcement bar diameter due to corrosion and the corresponding increase in crack width for a given time interval, measured on the surface of a concrete specimen...... is proportional. More recently, the constant of proportionality, the so-called crack-corrosion index, has been studied further with respect to its dependence on the diameter of the reinforcement and the concrete cover. In the present paper the above-mentioned work is presented and extended with more realistic 3D......-models of the cracked concrete beam. The crack-corrosion index is evaluated for a variation of different parameters, i.e. bar diameter, concrete cover, crack length and type of corrosion product. This paper is an extended version of a paper by Thoft-Christensen et al. (2005) presented at the IFIP WG 7.5 Conference...

  17. Online Bridge Crack Monitoring with Smart Film

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    Benniu Zhang


    Full Text Available Smart film crack monitoring method, which can be used for detecting initiation, length, width, shape, location, and propagation of cracks on real bridges, is proposed. Firstly, the fabrication of the smart film is developed. Then the feasibility of the method is analyzed and verified by the mechanical sensing character of the smart film under the two conditions of normal strain and crack initiation. Meanwhile, the coupling interference between parallel enameled wires of the smart film is discussed, and then low-frequency detecting signal and the custom communication protocol are used to decrease interference. On this basis, crack monitoring system with smart film is designed, where the collected crack data is sent to the remote monitoring center and the cracks are simulated and recurred. Finally, the monitoring system is applied to six bridges, and the effects are discussed.

  18. Crack formation and prevention in colloidal drops. (United States)

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


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

  19. Study of crack inversions utilizing dipole model of a crack and Hall element measurements

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    Minkov, Dorian E-mail:; Lee, Jinyi; Shoji, Tetsuo


    A method is proposed for computing the depth and width of simple surface cracks based on dipole model of a crack. Surface cracks with different widths cut mechanically in SS400 steel specimens are investigated. Hall voltage distributions are measured by a Hall element sliding on the specimen's surface along a line parallel to the direction of the applied magnetic field, perpendicular to the long axis of the crack, and halving its length. The performed crack inversions show that the depth of the crack can be determined with 2% error, provided, that the crack length and width are measured independently. When the crack width is unknown, the depth error is within 12%, but the width error can be as large as 30%.0.

  20. Ductile crack growth simulation and effects of crack growth on single-edge notched bend specimens (United States)

    Shimada, Keito; Komiya, Shinji; Iwashita, Tsutomu


    This paper describes the testing of single-edge notched bend (SENB) specimens, which are used for fracture toughness tests, and the ductile crack initiation from the notch tip of the specimens. All of the specimens exhibited brittle fracture with relatively large ductile crack growth (from 1.0 to 4.8 mm). The paper also shows the ductile crack growth simulation using a damage model (Bonora model) for finite element analysis (FEA). FEA reproduced ductile crack growth observed in the SENB tests and the analysis results showed the effects of the ductile crack growth rate on stress distribution around the crack tips. In addition, the value of the Weibull stress was calculated in the paper, and the Weibull stress slightly decreased if the model had a higher ductile crack growth rate as compared with the model that had a lower ductile crack growth rate.

  1. Opening-mode cracking in asphalt pavements : crack initiation and saturation. (United States)


    This paper investigates the crack initiation and saturation for opening-mode cracking. Using elastic governing equations : and a weak form stress boundary condition, we derive an explicit solution of elastic fields in the surface course and : obtain ...

  2. Anisotropic Cracking of Nanocrystal Superlattices. (United States)

    Diroll, Benjamin T; Ma, Xuedan; Wu, Yaoting; Murray, Christopher B


    The synthesis colloidal nanocrystals in nonpolar organic solvents has led to exceptional size- and shape-control, enabling the formation of nanocrystal superlattices isostructural to atomic lattices built with nanocrystals rather than atoms. The long aliphatic ligands (e.g., oleic acid) used to achieve this control separate nanocrystals too far in the solid state for most charge-transporting devices. Solid-state ligand exchange, which brings particles closer together and enhances conductivity, necessitates large changes in the total volume of the solid (compressive stress), which leads to film cracking. In this work, truncate octahedral lead selenide nanocrystals are shown to self-assemble into body-centered cubic superlattices in which the atomic axes of the individual nanocrystals are coaligned with the crystal axes of the superlattice. Due to this coalignment, upon ligand exchange of the superlattices, cracking is preferentially observed on ⟨011⟩ superlattice directions. This observation is related to differences in the ligand binding to exposed {100} and {111} planes of the PbSe nanocrystal surfaces. This result has implications for binary and more complex structures in which differential reactivity of the constituent elements can lead to disruption of the desired structure. In addition, cracks in PbSe superlattices occur in a semiregular spacings inversely related to the superlattice domain size and strongly influenced by the presence of twin boundaries, which serve as both emission centers and propagation barriers for fractures. This work shows that defects, similar to behavior in nanotwinned metals, could be used to engineer enhanced mechanical strength and electrical conductivity in nanocrystal superlattices.

  3. [Desiccation cracking of soil body: a review]. (United States)

    Pei, Yin-Ge; Xu, Ze-Min; Zhang, Jia-Ming


    Desiccation cracking of soil body is a complex physical process, which can affect the strength, stability, and permeability of soil body, and involve in several disciplines such as soil science, agricultural science, engineering geology, and environmental science. This paper introduced the significances of the study on the desiccation cracking of soil body, reviewed the related theoretical and applied researches and the quantitative analysis of crack morphology, and discussed the deficiencies in the research fields, research contents, and research methods. The future research directions about the desiccation cracking of soil body were pointed out.

  4. Expansive Soil Crack Depth under Cumulative Damage

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    Bei-xiao Shi


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

  5. Cracks in Sheets Draped on Curved Surfaces (United States)

    Mitchell, Noah P.; Koning, Vinzenz; Vitelli, Vincenzo; Irvine, William T. M.

    Conforming materials to surfaces with Gaussian curvature has proven a versatile tool to guide the behavior of mechanical defects such as folds, blisters, scars, and pleats. In this talk, we show how curvature can likewise be used to control material failure. In our experiments, thin elastic sheets are confined on curved geometries that stimulate or suppress the growth of cracks, and steer or arrest their propagation. By redistributing stresses in a sheet, curvature provides a geometric tool for protecting certain regions and guiding crack patterns. A simple model captures crack behavior at the onset of propagation, while a 2D phase-field model successfully captures the crack's full phenomenology.

  6. Investigations of Low Temperature Time Dependent Cracking

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


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

  7. Fatigue crack growth detect, assess, avoid

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    Richard, Hans Albert


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

  8. Cracking of open traffic rigid pavement

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    Niken Chatarina


    Full Text Available The research is done by observing the growth of real structure cracking in Natar, Lampung, Indonesia compared to C. Niken’s et al research and literature study. The rigid pavement was done with open traffic system. There are two main crack types on Natar rigid pavement: cracks cross the road, and cracks spreads on rigid pavement surface. The observation of cracks was analyzed by analyzing material, casting, curing, loading and shrinkage mechanism. The relationship between these analysis and shrinkage mechanism was studied in concrete micro structure. Open traffic make hydration process occur under vibration; therefore, fresh concrete was compressed and tensioned alternately since beginning. High temperature together with compression, cement dissociation, the growth of Ca2+ at very early age leads abnormal swelling. No prevention from outside water movement leads hydration process occur with limited water which caused spreads fine cracks. Limited water improves shrinkage and plastic phase becomes shorter; therefore, rigid pavement can’t accommodate the abnormal swelling and shrinking alternately and creates the spread of cracks. Discontinuing casting the concrete makes both mix under different condition, the first is shrink and the second is swell and creates weak line on the border; so, the cracks appear as cracks across the road.

  9. Semi-empirical crack tip analysis (United States)

    Chudnovsky, A.; Ben Ouezdon, M.


    Experimentally observed crack opening displacements are employed as the solution of the multiple crack interaction problem. Then the near and far fields are reconstructed analytically by means of the double layer potential technqiue. Evaluation of the effective stress intensity factor resulting from the interaction of the main crack and its surrounding crazes in addition to the remotely applied load is presented as an illustrative example. It is shown that crazing (as well as microcracking) may constitute an alternative mechanism to Dugdale-Berenblatt models responsible for the cancellation of the singularity at the crack tip.

  10. Measurements of Seismic Anisotropy in Synthetic Rocks with Controlled Crack Geometry and Different Crack Densities (United States)

    Ding, Pinbo; Di, Bangrang; Wang, Ding; Wei, Jianxin; Li, Xiangyang


    Seismic anisotropy can help to extract azimuthal information for predicting crack alignment, but the accurate evaluation of cracked reservoir requires knowledge of degree of crack development, which is achieved through determining the crack density from seismic or VSP data. In this research we study the dependence of seismic anisotropy on crack density, using synthetic rocks with controlled crack geometries. A set of four synthetic rocks containing different crack densities is used in laboratory measurements. The crack thickness is 0.06 mm and the crack diameter is 3 mm in all the cracked rocks, while the crack densities are 0.00, 0.0243, 0.0486, and 0.0729. P and S wave velocities are measured by an ultrasonic investigation system at 0.5 MHz while the rocks are saturated with water. The measurements show the impact of crack density on the P and S wave velocities. Our results are compared to the theoretical prediction of Chapman (J App Geophys 54:191-202, 2003) and Hudson (Geophys J R Astron Soc 64:133-150, 1981). The comparison shows that measured velocities and theoretical results are in good quantitative agreement in all three cracked rocks, although Chapman's model fits the experimental results better. The measured anisotropy of the P and S wave in the four synthetic rocks shows that seismic anisotropy is directly proportional to increasing crack density, as predicted by several theoretical models. The laboratory measurements indicate that it would be effective to use seismic anisotropy to determine the crack density and estimate the intensity of crack density in seismology and seismic exploration.

  11. Extended FEM modeling of crack paths near inclusions

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    Nielsen, Chris Valentin; Legarth, Brian Nyvang; Niordson, Christian Frithiof


    the effects on the crack path when changing the relative stiffness between inclusion and matrix material, the relative distance between initial crack and inclusion, and the size of the inclusion. Both edge cracks and internal cracks are studied. An example with an internal crack near an inclusion is presented...

  12. Nucleation of squat cracks in rail, calculation of crack initiation angles in three dimensions

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    Naeimi, M.; Li, Z.; Dollevoet, R.P.B.J.


    A numerical model of wheel-track system is developed for nucleation of squat-type fatigue cracks in rail material. The model is used for estimating the angles of squat cracks in three dimensions. Contact mechanics and multi-axial fatigue analysis are combined to study the crack initiation mechanism

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

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    In-Seok Yoon


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

  14. Zihinsel özürlü bireylere yiyecek hazırlama becerilerinin öğretimi ile ilgili alan yazın taraması

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    Funda Bozkurt


    Full Text Available Çalışmanın amacı, zihin özürlü bireylere yiyecek hazırlama becerilerinin öğretimi konusunda yürütülen çalışmaları, araştırmaya katılan denekler, ortam, hedef davranışlar, kullanılan öğretim yöntemi, araştırma modeli ve sonuçları açısından incelemektir. Bu amaçla, çalışmada bu konuda yürütülen araştırmalar, sıralanan özellikleri açısından tartışılmıştır. Çalışmada, 1988-2002 yılları arasında, zihin özürlü bireylere yiyecek hazırlama (pişirme becerilerinin öğretimine ilişkin yürütülen uygulamalı araştırmalar incelenmiştir. Çalışma sonunda zihin özürlü öğrencilerle çalışan öğretmen, araştırmacı ve uygulamacılara özetlenen çalışmalar doğrultusunda önerilerde bulunulmuştur. The purpose of the study is to examine the research studies on teaching food preparation skills to individuals with retardation in terms of participants, settings, targets bahaviors, instructional procedures, research design and findings. Furthermore, a discussion was conducted in terms of the above variables used in those studies. A review of literature was completed to find out the related published research articles from 1988 to 2002. At the enf of the study, recommendations are provided to teachers, researchers and practioners for teaching food preparation skills to students with mental retardation.

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

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


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

  16. Predicting the growth of small and large cracks using a crack-closure model (United States)

    Newman, J. C., Jr.; Phillips, E. P.; Swain, M. H.


    An evaluation is conducted of the ability of a crack-closure model to predict the fatigue life of notched specimens under spectrum loading, for the cases of crack initiation and growth along the bore of a semicircular notch and the growth of large cracks in 2024-T3 Al alloy sheets under constant-amplitude loading. These cases are used to establish an initial defect size and relationship between the stress-intensity factor range and crack-growth rate. Experimental and calculation results for small-crack growth rates are in good agreement and exhibited a stress level effect at equal values of stress-intensity factor range.

  17. Fatigue cracks in Eurofer 97 steel: Part I. Nucleation and small crack growth kinetics (United States)

    Kruml, T.; Polák, J.


    Fatigue crack nucleation and growth were studied in the Eurofer 97 ferritic-martensitic steel at room temperature. Cylindrical specimens with a shallow notch and no artificial crack starters were used. The constant strain amplitude cycling was adopted. First fatigue cracks nucleate at about 5% of the fatigue life along the surface slip bands. If a crack overcome the barrier of the first high angle boundary, its growth is regular and an exponential growth law is observed. This law may be used for the residual fatigue life prediction based on the small crack growth kinetics.

  18. Mitigation strategies for reflective cracking in pavements : [research project capsule]. (United States)


    Refl ection cracks are caused by discontinuities (cracks or joints) in underlying layers, : which propagate through hot-mix asphalt (HMA) overlay due to continuous movement : at the crack prompted by thermal expansion and traffi c loading. If the new...

  19. Pretensioned concrete girder end crack control : research brief. (United States)


    Research Objectives: : Prove through physical testing and observation that debonding strands can reduce or eliminate critical girder end cracking : Eliminate cracking in the bottom flange of the girders, where cracks could allow moisture to r...

  20. Corrosion of steel in cracked concrete: a microscale study

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    Pacheco, J.; Savija, B.; Schlangen, E.; Polder, R.B.


    The influence of concrete cracking upon reinforcement corrosion is complex. Cracks allow fast penetration of chlorides, potentially leading to a shorter initiation period of reinforcement corrosion. Structural regulations control acceptable crack width values based on the exposure class of the

  1. Crack Formation in Grouted Annular Composite

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    Sørensen, Eigil V.

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

  2. Crack Monitoring of Operational Wind Turbine Foundations. (United States)

    Perry, Marcus; McAlorum, Jack; Fusiek, Grzegorz; Niewczas, Pawel; McKeeman, Iain; Rubert, Tim


    The degradation of onshore, reinforced-concrete wind turbine foundations is usually assessed via above-ground inspections, or through lengthy excavation campaigns that suspend wind power generation. Foundation cracks can and do occur below ground level, and while sustained measurements of crack behaviour could be used to quantify the risk of water ingress and reinforcement corrosion, these cracks have not yet been monitored during turbine operation. Here, we outline the design, fabrication and field installation of subterranean fibre-optic sensors for monitoring the opening and lateral displacements of foundation cracks during wind turbine operation. We detail methods for in situ sensor characterisation, verify sensor responses against theoretical tower strains derived from wind speed data, and then show that measured crack displacements correlate with monitored tower strains. Our results show that foundation crack opening displacements respond linearly to tower strain and do not change by more than ±5 μ m. Lateral crack displacements were found to be negligible. We anticipate that the work outlined here will provide a starting point for real-time, long-term and dynamic analyses of crack displacements in future. Our findings could furthermore inform the development of cost-effective monitoring systems for ageing wind turbine foundations.

  3. Entering a Crack: An Encounter with Gossip (United States)

    Henderson, Linda


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

  4. Corrosion and Cracking of Reinforced Concrete

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

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

  5. Strength of Cracked Reinforced Concrete Disks

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    Hoang, Cao Linh; Nielsen, Mogens Peter


    The paper deals with models, based on the theory of plasticity, to be used in strength assessments of reinforced concrete disks suffering from different kinds of cracking. Based on the assumption that the sliding strength of concrete is reduced in sections where cracks are located, solutions...

  6. Fracture Mechanical Markov Chain Crack Growth Model

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


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

  7. Uncertainty Quantification in Fatigue Crack Growth Prognosis

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    Shankar Sankararaman


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

  8. Fretting Fatigue with Cylindrical-On-Flat Contact: Crack Nucleation, Crack Path and Fatigue Life (United States)

    Noraphaiphipaksa, Nitikorn; Manonukul, Anchalee; Kanchanomai, Chaosuan


    Fretting fatigue experiments and finite element analysis were carried out to investigate the influence of cylindrical-on-flat contact on crack nucleation, crack path and fatigue life of medium-carbon steel. The location of crack nucleation was predicted using the maximum shear stress range criterion and the maximum relative slip amplitude criterion. The prediction using the maximum relative slip amplitude criterion gave the better agreement with the experimental result, and should be used for the prediction of the location of crack nucleation. Crack openings under compressive bulk stresses were found in the fretting fatigues with flat-on-flat contact and cylindrical-on-flat contacts, i.e., fretting-contact-induced crack openings. The crack opening stress of specimen with flat-on-flat contact was lower than those of specimens with cylindrical-on-flat contacts, while that of specimen with 60-mm radius contact pad was lower than that of specimen with 15-mm radius contact pad. The fretting fatigue lives were estimated by integrating the fatigue crack growth curve from an initial propagating crack length to a critical crack length. The predictions of fretting fatigue life with consideration of crack opening were in good agreement with the experimental results. PMID:28772522

  9. Stress-corrosion cracking in metals (United States)


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

  10. Crack opening: from colloidal systems to paintings. (United States)

    Léang, Marguerite; Giorgiutti-Dauphiné, Frédérique; Lee, Lay-Theng; Pauchard, Ludovic


    Shrinkage cracks are observed in many materials, particularly in paintings where great interest lies in deducing quantitative information on the material with the aim of proposing authentication methods. We present experimental measurements on the crack opening induced by the drying of colloidal layers and compare these results to the case of a pictorial layer. We propose a simple model to predict the crack width as a function of the thickness of the drying layer, based on the balance between the drying stress buildup and the shear frictional stress with the substrate. Key parameters of the model include the mechanical properties that are measured experimentally using micro-indentation testing. A good agreement between theory and experimental data for both colloidal layers and the real painting is found. These results, by comparing the shrinkage cracks in model layers and in pictorial layers, validate the method based on the use of colloidal systems to simulate and to reproduce drying cracks in paintings.

  11. XFEM for Thermal Crack of Massive Concrete

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    Guowei Liu


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

  12. Evaluation of crack tip constraint using photoelasticity

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    Ayatollahi, M.R.; Safari, H


    The method of photoelasticity has been used extensively in the past for investigating elastic stresses in cracked specimens. However, previous studies concentrate predominantly on different methods for determining the stress intensity factors. Some of these methods make use of the higher order stress terms including the T-stress to achieve more accurate experimental results for stress intensity factors. Nevertheless, the effect of T-stress on the stress fields near the crack tip has received little attention in previous photoelastic studies. In this paper, a two-parameter formulation is used to study how the T-stress influences the isochromatic fringe patterns around the tip of a mode I crack. Theoretical and experimental results obtained in this research show that the isochromatic fringes near the crack tip rotate forward and backward for negative and positive values of T-stress, respectively. Therefore, the experimental technique of photoelasticity can be used to distinguish low constraint cracked components from high constraint ones.

  13. Strain rate effects in stress corrosion cracking

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    Parkins, R.N. (Newcastle upon Tyne Univ. (UK). Dept. of Metallurgy and Engineering Materials)


    Slow strain rate testing (SSRT) was initially developed as a rapid, ad hoc laboratory method for assessing the propensity for metals an environments to promote stress corrosion cracking. It is now clear, however, that there are good theoretical reasons why strain rate, as opposed to stress per se, will often be the controlling parameter in determining whether or not cracks are nucleated and, if so, are propagated. The synergistic effects of the time dependence of corrosion-related reactions and microplastic strain provide the basis for mechanistic understanding of stress corrosion cracking in high-pressure pipelines and other structures. However, while this may be readily comprehended in the context of laboratory slow strain tests, its extension to service situations may be less apparent. Laboratory work involving realistic stressing conditions, including low-frequency cyclic loading, shows that strain or creep rates give good correlation with thresholds for cracking and with crack growth kinetics.

  14. The geometry of soil crack networks

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    Chertkov, V Y


    The subject of this work is the modification and specification of an approach to detail the estimation of soil crack network characteristics. The modification aims at accounting for the corrected soil crack volume based on the corrected shrinkage geometry factor compared to known estimates of crack volume and shrinkage geometry factor. The mode of the correction relies on recent results of the soil reference shrinkage curve. The main exposition follows the preliminary brief review of available approaches to dealing with the geometry of soil crack networks and gives a preliminary brief summary of the approach to be modified and specified. To validate and illustrate the modified approach the latter is used in the analysis of available data on soil cracking in a lysimeter.

  15. Small crack test program for helicopter materials (United States)

    Annigeri, Bal; Schneider, George


    Crack propagation tests were conducted to determine crack growth behavior in five helicopter materials for surface cracks between 0.005 to 0.020 inches in depth. Constant amplitude tests were conducted at stress ratios R equals 0.1 and 0.5, and emphasis was placed on near threshold data (i.e., 10-8 to 10-6 inches/cycle). Spectrum tests were conducted using a helicopter spectrum. The test specimen was an unnotched tension specimen, and cracks were initiated from a small EDM notch. An optical/video system was used to monitor crack growth. The material for the test specimens was obtained from helicopter part forgings. Testing was conducted at stresses below yield to reflect actual stresses in helicopter parts.

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

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


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

  17. Fully plastic crack opening analyses of complex-cracked pipes for Ramberg-Osgood materials

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    Jeong, Jae Uk; Choi, Jae Boong [Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Huh, Nam Su [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yun Jae [Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    The plastic influence functions for calculating fully plastic Crack opening displacement (COD) of complex-cracked pipes were newly proposed based on systematic 3-dimensional (3-D) elastic-plastic Finite element (FE) analyses using Ramberg-Osgood (R-O) relation, where global bending moment, axial tension and internal pressure are considered separately as a loading condition. Then, crack opening analyses were performed based on GE/EPRI concept by using the new plastic influence functions for complex-cracked pipes made of SA376 TP304 stainless steel, and the predicted CODs were compared with FE results based on deformation plasticity theory of tensile material behavior. From the comparison, the confidence of the proposed fully plastic crack opening solutions for complex-cracked pipes was gained. Therefore, the proposed engineering scheme for COD estimation using the new plastic influence functions can be utilized to estimate leak rate of a complex-cracked pipe for R-O material.

  18. Toward assessing the effects of crack front curvature /CFC/. (United States)

    Swedlow, J. L.; Ritter, M. A.


    Consideration of the effect of crack front curvature (CFC) on the K calibration of five special geometries in which CFC occurs. The five cases considered include an elliptical crack in an infinite medium, an internal annular crack in a thick-walled cylinder, a through crack in a flat plate, a part-through crack in a plate, and an irregularly shaped crack in a solid. It is shown that K depends on CFC differently in each case.

  19. Crack branching in cross-ply composites (United States)

    La Saponara, Valeria


    The purpose of this research work is to examine the behavior of an interface crack in a cross-ply laminate which is subject to static and fatigue loading. The failure mechanism analyzed here is crack branching (or crack kinking or intra-layer crack): the delamination located between two different plies starts growing as an interface crack and then may branch into the less tough ply. The specimens were manufactured from different types of Glass/Epoxy and Graphite/Epoxy, by hand lay-up, vacuum bagging and cure in autoclave. Each specimen had a delamination starter. Static mixed mode tests and compressive fatigue tests were performed. Experiments showed the scale of the problem, one ply thickness, and some significant features, like contact in the branched crack. The amount of scatter in the experiments required use of statistics. Exploratory Data Analysis and a factorial design of experiments based on a 8 x 8 Hadamard matrix were used. Experiments and statistics show that there is a critical branching angle above which crack growth is greatly accelerated. This angle seems: (1) not to be affected by the specimens' life; (2) not to depend on the specimen geometry and loading conditions; (3) to strongly depend on the amount of contact in the branched crack. Numerical analysis was conducted to predict crack propagation based on the actual displacement/load curves for static tests. This method allows us to predict the total crack propagation in 2D conditions, while neglecting branching. Finally, the existence of a solution based on analytic continuation is discussed.

  20. Investigating Reaction-Driven Cracking (United States)

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


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

  1. Cracks assessment using ultrasonic technology

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


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

  2. Environmental stress cracking of polymers (United States)

    Mahan, K. I.


    A two point bending method for use in studying the environmental stress cracking and crazing phenomena is described and demonstrated for a variety of polymer/solvent systems. Critical strain values obtained from these curves are reported for various polymer/solvent systems including a considerable number of systems for which critical strain values have not been previously reported. Polymers studied using this technique include polycarbonate (PC), ABS, high impact styrene (HIS), polyphenylene oxide (PPO), and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). Critical strain values obtained using this method compared favorably with available existing data. The major advantage of the technique is the ability to obtain time vs. strain curves over a short period of time. The data obtained suggests that over a short period of time the transition in most of the polymer solvent systems is more gradual than previously believed.

  3. A round-robin test with thermal simulation of the welding HAZ to draw CCT diagrams: a need for harmonized procedures and microconstituent terminologies

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    Américo Scotti


    Full Text Available Thermal simulations of heat affected zone (HAZ have been widely used. This is an economic expedite process for phase transformation evaluations in steels when subjected to weld thermal cycles as well as to draw continuous cooling transformation (CCT diagrams. Different approaches for the simulation and parameter settings have been used by several researchers, yet leading to not always even results. Thus, it was proposed a round-robin test trial performed by different laboratories, aiming to evidence potential sources of error or inadequacy of the approaches. A High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA steel was used as a case study. Despite the limited number of tests, the results show low robustness when comparing the outcomes from the different laboratories and point out for the need to take three actions. The first one is to implement a cooperative and multi-institutional program to assess the effect of relevant simulation parameters, such as the heating rate and holding time at peak temperature, on the final microstructure and transformation temperatures as well as on the hardness for a given cooling rate. The second is to propose calibration procedures for the simulation and measurement systems. The third action is to stimulate experts in this area to develop a guideline of terminology for constituents in the heat affected zone of ferritic steels.

  4. The fracture mechanics of fatigue crack propagation in compact bone. (United States)

    Wright, T M; Hayes, W C


    The purpose of this investigation was to apply the techniques of fracture mechanics to a study of fatigue crack propagation in compact bone. Small cracks parallel to the long axis of the bone were initiated in standardized specimens of bovine bone. Crack growth was achieved by cyclically loading these specimens. The rate of crack growth was determined from measurements of crack length versus cycles of loading. The stress intensity factor at the tip of the crack was calculated from knowledge of the applied load, the crack length, and the specimen geometry. A strong correlation was found between the experimentally determined crack growth rate and the applied stress intensity. The relationship takes the form of a power law similar to that for other materials. Visual observation and scanning electron microscopy revealed that crack propagation occurred by initiation of subcritical cracks ahead of the main crack.

  5. On the application of cohesive crack modeling in cementitious materials

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    Stang, Henrik; Olesen, John Forbes; Poulsen, Peter Noe


    for a centrally cracked sheet is established applying semi-analytical, bridged and fictitious crack modeling. The semi-analytical crack model is compared with a FEM analysis and it is demonstrated, that the standard fictitious crack implementation in FEM packages (in this case DIANA) provides a good approximation......Cohesive crack models-in particular the Fictitious Crack Model - are applied routinely in the analysis of crack propagation in concrete and mortar. Bridged crack models-where cohesive stresses are assumed to exist together with a stress singularity at the crack tip-on the other hand, are used...... typically for multi scale problems such as crack propagation in fiber reinforced composites. Mortar and concrete, however, are multi-scale materials and the question naturally arises, if bridged crack models in fact are more suitable for concrete and mortar as well? In trying to answer this question a model...

  6. Crack detection in a beam with an arbitrary number of transverse cracks using genetic algorithms

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    Khaji, N. [Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mehrjoo, M. [Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    In this paper, a crack detection approach is presented for detecting depth and location of cracks in beam-like structures. For this purpose, a new beam element with an arbitrary number of embedded transverse edge cracks, in arbitrary positions of beam element with any depth, is derived. The components of the stiffness matrix for the cracked element are computed using the conjugate beam concept and Betti's theorem, and finally represented in closed-form expressions. The proposed beam element is efficiently employed for solving forward problem (i.e., to gain precise natural frequencies and mode shapes of the beam knowing the cracks' characteristics). To validate the proposed element, results obtained by new element are compared with two-dimensional (2D) finite element results and available experimental measurements. Moreover, by knowing the natural frequencies and mode shapes, an inverse problem is established in which the location and depth of cracks are determined. In the inverse approach, an optimization problem based on the new finite element and genetic algorithms (GAs) is solved to search the solution. It is shown that the present algorithm is able to identify various crack configurations in a cracked beam. The proposed approach is verified through a cracked beam containing various cracks with different depths.

  7. Statistical Approach to Optimize the Process Parameters of HAZ of Tool Steel EN X32CrMoV12-28 after Die-Sinking EDM with SF-Cu Electrode

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    L’uboslav Straka


    Full Text Available The paper describes the results of the experimental research of the heat affected zone (HAZ of an eroded surface after die-sinking electrical discharge machining (EDM. The research was carried out on chrome-molybdenum-vanadium alloyed tool steel EN X32CrMoV12-28 (W.-Nr. 1.2365 after die-sinking EDM with a SF-Cu electrode. The aim of the experimental measurements was to contribute to the database of knowledge that characterizes the significant impact of the main technological and process parameters on the eroded surface properties during die-sinking EDM. The quality of the eroded surface was assessed from the viewpoint of surface roughness, microhardness variation, and the total HAZ depth of the thin sub-surface layer adjacent to the eroded surface. On the basis of measurement results, mathematical models were established by statistical methods. These models can be applied for computer simulation and prediction of the resultant quality of the machined surface after die-sinking EDM. The results achieved by simulation were compared with the results of experimental measurements and high correlation indexes between the predicted and real values were achieved. Suggested mathematical models can be also applied for the determination of the optimal combination of significant technological parameters in order to minimize microhardness and total HAZ depth variations of tool steel EN X32CrMoV12-28 after die-sinking EDM with a SF-Cu electrode.

  8. Crack growth monitoring at CFRP bond lines (United States)

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


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

  9. Research and Service Experience with Environmentally-Assisted Cracking in Carbon and Low-Alloy Steels in High-Temperature Water

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    Seifert, Hans-Peter; Ritter, Stefan [Paul Scherrer Inst., Laboratory for Materials Behaviour, Villigen (Switzerland). Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Dept.


    , particularly in BWR service, most often in piping and, rarely in the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) itself. Oxidizing conditions, usually dissolved oxygen (DO), and relevant dynamic straining were always involved. These cases were either attributed to strain-induced corrosion cracking (SICC) or corrosion fatigue (CF) and could be readily rationalized by the experimental background knowledge. Both service experience and experimental/mechanistic background knowledge confirm the high resistance of C and LAS to SCC under stationary power operation and static loading conditions and clearly reveal, that slow, positive (tensile) straining, with associated plastic yielding and sufficiently oxidizing conditions are essential for EAC initiation in HT water. Based on the experimental/mechanistic background knowledge and service experience different remedial and mitigation actions have been qualified and successfully applied, which further reduced the low EAC cracking frequency in the field. In spite of the absence of SCC in the field, several unfavourable critical parameter combinations, which can lead to sustained, fast SCC with crack growth rates (CGRs) well above the BWRVIP-60 SCC DLs have been identified. Many of them appear atypical for current BWR plant operation with properly manufactured C and LAS components, but some might occur during service, at least temporarily under faulted conditions or in components with fabrication deficiencies. Although there are open questions and potentials for improvements in all fields, from a safety perspective, the special emphasis of research should be placed to these conditions, and in particular, to an improved identification/quantification of the boundaries/thresholds for the transition from low to high/accelerated SCC CGRs. In this context, research should be focused on the effects of chloride transients and dynamic strain ageing (DSA)/yield stress (YS) on the SCC crack growth behaviour of C and LAS and of weld heat-affected zone (HAZ

  10. Cracks in high-manganese cast steel

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    A. Chojecki


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

  11. Resistance to Crack Propagation of Algerian Wood

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    Abdelhakim DAOUI


    Full Text Available Wood is the most building materials widely used since prehistory for the construction of houses, tools, weapons. Accidents occurring during the use of materials caused by different defaults, as: knots, resin pockets, cracks. These various defaults and others are the starting point of the principle of crack mechanics. Our present work focuses on determining the resistance to crack propagation of three types of Algerians wood, (Aleppo pine, eucalyptus and oak, by calculating the energy release rate G (mode I. The estimation of factor G allows the possibility of fracture propagation.

  12. Hot cracking during laser welding of steel: influence of the welding parameters and prevention of cracks (United States)

    Schaefer, Marcel; Kessler, Steffen; Scheible, Philipp; Speker, Nicolai; Harrer, Thomas


    In continuous wave keyhole-mode laser welding of high strength steel alloys hot cracking can occur. The hot crack susceptibility depends on the mutual interaction of several factors like the welding parameters, the alloy composition and the weld fixturing. In this paper we focus on the influence of the welding parameters and investigate the dependency of the laser power, the welding speed and the laser wavelength on the crack formation. X-ray images are used to visualize the hot crack patterns, which exhibit a pronounced periodicity. To influence the hot crack formation, the incident energy input into the process was adapted. For specific welding parameters, we show exemplarily the prevention of hot cracking by the use of a twin-spot optics.

  13. The initiation of environmentally-assisted cracking in semi-elliptical surface cracks

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    James, L.A.


    A criterion to predict under what conditions EAC would Initiate In cracks In a high-sulfur steel in contact with low-oxygen water was recently proposed by Wire and U. This EAC Initiation Criterion was developed using transient analyses for the diffusion of sulfides plus experimental test results. The experiments were conducted mainly on compact tension-type specimens with initial crack depths of about 2.54 mm. The present paper expands upon the work of Wire and U by presenting results for significantly deeper initial semi-elliptical surface cracks. In addition, in one specimen, the surface crack penetrated weld-deposited cladding into the high-sulfur steel. The results for the semi-elliptical surface cracks agreed quite well with the EAC Initiation Criterion, and provide confirmation of the applicability of the criterion to crack configurations with more restricted access to water.

  14. An analysis of creep crack growth of interface cracks in layered/graded materials

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    Biner, S.B.


    In this study, the growth behavior of interface cracks in bimaterials and in layered materials resulting from the creep cavitation was studied. The growth model includes the effects of material deposition resulting from the growth of creep cavities on the crack tip stress fields. The results indicate that in layered materials under identical applied loading, the location of the interface crack strongly influence the amplitude of the stress field at steady-state. Due to large variation in the distribution of the stresses ahead of the interface cracks at creep regime, depending upon the crack location, the creep crack growth rates will be significantly different from each other under identical loading for a given layered material.

  15. CRACK2. Modelling calcium carbonate deposition from bicarbonate solutions in cracks in concrete


    Brodersen, Knud Erik


    The numerical CRACK2 model simulates precipitation of calcite from calcium bicarbonate solution (e.g. groundwater) passing through cracks in concrete or other cementitious materials. A summary of experimental work is followed by a detailed description ofthe model. Hydroxyl ions are transported by diffusion in pore systems in columns of cementitious materials. The hydroxyl is precipitating calcite from a flow of bicarbonate solution in a crack connecting the ends of a row of such columns. Thec...

  16. Fatigue crack sizing in rail steel using crack closure-induced acoustic emission waves (United States)

    Li, Dan; Kuang, Kevin Sze Chiang; Ghee Koh, Chan


    The acoustic emission (AE) technique is a promising approach for detecting and locating fatigue cracks in metallic structures such as rail tracks. However, it is still a challenge to quantify the crack size accurately using this technique. AE waves can be generated by either crack propagation (CP) or crack closure (CC) processes and classification of these two types of AE waves is necessary to obtain more reliable crack sizing results. As the pre-processing step, an index based on wavelet power (WP) of AE signal is initially established in this paper in order to distinguish between the CC-induced AE waves and their CP-induced counterparts. Here, information embedded within the AE signal was used to perform the AE wave classification, which is preferred to the use of real-time load information, typically adopted in other studies. With the proposed approach, it renders the AE technique more amenable to practical implementation. Following the AE wave classification, a novel method to quantify the fatigue crack length was developed by taking advantage of the CC-induced AE waves, the count rate of which was observed to be positively correlated with the crack length. The crack length was subsequently determined using an empirical model derived from the AE data acquired during the fatigue tests of the rail steel specimens. The performance of the proposed method was validated by experimental data and compared with that of the traditional crack sizing method, which is based on CP-induced AE waves. As a significant advantage over other AE crack sizing methods, the proposed novel method is able to estimate the crack length without prior knowledge of the initial crack length, integration of AE data or real-time load amplitude. It is thus applicable to the health monitoring of both new and existing structures.

  17. A Microstructure Based Multi-Site Crack Growth Model (United States)

    Brockenbrough, J. R.; Fridy, J. M.; Weiland, H.

    A simple computational method to simulate component failures in engineered structures based on microstructure characteristics has been developed. The computational model deals directly with a large set of cracks in a defined geometrical region, and is capable of tracking the simultaneous growth and interaction of those cracks, including crack-tip shielding and link-up, until final failure. The Multi-Site Crack Growth (MSCG) tool is designed to start from either an initial uncracked state where cracks may nucleate from cracked particles or other microstructural features, or from an initial cracked state such as might be expected at a percentage of fatigue life expended. Alternatively, the input can be expected crack nucleation sites from microstructure simulations. The MSCG tool is designed based on microstructural origins of fatigue cracks, and the statistical distributions of microstructural parameters. Thus it is possible to extend this framework to corrosion-fatigue. The computational algorithms used enable rapid calculation of the complete crack growth geometry for the current loading cycle, including the current number of cracks, the maximum crack length, the average crack length, and the total cracked area. This makes application to life predictions possible as crack length, area, and number distribution are predicted for given number of load cycles. Example simulations of crack nucleation from large second phase particles will be given.

  18. Page 1 Stress corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steels 691 ...

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    Stress corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steels 691 and crack growth per event computed from acoustic emission and crack growth data are presented in table 3. The crack growth per event varies from less than a micron for a solution annealed material to 15 pm for 10% cold worked material. 4.4 Fractographic ...

  19. Fatigue crack growth retardation in spot heated mild steel sheet

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    A fatigue crack can be effectively retarded by heating a spot near the crack tip under nil remote stress condition. The subcritical spot heating at a proper position modifies the crack growth behaviour in a way, more or less, similar to specimen subjected to overload spike. It is observed that the extent of crack growth retardation ...

  20. Introduction of Residue Fluid Catalytic Cracking Process

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    .... Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) is one of the most important conversion processes in a petroleum refinery, it also occupies very significant position in the refinery due to its economic benefits...

  1. Dynamic Strain and Crack Monitoring Sensor Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Los Gatos Research proposes to develop a new automated vehicle health monitoring sensor system capable of measuring loads and detecting crack, corrosion, and...

  2. Investigation of reflective cracking mitigation techniques. (United States)


    In the state of Florida, an asphalt rubber membrane interlayer (ARMI) has been commonly used as a reflective cracking (RC) mitigation method, but inconsistent performance of an ARMI has been observed in the field. Moreover, the Heavy Vehicle Simulato...

  3. Internal shear cracking in bulk metal forming

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    Christiansen, Peter; Nielsen, Chris Valentin; Bay, Niels Oluf


    This paper presents an uncoupled ductile damage criterion for modelling the opening and propagation of internal shear cracks in bulk metal forming. The criterion is built upon the original work on the motion of a hole subjected to shear with superimposed tensile stress triaxiality and its overall...... performance is evaluated by means of side-pressing formability tests in Aluminium AA2007-T6 subjected to different levels of pre-strain. Results show that the new proposed criterionis able to combine simplicity with efficiency for predicting the onset of fracture and the crack propagation path for the entire...... cracking to internal cracks formed undert hree-dimensional states of stress that are typical of bulk metal forming....

  4. Cracking the code of change. (United States)

    Beer, M; Nohria, N


    Today's fast-paced economy demands that businesses change or die. But few companies manage corporate transformations as well as they would like. The brutal fact is that about 70% of all change initiatives fail. In this article, authors Michael Beer and Nitin Nohria describe two archetypes--or theories--of corporate transformation that may help executives crack the code of change. Theory E is change based on economic value: shareholder value is the only legitimate measure of success, and change often involves heavy use of economic incentives, layoffs, downsizing, and restructuring. Theory O is change based on organizational capability: the goal is to build and strengthen corporate culture. Most companies focus purely on one theory or the other, or haphazardly use a mix of both, the authors say. Combining E and O is directionally correct, they contend, but it requires a careful, conscious integration plan. Beer and Nohria present the examples of two companies, Scott Paper and Champion International, that used a purely E or purely O strategy to create change--and met with limited levels of success. They contrast those corporate transformations with that of UK-based retailer ASDA, which has successfully embraced the paradox between the opposing theories of change and integrated E and O. The lesson from ASDA? To thrive and adapt in the new economy, companies must make sure the E and O theories of business change are in sync at their own organizations.

  5. Understanding precursory rockfalls along cracks (United States)

    Abellán, A.; Carrea, D.; Loye, A.; Tonini, M.; Jaboyedoff, M.; Royan, M.; Pedrazzini, A.


    Little is known about the characteristics (magnitude, frequency, spatial location, etc) of precursory rockfalls leading to larger failures. In order to better understand this phenomena, we investigated the spatial location of precursory rockfalls and how these events tends to concentrate along the cracks that define the boundaries of the area were a larger failure will took place. Once a certain mass movement has started, the higher stress is concentrated around the limits between the moving and the stables parts of the slope, i.e. the limits between the ongoing rockfall and the rest of the slope. Since natural rock slopes do not allow too much deformation to be produced, the stress on the rock slope surface is expressed in surface by the occurrence of a series of rockfalls along time. Indeed, similar behaviour is observed in other geological events as earthquakes, which distribution is concentrated along the area of higher stress, i.e. along the tectonic plate boundaries. We carried out a series of experimental tests on an analogue scale sandbox. We reproduced the geometry of a sedimentary natural cliff by using washed quartz sands (grain size Catalonia, Spain). Testing this method in new natural slopes will allow the creation of alternative early warning systems. Future perspectives include the study of the spatio-temporal evolution of precursory rockfalls and the study of failure prediction using precursory rockfall volumes.

  6. Evaluation of the resistance of API 5L-X80 girth welds to sulphide stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement

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    Forero, Adriana [Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC-Rio), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Ponciano, Jose A. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao em Engenharia; Bott, Ivani de S. [Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Ciencia dos Materiais e Metalurgia


    The susceptibility of pipeline steels to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) depends on a series of factors ranging from the manufacture of the steel, the pipe fabrication and the assembly of the pipeline to the type of substances to be transported. The welding procedures adopted during the production and construction of the pipelines (field welding), can modify the properties of the base metal in the heat affected zone (HAZ), potentially rendering this region susceptible to SCC. This study evaluates the resistance of girth welds, in API 5L X80 pipes, to hydrogen embrittlement and to stress corrosion cracking in the presence of sulphides. The evaluation was performed according to NACE TM0177/96, Method A, applying the criterion of fracture/no fracture, and Slow Strain Rate Tensile tests (SSRT) were undertaken using a sodium thiosulphate solution according to the ASTM G129-00 Standard. According NACE requirements, the base metal was approved. The weld metal exhibited susceptibility to SCC in the presence of sulphides, failing in a period of less than 720h. This was confirmed by SSR tensile tests, where a significant decrease in the ultimate tensile strength, the elongation and the time to fracture were observed. The mechanism of fracture was transgranular. (author)

  7. Terahertz non-destructive imaging of cracks and cracking in structures of cement-based materials (United States)

    Fan, Shujie; Li, Tongchun; Zhou, Jun; Liu, Xiaoqing; Liu, Xiaoming; Qi, Huijun; Mu, Zhiyong


    Cracks and crack propagation in cement-based materials are key factors leading to failure of structures, affecting safety in construction engineering. This work investigated the application of terahertz (THz) non-destructive imaging to inspections on structures of cement-based materials, so as to explore the potential of THz imaging in crack detection. Two kinds of disk specimens made of plain cement mortar and UHMWPE fiber concrete were prepared respectively. A mechanical expansion load device was deployed to generate cracks and control the whole process of cracking. Experimental tests were carried out on cracked specimens by using a commercial THz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) during loading. The results show that crack opening and propagation could be examined by THz clearly and the material factors influence the ability of crack resistance significantly. It was found that the THz imaging of crack initiation and propagation agrees with the practical phenomenon and supplies more information about damage of samples. It is demonstrated that the damage behavior of structures of cement-based materials can be successfully detected by THz imaging.

  8. Steady-state propagation of interface corner crack

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    Veluri, Badrinath; Jensen, Henrik Myhre


    Steady-state propagation of interface cracks close to three-dimensional corners has been analyzed. Attention was focused on modeling the shape of the interface crack front and calculating the critical stress for steady-state propagation of the crack. The crack propagation was investigated...... field (crack tip) solutions based on the J-integral. The adopted two-dimensional numerical approach for the calculation of fracture mechanical properties was compared with three-dimensional models for quarter-circular and straight sided crack front shapes. A quantitative approach was formulated based...... for propagation and the angle of intersection of the crack front with the free edge....

  9. Durability of cracked fibre reinforced concrete structures

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    Hansen, Ernst Jan De Place; Nielsen, Laila


    (capillary water uptake) is used, involving an in-situ method and a laboratory method. Three different concrete qualities as well as steel fibres (ZP) and polypropylene fibres (PP) are used. Results of the durability tests on cracked FRC-beams are compared to results for uncracked FRC-beams and beams without...... fibres and the influence of fibres and cracks on the water uptake is discussed....

  10. Fracture probability along a fatigue crack path

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    Makris, P. [Technical Univ., Athens (Greece)


    Long experience has shown that the strength of materials under fatigue load has a stochastic behavior, which can be expressed through the fracture probability. This paper deals with a new analytically derived law for the distribution of the fracture probability along a fatigue crack path. The knowledge of the distribution of the fatigue fracture probability along the crack path helps the connection between stress conditions and the expected fatigue life of a structure under stochasticly varying loads. (orig.)

  11. Crack-Inclusion Interaction: A Review (United States)


    prescribed, we call the equation a Fredholm integral equation (if one is variable, it is called a Volterra integral equation ) (20). For example, a... integral equation solution to an elliptical inclusion and a straight crack in an infinite elastic medium. This report is intended as a detailed...research on the problem. fracture mechanics, inclusion, crack, dislocation, Erdogan, Dundurs, integral equation , Green’s function 58 Christopher S. Meyer

  12. Molecular dynamics simulation of propagating cracks (United States)

    Mullins, M.


    Steady state crack propagation is investigated numerically using a model consisting of 236 free atoms in two (010) planes of bcc alpha iron. The continuum region is modeled using the finite element method with 175 nodes and 288 elements. The model shows clear (010) plane fracture to the edge of the discrete region at moderate loads. Analysis of the results obtained indicates that models of this type can provide realistic simulation of steady state crack propagation.

  13. Mechanics of longitudinal cracks in tooth enamel. (United States)

    Barani, A; Keown, A J; Bush, M B; Lee, J J-W; Chai, H; Lawn, B R


    A study is made of longitudinal "channel" cracking in tooth enamel from axial compressive loading. The cracks simulate those generated in the molar and premolar teeth of humans and animals by natural tooth function. Contact loading tests are made on extracted human molars with hard and soft indenting plates to determine the evolution of such cracks with increasing load. Fracture is largely stable, with initial slow growth followed by acceleration as the cracks approach completion around an enamel side wall. A simple power law relation expresses the critical load for full fracture in terms of characteristic tooth dimensions-base radius and enamel thickness-as well as enamel toughness. Extended three-dimensional finite element modeling with provision for growth of embedded cracks is used to validate this relation. The cracks leave "fingerprints" that offer valuable clues to dietary habits, and provide a basis for a priori prediction of bite forces for different animals from measured tooth dimensions. Copyright © 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Creep Behavior and Durability of Cracked CMC (United States)

    Bhatt, R. T.; Fox, Dennis; Smith, Craig


    To understand failure mechanisms and durability of cracked Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), Melt Infiltration (MI) SiCSiC composites with Sylramic-iBN fibers and full Chemical vapour infiltration SiCSiC composites with Sylramic-ion bombarded BN (iBN) and Hi-Nicalon -S fibers were pre-cracked between 150 to 200 megapascal and then creep and Sustained Peak Low Cycle Fatigue (SPLCF) tested at 13150 C at stress levels from 35 to 103 megapascal for up to 200 hours under furnace and burner rig conditions. In addition creep testing was also conducted on pre-cracked full Chemical vapour infiltration SiCSiC composites at 14500 C between 35 and 103 megapascal for up to 200 hours under furnace conditions. If the specimens survived the 200 hour durability tests, then they were tensile tested at room temperature to determine their residual tensile properties. The failed specimens were examined by Scanning electron microscope (SEM) to determine the failure modes and mechanisms. The influence of crack healing matrix, fiber types, crack density, testing modes and interface oxidation on durability of cracked Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) will be discussed.

  15. Electromagnetic pulsed thermography for natural cracks inspection (United States)

    Gao, Yunlai; Tian, Gui Yun; Wang, Ping; Wang, Haitao; Gao, Bin; Woo, Wai Lok; Li, Kongjing


    Emerging integrated sensing and monitoring of material degradation and cracks are increasingly required for characterizing the structural integrity and safety of infrastructure. However, most conventional nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods are based on single modality sensing which is not adequate to evaluate structural integrity and natural cracks. This paper proposed electromagnetic pulsed thermography for fast and comprehensive defect characterization. It hybrids multiple physical phenomena i.e. magnetic flux leakage, induced eddy current and induction heating linking to physics as well as signal processing algorithms to provide abundant information of material properties and defects. New features are proposed using 1st derivation that reflects multiphysics spatial and temporal behaviors to enhance the detection of cracks with different orientations. Promising results that robust to lift-off changes and invariant features for artificial and natural cracks detection have been demonstrated that the proposed method significantly improves defect detectability. It opens up multiphysics sensing and integrated NDE with potential impact for natural understanding and better quantitative evaluation of natural cracks including stress corrosion crack (SCC) and rolling contact fatigue (RCF).

  16. Electromagnetic pulsed thermography for natural cracks inspection (United States)

    Gao, Yunlai; Tian, Gui Yun; Wang, Ping; Wang, Haitao; Gao, Bin; Woo, Wai Lok; Li, Kongjing


    Emerging integrated sensing and monitoring of material degradation and cracks are increasingly required for characterizing the structural integrity and safety of infrastructure. However, most conventional nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods are based on single modality sensing which is not adequate to evaluate structural integrity and natural cracks. This paper proposed electromagnetic pulsed thermography for fast and comprehensive defect characterization. It hybrids multiple physical phenomena i.e. magnetic flux leakage, induced eddy current and induction heating linking to physics as well as signal processing algorithms to provide abundant information of material properties and defects. New features are proposed using 1st derivation that reflects multiphysics spatial and temporal behaviors to enhance the detection of cracks with different orientations. Promising results that robust to lift-off changes and invariant features for artificial and natural cracks detection have been demonstrated that the proposed method significantly improves defect detectability. It opens up multiphysics sensing and integrated NDE with potential impact for natural understanding and better quantitative evaluation of natural cracks including stress corrosion crack (SCC) and rolling contact fatigue (RCF). PMID:28169361

  17. Stress corrosion cracking of copper canisters

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    King, Fraser (Integrity Corrosion Consulting Limited (Canada)); Newman, Roger (Univ. of Toronto (Canada))


    A critical review is presented of the possibility of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of copper canisters in a deep geological repository in the Fennoscandian Shield. Each of the four main mechanisms proposed for the SCC of pure copper are reviewed and the required conditions for cracking compared with the expected environmental and mechanical loading conditions within the repository. Other possible mechanisms are also considered, as are recent studies specifically directed towards the SCC of copper canisters. The aim of the review is to determine if and when during the evolution of the repository environment copper canisters might be susceptible to SCC. Mechanisms that require a degree of oxidation or dissolution are only possible whilst oxidant is present in the repository and then only if other environmental and mechanical loading conditions are satisfied. These constraints are found to limit the period during which the canisters could be susceptible to cracking via film rupture (slip dissolution) or tarnish rupture mechanisms to the first few years after deposition of the canisters, at which time there will be insufficient SCC agent (ammonia, acetate, or nitrite) to support cracking. During the anaerobic phase, the supply of sulphide ions to the free surface will be transport limited by diffusion through the highly compacted bentonite. Therefore, no HS. will enter the crack and cracking by either of these mechanisms during the long term anaerobic phase is not feasible. Cracking via the film-induced cleavage mechanism requires a surface film of specific properties, most often associated with a nano porous structure. Slow rates of dissolution characteristic of processes in the repository will tend to coarsen any nano porous layer. Under some circumstances, a cuprous oxide film could support film-induced cleavage, but there is no evidence that this mechanism would operate in the presence of sulphide during the long-term anaerobic period because copper sulphide



    PriyankaTiwari*1, Nikhilesh N Singh2 & Dr. Prabhat Kumar Sinha3


    In the current research, the natural frequency of a beam with a crack, is investigated numerically by finite part methodology victimization analysis software system ANSYS APDL 15.0. In this research” Vibration Analysis of Elastic Cracked Beam” the response characteristics of a beam is predicted for both intact and cracked beams. In addition to that the response characteristics for different crack depth were studied. Crack depth and location were main parameters for vibration analysis. So it b...

  19. Investigation of the Use of Laser Shock Peening for Enhancing Fatigue and Stress Corrosion Cracking Resistance of Nuclear Energy Materials

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    Vasudevan, Vijay K. [Univ. of Cincinnati, OH (United States); Jackson, John [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Teysseyre, Sebastien [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Alexandreanu, Bogdan [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Chen, Yiren [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)


    The objective of this project, which includes close collaboration with scientists from INL and ANL, is to investigate and demonstrate the use of advanced mechanical surface treatments like laser shock peening (LSP) and ultrasonic nanocrystal surface modification (UNSM) and establish baseline parameters for enhancing the fatigue properties and SCC resistance of nuclear materials like nickel-based alloy 600 and 304 stainless steel. The research program includes the following key elements/tasks: 1) Procurement of Alloy 600 and 304 SS, heat treatment studies; 2) LSP and UNSM processing of base metal and welds/HAZ of alloys 600 and 304; (3) measurement and mapping of surface and sub-surface residual strains/stresses and microstructural changes as a function of process parameters using novel methods; (4) determination of thermal relaxation of residual stresses (macro and micro) and microstructure evolution with time at high temperatures typical of service conditions and modeling of the kinetics of relaxation; (5) evaluation of the effects of residual stress, near surface microstructure and temperature on SCC and fatigue resistance and associated microstructural mechanisms; and (6) studies of the effects of bulk and surface grain boundary engineering on improvements in the SCC resistance and associated microstructural and cracking mechanisms

  20. Crack repair welding by CMT brazing using low melting point filler wire for long-term used steam turbine cases of Cr-Mo-V cast steels

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    Kadoi, Kota, E-mail: [Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8527 (Japan); Murakami, Aoi; Shinozaki, Kenji; Yamamoto, Motomichi [Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8527 (Japan); Matsumura, Hideo [Chugoku Electric Power Co., 3-9-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-0046 (Japan)


    Surface melting by gas tungsten arc (GTA) welding and overlaying by cold metal transfer (CMT) brazing using low melting point filler wire were investigated to develop a repair process for cracks in worn cast steel of steam turbine cases. Cr-Mo-V cast steel, operated for 188,500 h at 566 °C, was used as the base material. Silver and gold brazing filler wires were used as overlaying materials to decrease the heat input into the base metal and the peak temperature during the welding thermal cycle. Microstructural analysis revealed that the worn cast steel test samples contained ferrite phases with intragranular precipitates of Cr{sub 7}C{sub 3}, Mo{sub 2}C, and CrSi{sub 2} and grain boundary precipitates of Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} and Mo{sub 2}C. CMT brazing using low melting point filler wire was found to decrease the heat input and peak temperature during the thermal cycle of the process compared with those during GTA surface melting. Thus, the process helped to inhibit the formation of hardened phases such as intermetallics and martensite in the heat affected zone (HAZ). Additionally, in the case of CMT brazing using BAg-8, the change in the hardness of the HAZ was negligible even though other processes such as GTA surface melting cause significant changes. The creep-fatigue properties of weldments produced by CMT brazing with BAg-8 were the highest, and nearly the same as those of the base metal owing to the prevention of hardened phase formation. The number of fracture cycles using GTA surface melting and CMT brazing with BAu-4 was also quite small. Therefore, CMT brazing using low melting point filler wire such as BAg-8 is a promising candidate method for repairing steam turbine cases. However, it is necessary to take alloy segregation during turbine operation into account to design a suitable filler wire for practical use.

  1. Experimental investigation of interfacial crack arrest in sandwich beams subjected to fatigue loading using a novel crack arresting device

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    Martakos, G.; Andreasen, J.H.; Berggreen, Christian


    A recently proposed face-sheet–core interface crack arresting device is implemented in sandwich beams and tested using the Sandwich Tear Test configuration. Fatigue loading conditions are applied to propagate the crack and determine the effect of the crack stopper on the fatigue growth rate...... and arrest of the crack. Digital image correlation is used through the duration of the fatigue experiment to track the strain evolution as the crack tip advances. The measured strains are related to crack tip propagation, arrest, and re-initiation of the crack. A finite element model is used to calculate...... the energy release rate, mode mixity and to simulate crack propagation and arrest of the crack. Finally, the effectiveness of the crack arresting device is demonstrated on composite sandwich beams subjected to fatigue loading conditions....

  2. Environmentally assisted cracking in light water reactors.

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    Chopra, O. K.; Chung, H. M.; Clark, R. W.; Gruber, E. E.; Shack, W. J.; Soppet, W. K.; Strain, R. V.


    This report summarizes work performed by Argonne National Laboratory on fatigue and environmentally assisted cracking (EAC) in light water reactors (LWRs) from January to December 2002. Topics that have been investigated include: (a) environmental effects on fatigue crack initiation in carbon and low-alloy steels and austenitic stainless steels (SSs), (b) irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) of austenitic SSs in BWRs, (c) evaluation of causes and mechanisms of irradiation-assisted cracking of austenitic SS in PWRs, and (d) cracking in Ni-alloys and welds. A critical review of the ASME Code fatigue design margins and an assessment of the conservation in the current choice of design margins are presented. The existing fatigue {var_epsilon}-N data have been evaluated to define the effects of key material, loading, and environmental parameters on the fatigue lives of carbon and low-alloy steels and austenitic SSs. Experimental data are presented on the effects of surface roughness on fatigue crack initiation in these materials in air and LWR environments. Crack growth tests were performed in BWR environments on SSs irradiated to 0.9 and 2.0 x 10{sup 21} n x cm{sup -2}. The crack growth rates (CGRs) of the irradiated steels are a factor of {approx}5 higher than the disposition curve proposed in NUREG-0313 for thermally sensitized materials. The CGRs decreased by an order of magnitude in low-dissolved oxygen (DO) environments. Slow-strain-rate tensile (SSRT) tests were conducted in high-purity 289 C water on steels irradiated to {approx}3 dpa. The bulk S content correlated well with the susceptibility to intergranular SCC in 289 C water. The IASCC susceptibility of SSs that contain >0.003 wt. % S increased drastically. bend tests in inert environments at 23 C were conducted on broken pieces of SSRT specimens and on unirradiated specimens of the same materials after hydrogen charging. The results of the tests and a review of other data in the literature

  3. Biogenic Cracks in Porous Rock (United States)

    Hemmerle, A.; Hartung, J.; Hallatschek, O.; Goehring, L.; Herminghaus, S.


    Microorganisms growing on and inside porous rock may fracture it by various processes. Some of the mechanisms of biofouling and bioweathering are today identified and partially understood but most emphasis is on chemical weathering, while mechanical contributions have been neglected. However, as demonstrated by the perseverance of a seed germinating and cracking up a concrete block, the turgor pressure of living organisms can be very significant. Here, we present results of a systematic study of the effects of the mechanical forces of growing microbial populations on the weathering of porous media. We designed a model porous medium made of glass beads held together by polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a curable polymer. The rheological properties of the porous medium, whose shape and size are tunable, can be controlled by the ratio of crosslinker to base used in the PDMS (see Fig. 1). Glass and PDMS being inert to most chemicals, we are able to focus on the mechanical processes of biodeterioration, excluding any chemical weathering. Inspired by recent measurements of the high pressure (~0.5 Mpa) exerted by a growing population of yeasts trapped in a microfluidic device, we show that yeast cells can be cultured homogeneously within porous medium until saturation of the porous space. We investigate then the effects of such an inner pressure on the mechanical properties of the sample. Using the same model system, we study also the complex interplay between biofilms and porous media. We focus in particular on the effects of pore size on the penetration of the biofilm within the porous sample, and on the resulting deformations of the matrix, opening new perspectives into the understanding of life in complex geometry. Figure 1. Left : cell culture growing in a model porous medium. The white spheres represent the grains, bonds are displayed in grey, and microbes in green. Right: microscopy picture of glass beads linked by PDMS bridges, scale bar: 100 μm.

  4. Crack Growth Monitoring by Embedded Optical Fibre Bragg Grating Sensors: Fibre Reinforced Plastic Crack Growing Detection

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    Pereira, Gilmar Ferreira; Mikkelsen, Lars Pilgaard; McGugan, Malcolm


    This article presents a novel method to asses a crack growing/damage event in fibre reinforced plastic, or adhesive using Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors embedded in a host material. Different features of the crack mechanism that induce a change in the FBG response were identified. Double...

  5. Recent evaluations of crack-opening-area in circumferentially cracked pipes

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    Rahman, S.; Brust, F.; Ghadiali, N.; Wilkowski, G.; Miura, N.


    Leak-before-break (LBB) analyses for circumferentially cracked pipes are currently being conducted in the nuclear industry to justify elimination of pipe whip restraints and jet shields which are present because of the expected dynamic effects from pipe rupture. The application of the LBB methodology frequently requires calculation of leak rates. The leak rates depend on the crack-opening area of the through-wall crack in the pipe. In addition to LBB analyses which assume a hypothetical flaw size, there is also interest in the integrity of actual leaking cracks corresponding to current leakage detection requirements in NRC Regulatory Guide 1.45, or for assessing temporary repair of Class 2 and 3 pipes that have leaks as are being evaluated in ASME Section XI. The objectives of this study were to review, evaluate, and refine current predictive models for performing crack-opening-area analyses of circumferentially cracked pipes. The results from twenty-five full-scale pipe fracture experiments, conducted in the Degraded Piping Program, the International Piping Integrity Research Group Program, and the Short Cracks in Piping and Piping Welds Program, were used to verify the analytical models. Standard statistical analyses were performed to assess used to verify the analytical models. Standard statistical analyses were performed to assess quantitatively the accuracy of the predictive models. The evaluation also involved finite element analyses for determining the crack-opening profile often needed to perform leak-rate calculations.

  6. Treatment of singularities in cracked bodies (United States)

    Shivakumar, K. N.; Raju, I. S.


    Three-dimensional finite-element analyses of middle-crack tension (M-T) and bend specimens subjected to mode I loadings were performed to study the stress singularity along the crack front. The specimen was modeled using 20-node isoparametric elements. The displacements and stresses from the analysis were used to estimate the power of singularities using a log-log regression analysis along the crack front. The analyses showed that finite-sized cracked bodies have two singular stress fields of the form rho = C sub o (theta, z) r to the -1/2 power + D sub o (theta, phi) R to the lambda rho power. The first term is the cylindrical singularity with the power -1/2 and is dominant over the middle 96 pct (for Poisson's ratio = 0.3) of the crack front and becomes nearly zero at the free surface. The second singularity is a vertex singularity with the vertex point located at the intersection of the crack front and the free surface. The second term is dominant at the free surface and becomes nearly zero away from the boundary layer. The thickness of the boundary layer depends on Poisson's ratio of the material and is independent of the specimen type. The thickness of the boundary layer varied from 0 pct to about 5 pct of the total specimen thickness as Poisson's ratio varied from 0.0 to 0.45. Because there are two singular stress fields near the free surface, the strain energy release rate (G) is an appropriate parameter to measure the severity of the crack.


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    Langton, C.


    Concrete containment structures and cement-based fills and waste forms are used at the Savannah River Site to enhance the performance of shallow land disposal systems designed for containment of low-level radioactive waste. Understanding and measuring transport through cracked concrete is important for describing the initial condition of radioactive waste containment structures at the Savannah River Site (SRS) and for predicting performance of these structures over time. This report transmits the results of a literature review on transport through cracked concrete which was performed by Professor Jason Weiss, Purdue University per SRR0000678 (RFP-RQ00001029-WY). This review complements the NRC-sponsored literature review and assessment of factors relevant to performance of grouted systems for radioactive waste disposal. This review was performed by The Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses, San Antonio, TX, and The University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen Scotland and was focused on tank closure. The objective of the literature review on transport through cracked concrete was to identify information in the open literature which can be applied to SRS transport models for cementitious containment structures, fills, and waste forms. In addition, the literature review was intended to: (1) Provide a framework for describing and classifying cracks in containment structures and cementitious materials used in radioactive waste disposal, (2) Document the state of knowledge and research related to transport through cracks in concrete for various exposure conditions, (3) Provide information or methodology for answering several specific questions related to cracking and transport in concrete, and (4) Provide information that can be used to design experiments on transport through cracked samples and actual structures.

  8. Crack propagation modeling using Peridynamic theory (United States)

    Hafezi, M. H.; Alebrahim, R.; Kundu, T.


    Crack propagation and branching are modeled using nonlocal peridynamic theory. One major advantage of this nonlocal theory based analysis tool is the unifying approach towards material behavior modeling - irrespective of whether the crack is formed in the material or not. No separate damage law is needed for crack initiation and propagation. This theory overcomes the weaknesses of existing continuum mechanics based numerical tools (e.g. FEM, XFEM etc.) for identifying fracture modes and does not require any simplifying assumptions. Cracks grow autonomously and not necessarily along a prescribed path. However, in some special situations such as in case of ductile fracture, the damage evolution and failure depend on parameters characterizing the local stress state instead of peridynamic damage modeling technique developed for brittle fracture. For brittle fracture modeling the bond is simply broken when the failure criterion is satisfied. This simulation helps us to design more reliable modeling tool for crack propagation and branching in both brittle and ductile materials. Peridynamic analysis has been found to be very demanding computationally, particularly for real-world structures (e.g. vehicles, aircrafts, etc.). It also requires a very expensive visualization process. The goal of this paper is to bring awareness to researchers the impact of this cutting-edge simulation tool for a better understanding of the cracked material response. A computer code has been developed to implement the peridynamic theory based modeling tool for two-dimensional analysis. A good agreement between our predictions and previously published results is observed. Some interesting new results that have not been reported earlier by others are also obtained and presented in this paper. The final objective of this investigation is to increase the mechanics knowledge of self-similar and self-affine cracks.


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    R. Daud


    Full Text Available Shielding interaction effects of two parallel edge cracks in finite thickness plates subjected to remote tension load is analyzed using a developed finite element analysis program. In the present study, the crack interaction limit is evaluated based on the fitness of service (FFS code, and focus is given to the weak crack interaction region as the crack interval exceeds the length of cracks (b > a. Crack interaction factors are evaluated based on stress intensity factors (SIFs for Mode I SIFs using a displacement extrapolation technique. Parametric studies involved a wide range of crack-to-width (0.05 ≤ a/W ≤ 0.5 and crack interval ratios (b/a > 1. For validation, crack interaction factors are compared with single edge crack SIFs as a state of zero interaction. Within the considered range of parameters, the proposed numerical evaluation used to predict the crack interaction factor reduces the error of existing analytical solution from 1.92% to 0.97% at higher a/W. In reference to FFS codes, the small discrepancy in the prediction of the crack interaction factor validates the reliability of the numerical model to predict crack interaction limits under shielding interaction effects. In conclusion, the numerical model gave a successful prediction in estimating the crack interaction limit, which can be used as a reference for the shielding orientation of other cracks.

  10. Stress Ratio Effects on Crack Opening Loads and Crack Growth Rates in Aluminum Alloy 2024 (United States)

    Riddell, William T.; Piascik, Robert S.


    The effects of stress ratio (R) and crack opening behavior on fatigue crack growth rates (da/dN) for aluminum alloy (AA) 2024-T3 were investigated using constant-delta K testing, closure measurements, and fractography. Fatigue crack growth rates were obtained for a range of delta K and stress ratios. Results show that constant delta K fatigue crack growth for R ranging from near 0 to 1 is divided into three regions. In Region 1, at low R, da/dN increases with increasing R. In Region 2, at intermediate R, fatigue crack growth rates are relatively independent of R. In Region 3, at high R, further increases in da/dN are observed with increasing R.

  11. Interfacial Crack Arrest in Sandwich Panels with Embedded Crack Stoppers Subjected to Fatigue Loading

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    Martakos, G.; Andreasen, J. H.; Berggreen, Christian


    of the embedded crack arresters was evaluated in terms of the achieved enhancement of the damage tolerance of the tested sandwich panels. A finite element (FE) model of the experimental setup was used for predicting propagation rates and direction of the crack growth. The FE simulation was based on the adoption......A novel crack arresting device has been implemented in sandwich panels and tested using a special rig to apply out-of-plane loading on the sandwich panel face-sheets. Fatigue crack propagation was induced in the face-core interface of the sandwich panels which met the crack arrester. The effect...... of linear fracture mechanics and a fatigue propagation law (i.e. Paris law) to predict the residual fatigue life-time and behaviour of the test specimens. Finally, a comparison between the experimental results and the numerical simulations was made to validate the numerical predictions as well...


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    The crack tip opening displacements and angles (CTOD/CTOA) are calculated with finite element method based on the test data of a set of constraint-dependent J-R curves for A285 carbon steel. The values of the CTOD/CTOA are initially high at initiation, but rapidly decrease to a nearly constant value. When the common practice is adopted by using only the constant part of CTOD/CTOA as the fracture criterion, the crack growth behavior is shown to be severely underestimated. However, with a bilinear form of CTOD/CTOA fracture criterion which approximates the initial non-constant portion, the experimental load vs. crack extension curves can be closely predicted. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the CTOD/CTOA is crack tip constraint dependent. The values of CTOD/CTOA for specimens with various ratios of crack length to specimen width (a/W) are reflected by the J-R curves and their slopes.

  13. Experimental evaluation of plasticity-induced crack shielding from crack tip displacements fields

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    J.M. Vasco-Olmo


    Full Text Available In this work it is proposed a methodology for the evaluation of plasticity-induced crack shielding from the analysis of the crack tip displacements fields measured by digital image correlation. This methodology is based on the evaluation of the stress intensity factors determined from the displacements fields measured at the vicinity of the tip of a growing fatigue crack. For the characterisation of the crack tip displacements field, CJP model has been implemented. This model considers the shielding effects due to plasticity generated during fatigue crack growth. For the purpose of the current work, several fatigue experiments at different R-ratios have been conducted on Al2024-T3 compact tension specimens. In addition, compliance based methods have been adopted to perform a comparison of the results with those obtained by DIC. Results show a good level of agreement, illustrating the enormous potential of DIC technique for the study of fracture mechanics problems.

  14. Crack detection for a Jeffcott rotor with a transverse crack: An experimental investigation (United States)

    Guo, Chaozhong; Yan, Jihong; Yang, Weicheng


    In this paper, an experimental investigation is carried out to verify the theoretical results of the dynamic behavior and the EMD based crack detection method for the cracked rotor proposed in our former research. The breathing crack in the rotor is simulated by a real fatigue crack. The whirl orbits during passage through the 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4 subcritical speeds are investigated. The dynamic responses in these subcritical speed zones are decomposed into several subcomponents by the EMD method, and the variation of the high-frequency component are studied. As a comparison, the fast Fourier transform method is used to derive the amplitude variation of the high order frequencies from the frequency spectra of the experimental vibration signal. The experimental results are well concordant with the theoretical analysis, which indicates that the EMD based crack detection method is practicable.

  15. Fracture mechanics of piezoelectric solids with interface cracks

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    Govorukha, Volodymyr; Loboda, Volodymyr; Lapusta, Yuri


    This book provides a comprehensive study of cracks situated at the interface of two piezoelectric materials. It discusses different electric boundary conditions along the crack faces, in particular the cases of electrically permeable, impermeable, partially permeable, and conducting cracks. The book also elaborates on a new technique for the determination of electromechanical fields at the tips of interface cracks in finite sized piezoceramic bodies of arbitrary shape under different load types. It solves scientific problems of solid mechanics in connection with the investigation of electromechanical fields in piezoceramic bodies with interface cracks, and develops calculation models and solution methods for plane fracture mechanical problems for piecewise homogeneous piezoceramic bodies with cracks at the interfaces. It discusses the “open” crack model, which leads to a physically unrealistic oscillating singularity at the crack tips, and the contact zone model for in-plane straight interface cracks betw...

  16. Monitoring small-crack growth by the replication method (United States)

    Swain, Mary H.


    The suitability of the acetate replication method for monitoring the growth of small cracks is discussed. Applications of this technique are shown for cracks growing at the notch root in semicircular-edge-notch specimens of a variety of aluminum alloys and one steel. The calculated crack growth rate versus Delta K relationship for small cracks was compared to that for large cracks obtained from middle-crack-tension specimens. The primary advantage of this techinque is that it provides an opportunity, at the completion of the test, to go backward in time towards the crack initiation event and 'zoom in' on areas of interest on the specimen surface with a resolution of about 0.1 micron. The primary disadvantage is the inability to automate the process. Also, for some materials, the replication process may alter the crack-tip chemistry or plastic zone, thereby affecting crack growth rates.

  17. Shaft Crack Identification Based on Vibration and AE Signals

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    Wenxiu Lu


    Full Text Available The shaft crack is one of the main serious malfunctions that often occur in rotating machinery. However, it is difficult to locate the crack and determine the depth of the crack. In this paper, the acoustic emission (AE signal and vibration response are used to diagnose the crack. The wavelet transform is applied to AE signal to decompose into a series of time-domain signals, each of which covers a specific octave frequency band. Then an improved union method based on threshold and cross-correlation method is applied to detect the location of the shaft crack. The finite element method is used to build the model of the cracked rotor, and the crack depth is identified by comparing the vibration response of experiment and simulation. The experimental results show that the AE signal is effective and convenient to locate the shaft crack, and the vibration signal is feasible to determine the depth of shaft crack.

  18. Constitutive Mixed Mode Behavior of Cracks in Concrete

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    Jacobsen, Jonas Sejersbøl

    compressive and tensile strength of the concrete, respectively. The constitutive behavior is based on the relation between normal opening and normal traction. For an opening of the crack the material softens, for a closure the material hardens, and for a large closure the material crushes described......Cracks are a natural part of concrete and concrete structures. The cracks influence the general structural behavior in terms of e.g. the stress distribution and the stiffness. A direct inclusion of the cracks in the design will result in a more precise description of the structural behavior...... and a better basis for the assessment of the service life of the structure. The constitutive relation between Mode I crack opening and the normal stresses across the crack is well described through the Fictitious Crack Model (FCM) and related models. However, after a crack in concrete is initiated, the crack...

  19. Phase field modeling of crack propagation (United States)

    Spatschek, Robert; Brener, Efim; Karma, Alain


    Fracture is a fundamental mechanism of materials failure. Propagating cracks can exhibit a rich dynamical behavior controlled by a subtle interplay between microscopic failure processes in the crack tip region and macroscopic elasticity. We review recent approaches to understand crack dynamics using the phase field method. This method, developed originally for phase transformations, has the well-known advantage of avoiding explicit front tracking by making material interfaces spatially diffuse. In a fracture context, this method is able to capture both the short-scale physics of failure and macroscopic linear elasticity within a self-consistent set of equations that can be simulated on experimentally relevant length and time scales. We discuss the relevance of different models, which stem from continuum field descriptions of brittle materials and crystals, to address questions concerning crack path selection and branching instabilities, as well as models that are based on mesoscale concepts for crack tip scale selection. Open questions which may be addressed using phase field models of fracture are summarized.

  20. Modified pressure system for imaging egg cracks (United States)

    Lawrence, Kurt C.; Yoon, Seung Chul; Jones, Deana R.; Heitschmidt, Gerald W.; Park, Bosoon; Windham, William R.


    One aspect of grading table eggs is shell checks or cracks. Currently, USDA voluntary regulations require that humans grade a representative sample of all eggs processed. However, as processing plants and packing facilities continue to increase their volume and throughput, human graders are having difficulty matching the pace of the machines. Additionally, some plants also have a problem with micro-cracks that the graders often miss because they are very small and hard to see immediately post-processing but grow and become readily apparent before they reach market. An imaging system was developed to help the grader detect these small micro-cracks. The imaging system utilized one image captured at atmospheric pressure and a second at a slight negative pressure to enhance the crack and make detection much easier. A simple image processing algorithm was then applied to the ratio of these two images and the resulting image, containing both cracked and/or intact eggs were color-coded to simplify identification. The imaging system was capable of imaging 15 eggs in about 3/4 second and the algorithm processing took about another 10 seconds. These times could easily be reduced with a dedicated, multi-threaded computer program. In analyzing 1000 eggs, the system was 99.6% accurate overall with only 0.3% false positives compared to 94.2% accurate overall for the human graders with 1.2% false positives. An international patent on the system was filed and further automation of the system is needed.

  1. Thermal fatigue cracking of die-casting dies

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    Thermal fatigue cracking of die-casting dies


    Full Text Available Die-casting dies are exposed to high thermal and mechanical loads. Thermal fatigue cracking of dies due to thermal cycling may importantly shorten the life-time of the die. Cracks degrade the surface quality of dies and consequently the surface of castings. In this study, thermal fatigue cracking of dies was analyzed during the process of die casting aluminium alloys. During the process cracks were observed and measured and their location and size were determined. Thermal and mechanical loads cause high local stresses and consequently surface cracks. First cracks occur as early as after 2000 cycles and propagate progressively with cycles.

  2. COD measurements at various positions along a crack (United States)

    Sharpe, W. N., Jr.; Su, X.


    Load versus crack-opening-displacement (COD) was measured at various positions along the border of a fatigue crack as it grew from a small surface crack on the edge of an aluminum specimen into a through-the-thickness crack. Displacements were measured with a laser-based interferometric system with a gage length of 70 microns and a resolution of 0.01 micron. These load-COD curves can be used to determine opening loads and thereby investigate the effect of closure on the growth of small cracks. In general, the opening loads decrease as the crack grows.

  3. Experimental Determination of Stress Intensity in a Cracked Cylindrical Specimen, (United States)


    CRACKED CYLINDRICAL SPEC IMEN 7 ABSTRACT The range of stress intensity at the tip of a fatigue crack is the major factor controlling the crack growth...of this report will be similarly clesiied): The range of stress intensity at the tip of a fatigue crack is the major factor controlling the crack...EXPERIMENTAL STRESS INTENSITY CALIBRATION 3 3. EXPERIMENTAL DETAILS 4 3.1 Specimen Geometries 4 3.2 Material 5 3.3 Fatigue Loading 5 3.4 Crack Length

  4. Evaluation of a Small-Crack Monitoring System (United States)

    Newman, John A.; Johnston, William M.


    A new system has been developed to obtain fatigue crack growth rate data from a series of images acquired during fatigue testing of specimens containing small surface cracks that initiate at highly-polished notches. The primary benefit associated with replica-based crack growth rate data methods is preserving a record of the crack configuration during the life of the specimen. Additionally, this system has the benefits of both reducing time and labor, and not requiring introduction of surface replica media into the crack. Fatigue crack growth rate data obtained using this new system are found to be in good agreement with similar results obtained from surface replicas.

  5. Environmentally assisted cracking in LWR materials

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    Chopra, O.K.; Chung, H.M.; Kassner, T.F.; Park, J.H.; Shack, W.J. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Zhang, J.; Brust, F.W.; Dong, P. [Battelle Columbus Labs., Columbus, OH (United States)


    The effect of dissolved oxygen level on fatigue life of austenitic stainless steels is discussed and the results of a detailed study of the effect of the environment on the growth of cracks during fatigue initiation are presented. Initial test results are given for specimens irradiated in the Halden reactor. Impurities introduced by shielded metal arc welding that may affect susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking are described. Results of calculations of residual stresses in core shroud weldments are summarized. Crack growth rates of high-nickel alloys under cyclic loading with R ratios from 0.2--0.95 in water that contains a wide range of dissolved oxygen and hydrogen concentrations at 289 and 320 C are summarized.

  6. Seacoast stress corrosion cracking of aluminum alloys (United States)

    Humphries, T. S.; Nelson, E. E.


    The stress corrosion cracking resistance of high strength, wrought aluminum alloys in a seacoast atmosphere was investigated and the results were compared with those obtained in laboratory tests. Round tensile specimens taken from the short transverse grain direction of aluminum plate and stressed up to 100 percent of their yield strengths were exposed to the seacoast and to alternate immersion in salt water and synthetic seawater. Maximum exposure periods of one year at the seacoast, 0.3 or 0.7 of a month for alternate immersion in salt water, and three months for synthetic seawater were indicated for aluminum alloys to avoid false indications of stress corrosion cracking failure resulting from pitting. Correlation of the results was very good among the three test media using the selected exposure periods. It is concluded that either of the laboratory test media is suitable for evaluating the stress corrosion cracking performance of aluminum alloys in seacoast atmosphere.

  7. Mitigation strategies for autogenous shrinkage cracking

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    Bentz, Dale P.; Jensen, Ole Mejlhede


    As the use of high-performance concrete has increased, problems with early-age cracking have become prominent. The reduction in water-to-cement ratio, the incorporation of silica fume, and the increase in binder content of high-performance concretes all contribute to this problem. In this paper......, the fundamental parameters contributing to the autogenous shrinkage and resultant early-age cracking of concrete are presented. Basic characteristics of the cement paste that contribute to or control the autogenous shrinkage response include the surface tension of the pore solution, the geometry of the pore...... of early-age cracking due to autogenous shrinkage. Mitigation strategies discussed in this paper include: the addition of shrinkage-reducing admixtures more commonly used to control drying shrinkage, control of the cement particle size distribution, modification of the mineralogical composition...

  8. FInal Report - Investment Casting Shell Cracking

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    Von Richards


    This project made a significant contribution to the understanding of the investment casting shell cracking problem. The effects of wax properties on the occurrence of shell cracking were demonstrated and can be measured. The properties measured include coefficient of thermal expansion, heating rate and crystallinity of the structure. The important features of production molds and materials properties have been indicated by case study analysis and fractography of low strength test bars. It was found that stress risers in shell cavity design were important and that typical critical flaws were either oversize particles or large pores just behind the prime coat. It was also found that the true effect of fugitive polymer fibers was not permeability increase, but rather a toughening mechanism due to crack deflection.

  9. Stress corrosion cracking of titanium alloys (United States)

    May, R. C.; Beck, F. H.; Fontana, M. G.


    Experiments were conducted to study (1) the basic electrochemical behavior of titanium in acid chloride solutions and (2) the response of the metal to dynamic straining in the same evironment. The aim of this group of experiments was to simulate, as nearly as possible, the actual conditions which exist at the tip of a crack. One of the foremost theories proposed to explain the propagation of stress corrosion cracks is a hydrogen embrittlement theory involving the precipitation of embrittling titanium hydrides inside the metal near the crack tip. An initial survey of the basic electrochemical literature indicated that surface hydrides play a critical role in the electrochemistry of titanium in acid solutions. A comprehensive analysis of the effect of surface films, particularly hydrides, on the electrochemical behavior of titanium in these solution is presented.

  10. Estudio comparativo cefalométrico de imágenes bidimensionales y volumétricas obtenidas con tomografía computarizada de haz cónico


    Míguez Contreras, Manuel


    Antecedentes: La tomografía computarizada de haz cónico (CBCT) es una valiosa técnica de estudio radiográfico y su aplicación en la clínica dental ofrece amplias posibilidades, entre ellas la obtención de imágenes para el trazado cefalométrico clásico rutinario bidimensional (2D) frontal o lateral, o la posibilidad de avanzar y realizar trazados tridimensionales (3D) para el diagnóstico del paciente ortodóncico. Se ha descrito que en el momento de realizar los trazados pueden e...

  11. Impacts of weld residual stresses and fatigue crack growth threshold on crack arrest under high-cycle thermal fluctuations

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    Taheri, Said, E-mail: [EDF-LAB, IMSIA, 7 Boulevard Gaspard Monge, 91120 Palaiseau Cedex (France); Julan, Emricka [EDF-LAB, AMA, 7 Boulevard Gaspard Monge, 91120 Palaiseau Cedex (France); Tran, Xuan-Van [EDF Energy R& D UK Centre/School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Robert, Nicolas [EDF-DPN, UNIE, Strategic Center, Saint Denis (France)


    Highlights: • For crack growth analysis, weld residual stress field must be considered through its SIF in presence of a crack. • Presence of cracks of same depth proves their arrest, where equal depth is because mean stress acts only on crack opening. • Not considering amplitudes under a fatigue crack growth threshold (FCGT) does not compensate the lack of FGCT in Paris law. • Propagation rates are close for axisymmetric and circumferential semi-elliptical cracks. - Abstract: High cycle thermal crazing has been observed in some residual heat removal (RHR) systems made of 304 stainless steel in PWR nuclear plants. This paper deals with two types of analyses including logical argumentation and simulation. Crack arrest in networks is demonstrated due to the presence of two cracks of the same depth in the network. This identical depth may be proved assuming that mean stress acts only on crack opening and that cracks are fully open during the load cycle before arrest. Weld residual stresses (WRS) are obtained by an axisymmetric simulation of welding on a tube with a chamfer. Axisymmetric and 3D parametric studies of crack growth on: representative sequences for variable amplitude thermal loading, fatigue crack growth threshold (FCGT), permanent mean stress, cyclic counting methods and WRS, are performed with Code-Aster software using XFEM methodology. The following results are obtained on crack depth versus time: the effect of WRS on crack growth cannot be determined by the initial WRS field in absence of crack, but by the associated stress intensity factor. Moreover the relation between crack arrest depth and WRS is analyzed. In the absence of FCGT Paris’s law may give a significant over-estimation of crack depth even if amplitudes of loading smaller than FCGT have not been considered. Appropriate depth versus time may be obtained using different values of FCGT, but axisymmetric simulations do not really show a possibility of arrest for shallow cracks in

  12. Residual strength of thin panels with cracks (United States)

    Madenci, Erdogan


    The previous design philosophies involving safe life, fail-safe and damage tolerance concepts become inadequate for assuring the safety of aging aircraft structures. For example, the failure mechanism for the Aloha Airline accident involved the coalescence of undetected small cracks at the rivet holes causing a section of the fuselage to peel open during flight. Therefore, the fuselage structure should be designed to have sufficient residual strength under worst case crack configurations and in-flight load conditions. Residual strength is interpreted as the maximum load carrying capacity prior to unstable crack growth. Internal pressure and bending moment constitute the two major components of the external loads on the fuselage section during flight. Although the stiffeners in the form of stringers, frames and tear straps sustain part of the external loads, the significant portion of the load is taken up by the skin. In the presence of a large crack in the skin, the crack lips bulge out with considerable yielding; thus, the geometric and material nonlinearities must be included in the analysis for predicting residual strength. Also, these nonlinearities do not permit the decoupling of in-plane and out-of-plane bending deformations. The failure criterion combining the concepts of absorbed specific energy and strain energy density addresses the aforementioned concerns. The critical absorbed specific energy (local toughness) for the material is determined from the global specimen response and deformation geometry based on the uniaxial tensile test data and detailed finite element modeling of the specimen response. The use of the local toughness and stress-strain response at the continuum level eliminates the size effect. With this critical parameter and stress-strain response, the finite element analysis of the component by using STAGS along with the application of this failure criterion provides the stable crack growth calculations for residual strength predictions.

  13. Nucleation of squat cracks in rail, calculation of crack initiation angles in three dimensions (United States)

    Naeimi, Meysam; Li, Zili; Dollevoet, Rolf


    A numerical model of wheel-track system is developed for nucleation of squat-type fatigue cracks in rail material. The model is used for estimating the angles of squat cracks in three dimensions. Contact mechanics and multi-axial fatigue analysis are combined to study the crack initiation mechanism in rails. Nonlinear material properties, actual wheel-rail geometries and realistic loading conditions are considered in the modelling process. Using a 3D explicit finite element analysis the transient rolling contact behaviour of wheel on rail is simulated. Employing the critical plane concept, the material points with the largest possibility of crack initiation are determined; based on which, the 3D orientations/angles of the possible squat cracks are estimated. Numerical estimations are compared with sample results of experimental observations on a rail specimen with squat from the site. The findings suggest a proper agreement between results of modelling and experiment. It is observed that squat cracks initiate at an in-plane angle around 13°-22° relative to the rail surface. The initiation angle seen on surface plane is calculated around 29°-48°, while the crack tend to initiate in angles around 25°-31° in the rail cross-section.

  14. Role of plasticity-induced crack closure in fatigue crack growth

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    Jesús Toribio


    Full Text Available The premature contact of crack surfaces attributable to the near-tip plastic deformations under cyclic loading, which is commonly referred to as plasticity induced crack closure (PICC, has long been focused as supposedly controlling factor of fatigue crack growth (FCG. Nevertheless, when the plane-strain near-tip constraint is approached, PICC lacks of straightforward evidence, so that its significance in FCG, and even the very existence, remain debatable. To add insights into this matter, large-deformation elastoplastic simulations of plane-strain crack under constant amplitude load cycling at different load ranges and ratios, as well as with an overload, have been performed. Modeling visualizes the Laird-Smith conceptual mechanism of FCG by plastic blunting and re-sharpening. Simulation reproduces the experimental trends of FCG concerning the roles of stress intensity factor range and overload, but PICC has never been detected. Near-tip deformation patterns discard the filling-in a crack with material stretched out of the crack plane in the wake behind the tip as supposed PICC origin. Despite the absence of closure, load-deformation curves appear bent, which raises doubts about the trustworthiness of closure assessment from the compliance variation. This demonstrates ambiguities of PICC as a supposedly intrinsic factor of FCG and, by implication, favors the stresses and strains in front of the crack tip as genuine fatigue drivers.

  15. Investigations on crack development and crack growth in embedded solar cells (United States)

    Sander, M.; Dietrich, S.; Pander, M.; Schweizer, S.; Ebert, M.; Bagdahn, J.


    In recent investigations using various analysis methods it has been shown that mechanical or thermal loading of PV modules leads to mechanical stress in the module parts and especially in the encapsulated solar cells. Cracks in crystalline solar cells are a characteristic defect that is caused by mechanical stress. They can lead to efficiency losses and lifetime reduction of the modules. This paper presents two experiments for systematic investigation of crack initiation and crack growth under thermal and mechanical loading using electroluminescence. For this purpose PV modules and laminated test specimens on smaller scales were produced including different cell types and module layouts. They were exposed to thermal cycling and to mechanical loading derived from the international standard IEC 61215. Cracks were observed mainly at the beginning and the end of the busbars and along the busbars. The cracks were analyzed and evaluated statistically. The experimental results are compared to results from numerical simulations to understand the reasons for the crack initiation and the observed crack growth and to allow module design optimization to reduce the mechanical stress.

  16. Fatigue crack growth under variable amplitude loading (United States)

    Sidawi, Jihad A.


    Fatigue crack growth tests were conducted on an Fe 510 E C-Mn steel and a submerged arc welded joint from the same material under constant, variable, and random loading amplitudes. Paris-Erdogan's crack growth rate law was tested for the evaluation of m and C using the stress intensity factor K, the J-integral, the effective stress intensity factor K(sub eff), and the root mean square stress intensity factor K(sub rms) fracture mechanics concepts. The effect of retardation and residual stresses resulting from welding was also considered. It was found that all concepts gave good life predictions in all cases.

  17. Experimental study of heat dissipation at the crack tip during fatigue crack propagation

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    A. Vshivkov


    Full Text Available This work is devoted to the development of an experimental method for studying the energy balance during cyclic deformation and fracture. The studies were conducted on 304 stainless steel AISE and titanium alloy OT4-0 samples. The investigation of the fatigue crack propagation was carried out on flat samples with different geometries and types of stress concentrators. The heat flux sensor was developed based on the Seebeck effect. This sensor was used for measuring the heat dissipation power in the examined samples during the fatigue tests. The measurements showed that the rate of fatigue crack growth depends on the heat flux at the crack tip.

  18. A new procedure for refurbishment of power plant Superalloy 617 by pulsed Nd:YAG laser process (United States)

    Taheri, Naser; Naffakh-Moosavy, Homam; Ghaini, Farshid Malek


    The present study has evaluated the surface rejuvenation of aged Inconel 617 superalloy by both GTAW and pulsed Nd:YAG laser techniques. The gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) by heat input per unit length [Q/V(J/mm)] of 280, 291.67, 309.74 and 225.48 (J/mm), and the pulse Nd:YAG laser process by the 15.71, 19.43 and 22.32 (J/mm), were employed. The Rosenthal equation was used for calculation of mushy zone (MZ) and partially-melted zone (PMZ). Size of MZ and PMZ in GTAW are more than 31 and 6 times than that of formed in pulsed Nd:YAG laser. According to the characterizations, solidification and liquation cracks were observed in these areas produced by GTAW whereas no cracks were identified in laser treated samples. Also, line scan EDS analyses demonstrated the interdendritic chromium and molybdenum segregation, which facilitated formation of hot cracks. With reduction in heat input per unit length, the hardness increased and the size of solidified metal microstructure reduced in pulse Nd:YAG laser. These comparative results showed that pulse Nd:YAG laser can easily be utilized as a new rejuvenation technique for aged Alloy 617 in comparison to the conventional processes due to extremely narrow MZ and HAZ and better surface soundness and mechanical properties.

  19. Asymmetric crack bifurcation under stress wave loading in antiplane strain

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    Dempsey, J.P. [Clarkson Univ., Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Potsdam, New York (United States); Kuo, M.-K. [Northwestern Univ., Dept. of Civil Engineering, Evanston, Illinois (United States); Bentley, D.L. [Clarkson Univ., Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Potsdam, New York (United States)


    In this paper the transient diffraction of an elastic wave by an extending but branching crack is considered. The incident wave is a plane horizontally-polarized wave. It is assumed that crack division is generated at the instant that the tip of a stationary crack is struck. The original length of the crack is therefore immaterial for small times, and the analytical work can be simplified by considering a semi-infinite crack. Size effects become important for later times. The two new cracks tips are are assumed to propagate at different but constant velocities under different arbitrary angles with the original crack plane. The dependence of the elasto-dynamic stress intensity factors on the crack tip velocities and the angles of branching is examined.

  20. Fatigue crack growth retardation in spot heated mild steel sheet

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    Department of Applied Mechanics and Hydraulics, Regional Engineering. College, Rourkela 769 008, India. MS received 29 November 2001; revised 24 June 2002. Abstract. A fatigue crack can be effectively retarded by heating a spot near the crack ...

  1. Sealing of Cracks on Florida Bridge Decks with Steel Girders (United States)


    One of the biggest problems affecting bridges is the transverse cracking and deterioration of concrete bridge decks. The causes of early age cracking are primarily attributed to plastic shrinkage, temperature effects, autogenous shrinkage, and drying...

  2. Effectiveness of crack sealing on pavement serviceability and life. (United States)


    This report presents the details of a study to evaluate effectiveness of Ohio Department of Transportations prevailing crack sealing program. Evaluation was performed through field monitoring a large number of crack sealed and control sections. Fi...

  3. Effects of plastic anisotropy on crack-tip behaviour

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    Legarth, Brian Nyvang; Tvergaard, Viggo; Kuroda, Mitsutoshi


    For a crack in a homogeneous material the effect of plastic anisotropy on crack-tip blunting and on the near-tip stress and strain fields is analyzed numerically. The full finite strain analyses are carried out for plane strain under small scale yielding conditions, with purely symmetric mode I...... loading remote from the crack-tip. In cases where the principal axes of the anisotropy are inclined to the plane of the crack it is found that the plastic zones as well as the stress and strain fields just around the blunted tip of the crack become non-symmetric. In these cases the peak strain...... on the blunted tip occurs off the center line of the crack, thus indicating that the crack may want to grow in a different direction. When the anisotropic axes are parallel to the crack symmetry is retained, but the plastic zones and the near-tip fields still differ from those predicted by standard isotropic...

  4. Process of cracking in reinforced concrete beams (simulation and experiment)

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    I N Shardakov; A P Shestakov; IO Glot; AA Bykov


    .... Numerical simulation of the vibrations of an uncracked beam and a beam with cracks of different size serves to determine the pattern of changes in the spectrum of eigenfrequencies observed during crack evolution...

  5. Adhesion testing procedure for hot-poured crack sealants. (United States)


    Crack sealing is a common pavement maintenance treatment because it extends pavement service life significantly. : However, crack sealant often fails prematurely due to a loss of adhesion. Because current test methods are mostly : empirical and only ...

  6. Small Fatigue Crack Growth Observations in an Extruded Magnesium Alloy (United States)

    Bernard, J. D.; Jordon, J. B.; Horstemeyer, M. F.

    The purpose of this paper is to quantify the microstructurally small/physically small crack growth behavior in an extruded AZ61 magnesium alloy, Fully-reversed, interrupted load control tests were conducted on notched specimens that were taken from a magnesium alloy extrusion, In order to measure crack growth, replicas of the notch surface were made using a two-part siliconrubber compound at periodic cyclic intervals, Scanning electron microscopy analysis of the replica surfaces revealed multi site crack initiation and subsequent crack coalescence, The crack growth behavior of the small fatigue cracks was shown to have a strong dependence on the material microstructure as the crack was submitted to a tortuous growth path along grain boundaries and crystallographic slip planes, A microstructurally dependent crack growth model that was previously developed for FCC metals was further extended here to HCP metals.

  7. Cracking the Genetic Code | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine (United States)

    ... version of this page please turn Javascript on. Cracking the Genetic Code, From NIH Director Dr. Francis S. ... was a landmark moment in science in 2000: Cracking of the genetic code raised the prospect of ...

  8. Construction monitoring of paving fabrics systems to reduce reflective cracking. (United States)


    Reflective cracking has been a major issue in pavement rehabilitation for many decades, due in part to shrinkage, constant expansion and contraction of pavement. These cracks result in uncomfortable rides and further deteriorate highways and local st...

  9. Cost effective prevention of reflective cracking of composite pavement. (United States)


    Louisiana experimented with various techniques and treatments to control reflective cracking since the : 1970s. The objective of this study is to evaluate and compare different reflective cracking control : treatments by evaluating the performance, c...

  10. Repair of cracked prestressed concrete girders, I-565, Huntsville, Alabama. (United States)


    Wide cracks were discovered in prestressed concrete bridge girders shortly after their construction in Huntsville, Alabama. Previous investigations of these continuous-for-live-load girders revealed that the cracking resulted from restrained thermal ...

  11. Arc termination cracks in Inconel 718 and Incoloy 903 (United States)

    Bayless, E.; Mccaig, J.; Poorman, R.


    The welding of the nickel base, heat resistant alloys that are used extensively for welded Shuttle engine components revealed solidification cracking characteristics at weld termination points. If not detected and removed, these crater cracks may cause costly component failure. To better understand this characteristic, welding termination techniques were studied and methods developed to eliminate crater cracks. It was determined that weld termination solidification cracking can be eliminated by controlled decrease of welding current, welding voltage, wire feed, and travel speed.

  12. A Critical Review of the Short Crack Problem in Fatigue (United States)


    Page Figure 2.1 Multiple Initiation and Branching of Short Cracks .......... 14 Figure 3.1 Examples of Crack Growth Data...FIGURE 2.1. MULTIPLE INITIATION AND BRANCHING (Leis and Forte [178]) 14 However, this pleasingly small increment requires a measurement precision of .01...cracks. This involved a ragged, poorly defined crack front. In view of data developed by Schijve (149], multiple initiation , branching, and a poorly

  13. Simulation of cracking and failure of concrete structures


    Cervenka, Vladimir; Eligehausen, Rolf


    The computer simulation of the cracking process in concrete structures is performed by means of the program system SBETA. The program is based on nonlinear hypo-elastic constitutive model, which covers all important, experimentally derived material properties, namely, cracking, nonlinear stress-strain law in compression, softenning in compression and tension, biaxial failure function, etc. The nonlinear fracture mechanics is included by means of the fictitious crack model and smeared crack ap...

  14. Analysis of cracked RC beams under vibration (United States)

    Capozucca, R.; Magagnini, E.


    Among the methods of monitoring of integrity, vibration analysis is more convenient as non-destructive testing (NDT) method. Many aspects regarding the vibration monitoring of the structural integrity of damaged RC elements have not been completely analysed in literature. The correlation between the development of the crack pattern on concrete surface under bending loadings, as well as the width and depth of cracks, and the variation of dynamic parameters on a structural element is an important aspects that has to be more investigated. This paper deals with cracked RC beams controlled by NDT based on natural vibration, which may be correlated to damage degree due to cracking of concrete under severe state of loading. An experimental investigation on the assessment of RC beams in different scale under loading has been done through dynamic tests in different constraint conditions of edges measuring frequency values and frequency variation. Envelope of Frequency Response Functions (FRFs) are shown and the changes of natural frequency values are related to the damage degree of RC beams subjected to static tests. Finally, a comparison between data obtained by finite element analysis and experimental results is shown.

  15. Fatigue crack growth in Aluminium Alloys

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    Van Kranenburg, C.


    Fatigue is a gradual process of local strength reduction. It is a phenomenon of damage accumulation at stress concentrations caused by fluctuating stresses and/or strains. In metals this results in microscopic cracks. These will start to grow under continued cyclic loading until final failure

  16. Outcome of Endodontically Treated Cracked Teeth (United States)


    Reversible pulpitis _Symptomatic irreversible pulpitis _Asymptomatic irreversible pulpitis _Pulp necrosis _Previously treated _Previously initiated...treatment Diagnosis Pulpal: __ Normal pulp __ Reversible pulpitis __ Asymptomatic irreversible pulpitis __ Symptomatic irreversible pulp!Us...the course of the study. Opdam et al. (2008) followed 40 patients diagnosed with cracked teeth and reversible pulpitis . These patients received either

  17. Fusing complementary images for pavement cracking measurements (United States)

    Yao, Ming; Zhao, Zuyun; Yao, Xun; Xu, Bugao


    Cracking is a major pavement distress that jeopardizes road serviceability and traffic safety. Automated pavement distress survey (APDS) systems have been developed using digital imaging technology to replace human surveys for more timely and accurate inspections. Most APDS systems require special lighting devices to illuminate pavements and prevent shadows of roadside objects that distort cracks in the image. Most artificial lighting devices are laser based, and are either hazardous to unprotected people or require dedicated power supplies on the vehicle. This study was aimed to develop a new imaging system that can scan pavement surface at highway speed and determine the level of severity of pavement cracking without using any artificial lighting. The new system consists of dual line-scan cameras that are installed side by side to scan the same pavement area as the vehicle moves. Cameras are controlled with different exposure settings so that both sunlit and shadowed areas can be visible in two separate images. The paired images contain complementary details useful for reconstructing an image in which the shadows are eliminated. This paper intends to present (1) the design of the dual line-scan camera system, (2) a new calibration method for line-scan cameras to rectify and register paired images, (3) a customized image-fusion algorithm that merges the multi-exposure images into one shadow-free image for crack detection, and (4) the results of the field tests on a selected road over a long period.

  18. Kinetic studies of stress-corrosion cracking (United States)

    Noronha, P. J.


    Use of time-to-failure curves for stress-corrosion cracking processes may lead to incorrect estimates of structural life, if material is strongly dependent upon prestress levels. Technique characterizes kinetics of crackgrowth rates and intermediate arrest times by load-level changes.

  19. Stress Corrosion Cracking of Certain Aluminum Alloys (United States)

    Hasse, K. R.; Dorward, R. C.


    SC resistance of new high-strength alloys tested. Research report describes progress in continuing investigation of stress corrosion (SC) cracking of some aluminum alloys. Objective of program is comparing SC behavior of newer high-strength alloys with established SC-resistant alloy.

  20. Characterizing Soil Cracking at the Field Scale (United States)

    Physical characterization of the soil cracking has always been a major challenge in scaling soil water interaction to the field level. This scaling would allow for the soil water flow in the field to be modeled in two distinct pools: across the soil matrix and in preferential flows thus tackling maj...

  1. Next Generation Steam Cracking Reactor Concept

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    Van Goethem, M.W.M.


    The steam cracking process is an important asset in the hydrocarbon processing industry. The main products are lower olefins and hydrogen, with ethylene being the world's largest volume organic chemical at a worldwide capacity of ~ 120 million tonnes per year. Feed stocks are hydrocarbons such as:

  2. Intrusion of Soil Water through Pipe Cracks (United States)

    This report describes a series of experiments conducted at U.S. EPA’s Test and Evaluation Facility in 2013-2014 to study the intrusion of contaminated soil water into a pipe crack during simulated backflow events. A test rig was used consisting of a 3’ x 3’ x 3’ acrylic soil bo...

  3. Fluid catalytic cracking : Feedstocks and reaction mechanism

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    Dupain, X.


    The Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) process is one of the key units in a modern refinery. Traditionally, its design is primarily aimed for the production of gasoline from heavy oil fractions, but as co-products also diesel blends and valuable gasses (e.g. propene and butenes) are formed in

  4. Environmentally assisted cracking in light water reactors

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    Chopra, O.K.; Chung, H.M.; Gruber, E.E. [and others


    This report summarizes work performed by Argonne National Laboratory on fatigue and environmentally assisted cracking (EAC) in light water reactors (LWRs) from April 1995 to December 1995. Topics that have been investigated include fatigue of carbon and low-alloy steel used in reactor piping and pressure vessels, EAC of Alloy 600 and 690, and irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) of Type 304 SS. Fatigue tests were conducted on ferritic steels in water that contained various concentrations of dissolved oxygen (DO) to determine whether a slow strain rate applied during different portions of a tensile-loading cycle are equally effective in decreasing fatigue life. Crack-growth-rate tests were conducted on compact-tension specimens from several heats of Alloys 600 and 690 in simulated LWR environments. Effects of fluoride-ion contamination on susceptibility to intergranular cracking of high- and commercial- purity Type 304 SS specimens from control-tensile tests at 288 degrees Centigrade. Microchemical changes in the specimens were studied by Auger electron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy to determine whether trace impurity elements may contribute to IASCC of these materials.

  5. Weld heat-affected zone in Ti-6Al-4V alloys. Part 1: Computer simulation of the effect of weld variables on the thermal cycles in the HAZ

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    Shah, A.K. [Naval Dockyard, Bombay (India). Naval Chemical and Metallurgical Lab.; Kulkarni, S.D.; Gopinathan, V. [Indian Inst. of Technology, Bombay (India). Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering; Krishnan, R. [Gas Turbine Research Establishment, Bangalore (India)


    The weld thermal cycles encountered in the HAZ of titanium alloys have been characterized using modified Rosenthal equations. The results are shown in the form of axonometric plots depicting the effect of two weld variables keeping the other variables fixed. Computer simulation results show that the heat input and the plate thickness are the major variables affecting the thermal cycles in the HAZ. The effects of changes in welding speed are reflecting in the variation in the heat input. The electrode radius has minimal effect and can be termed as the minor variable. Preheat or interpass temperatures have an intermediate effect. An increase in electrode radius or decrease in plate thickness requires large apparent displacement of the heat source above the plate surface to be incorporated in the analytical solutions. The melt pool width increases sharply with an increase in the heat input (a/v) or a decrease in plate thickness (d); however, preheat temperature (T{sub 0}) has negligible effect. The effect of weld variables on the effective heat input is also similar. The t{sub 8/5} parameter increases sharply with reducing plate thickness or increasing heat input.

  6. Crack formation and fracture energy of normal and high strength ...

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    R. Narasimhan (Krishtel eMaging) 1461 1996 Oct 15 13:05:22

    Abstract. The crack path through composite materials such as concrete depends on the mechanical interaction of inclusions with the cement-based matrix. Fracture energy depends on the deviations of a real crack from an idealized crack plane. Fracture energy and strain softening of normal, high strength, and self- ...

  7. Application of digital image correlation method for analysing crack ...

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    identify minute cracks that are not visible to naked eyes. Additionally, the DIC method has more accuracy and precision than visual observation for analysing crack loadings so that earlier warnings can be realized before cracks develop in the specimen. Keywords. Digital image correlation (DIC); R.C. beam; product quality; ...

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

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    Shou-yan JIANG


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

  9. Characterisation of Fatigue Crack Growth in Silicone for Deap Technology

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    Thorup, Thor


    In this paper, the fatigue crack growth characteristics of Elastosil R RT 625 are determined by performing fatigue crack experiments based on ISO 27727. Elastosil R RT 625 is a silicone rubber used by Danfoss PolyPower A/S as the dielectric material in their DEAP elements. Cracks were characteris...

  10. Finite elements simulation of reflective cracking in asphaltic overlays

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    Scarpas, A.; De Bondt, A.H.

    Overlaying is one of the most popular and cost effective techniques of rehabilitation of cracked pavements. The placing of reinforcement between the overlay and the top layer of the cracked pavement is currently being utilised as a possible technique for delaying the development of cracks into the

  11. Finite elements simulation of reflective cracking in asphaltic overlays

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    Scarpas, A.; De Bondt, A.H.


    Overlaying is one of the most popular and cost effective techniques of rehabilitation of cracked pavements. The placing of reinforcement between the overlay and the top layer of the cracked pavement is currently being utilised as a possible technique for delaying the development of cracks into the

  12. Development of Predictive Model for bridge deck cracking : final report. (United States)


    Early-age bridge deck cracking has been found to be a prevalent problem worldwide. While early-age : cracking will not cause failure of a bridge deck system independently, the penetration of deleterious substances : through the early-age cracks into ...

  13. Optimisation of the Crack Pattern in Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavements

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    Ren, D.


    Recent field investigations on several new Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavements (CRCP) in Belgium indicate that its crack pattern is characterized by low mean crack spacing along with a high percentage of clusters of closely spaced cracks. Field surveys also indicate that it is difficult to

  14. Catalytic oxidative cracking of hexane as a route to olefins

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    Boyadjian, C.A.; Lefferts, Leonardus; Seshan, Kulathuiyer


    Catalytic oxidative cracking of naphtha is conceptually an alternative process to steam cracking. The performance of sol–gel synthesized Li/MgO in oxidative cracking of hexane as a model compound of naphtha, has been studied and compared to that of conventionally prepared catalyst. At a temperature

  15. Prediction of the critical stress to crack initiation associated to the investigation of fatigue small crack

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    D. Marhabi


    Full Text Available . Fatigue design is of vital importance to avoid fatigue small crack growth in engineering structures. This study shows that the critical fatigue design stress can be defined below the usual endurance limit, considered in rules and codes. The material constitutive behaviour is using linear isotropic elasticity. Lassere and Pallin-Luc [1-2] use the elastic energy and over-energy under uniaxial load (tension and rotating bending. The authors deduce the influencing critical stress value corresponding to σ*. It’s a linear approach. We propose an over-energy under dissymmetrical rotating bending and expressed in the ellipse axes. An asymptotic approach is transformed the over-energy in polynomial function of critical stress. Unknown depend on experimental service conditions, endurance limit of tension and rotating bending of specimen. The fatigue database of 30NCD16 steel studied by Froustey and Dubar [3-13] is used. Critical stresses are evaluated (Fig. 2. The research done by Manning and all [4] has shown the small crack effect to be as large as 0.3 mm. Small crack and critical stress are illustrated here in as resulting from pure bending approach expressed by Bazant law [7]. It’s reproduces well the Kitagawa diagram [6] (Fig. 3. When the short cracks are hidden in the material, we shows that the number cycles during small crack growth be significantly higher (Fig. 4 than the corresponding cycles of large cracks growth (ONI’s fatigue test for the same physically crack size. Indeed its evolution can be blocked by a microstructural barrier (grain boundary, for example. Hence, the considerations of small crack growth are strongly influencing the fatigue life of a component or structure

  16. Application of the cracked pipe element to creep crack growth prediction

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    Brochard, J.; Charras, T.


    The modification of a computer code for leak before break analysis is very briefly described. The CASTEM2000 code was developed for ductile fracture assessment of piping systems with postulated circumferential through-wall cracks under static or dynamic loading. The modification extends the capabilities of the cracked pipe element to the determination of fracture parameters under creep conditions (C*, {phi}c and {Delta}c). The model has the advantage of evaluating significant secondary effects, such as those from thermal loading.

  17. Controlled mud-crack patterning and self-organized cracking of polydimethylsiloxane elastomer surfaces (United States)

    Seghir, Rian; Arscott, Steve


    Exploiting pattern formation – such as that observed in nature – in the context of micro/nanotechnology could have great benefits if coupled with the traditional top-down lithographic approach. Here, we demonstrate an original and simple method to produce unique, localized and controllable self-organised patterns on elastomeric films. A thin, brittle silica-like crust is formed on the surface of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) using oxygen plasma. This crust is subsequently cracked via the deposition of a thin metal film – having residual tensile stress. The density of the mud-crack patterns depends on the plasma dose and on the metal thickness. The mud-crack patterning can be controlled depending on the thickness and shape of the metallization – ultimately leading to regularly spaced cracks and/or metal mesa structures. Such patterning of the cracks indicates a level of self-organization in the structuring and layout of the features – arrived at simply by imposing metallization boundaries in proximity to each other, separated by a distance of the order of the critical dimension of the pattern size apparent in the large surface mud-crack patterns. PMID:26437880

  18. Declining rates of health problems associated with crack smoking during the expansion of crack pipe distribution in Vancouver, Canada. (United States)

    Prangnell, Amy; Dong, Huiru; Daly, Patricia; Milloy, M J; Kerr, Thomas; Hayashi, Kanna


    Crack cocaine smoking is associated with an array of negative health consequences, including cuts and burns from unsafe pipes, and infectious diseases such as HIV. Despite the well-established and researched harm reduction programs for injection drug users, little is known regarding the potential for harm reduction programs targeting crack smoking to reduce health problems from crack smoking. In the wake of recent crack pipe distribution services expansion, we utilized data from long running cohort studies to estimate the impact of crack pipe distribution services on the rates of health problems associated with crack smoking in Vancouver, Canada. Data were derived from two prospective cohort studies of community-recruited people who inject drugs in Vancouver between December 2005 and November 2014. We employed multivariable generalized estimating equations to examine the relationship between crack pipe acquisition sources and self-reported health problems associated with crack smoking (e.g., cut fingers/sores, coughing blood) among people reported smoking crack. Among 1718 eligible participants, proportions of those obtaining crack pipes only through health service points have significantly increased from 7.2% in 2005 to 62.3% in 2014 (p < 0.001), while the rates of reporting health problems associated with crack smoking have significantly declined (p < 0.001). In multivariable analysis, compared to those obtaining pipes only through other sources (e.g., on the street, self-made), those acquiring pipes through health service points only were significantly less likely to report health problems from smoking crack (adjusted odds ratio: 0.82; 95% confidence interval: 0.73-0.93). These findings suggest that the expansion of crack pipe distribution services has likely served to reduce health problems from smoking crack in this setting. They provide evidence supporting crack pipe distribution programs as a harm reduction service for crack smokers.

  19. Distribution of Corrosion Fatigue Crack Lengths in Carbon Steel : 2nd Report, The Distributed Cracks which Interact and Coalesce


    Ishihara, Sotomi; Shiozawa, Kazuaki; Miyao, Kazyu


    It has been known that very small distributed cracks can be observed on the surface of smooth specimen subjected to corrosion fatigue, and the fatigue crack growth rate is accelerated by the interaction and coalescence of them. In this report, following the previous report of the authors, the interaction and coalescence behaviour of the distributed cracks on the specimen surface were observed in detail. Based on the experimental results, distribution of corrosion fatigue crack lengths after a...

  20. Finite-element analysis of initiation, stable crack growth and instability using a crack-tip-opening displacement criterion (United States)

    Newman, J. C., Jr.


    An elastic-plastic (incremental and small strain) finite element analysis was used with a crack growth criterion to study crack initiation, stable crack growth, and instability under monotonic loading to failure of metallic materials. The crack growth criterion was a critical crack-tip-opening displacement (CTOD) at a specified distance from the crack tip, or equivalently, a critical crack-tip-opening angle (CTOA). Whenever the CTOD (or CTOA) equaled or exceeded a critical value, the crack was assumed to grow. Single values of critical CTOD were used in the analysis to model crack initiation, stable crack growth, and instability for 7075-T651 and 2024-T351 aluminum alloy compact specimens. Calculated and experimentally measured CTOD values at initiation agreed well for both aluminum alloys. These critical CTOD values were also used to predict failure loads on center-crack tension specimens and a specially-designed three-hole-crack tension specimen made of the two aluminum alloys and of 304 stainless steel. All specimens were 12.7 mm thick. Predicted failure loads for 7075-T651 aluminum alloy and 304 stainless steel specimens were generally within + or - 15 percent of experimental failure loads, whereas the predicted failure loads for 2024-T351 aluminum alloy specimens were generally within + or - 5 percent of the experimental loads.

  1. Fatigue crack Behaviour in a High Strength Tool Steel

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    Højerslev, Christian; Carstensen, Jesper V.; Brøndsted, Povl


    The influence of microstructure on fatigue crack initiation and crack growth of a hardened and tempered high speed steel was investigated. The evolution of fatigue cracks was followed in four point bending at room temperature. It was found that a carbide damage zone exists above a threshold load...... value of maximally 80% of the yield strength of the steel. The size of this carbide damage zone increases with increasing load amplitude, and the zone is apparently associated with crack nucleation. On fatigue crack propagation plastic deformation of the matrix occurs in a radius of approximately 4...

  2. Apollo experience report: The problem of stress-corrosion cracking (United States)

    Johnson, R. E.


    Stress-corrosion cracking has been the most common cause of structural-material failures in the Apollo Program. The frequency of stress-corrosion cracking has been high and the magnitude of the problem, in terms of hardware lost and time and money expended, has been significant. In this report, the significant Apollo Program experiences with stress-corrosion cracking are discussed. The causes of stress-corrosion cracking and the corrective actions are discussed, in terminology familiar to design engineers and management personnel, to show how stress-corrosion cracking can be prevented.

  3. A damage model of creep crack growth in polycrystals (United States)

    Thouless, M. D.; Hsueh, C. H.; Evans, A. G.


    Cocks and Ashby (1982) have derived a simplified constrained crack growth model for a polycrystalline material subject to power law creep. A generalized damage mechanism is considered, and it is required that the damage rate be dictated by the creep rate of the material ahead of the crack tip. This premise results in an upper bound constraint. The present investigation is concerned with an extension of the crack growth concepts considered in the model. Attention is given to a mechanism involving diffusive cavitation ahead of the crack in a polycrystalline, linear viscous material. Implications for the resulting crack velocity are also discussed.

  4. Tunneling cracks in full scale wind turbine blade joints

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    Jørgensen, Jeppe Bjørn; Sørensen, Bent F.; Kildegaard, C.


    A novel approach is presented and used in a generic tunneling crack tool for the prediction of crack growth rates for tunneling cracks propagating across a bond-line in a wind turbine blade under high cyclic loadings. In order to test and demonstrate the applicability of the tool, model predictions...... are compared with measured crack growth rates from a full scale blade fatigue test. The crack growth rates, measured for a several metre long section along the blade trailing-edge joint during the fatigue test, are found to be in-between the upper- and lower-bound predictions....

  5. Brazilian female crack users show elevated serum aluminum levels


    Pechansky,Flavio; Kessler, Felix Henrique Paim; Diemen, Lisia von; Bumaguin, Daniela Benzano; Surratt, Hilary L.; Inciardi,James A


    OBJECTIVE: There is no information in the literature on the impact of crack smoking using crushed aluminum cans as makeshift pipes, a common form of crack use in Brazil. Since aluminum intake is associated with neurological damage, we measured serum aluminum levels in crack smokers. The objective of this study was to ascertain the levels of aluminum in crack users who smoke on makeshift aluminum pipes. METHOD: 71 female crack smokers, their mean age being 28.0 (± 7.7), provided information ab...

  6. Elastic plastic analysis of growing cracks

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    Rice, J R; Drugan, W J; Sham, T L


    The elastic--plastic stress and deformation fields at the tip of a crack which grows in an ideally plastic solid under plane strain, shows small scale yielding conditions. Results of an asymptotic analysis suggests the existence of a crack tip stress state similar to that of the classical Prandtl field, but containing a zone of elastic unloading between the centered fan region and the trailing constant stress plastic region. The near tip expression for the rate of opening displacement delta at distance r from the growing tip is found to have the form delta-. = ..cap alpha.. J-./sigma/sub o/ + ..beta..(sigma/sub o//E) a-. ln(R/r) but the presence of the elastic wedge causes ..beta.. to have the revised value of 5.08 (for Poisson ratio = 0.3); also, (a = crack length, sigma/sub o/ = yield strength, E = elastic modulus, and J denotes the far-field value), and ( 2/)K/sup 2//E for the small scale yielding conditions considered. The parameters ..cap alpha.. and R cannot be determined from the asymptotic analysis, but comparisons with finite element solutions suggest that, for small amounts of growth, ..cap alpha.. is approximately the same for stationary and growing cracks, and R scales approximately with the size of the plastic zone, being about 15% to 30% larger. For large scale yielding, a similar form applies with possible variations in ..cap alpha.. and ..beta.., in cases which maintain triaxial constraint at the crack tip. In the fully yielded case R is expected to be proportional to the dimension of the uncracked ligament. Model crack growth criterion requiring a critical delta at some fixed r from the tip, is re-examined in light of the more accurate solution. Results suggest that the J versus relation describing growth is dependent on the extent of yielding. It is suggested that this dependency might be small for highly ductile materials, provided that a similar triaxial constraint is maintained in all cases.

  7. On short cracks that depart from elastoplastic notch tips

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    Verônica Miquelin Machado


    Full Text Available The behavior of short cracks that depart from elastoplastic notch tips is modeled to estimate the stresses required to initiate and to propagate cracks in notched structural components, and to evaluate the size of tolerable crack-like defects under general loading conditions. This analysis can model both fatigue and environmentally assisted cracking problems; can evaluate notch sensitivity in both cases; and can as well be used to establish design or acceptance criteria for tolerable non-propagating crack-like defects in such cases. The growth of short cracks is assumed driven by the applied stresses and by the stress gradient ahead the notch tip, and supported by the material resistances to crack initiation and to long crack propagation by fatigue or EAC. In the elastoplastic case, the stress gradient ahead of the notch tip is quantified by a J-field to consider the short crack behavior. The tolerable short crack predictions made by this model are evaluated by suitable fatigue and EAC tests of notched specimens specially designed to start nonpropagating cracks from the notch tips, both under elastic and elastoplastic conditions.

  8. Corrosion pitting and environmentally assisted small crack growth. (United States)

    Turnbull, Alan


    In many applications, corrosion pits act as precursors to cracking, but qualitative and quantitative prediction of damage evolution has been hampered by lack of insights into the process by which a crack develops from a pit. An overview is given of recent breakthroughs in characterization and understanding of the pit-to-crack transition using advanced three-dimensional imaging techniques such as X-ray computed tomography and focused ion beam machining with scanning electron microscopy. These techniques provided novel insights with respect to the location of crack development from a pit, supported by finite-element analysis. This inspired a new concept for the role of pitting in stress corrosion cracking based on the growing pit inducing local dynamic plastic strain, a critical factor in the development of stress corrosion cracks. Challenges in quantifying the subsequent growth rate of the emerging small cracks are then outlined with the potential drop technique being the most viable. A comparison is made with the growth rate for short cracks (through-thickness crack in fracture mechanics specimen) and long cracks and an electrochemical crack size effect invoked to rationalize the data.

  9. Cracking of Composite Modified Alloy 825 Primary Air Port Tubes

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    Kish, Joseph R. [Paprican; Keiser, James R [ORNL; Singbeil, Douglas [Paprican; Willoughby, Adam W [ORNL; Longmire, Hu Foster [ORNL


    Twenty primary air ports fabricated from modified Alloy 825-based composite tubes underwent a metallurgical examination to document the mode and extent of cracking on the external fireside surface of a kraft recovery boiler. Collectively, the crack features found are most consistent with thermal fatigue, but corrosion fatigue cannot be ruled out. Regardless of the true cracking mechanism, temperature cycling is implicated as a critical factor for crack propagation. on the basis of the relative crack lengths observed, membrane welds and tube weld repairs, and their adjacent heat-affected zones, appear to be more susceptible to cracking than the cladding itself. This work suggests that mills should avoid boiler operating conditions that promote large temperature fluctuations, which can cause Alloy 825-based composite tubes to crack.

  10. Chloride Ingress in Concrete Cracks under Cyclic Loading

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    Küter, André; Geiker, Mette Rica; Olesen, John Forbes


    , there is increasing focus on the need for modeling the ingress of chloride into cracked concrete. Present models quantify chloride ingress in static cracks only, although several structural applications display dynamic loading conditions in an environment containing chlorides, e.g. marine structures and car parks....... Preliminary investigations have been undertaken to quantify the effect of dynamic load application on the chloride ingress into concrete cracks. Specimens were designed allowing ingress of a chloride solution into a single crack of a saturated unreinforced mortar beam. One set of specimens was subjected...... to a load frequency of ten applications per minute and a second set to one application per hour simulating static cracks, however limiting the ingress hampering effects of autogenous healing and a possible dense precipitation on the crack faces. The averaged chloride exposure interval of the crack faces...

  11. Near tip strain evolution of a growing fatigue crack

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    M.-L. Zhu


    Full Text Available Near tip full-field strains in a growing fatigue crack have been studied in situ using the Digital Image Correlation (DIC technique in a compact tension specimen of stainless steel 316L under tension-tension cyclic loading. An error analysis of displacements and strains has been carried out, and the results show that the precision of displacements and strains in the wake of the crack is worse than that in front of the crack. A method for the determination of crack tip location is proposed for the DIC analysis. Strain ratchetting is observed ahead of the growing fatigue crack tip and found to be dependent on the distance to the crack tip; whilst normal strains appear to stabilise behind the crack tip.

  12. Nonlinear vibration of edge cracked functionally graded Timoshenko beams (United States)

    Kitipornchai, S.; Ke, L. L.; Yang, J.; Xiang, Y.


    Nonlinear vibration of beams made of functionally graded materials (FGMs) containing an open edge crack is studied in this paper based on Timoshenko beam theory and von Kármán geometric nonlinearity. The cracked section is modeled by a massless elastic rotational spring. It is assumed that material properties follow exponential distributions through beam thickness. The Ritz method is employed to derive the governing eigenvalue equation which is then solved by a direct iterative method to obtain the nonlinear vibration frequencies of cracked FGM beams with different end supports. A detailed parametric study is conducted to study the influences of crack depth, crack location, material property gradient, slenderness ratio, and end supports on the nonlinear free vibration characteristics of cracked FGM beams. It is found that unlike isotropic homogeneous beams, both intact and cracked FGM beams show different vibration behavior at positive and negative amplitudes due to the presence of bending-extension coupling in FGM beams.

  13. Free Vibration Analysis of Multiple Cracked Functionally Graded Timoshenko Beams

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    Tran Van Lien

    Full Text Available Abstract In this paper, authors present the study of free vibration of bending multiple cracked functionally graded material (FGM beam. Vibration equations of multiple cracked FGM beam were established by using the rotational spring model of cracks, dynamic stiffness method (DSM and actual position of neutral plane. The frequency equation obtained was in a simple form, that provides an effective approach to study not only free vibration of the beams but also inverse problems like identification of material and crack parameters in structure. The obtained numerical results show good agreement with other previous published results. Thence, numerical computation has been carried out to investigate the effect of each crack, the number of cracks, material and geometric parameters on the natural frequencies of multiple cracked Timoshenko FGM beams.

  14. Theoretical and numerical studies on morphological transitions in crack growth

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    Mühle, V


    This paper investigates the formation of crack patterns in stationary and transient temperature fields analytically with linear elastic fracture mechanics and numerically with the finite elements method (FEM). In particular, we consider the experimental situation of a narrow thin strip of hot glass slowly lowered into cold water, with temperature difference and velocity as variable parameters. The parameter regions of no crack, one straight crack and one oscillating crack are determined. The type of phase transition related to the borderline between straight and oscillating crack is characterized. The theoretical results are compared with those of other Similar investigations and comparisons are done for the propagation of multiple cracks. Quenching of a wide thin strip leads to a hierarchy of cracks whose scaling properties are analyzed. Without any fitting, theory and experiment agree surprisingly well.

  15. Characterization of mixed mode crack opening in concrete

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    Jacobsen, Jonas Sejersbøl; Poulsen, Peter Noe; Olesen, John Forbes


    In real concrete structures cracks often open in mixed mode after their initiation. To capture the direct material behavior of a mixed mode crack opening a stiff biaxial testing machine, capable of imposing both normal and shear loads on a given crack area, has been applied. The opening and sliding...... components of the mixed mode displacement are measured using a custom made orthogonal gauge, and the measurements are used directly as the closed loop control signals. A double notch, concrete specimen is used for the crack investigation. The tests are divided into two steps, a pure Mode I opening step...... by material aspects such as the aggregate size and concrete strength. Despite the occurrence of a few, local, secondary cracks during the mixed mode crack opening, the results can be treated as the mixed mode material point behavior of a crack in concrete. Results are reported for a range of mixed mode angles...

  16. Design, Manufacture and Investigation of Cracking Efficiency of a Stone Cracking Machine with Periodic Loading and Sloping Jaw


    TOSUN, Nihat; ÖZLER, Latif


    In this study, a stone cracking machine with periodic loading, and a shaky and sloping jaw which breaks apricot and almond stones was designed and manufactured. For determining the cracking efficiency of the stone cracking machine, the apricot stones were cracked under dry and different wetting periods (1, 2, 3 and 4 hours) and jaw clearances (8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 mm). The results obtained at the end of this study were compared with a similar type of stone cracking machine.

  17. Durability of cracked fibre reinforced concrete structures

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    Hansen, Ernst Jan De Place


    Durability studies are carried out at BKM as part of the research project "Design Methods for Fibre Reinforced Concrete" (FRC) involving BKM, The Concrete Research Center at DTI, Building Technology at Aalborg University, Rambøll, 4K-Beton and Rasmussen & Schiøtz. Concrete beams with or without...... fibre reinforcement are exposed to a combination of mechanical and environmental load to indicate whether fibre reinforcement will improve the durability of cracked concrete structures. Secondly, it is the aim to identify important mechanisms for the effect of the fibre reinforcement on the durability......) and polypropylene fibres (PP) are used in the concrete beams as well as main reinforcement. Results of the durability tests on cracked FRC-beams are compared with results for uncracked FRC-beams and beams without fibres....

  18. Cracks formation during blood drop evaporation (United States)

    Sobac, Benjamin; Brutin, David; Université de Provence Team


    We firstly presented the pattern formation occurring when drops of whole blood desiccate in a recent publication. The phenomena presented evidence to involve lots of physical field such as surface chemistry, haematolology, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, colloids science... All these mechanisms are acting together and produce an axisymetric and reproducible pattern. Dried cellular components are segregated and deposited by a capillary flow. During the evaporation, the system is slowly drying and cracks when stresses are too important leading to the final pattern observed. In this presentation, we will present the mechanisms involved in the formation of crack patterns. The phenomenon presented here with red blood cells as the main colloids involved is very similar to the drying of drop of nanoparticules. We will explain the common point and the differences encountered.

  19. International Conference on Dynamic Crack Propagation

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    The planning meeting for a conference on Dynamic Crack Propagation was held at M.LT. in February 1971 and attended by research workers from several industrial, governmental and academic organizations. It was felt that a more specialized meeting would provide a better opportunity for both U.S. and foreign researchers to exchange their ideas and views on dynamic fracture, a subject which is seldom emphasized in national or international fracture conferences. Dynamic crack propagation has been a concern to specialists in many fields: continuum mechanics, metallurgy, geology, polymer chemistry, orthopedics, applied mathematics, as well as structural design and testing. It impinges on a wide variety of problems such as rock breaking and earthquakes, pressure vessels and line pipes, comminution and the per­ formance of armament and ordnance, etc. Advances have been numerous, covering theories and experiments from both the microscopic and macro­ scopic points of view. Hence, the need for comparing the theoretical ...

  20. Circumferential cracking of steam generator tubes

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    Karwoski, K.J.


    On April 28, 1995, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued Generic Letter (GL) 95-03, {open_quote}Circumferential Cracking of Steam Generator Tubes.{close_quote} GL 95-03 was issued to obtain information needed to verify licensee compliance with existing regulatory requirements regarding the integrity of steam generator tubes in domestic pressurized-water reactors (PWRs). This report briefly describes the design and function of domestic steam generators and summarizes the staff`s assessment of the responses to GL 95-03. The report concludes with several observations related to steam generator operating experience. This report is intended to be representative of significant operating experience pertaining to circumferential cracking of steam generator tubes from April 1995 through December 1996. Operating experience prior to April 1995 is discussed throughout the report, as necessary, for completeness.

  1. Crack Path Prediction in Anisotropic Brittle Materials (United States)

    Hakim, Vincent; Karma, Alain


    A force balance condition to predict quasistatic crack paths in anisotropic brittle materials is derived from an analysis of diffuse interface continuum models that describe both short-scale failure and macroscopic linear elasticity. The path is uniquely determined by the directional anisotropy of the fracture energy, independent of details of the failure process. The derivation exploits the gradient dynamics and translation symmetry properties of this class of models to define a generalized energy-momentum tensor whose integral around an arbitrary closed path enclosing the crack tip yields all forces acting on this tip, including Eshelby’s configurational forces, cohesive forces, and dissipative forces. Numerical simulations are in very good agreement with analytic predictions.

  2. Adolescentes e crack: pelo caminho das pedras

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    Eduardo Tomm


    Full Text Available Nos últimos anos, a sociedade tem observado uma rápida expansão no uso de crack, especialmente por adolescentes e jovens. É evidente a necessidade de ouvir esses sujeitos de para melhor compreender sua situação. Para atender a essa necessidade, desenvolvemos uma pesquisa qualitativa descritivo-exploratória cujo foco foi um grupo terapêutico para adolescentes usuários de crack que ocorreu no Centro de Atenção Psicossocial Infanto-Juvenil (CAPSi em uma cidade do interior do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. Amparados na modalidade expost-facto, analisamos documentos produzidos nessa instituição. O resultado foi uma cartografia que acompanhou discursivamente os adolescentes pelo "caminho das pedras": os lugares, tratamentos, pessoas, ideias e momentos dos quais falam.

  3. Analysis of WWER 1000 collector cracking mechanisms

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    Matocha, K.; Wozniak, J. [Vitkovice J.S.C., Ostrava (Switzerland)


    The presentation reviews the large experimental program, started in 1993 in Vitkovice, where the main aim was: (1) a detailed study of strain and thermal ageing, dissolved oxygen content and temperature on subcritical crack growth in 10NiMo8.5 (10GN2MFA) steel, (2) a detailed study of the effect of high temperature water and tube expansion technology on fracture behaviour of ligaments between holes for heat exchange tubes, and (3) a detailed study of the effect of drilling, tube expansion technology and heat treatment on residual stresses on the surface of holes for heat exchange tubes. The aim of all these investigations was to find a dominant damage mechanism responsible for collector cracking to be able to judge the efficiency of implemented modifications and suggested countermeasures and to answer a very important question whether proper operation conditions (mainly water chemistry) make the operation of steam generators made in Vitcovice safe throughout the planned lifetime. 10 refs.

  4. Stress-corrosion cracking of titanium alloys. (United States)

    Blackburn, M. J.; Feeney, J. A.; Beck, T. R.


    In the light of research material published up to May 1970, the current understanding of the experimental variables involved in the stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) behavior of titanium and its alloys is reviewed. Following a brief summary of the metallurgy and electrochemistry of titanium alloys, the mechanical, electrochemical, and metallurgical parameters influencing SCC behavior are explored with emphasis on crack growth kinetics. Macro- and microfeatures of fractures are examined, and it is shown that many transgranular SCC failures exhibit morphological and crystallographic features similar to mechanical cleavage failures. Current SCC models are reviewed with respect to their ability to explain the observed SCC behavior of titanium and its alloys. Possible methods for eliminating or minimizing stress corrosion hazards in titanium or titanium alloy components are described.

  5. Numerical simulations of material mismatch and ductile crack growth

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    Oestby, Erling


    Both the global geometry and inhomogeneities in material properties will influence the fracture behaviour of structures in presence of cracks. In this thesis numerical simulations have been used to investigate how some aspects of both these issues affect the conditions at the crack-tip. The thesis is organised in an introduction chapter, summarising the major findings and conclusions, a review chapter, presenting the main aspects of the developments in the field of fracture mechanics, and three research papers. Paper I considers the effect of mismatch in hardening exponent on the local near-tip stress field for stationary interface cracks in bi-materials under small scale yielding conditions. It is demonstrated that the stress level in the weaker material increases compared to what is found in the homogeneous material for the same globally applied load level, with the effect being of increasing importance as the crack-tip is approached. Although a coupling between the radial and angular dependence of the stress fields exists, the evolving stress field can still be normalised with the applied J. The effect on the increase in stress level can closely be characterised by the difference in hardening exponent, {delta}n, termed the hardening mismatch, and is more or less independent of the absolute level of hardening in the two materials. Paper II and Ill deal with the effects of geometry, specimen size, hardening level and yield stress mismatch in relation to ductile crack growth. The ductile crack growth is simulated through use of the Gurson model. In Paper H the effect of specimen size on the crack growth resistance is investigated for deep cracked bend and shallow cracked tensile specimens. At small amounts of crack growth the effect of specimen size on the crack growth resistance is small, but a more significant effect is found for larger amounts of crack growth. The crack growth resistance decreases in smaller specimens loaded in tension, whereas the opposite is

  6. Sharp contact corners, fretting and cracks

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    D. A. Hills


    Full Text Available Contacts with sharp edges subject to oscillatory loading are likely to nucleate cracks from the corners, if the loading is sufficiently severe. To a first approximation, the corners behave like notches, where the local elastic behaviour is relieved by plasticity, and which in turn causes irreversibilities that give rise to crack nucleation, but also by frictional slip. One question we aim to answer here is; when is the frictional slip enveloped by plastic slip, so that the corner is effectively a notch in a monolithic material? We do this by employing the classical Williams asymptotic solution to model the contact corner, and, in doing so, we render the solution completely general in the sense that it is independent of the overall geometry of the components. We then re-define the independent parameters describing the properties of the Williams solution by using the inherent length scale, a procedure that was described at the first IJFatigue and FFEMS joint workshop [1]. By proceeding in this way, we can provide a self-contained solution that can be ‘pasted in’ to any complete contact problem, and hence the likelihood of crack nucleation, and the circumstances under which it might occur, can be classified. Further, this reformulation of Williams' solution provides a clear means of obtaining the strength (defined by crack nucleation conditions of a material pair with a particular contact angle. This means that the results from a test carried out using a laboratory specimen may easily be carried over to any complicated contact problem found in engineering practice, and a mechanical test of the prototypical geometry, which may often be quite difficult, is avoided.

  7. Supercritical Catalytic Cracking of Hydrocarbon Feeds Insight (United States)


    collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources ...failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO THE ABOVE...and parasitic catalytic cracking pathways. Synthetic methods to produce mordenite framework inverted (MFI) crystals with dimensions as large as 150

  8. FPI and MPI of Cracks Under Coatings (United States)


    Simulate conventional maintenance cleaning cycles prior to FPI inspection. • FPI: IAW the standard method of ADS-61-PRF. • MPI: IAW ASTM -E-1444 (6...Cracks These precracked test bars are not off-the-shelf items. Typical nondestructive testing ( NDT ) standards incorporate thin aluminum or chrome...elasticity) and the fact that they are not generated from metal fatigue cycling. There are also NDT test specimens that contain electro- discharge machining

  9. Determinación de la absorción de haz láser en ensayos de refusión en régimen continuo

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    Lima, M.


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    [pt] Este trabalho estuda a absorção do feixe laser sobre a superfície de um ferro fundido branco por meio de ensaios calorimétricos. Um láser de CO2, trabalhando no modo contínuo, foi utilizado para produzir um traço refundido sobre a superfície de um ferro fundido branco em intervalos de velocidade de varredura do feixe entre 0,01 e 1,00 cm/s. O registro da temperatura em função do tempo foi realizada por três termopares fixados à superfície inferior da amostra. Verificou-se que cerva de 13 % da radiação incidente sobre a superfície da amostra é absorvida em forma de calor, para um feixe com 0,65 mm de diâmetro, idependentemente da velocidade de varredura do feixe. No caso do feixe com diâmetro de 1,11 mm, a absorção cai para cerca de 11 %. [es] Se estudia la absorción del rayo láser por la superficie de una fundición blanca utilizando ensayos calorimétricos. Se utilizó un láser tipo CO2 trabajando en modo continuo. Se realizaron trazos refundidos continuos en la superficie de la fundición blanca con velocidad de desplazamiento del haz láser comprendida entre 0,01 y 1,00 cm/s. Para el registro de la temperatura en función del tiempo se utilizaron tres termopares colocados sobre la superficie de la muestra. Se comprobó que, aproximadamente, el 13 % de la radiación incidente sobre la superficie de la muestra es absorbida en forma de calor, para un haz láser de 0,65 mm de diámetro, independientemente de la velocidad de paso del mismo. En el caso del haz láser de 1,11 mm de diámetro, la absorción disminuye a valores próximos al 11 %.

  10. Mechanism of crack initiation and crack growth under thermal and mechanical fatigue loading

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    Utz, S.; Soppa, E.; Silcher, H.; Kohler, C. [Stuttgart Univ. (Germany). Materials Testing Inst.


    The present contribution is focused on the experimental investigations and numerical simulations of the deformation behaviour and crack development in the austenitic stainless steel X6CrNiNb18-10 under thermal and mechanical cyclic loading in HCF and LCF regimes. The main objective of this research is the understanding of the basic mechanisms of fatigue damage and the development of simulation methods, which can be applied further in safety evaluations of nuclear power plant components. In this context the modelling of crack initiation and crack growth inside the material structure induced by varying thermal or mechanical loads are of particular interest. The mechanisms of crack initiation depend among other things on the type of loading, microstructure, material properties and temperature. The Nb-stabilized austenitic stainless steel in the solution-annealed condition was chosen for the investigations. Experiments with two kinds of cyclic loading - pure thermal and pure mechanical - were carried out and simulated. The fatigue behaviour of the steel X6CrNiNb18-10 under thermal loading was studied within the framework of the joint research project [4]. Interrupted thermal cyclic tests in the temperature range of 150 C to 300 C combined with non-destructive residual stress measurements (XRD) and various microscopic investigations, e.g. in SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope), were used to study the effects of thermal cyclic loading on the material. This thermal cyclic loading leads to thermal induced stresses and strains. As a result intrusions and extrusions appear inside the grains (at the surface), at which microcracks arise and evolve to a dominant crack. Finally, these microcracks cause a continuous and significant decrease of residual stresses. The fatigue behaviour of the steel X6CrNiNb18-10 under mechanical loading at room temperature was studied within the framework of the research project [5], [8]. With a combination of interrupted LCF tests and EBSD

  11. Aluminosilicate nanoparticles for catalytic hydrocarbon cracking. (United States)

    Liu, Yu; Pinnavaia, Thomas J


    Aluminosilicate nanoparticles containing 9.0-20 nm mesopores were prepared through the use of protozeolitic nanoclusters as the inorganic precursor and starch as a porogen. The calcined, porogen-free composition containing 2 mol % aluminum exhibited the porosity, hydrothermal stability, and acidity needed for the cracking of very large hydrocarbons. In fact, the hydrothermal stability of the nanoparticles to pure steam at 800 degrees C, along with the cumene cracking activity, surpassed the analogous performance properties of ultrastable Y zeolite, the main catalyst component of commercial cracking catalysts. The remarkable hydrothermal stability and catalytic reactivity of the new nanoparticles are attributable to a unique combination of two factors, the presence of protozeolitic nanoclusters in the pore walls and the unprecedented pore wall thickness (7-15 nm). In addition, the excellent catalytic longevity of the nanoparticles is most likely facilitated by the small domain size of the nanoparticles that greatly improves access to the acid sites on the pore walls and minimizes the diffusion length of coke precursors out of the pores.

  12. Hydrogen Induced Cracking of Drip Shield

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    G. De


    One potential failure mechanism for titanium and its alloys under repository conditions is via the absorption of atomic hydrogen in the metal crystal lattice. The resulting decreased ductility and fracture toughness may lead to brittle mechanical fracture called hydrogen-induced cracking (HIC) or hydrogen embrittlement. For the current design of the engineered barrier without backfill, HIC may be a problem since the titanium drip shield can be galvanically coupled to rock bolts (or wire mesh), which may fall onto the drip shield, thereby creating conditions for hydrogen production by electrochemical reaction. The purpose of this scientific analysis and modeling activity is to evaluate whether the drip shield will fail by HIC or not under repository conditions within 10,000 years of emplacement. This Analysis and Model Report (AMR) addresses features, events, and processes related to hydrogen induced cracking of the drip shield. REV 00 of this AMR served as a feed to ''Waste Package Degradation Process Model Report'' and was developed in accordance with the activity section ''Hydrogen Induced Cracking of Drip Shield'' of the development plan entitled ''Analysis and Model Reports to Support Waste Package PMR'' (CRWMS M&O 1999a). This AMR, prepared according to ''Technical Work Plan for: Waste Package Materials Data Analyses and Modeling'' (BSC 2002), is to feed the License Application.

  13. Crack Opening Displacement Behavior in Ceramic Matrix Composites (United States)

    Sevener, Kathy; Tracy, Jared; Chen, Zhe; Daly, Sam; Kiser, Doug


    Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) modeling and life prediction strongly depend on oxidation, and therefore require a thorough understanding of when matrix cracks occur, the extent of cracking for given conditions (time-temperature-environment-stress), and the interactions of matrix cracks with fibers and interfaces. In this work, the evolution of matrix cracks in a melt-infiltrated Silicon Carbide/Silicon Carbide (SiC/SiC) CMC under uniaxial tension was examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) combined with digital image correlation (DIC) and manual crack opening displacement (COD) measurements. Strain relaxation due to matrix cracking, the relationship between COD's and applied stress, and damage evolution at stresses below the proportional limit were assessed. Direct experimental observation of strain relaxation adjacent to regions of matrix cracking is presented and discussed. Additionally, crack openings were found to increase linearly with increasing applied stress, and no crack was found to pass fully through the gage cross-section. This observation is discussed in the context of the assumption of through-cracks for all loading conditions and fiber architectures in oxidation modeling. Finally, the combination of SEM with DIC is demonstrated throughout to be a powerful means for damage identification and quantification in CMC's at stresses well below the proportional limit.

  14. Automatic Pavement Crack Recognition Based on BP Neural Network

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    Li Li


    Full Text Available A feasible pavement crack detection system plays an important role in evaluating the road condition and providing the necessary road maintenance. In this paper, a back propagation neural network (BPNN is used to recognize pavement cracks from images. To improve the recognition accuracy of the BPNN, a complete framework of image processing is proposed including image preprocessing and crack information extraction. In this framework, the redundant image information is reduced as much as possible and two sets of feature parameters are constructed to classify the crack images. Then a BPNN is adopted to distinguish pavement images between linear and alligator cracks to acquire high recognition accuracy. Besides, the linear cracks can be further classified into transversal and longitudinal cracks according to the direction angle. Finally, the proposed method is evaluated on the data of 400 pavement images obtained by the Automatic Road Analyzer (ARAN in Northern China and the results show that the proposed method seems to be a powerful tool for pavement crack recognition. The rates of correct classification for alligator, transversal and longitudinal cracks are 97.5%, 100% and 88.0%, respectively. Compared to some previous studies, the method proposed in this paper is effective for all three kinds of cracks and the results are also acceptable for engineering application.

  15. Small-crack effects in high-strength aluminum alloys (United States)

    Newman, J. C., Jr.; Wu, X. R.; Venneri, S. L.; Li, C. G.


    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment participated in a Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics Cooperative Program. The program objectives were to identify and characterize crack initiation and growth of small cracks (10 microns to 2 mm long) in commonly used US and PRC aluminum alloys, to improve fracture mechanics analyses of surface- and corner-crack configurations, and to develop improved life-prediction methods. Fatigue and small-crack tests were performed on single-edgenotch tension (SENT) specimens and large-crack tests were conducted on center-crack tension specimens for constant-amplitude (stress ratios of -1, 0, and 0.5) and Mini-TWIST spectrum loading. The plastic replica method was used to monitor the initiation and growth of small fatigue cracks at the semicircular notch. Crack growth results from each laboratory on 7075-T6 bare and LC9cs clad aluminum alloys agreed well and showed that fatigue life was mostly crack propagation from a material defect (inclusion particles or void) or from the cladding layer. Finite-element and weight-function methods were used to determine stress intensity factors for surface and corner cracks in the SENT specimens. Equations were then developed and used in a crack growth and crack-closure model to correlate small- and large-crack data and to make life predictions for various load histories. The cooperative program produced useful experimental data and efficient analysis methods for improving life predictions. The results should ultimately improve aircraft structural reliability and safety.

  16. El uso de fotocélulas de haz simple y doble para medir la velocidad en carreras®. The use of single- and dual-beam photocells to measure the sprint time®.

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    Juan García-López


    Full Text Available ResuemnEl objetivo del estudio fue analizar la influencia de la tecnología de las fotocélulas en el registro de tiempo y su fiabilidad durante de carreras de velocidad de corta distancia. Participaron 25 estudiantes (20.5±0.5 años; 1.78±0.02 m; 77.5±1.8 kg que fueron evaluados en 3 días (2 de familiarización y 1 de test. Se registraron aleatoriamente 3 carreras de aceleración y 3 velocidad lanzada, cronometradas simultáneamente a los 5, 10 y 15 m por dos sistemas de fotocélulas DSD Laser System®: haz simple y doble haz. El tipo de fotocélulas utilizadas influyó en el tiempo de carrera (F=11.92 y p 0.80 a los 10 y 5 m, respectivamente. En la carrera lanzada ambos sistemas midieron prácticamente igual (diferencias de ~0.005 s, obteniendo registros fiables a los 15 y 10 m, respectivamente. En conclusión, en carreras de aceleración la distancia mínima a registrar con haz simple debe ser de 10 m, y de 5 m con haz doble, mientras que en carreras lanzadas deberían utilizarse unas distancias mínimas de 15 y 10 m, respectivamente. Futuros estudios deberían analizar la distancia óptima a la primera fotocélula en las carreras de aceleración, para aumentar la fiabilidad de la medición y facilitar la comparación entre registros de diferentes estudios.AbstractThe purpose was to analyze the influence of the timing gates’ technology on both running time performance and its reliability during short sprint distances. Twenty-five physical students participated (20.5±0.5 yr; 1.78±0.02 m; 77.5±1.8 kg, whose were evaluated during 3 separate days (2 familiarization sessions and 1 testing session. Three standing-start and 3 flying-start runs were randomized and simultaneously registered at 5, 10 and 15 m by two timing gates DSD Laser System®: single- and dual-beam. The type of timing gates affected the performance (F=11.92 y p0.80 at the distances of 10 and 5 m, respectively. During the flying-start runs, both systems obtained a very

  17. Predicting the crack response for a pipe with a complex crack (United States)

    Lukes, Robert G.

    Traditional flaw evaluation in the nuclear field uses conservative methods to predict maximum load carrying capacity for flaws in a given pipe. There is a need in the nuclear industry for more accurate estimates of the load carrying capacity of nuclear piping such that probabilistic tools can be used to predict the time to failure for various types of cracks. These more accurate estimates will allow the nuclear industry to repair flaws at a more appropriate time considering external factors such as costs and man-rem planning along with the flaw repair. Analysis of the maximum load carrying capacity of a pipe with a complex crack (CC) has gained increased importance due to the recent identification of long CC's that have appeared in dissimilar metal (DM) welds thought to be caused by primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC). A coded solution for a single material with a weld was developed that gives an accurate maximum load and crack driving force prediction for a pipe with a through wall crack (TWC), called LBBEng. To support the analysis of a CC, traditionally, an assumption is used that the CC performs similar to that of a TWC of a reduced thickness (TWCr). This modification gives a conservative prediction of the maximum load carrying capacity for a CC in a single material but was never verified for a CC in a DM weld. From the evaluation of the DM weld test data, along with finite element analysis, it can be demonstrated that the crack response of a CC can be predicted by a TWC model when modifications are made to the reduced thickness method.

  18. Application of the cracked pipe element to creep crack growth prediction

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    Brochard, J.; Charras, T. [C.E.A.-C.E.-Saclay DRN/DMT, Gif Sur Yvette (France); Ghoudi, M. [C.E.A.-C.E.-Saclay, Gif Sur Yvette (France)


    Modifications to a computer code for ductile fracture assessment of piping systems with postulated circumferential through-wall cracks under static or dynamic loading are very briefly described. The modifications extend the capabilities of the CASTEM2000 code to the determination of fracture parameters under creep conditions. The main advantage of the approach is that thermal loads can be evaluated as secondary stresses. The code is applicable to piping systems for which crack propagation predictions differ significantly depending on whether thermal stresses are considered as primary or secondary stresses.

  19. Floating Node Method and Virtual Crack Closure Technique for Modeling Matrix Cracking-Delamination Interaction (United States)

    DeCarvalho, N. V.; Chen, B. Y.; Pinho, S. T.; Baiz, P. M.; Ratcliffe, J. G.; Tay, T. E.


    A novel approach is proposed for high-fidelity modeling of progressive damage and failure in composite materials that combines the Floating Node Method (FNM) and the Virtual Crack Closure Technique (VCCT) to represent multiple interacting failure mechanisms in a mesh-independent fashion. In this study, the approach is applied to the modeling of delamination migration in cross-ply tape laminates. Delamination, matrix cracking, and migration are all modeled using fracture mechanics based failure and migration criteria. The methodology proposed shows very good qualitative and quantitative agreement with experiments.

  20. Floating Node Method and Virtual Crack Closure Technique for Modeling Matrix Cracking-Delamination Migration (United States)

    DeCarvalho, Nelson V.; Chen, B. Y.; Pinho, Silvestre T.; Baiz, P. M.; Ratcliffe, James G.; Tay, T. E.


    A novel approach is proposed for high-fidelity modeling of progressive damage and failure in composite materials that combines the Floating Node Method (FNM) and the Virtual Crack Closure Technique (VCCT) to represent multiple interacting failure mechanisms in a mesh-independent fashion. In this study, the approach is applied to the modeling of delamination migration in cross-ply tape laminates. Delamination, matrix cracking, and migration are all modeled using fracture mechanics based failure and migration criteria. The methodology proposed shows very good qualitative and quantitative agreement with experiments.

  1. Thermal drying of wastewater sludge with crack formation. (United States)

    Chen, J B; Peng, X F; Tao, T; Lee, D J


    We examined in this work the drying characteristics of wastewater sludge. The drying flux of the constant-rate period for sludge cake could be up to 40% higher than that from a sand bed. Owing to the considerable volume shrinkage of cake, cracks would form and develop on the crack surface, which yielded three-dimensional but rather than the one-dimensional cake structure assumed in conventional drying theories. The crack length was fully developed in the first 30 min of drying, while the width of crack increased linearly with time. Using these data the drying flux from the cracks was estimated. Enhanced drying flux was noticeable which depended on the crack shape and the crossflow velocity.

  2. Surface crack detection in different materials with inductive thermography (United States)

    Oswald-Tranta, Beata


    Inductive thermography has been proved to be an excellent method for detecting surface cracks in metallic materials. The Joule heating is generated directly in the workpiece due to the induced eddy current and its penetration depth is determined by material properties and by the excitation frequency. Whether an additional temperature increase or a colder area around the crack occurs, is determined by the ratio of the crack depth to the penetration depth. It is investigated how material parameters, excitation frequency, crack depth and its inclination angle affect the temperature distribution around a crack after a short heating pulse. With finite element simulations material independent results are calculated showing in which frequency and temporal range crack detection is possible. These results are analyzed more closely for four selected metals: ferro-magnetic and non-magnetic steel, aluminum and titanium.

  3. Interlaminar crack growth in fiber reinforced composites during fatigue (United States)

    Wang, S. S.; Wang, H. T.


    This paper presents an investigation of interlaminar crack growth behavior in fiber-reinforced composites subjected to fatigue loading. In the experimental phase of the study, interlaminar crack propagation rates and mechanisms were determined for the cases of various geometries, laminate parameters and cyclic stress levels. An advanced singular hybrid-stress finite element method was used in conjunction with the experimental results to examine the local crack-tip behavior and to characterize the crack propagation during fatigue. Results elucidate the basic nature of the cyclic delamination damage and relate the interlaminar crack growth rate to the range of mixed-mode crack-tip stress intensity factors. The study provides fundamental insight into the problem, reveals several important features of the interlaminar fatigue failure, and should be of practical importance in selection, testing and design of composite materials.

  4. Structural and leakage integrity of tubes affected by circumferential cracking

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    Hernalsteen, P. [TRACTEBEL, Brussels (Belgium)


    In this paper the author deals with the notion that circumferential cracks are generally considered unacceptable. He argues for the need to differentiate two facets of such cracks: the issue of the size and growth rate of a crack; and the issue of the structural strength and leakage potential of the tube in the presence of the crack. In this paper the author tries to show that the second point is not a major concern for such cracks. The paper presents data on the structural strength or burst pressure characteristics of steam generator tubes derived from models and data bases of experimental work. He also presents a leak rate model, and compares the performance of circumferential and axial cracks as far as burst strength and leak rate. The final conclusion is that subject to improvement in NDE capabilities (sizing, detection, growth), that Steam Generator Defect Specific Management can be used to allow circumferentially degraded tubes to remain in service.

  5. Crack growth properties of nuclear graphite under cyclic loading conditions (United States)

    Kakui, H.; Oku, T.


    Crack growth properties of four kinds of nuclear graphites under cyclic loading conditions were investigated at room temperature, 373, 673 and 975 K, using double cantilever beam (DCB) specimens. The crack growth rates can be expressed as a function of the stress intensity factor range at the constant mean stress intensity factor ( Kmean) and the constant minimum stress intensity factor ( Kmin): that is, da/ dN = CΔK1n, where the constants C and n depend upon the kind of graphite and its coke grain size. The crack growth rate at the constant Kmean becomes smaller than that at the constant Kmin. For the fine-grained graphite tested at higher temperatures, the crack growth rate increases with increasing temperature. Also cracks in the coarse grained coke graphites extend at a higher rate than that in the fine-grained high strength graphites. It seems that cracks in graphites run mostly along the coke grain boundaries.

  6. Simulation of Interfacial Corner Cracks in Bimaterial Systems

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    Veluri, Badrinath; Jensen, Henrik Myhre


    . In the semiconductor and microelectronics industry, characterizing interconnect reliability is through either component or system-level accelerated tests. A phenomenological model focused on modeling the shape of such interface cracks and calculating the critical stress for steady-state propagation has been developed....... The crack propagation is investigated by estimating the fracture mechanics parameters that include the strain energy release rate, crack front profiles and the three-dimensional mode-mixity along the crack front. A numerical approach is then applied for coupling the far field solutions utilizing...... the capability of the Finite Element Method to the near field (crack tip) solutions based on the J-integral. The developed two-dimensional numerical approach for the calculation of fracture mechanical properties has been validated with three-dimensional models for varying crack front shapes. In this study...

  7. Catalytic cracking models developed for predictive control purposes

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    Dag Ljungqvist


    Full Text Available The paper deals with state-space modeling issues in the context of model-predictive control, with application to catalytic cracking. Emphasis is placed on model establishment, verification and online adjustment. Both the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC and the Residual Catalytic Cracking (RCC units are discussed. Catalytic cracking units involve complex interactive processes which are difficult to operate and control in an economically optimal way. The strong nonlinearities of the FCC process mean that the control calculation should be based on a nonlinear model with the relevant constraints included. However, the model can be simple compared to the complexity of the catalytic cracking plant. Model validity is ensured by a robust online model adjustment strategy. Model-predictive control schemes based on linear convolution models have been successfully applied to the supervisory dynamic control of catalytic cracking units, and the control can be further improved by the SSPC scheme.

  8. Fatigue crack arrest in a self-healing polymer composite

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    Brown, E. N. (Eric N.); White, S. R. (Scott R.); Sottos, Nancy R.


    A comprehensive experimental program is performed to assess the in situ fatigue behavior of a self-healing polymer. A fatigue-life-extension protocol is established for characterizing healing efficiency of the self-healing epoxy under cyclic loading. At moderate {Delta}K{sub I} and at high {Delta}K{sub I}, when a rest period is employed, in situ healing extends fatigue life though temporary crack arrest and retardation. In situ self-healing permanently arrests crack growth at low {delta}K{sub I} and at moderate {Delta}K{sub I}, when a rest period is employed. Fatigue crack retardation and arrest result from two primary crack-tip shielding mechanisms: hydrodynamic pressure in the viscous healing agent and artificial crack closure. Application of self-healing functionality to fatigue slows the crack growth rate and increases the fatigue threshold.

  9. Phenomena and mechanisms of crack propagation in glass-ceramics. (United States)

    Apel, E; Deubener, J; Bernard, A; Höland, M; Müller, R; Kappert, H; Rheinberger, V; Höland, W


    Lithium disilicate, leucite and apatite glass-ceramics have become state-of-the-art framework materials in the fabrication of all-ceramic dental restorative materials. The goal of this study was to examine the crack propagation behaviour of these three known glass-ceramic materials after they have been subjected to Vickers indentation and to characterize their crack opening profiles (delta(meas) vs. (a-r)). For this purpose, various methods of optical examination were employed. Optical microscopy investigations were performed to examine the crack phenomena at a macroscopic level, while high-resolution techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), were employed to investigate the crack phenomena at a microscopic level. The crack patterns of the three glass-ceramics vary from fairly straightforward to more complex, depending on the amount of residual glass matrix present in the material. The high-strength lithium disilicate crystals feature a high degree of crosslinking, thereby preventing crack propagation. In this material, the crack propagates only through the residual glass phase, which constitutes 30%-40% by volume. Having a high glass content of more than 65% by volume, the leucite and apatite glass-ceramics show far more complex crack patterns. Cracks in the leucite glass-ceramic propagate through both the glass and crystal phase. The apatite glass-ceramic shows a similar crack behaviour as an inorganic-organic composite material containing nanoscale fillers, which are pulled out in the surroundings of the crack tip. The observed crack behaviour and the calculated K(tip) values of the three types of glass-ceramics were compared to the K(IC) values determined according to the SEVNB method.

  10. Dynamic fracture mechanics analysis for an edge delamination crack (United States)

    Rizzi, Stephen A.; Doyle, James F.


    A global/local analysis is applied to the problem of a panel with an edge delamination crack subject to an impulse loading to ascertain the dynamic J integral. The approach uses the spectral element method to obtain the global dynamic response and local resultants to obtain the J integral. The variation of J integral along the crack front is shown. The crack behavior is mixed mode (Mode 2 and Mode 3), but is dominated by the Mode 2 behavior.

  11. Modeling Delamination of Interfacial Corner Cracks in Multilayered Structures

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    Veluri, Badrinath (Badri); Jensen, Henrik Myhre


    Multilayered electronic components, typically of heterogeneous materials, delaminate under thermal and mechanical loading. A phenomenological model focused on modeling the shape of such interface cracks close to corners in layered interconnect structures for calculating the critical stress...... for the calculation of fracture mechanical properties has been validated with threedimensional models for varying crack front shapes. A custom quantitative approach was formulated based on the finite element method with iterative adjustment of the crack front to estimate the critical delaminatio stress as a function...

  12. Outcome of Endodontically Treated Teeth Diagnosed With Cracked Tooth (United States)


    make the correct diagnosis and render appropriate treatment. Treatment The primary goal of treatment for cracked teeth is to immobilize for future analysis. 27 14)Qian Y, Zhou X, Yang J. Correlation between cuspal inclination and tooth cracked syndrome : a three-dimensional...undiagnosed split-root syndrome . J Am Dent Assoc 1976;92:930-5. 18)1vancik J, Neerchal NK, Romberg E, Arola D. The Reduction in Fatigue Crack Growth

  13. Crack Width Analysis of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete Elements

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    Darius Ulbinas


    Full Text Available The article investigates the effectiveness of steel fiber reinforcement in RC concrete members in regard to ordinary reinforcement. The advantages and disadvantages of different shapes of steel fibers are discussed. The algorithm for calculating crack width based on EC2 and Rilem methodologies is presented. A comparison of theoretical and experimental crack widths has been performed. The relative errors of crack width predictions at different load levels were defined.Article in Lithuanian

  14. Boundary integral formulation for cracks at imperfect interfaces


    Mishuris, G.; Piccolroaz, A.; Vellender, A.


    We consider an infinite bi-material plane containing a semi-infinite crack situated on a soft imperfect interface. The crack is loaded by a general asymmetrical system of forces distributed along the crack faces. On the basis of the weight function approach and the fundamental reciprocal identity, we derive the corresponding boundary integral formulation, relating physical quantities. The boundary integral equations derived in this paper in the imperfect interface setting show a weak singular...

  15. Laser cladding crack repair of austenitic stainless steel

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    Van Rooyen, C


    Full Text Available @ 2 bar pressure Fig. 6: Crack sealing and overlay of 6.0mm plate 4 Typical hardness of the 316L crack seal layers is 160 HV1kg. Crack sealing can be performed with more noble Ni-base alloys to improved... of surface compressive stresses will avoid initiation of SCC. Due to primary austenitic solidification of laser cladded 316L, no delta ferrite is present in the microstructure. Although the susceptibility...

  16. Application of Zeolitic Additives in the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC

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    A. Nemati Kharat


    Full Text Available Current article describes application of zeolites in fluid catalytic cracking (FCC. The use of several zeolitic additives for the production light olefins and reduction of pollutants is described. Application of zeolites as fluid catalytic cracking (FCC catalysts and additives due to the presence of active acid sites in the zeolite framework  increase the formation of desired cracking products (i.e., olefin and branched products  in the FCC unit.

  17. Environmental Stress Crazing and Cracking of Transparent Polymers (United States)


    MTL TR 89-12 AD ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS CRAZING AND CRACKING OF TRANSPARENT POLYMERS k -A205 624 ALEX J. HSIEH and JANICE J. VANSELOW POLYMER RESEARCH...SubwLe) 5. TYPE OF REPORT & PERIOD COVERED Final Report ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS CRAZING AND CRACKING OF TRANSPARENT POLYMERS S. PERFORMING ORG. REPORT...behavior is called environmental stress crazing or cracking (ESC). Aggressive surface active agents can cause ductile materials to fracture brittlely

  18. Critical crack path assessments in failure investigations

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    Robert D. Caligiuri


    Full Text Available This paper presents a case study in which identification of the controlling crack path was critical to identifying the root cause of the failure. The case involves the rupture of a 30-inch (0.76 m natural gas pipeline in 2010 that tragically led to the destruction of a number of homes and the loss of life. The segment of the pipeline that ruptured was installed in 1956. The longitudinal seam of the segment that ruptured was supposed to have been fabricated by double submerged arc welding. Unfortunately, portions of the segment only received a single submerged arc weld on the outside, leaving unwelded areas on the inside diameter. Post-failure examination of the segment revealed that the rupture originated at one of these unwelded areas. Examination also revealed three additional crack paths or zones emanating from the unwelded area: a zone of ductile tearing, a zone of fatigue, and a zone of cleavage fracture, in that sequence. Initial investigators ignored the ductile tear, assumed the critical crack path was the fatigue component, and (incorrectly concluded that the root cause of the incident was the failure of the operator to hydrotest the segment after it was installed in 1956. However, as discussed in this paper, the critical path or mechanism was the ductile tear. Furthermore, it was determined that the ductile tear was created during the hydrotest at installation by a mechanism known as pressure reversal. Thus the correct root cause of the rupture was the hydrotest the operator subjected the segment to at installation, helping to increase the awareness of operators and regulators about the potential problems associated with hydrotesting.

  19. Three-dimensional characterization of stress corrosion cracks

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    Lozano-Perez, S.; Rodrigo, P.; Gontard, Lionel Cervera


    Understanding crack propagation and initiation is fundamental if stress corrosion cracking (SCC) mechanisms are to be understood. However, cracking is a three-dimensional (3D) phenomenon and most characterization techniques are restricted to two-dimensional (2D) observations. In order to overcome...... the best spatial resolution. To illustrate the power of these techniques, different parts of dominant stress corrosion cracks in Ni-alloys and stainless steels have been reconstructed in 3D. All relevant microstructural features can now be studied in detail and its relative orientation respect...

  20. In-situ crack repair by laser cladding

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    Van Rooyen, C


    Full Text Available . Successful sealing of simulated cracks was achieved under extreme conditions. Not only was water squirting out occasionally, but water was continually running down the peened crack to the weld pool. Laser cladding was shown to be a robust process under... to the simulated crack prior to the cladding of the first layer to avoid excessive water squirting out. Adequate laser power is required to ensure proper fusion into the base material due to water squirting out of the crack adjacent to the weld pool. As a...

  1. Concrete Crack Identification Using a UAV Incorporating Hybrid Image Processing. (United States)

    Kim, Hyunjun; Lee, Junhwa; Ahn, Eunjong; Cho, Soojin; Shin, Myoungsu; Sim, Sung-Han


    Crack assessment is an essential process in the maintenance of concrete structures. In general, concrete cracks are inspected by manual visual observation of the surface, which is intrinsically subjective as it depends on the experience of inspectors. Further, it is time-consuming, expensive, and often unsafe when inaccessible structural members are to be assessed. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies combined with digital image processing have recently been applied to crack assessment to overcome the drawbacks of manual visual inspection. However, identification of crack information in terms of width and length has not been fully explored in the UAV-based applications, because of the absence of distance measurement and tailored image processing. This paper presents a crack identification strategy that combines hybrid image processing with UAV technology. Equipped with a camera, an ultrasonic displacement sensor, and a WiFi module, the system provides the image of cracks and the associated working distance from a target structure on demand. The obtained information is subsequently processed by hybrid image binarization to estimate the crack width accurately while minimizing the loss of the crack length information. The proposed system has shown to successfully measure cracks thicker than 0.1 mm with the maximum length estimation error of 7.3%.

  2. Fatigue crack propagation in steels for reactor pressure vessels

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    Klesnil, M.; Lukas, P.; Kunz, L. (Ceskoslovenska Akademie Ved, Brno. Ustav Fyzikalni Metalurgie); Troshchenko, V.T.; Pokrovskij, V.V.; Yasnij, P.V.; Skorenko, Y.S. (AN Ukrainskoj SSR, Kiev. Inst. Problem Prochnosti)


    Fatigue crack propagation data were measured on 15Kh2NMFA steel of Czechoslovak and Soviet makes. The results obtained by two laboratories were compared with other available data regarding materials for pressure vessels of nuclear power plants. Crack propagation curves were measured at temperatures -60, 20 and 350 degC and the corresponding parameters of crack growth equation were found. Threshold values of stress intensity factor amplitude, Ksub(apz), and the influence of stress ratio R in the range of small crack rates were determined experimentally. Fractography revealed either transgranular or mixed transgranular and interaranular fracture modes depending on stress intensity amplitude Ksub(a) and the environment.

  3. Fatigue Crack Prognostics by Optical Quantification of Defect Frequency (United States)

    Chan, K. S.; Buckner, B. D.; Earthman, J. C.


    Defect frequency, a fatigue crack prognostics indicator, is defined as the number of microcracks per second detected using a laser beam that is scanned across a surface at a constant predetermined frequency. In the present article, a mechanistic approach was taken to develop a methodology for deducing crack length and crack growth information from defect frequency data generated from laser scanning measurements made on fatigued surfaces. The method was developed by considering a defect frequency vs fatigue cycle curve that comprised three regions: (i) a crack initiation regime of rising defect frequency, (ii) a plateau region of a relatively constant defect frequency, and (iii) a region of rapid rising defect frequency due to crack growth. Relations between defect frequency and fatigue cycle were developed for each of these three regions and utilized to deduce crack depth information from laser scanning data of 7075-T6 notched specimens. The proposed method was validated using experimental data of crack density and crack length data from the literature for a structural steel. The proposed approach was successful in predicting the length or depth of small fatigue cracks in notched 7075-T6 specimens and in smooth fatigue specimens of a structural steel.

  4. Fatigue crack growth and fracture behavior of bainitic rail steels. (United States)


    "The microstructuremechanical properties relationships, fracture toughness, fatigue crack growth and fracture surface morphology of J6 bainitic, manganese, and pearlitic rail steels were studied. Microstructuremechanical properties correlation ...

  5. Analytical Solutions for Corrosion-Induced Cohesive Concrete Cracking

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    Hua-Peng Chen


    Full Text Available The paper presents a new analytical model to study the evolution of radial cracking around a corroding steel reinforcement bar embedded in concrete. The concrete cover for the corroding rebar is modelled as a thick-walled cylinder subject to axisymmetrical displacement constraint at the internal boundary generated by expansive corrosion products. A bilinear softening curve reflecting realistic concrete property, together with the crack band theory for concrete fracture, is applied to model the residual tensile stress in the cracked concrete. A governing equation for directly solving the crack width in cover concrete is established for the proposed analytical model. Closed-form solutions for crack width are then obtained at various stages during the evolution of cracking in cover concrete. The propagation of crack front with corrosion progress is studied, and the time to cracking on concrete cover surface is predicted. Mechanical parameters of the model including residual tensile strength, reduced tensile stiffness, and radial pressure at the bond interface are investigated during the evolution of cover concrete cracking. Finally, the analytical predictions are examined by comparing with the published experimental data, and mechanical parameters are analysed with the progress of reinforcement corrosion and through the concrete cover.

  6. Flexural Cracking Behavior Of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beams

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    Ashraf Abdalkader


    Full Text Available Steel fibers are added to concrete due to its ability to improve the tensile strength and control propagation of cracks in reinforced concrete members. Steel fiber reinforced concrete is made of cement fine water and coarse aggregate in addition to steel fibers. In this experimental work flexural cracking behavior of reinforced concrete beams contains different percentage of hooked-end steel fibers with length of 50 mm and equivalent diameter of 0.5 mm was studied. The beams were tested under third-point loading test at 28 days. First cracking load maximum crack width cracks number and load-deflection relations were investigated to evaluate the flexural cracking behavior of concrete beams with 34 MPa target mean strength. Workability wet density compressive and splitting tensile strength were also investigated. The results showed that the flexural crack width is significantly reduced with the addition of steel fibers. Fiber contents of 1.0 resulted in 81 reduction in maximum crack width compared to control concrete without fiber. The results also showed that the first cracking load and maximum load are increased with the addition of steel fibers.

  7. Association between crack cocaine use and reduced salivary flow

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    Raquel Pippi ANTONIAZZI


    Full Text Available Abstract Crack cocaine use appears to have an impact on oral conditions. However, changes in the salivary flow among crack users have not been fully clarified. The aim of this study was to compare stimulated salivary flow and the occurrence of hyposalivation between crack users and non-users. A cross-sectional study was conducted involving 40 crack users and 40 controls matched for sex, age, and smoking habits. Interviews were conducted to acquire data on the perception of dry mouth (xerostomia and drug use. Stimulated salivary flow was determined using the spitting method. A significant reduction in stimulated salivary flow was found among crack users in comparison to non-users (1.02 vs. 1.59 ml/min. A total of 42.5% and 15% of crack users had very low and low stimulated salivary flow, respectively. Moreover, 65% of users reported xerostomia in comparison to 37.5% non-users (p < 0.012. No significant association was found between xerostomia and hyposalivation (p = 0.384. A multivariate analysis revealed that individuals older than 26 years of age, those with a low household income, and crack users (prevalence ratio: 2.59 had a significant association with the occurrence of hyposalivation. A significant association was found between the use of crack and reduced salivary flow. The use of crack was associated with the occurrence of hyposalivation in the multivariate analysis.

  8. J-integral estimates for cracks in infinite bodies (United States)

    Dowling, N. E.


    An analysis and discussion is presented of existing estimates of the J-integral for cracks in infinite bodies. Equations are presented which provide convenient estimates for Ramberg-Osgood type elasto-plastic materials containing cracks and subjected to multiaxial loading. The relationship between J and the strain normal to the crack is noted to be only weakly dependent on state of stress. But the relationship between J and the stress normal to the crack is strongly dependent on state of stress. A plastic zone correction term often employed is found to be arbitrary, and its magnitude is seldom significant.

  9. Concrete Crack Identification Using a UAV Incorporating Hybrid Image Processing

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    Hyunjun Kim


    Full Text Available Crack assessment is an essential process in the maintenance of concrete structures. In general, concrete cracks are inspected by manual visual observation of the surface, which is intrinsically subjective as it depends on the experience of inspectors. Further, it is time-consuming, expensive, and often unsafe when inaccessible structural members are to be assessed. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV technologies combined with digital image processing have recently been applied to crack assessment to overcome the drawbacks of manual visual inspection. However, identification of crack information in terms of width and length has not been fully explored in the UAV-based applications, because of the absence of distance measurement and tailored image processing. This paper presents a crack identification strategy that combines hybrid image processing with UAV technology. Equipped with a camera, an ultrasonic displacement sensor, and a WiFi module, the system provides the image of cracks and the associated working distance from a target structure on demand. The obtained information is subsequently processed by hybrid image binarization to estimate the crack width accurately while minimizing the loss of the crack length information. The proposed system has shown to successfully measure cracks thicker than 0.1 mm with the maximum length estimation error of 7.3%.

  10. Influence of bending test configuration on cracking behavior of FRC

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    Finazzi, Silvia; Paegle, Ieva; Fischer, Gregor


    the flexural load-deformation response of FRC. This research focuses particularly on the influence of the appearance and depth of the notch on the cracking behavior of FRC. For this purpose, several specimens, both un-notched and notched with different depths of the notch (25 mm and 45 mm), were tested....... The results obtained in the various tests are compared to determine to what extent the notch can affect cracking behavior and the resulting evaluation of the material according to the method described in the standard. Formation of cracking and the crack development has been documented by means of a digital...

  11. A DFT study on the thermal cracking of JP-10. (United States)

    Yue, Lei; Xie, Hu-Jun; Qin, Xiao-Mei; Lu, Xiao-Xing; Fang, Wen-Jun


    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been carried out to investigate the thermal cracking pathways of JP-10, a high energy density hydrocarbon fuel. Thermal cracking mechanisms are proposed, as supported by our previous experimental results (Xing et al. in Ind Eng Chem Res 47:10034-10040, 2008). Using DFT calculations, the potential energy profiles of the possible thermal cracking pathways for all of the diradicals obtained from homolytic C-C bond cleavage of JP-10 were derived and are presented here. The products of the different thermal cracking pathways are in good agreement with our previous experimental observations.

  12. Fatigue crack growth and fracture behavior of bainitic rail steels. (United States)


    "The microstructuremechanical properties relationships, fracture toughness, fatigue crack growth and fracture surface morphology of J6 bainitic, manganese, and pearlitic rail steels were studied. Microstructuremechanical properties correlation ...

  13. Accelerated fatigue crack growth simulation in a bimaterial interface

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


    A method for accelerated simulation of fatigue crack growth in a bimaterial interface (e.g. in a face/core sandwich interface) is proposed. To simulate fatigue crack growth, a routine is incorporated in the commercial finite element program ANSYS and a method to accelerate the simulation is imple......A method for accelerated simulation of fatigue crack growth in a bimaterial interface (e.g. in a face/core sandwich interface) is proposed. To simulate fatigue crack growth, a routine is incorporated in the commercial finite element program ANSYS and a method to accelerate the simulation...

  14. Fictitious Crack Model of Concrete Fracture

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    Brincker, Rune; Dahl, H.


    The substructure method introduced by Petersson is reformulated for the three-point bending specimen in order to obtain complete load-displacement relations without significant truncation. The problem of instability caused by the linearization of the softening in the fracture zone is discussed......, and an alternative energy formulation is given so that it is possible to distinguish between stable and unstable situations. The reformulated substructure method is implemented on computer to give a multilinear stress crack opening displacement relation for the material in the fracture zone, and some qualitative...

  15. Fatigue crack growth in additive manufactured products

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    A. Riemer


    Full Text Available Additive Manufacturing (AM is a new innovative technique that allows the direct fabrication of complex, individual, delicate and high-strength products, based on their 3D data. Selective Laser Melting (SLM is one of the AM processes that generates metallic components layer by layer using powder-bed technique. The irradiation and consequent melting of metallic powder is realised by the laser source. Employing SLM, especially complex and individual products, such as implants or aerospace parts, are well suited for economic production in small batches. The first important issue in this work was to analyse the fatigue crack growth (FCG in titanium alloy Ti-6-4 and stainless steel 316L processed by SLM. As a first step, stress intensity range decreasing tests were performed on SLM samples in their “as-built” condition. The next step was to adopt measures for optimisation of fatigue crack growth performance of SLM parts. For this purpose various heat treatments such as stress relief annealing and hot isostatic pressing (HIP were applied to the CT specimens. Finally, the strong impact of heat treatment on the residual lifetime was demonstrated by numerical fatigue crack growth simulations. For this purpose, the hip joint implant consisting of Ti-6-4 and processed by SLM was taken into account. It was found that residual stresses have a strong influence on the crack growth in Ti-6-4, while the influence of the micro-pores on the threshold values remains low. In contrast the results for 316L show that its fracturemechanical behaviour is not affected by residual stresses, whereas the microstructural features lead to modification in the da/dN-K-data. The second fundamental aim of this work was to demonstrate the possibilities of the SLM process. For that reason, the individually tailored bicycle crank was optimised regarding its weight and local stresses and finally manufactured using the SLM system. The iterative optimisation procedure was based on

  16. Hydrogen Assisted Cracking of High Strength Alloys (United States)


    Speidel reported simple Arrhenius behavior for lower strength Nimonic 105 (ays = 825 MPa) for 0C < T < 1000C (Speidel, 1974). The very high temperature... 115 of 194 L (a) R 250 nm 250 nm L (b) R Figure 43: Matching field emission SEM images of an IG facet in cz~hardened j3-Ti (Beta-C) cracked in aqueous...Thompson, ASM International, Materials Park, OH, 1974, pp. 115 -147. W.W. Gerberich, Y.T. Chen and C. St. John, A short-time diffusion correlation for

  17. Crack Length Detection by Digital Image Processing

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    Lyngbye, Janus; Brincker, Rune


    It is described how digital image processing is used for measuring the length of fatigue cracks. The system is installed in a Personal Computer equipped with image processing hardware and performs automated measuring on plane metal specimens used in fatigue testing. Normally one can not achieve...... a resolution better then that of the image processing equipment. To overcome this problem an extrapolation technique is used resulting in a better resolution. The system was tested on a specimen loaded with different loads. The error σa was less than 0.031 mm, which is of the same size as human measuring...

  18. Crack Detection by Digital Image Processing

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    Lyngbye, Janus; Brincker, Rune

    It is described how digital image processing is used for measuring the length of fatigue cracks. The system is installed in a Personal, Computer equipped with image processing hardware and performs automated measuring on plane metal specimens used in fatigue testing. Normally one can not achieve...... a resolution better than that of the image processing equipment. To overcome this problem an extrapolation technique is used resulting in a better resolution. The system was tested on a specimen loaded with different loads. The error σa was less than 0.031 mm, which is of the same size as human measuring...

  19. Mixed-Mode Crack Growth in Wood

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    Octavian POP


    Full Text Available In timber elements the mixed mode dependsessentially of wood anatomy and load configuration.In these conditions, in order to evaluate the materialbehavior and the fracture process, it’s necessary toseparate the part of each mode. The mixed modeseparation allows evaluating the amplitude offracture mode. In the present paper, using a mixedmodecrack growth specimen made in Douglas fir,the mixed mode crack growth process is studythanks to marks tracking method. Using the markstracking method the characteristic displacementsassociated to opening and shear mode aremeasured. From the experimental measurements,the energy release rate associated to opening andshear modes is calculated into to account the crackadvancement during the test.

  20. Crack inspection on tanks using shearography (United States)

    Alcala Ochoa, Noe; Mendiola Anda, Gabriel; Mora Gonzalez, Miguel; Martinez Escobedo, Luis; Escamilla, Celia


    A shearing system for crack inspection on tanks is reported. A compact device comprised of a Michelson type shearing interferometer, a diode laser, a phase shifting element, a pzt to deform the object under test and a car with magnetic wheels to move the full system. It is proved that a light car with magnetic wheels can support vertically a shearing system and obtain in real-time wrapped deformation phase without decorrelating the fields. This phase deformation system would enable us to analyze big tanks with confidence and security.

  1. Causes of Early-Age Thermal Cracking of Concrete Foundation Slabs and their Reinforcement to Control the Cracking (United States)

    Bilčík, Juraj; Sonnenschein, Róbert; Gažovičová, Natália


    This paper focuses on the causes and consequences of early-age cracking of mass concrete foundation slabs due to restrained volume changes. Considering the importance of water leaking through cracks in terms of the serviceability, durability and environmental impact of watertight concrete structures, emphasis is placed on the effect of temperature loads on foundation slabs. Foundation slabs are usually restrained to some degree externally or internally. To evaluate the effect of external restraints on foundation slabs, friction and interaction models are introduced. The reinforcement of concrete cannot prevent the initiation of cracking, but when cracking has occurred, it may act to reduce the spacing and width of cracks. According to EN 1992-1-1, results of calculating crack widths with local variations included in National Annexes (NAs) vary considerably. A comparison of the required reinforcement areas according to different NAs is presented.

  2. Use of Marker Bands for Determination of Fatigue Crack Growth Rates and Crack Front Shapes in Pre-Corroded Coupons (United States)

    Willard, S. A.


    Groups of striations called marker bands generated on a fatigue fracture surface can be used to mark the position of an advancing fatigue crack at known intervals. A technique has been developed that uses the distance between multiple sets of marker bands to obtain a vs. N, crack front shape, and fatigue crack growth rate data for small cracks. This technique is particularly usefull for specimens that require crack length measurements during testing that cannot be obtained because corrosion obscures the surface of the specimen. It is also useful for specimens with unusual or non-symmetric shapes where it is difficult to obtain accurate crack lengths using traditional methods such as compliance or electric potential difference in the early stages of testing.

  3. Causes of Early-Age Thermal Cracking of Concrete Foundation Slabs and their Reinforcement to Control the Cracking

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    Bilčík Juraj


    Full Text Available This paper focuses on the causes and consequences of early-age cracking of mass concrete foundation slabs due to restrained volume changes. Considering the importance of water leaking through cracks in terms of the serviceability, durability and environmental impact of watertight concrete structures, emphasis is placed on the effect of temperature loads on foundation slabs. Foundation slabs are usually restrained to some degree externally or internally. To evaluate the effect of external restraints on foundation slabs, friction and interaction models are introduced. The reinforcement of concrete cannot prevent the initiation of cracking, but when cracking has occurred, it may act to reduce the spacing and width of cracks. According to EN 1992-1-1, results of calculating crack widths with local variations included in National Annexes (NAs vary considerably. A comparison of the required reinforcement areas according to different NAs is presented.

  4. The Effect of Fatigue Cracks on Fastener Flexibility, Load Distribution and Fatigue Crack Growth (United States)


    Vorst, L. A., Giessler, F. J., Moritz , T., “Stress Analysis Manual”, AFFDL-TR-69-42, Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory, August 1969 251. Bruhn, E...Newman, J. C., “An Improved Method of Collocation for the Stress Analysis of Cracked Plates With Various Shaped Boundaries”, NASA TN D-6376, August

  5. Environmental stress cracking of PVC and PVC-CPE - Part III Crack growth

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    Breen, J.


    The fracture toughness of Polyvinylchloride (PVC) and PVC modified with 10% chlorinated polyethylene (PVC-CPE) was studied in vapour and in liquid environments by crack growth measurements on single-edge notch specimens under three-point bending at 23°C. In addition, some results obtained in air at

  6. Dissolution Condensation Mechanism of Stress Corrosion Cracking in Liquid Metals: Driving Force and Crack Kinetics (United States)

    Glickman, Evgeny E.


    Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in aqueous solution is driven by exothermic reactions of metal oxidation. This stimulus, as well as classical mechanisms of SCC, does not apply to SCC in liquid metals (LMs). In the framework of the dissolution-condensation mechanism (DCM), we analyzed the driving force and crack kinetics for this nonelectrochemical mode of SCC that is loosely called "liquid metal embrittlement" (LME). According to DCM, a stress-induced increase in chemical potential at the crack tip acts as the driving force for out-of-the-tip diffusion mass transfer that is fast because diffusion in LMs is very fast and surface energy at the solid-liquid interface is small. In this article, we review two versions of DCM mechanism, discuss the major physics behind them, and develop DCM further. The refined mechanism is applied then to the experimental data on crack velocity V vs stress intensity factor, the activation energy of LME, and alloying effects. It is concluded that DCM provides a good conceptual framework for analysis of a unified kinetic mechanism of LME and may also contribute to SCC in aqueous solutions.

  7. Crack opening area estimates in pressurized through-wall cracked elbows under bending

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    Franco, C.; Gilles, P.; Pignol, M.


    One of the most important aspects in the leak-before-break approach is the estimation of the crack opening area corresponding to potential through-wall cracks at critical locations during plant operation. In order to provide a reasonable lower bound to the leak area under such loading conditions, numerous experimental and numerical programs have been developed in USA, U.K. and FRG and widely discussed in literature. This paper aims to extend these investigations on a class of pipe elbows characteristic of PWR main coolant piping. The paper is divided in three main parts. First, a new simplified estimation scheme for leakage area is described, based on the reference stress method. This approach mainly developed in U.K. and more recently in France provides a convenient way to account for the non-linear behavior of the material. Second, the method is carried out for circumferential through-wall cracks located in PWR elbows subjected to internal pressure. Finite element crack area results are presented and comparisons are made with our predictions. Finally, in the third part, the discussion is extended to elbows under combined pressure and in plane bending moment.

  8. In situ observations of crack formation in multi-filament Bi-2223 HTS tapes

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    Sørensen, Bent F.; Horsewell, Andy; Skov-Hansen, P.


    around 0.15%, More cracks formed with increasing strain. The cracks covered the entire thickness of the filament. but did not Continue into the surrounding (ductile) Ag matrix. These 'tunnel cracks' appeared somewhat zigzag, indicating intergranular cracking mode. At low strains, crack blunting occurred...

  9. Distribution of Corrosion Fatigue Crack Lengths in Carbon Steel : 1st Report, The Cracks Which Grow Individually


    Ishihara, Sotomi; Shiozawa, Kazuaki; Miyao, Kazyu


    It has been known that very small distributed cracks can be observed on the surface of a smooth specimen subjected to corrosion fatigue. The fracture process can be characterized by the interaction and coalescence of these small distributed cracks. In order to analize this corrosion fatigue fracture process, high cycle fatigue tests were performed on carbon steel sheet specimens under completely reversed plane bending stresses in salt water (3.0%NaCl). Initiation and growth of cracks on the s...

  10. Stochastic modeling of thermal fatigue crack growth

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    Radu, Vasile


    The book describes a systematic stochastic modeling approach for assessing thermal-fatigue crack-growth in mixing tees, based on the power spectral density of temperature fluctuation at the inner pipe surface. It shows the development of a frequency-temperature response function in the framework of single-input, single-output (SISO) methodology from random noise/signal theory under sinusoidal input. The frequency response of stress intensity factor (SIF) is obtained by a polynomial fitting procedure of thermal stress profiles at various instants of time. The method, which takes into account the variability of material properties, and has been implemented in a real-world application, estimates the probabilities of failure by considering a limit state function and Monte Carlo analysis, which are based on the proposed stochastic model. Written in a comprehensive and accessible style, this book presents a new and effective method for assessing thermal fatigue crack, and it is intended as a concise and practice-or...

  11. Near tip stress and strain fields for short elastic cracks (United States)

    Soediono, A. H.; Kardomateas, G. A.; Carlson, R. L.


    Recent experimental fatigue crack growth studies have concluded an apparent anomalous behavior of short cracks. To investigate the reasons for this unexpected behavior, the present paper focuses on identifying the crack length circumstances under which the requirements for a single parameter (K(sub I) or delta K(sub I) if cyclic loading is considered) characterization are violated. Furthermore, an additional quantity, the T stress, as introduced by Rice, and the related biaxiality ratio, B, are calculated for several crack lengths and two configurations, the single-edge-cracked and the centrally-cracked specimen. It is postulated that a two-parameter characterization by K and T (or B) is needed for the adequate description of the stress and strain field around a short crack. To further verify the validity of this postulate, the influence of the third term of the Williams series on the stress, strain and displacement fields around the crack tip and in particular on the B parameter is also examined. It is found that the biaxiality ratio would be more negative if the third term effects are included in both geometries. The study is conducted using the finite element method with linearly elastic material and isoparametric elements and axial (mode I) loading. Moreover, it is clearly shown that it is not proper to postulate the crack size limits for 'short crack' behavior as a normalized ratio with the specimen width, a/w; it should instead be stated as an absolute, or normalized with respect to a small characteristic dimension such as the grain size. Finally, implications regarding the prediction of cyclic (fatigue) growth of short cracks are discussed.

  12. Creep crack growth analysis using C{sub t}-parameter for internal circumferential and external axial surface cracks in a pressurized cylinder

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    Tun, Nwe Ni; Yang, Hee Seung; Yu, Jong Min; Yoon, Kee Bong [Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Chung Ang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Creep crack growth at elevated temperatures is a critical consideration in estimating the remaining life of high temperature structural components and in deciding their inspection interval. In this study, creep crack growth analyses for external radial-axial and internal radial-circumferential surface cracks in a pressurized cylinder were conducted by an analytical method. The effect of crack depth and crack length on the variations in Ct and remaining life predictions were investigated for surface cracks with various initial aspect ratios. It was observed that the remaining life of an internal radial-circumferential surface crack was approximately 53 times longer than that of an external radial-axial surface crack for the same crack size and loading conditions with 316 stainless steel material. It was also observed that the variations in remaining life, crack propagations, and the Ct values were considerably sensitive to the crack location and crack depth. Convergence of crack aspect ratio was not observed when the crack depth ratio was increased. Since the method is independent of material properties and location of the crack geometries, it can be extended to various material properties and various locations of the surface crack geometries.

  13. The effectiveness of the fly-ash slurry injection method to eliminate depressed transverse cracks. (United States)


    One of the primary causes of increasing roughness in asphalt pavements in Kansas has been naturally occurring transverse cracks. Maintenance forces continually tried to seal the cracks; however, the cracks continued to grow wider and the depressions ...

  14. Dye Penetrant Crack Detectability in External Corners in Presence of Fillet Radius (United States)

    Koshti, Ajay M.


    NASA uses special dye penetrant nondestructive evaluation process to provide reliable detection of very small cracks. Typically the surface crack lengths sizes are 0.030' and 0.050' for special dye penetrant process. Qualification requires demonstration of crack detection on a set of cracks with average crack size smaller than or equal to the qualification crack size. The demonstration is called point estimate demonstration. A set of corner cracks can be used to determine reliably detectable corner crack using the point estimate demonstration method. However, dye penetrant demonstration on surface cracks can be used to assess reliably detectable corner crack sizes by using similarity in the penetrant process. The paper provides similarity analysis approach for determining the reliably detectable corner crack sizes for given a point estimate demonstrated surface crack size.

  15. Predictions for fatigue crack growth life of cracked pipes and pipe welds using RMS SIF approach and experimental validation

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    Arora, Punit, E-mail: [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Department of Atomic Energy, Maharashtra, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Singh, P.K.; Bhasin, Vivek; Vaze, K.K.; Ghosh, A.K. [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Department of Atomic Energy, Maharashtra, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Pukazhendhi, D.M.; Gandhi, P.; Raghava, G. [Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai 600 113 (India)


    The objective of the present study is to understand the fatigue crack growth behavior in austenitic stainless steel pipes and pipe welds by carrying out analysis/predictions and experiments. The Paris law has been used for the prediction of fatigue crack growth life. To carry out the analysis, Paris constants have been determined for pipe (base) and pipe weld materials by using Compact Tension (CT) specimens machined from the actual pipe/pipe weld. Analyses have been carried out to predict the fatigue crack growth life of the austenitic stainless steel pipes/pipes welds having part through cracks on the outer surface. In the analyses, Stress Intensity Factors (K) have been evaluated through two different schemes. The first scheme considers the 'K' evaluations at two points of the crack front i.e. maximum crack depth and crack tip at the outer surface. The second scheme accounts for the area averaged root mean square stress intensity factor (K{sub RMS}) at deepest and surface points. Crack growth and the crack shape with loading cycles have been evaluated. In order to validate the analytical procedure/results, experiments have been carried out on full scale pipe and pipe welds with part through circumferential crack. Fatigue crack growth life evaluated using both schemes have been compared with experimental results. Use of stress intensity factor (K{sub RMS}) evaluated using second scheme gives better fatigue crack growth life prediction compared to that of first scheme. Fatigue crack growth in pipe weld (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) can be predicted well using Paris constants of base material but prediction is non-conservative for pipe weld (Shielded Metal Arc Welding). Further, predictions using fatigue crack growth rate curve of ASME produces conservative results for pipe and GTAW pipe welds and comparable results for SMAW pipe welds. - Highlights: > Predicting fatigue crack growth of Austenitic Stainless Steel pipes and pipe welds. > Use of RMS-SIF and

  16. Solidification cracking in austenitic stainless steel welds

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    Solidification cracking is a significant problem during the welding of austenitic stainless steels, particularly in fully austenitic and stabilized compositions. Hot cracking in stainless steel welds is caused by low-melting eutectics containing impurities such as S, P and alloy elements such as Ti, Nb. The WRC-92 diagram can be ...

  17. Crack Formation During Hardening in Fibre Reinforced Concrete

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    Olesen, John Forbes; Stang, Henrik


    The objective of this project is to establish models for the development of cracks in the early age of fibre reinforced concrete due to restrained shrinkage and temperature variations. These models will be based on measurements of age dependant material properties including the post crack response...... of the fibre reinforced concrete....

  18. Shot Peening Effect on Fatigue Crack Repaired Weldments

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    J. Efrain Rodriguez-Sanchez


    Full Text Available Fracture mechanics calculations are required to validate the safety level defined in design codes to prevent a fatigue failure. The periodic inspection-assessment cycle can lead to the implementation of a fatigue crack repair by crack removal. To improve the fatigue performance of the crack repair, residual compressive stresses induced by peening can be considered. This paper is in relation to the peening effect estimation on stress intensity factors in fatigue crack repaired weldments, since the stress intensity factor is a key parameter in fracture mechanics calculations. A set of T-butt specimens were experimentally fatigue tested and crack propagation data was gathered for the calculation of stress intensity factors. The experiments were designed to estimate the residual compressive stress depth layer and its effect on crack propagation inhibition. Experimental estimation of the peening effect on stress intensity factors in fatigue crack repaired weldments was validated by comparison against an analytical weight function solution. Experimental stress intensity factors determined from a set of fatigue tested T-butt specimens allowed estimating preliminarily that peening has a limited effect on fatigue crack propagation inhibition for edge repaired T-butt weldments subjected to bending loading.

  19. Development of digital image correlation method to analyse crack ...

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    The crack formation tendencies on masonry wall can be observed at an earlier stage by this proposed method. These results show a great application potential of the DIC technique for various situations such as inspecting shrinkage-induced cracks in fresh concrete, masonry and reinforced concrete structures, and safety of ...

  20. The Dugdale solution for two unequal straight cracks weakening in ...

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    A crack arrest model is proposed for an infinite elastic perfectly-plastic plate weakened by two unequal, quasi-static, collinear straight cracks. The Dugdale model solution is obtained for the above problem when the developed plastic zones are subjected to normal cohesive quadratically varying yield point stress. Employing ...

  1. Pre-harvest muskmelon fruit cracking: causes and potential remedies (United States)

    Fruit cracking is a serious disorder that causes a major loss of marketable yield and revenue in the muskmelon (Cucumis melo L.) fruit industry. The physiological and environmental factors causing cracking are poorly understood. Although generally considered a physiological disorder caused by fluctu...

  2. Damage tolerant evaluation of cracked stiffened panels under ...

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    mechanics can be applied to evaluate damage tolerance capacity of built-up structural com- ponents under ... life prediction and residual strength evaluation of stiffened panels by using fracture mechanics approach is very ... tion behind crack tip and integrating this product over a (virtual increment of crack length). It may be ...

  3. Fracture Mechanics Analyses for Interface Crack Problems - A Review (United States)

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


    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.

  4. Determination of Optimum Moisture Content of Palm Nut Cracking ...

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    ABSTRACT: After processing the palm fruit for oil, the nut is usually dried in order to loosen the kernel from the shell. The ... cracked nuts yielding whole kernels after impact cracking was used to determine the optimum moisture content the average ... At this moisture content the proportion of evaporable water retained in.

  5. Improvement of the dipole model of a surface crack

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    Minkov, D.; Lee, J.; Shoji, Tetsuo


    In the frame of the dipole model of a crack, a new analytical expression is derived for the z component of the intensity of the leakage magnetic field in the vicinity of a right angular parallelepiped surface crack, assuming parabolic distribution along the crack depth of the surface density of magnetic charge at the crack walls (m). This allows calculation of the Hall voltage to be measured by a Hall element outside the specimen in the proximity of a crack that is proportional to the intensity of a leakage magnetic field. Measurements of the Hall voltage distribution are done on specimens in different magnetization conditions containing artificial cracks. Regression is performed for the Hall voltage distribution, which allows determination of the parameters of the parabolic depth distribution of m. It is shown that the depth distribution of m should not be considered constant, although this has always been done. Instead, a linear depth distribution of m can be used for accurate description of the Hall voltage distributions measured, while m is always larger at the crack tip with respect to the crack mouth. The performance of DMC for nondestructive testing based on magnetic methods can be improved by taking into account the precise depth distribution of m.

  6. Development of digital image correlation method to analyse crack ...

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    Digital image correlation technology; crack observation; masonry structure; deformation measurement. 1. ... theory and digital image correlation method, and applying the interpolation theory to expand its applications with successful .... reading indicating that the strength of the test block is 200 kN. At this time, the crack.

  7. 3D crack aperture distribution from a nuclear imaging method (United States)

    Sardini, Paul; Kuva, Jukka; Siitari-Kauppi, Marja; Bonnet, Marine; Hellmuth, Karl-Heinz


    Cracks in solid rocks are multi-scale entities because of their spatial, length and aperture distributions. Aperture distributions of cracks are not well known because their full aperture range (1 mm) is not accessible using common imaging techniques, such as SEM or X-Ray computed micro-tomography. Knowing the aperture distribution or cracks is, however, highly relevant to understanding flow in rocks. In crystalline rocks the lack of knowledge about the crack aperture distribution keeps us from a clear understanding of the relationships of porosity and permeability. A nuclear imaging method based on the full saturation of connected rock porosity by a 14C-doped resin (the 14-C PMMA method) allows detecting the connected microcrack network using autoradiography. Even if cracks are detected only on 2D sections, an estimate of the 3D aperture distribution of these cracks is possible. To this end, a set of "artificial crack" standards was prepared and investigated. These standards consisted of a PMMA layer of known thickness between two glass plates. Analysis of experimental autoradiographic profiles around these artificial cracks allows determination of their aperture. This methodology was then applied to different rock samples, mainly granitic ones.

  8. Discrete dislocation plasticity modeling of short cracks in single crystals

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    Deshpande, VS; Needleman, A; Van der Giessen, E


    The mode-I crack growth behavior of geometrically similar edge-cracked single crystal specimens of varying size subject to both monotonic and cyclic axial loading is analyzed using discrete dislocation dynamics. Plastic deformation is modeled through the motion of edge dislocations in an elastic

  9. Fatigue-Life Prediction Methodology Using Small-Crack Theory (United States)

    Newmann, James C., Jr.; Phillips, Edward P.; Swain, M. H.


    This paper reviews the capabilities of a plasticity-induced crack-closure model to predict fatigue lives of metallic materials using 'small-crack theory' for various materials and loading conditions. Crack-tip constraint factors, to account for three-dimensional state-of-stress effects, were selected to correlate large-crack growth rate data as a function of the effective-stress-intensity factor range (delta K(eff)) under constant-amplitude loading. Some modifications to the delta k(eff)-rate relations were needed in the near-threshold regime to fit measured small-crack growth rate behavior and fatigue endurance limits. The model was then used to calculate small- and large-crack growth rates, and to predict total fatigue lives, for notched and un-notched specimens made of two aluminum alloys and a steel under constant-amplitude and spectrum loading. Fatigue lives were calculated using the crack-growth relations and microstructural features like those that initiated cracks for the aluminum alloys and steel for edge-notched specimens. An equivalent-initial-flaw-size concept was used to calculate fatigue lives in other cases. Results from the tests and analyses agreed well.

  10. Crack trajectory near a weld: Modeling and simulation

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    Rashid, M.M.; Tvergaard, Viggo


    A 2D computational model of ductile fracture, in which arbitrary crack extension through the mesh is accommodated without mesh bias, is used to study ductile fracture near the weld line in welded aluminum plates. Comparisons of the calculated toughness behavior and crack trajectory are made...

  11. Crack Propagation in Plane Strain under Variable Amplitude Loading

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    Ricardo, Luiz Carlos Hernandes


    Crack propagation simulation began with developing of finite element method; the analyses were conducted to obtain a basic understanding of the crack growth and closure processes. Today structural and materials engineers develop structures and materials properties using this technique. In this pa...

  12. Molecular dynamics study of dislocation nucleation from a crack tip

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    Hess, B; Thijsse, BJ; Van der Giessen, E; Thijsse, Barend J.

    We have performed a systematic molecular dynamics study of the competition between crack growth and dislocation emission from a crack tip. Two types of boundary conditions are adopted: either planar extension or boundary displacements according to the anisotropic mode-I asymptotic continuum

  13. Fatigue crack growth due to overloads in plain concrete using ...

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    The predicted results are compared with experimental crack growth data for variable amplitude loading and are found to capture the overload effect with sufficient accuracy. Through a sensitivity analysis, fracture toughness is found to be the most dominant parameter in accelerating the crack length due to application of ...

  14. Autogeneous healing and chloride ingress in cracked concrete

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    Savija, B.; Schlangen, E.


    An experimental study of the influence of autogeneous healing on chloride ingress in cracked concrete is presented. In the study, two concrete mixtures (a Portland cement mix and a blast furnace slag mix), two healing regimes (submerged and fog room regime), two cracking ages (14 and 28 days), and

  15. On Early Age Crack Formation in FRC Slabs

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    Olesen, John Forbes; Stang, Henrik


    The problem of early age crack formation in FRC slabs due to restrained temperature and shrinkage deformations, is given an analytical treatment. A model taking into account the ageing properties of the tensile softening curve and the continued development in the temperature and shrinkage...... deformations after crack initiation, is presented. Based on this model a design strategy for FRC slabs is outlined....

  16. Near-IR imaging of cracks in teeth (United States)

    Fried, William A.; Simon, Jacob C.; Lucas, Seth; Chan, Kenneth H.; Darling, Cynthia L.; Staninec, Michal; Fried, Daniel


    Dental enamel is highly transparent at near-IR wavelengths and several studies have shown that these wavelengths are well suited for optical transillumination for the detection and imaging of tooth decay. We hypothesize that these wavelengths are also well suited for imaging cracks in teeth. Extracted teeth with suspected cracks were imaged at several wavelengths in the near-IR from 1300-1700-nm. Extracted teeth were also examined with optical coherence tomography to confirm the existence of suspected cracks. Several teeth of volunteers were also imaged in vivo at 1300-nm to demonstrate clinical potential. In addition we induced cracks in teeth using a carbon dioxide laser and imaged crack formation and propagation in real time using near-IR transillumination. Cracks were clearly visible using near-IR imaging at 1300-nm in both in vitro and in vivo images. Cracks and fractures also interfered with light propagation in the tooth aiding in crack identification and assessment of depth and severity.

  17. Resistance of Some Steels to Stress Corrosion Cracking (United States)

    Humphries, T. S.; Nelson, E. E.


    Evaluations of stress-corrosion cracking resistance of five high-strength low-alloy steels described in report now available. Steels were heat-treated to various tensile strengths and found to be highly resistant to stress-corrosion cracking.

  18. Cracking of Beams Strengthened with Externally Bonded SRP Tapes (United States)

    Krzywoń, Rafał


    Paper discusses strengthening efficiency of relatively new kind of SRP composite based on high strength steel wires. They are made of ultra-high strength steel primarily used in cords of car tires. Through advanced treatment, the mechanical properties of SRP steel are similar to other high carbon cold drawn steels used in construction industry. Strength significantly exceed 2000 MPa, there is no perfect plasticity at yield stress level. Almost linear stress-strain relationship makes SRP steel mechanical properties similar to carbon fibers. Also flexibility and weight ratio of the composite overlay is slightly worse than CFRP strip. Despite these advantages SRP is not as popular as other composites reinforced with fibers of high strength. This is due to the small number of studies of SRP behavior and applicability. Paper shows selected results of the laboratory test of beams strengthened with use of SRP and CFRP externally bonded overlays. Attention has been focused primarily on the phenomenon of cracking. Comparison include the cracking moment, crack width and spacing, coverage of crack zone. Despite the somewhat lower rigidity of SRP tapes, they have a much better adhesion to concrete, so that the crack width is comparable in almost the whole load range. The paper also includes an assessment of the common methods of checking the condition of cracking in relation to the tested SRP strengthening. The paper presents actual calculation procedures to determine the crack spacing and crack width. The discussed formulas are verified with results of provided laboratory tests.

  19. Crack propagation along polymer/non-polymer interfaces

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    Vellinga, Willem-Pier; Fedorov, Alexander; De Hosson, Jeff T.


    Mechanisms of the propagation of crack fronts along interfaces between a glassy polymer and metal or glass are discussed. Specifically, the systems studied are Poly-Ethylene Terephthalate (PETG) spin-coated on A1, PETG-glass and PETG hot-pressed on Cr-sputtered glass. Cracks studied propagate in an

  20. J-integral of circumferential crack in large diameter pipes (United States)

    Ji, Wei; Chao, Yuh J.; Sutton, M. A.; Lam, P. S.; Mertz, G. E.

    Large diameter thin-walled pipes are encountered in a low pressure nuclear power piping system. Fracture parameters such as K and J, associated with postulated cracks, are needed to assess the safety of the structure, for example, prediction of the onset of tile crack growth and the stability of the crack. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has completed a comprehensive study of cracks in pipes and handbook-type data is available. However, for some large diameter, thin-walled pipes the needed information is not included in the handbook. This paper reports our study of circumferential cracks in large diameter, thin-walled pipes (R/t=30 to 40) under remote bending or tension loads. Elastic-Plastic analyses using the finite element method were performed to determine the elastic and fully plastic J values for various pipe/crack geometries. A non-linear Ramberg-Osgood material model is used with strain hardening exponents (n) that range from 3 to 10. A number of circumferential, through thickness cracks were studied with half crack angles ranging from 0.063(pi) to 0.5(pi). Results are tabulated for use with the EPRI estimation scheme.

  1. Cracking cone fracture after cold compaction of argillaceous particles

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    In this work an experimental investigation has been focused on the `cracking cone' fracture in powder compacts. This includes studies of crack propagation and determination of operating conditions to avoid the green body fracture. The numerical modelling is implemented using a finite element method based on the Von ...

  2. Towards a better understanding of the cracking behavior in soils (United States)

    Understanding and modeling shrinkage-induced cracks helps bridge the gap between flow problem in the laboratory and at the field. Modeling flow at the field scale with Darcian fluxes developed at the laboratory scales is challenged with preferential flows attributed to the cracking behavior of soils...

  3. Diagonal Cracking and Shear Strength of Reinforced Concrete Beams

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    Zhang, Jin-Ping


    The shear failure of non-shear-reinforced concrete beams with normal shear span ratios is observed to be governed in general by the formation of a critical diagonal crack. Under the hypothesis that the cracking of concrete introduces potential yield lines which may be more dangerous than the ones...

  4. Crack propagation studies and bond coat properties in thermal ...

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    Ceramic based thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are currently considered as a candidate material for advanced stationary gas turbine components. Crack propagation studies under bending are described that were performed on plasma sprayed ZrO2, bonded by MCrAlY layer to Ni base superalloy. The crack propagation ...

  5. Quantitative analysis of prediction models for hot cracking in ...

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    In this paper, a systematic analysis of different methods of d-ferrite estimation is carried out based on the well-known relationship between d-ferrite content and hot cracking in stainless steels. Additionally, the influence of certain chemical requirements on d-ferrite stabilization and their relationship to hot cracking isevaluated ...

  6. Effects of cracking and sowing time on germination of Styrax ...

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    This study was conducted to explore the effects of cracking and sowing time on seed germination of a popular medicinal plant, Styrax officinalis L. in the forest nursery of Eğirdir, Turkey. Seeds were subjected to ten treatments with and without cracking in five sowing intervals 15 days apart. Seed germination started on the ...

  7. Friction stress effects on mode I crack growth predictions

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    Chen, Q.; Deshpande, V.S.; Giessen, E. van der; Needleman, A.


    The effect of a lattice friction stress on the monotonic growth of a plane strain mode I crack under small-scale yielding conditions is analyzed using discrete dislocation plasticity. When the friction stress is increased from zero to half the dislocation nucleation stress, the crack tip stress

  8. Automatic Detection of Inactive Solar Cell Cracks in Electroluminescence Images

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    Spataru, Sergiu; Hacke, Peter; Sera, Dezso


    We propose an algorithm for automatic determination of the electroluminescence (EL) signal threshold level corresponding to inactive solar cell cracks, resulting from their disconnection from the electrical circuit of the cell. The method enables automatic quantification of the cell crack size an...

  9. Crack Detectability in Vertical Axis Cooling Pumps During Operation

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    N. Bachschmid


    in a position which is rather far away from the crack. 1 × rev., 2 × rev., and 3 × rev. vibration components, which are generally displayed by the machine condition monitoring system and are the most significative symptoms of the presence of a transverse crack in a rotating shaft, are calculated.

  10. A case study : early cracking of unreinforced concrete pavement. (United States)


    A study of cores from both the concrete and subbase of the cracked pavement, along with an examination of the in-place subgrade and subbase, suggested that there was no structural damage to the pavement except for the cracking. The situation was aggr...

  11. Life and death of a single catalytic cracking particle

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

    Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) particles account for 40 to 45% of worldwide gasoline production. The hierarchical complex particle pore structure allows access of long-chain feedstock molecules into active catalyst domains where they are cracked into smaller, more valuable hydrocarbon products (for

  12. On the detection of cracks in photographic prints (United States)

    Restrepo, Alfredo; Fogar, Erika; Ramponi, Giovanni


    A method for the detection of cracks in old paper photographs is presented. Cracks in photographic prints usually result from a folding of the paper support of the photograph; they often extend across the entire image, along a preferred orientation. A first clue we exploit for crack detection is the fact that old prints have a characteristic sepia hue, due to aging and to the type of processing used at the time; a break of the gelatin exposes the white support paper; likewise, a break of the paper causes a black region in the digitized image. Thus, cracks are usually achromatic; this fact can be used for their detection on a color space with an explicit hue component. A series of parallel microcracks that run along the direction of a main crack usually result as well; even though the gelatin may not be broken, the folds corresponding to these microcracks cause a set of image discontinuities, observable at a high-enough resolution. In an interactive process, the user indicates the ends of the crack on the frame of the photo and the algorithm detects the crack pixels. In addition to color, the algorithm uses a multidirectional, multiresolution Gabor approach and mathematical morphology. The resulting method provides crack detection with good performance, as evidenced by the corresponding Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) graphs.1

  13. Fracture resistance enhancement of layered structures by multiple cracks

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    Goutianos, Stergios; Sørensen, Bent F.


    A theoretical model is developed to test if the fracture resistance of a layered structure can be increased by introducing weak layers changing the cracking mechanism. An analytical model, based on the J integral, predicts a linear dependency between the number of cracks and the steady state...

  14. The Dugdale solution for two unequal straight cracks weakening in ...

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    Abstract. A crack arrest model is proposed for an infinite elastic perfectly- plastic plate weakened by two unequal, quasi-static, collinear straight cracks. The. Dugdale model solution is obtained for the above problem when the developed plastic zones are subjected to normal cohesive quadratically varying yield point stress.

  15. Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue Crack Growth of RR1000

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    Christopher John Pretty


    Full Text Available Non-isothermal conditions during flight cycles have long led to the requirement for thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF evaluation of aerospace materials. However, the increased temperatures within the gas turbine engine have meant that the requirements for TMF testing now extend to disc alloys along with blade materials. As such, fatigue crack growth rates are required to be evaluated under non-isothermal conditions along with the development of a detailed understanding of related failure mechanisms. In the current work, a TMF crack growth testing method has been developed utilising induction heating and direct current potential drop techniques for polycrystalline nickel-based superalloys, such as RR1000. Results have shown that in-phase (IP testing produces accelerated crack growth rates compared with out-of-phase (OOP due to increased temperature at peak stress and therefore increased time dependent crack growth. The ordering of the crack growth rates is supported by detailed fractographic analysis which shows intergranular crack growth in IP test specimens, and transgranular crack growth in 90° OOP and 180° OOP tests. Isothermal tests have also been carried out for comparison of crack growth rates at the point of peak stress in the TMF cycles.

  16. Modeling moisture ingress through simplified concrete crack geometries

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    Pease, Bradley Justin; Michel, Alexander; Geiker, Mette Rica


    This paper introduces a numerical model for ingress in cracked steel fibre reinforced concrete. Details of a simplified crack are preset in the model’s geometry using the cracked hinge model (CHM). The total crack length estimated using the CHM was, based on earlier work on conventional concrete......, considered to have two parts; 1) a coalesced crack length which behaves as a free-surface for moisture ingress, and 2) an isolated microcracking length which resists ingress similarly to the bulk material. Transport model results are compared to experimental results from steel fibre reinforced concrete wedge...... on moisture ingress. Results from the transport model indicate the length of the isolated microcracks was approximately 19 mm for the investigated concrete composition....

  17. Mode Shape Analysis of Multiple Cracked Functionally Graded Timoshenko Beams

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    Tran Van Lien

    Full Text Available Abstract The present paper addresses free vibration of multiple cracked Timoshenko beams made of Functionally Graded Material (FGM. Cracks are modeled by rotational spring of stiffness calculated from the crack depth and material properties vary according to the power law throughout the beam thickness. Governing equations for free vibration of the beam are formulated with taking into account actual position of the neutral plane. The obtained frequency equation and mode shapes are used for analysis of the beam mode shapes in dependence on the material and crack parameters. Numerical results validate usefulness of the proposed herein theory and show that mode shapes are good indication for detecting multiple cracks in Timoshenko FGM beams.

  18. Improved extended digital image correlation for crack tip deformation measurement (United States)

    Chen, Jinlong; Zhan, Nan; Zhang, Xiaochuan; Wang, Jixiao


    The objective is to find an appropriate shape function which can enhance the performance of Extended Digital Image Correlation (X-DIC). This paper presents an improved X-DIC methodology to measure the discontinuous deformation across the crack. After simplifying the shape function of crack tip element based on the linear elastic fracture mechanics, non-rectangular subset is proposed to eliminate the effect of the crack width on the measurement accuracy. Then, the work verifies the performance of improved X-DIC by measuring the deformation of a specimen with a mode I crack. Experimental results show that the proposed method is effective at improving the measurement accuracy and enhancing the computational efficiency of X-DIC. In the end, the thesis provides a practical application of improved X-DIC to crack tip deformation measurement.

  19. Infrared thermography study of the fatigue crack propagation

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    O.A. Plekhov


    Full Text Available The work is devoted to the experimental study of heat dissipation process caused by fatigue crack propagation. To investigate a spatial and time temperature evolution at the crack tip set of experiments was carried out using specimens with pre-grown centered fatigue crack. An original mathematical algorithm for experimental data treatment was developed to obtain a power of heat source caused by plastic deformation at crack tip. The algorithm includes spatial-time filtration and relative motion compensation procedures. Based on the results of mathematical data treatment, we proposed a way to estimate the values of J-integral and stress intensity factor for cracks with pronounced the plastic zone.

  20. Crack of a first stage blade in a steam turbine

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    M. Nurbanasari


    Full Text Available The failure of the first stage blade in a steam turbine of 55 MW was investigated. The blade was made of 17-4 PH stainless steel and has been used for 12 years before failure. The current work aims to find out the main cause of the first stage blade failure. The methods for investigation were metallurgical analysis, chemical composition test, and hardness measurement. The result showed that there was no evidence the blade failure was due to material. The damage found on the blade namely crack on the blade root. Two locations of the crack observed at the blade root, which was at the tang and the fillet, with different failure modes. In general, the damage of the blade was started by the corrosion occurred on the blade root. The crack at the blade root tang was due to corrosion fatigue and the crack occurred at the blade root fillet owing to stress corrosion cracking.

  1. Suppressing Crack Formation in Particulate Systems by Utilizing Capillary Forces. (United States)

    Schneider, Monica; Maurath, Johannes; Fischer, Steffen B; Weiß, Moritz; Willenbacher, Norbert; Koos, Erin


    Cracks, formed during the drying of particulate films, can reduce the effectiveness or even render products useless. We present a novel, generic approach to suppress crack formation in thin films made from hard particle suspensions, which are otherwise highly susceptible to cracking, using the capillary force between particles present when a trace amount of an immiscible liquid is added to a suspension. This secondary liquid preserves the particle cohesion, modifying the structure and increasing the drying rate. Crack-free films can be produced at thicknesses much greater than the critical cracking thickness for a suspension without capillary interactions, and even persists after sintering. This capillary suspension strategy is applicable to a broad range of materials, including suspensions of metals, semiconductive and ceramic oxides, or glassy polymeric particles, and can be easily implemented in many industrial processes since it is based on well-established unit operations. Promising fields of application include ceramic foils and printed electronic devices.

  2. Analysis of Fatigue Crack Paths in Cold Drawn Pearlitic Steel

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    Jesús Toribio


    Full Text Available In this paper, a fracto-metallographic analysis was performed on the cracked specimens of cold drawn pearlitic steel subjected to fatigue tests. Fatigue cracks are transcollonial and exhibit a preference for fracturing pearlitic lamellae, with non-uniform crack opening displacement values, micro-discontinuities, branchings, bifurcations and frequent local deflections that create microstructural roughness. At the micro-level, the cold drawn pearlitic steel exhibits higher micro-roughness than the hot rolled bar (this is a consequence of the manufacturing process by cold drawing, so that the actual fractured surface in the cold drawn wire is greater than that in the hot rolled bar, due to the fact that the crack deflection events are more frequent and with higher angle in the former (the heavily drawn prestressing steel wire. These findings show the relevant role on the manufacturing process by cold drawing in the fatigue crack propagation in pearlitic steel.

  3. Crack widths in concrete with fibers and main reinforcement

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    Christensen, Frede; Ulfkjær, Jens Peder; Brincker, Rune

    The main object of the research work presented in this paper is to establish design tools for concrete structures where main reinforcement is combined with addition of short discrete steel fibers. The work is concerned with calculating and measuring crack widths in structural elements subjected...... to bending load. Thus, the aim of the work is to enable engineers to calculate crack widths for flexural concrete members and analyze how different combinations of amounts of fibers and amounts of main reinforcement can meet a given maximum crack width requirement. A mathematical model including...... the ductility of the fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) is set up and experimental work is conducted in order to verify the crack width model. The ductility of the FRC is taken into account by using the stress crack width relation. The constitutive model for the FRC is based on the idea that the initial part...

  4. Selective Formation of Zigzag Edges in Graphene Cracks. (United States)

    Fujihara, Miho; Inoue, Ryosuke; Kurita, Rei; Taniuchi, Toshiyuki; Motoyui, Yoshihito; Shin, Shik; Komori, Fumio; Maniwa, Yutaka; Shinohara, Hisanori; Miyata, Yasumitsu


    We report the thermally induced unconventional cracking of graphene to generate zigzag edges. This crystallography-selective cracking was observed for as-grown graphene films immediately following the cooling process subsequent to chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on Cu foil. Results from Raman spectroscopy show that the crack-derived edges have smoother zigzag edges than the chemically formed grain edges of CVD graphene. Using these cracks as nanogaps, we were also able to demonstrate the carrier tuning of graphene through the electric field effect. Statistical analysis of visual observations indicated that the crack formation results from uniaxial tension imparted by the Cu substrates together with the stress concentration at notches in the polycrystalline graphene films. On the basis of simulation results using a simplified thermal shrinkage model, we propose that the cooling-induced tension is derived from the transient lattice expansion of narrow Cu grains imparted by the thermal shrinkage of adjacent Cu grains.

  5. Monitoring fatigue crack growth using nonlinear ultrasonic phased array imaging (United States)

    Cheng, Jingwei; Potter, Jack N.; Croxford, Anthony J.; Drinkwater, Bruce W.


    Nonlinear imaging techniques have recently emerged which have the potential to detect material degradation and challenging defects, such as closed cracks. This paper describes an investigation into the performance of nonlinear ultrasonic imaging (NUI) for the monitoring of the early stages of fatigue crack growth. This technique, in conjunction with conventional array imaging, is applied to the periodic monitoring of steel compact tension specimens subjected to high cycle fatigue loading. The detection limits of these techniques are investigated. Their abilities to localise and detect small cracks are further quantified with the aid of micrography. The results suggest that NUI is more sensitive than conventional ultrasonic imaging to the microscale changes occurring at the early stages of failure, i.e. detectability starts c. 15% of fatigue life. In addition to early detection, the potential for NUI to deliver accurate sizing of fatigue cracks and monitor crack propagation is also presented.

  6. Static strength of cracked tubular joints - project definition study

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    Booth, G.S. [TWI, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Lalani, M.S. [MSL Engineering (United Kingdom); Cheataini, M.J.; Burdekin, F.M. [University of Manchester Inst. of Science and Technology (United Kingdom)


    Although the static strength of uncracked tubular joints is well researched, there is no published guidance for assessing the strength of cracked tubular joints. This is a serious deficiency as service experience indicates that there is an increasing likelihood of fatigue cracking developing in offshore platforms, which must be able to withstand the extreme loading case at any time in the service life. This report provides the results of a project definition study carried out to establish the current state of knowledge regarding the behaviour of cracked tubular joints. Service experience of fatigue cracking is reviewed, existing experimental data relating to static testing of cracked tubular joints are summarised and the results of analytical approaches are presented. Although some progress has been made it is clear that industry and HSE needs are not satisfied by present knowledge and a programme of work is proposed to address their requirements. (author)

  7. Interpreting microbiologically assisted cracking with Ee-pH diagrams. (United States)

    Wu, Tangqing; Sun, Cheng; Ke, Wei


    Although many mechanisms have been proposed to explain the microbiologically assisted cracking (MAC) of steel and copper, a theoretical interpretation is necessary. In this paper, we attempt to give a theoretical interpretation of sulfate/nitrate reducing bacteria (SRB/NRB)-assisted cracking using E e -pH diagrams. Under the combined actions of SRB/NRB and external stress, the cell potential (E cell ) and the corrosion current density of the corrosion reaction increase, such that the corrosion reactions become more thermodynamically favorable. This is the nature of MAC. Nitrate is a far more potent oxidant than sulfate, and thus, the NRB-assisted cracking of iron is a more thermodynamically favorable process than the SRB-assisted cracking. Furthermore, the thermodynamic interpretation is attempted to implicate into the classical stress corrosion cracking mechanisms of pipeline steel. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Crack Tip Flipping Under Mode I/III Tearing

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    Felter, Christian Lotz; Specht Jensen, Lasse; Nielsen, Kim Lau

    Crack tip flipping, where the fracture surface alternates from side to side in 45° shear bands, seems to be an overlooked propagation mode in Mode I sheet tearing often disregarded as  “transitional” or tied to randomness in the material. In fact, such observations rarely make it to the literature....... However, crack tip flipping is a true propagation mode, but unlike those already established: i) it never settles in a steady-state as the near tip stress/strain field continuously change, and ii) the mechanism governing failure evolves behind the leading crack tip. Recent research has revealed new...... insight into this intriguing behavior of a crack propagating by the void nucleation and growth mechanism, and the work presented compiles both published and unpublished experimental and numerical findings. E.g. in a recent attempt to gain control of the flipping crack a slight Mode III was imposed...

  9. Assisted crack tip flipping under Mode I thin sheet tearing

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    Felter, Christian Lotz; Nielsen, Kim Lau


    Crack tip flipping, where the fracture surface alternates from side to side in roughly 45° shear bands, seems to be an overlooked propagation mode in Mode I thin sheet tearing. In fact, observations of crack tip flipping is rarely found in the literature. Unlike the already established modes...... such as slanting, cup-cone (rooftop), or cup-cup (bathtub) the flipping crack never settles in a steady-state as the near tip stress/strain field continuously change when the flip successively initiates and develops shear-lips. A recent experimental investigation has revealed new insight by exploiting 3D X......-ray tomography scanning of a developing crack tip flip. But, it remains to be understood what makes the crack flip systematically, what sets the flipping frequency, and under which material conditions this mode occurs. The present study aims at investigating the idea that a slight out-of-plane action (Mode III...

  10. Crack propagation and arrest of structural steels and pipelines

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    Inoue, Takehiro


    Crack arrest of fast running cracks is an important issue for the safety of steel structures. Crack arrest design can prevent fatal damage of large structures by restricting the influence of the incidents. Therefore crack arrest design is important especially for very large structure, where accidents may cause huge economical and social losses. Propagating shear fracture, long running ductile crack propagation in pipelines and brittle crack propagation in heavy thick shipbuilding steels have been investigated. For the propagating shear fracture issue, a new HLP simulation model, applicable to various backfill conditions, including underwater backfill, was developed. The proposed backfill model can be applied to the prediction of the crack arrest of propagating shear fracture under various backfill conditions. The new HLP simulation was successful in estimating full-scale burst tests with various backfill depths. The new HLP simulation for underwater pipelines indicated that propagating shear cracks are easily arrested in offshore pipelines compared to onshore pipeline. The toughness requirement of the line pipe for preventing propagating shear fracture can be significantly smaller in underwater pipelines compared to onshore pipelines. The margin of the underwater pipeline for propagating shear fracture was clarified by the new model developed in this thesis. For brittle crack arrest, an empirical approach for long crack propagation has been conducted. Several large-scale crack arrest tests were carried out in order to investigate the long crack arrestability of heavy-thick shipbuilding steel plates. All plates and their welded joints used in this study satisfied the Charpy toughness requirement for EH-grade shipbuilding steels and welded joints. A brittle crack ran along a welded joint and penetrated through the test plate under a stress exceeding 200MPa, despite the presence of longitudinal stiffeners across the test weld. A brittle crack in a base plate model

  11. Transport and Corrosion Behavior of Cracked Reinforced Concrete

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    Pease, Bradley Justin

    to enter the concrete. This is, among others, important in the corrosion of reinforcing steel. When cracks protrude to the depth of reinforcing steel, liquids containing aggressive ions (i.e. chlorides associated with salts and sea water) may rapidly access and initiate corrosion of the reinforcing...... structures. These models currently lack some of the scientific validity to fully represent actual field structures, i.e. structures containing cracks. Further understanding, therefore is needed on the effect cracks have on transport and corrosion in reinforced concrete. The fundamental mechanisms...... of transport and corrosion in cracked, reinforced concrete are not yet fully understood. The scope of this study therefore is to develop a link between concrete cracks and the relevant transport mechanism(s) under particular environmental conditions. It is envisioned that a finite element model...

  12. Effect of material damage on the stress-strain state near a crack tip in creep (United States)

    Astaf'ev, V. I.; Grigorova, T. V.; Pastukhov, V. A.


    The asymptotic stress and damage fields near the tip of a growing crack are determined for a creep-damaged material described by Rabotnov-Hayhurst-Leckie constitutive equations. It is found that the singular stress field, characteristic of the crack theory, is absent near the crack tip, which is consistent with the results of finite element solutions for tearing cracks. A crack growth law is obtained which provides a qualitative description of the crack growth process in stainless steels under constant loading.

  13. Helical crack-front instability in mixed-mode fracture. (United States)

    Pons, Antonio J; Karma, Alain


    Planar crack propagation under pure tension loading (mode I) is generally stable. However, it becomes universally unstable with the superposition of a shear stress parallel to the crack front (mode III). Under this mixed-mode (I + III) loading configuration, an initially flat parent crack segments into an array of daughter cracks that rotate towards a direction of maximum tensile stress. This segmentation produces stepped fracture surfaces with characteristic 'lance-shaped' markings observed in a wide range of engineering and geological materials. The origin of this instability remains poorly understood and a theory with which to predict the surface roughness scale is lacking. Here we perform large-scale simulations of mixed-mode I + III brittle fracture using a continuum phase-field method that describes the complete three-dimensional crack-front evolution. The simulations reveal that planar crack propagation is linearly unstable against helical deformations of the crack front, which evolve nonlinearly into a segmented array of finger-shaped daughter cracks. Furthermore, during their evolution, facets gradually coarsen owing to the growth competition of daughter cracks in striking analogy with the coarsening of finger patterns observed in nonequilibrium growth phenomena. We show that the dynamically preferred unstable wavelength is governed by the balance of the destabilizing effect of far-field stresses and the stabilizing effect of cohesive forces on the process zone scale, and we derive a theoretical estimate for this scale using a new propagation law for curved cracks in three dimensions. The rotation angles of coarsened facets are also compared to theoretical predictions and available experimental data.

  14. The Effects of Slip Character and Crack Closure on the Growth of Small Fatigue Cracks in Titanium-Aluminium Alloys (United States)


    lyyer and Dowling [203] used acetate replicas to monitor small-crack closure in 4340 steel specimens tested in strain-controlled fatigue at high strain...M. Ward-Close and C. J. Beevers, "The Influence of Grain Orientation on the Mode and Rate of Fatigue Crack Growth in ax-Titanium," Metill , Trans

  15. Finite-Element Analysis of Crack Arrest Properties of Fiber Reinforced Composites Application in Semi-Elliptical Cracked Pipelines (United States)

    Wang, Linyuan; Song, Shulei; Deng, Hongbo; Zhong, Kai


    In nowadays, repair method using fiber reinforced composites as the mainstream pipe repair technology, it can provide security for X100 high-grade steel energy long-distance pipelines in engineering. In this paper, analysis of cracked X100 high-grade steel pipe was conducted, simulation analysis was made on structure of pipes and crack arresters (CAs) to obtain the J-integral value in virtue of ANSYS Workbench finite element software and evaluation on crack arrest effects was done through measured elastic-plastic fracture mechanics parameter J-integral and the crack arrest coefficient K, in a bid to summarize effect laws of composite CAs and size of pipes and cracks for repairing CAs. The results indicate that the K value is correlated with laying angle λ, laying length L2/D1, laying thickness T1/T2of CAs, crack depth c/T1 and crack length a/c, and calculate recommended parameters for repairing fiber reinforced composite CAs in terms of two different crack forms.

  16. Effect of Mono Aluminum Phosphate as New Matrix Component on Cracking Performance of FCC Catalyst

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    Saka, Yuji; Chiyoda, Norihito; Watanabe, Katsuya


      Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) commercial units require catalysts with high cracking activity to produce high octane number gasoline fraction to satisfy fuel oil demand and environmental regulations...

  17. Discrete modelling of ductile crack growth by void growth to coalescence

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    Tvergaard, Viggo


    Ductile crack growth is analyzed by discrete representation of the voids growing near a blunting crack-tip. Coalescence of the nearest void with the crack-tip is modeled, followed by the subsequent coalescence of other discretely represented voids with the newly formed crack-tip. Necking of the l......Ductile crack growth is analyzed by discrete representation of the voids growing near a blunting crack-tip. Coalescence of the nearest void with the crack-tip is modeled, followed by the subsequent coalescence of other discretely represented voids with the newly formed crack-tip. Necking...

  18. Seeding Cracks Using a Fatigue Tester for Accelerated Gear Tooth Breaking (United States)

    Nenadic, Nenad G.; Wodenscheck, Joseph A.; Thurston, Michael G.; Lewicki, David G.


    This report describes fatigue-induced seeded cracks in spur gears and compares them to cracks created using a more traditional seeding method, notching. Finite element analysis (FEA) compares the effective compliance of a cracked tooth to the effective compliance of a notched tooth where the crack and the notch are of the same depth. In this analysis, cracks are propagated to the desired depth using FRANC2D and effective compliances are computed in ANSYS. A compliance-based feature for detecting cracks on the fatigue tester is described. The initiated cracks are examined using both nondestructive and destructive methods. The destructive examination reveals variability in the shape of crack surfaces.

  19. Comparing the floquet stability of open and breathing fatigue cracks in an overhung rotordynamic system (United States)

    Varney, Philip; Green, Itzhak


    Rotor cracks represent an uncommon but serious threat to rotating machines and must be detected early to avoid catastrophic machine failure. An important aspect of analyzing rotor cracks is understanding their influence on the rotor stability. It is well-known that the extent of rotor instability versus shaft speed is exacerbated by deeper cracks. Consequently, crack propagation can eventually result in an unstable response even if the shaft speed remains constant. Most previous investigations of crack-induced rotor instability concern simple Jeffcott rotors. This work advances the state-of-the-art by (a) providing a novel inertial-frame model of an overhung rotor, and (b) assessing the stability of the cracked overhung rotor using Floquet stability analysis. The rotor Floquet stability analysis is performed for both an open crack and a breathing crack, and conclusions are drawn regarding the importance of appropriately selecting the crack model. The rotor stability is analyzed versus crack depth, external viscous damping ratio, and rotor inertia. In general, this work concludes that the onset of instability occurs at lower shaft speeds for thick rotors, lower viscous damping ratios, and deeper cracks. In addition, when comparing commensurate cracks, the breathing crack is shown to induce more regions of instability than the open crack, though the open crack generally predicts an unstable response for shallower cracks than the breathing crack. Keywords: rotordynamics, stability, rotor cracks.

  20. Stress-intensity factor equations for cracks in three-dimensional finite bodies (United States)

    Newman, J. C., Jr.; Raju, I. S.


    Empirical stress intensity factor equations are presented for embedded elliptical cracks, semi-elliptical surface cracks, quarter-elliptical corner cracks, semi-elliptical surface cracks at a hole, and quarter-elliptical corner cracks at a hole in finite plates. The plates were subjected to remote tensile loading. Equations give stress intensity factors as a function of parametric angle, crack depth, crack length, plate thickness, and where applicable, hole radius. The stress intensity factors used to develop the equations were obtained from three dimensional finite element analyses of these crack configurations.

  1. Finite Element Modeling of Cracks and Joints

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    Jozef Čížik


    Full Text Available The application of finite element method to the analysis of discontinuous structural systems has received a considerable interest in recent years. Examples of problems in which discontinuities play a prominent role in the physical behaviour of a system are numerous and include various types of contact problems and layered or jointed systems. This paper gives a state-of-the-art report on the different methods developed to date for the finite element modelling of cracks and joints in discontinuous systems. Particular attention, however, has been given to the use of joint/interface elements, since their application is considered to be most appropriate for modelling of all kinds of discontinuities that may present in a structural system. A chronology of development of the main types of joint elements, including their pertinent characteristics, is also given. Advantages and disadvantages of the individual methods and types of joint elements presented are briefly discussed, together with various applications of interest.

  2. Testing of a machine for walnut cracking

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    Rajko BERNIK


    Full Text Available Fruit of walnut (Juglans regia L. belongs to stone fruits. This means that the lignified, stony endocarp, a shell, contains delicious kernel. On the tree  a nut is surrounded by the green husk.In Slovenia and in the other parts of the world heavy tools (such as stone, hammer and hand-crusher for nuts are used to remove nutshell. In the intensive walnut production heavy tools are not competitive with today world economy. This is because the priority in walnuts and nuts kernel production is to reduce costs. Walnut shell cracking devices are invented to reduce walnut handling costs and consumer price. Characteristics of this device and walnut kernel quality are presented in this research.

  3. A viscoelastic Unitary Crack-Opening strain tensor for crack width assessment in fractured concrete structures (United States)

    Sciumè, Giuseppe; Benboudjema, Farid


    A post-processing technique which allows computing crack width in concrete is proposed for a viscoelastic damage model. Concrete creep is modeled by means of a Kelvin-Voight cell while the damage model is that of Mazars in its local form. Due to the local damage approach, the constitutive model is regularized with respect to finite element mesh to avoid mesh dependency in the computed solution (regularization is based on fracture energy).


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    Duberney Hincapie-Ladino


    Full Text Available The need for microalloyed steels resistant to harsh environments in oil and gas fields, such as pre-salt which contain considerable amounts of hydrogen sulfide (H2 S and carbon dioxide (CO2 , requires that all sectors involved in petroleum industry know the factors that influence the processes of corrosion and failures by hydrogen in pipelines and components fabricated with microalloyed steels. This text was prepared from a collection of selected publications and research done at the Electrochemical Processes Laboratory of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Polytechnic School, São Paulo University. This document does not intend to be a complete or exhaustive review of the literature, but rather to address the main scientific and technological factors associated with failures by hydrogen in the presence of wet hydrogen sulfide (H2 S, particularly, when related to the Hydrogen Induced Cracking (HIC phenomenon. This complex phenomenon that involves several successive stages, HIC phenomena were discussed in terms of environmental and metallurgical variables. The HIC starts with the process of corrosion of steel, therefore must be considered the corrosive media (H2 S presence effect. Moreover, it is necessary to know the interactions of compounds present in the electrolyte with the metal surface, and how they affect the hydrogen adsorption and absorption into steel. The following stages are hydrogen diffusion, trapping and metal cracking, directly related to the chemical composition and the microstructure, factors that depend strongly on the manufacture of steel. The purpose of this paper is to provide the scientific information about the failures caused by hydrogen and challenge for the Oil and Gas Pipeline Industry.

  5. Evaluation of crack-tip parameters for characterizing creep crack growth - Results of the ASTM round-robin programme (United States)

    Saxena, Ashok


    The results of a round-robin program to evaluate crack-tip parameters for characterizing creep crack growth (CCG) behavior are discussed. It is found that CCG rates in compact specimens under extensive creep conditions are uniquely characterized by the C*-integral or the Ct parameter, which are identical in this regime. No unique correlation is found between CCG rate and the stress intensity parameter K. CCGs are influenced by specimen thickness. Crack growth rates in 6.3 mm thick plane-sided specimens are two to three times slower than rates in nominally 25.4 mm thick specimens with 25 percent side grooves. These effects are caused by the difference in the state of stress at the crack tip. Sidegrooved compact type specimens are found to be the optimum specimens for creep crack growth testing.

  6. Interfacial crack arrest in sandwich beams subjected to fatigue loading using a novel crack arresting device – Numerical modelling

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    Martakos, G.; Andreasen, J.H.; Berggreen, Christian


    fatigue test study. Based on a linear elastic fracture mechanics approach, the developed FE model is utilised to simulate crack propagation and arrest in foam-cored sandwich beam specimens subjected to fatigue loading conditions. The effect of the crack arresters on the fatigue life is analysed......A novel crack arresting device is implemented in foam-cored composite sandwich beams and tested using the Sandwich Tear Test (STT) configuration. A finite element model of the setup is developed, and the predictions are correlated with observations and results from a recently conducted experimental......, and the predictive results are subsequently compared with the observations from the previously conducted fatigue tests. The FE model predicts the energy release rate and the mode mixity based on the derived crack surface displacements, utilising algorithms for the prediction of accelerated fatigue crack growth...

  7. Separation of crack extension modes in composite delamination problems (United States)

    Beuth, Jack L.


    This work concerns fracture mechanics modeling of composite delamination problems. In order to predict delamination resistance, an applied stress intensity factor, K, or energy release rate, G, must be compared to a mode-dependent critical value of K or G from experiment. In the interfacial fracture analysis of most applications and some tests, the mode of crack extension is not uniquely defined. It is instead a function of distance from the crack tip due to the oscillating singularity existing at the tip. In this work, a consistent method is presented of extracting crack extension modes in such cases. In particular, use of the virtual crack closure technique (VCCT) to extract modes of crack extension is studied for cases of a crack along the interface between two in-plane orthotropic materials. Modes of crack extension extracted from oscillatory analyses using VCCT are a function of the virtual crack extension length, delta. Most existing efforts to obtain delta-independent modes of crack extension involve changing the analysis in order to eliminate its oscillatory nature. One such method involves changing one or more properties of the layers to make the oscillatory exponent parameter, epsilon, equal zero. Standardized application of this method would require consistent criteria for identifying which properties can be altered without changing the physical aspects of the problem. Another method involves inserting a thin homogeneous layer (typically referred to as a resin interlayer) along the interface and placing the crack within it. The drawbacks of this method are that it requires increased modeling effort and introduces the thickness of the interlayer as an additional length parameter. The approach presented here does not attempt to alter the interfacial fracture analysis to eliminate its oscillatory behavior. Instead, the argument is made that the oscillatory behavior is non-physical and that if its effects were separated from VCCT quantities, then consistent

  8. Differentiation of South American crack and domestic (US) crack cocaine via headspace-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Colley, Valerie L; Casale, John F


    South American 'crack' cocaine, produced directly from coca leaf, can be distinguished from US domestically produced crack on the basis of occluded solvent profiles. In addition, analysis of domestically produced crack indicates the solvents that were used for cocaine hydrochloride (HCl) processing in South America. Samples of cocaine base (N=3) from South America and cocaine from the USA (N=157 base, N=88 HCl) were analyzed by headspace-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HS-GC-MS) to determine their solvent profiles. Each cocaine HCl sample was then converted to crack cocaine using the traditional crack production method and re-examined by HS-GC-MS. The resulting occluded solvent profiles were then compared to their original HCl solvent profiles. Analysis of the corresponding crack samples confirmed the same primary processing solvents found in the original HCl samples, but at reduced levels. Domestically seized crack samples also contained reduced levels of base-to-HCl conversion solvents. In contrast, analysis of South American crack samples confirmed the presence of low to high boiling hydrocarbons and no base-to-HCl conversion solvents. The presented study showed analysis of crack cocaine samples provides data on which processing solvents were originally utilized in the production of cocaine HCl in South America, prior to conversion to crack cocaine. Determination of processing solvents provides valuable information to the counter-drug intelligence community and assists the law enforcement community in determining cocaine distribution and trafficking routes throughout the world. Published 2014. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.

  9. On the use of marker loads and replicas for measuring growth rates for small cracks (United States)

    Swain, M. H.; Newman, J. C., Jr.


    The initiation and growth of small cracks (5-500 microns) from edge notches in 2024-T3 aluminum alloy sheets were studied under constant-amplitude loading. Two methods were used to measure crack shape and size. In the first method, striation marker bands were periodically formed along the crack front by interrupting the constant-amplitude loading by either an elevated R-ratio load sequence, or by an overload sequence. In each case the marker loading was selected so as to have minimal influence on the growth rate under the primary loading. In the second method, the surface crack length was monitored by taking surface replicas at regular intervals. The marker band techniques did not provide reliable crack length and crack shape information for cracks smaller than 2 mm. The replica technique provided accurate information for surface crack length at all crack lengths, and fracture tests on specimens with small cracks provided crack-shape information.

  10. Quantification of cracking localization in fibre-reinforced concrete beams (United States)

    Werzbrger, S.; Karinski, Y. S.; Dancygier, A. N.


    The paper presents an analysis of cracking localization in beams made of fibre-reinforced concrete with conventional reinforcement. This phenomenon has been quantified by the ratio m/n between the number of the significantly wide cracks and the total number of flexural cracks that developed within the constant moment zone of the beams. It is shown that beams with larger reinforcement ratio had larger values of m/n, that is, lower cracking localization. For the given concrete mix, when the reinforcement ratios ρ were larger than ∼2% cracking localization was diminished. Furthermore, for low values of ρ, m/n ratios of the specimens with lower fibre contents are somewhat larger than those of the specimens with larger content. It is also shown that as the reinforcement ratio decreases below ∼0.5% the normalized mid-span ultimate deflections decreases as well, which corresponds with the observation of the cracking localization phenomenon for low reinforcement ratios. For larger reinforcement ratio, when m/n increases above ∼0.6, there is no effect of cracking localization on the ultimate deflection. Moreover, in this range of r the values of d are ≳ 1.0, as commonly expected for RFC structural elements. It is noted that the ultimate deflection of the beams corresponds to their flexural ductility.

  11. Research on anti crack mechanism of bionic coupling brake disc (United States)

    Shi, Lifeng; Yang, Xiao; Zheng, Lingnan; Wu, Can; Ni, Jing


    According to the biological function of fatigue resistance possessed by biology, this study designed a Bionic Coupling Brake Disc (BCBD) which can inhibit crack propagation as the result of improving fatigue property. Thermal stress field of brake disc was calculated under emergency working condition, and circumferential and radial stress field which lead to fatigue failure of brake disc were investigated simultaneously. Results showed that the maximum temperature of surface reached 890°C and the maximum residual tensile stress was 207 Mpa when the initial velocity of vehicle was 200 km/h. Based on the theory of elastic plastic fracture mechanics, the crack opening displacement and the crack front J integrals of the BCBD and traditional brake disc (TBD) with pre-cracking were calculated, and the strength of crack front was compared. Results revealed the growth behavior of fatigue crack located on surface of brake disc, and proved the anti fatigue resistance of BCBD was better, and the strength of crack resistance of BCBD was much stronger than that of TBD. This simulation research provided significant references for optimization and manufacturing of BCBD.

  12. Investigation of crack paths in natural fibre-reinforced composites

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    S. Keck


    Full Text Available Nowadays, fibre-reinforced composite materials are widely used in many fields, e.g. automotive and aerospace. Natural fibres such as flax and hemp provide good density specific mechanical properties. Additionally, the embodied production energy in natural fibres is much smaller than in synthetic ones. Within this paper the fracture mechanical behaviour of flax fibre-reinforced composites is discussed. Especially, this paper focuses on the determination and investigation of crack paths in compact tension specimens with three different fibre directions under a static as well as fatigue load. Differences and similarities in the obtained crack paths under different loading conditions are presented. Due to the pronounced orthotropic behaviour of those materials the crack path is not only governed by the stress state, but practically determined by the fibre direction and fibre volume fraction. Therefore, the well-known stress intensity factor solutions for the standard specimens are not applicable. It is necessary to carry out extensive numerical simulations to evaluate the stress intensity factor evolution along the growing crack in order to be able to determine fatigue crack growth rate curves. Those numerical crack growth simulations are performed with the three-dimensional crack simulation program ADAPCRACK3D to gain energy release rates and in addition stress intensity factors

  13. Effect of Measured Welding Residual Stresses on Crack Growth (United States)

    Hampton, Roy W.; Nelson, Drew; Doty, Laura W. (Technical Monitor)


    Welding residual stresses in thin plate A516-70 steel and 2219-T87 aluminum butt weldments were measured by the strain-gage hole drilling and X-ray diffraction methods. The residual stress data were used to construct 3D strain fields which were modeled as thermally induced strains. These 3D strain fields were then analyzed with the WARP31) FEM fracture analysis code in order to predict their effect on fatigue and on fracture. For analyses of fatigue crack advance and subsequent verification testing, fatigue crack growth increments were simulated by successive saw-cuts and incremental loading to generate, as a function of crack length, effects on crack growth of the interaction between residual stresses and load induced stresses. The specimen experimental response was characterized and compared to the WARM linear elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics analysis predictions. To perform the fracture analysis, the plate material's crack tearing resistance was determined by tests of thin plate M(T) specimens. Fracture analyses of these specimen were performed using WARP31D to determine the critical Crack Tip Opening Angle [CTOA] of each material. These critical CTOA values were used to predict crack tearing and fracture in the weldments. To verify the fracture predictions, weldment M(T) specimen were tested in monotonic loading to fracture while characterizing the fracture process.

  14. Effect of fluid salinity on subcritical crack propagation in calcite (United States)

    Rostom, Fatma; Røyne, Anja; Dysthe, Dag Kristian; Renard, François


    The slow propagation of cracks, also called subcritical crack growth, is a mechanism of fracturing responsible for a ductile deformation of rocks under crustal conditions. In the present study, the double-torsion technique was used to measure the effect of fluid chemistry on the slow propagation of cracks in calcite single crystals at room temperature. Time-lapse images and measurements of force and load-point displacement allowed accurate characterization of crack velocities in a range of 10- 8 to 10- 4 m/s. Velocity curves as a function of energy-release rates were obtained for different fluid compositions, varying NH4Cl and NaCl concentrations. Our results show the presence of a threshold in fluid composition, separating two regimes: weakening conditions where the crack propagation is favored, and strengthening conditions where crack propagation slows down. We suggest that electrostatic surface forces that modify the repulsion forces between the two surfaces of the crack may be responsible for this behavior.

  15. Creep and crack growth of zircon and mullite base materials

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    Carbonneau, X.; Olagnon, C.; Fantozzi, G. [INSA, Villeurbanne (France). GEMPPM


    The creep and crack propagation properties of mullite and zircon ceramics were compared. In the investigated temperature range, mullite presents a simple crack propagation of a unique macrocracks, although a change of mechanism is observed at 1200 C. The zircon material present a rather more complex crack propagation, with multicracking and branching, due to a significant crack healing. The creep behaviours also appeared as different for both materials. The mullite creep curves present only two stages, even when fracture occurs, while a tertiary regime is observed in the case of zircon. The results show that grain boundary sliding is the main deformation mechanism for the two different materials. In fact, they exhibit similar overall real behaviours with a different characteristic temperature. At low stress, the minimum creep rate can be considered as a stationary creep, but at a higher stress, generalised or localised damage interfere, leading to a higher apparent stationary creep exponent. Sub-critical crack growth and deformation act as parallel mechanisms for mullite, while the interaction is more complex in zircon where crack healing induce multi-cracking. (orig.) 9 refs.

  16. Influence of Crack Morphology on Leak Before Break Margins

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    Weilin Zang (Inspecta Technology AB, Stockholm (SE))


    The purpose of the project is to evaluate the deterministic LBB-margins for different pipe systems in a Swedish PWR-plant and using different crack morphology parameters. Results: - The influence of crack morphology on Leak Before Break (LBB) margins is studied. The subject of the report is a number of LBB-submittals to SKI where deterministic LBB-margins are reported. These submittals typically uses a surface roughness of 0.0762 mm (300 microinch) and number of turns equal to zero and an in-house code for the leak rate evaluations. The present report has shown that these conditions give the largest LBB-margins both in terms of the quotient between the critical crack length and the leakage crack size and for the leak rate margin. - Crack morphology parameters have a strong influence on the leak rate evaluations. Using the SQUIRT code and more recent recommendations for crack morphology parameters, it is shown that in many cases the evaluated margins, using 1 gpm as the reference leak rate detection limit, are below the safety factor of 2 on crack size and 10 on leak rate, which is generally required for LBB approval. - The effect of including weld residual stresses on the LBB margins is also investigated. It is shown that for the two examples studied, weld residual stresses were important for the small diameter thin wall pipe whereas it was negligible for the large diameter thick wall pipe which had a self-balanced weld residual stress distribution

  17. Stress analysis of fracture of atherosclerotic plaques: crack propagation modeling. (United States)

    Rezvani-Sharif, Alireza; Tafazzoli-Shadpour, Mohammad; Kazemi-Saleh, Davood; Sotoudeh-Anvari, Maryam


    Traditionally, the degree of luminal obstruction has been used to assess the vulnerability of atherosclerotic plaques. However, recent studies have revealed that other factors such as plaque morphology, material properties of lesion components and blood pressure may contribute to the fracture of atherosclerotic plaques. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism of fracture of atherosclerotic plaques based on the mechanical stress distribution and fatigue analysis by means of numerical simulation. Realistic models of type V plaques were reconstructed based on histological images. Finite element method was used to determine mechanical stress distribution within the plaque. Assuming that crack propagation initiated at the sites of stress concentration, crack propagation due to pulsatile blood pressure was modeled. Results showed that crack propagation considerably changed the stress field within the plaque and in some cases led to initiation of secondary cracks. The lipid pool stiffness affected the location of crack formation and the rate and direction of crack propagation. Moreover, increasing the mean or pulse pressure decreased the number of cycles to rupture. It is suggested that crack propagation analysis can lead to a better recognition of factors involved in plaque rupture and more accurate determination of vulnerable plaques.

  18. Creep-fatigue crack growth behavior in GH4169 superalloy (United States)

    Hu, Dianyin; Wang, Xiyuan; Mao, Jianxing; Wang, Rongqiao


    This study aims to examine the crack growth behavior of turbine disc GH4169 superalloy under creepfatigue loading. Crack growth experiments were performed on compact tension specimens using trapezoidal waveform with dwell time at the maximum load at 650 °C. The crack growth rate of GH4169 superalloy significantly increased with dwell time. The grain boundaries oxidize during the dwell process, thereby inducing an intergranular creep-fatigue fracture mode. In addition, testing data under the same dwell time showed scattering at the crack growth rate. Consequently, a modified model based on the Saxena equation was proposed by introducing a distribution factor for the crack growth rate. Microstructural observation confirmed that the small grain size and high volume fraction of the δ phase led to a fast creep-fatigue crack growth rate at 650 °C, thus indicating that two factors, namely, fine grain and presence of the d phase at the grain boundary, increased the amount of weakened interface at high temperature, in which intergranular cracks may form and propagate.

  19. Standard test method for creep-fatigue crack growth testing

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    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia


    1.1 This test method covers the determination of creep-fatigue crack growth properties of nominally homogeneous materials by use of pre-cracked compact type, C(T), test specimens subjected to uniaxial cyclic forces. It concerns fatigue cycling with sufficiently long loading/unloading rates or hold-times, or both, to cause creep deformation at the crack tip and the creep deformation be responsible for enhanced crack growth per loading cycle. It is intended as a guide for creep-fatigue testing performed in support of such activities as materials research and development, mechanical design, process and quality control, product performance, and failure analysis. Therefore, this method requires testing of at least two specimens that yield overlapping crack growth rate data. The cyclic conditions responsible for creep-fatigue deformation and enhanced crack growth vary with material and with temperature for a given material. The effects of environment such as time-dependent oxidation in enhancing the crack growth ra...


    Newman, J. C.


    Predictions of fatigue crack growth behavior can be made with the Fatigue Crack Growth Structural Analysis (FASTRAN II) computer program. As cyclic loads are applied to a selected crack configuration with an initial crack size, FASTRAN II predicts crack growth as a function of cyclic load history until either a desired crack size is reached or failure occurs. FASTRAN II is based on plasticity-induced crack-closure behavior of cracks in metallic materials and accounts for load-interaction effects, such as retardation and acceleration, under variable-amplitude loading. The closure model is based on the Dugdale model with modifications to allow plastically deformed material to be left along the crack surfaces as the crack grows. Plane stress and plane strain conditions, as well as conditions between these two, can be simulated in FASTRAN II by using a constraint factor on tensile yielding at the crack front to approximately account for three-dimensional stress states. FASTRAN II contains seventeen predefined crack configurations (standard laboratory fatigue crack growth rate specimens and many common crack configurations found in structures); and the user can define one additional crack configuration. The baseline crack growth rate properties (effective stress-intensity factor against crack growth rate) may be given in either equation or tabular form. For three-dimensional crack configurations, such as surface cracks or corner cracks at holes or notches, the fatigue crack growth rate properties may be different in the crack depth and crack length directions. Final failure of the cracked structure can be modelled with fracture toughness properties using either linear-elastic fracture mechanics (brittle materials), a two-parameter fracture criterion (brittle to ductile materials), or plastic collapse (extremely ductile materials). The crack configurations in FASTRAN II can be subjected to either constant-amplitude, variable-amplitude or spectrum loading. The applied