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  1. Effect of loading rate on creep of phosphorous doped copper

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    Andersson-Oestling, Henrik C.M.; Sandstroem, Rolf (Swerea KIMAB (Sweden))


    Creep testing of copper intended for nuclear waste disposal has been performed on continuous creep tests machines at a temperature of 75 deg C. The loading time has been varied from 1 hour to 6 months. The rupture strain including both loading and creep strains does not differ from traditional dead weight lever creep test rigs. The loading strain increases with increasing loading time, at the expense of the creep strain. The time dependence of the creep strain has been modelled taking athermal plastic deformation and creep into account. During loading the contribution to the strain from the athermal plastic deformation dominates until the stress is close to the constant load level. When the constant load has been reached there is no more athermal strain and all of the strain comes from creep

  2. Micromechanical studies of cyclic creep fracture under stress- controlled loading

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    Giessen, E. van der; Tvergaard, V.


    This paper deals with a study of intergranular failure by creep cavitation under stress-controlled cyclic loading conditions. Loading is assumed to be slow enough that diffusion and creep mechanisms (including grain boundary sliding) dominate, leading to intergranular creep fracture. This study is

  3. Experimental study of a macrocrack propagation in a concrete specimen subjected to creep loading

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    Martin E.


    Full Text Available Structures managers need a better prediction of the delayed failure of concrete structures, especially for very important structures like nuclear power plant encasement. Sustained loadings at high level (above 75% of loading capacity of the structure, can lead to structure failure after some time. In this study, a series of 4-point bending tests were performed in order to characterize the creep behaviour of pre-cracked beams under high load level. The specimens were made of normal strength concrete. A power law relationship is observed between the secondary deflection creep rate and the failure time. It is also shown that when crack propagation occurs during the creep loading, the creep deflection rate increases with the creep loading level and with the crack propagation rate.

  4. Micromechanical studies of cyclic creep fracture under stress controlled loading

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    van der Giessen, Erik; Tvergaard, Viggo


    This paper deals with a study of intergranular failure by creep cavitation under stress-controlled cyclic loading conditions. Loading is assumed to be slow enough that diffusion and creep mechanisms (including grain boundary sliding) dominate, leading to intergranular creep fracture. This study...... case with a facet-site microcrack yields important insight for damage accumulation under balanced loading. Under unbalanced loading, the time-average accumulation of creep cavitation gives rise to macroscopic ratchetting, while its rate is demonstrated to depend subtly on material and loading...

  5. Comparison of creep deformation rates during load and strain controlled multi-step creep ageing tests on AA7050 (United States)

    Zheng, Jinghua; Davies, Catrin M.; Lin, Jianguo


    In this work, the constant load and constant strain controlled creep behaviour of a precipitation hardenable aluminium alloy 7050 during a two-step ageing treatment have been experimentally studied. The two-step temperature treatment is strictly in accordance with the T74 ageing temperature profile (120 °C × 6 h+ 177 °C × 7 h) for 7050 alloys. It has been found that at 120 °C creep strain generation was extremely small, whilst at 177 °C significant creep strains were developed for both the load and strain controlled creep tests. The samples during the load controlled creep ageing tests reached the tertiary creep regime under a constant stress of 230 MPa within 14 h, while remained in the secondary creep regime under stresses ranging from 150 - 215 MPa for this time. The strain controlled creep ageing tests can prevent the samples from reaching their tertiary creep regimes through reducing the initial high stresses (up to 320 MPa) to a stress lower than 230 MPa during the tests. The creep strain rates obtained from strain controlled creep ageing tests are found smaller than the minimum creep strain rates from load controlled creep tests. The steady state stress exponent n was found ˜3.3 for load controlled creep ageing tests. Similar n values was obtained for strain controlled creep ageing tests when stress is larger than 200 MPa, while this value jumped to ˜15 when stresses reduced to < 200 MPa. All these findings suggest that load and strain controlled creep exhibit different behaviours and thus a proper calibration is required if using the constant load creep data to simulate the constant strain stress relaxation curves under the same ageing conditions.

  6. Behaviour of Epoxy Silica Nanocomposites Under Static and Creep Loading (United States)

    Constantinescu, Dan Mihai; Picu, Radu Catalin; Sandu, Marin; Apostol, Dragos Alexandru; Sandu, Adriana; Baciu, Florin


    Specific manufacturing technologies were applied for the fabrication of epoxy-based nanocomposites with silica nanoparticles. For dispersing the fillers in the epoxy resin special equipment such as a shear mixer and a high energy sonicator with temperature control were used. Both functionalized and unfunctionalized silica nanoparticles were added in three epoxy resins. The considered filling fraction was in most cases 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 wt%.. The obtained nanocomposites were subjected to monotonic uniaxial and creep loading at room temperature. The static mechanical properties were not significantly improved regardless the filler percentage and type of epoxy resin. Under creep loading, by increasing the stress level, the nanocomposite with 0.1 wt% silica creeps less than all other materials. Also the creep rate is reduced by adding silica nanofillers.

  7. Micromechanics of intergranular creep failure under cyclic loading

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    van der Giessen, Erik; Tvergaard, Viggo


    This paper is concerned with a micromechanical investigation of intergranular creep failure caused by grain boundary cavitation under strain-controlled cyclic loading conditions. Numerical unit cell analyses are carried out for a planar polycrystal model in which the grain material and the grain...... boundaries are modelled individually. The model incorporates power-law creep of the grains, viscous grain boundary sliding between grains as well as the nucleation and growth of grain boundary cavities until they coalesce and form microcracks. Study of a limiting case with a facet-size microcrack reveals...... a relatively simple phenomenology under either balanced loading, slow-fast loading or balanced loading with a hold period at constant tensile stress. Next, a (non-dimensionalized) parametric study is carried out which focusses on the effect of the diffusive cavity growth rate relative to the overall creep rate...

  8. Cumulative creep damage for unidirectional composites under step loading (United States)

    Guedes, Rui Miranda


    The creep lifetime prediction of unidirectional composite materials under step loading, based on constant loading durability diagram, is analyzed for the two-step creep loading condition. For this purpose different nonlinear cumulative-damage laws are revisited and applied to predict creep lifetime. One possible approach to accounting for damage accumulation is provided by the continuum-damage mechanics (CDM). However, the CDM lifetime expression obtained for constant loading condition presents some drawbacks. Specifically, the upper stress range is not accommodated by CDM form. A modification of CDM is proposed, forcing the CDM to capture the short-term creep failure. It is proven that this modified CDM (MCDM) does not yield the same predictions as the Linear Cumulative-damage law (Miner's law). Predictions obtained from the nonlinear cumulative-damage laws are compared against synthetic lifetime generated by a micromechanical model that simulates unidirectional composites under two-step creep loading condition. Comparable deviations from Miner's law are obtained by the nonlinear cumulative-damage laws.

  9. Effects of state recovery on creep buckling under variable loading (United States)

    Robinson, D. N.; Arnold, S. M.


    Structural alloys embody internal mechanisms that allow recovery of state with varying stress and elevated temperature, i.e., they can return to a softer state following periods of hardening. Such material behavior is known to strongly influence structural response under some important thermomechanical loadings, for example, that involving thermal ratchetting. The influence of dynamic and thermal recovery on the creep buckling of a column under variable loading is investigated. The column is taken as the idealized (Shanley) sandwich column. The constitutive model, unlike the commonly employed Norton creep model, incorporates a representation of both dynamic and thermal (state) recovery. The material parameters of the constitutive model are chosen to characterize Narloy Z, a representative copper alloy used in thrust nozzle liners of reusable rocket engines. Variable loading histories include rapid cyclic unloading/reloading sequences and intermittent reductions of load for extended periods of time; these are superimposed on a constant load. The calculated results show that state recovery significantly affects creep buckling under variable loading. Structural alloys embody internal mechanisms that allow recovery of state with varying stress and time.

  10. The influence of cavitation damage upon high temperature creep under stationary and non-stationary loading conditions. Part III: Creep at steady increasing load and true stress (United States)

    Boček, M.; Hoffmann, M.


    In this paper for ideally plastic materials the influence of high temperature cavitation damage upon creep at steady increasing loads is investigated. The damage function A(t) enters a constitutive equation for plastíc flow through an effective stress σ e. For given loading conditions the latter is derived from the solution of Hart's tensile test equation. In the present paper the case of time linear increase in load ( F = constant) and in true stress ( /.s = constant) is investigated. The creep equations for cavitating as well as for non-cavitating materials are derived and the volume change during creep at /.F = constant are calculated.

  11. A Microstructural Study of Load Distribution in Cartilage: A Comparison of Stress Relaxation versus Creep Loading

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    Ashvin Thambyah


    Full Text Available The compressive response of articular cartilage has been extensively investigated and most studies have focussed largely on the directly loaded matrix. However, especially in relation to the tissue microstructure, less is known about load distribution mechanisms operating outside the directly loaded region. We have addressed this issue by using channel indentation and DIC microscopy techniques that provide visualisation of the matrix microstructural response across the regions of both direct and nondirect loading. We hypothesise that, by comparing the microstructural response following stress relaxation and creep compression, new insights can be revealed concerning the complex mechanisms of load bearing. Our results indicate that, with stress relaxation, the initial mode of stress decay appears to primarily involve relaxation of the surface layer. In the creep loading protocol, the main mode of stress release is a lateral distribution of load via the mid matrix. While these two modes of stress redistribution have a complex relationship with the zonally differentiated tissue microstructure and the depth of strain, four mechanostructural mechanisms are proposed to describe succinctly the load responses observed.

  12. influence of relative humidity on tensile and compressive creep of ...

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    While creep is as a result of sustained stress, shrinkage is due to hygrometric conditions [1]. According to Neville et al [2], a typical concrete element creeps up to twice its initial strain after a year of loading. Concrete creep can occur in tension and also in compression. The properties of tensile and compressive creep are ...

  13. A generalized constitutive equation for creep of polymers at multiaxial loading (United States)

    Altenbach, H.; Altenbach, J.; Zolochevsky, A.


    This paper introduced a unified formulation for generalized deformation models including load dependent effects (2nd order effects). It is given in more detail for stationary creep of isotropic, orthotropic, and anisotropic material behavior. A further generalization of the introduced 6-parameter constitutive equation is possible by coupling creep and damage. These generalizations include the classical theory of creep damage [13]. The proof of the proposed theory is given in [20-22] for special cases with a reduced number of material parameters. The results of calculations show a good agreement with results from multiaxial tests.

  14. Time of creep fracture of axisymmetrically loaded structures (United States)

    Banshchikova, I. A.; Lubashevskaya, I. V.


    A stress-strain state and a time duration up to fracture are calculated with allowance for two-stage behavior of a rotating disk under creep conditions. The duration of the stages is investigated depending on the choice of the version of the creep kinetic theory and the geometric dimensions of the disk. The first stage is the accumulation of damage and the beginning of fracture in some area of the body, where the accumulated damage reaches a critical value. The second stage is the spread of the fracture front and the complete destruction of the body. A calculation method has been developed which reduces the solution of the unsteady-state creep problem to the solution of an analogous steady-state problem.

  15. High temperature creep of steel 09G2S under non-stationary loading (United States)

    Iyavoynen, S. V.; Banshchikova, I. A.; Lubashevskaya, I. V.; Legan, M. A.


    Experimental analysis of deformation of steel 09G2S under creep conditions has been carried out to determine the optimal modes of high temperature forming of steel shells. The efficient temperature range in terms of saving of the plasticity resource was defined. The material parameters including scalar damage parameters have been determined by taking into account the description of the deformation of a material under non-stationary loading conditions. A satisfactory description of the unsteady creep processes of the material 09G2S in the temperature range from 700 to 800°C has been received.

  16. Constitutive relation for rheological processes with known loading history. Creep and long-term strength curves (United States)

    Khokhlov, A. V.


    In the present paper, we propose and study a nonlinear constitutive relation for describing the one-dimensional isothermal rheological processes with monotone loading history in viscoelastoplastic materials. This relation presents the strain at any time moment in terms of the history of variations in the stress and its derivative by means of two integral operators and contains two material functions of the same real argument and ten material parameters determined by the results of tests on material creeping, long-term strength, and strain at a constant loading rate. Under minimal a priori restrictions on the material parameters of the model, we derive the equations of strain, creep, relaxation, and long-term strength curves, analytically study the dependencies of their properties on parameters, and find necessary restrictions on the material parameters and functions ensuring an adequate description of the mechanical behavior of materials (the typical qualitative properties of experimental strain, creep, relaxation, and long-term strength curves). To model the long-term strength in creeping, we propose two parametric families of fracture criteria under monotone uniaxial strain, which are related to the strain criterion but take into account the history of the strain increase by means of special integral operators relating this history to the damage measure. We prove that the constitutive relation thus constructed, along with the proposed fracture criteria, leads to theoretical long-term strength curves with the same qualitative properties as the experimental curves of a majority of metals. Thus, an analysis of the properties of the proposed constitutive relation shows that it allows one to perform an adequate simulation not only of several effects of rheological behavior of viscoelastoplastic materials but of the entire complex of effects such as the strain dependence on the stress and the stress rate, relaxation, creeping, the creep rate dependence on the stress

  17. Research on dynamic creep strain and settlement prediction under the subway vibration loading. (United States)

    Luo, Junhui; Miao, Linchang


    This research aims to explore the dynamic characteristics and settlement prediction of soft soil. Accordingly, the dynamic shear modulus formula considering the vibration frequency was utilized and the dynamic triaxial test conducted to verify the validity of the formula. Subsequently, the formula was applied to the dynamic creep strain function, with the factors influencing the improved dynamic creep strain curve of soft soil being analyzed. Meanwhile, the variation law of dynamic stress with sampling depth was obtained through the finite element simulation of subway foundation. Furthermore, the improved dynamic creep strain curve of soil layer was determined based on the dynamic stress. Thereafter, it could to estimate the long-term settlement under subway vibration loading by norms. The results revealed that the dynamic shear modulus formula is straightforward and practical in terms of its application to the vibration frequency. The values predicted using the improved dynamic creep strain formula closed to the experimental values, whilst the estimating settlement closed to the measured values obtained in the field test.

  18. Relationship between Creep Property and Loading-Rate Dependence of Strength of Artificial Methane-Hydrate-Bearing Toyoura Sand under Triaxial Compression

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    Kuniyuki Miyazaki


    Full Text Available Methane hydrate is anticipated to be a promising energy resource. It is essential to consider the mechanical properties of a methane hydrate reservoir to ensure sustainable production, since its mechanical behavior may affect the integrity of the production well, the occurrence of geohazards, and gas productivity. In particular, the creep property of methane-hydrate-bearing sediment is thought to have great significance in the long-term prediction of the mechanical behaviors of a reservoir. In earlier studies, triaxial compression tests were conducted on artificial methane-hydrate-bearing Toyoura sand under three axial-loading conditions, i.e., constant-strain-rate test, constant-stress-rate test, and creep (constant-stress test. In this paper, the time-dependent properties of the methane-hydrate-bearing Toyoura sand observed in these tests were quantitatively discussed and found to be almost in agreement. The creep life obtained from the creep tests had a reasonably strong correlation with the loading-rate dependencies of strength, obtained from the constant-strain-rate tests and constant-stress-rate tests based on a simple hypothesis. The findings are expected to be used to develop a constitutive model considering the time-dependent behaviors of hydrate-bearing soil in future studies, and to improve the reliability of long-term prediction of the geomechanical response to gas extraction from a reservoir.

  19. Influence of Hold Time and Stress Ratio on Cyclic Creep Properties Under Controlled Tension Loading Cycles of Grade 91 Steel

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


    Influences of hold time and stress ratio on cyclic creep properties of Grade 91 steel were systemically investigated using a wide range of cyclic creep tests, which were performed with hold times (HTs) of 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, and 30 minutes and stress ratios (R) of 0.5, 0.8, 0.85, 0.90, and 0.95 under tension loading cycles at 600°C. Under the influence of HT, the rupture time increased to HT = 5 minutes at R = 0.90 and R = 0.95, but there was no influence at R = 0.50, 0.80, and 0.85. The creep rate was constant regardless of an increase in the HT, except for the case of HT = 5 minutes at R = 0.90 and R = 0.95. Under the influence of stress ratio, the rupture time increased with an increase in the stress ratio, but the creep rate decreased. The cyclic creep led to a reduction in the rupture time and an acceleration in the creep rate compared with the case of monotonic creep. Cyclic creep was found to depend dominantly on the stress ratio rather than on the HT. Fracture surfaces displayed transgranular fractures resulting from microvoid coalescence, and the amount of microvoids increased with an increase in the stress ratio. Enhanced coarsening of the precipitates in the cyclic creep test specimens was found under all conditions.

  20. Effects of repeated biaxial loads on the creep properties of cardinal ligaments. (United States)

    Baah-Dwomoh, Adwoa; De Vita, Raffaella


    The cardinal ligament (CL) is one of the major pelvic ligaments providing structural support to the vagina/cervix/uterus complex. This ligament has been studied mainly with regards to its important function in the treatment of different diseases such as surgical repair for pelvic organ prolapse and radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer. However, the mechanical properties of the CL have not been fully determined, despite the important in vivo supportive role of this ligament within the pelvic floor. To advance our limited knowledge about the elastic and viscoelastic properties of the CL, we conducted three consecutive planar equi-biaxial tests on CL specimens isolated from swine. Specifically, the CL specimens were divided into three groups: specimens in group 1 (n = 7) were loaded equi-biaxially to 1 N, specimens in group 2 (n = 8) were loaded equi-biaxially to 2N, and specimens in group 3 (n = 7) were loaded equi-biaxially to 3N. In each group, the equi-biaxial loads of 1N, 2N, or 3N were applied and kept constant for 1200s three times. The two axial loading directions were selected to be the main in-vivo loading direction of the CL and the direction that is perpendicular to it. Using the digital image correlation (DIC) method, the in-plane Lagrangian strains in these two loading directions were measured throughout the tests. The results showed that CL was elastically anisotropic, as statistical differences were found between the mean strains along the two axial loading directions for specimens in group 1, 2, or 3 when the equi-biaxial load reached 1N, 2N, or 3N, respectively. For specimens in group 1 and 2, no statistical differences were detected in the mean normalized strains (or, equivalently, the increase in strain over time) between the two axial loading directions for each creep test. For specimens in group 3, some differences were noted but, by the end of the 3rd creep test, there were no statistical differences in the mean normalized strains between

  1. Creep behaviour and creep mechanisms of normal and healing ligaments (United States)

    Thornton, Gail Marilyn

    Patients with knee ligament injuries often undergo ligament reconstructions to restore joint stability and, potentially, abate osteoarthritis. Careful literature review suggests that in 10% to 40% of these patients the graft tissue "stretches out". Some graft elongation is likely due to creep (increased elongation of tissue under repeated or sustained load). Quantifying creep behaviour and identifying creep mechanisms in both normal and healing ligaments is important for finding clinically relevant means to prevent creep. Ligament creep was accurately predicted using a novel yet simple structural model that incorporated both collagen fibre recruitment and fibre creep. Using the inverse stress relaxation function to model fibre creep in conjunction with fibre recruitment produced a superior prediction of ligament creep than that obtained from the inverse stress relaxation function alone. This implied mechanistic role of fibre recruitment during creep was supported using a new approach to quantify crimp patterns at stresses in the toe region (increasing stiffness) and linear region (constant stiffness) of the stress-strain curve. Ligament creep was relatively insensitive to increases in stress in the toe region; however, creep strain increased significantly when tested at the linear region stress. Concomitantly, fibre recruitment was evident at the toe region stresses; however, recruitment was limited at the linear region stress. Elevating the water content of normal ligament using phosphate buffered saline increased the creep response. Therefore, both water content and fibre recruitment are important mechanistic factors involved in creep of normal ligaments. Ligament scars had inferior creep behaviour compared to normal ligaments even after 14 weeks. In addition to inferior collagen properties affecting fibre recruitment and increased water content, increased glycosaminoglycan content and flaws in scar tissue were implicated as potential mechanisms of scar creep

  2. Strain accumulation in bituminous binders under repeated creep-recovery loading predicted from small-amplitude oscillatory shear (SAOS) experiments (United States)

    Laukkanen, Olli-Ville; Winter, H. Henning


    The creep-recovery (CR) test starts out with a period of shearing at constant stress (creep) and is followed by a period of zero-shear stress where some of the accumulated shear strain gets reversed. Linear viscoelasticity (LVE) allows one to predict the strain response to repeated creep-recovery (RCR) loading from measured small-amplitude oscillatory shear (SAOS) data. Only the relaxation and retardation time spectra of a material need to be known and these can be determined from SAOS data. In an application of the Boltzmann superposition principle (BSP), the strain response to RCR loading can be obtained as a linear superposition of the strain response to many single creep-recovery tests. SAOS and RCR data were collected for several unmodified and modified bituminous binders, and the measured and predicted RCR responses were compared. Generally good agreement was found between the measured and predicted strain accumulation under RCR loading. However, in the case of modified binders, the strain accumulation was slightly overestimated (≤20% relative error) due to the insufficient SAOS information at long relaxation times. Our analysis also demonstrates that the evolution in the strain response under RCR loading, caused by incomplete recovery, can be reasonably well predicted by the presented methodology. It was also shown that the outlined modeling framework can be used, as a first approximation, to estimate the rutting resistance of bituminous binders by predicting the values of the Multiple Stress Creep Recovery (MSCR) test parameters.

  3. Influence of loading path and precipitates on indentation creep behavior of wrought Mg–6 wt% Al–1 wt% Zn magnesium alloy

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    Nautiyal, Pranjal [Discipline of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh 482005 (India); Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 110016 (India); Jain, Jayant [Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 110016 (India); Agarwal, Arvind, E-mail: [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33174 (United States)


    This study reports the effect of loading path and precipitates on indentation induced creep behavior of AZ61 magnesium alloy. Indentation creep tests were performed on solution-treated and peak-aged extruded AZ61 magnesium alloy, and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) investigations were carried out to study deformation mechanisms. Twinning is the dominant creep mechanism for indentation along the extrusion direction (ED) in solution-treated alloy. A combination of slip and twinning appears to be the prominent mechanisms for indentation creep perpendicular to ED. Creep flow is arrested for indentation perpendicular to ED, due to slip–twin interactions. Influence of precipitates on creep deformation was also studied. Aged specimen exhibited higher creep resistance than solution-treated specimen. Unlike solution-treated specimens, twinning was not observed in aged alloy. Creep in aged specimen was attributed to slip.

  4. Experimental investigation on the effect of creep on the damage evolution of CFRP structures during fatigue loading

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    Zarouchas, D.; Eleftheroglou, N.; Gdoutos, Emmanuel E.


    This paper presents an experimental investigation on the effect of creep on the damage evolution of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer structures during fatigue loading. A new experimental campaign is proposed where unidirectional CFRP specimens are tested under the combination of fatigue and constant

  5. Shear Capacity of Concrete Beams under Sustained Loading

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    Sarkhosh, R.; Walraven, J.C.; Den Uijl, J.A.; Braam, C.R.


    Long-term tests on large-scale concrete beams without shear reinforcement, which are tested for more than two years under sustained loading close to the ultimate shear capacity (load ratio ranging from 87% to 95%) under climate controlled condition, show that sustained loading has no significant

  6. Autonomous filling of grain-boundary cavities during creep loading in Fe-Mo alloys

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    Zhang, S.; Fang, H.; Gramsma, M. E.; Kwakernaak, C.; Sloof, W.G.; Tichelaar, F.D.; Kuzmina, M; Herbig, M; Raabe, D.; Brück, E.H.; van der Zwaag, S.; van Dijk, N.H.


    We have investigated the autonomous repair of creep damage by site-selective precipitation in a binary Fe-Mo alloy (6.2 wt pct Mo) during constant-stress creep tests at temperatures of 813 K, 823 K, and 838 K (540 °C, 550 °C, and 565 °C). Scanning electron microscopy studies on the morphology of

  7. Creep of trabecular bone from the human proximal tibia

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    Novitskaya, Ekaterina, E-mail: [Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Materials Science and Engineering Program, UC, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Zin, Carolyn [Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Chang, Neil; Cory, Esther; Chen, Peter [Departments of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, UC, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); D’Lima, Darryl [Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education, Scripps Health, La Jolla, CA 92037 (United States); Sah, Robert L. [Materials Science and Engineering Program, UC, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Departments of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, UC, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); McKittrick, Joanna [Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Materials Science and Engineering Program, UC, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States)


    Creep is the deformation that occurs under a prolonged, sustained load and can lead to permanent damage in bone. Creep in bone is a complex phenomenon and varies with type of loading and local mechanical properties. Human trabecular bone samples from proximal tibia were harvested from a 71-year old female cadaver with osteoporosis. The samples were initially subjected to one cycle load up to 1% strain to determine the creep load. Samples were then loaded in compression under a constant stress for 2 h and immediately unloaded. All tests were conducted with the specimens soaked in phosphate buffered saline with proteinase inhibitors at 37 °C. Steady state creep rate and final creep strain were estimated from mechanical testing and compared with published data. The steady state creep rate correlated well with values obtained from bovine tibial and human vertebral trabecular bone, and was higher for lower density samples. Tissue architecture was analyzed by micro-computed tomography (μCT) both before and after creep testing to assess creep deformation and damage accumulated. Quantitative morphometric analysis indicated that creep induced changes in trabecular separation and the structural model index. A main mode of deformation was bending of trabeculae. - Highlights: • Compressive creep tests of human trabecular bone across the tibia were performed. • The creep rate was found to be inversely proportional to the density of the samples. • μ-computed tomography before and after testing identified regions of deformation. • Bending of the trabeculae was found to be the main deformation mode.

  8. In Vivo Static Creep Loading of the Rat Forelimb Reduces Ulnar Structural Properties at Time-Zero and Induces Damage-Dependent Woven Bone Formation (United States)

    Lynch, Jennifer A.; Silva, Matthew J.


    Periosteal woven bone forms in response to stress fractures and pathological overload. The mechanical factors that regulate woven bone formation are poorly understood. Fatigue loading of the rat ulna triggers a woven bone response in proportion to the level of applied fatigue displacement. However, because fatigue produces damage by application of cyclic loading it is unclear if the osteogenic response is due to bone damage (injury response) or dynamic strain (adaptive response). Creep loading, in contrast to fatigue, involves application of a static force. Our objectives were to use static creep loading of the rat forelimb to produce discrete levels of ulnar damage, and subsequently to determine the bone response over time. We hypothesized that 1) increases in applied displacement during loading correspond to ulnae with increased crack number, length and extent, as well as decreased mechanical properties; and 2) in vivo creep loading stimulates a damage-dependent dose-response in periosteal woven bone formation. Creep loading of the rat forelimb to progressive levels of sub-fracture displacement led to progressive bone damage (cracks) and loss of whole-bone mechanical properties (especially stiffness) at time-zero. For example, loading to 60% of fracture displacement caused a 60% loss of ulnar stiffness and a 25% loss of strength. Survival experiments showed that woven bone formed in a dose-dependent manner, with greater amounts of woven bone in ulnae that were loaded to higher displacements. Furthermore, after 14 days the mechanical properties of the loaded limb were equal or superior to control, indicating functional repair of the initial damage. We conclude that bone damage created without dynamic strain triggers a woven bone response, and thus infer that the woven bone response reported after fatigue loading and in stress fractures is in large part a response to bone damage. PMID:18295561

  9. Characterization of cohesion, adhesion and creep-properties of dynamically loaded coatings through the impact tester

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    Bouzakis, K.D.; Michailidis, N.; Lontos, A.; Siganos, A.; Hadjiyiannis, S.; Giannopoulos, G.; Maliaris, G. [Aristoteles Univ., Thessaloniki (Greece). Lab. for Machine Tools and Mfg. Engineering; Erkens, G. [CemeCon GmbH, Wuerselen (Germany)


    The coating impact test, in combination with finite elements method (FEM) simulation, is successfully used to characterize the fatigue performance of coatings. Critical values for stress components, responsible for distinctive fatigue failure modes of the coating, are obtained and the fatigue limits of various coatings are illustrated in form of generally applicable Smith and Woehler diagrams, determined through a developed evaluation software. This software takes into account the impact test experimental data, as well as coating and substrate constitutive laws. Herewith coating adhesive and cohesive failure modes are elucidated and a cutting performance prediction of coated tools can be carried out. On the other hand, creep phenomena of plasma sprayed coatings are quantitatively interpreted. (orig.)

  10. Bone creep can cause progressive vertebral deformity. (United States)

    Pollintine, Phillip; Luo, Jin; Offa-Jones, Ben; Dolan, Patricia; Adams, Michael A


    Vertebral deformities in elderly people are conventionally termed "fractures", but their onset is often insidious, suggesting that time-dependent (creep) processes may also be involved. Creep has been studied in small samples of bone, but nothing is known about creep deformity of whole vertebrae, or how it might be influenced by bone mineral density (BMD). We hypothesise that sustained compressive loading can cause progressive and measurable creep deformity in elderly human vertebrae. 27 thoracolumbar "motion segments" (two vertebrae and the intervening disc and ligaments) were dissected from 20 human cadavers aged 42-91 yrs. A constant compressive force of approximately 1.0 kN was applied to each specimen for either 0.5 h or 2 h, while the anterior, middle and posterior heights of each of the 54 vertebral bodies were measured at 1 Hz using a MacReflex 2D optical tracking system. This located 6 reflective markers attached to the lateral cortex of each vertebral body, with resolution better than 10 microm. Experiments were at laboratory temperature, and polythene film was used to minimise water loss. Volumetric BMD was calculated for each vertebral body, using DXA to measure mineral content, and water immersion for volume. In the 0.5 h tests, creep deformation in the anterior, middle and posterior vertebral cortex averaged 4331, 1629 and 614 micro-strains respectively, where 10,000 micro-strains represents 1% loss in height. Anterior creep strains exceeded posterior (Pspecimens with average BMDfracture.

  11. Time dependence of mesoscopic strain distribution for triaxial woven carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer under creep loading measured by digital image correlation (United States)

    Koyanagi, Jun; Nagayama, Hideo; Yoneyama, Satoru; Aoki, Takahira


    This paper presents the time dependence of the mesoscopic strain of a triaxial woven carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer under creep loading measured using digital image correlation (DIC). Two types of DIC techniques were employed for the measurement: conventional subset DIC and mesh DIC. Static tensile and creep tests were carried out, and the time dependence of the mesoscopic strain distribution was investigated by applying these techniques. The ultimate failure of this material is dominated by inter-bundle decohesion caused by relative rigid rotation and relating shear stress. Therefore, these were focused on in the present study. During the creep tests, the fiber directional strain, shear strain, and rotation were monitored using the DIC, and the mechanism for the increase in the specimen's macro-strain over time was investigated based on the results obtained by the DIC measurement.

  12. Sustainable Stream Waste Load Allocation with Considering Equity (United States)

    Liao, W.; Tung, C.


    The stream assimilative capacity is the carrying capacity of a river for the maximum waste load without exceeding the water quality standard. However, only optimizing maximal waste loads may lead to inequity. Equity is an important issue in waste load allocation problems. This research formulates a multi-objective model that considers minimizing inequity and maximizing total waste loads by using water quality models, as well as combining Gini coefficient and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to assess the relationship between the equity levels and the maximum waste load. It is also discussed that the impacts of changes in the land use among up- stream and down-stream on assimilative capacity and equity, which can provide useful information for the policy making of sustainable watershed management.

  13. Low creep and hysteresis load cell based on a force-to-fluid pressure transformation

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    Zwijze, A.F.; Wiegerink, Remco J.; Krijnen, Gijsbertus J.M.; Lammerink, Theodorus S.J.; Elwenspoek, Michael Curt


    In this paper, a low-cost load cell (force sensor) is presented in which the force to be measured is transformed into a fluid pressure. The design consists of a boss, attached to a membrane, and a bucket-like structure which encloses a fluid volume. This geometry causes a force to be transformed

  14. A Variable-Parameter Creep Damage Model Incorporating the Effects of Loading Frequency for Rock Salt and Its Application in a Bedded Storage Cavern (United States)

    Ma, Linjian; Wang, Mingyang; Zhang, Ning; Fan, Pengxian; Li, Jie


    Laboratory tests were conducted to assess the effects of the loading frequency on the time-dependent behavior and damage properties of rock salt under confining stress states. Axial two-stage irreversible deformation based on the loci of the minimum load of each cycle was observed, and this observation was similar to the result of conventional creep tests under static loads. The unloading modulus decreased exponentially with respect to time, and the damage variable was represented in terms of the decay of the material stiffness. To account for the effects of the loading frequency on the time-dependent degradation of rock salt, a unified damage evolution equation was formulated based on the experimental results. A creep damage model of rock salt was proposed by introducing non-stationary modular components into the Burgers viscoelastic model. Numerical simulation was performed using the newly developed model to evaluate the stability and serviceability of a storage cavern in a bedded salt formation under various loading scenarios. The simulated results indicate that a lower injection-withdrawal frequency results in a greater volume convergence rate and a wider dilatancy region of the storage cavern. Additionally, the stress concentration and dilatancy of the surrounding rock mass extend much deeper into the mudstone interbeds than into other regions of the cavern.

  15. Sustained load performance of adhesive anchor systems in concrete (United States)

    Davis, Todd Marshall

    Stemming from a tragic failure of an adhesive anchor system, this research project investigated the sustained load performance of adhesive anchors in concrete under different installation and in-service conditions. The literature review investigated the current state of art of adhesive anchors. Extensive discussion was devoted to the behavior of adhesive anchors in concrete as well as the many factors that can affect their short-term and sustained load strength. Existing standards and specifications for the testing, design, construction, and inspection of adhesive anchors were covered. Based on the results of the literature review and the experience of the research group, a triage was conducted on many parameters identified as possibly affecting the sustained load performance of adhesive anchors and the highest priority parameters were investigated in this project. A stress versus time-to-failure approach was used to evaluate sensitivity of three ICC-ES AC 308 approved adhesive anchor systems. Of the various parameters investigated, only elevated in-service temperature and manufacturer's cure time was shown to exhibit adverse effects on sustained loads more than that predicted by short-term tests of fully cured adhesive over a reasonable structure lifetime of 75 years. In a related study, various tests were conducted on the adhesive alone (time-temperature superposition, time-stress superposition, and dogbone tensile tests). The results of that study were used to investigate the existence of a correlation with long-term anchor pullout testing in concrete. No consistent correlations were detected for the adhesives in the study. Tests were also conducted on the effect of early-age concrete on adhesive anchor bond strength. On the basis of confined test bond-strength alone, adhesive A (vinyl ester) did not show any significant increase after 14 days (102% of 28 day strength at 14 days), and adhesive B and C (epoxies) did not show any significant increase after 7 days

  16. Creep and cracking of concrete hinges: insight from centric and eccentric compression experiments. (United States)

    Schlappal, Thomas; Schweigler, Michael; Gmainer, Susanne; Peyerl, Martin; Pichler, Bernhard


    Existing design guidelines for concrete hinges consider bending-induced tensile cracking, but the structural behavior is oversimplified to be time-independent. This is the motivation to study creep and bending-induced tensile cracking of initially monolithic concrete hinges systematically. Material tests on plain concrete specimens and structural tests on marginally reinforced concrete hinges are performed. The experiments characterize material and structural creep under centric compression as well as bending-induced tensile cracking and the interaction between creep and cracking of concrete hinges. As for the latter two aims, three nominally identical concrete hinges are subjected to short-term and to longer-term eccentric compression tests. Obtained material and structural creep functions referring to centric compression are found to be very similar. The structural creep activity under eccentric compression is significantly larger because of the interaction between creep and cracking, i.e. bending-induced cracks progressively open and propagate under sustained eccentric loading. As for concrete hinges in frame-like integral bridge construction, it is concluded (i) that realistic simulation of variable loads requires consideration of the here-studied time-dependent behavior and (ii) that permanent compressive normal forces shall be limited by 45% of the ultimate load carrying capacity, in order to avoid damage of concrete hinges under sustained loading.

  17. Underlying Physics of Conductive Polymer Composites and Force Sensing Resistors (FSRs). A Study on Creep Response and Dynamic Loading. (United States)

    Paredes-Madrid, Leonel; Matute, Arnaldo; Bareño, Jorge O; Parra Vargas, Carlos A; Gutierrez Velásquez, Elkin I


    Force Sensing Resistors (FSRs) are manufactured by sandwiching a Conductive Polymer Composite (CPC) between metal electrodes. The piezoresistive property of FSRs has been exploited to perform stress and strain measurements, but the rheological property of polymers has undermined the repeatability of measurements causing creep in the electrical resistance of FSRs. With the aim of understanding the creep phenomenon, the drift response of thirty two specimens of FSRs was studied using a statistical approach. Similarly, a theoretical model for the creep response was developed by combining the Burger's rheological model with the equations for the quantum tunneling conduction through thin insulating films. The proposed model and the experimental observations showed that the sourcing voltage has a strong influence on the creep response; this observation-and the corresponding model-is an important contribution that has not been previously accounted. The phenomenon of sensitivity degradation was also studied. It was found that sensitivity degradation is a voltage-related phenomenon that can be avoided by choosing an appropriate sourcing voltage in the driving circuit. The models and experimental observations from this study are key aspects to enhance the repeatability of measurements and the accuracy of FSRs.

  18. Disturbance and recovery of trunk mechanical and neuromuscular behaviours following prolonged trunk flexion: influences of duration and external load on creep-induced effects. (United States)

    Bazrgari, Babak; Hendershot, Brad; Muslim, Khoirul; Toosizadeh, Nima; Nussbaum, Maury A; Madigan, Michael L


    Trunk flexion results in adverse mechanical effects on the spine and is associated with a higher incidence of low back pain. To examine the effects of creep deformation on trunk behaviours, participants were exposed to full trunk flexion in several combinations of exposure duration and external load. Trunk mechanical and neuromuscular behaviours were obtained pre- and post-exposure and during recovery using sudden perturbations. Intrinsic trunk stiffness decreased with increasing flexion duration and in the presence of the external load. Recovery of intrinsic stiffness required more time than the exposure duration and was influenced by exposure duration. Reflexive trunk responses increased immediately following exposure but recovered quickly (∼2.5 min). Alterations in reflexive trunk behaviour following creep deformation exposures may not provide adequate compensation to allow for complete recovery of concurrent reductions in intrinsic stiffness, which may increase the risk of injury due to spinal instability. STATEMENT OF RELEVANCE: An increased risk of low back injury may result from flexion-induced disturbances to trunk behaviours. Such effects, however, appear to depend on the type of flexion exposure, and have implications for the design of work involving trunk flexion.

  19. Creep of timber joints

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    Van de Kuilen, J.W.G.


    A creep analysis has been performed on nailed, toothed-plates and split-ring joints in a varying uncontrolled climate. The load levels varied between 30% and 50% of the average ultimate short term strength of these joints, tested in accordance with ISO 6891. The climate in which the tests were

  20. Dairy cattle sustainability using the emergy methodology: Environmental loading ratio

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    Edmar Eduardo Bassan Mendes


    Full Text Available The dairy cattle activity in São Paulo State has been depressed in recent years, evidenced by the reduction of 35.47% of dairy herd between 1996 and 2008 (LUPA and 29.73% in milk production between the census of the IBGE (1995 and 2006. Activity remains in the Agricultural Production Units (UPA that have adopted more intensive systems of milk production, using animals of high genetic potential, management-intensive rotational grazing or agricultural inputs, and with the objective of profit maximization. In face of environmental pressures, the problem is to know the degree of sustainability of milk production. The objective in this work was to analyze the production of milk from a farm in the municipality of Guzolândia, São Paulo State, during the period 2005/2011, using the emergy methodology to assess the sustainability of system, calculated by Environmental Loading Ratio (ELR. The UPA Alto da Araúna is dedicated to dairy cattle adopting the system of milk production semi-intensive type B; it produces on average 650 liters of milk per day with 45 lactating cows, using 30 ha of pasture with supplemental feed and silage. It has sandy soil, classified as latossol red, yellow, ortho phase, with gently rolling slopes. The UPA is administered with business structure, aiming to profit maximization and minimization of environmental impacts, seeking to maintain economically viable activity and preserving the environment. Currently, administrative decisions have the support of operational control that collects and records information necessary to generate animal and agricultural indexes that evaluate the performance of the UPA, in addition to managerial accounting records that generate cash flow information used to evaluate the economic efficiency of the UPA. The Environmental Loading Ratio (ELR=N+F/R is obtained by the ratio of natural non-renewable resources (N plus economic resources (F by total renewable emergy (R. It is an indicator of the

  1. Urban Runoff and Nutrients Loading Control from Sustainable BMPs (Invited) (United States)

    Xiao, Q.


    construction of runoff retention basins and treatment facilities to meet TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) regulations are not cost-effective or practical. An alternative approach is to control runoff and nutrients on-site through installation of decentralized BMPs that detain and infiltrate runoff before it reaches storm drains. Recent developed green-infrastructure which integrating engineered soil and trees to reduce runoff and nutrients loading is a self-sustained best management practice (BMP). This BMP has been testing and used in urban runoff control. In Davis, CA this type of BMPs were installed in a parking lot and a residential property to evaluate the system’s effectiveness on reducing storm runoff and pollutant loading from the parking lot and irrigated landscape. Storm runoff and pollutant loading were measured and monitored during February 2007 thru May 2009 from the parking lot. The BMP reduced surface runoff and nutrients by 88.8% and 95.3%, respectively. In the residential irrigated landscape, the dry-weather runoff was monitored during 2007 irrigation season, the BMP captured almost all dry weather runoff. The performance of these BMPs demonstrated their potential use for reducing runoff and nutrients loading. Control urban runoff from these 23% landscape (i.e., parking lot and irrigated turf grass) could largely alter the runoff and nutrients transport and their dynamic in our water system.

  2. Low-temperature creep of austenitic stainless steels (United States)

    Reed, R. P.; Walsh, R. P.


    Plastic deformation under constant load (creep) in austenitic stainless steels has been measured at temperatures ranging from 4 K to room temperature. Low-temperature creep data taken from past and unreported austenitic stainless steel studies are analyzed and reviewed. Creep at cryogenic temperatures of common austenitic steels, such as AISI 304, 310 316, and nitrogen-strengthened steels, such as 304HN and 3116LN, are included. Analyses suggests that logarithmic creep (creep strain dependent on the log of test time) best describe austenitic stainless steel behavior in the secondary creep stage and that the slope of creep strain versus log time is dependent on the applied stress/yield strength ratio. The role of cold work, strain-induced martensitic transformations, and stacking fault energy on low-temperature creep behavior is discussed. The engineering significance of creep on cryogenic structures is discussed in terms of the total creep strain under constant load over their operational lifetime at allowable stress levels.

  3. Review of creep-fatigue life prediction methods: Identification and extrapolation to long term and low strain cyclic loading

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    Cailletaud, G.; Nouailhas, D. (Office National d' Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (ONERA), 92 - Chatillon (France)); Grattier, J. (Electricite de France, 77 - Moret-sur-Loing. Dept. d' Etudes des Materiaux); Levaillant, C. (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, 91 - Evry (France). Centre des Materiaux); Mottot, M.; Tortel, J. (CEA Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France). Dept. de Technologie); Escavarage, C.; Heliot, J.; Kang, S. (Novatome Industries, 92 - Le Plessis-Robinson (France))


    Eight creep-fatigue interaction models are identified on a set of LCF experimental data. The material is 316 L type stainless steel, the temperature is 600/sup 0/C. The general agreement between tests and predictions is good in the experimental range. Tentative extrapolations are made towards low strain and along dwell. Opposite trends are then pointed out on stress dependent and strain range dependent models. The final results are still encouraging and general rules are given concerning the long term life prediction.

  4. Deterministic and Probabilistic Creep and Creep Rupture Enhancement to CARES/Creep: Multiaxial Creep Life Prediction of Ceramic Structures Using Continuum Damage Mechanics and the Finite Element Method (United States)

    Jadaan, Osama M.; Powers, Lynn M.; Gyekenyesi, John P.


    High temperature and long duration applications of monolithic ceramics can place their failure mode in the creep rupture regime. A previous model advanced by the authors described a methodology by which the creep rupture life of a loaded component can be predicted. That model was based on the life fraction damage accumulation rule in association with the modified Monkman-Grant creep ripture criterion However, that model did not take into account the deteriorating state of the material due to creep damage (e.g., cavitation) as time elapsed. In addition, the material creep parameters used in that life prediction methodology, were based on uniaxial creep curves displaying primary and secondary creep behavior, with no tertiary regime. The objective of this paper is to present a creep life prediction methodology based on a modified form of the Kachanov-Rabotnov continuum damage mechanics (CDM) theory. In this theory, the uniaxial creep rate is described in terms of stress, temperature, time, and the current state of material damage. This scalar damage state parameter is basically an abstract measure of the current state of material damage due to creep deformation. The damage rate is assumed to vary with stress, temperature, time, and the current state of damage itself. Multiaxial creep and creep rupture formulations of the CDM approach are presented in this paper. Parameter estimation methodologies based on nonlinear regression analysis are also described for both, isothermal constant stress states and anisothermal variable stress conditions This creep life prediction methodology was preliminarily added to the integrated design code CARES/Creep (Ceramics Analysis and Reliability Evaluation of Structures/Creep), which is a postprocessor program to commercially available finite element analysis (FEA) packages. Two examples, showing comparisons between experimental and predicted creep lives of ceramic specimens, are used to demonstrate the viability of this methodology and

  5. Modeling of creep-fatigue interaction of zirconium {alpha} under cyclic loading at 200 C; Modelisation du comportement et de l`endommagement en fatigue-fluage du zirconium {alpha} a 200C

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    Vogel, C.


    The present work deals with mechanical behaviour of zirconium alpha at 200 deg. C and crack initiation prediction methods, particularly when loading conditions lead to interaction of fatigue and creep phenomena. A classical approach used to study interaction between cyclic effects and constant loading effects does not give easy understanding of experimental results. Therefore, a new approach has been developed, which allow to determine a number of cycles for crack initiation for complex structures under large loading conditions. To study influence of fatigue and creep interaction on crack initiation, a model was chosen, using a scalar variable, giving representation of the material deterioration state. The model uses a non linear cumulating effect between the damage corresponding to cyclic loads and the damage correlated to time influence. The model belongs to uncoupled approaches between damage and behaviour, which is described here by a two inelastic deformations model. This mechanical behaviour model is chosen because it allows distinction between a plastic and a viscous part in inelastic flow. Cyclic damage is function of stress amplitude and mean stress. For the peculiar sensitivity of the material to creep, a special parameter bas been defined to be critical toward creep damage. It is the kinematic term associated to state variables describing this type of hardening in the viscous mechanism. (author).

  6. Stability of Strength and Deformation Characteristics of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS within the Time of Long-Term Investigation of Creep Strain under Permanent Compressive Loading

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    Saulius VAITKUS


    Full Text Available The results of investigation of strength (s10 %, scr and deformability (E characteristics of expanded polystyrene specimens are presented. The results are based on the short-term compression in the organization of long-term creep study. For the experiments identical specimens stored 5 years at ambient temperature (23 ±2 °C and relative humidity (50 ±5 % as well specimens after removal long-term loading were used. There were established, that difference between experimental values of stress and initial modulus of tested expanded polystyrene specimens with confidence probability P = 90 % (on-sided test is negligible (random.DOI:

  7. Seismic Creep (United States)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Seismic creep is the constant or periodic movement on a fault as contrasted with the sudden erupture associated with an earthquake. It is a usually slow deformation...

  8. Nanogranular origin of concrete creep (United States)

    Vandamme, Matthieu; Ulm, Franz-Josef


    Concrete, the solid that forms at room temperature from mixing Portland cement with water, sand, and aggregates, suffers from time-dependent deformation under load. This creep occurs at a rate that deteriorates the durability and truncates the lifespan of concrete structures. However, despite decades of research, the origin of concrete creep remains unknown. Here, we measure the in situ creep behavior of calcium–silicate–hydrates (C–S–H), the nano-meter sized particles that form the fundamental building block of Portland cement concrete. We show that C–S–H exhibits a logarithmic creep that depends only on the packing of 3 structurally distinct but compositionally similar C–S–H forms: low density, high density, ultra-high density. We demonstrate that the creep rate (≈1/t) is likely due to the rearrangement of nanoscale particles around limit packing densities following the free-volume dynamics theory of granular physics. These findings could lead to a new basis for nanoengineering concrete materials and structures with minimal creep rates monitored by packing density distributions of nanoscale particles, and predicted by nanoscale creep measurements in some minute time, which are as exact as macroscopic creep tests carried out over years. PMID:19541652

  9. Silica-forming articles having engineered surfaces to enhance resistance to creep sliding under high-temperature loading

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    Lipkin, Don Mark; Johnson, Curtis Alan; Meschter, Peter Joel; Sundaram, Sairam; Wan, Julin


    An article includes a silicon-containing region; at least one outer layer overlying a surface of the silicon-containing region; and a constituent layer on the surface of the silicon-containing region and between and contacting the silicon-containing region and the at least one outer layer, the constituent layer being formed by constituents of the silicon-containing region and being susceptible to creep within an operating environment of the article, wherein the silicon-containing region defines a plurality of channels and a plurality of ridges that interlock within the plurality of channels are formed in the silicon-containing region to physically interlock the at least one outer layer with the silicon-containing region through the constituent layer.

  10. Design and development of sustained-release glyburide-loaded ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 40; Issue 2. Design and development of sustained-release ... Keywords. Silica nanoparticles; glyburide; sustained release; sol–gel method. ... Silica nanoparticles were synthesized by the sol–gel method using tetra-ethyl ortho-silane as a precursor. Glyburide was ...

  11. Pilot Study of a Plug Load Management System: Preparing for Sustainability Base (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — NASA Ames Research Center’s Sustainability Base is a new 50,000 sq. ft. high-performance office building targeting a LEED Platinum rating. Plug loads are expected to...

  12. Effect of Temperature and Viscoelastic Creep on the Clamp-Up Load in Hybrid Composite/Metal Bolted Joints (United States)


    2.22 shows the Mathcad sheet used to demonstrate this specific example. The result shows that the load in a single bolt, hybrid aluminum to EGlass...34 8tbK \\ ’ ’ P, = 5>«2 lbs/F KAI + Kc + Kb Figure 2.22 - Mathcad Calculation Example Print Out 59 Connection Load Response as a...Correction Factor Computation Figure C.l displays a screen shot of the Mathcad sheet used to compute the temperature correction factor, Kpt or TFact in

  13. A Creep Model for High-Density Snow (United States)


    modifies Mellor and Smith’s creep model for dense snow to conform to the more general creep power law form (Glen’s creep law for ice is a special case of...Station, Green- land , and that will be founded on a compacted snow surface. The defor- mation of snow under a constant load (creep deformation, or...Glen’s creep law for ice , Glen 1955). From this, I for- mulated a general model that is the basis for both the primary and second- ary creep models

  14. Design and development of sustained-release glyburide-loaded ...

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    methoxysilane (APTMS) was added and the whole mixture was stirred further for 8 h. Then the mix- ture was centrifuged at 10,000 rpm for 20 min and air dried. The final dried formulation was used for further analysis such as drug loading and DR. 3.

  15. Reduced phrenic motoneuron recruitment during sustained inspiratory threshold loading compared to single-breath loading: a twitch interpolation study

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    Mathieu Raux


    Full Text Available In humans, inspiratory constraints engage cortical networks involving the supplementary motor area. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI shows that the spread and intensity of the corresponding respiratory-related cortical activation dramatically decrease when a discrete load becomes sustained. This has been interpreted as reflecting motor cortical reorganisation and automatisation, but could proceed from sensory and/or affective habituation. To corroborate the existence of motor reorganisation between single-breath and sustained inspiratory loading (namely changes in motor neurones recruitment, we conducted a diaphragm twitch interpolation study based on the hypothesis that motor reorganisation should result in changes in the twitch interpolation slope. Fourteen healthy subjects (age: 21 – 40 years were studied. Bilateral phrenic stimulation was delivered at rest, upon prepared and targeted voluntary inspiratory efforts (vol, upon unprepared inspiratory efforts against a single-breath inspiratory threshold load (single-breath, and upon sustained inspiratory efforts against the same type of load (continuous. The slope of the relationship between diaphragm twitch transdiaphragmatic pressure and the underlying transdiaphragmatic pressure was –1.1 ± 0.2 during vol, –1.5 ± 0.7 during single-breath, and -0.6 ± 0.4 during continuous (all slopes expressed in percent of baseline.percent of baseline-1 all comparisons significant at the 5% level. The contribution of the diaphragm to inspiration, as assessed by the gastric pressure to transdiaphragmatic pressure ratio, was 31 ± 17 % during vol, 22 ± 16 % during single-breath (p=0.13, and 19 ± 9 % during continuous (p = 0.0015 vs. vol. This study shows that the relationship between the amplitude of the transdiaphragmatic pressure produced by a diaphragm twitch and its counterpart produced by the underlying diaphragm contraction is not unequivocal. If twitch interpolation is interpreted as

  16. Low Temperature Creep of Hot-Extruded Near-Stoichiometric NiTi Shape Memory Alloy. Part I; Isothermal Creep (United States)

    Raj, S. V.; Noebe, R. D.


    This two-part paper is the first published report on the long term, low temperature creep of hot-extruded near-stoichiometric NiTi. Constant load tensile creep tests were conducted on hot-extruded near-stoichiometric NiTi at 300, 373 and 473 K under initial applied stresses varying between 200 and 350 MPa as long as 15 months. These temperatures corresponded to the martensitic, two-phase and austenitic phase regions, respectively. Normal primary creep lasting several months was observed under all conditions indicating dislocation activity. Although steady-state creep was not observed under these conditions, the estimated creep rates varied between 10(exp -10) and 10(exp -9)/s. The creep behavior of the two phases showed significant differences. The martensitic phase exhibited a large strain on loading followed by a primary creep region accumulating a small amount of strain over a period of several months. The loading strain was attributed to the detwinning of the martensitic phase whereas the subsequent strain accumulation was attributed to dislocation glide-controlled creep. An "incubation period" was observed before the occurrence of detwinning. In contrast, the austenitic phase exhibited a relatively smaller loading strain followed by a primary creep region, where the creep strain continued to increase over several months. It is concluded that the creep of the austenitic phase occurs by a dislocation glide-controlled creep mechanism as well as by the nucleation and growth of deformation twins.

  17. Simulations of tremor-related creep reveal a weak crustal root of the San Andreas Fault (United States)

    Shelly, David R.; Bradley, Andrew M.; Johnson, Kaj M.


    Deep aseismic roots of faults play a critical role in transferring tectonic loads to shallower, brittle crustal faults that rupture in large earthquakes. Yet, until the recent discovery of deep tremor and creep, direct inference of the physical properties of lower-crustal fault roots has remained elusive. Observations of tremor near Parkfield, CA provide the first evidence for present-day localized slip on the deep extension of the San Andreas Fault and triggered transient creep events. We develop numerical simulations of fault slip to show that the spatiotemporal evolution of triggered tremor near Parkfield is consistent with triggered fault creep governed by laboratory-derived friction laws between depths of 20–35 km on the fault. Simulated creep and observed tremor northwest of Parkfield nearly ceased for 20–30 days in response to small coseismic stress changes of order 104 Pa from the 2003 M6.5 San Simeon Earthquake. Simulated afterslip and observed tremor following the 2004 M6.0 Parkfield earthquake show a coseismically induced pulse of rapid creep and tremor lasting for 1 day followed by a longer 30 day period of sustained accelerated rates due to propagation of shallow afterslip into the lower crust. These creep responses require very low effective normal stress of ~1 MPa on the deep San Andreas Fault and near-neutral-stability frictional properties expected for gabbroic lower-crustal rock.

  18. Creep-Fatigue Failure Diagnosis

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    Stuart Holdsworth


    Full Text Available Failure diagnosis invariably involves consideration of both associated material condition and the results of a mechanical analysis of prior operating history. This Review focuses on these aspects with particular reference to creep-fatigue failure diagnosis. Creep-fatigue cracking can be due to a spectrum of loading conditions ranging from pure cyclic to mainly steady loading with infrequent off-load transients. These require a range of mechanical analysis approaches, a number of which are reviewed. The microstructural information revealing material condition can vary with alloy class. In practice, the detail of the consequent cracking mechanism(s can be camouflaged by oxidation at high temperatures, although the presence of oxide on fracture surfaces can be used to date events leading to failure. Routine laboratory specimen post-test examination is strongly recommended to characterise the detail of deformation and damage accumulation under known and well-controlled loading conditions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of failure diagnosis.

  19. Creep curve modelling of a conventionally cast nickel base superalloy

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    Lupinc, V.; Maldini, M. [CNR - IENI, Milan (Italy); Poggio, E.; Vacchieri, E. [Ansaldo Energia S.p.A., Genoa (Italy)


    Constant load creep tests on Rene 80, a nickel base superalloy for gas turbine blade application, were run in the temperature interval 800-950 C with applied stresses producing rupture times up to 1000 h. Creep curves are generally dominated by a long accelerating/tertiary creep that follows a relatively small decelerating/primary creep. No steady state stage has been observed. Analysis of the creep curves has shown that a single damage parameter can describe the long accelerating/tertiary state in the explored temperature range. The damage appears to be dependent on the accumulated creep strain and, as a first approximation, independent on the applied stress and temperature. The whole creep curve, primary and tertiary stages, has been modelled by a simple set of coupled differential equations obtained using the formalism of the Continuum Damage Mechanics. The proposed set of equations has an analytical solution, strain vs. time, for creep curves at constant temperature and stress. (orig.)

  20. Creep Properties of Walikukun (Schouthenia ovata Timber Beams

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    Ali Awaludin


    Full Text Available This study presents an evaluation of creep constants of Walikukun (Schoutheniaovata timber beams when rheological model of four solid elements, which is obtained byassembling Kelvin and Maxwell bodies in parallel configuration, was adopted. Creep behaviorobtained by this method was further discussed and compared with creep behavior developedusing phenomenological model of the previous study. Creep data of previous study was deformationmeasurement of Walikukun beams having cross-section of 15 mm by 20 mm with a clearspan of 550 mm loaded for three weeks period under two different room conditions: with andwithout Air Conditioner. Creep behavior given by both four solid elements model and phenomenological(in this case are power functions had good agreement during the period of creepmeasurement, but they give different prediction of creep factor beyond this period. The powerfunction of phenomenological model could give a reasonable creep prediction, while for the foursolid elements model a necessary modification is required to adjust its long-term creep behavior.

  1. Monitoring steel corrosion in reinforced concrete beams with variable crack widths under sustained load

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    Blagojevic, A.; Koleva, D.A.; Walraven, J.C.


    This work reports on the investigation of steel corrosion behavior in 1000 mm in length reinforced concrete beams under sustained load, aiming to define a feasible experimental protocol for corrosion monitoring. The beams were subjected to wetting (5% NaCl for corroding cases and tap water for

  2. Experimental Creep Life Assessment for the Advanced Stirling Convertor Heater Head (United States)

    Krause, David L.; Kalluri, Sreeramesh; Shah, Ashwin R.; Korovaichuk, Igor


    The United States Department of Energy is planning to develop the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for potential use on future space missions. The ASRG provides substantial efficiency and specific power improvements over radioisotope power systems of heritage designs. The ASRG would use General Purpose Heat Source modules as energy sources and the free-piston Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC) to convert heat into electrical energy. Lockheed Martin Corporation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is integrating the ASRG systems, and Sunpower, Inc., of Athens, Ohio, is designing and building the ASC. NASA Glenn Research Center of Cleveland, Ohio, manages the Sunpower contract and provides technology development in several areas for the ASC. One area is reliability assessment for the ASC heater head, a critical pressure vessel within which heat is converted into mechanical oscillation of a displacer piston. For high system efficiency, the ASC heater head operates at very high temperature (850 C) and therefore is fabricated from an advanced heat-resistant nickel-based superalloy Microcast MarM-247. Since use of MarM-247 in a thin-walled pressure vessel is atypical, much effort is required to assure that the system will operate reliably for its design life of 17 years. One life-limiting structural response for this application is creep; creep deformation is the accumulation of time-dependent inelastic strain under sustained loading over time. If allowed to progress, the deformation eventually results in creep rupture. Since creep material properties are not available in the open literature, a detailed creep life assessment of the ASC heater head effort is underway. This paper presents an overview of that creep life assessment approach, including the reliability-based creep criteria developed from coupon testing, and the associated heater head deterministic and probabilistic analyses. The approach also

  3. Irradiation creep of vanadium-base alloys

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    Tsai, H.; Billone, M.C.; Strain, R.V.; Smith, D.L. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Matsui, H. [Tohoku Univ. (Japan)


    A study of irradiation creep in vanadium-base alloys is underway with experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) in the United States. Test specimens are thin-wall sealed tubes with internal pressure loading. The results from the initial ATR irradiation at low temperature (200--300 C) to a neutron damage level of 4.7 dpa show creep rates ranging from {approx}0 to 1.2 {times} 10{sup {minus}5}/dpa/MPa for a 500-kg heat of V-4Cr-4Ti alloy. These rates were generally lower than reported from a previous experiment in BR-10. Because both the attained neutron damage levels and the creep strains were low in the present study, however, these creep rates should be regarded as only preliminary. Substantially more testing is required before a data base on irradiation creep of vanadium alloys can be developed and used with confidence.

  4. Effective Moment Of Inertia And Deflections Of Reinforced Concrete Beams Under Long-Term Loading


    Mahmood, Khalid M.; Ashour, Samir A.; Al-Noury, Soliman I.


    The paper presents a method for estimating long-term deflections of reinforced concrete beams by considering creep and shrinkage effects separately. Based on equilibrium and compatibility conditions a method is developed for investigating the properties of a cracked transformed section under sustained load. The concept of effective moment of inertia is extended to predict initial-plus-creep deflections. Long-term deflections computed by the proposed method are compared with the experimental r...

  5. Power law creep of polycarbonate by Berkovich nanoindentation (United States)

    Gao, Chenghui; Liu, Ming


    Power-law creep of polycarbonate was investigated by Berkovich indentation under three different conditions at room temperature, namely: constant displacement rate condition, constant displacement loading condition, and constant ratio of loading rate over load condition. Only the data during the loading process were analysed, and the experiments under different loading conditions gave consistent results that accorded well with theoretical prediction by dimensional analysis of indentation of power-law creep material. Material constants were characterized by curve fitting of the experimental results with theoretical equations, and the power law exponent for the power-law creep relation was found to be about 0.138 for the notably soft polycarbonate.

  6. Sustainable HIV treatment in Africa through viral-load-informed differentiated care

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    Phillips, Andrew; Shroufi, Amir; Vojnov, Lara


    every 6 months, but patients are rarely switched to second-line therapies. To ensure sustainability of treatment programmes, a transition to more cost-effective delivery of antiretroviral therapy is needed. In contrast to the CD4 count, measurement of the level of HIV RNA in plasma (the viral load...... to a second-line regimen. The most feasible approach to measuring viral load in many countries is to collect dried blood spot samples for testing in regional laboratories; however, there have been concerns over the sensitivity and specificity of this approach to define treatment failure and the delay...... in returning results to the clinic. We use modelling to synthesize evidence and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of viral-load-informed differentiated care, accounting for limitations of dried blood sample testing. We find that viral-load-informed differentiated care using dried blood sample testing is cost...

  7. Improved creep strength and creep ductility of type 347 austenitic stainless steel through the self-healing effect of boron for creep cavitation (United States)

    Laha, K.; Kyono, J.; Sasaki, T.; Kishimoto, S.; Shinya, N.


    Composition of type 347 austenitic stainless steel was modified with the addition of boron and cerium. An improvement of creep strength coupled with creep ductility of the steel was observed with boron and cerium additions. The observation of enhanced precipitation of carbonitrides in boron-containing steel over that of boron-free steel may in part contribute to the increase in creep strength. Both grain boundary sliding and nucleation and growth of intergranular creep cavities were found to be suppressed in steel-containing boron. This results in an increase in creep strength and creep ductility. Auger electron spectroscopic analysis of the chemistry of creep cavity surfaces (exposed by breaking the creep-exposed steel specimen at liquid nitrogen temperature under impact loading) revealed the segregation of elemental boron on the creep cavity surface. Boron segregation, on the creep cavity surface in the absence of sulfur contamination, suppressed the cavity growth and provided the steel with a self-healing effect for creep cavitation. Cerium additions enabled boron to segregate on the cavity surface by effectively removing the traces of free sulfur in the matrix by the formation of ceriumoxysulfide (Ce2O2S).

  8. Comparison of Buildings\\' Thermal Loads against Building Orientations for Sustainable Housing in Pakistan

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    Arif Khan


    Full Text Available As the sustainable settlements have been included as a vital end product of all planning exercises, the architectural layouts should be well integrated with the sun path charts and the orientations of windows. Appropriate orientations can offer thermally indoor conditions besides physical and psychological comfort in any settlement at lesser energy demand. This investigation uses a vast number of computer simulations to visualize and make better decisions about heating and cooling requirements of a building and facades as a function of window orientation in composite climatic condition of Lahore. This study in particular evaluates the solar load in residential buildings responsive to the objective of sustainable new housing leading to thoughtful integration of architecture. The orientation of the buildings could then be essentially integrated to the current architectural and urban design practices in order to optimize the relationship between the given site ant the orientations for sustainable developments.

  9. In-situ Creep Testing Capability Development for Advanced Test Reactor

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    B. G. Kim; J. L. Rempe; D. L. Knudson; K. G. Condie; B. H. Sencer


    Creep is the slow, time-dependent strain that occurs in a material under a constant strees (or load) at high temperature. High temperature is a relative term, dependent on the materials being evaluated. A typical creep curve is shown in Figure 1-1. In a creep test, a constant load is applied to a tensile specimen maintained at a constant temperature. Strain is then measured over a period of time. The slope of the curve, identified in the figure below, is the strain rate of the test during Stage II or the creep rate of the material. Primary creep, Stage I, is a period of decreasing creep rate due to work hardening of the material. Primary creep is a period of primarily transient creep. During this period, deformation takes place and the resistance to creep increases until Stage II, Secondary creep. Stage II creep is a period with a roughly constant creep rate. Stage II is referred to as steady-state creep because a balance is achieved between the work hardening and annealing (thermal softening) processes. Tertiary creep, Stage III, occurs when there is a reduction in cross sectional area due to necking or effective reduction in area due to internal void formation; that is, the creep rate increases due to necking of the specimen and the associated increase in local stress.

  10. Creep behaviour of macro glass fibre reinforced concrete beams (United States)

    Löber, P.; Heiden, B.; Holschemacher, K.


    This paper aims to present a creep study on structural concrete reinforced with macro glass fibres and wants to contribute to the understanding of creep behaviour of fibre reinforced concrete (FRC). Fibre reinforced concrete beams have been subjected to bending and tested in cracked state under defined stress levels. Therefore, a four-point-bending test setup was chosen and the creep period was 372d. The aim was to determine creep coefficients and to test residual strength values afterwards. Results show a dependence of residual strength and applied stress level. It turned out, that the beams failed due to tertiary creep at stress levels between 65 and 70% of residual crack load at 0.5 mm pre-crack deflection. Nevertheless, all remaining specimens showed increased loads after creep period. Finally, the evaluation is conducted in comparison to other fibre types.

  11. Simultaneous consolidation and creep

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    Krogsbøll, Anette


    Materials that exhibit creep under constant effective stress typically also show rate dependent behavior. The creep deformations and the rate sensitive behavior is very important when engineering and geological problems with large time scales are considered. When stress induced compaction (consol...... (consolidation) is retarded by slow drainage of excess pore pressure it is expected that consolidation and creep occur simultaneously. A constitutive model adressing the problems of rate sensitive behavior and simultaneous consolidation and creep is presented....

  12. Effect of microstructure and environment on the crack growth behaviour on Inconel 718 alloy at 650/sup 0/C under fatigue, creep and combined loading

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    Pedron, J.P.; Pineau, A.


    The crack growth properties of various microstructures developed in one heat of Inconel 718 alloy were investigated at 650/sup 0/C under air and vacuum environments. The microstructures included fine-grained material (ASTM grain sizes 6-8), coarse-grained material (ASTM grain sizes 3-4) and material of a necklace structure (ASTM grain sizes 3-4 and 8-10). The effect of grain boundary ..beta.. (Ni/sub 3/Nb) phase precipitation was also studied. Continuous fatigue, creep and creep-fatigue conditions were examined. For continuous fatigue the influence of frequency was investigated over the range between 5x10/sup -2/ and 20 Hz. For creep-fatigue conditions, hold times of 10 and 300 s were superimposed on a 5x10/sup -2/ Hz triangular wave shape signal. It was shown that the grain boundary microstructure had a very strong effect when the fatigue crack propagation behaviour was essentially time dependent. This effect is associated with the occurrence of brittle intergranular fracture and dramatic increases in crack growth rate. The microstructure had no effect under vacuum testing.

  13. Analysis of Simple Creep Stress Calculation Methods for Creep Life Assessment

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    Seo, Jun Min; Lee, Han Sang; Kim, Yun Jae [Korea Univ., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Creep analysis takes much more time than elastic or elastic-plastic analysis. In this study, we conducted elastic and elastic-plastic analysis and compared the results with creep analysis results. In the elastic analysis, we used primary stress, which can be classified by the Mα-tangent method and stress intensities recommended in the ASME code. In the elastic-plastic analysis, we calculated the parameters recommended in the R5 code. For the FE models, a bending load, uniaxial load, and biaxial load were applied to the cross shaped welded plate, and a bending load and internal pressure were applied to the elbow pipe. To investigate the element size sensitivity, we conducted FE analysis for various element sizes for the cases where bending load was applied to the cross shaped welded plate. There was no significant difference between the creep.

  14. Finite element creep buckling analysis of circular cylindrical shell under axial compression taking account of creep damage (United States)

    Hagihara, Seiya; Miyazaki, Noriyuki


    Cylindrical shells are utilized as structural elements of nuclear power plants, heat exchangers or pressure vessels, which are operated under elevated temperature. Creep buckling is one of the failure modes of structures at elevated temperature. In some experiments conducted by other authors, axially compressive cylindrical shells with a large ratio of radius to thickness were observed to buckle with circumferential waves. It is observed that the circumferential waves occur due to bifurcation buckling. But, the critical time and the minimum loading for bifurcation buckling obtained from calculations of finite element analyses are not in very good agreement with those of the experiments. One of the reasons for the disagreement is considered to be that the creep constitutive equations employed in many previous analyses represent the steady creep. The creep phenomena usually have primary creep period, steady creep one and tertiary creep one. A creep strain - time relation through the three periods can be simulated by using a constitutive equation based on creep damage mechanics. In the present analysis, we analyzed the bifurcation creep buckling of circular cylindrical shells subjected to axial compression by the use of the finite element method taking account of the creep damage mechanics proposeol by of Kachanov-Rabotonov.

  15. Creep in ceramics

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    Pelleg, Joshua


    This textbook is one of its kind, since there are no other books on Creep in Ceramics. The book consist of two parts: A and B. In part A general knowledge of creep in ceramics is considered, while part B specifies creep in technologically important ceramics. Part B covers creep in oxide ceramics, carnides and nitrides. While covering all relevant information regarding raw materials and characterization of creep in ceramics, the book also summarizes most recent innovations and developments in this field as a result of extensive literature search.

  16. Coaxial Electrospray of Ranibizumab-Loaded Microparticles for Sustained Release of Anti-VEGF Therapies.

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    Leilei Zhang

    Full Text Available Age-related macular degeneration (AMD is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in people over age 65 in industrialized nations. Intravitreous injection of anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor therapies, such as ranibizumab (trade name: Lucentis, provides an effective treatment option for neovascular AMD. We have developed an improved coaxial electrospray (CES process to encapsulate ranibizumab in poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA microparticles (MPs for intravitreous injection and sustained drug release. This microencapsulation process is advantageous for maintaining the stability of the coaxial cone-jet configurations and producing drug-loaded MPs with as high as 70% encapsulation rate and minimal loss of bioactivitiy. The utility of this emerging process in intravitreous drug delivery has been demonstrated in both benchtop and in vivo experiments. The benchtop test simulates ocular drug release using PLGA MPs encapsulating a model drug. The in vivo experiment evaluates the inflammation and retinal cell death after intravitreal injection of the MPs in a chick model. The experimental results show that the drug-load MPs are able to facilitate sustained drug release for longer than one month. No significant long term microglia reaction or cell death is observed after intravitreal injection of 200 μg MPs. The present study demonstrates the technical feasibility of using the improved CES process to encapsulate water-soluble drugs at a high concentration for sustained release of anti-VEGF therapy.

  17. Sustainable HIV Treatment in Africa through Viral Load-Informed Differentiated Care (United States)

    Phillips, Andrew; Shroufi, Amir; Vojnov, Lara; Cohn, Jennifer; Roberts, Teri; Ellman, Tom; Bonner, Kimberly; Rousseau, Christine; Garnett, Geoff; Cambiano, Valentina; Nakagawa, Fumiyo; Ford, Deborah; Bansi-Matharu, Loveleen; Miners, Alec; Lundgren, Jens; Eaton, Jeff; Parkes-Ratanshi, Rosalind; Katz, Zachary; Maman, David; Ford, Nathan; Vitoria, Marco; Doherty, Meg; Dowdy, David; Nichols, Brooke; Murtagh, Maurine; Wareham, Meghan; Palamountain, Kara; Musanhu, Christine Chiedza; Stevens, Wendy; Katzenstein, David; Ciaranello, Andrea; Barnabas, Ruanne; Braithwaite, Scott; Bendavid, Eran; Nathoo, Kusum J; van de Vijver, David; Wilson, David; Holmes, Charles; Bershteyn, Anna; Walker, Simon; Raizes, Elliot; Jani, Ilesh; Nelson, Lisa; Peeling, Rosanna; Terris-Prestholt, Fern; Murungu, Joseph; Mutasa-Apollo, Tsitsi; Hallett, Timothy; Revill, Paul


    There are inefficiencies in current approaches to monitoring patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in sub-Saharan Africa. Patients typically attend clinics every 1–3 months for clinical assessment, with clinic costs being comparable with costs of drugs themselves, CD4 counts are measured every 6 months, yet patients are rarely switched to second-line therapies. To ensure sustainability of treatment programmes a transition to more cost-effective ART deliver is needed. In contrast to the CD4 count, measurement of the level of HIV RNA in plasma (“viral load”) provides a direct measure of current treatment effect. Viral load informed differentiated care is a means of tailoring care whereby those with suppressed viral load have less frequent clinical visits and attention is paid to those with unsuppressed viral load to promote adherence and timely switching to a second-line regimen. The most feasible approach in many countries to measure viral load is by collecting dried blood spot (DBS) samples for testing in regional laboratories, although there have been concerns over the sensitivity/specificity of DBS to define treatment failure and the delay in receiving results. We use modelling to synthesize available evidence and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of viral load-informed differentiated care, account for limitations of DBS. We find that viral load-informed differentiated care using DBS is expected to be cost-effective and is recommended as the strategy for patient monitoring, although further empirical evidence as the approach is rolled out would be of value. We also explore the potential benefits of future availability of point-of-care (POC) viral load tests. PMID:26633768

  18. Small Punch Creep Test in a 316 Austenitic Stainless Steel (United States)

    Saucedo-Muñoz, Maribel L.; Komazaki, Ken-Icbi; Ortiz-Mariscal, Arturo; Lopez-Hirata, Victor M.

    The small punch creep test was used to evaluate the creep behavior of a 316 type austenitic stainless steel at temperatures of 650, 675 and 700 °C and loads from 199 to 512 N using a creep tester with a specimen size of 10 x 10 x 0.3 mm under an argon atmosphere. The small punch creep curves shows the three stages found in the creep curves of the conventional uniaxial test. The time to rupture decreases as the testing temperature and load increase. The secondary stage is also reduced with the increase in test load. An intergranular ductile fracture mode was observed at a testing temperature of 700 °C, while intergranular brittle mode at 650 °C which is associated with the absence of abundant precipitation at 650 °C.

  19. Continuous melt granulation to develop high drug loaded sustained release tablet of Metformin HCl

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    Pradnya Vaingankar


    The developed matrix tablet (75% drug loading resulted in 670 mg of weight for 500 mg dose strength and showed sustained drug release over 10 h. When compared, with conventional granulation techniques, it was observed that, under identical compression force, the tablet prepared by MG exhibited superior compactibility along with tablet hardness and optimal drug release profile. FTIR suggested nonexistence of chemical interaction between the drug and the other excipients while XRD and DSC analysis revealed the crystalline state of the drug. Furthermore, the results obtained from Raman spectroscopy proved the uniform distribution of the Metformin HCl and polymer in the final dosage form. This technology leads to the manufacture of sustained release matrix formulation with reduced tablet size of a high dose, highly water soluble drug otherwise difficult to process using standard batch-granulation.

  20. Computational modeling of the mechanical modulation of the growth plate by sustained loading

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    Narváez-Tovar Carlos A


    Full Text Available Abstract This paper presents a computational model that describes the growth of the bone as a function of the proliferation and hypertrophy of chondrocytes in the growth plate. We have included the effects of the mechanical loads on the sizes of the proliferative and hypertrophic areas, the number of proliferative chondrocytes and the final size of the hypertrophic chondrocytes. The validation of the model was performed with experimental data published on other investigations about proximal tibia of rats, subjected to sustained axial stresses of 0.1 MPa, 0.0 MPa, -0.1 MPa and −0.2 MPa. Growth was simulated during 23 days, obtaining numerical errors between 2.77% and 3.73% with respect to experimental growth rates. The results obtained show that the model adequately simulates the behavior of the growth plate and the effect of mechanical loads over its cellular activity.

  1. Effect of Loads and Other Key Factors on Oil-Transformer Ageing: Sustainability Benefits and Challenges

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    Radu Godina


    Full Text Available Transformers are one of the more expensive pieces of equipment found in a distribution network. The transformer’s role has not changed over the last decades. With simple construction and at the same time mechanically robust, they offer long term service that on average can reach half a century. Today, with the ongoing trend to supply a growing number of non-linear loads along with the notion of distributed generation (DG, a new challenge has arisen in terms of transformer sustainability, with one of the possible consequences being accelerated ageing. In this paper we carefully review the existing studies in the literature of the effect of loads and other key factors on oil-transformer ageing. The state-of-the-art is reviewed, each factor is analysed in detail, and in the end a smart transformer protection method is sought in order to monitor and protect it from upcoming challenges.

  2. Creep-Rupture and Fatigue Behavior of a Notched Oxide/Oxide Ceramic Matrix Composite at Elevated Temperature (United States)


    24 Figure 19. Representative Creep Test .............................................................................. 28 Figure 20. PVC creep should be restricted to 1% over a 1000 hour lifecycle (Mattingly, 2002:289). Harlan calculated that this corresponding creep rate of...ratio of .05 (R=σmin/ σmax). PVC adaptive compensation was utilized to ensure that commanded loads matched the applied loads. 29 Figure 20. PVC

  3. Nanoindentation creep versus bulk compressive creep of dental resin-composites. (United States)

    El-Safty, S; Silikas, N; Akhtar, R; Watts, D C


    To evaluate nanoindentation as an experimental tool for characterizing the viscoelastic time-dependent creep of resin-composites and to compare the resulting parameters with those obtained by bulk compressive creep. Ten dental resin-composites: five conventional, three bulk-fill and two flowable were investigated using both nanoindentation creep and bulk compressive creep methods. For nano creep, disc specimens (15mm×2mm) were prepared from each material by first injecting the resin-composite paste into metallic molds. Specimens were irradiated from top and bottom surfaces in multiple overlapping points to ensure optimal polymerization using a visible light curing unit with output irradiance of 650mW/cm(2). Specimens then were mounted in 3cm diameter phenolic ring forms and embedded in a self-curing polystyrene resin. Following grinding and polishing, specimens were stored in distilled water at 37°C for 24h. Using an Agilent Technologies XP nanoindenter equipped with a Berkovich diamond tip (100nm radius), the nano creep was measured at a maximum load of 10mN and the creep recovery was determined when each specimen was unloaded to 1mN. For bulk compressive creep, stainless steel split molds (4mm×6mm) were used to prepare cylindrical specimens which were thoroughly irradiated at 650mW/cm(2) from multiple directions and stored in distilled water at 37°C for 24h. Specimens were loaded (20MPa) for 2h and unloaded for 2h. One-way ANOVA, Levene's test for homogeneity of variance and the Bonferroni post hoc test (all at p≤0.05), plus regression plots, were used for statistical analysis. Dependent on the type of resin-composite material and the loading/unloading parameters, nanoindentation creep ranged from 29.58nm to 90.99nm and permanent set ranged from 8.96nm to 30.65nm. Bulk compressive creep ranged from 0.47% to 1.24% and permanent set ranged from 0.09% to 0.38%. There was a significant (p=0.001) strong positive non-linear correlation (r(2)=0.97) between bulk

  4. Long-Term Bending Creep Behavior of Thin-Walled CFRP Tendon Pretensioned Spun Concrete Poles

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    Giovanni P. Terrasi


    Full Text Available This paper discusses the long-term behavior of a series of highly-loaded, spun concrete pole specimens prestressed with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP tendons, which were subjected to outdoor four-point bending creep tests since 1996 in the frame of collaboration with the Swiss precast concrete producer, SACAC (Società Anonima Cementi Armati Centrifugati. The 2 m span cylindrical beams studied are models for lighting poles produced for the last 10 years and sold on the European market. Five thin-walled pole specimens were investigated (diameter: 100 mm; wall-thickness: 25–27 mm. All specimens were produced in a pretensioning and spinning technique and were prestressed by pultruded CFRP tendons. Initially, two reference pole specimens were tested in quasi-static four-point bending to determine the short-term failure moment and to model the short-term flexural behavior. Then, three pole specimens were loaded to different bending creep moments: while the lowest loaded specimen was initially uncracked, the second specimen was loaded with 50% of the short-term bending failure moment and exhibited cracking immediately after load introduction. The highest loaded pole specimen sustained a bending moment of 72% of the short-term bending failure moment for 16.5 years before failing in July 2013, due to the bond failure of the tendons, which led to local crushing of the high-performance spun concrete (HPSC. Besides this, long-term monitoring of the creep tests has shown a limited time- and temperature-dependent increase of the deflections over the years, mainly due to the creep of the concrete. A concrete creep-based model allowed for the calculation of the long-term bending curvatures with reasonable accuracy. Furthermore, the pole specimens showed crack patterns that were stable over time and minimal slippage of the tendons with respect to the pole’s end-faces for the two lower load levels. The latter proves the successful and durable

  5. Creep and shrinkage effects on integral abutment bridges (United States)

    Munuswamy, Sivakumar

    Integral abutment bridges provide bridge engineers an economical design alternative to traditional bridges with expansion joints owing to the benefits, arising from elimination of expensive joints installation and reduced maintenance cost. The superstructure for integral abutment bridges is cast integrally with abutments. Time-dependent effects of creep, shrinkage of concrete, relaxation of prestressing steel, temperature gradient, restraints provided by abutment foundation and backfill and statical indeterminacy of the structure introduce time-dependent variations in the redundant forces. An analytical model and numerical procedure to predict instantaneous linear behavior and non-linear time dependent long-term behavior of continuous composite superstructure are developed in which the redundant forces in the integral abutment bridges are derived considering the time-dependent effects. The redistributions of moments due to time-dependent effects have been considered in the analysis. The analysis includes nonlinearity due to cracking of the concrete, as well as the time-dependent deformations. American Concrete Institute (ACI) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) models for creep and shrinkage are considered in modeling the time dependent material behavior. The variations in the material property of the cross-section corresponding to the constituent materials are incorporated and age-adjusted effective modulus method with relaxation procedure is followed to include the creep behavior of concrete. The partial restraint provided by the abutment-pile-soil system is modeled using discrete spring stiffness as translational and rotational degrees of freedom. Numerical simulation of the behavior is carried out on continuous composite integral abutment bridges and the deformations and stresses due to time-dependent effects due to typical sustained loads are computed. The results from the analytical model are compared with the

  6. Estimation of transient creep crack-tip stress fields for SE(B) specimen under elastic-plastic-creep conditions

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    Lee, Han Sang; Je, Jin Ho; Kim, Dong Jun; Kim, Yun Jae [Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    This paper estimates the time-dependent crack-tip stress fields under elastic-plastic-creep conditions. We perform Finite-Element (FE) transient creep analyses for a Single-Edge-notched-Bend (SEB) specimen. We investigate the effect of the initial plasticity on the transient creep by systematically varying the magnitude of the initial step-load. We consider both the same stress exponent and different stress exponent in the power-law creep and plasticity to determine the elastic-plastic-creep behaviour. To estimation of the crack-tip stress fields, we compare FE analysis results with those obtained numerically formulas. In addition, we propose a new equation to predict the crack-tip stress fields when the creep exponent is different from the plastic exponent.

  7. Creep in metals


    Saarinen, Juho


    Creep is time dependent plastic malformation of solids, that happen in static stress and temperature when threshold values are met. Creep occurs at high temperature, meaning temperature more than 30% of material's absolute melting temperature (this limit is a little lower with plastics, and higher in ceramics). The malformations it causes can lead to rupture, which usually happen in a short time compared to the duration of the whole process. The creep effect itself is known from already t...



    Yu. М. Borisov; I. S. Surovtsev; Yu. B. Potapov


    Problem statement. It is well known that creep is the tendency of a solid material to move slowly or deform permanently under the influence of stresses. The aim of the paper is to study the process of creep in polymer concretes. Results and conclusions. It is shown that creep in polymer concrete occurs according to the same pattern as in many other polymer composites with the elastic core. Equations which indirectly es-tablish the relation between complete deformations of polymer concrete, in...

  9. Enhanced acute anti-inflammatory effects of CORM-2-loaded nanoparticles via sustained carbon monoxide delivery. (United States)

    Qureshi, Omer Salman; Zeb, Alam; Akram, Muhammad; Kim, Myung-Sic; Kang, Jong-Ho; Kim, Hoo-Seong; Majid, Arshad; Han, Inbo; Chang, Sun-Young; Bae, Ok-Nam; Kim, Jin-Ki


    The aim of this study was to enhance the anti-inflammatory effects of carbon monoxide (CO) via sustained release of CO from carbon monoxide-releasing molecule-2-loaded lipid nanoparticles (CORM-2-NPs). CORM-2-NPs were prepared by hot high pressure homogenization method using trilaurin as a solid lipid core and Tween 20/Span 20/Myrj S40 as surfactant mixture. The physicochemical properties of CORM-2-NPs were characterized and CO release from CORM-2-NPs was assessed by myoglobin assay. In vitro anti-inflammatory effects were evaluated by nitric oxide assay in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages. In vivo anti-inflammatory activity was investigated by measuring paw volumes and histological examination in carrageenan-induced rat paw edema. Spherical CORM-2-NPs were around 100nm with narrow particle size distribution. The sustained CO release from CORM-2-NPs was observed and the half-life of CO release increased up to 10 times compared with CORM-2 solution. CORM-2-NPs showed enhanced in vitro anti-inflammatory effects by inhibition of nitric oxide production. Edema volume in rat paw was significantly reduced after treatment with CORM-2-NPs. Taken together, CORM-2-NPs have a great potential for CO therapeutics against inflammation via sustained release of CO. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Creep fatigue assessment for EUROFER components

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    Özkan, Furkan, E-mail:; Aktaa, Jarir


    Highlights: • Design rules for creep fatigue assessment are developed to EUROFER components. • Creep fatigue assessment tool is developed in FORTRAN code with coupling MAPDL. • Durability of the HCPB-TBM design is discussed under typical fusion reactor loads. - Abstract: Creep-fatigue of test blanket module (TBM) components built from EUROFER is evaluated based on the elastic analysis approach in ASME Boiler Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC). The required allowable number of cycles design fatigue curve and stress-to-rupture curve to estimate the creep-fatigue damage are used from the literature. Local stress, strain and temperature inputs for the analysis of creep-fatigue damage are delivered by the finite element code ANSYS utilizing the Mechanical ANSYS Parametric Design Language (MAPDL). A developed external FORTRAN code used as a post processor is coupled with MAPDL. Influences of different pulse durations (hold-times) and irradiation on creep-fatigue damage for the preliminary design of the Helium Cooled Pebble Bed Test Blanket Module (HCPB-TBM) are discussed for the First Wall component of the TBM box.

  11. Steady state creep of Ni-8YSZ substrates for application in solid oxide fuel and electrolysis cells (United States)

    Wei, J.; Malzbender, J.


    Steady state creep was characterized for Ni-8YSZ solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cell (SOFC/SOEC) substrate material. Intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting creep behavior were assessed, such as compositional ratio, porosity and mechanical loading configuration. Mechanical tests were supported by analytical and numerical calculations. The results indicated a diffusion-dominated creep mechanism under both compressive and tensile creep conditions. Creep appeared to be dominated by the ceramic phase. Porosity significantly reduced creep resistance. The activation energy was discussed based on loading configuration, temperature and porosity.

  12. Creep of Posidonia Shale at Elevated Pressure and Temperature (United States)

    Rybacki, E.; Herrmann, J.; Wirth, R.; Dresen, G.


    The economic production of gas and oil from shales requires repeated hydraulic fracturing operations to stimulate these tight reservoir rocks. Besides simple depletion, the often observed decay of production rate with time may arise from creep-induced fracture closure. We examined experimentally the creep behavior of an immature carbonate-rich Posidonia shale, subjected to constant stress conditions at temperatures between 50 and 200 °C and confining pressures of 50-200 MPa, simulating elevated in situ depth conditions. Samples showed transient creep in the semibrittle regime with high deformation rates at high differential stress, high temperature and low confinement. Strain was mainly accommodated by deformation of the weak organic matter and phyllosilicates and by pore space reduction. The primary decelerating creep phase observed at relatively low stress can be described by an empirical power law relation between strain and time, where the fitted parameters vary with temperature, pressure and stress. Our results suggest that healing of hydraulic fractures at low stresses by creep-induced proppant embedment is unlikely within a creep period of several years. At higher differential stress, as may be expected in situ at contact areas due to stress concentrations, the shale showed secondary creep, followed by tertiary creep until failure. In this regime, microcrack propagation and coalescence may be assisted by stress corrosion. Secondary creep rates were also described by a power law, predicting faster fracture closure rates than for primary creep, likely contributing to production rate decline. Comparison of our data with published primary creep data on other shales suggests that the long-term creep behavior of shales can be correlated with their brittleness estimated from composition. Low creep strain is supported by a high fraction of strong minerals that can build up a load-bearing framework.

  13. Development of a Constitutive Model for the Plastic Deformation and Creep of Copper and its Use in the Estimate of the Creep Life of the Copper Canister

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    Pettersson, Kjell [Matsafe AB, Stockholm (Sweden)


    A model for the plastic deformation and creep of copper has been developed. It is based on the principle that the strain rate response to stress is dependent on the microstructural state of the material. The specific microstructural state variables used in the model are the dislocation density and the vacancy concentration. The model has been used to study the relation between minimum or stationary creep rate and stress at different temperatures. It was noted that when creep tests at constant stress were simulated no so called power law breakdown was observed while simulations of creep tests at constant load showed a power law breakdown behaviour similar to that observed in the experimental constant load creep tests. This indicates that the power law breakdown behaviour observed in creep tests of copper may be an experimental artefact of constant load creep testing rather than a true physical phenomenon. More specifically power law creep behaviour was evaluated at 75, 100 and 150 deg C where experimental data is inaccessible within a reasonable time scale. With access to the power-law creep relations at low temperature it is possible to make an estimate of the creep life of the copper canister based on the theory for void-growth controlled creep fracture by Cocks and Ashby.

  14. Creep Rupture Life Prediction Based on Analysis of Large Creep Deformation

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    YE Wenming


    Full Text Available A creep rupture life prediction method for high temperature component was proposed. The method was based on a true stress-strain elastoplastic creep constitutive model and the large deformation finite element analysis method. This method firstly used the high-temperature tensile stress-strain curve expressed by true stress and strain and the creep curve to build materials' elastoplastic and creep constitutive model respectively, then used the large deformation finite element method to calculate the deformation response of high temperature component under a given load curve, finally the creep rupture life was determined according to the change trend of the responsive curve.The method was verified by durable test of TC11 titanium alloy notched specimens under 500 ℃, and was compared with the three creep rupture life prediction methods based on the small deformation analysis. Results show that the proposed method can accurately predict the high temperature creep response and long-term life of TC11 notched specimens, and the accuracy is better than that of the methods based on the average effective stress of notch ligament, the bone point stress and the fracture strain of the key point, which are all based on small deformation finite element analysis.

  15. NASALIFE - Component Fatigue and Creep Life Prediction Program (United States)

    Gyekenyesi, John Z.; Murthy, Pappu L. N.; Mital, Subodh K.


    NASALIFE is a life prediction program for propulsion system components made of ceramic matrix composites (CMC) under cyclic thermo-mechanical loading and creep rupture conditions. Although the primary focus was for CMC components, the underlying methodologies are equally applicable to other material systems as well. The program references empirical data for low cycle fatigue (LCF), creep rupture, and static material properties as part of the life prediction process. Multiaxial stresses are accommodated by Von Mises based methods and a Walker model is used to address mean stress effects. Varying loads are reduced by the Rainflow counting method or a peak counting type method. Lastly, damage due to cyclic loading and creep is combined with Minor's Rule to determine damage due to cyclic loading, damage due to creep, and the total damage per mission and the number of potential missions the component can provide before failure.

  16. The investigation of expanded polystyrene creep behaviour

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    Zhukov Aleksey


    Full Text Available The results obtained in long-term testing under constant compressive stress of the cut from the Slabs EPS 50/100 and EPS 150 with the density ranging from 15 to 24 kg/m3, which were manufactured by the same manufacturer by foaming EPS solid granules (beads in closed volume. The creep strain of the above described specimens was used as a criterion for estimating the deformability of the EPS slabs under long-term compressive stress. It was measured using special stands EN 1606, maintaining constant stress during the fixed time interval tn=122 days. Creep strains were determined by the methods described in EN 1606 for constant stress σc=0.35σ10% (compressive stress σ10% was determined in accordance with EN 826:2013. The long-term compressive stress measurement error did not exceed 1 %, while the creep strain measurement error was not larger than 0,005 mm. The tests were conducted at the ambient temperature of (23±2°С and relative humidity of (50±5 %.The long-term constant compressive load σc=0.35σ10%. The method of mathematical and statistical experimental design optimization models taking into account the thickness of specimens is proposed to determine the creep compliance Ic (tn the creep strain εc (tn and predictive point estimate of creep strain εc (T. Graphical interpretation of the abstained models is also presented. It should be noted that the abstained equations may be used in practice for estimating the creep strains at time tn=122 days and predictive estimates of εc (T for the load time of 10 years.

  17. Tension-Compression Asymmetry of Creep and Unilateral Creep Damage in Aluminum for Isothermal and Nonisothermal Processes (United States)

    Zolochevsky, Alexander; Obataya, Yoichi

    A constitutive model is proposed to describe the damage development in aluminum alloys under creep conditions for both isothermal and nonisothermal processes. Special emphasis is laid on four specific phenomena: tension-compression asymmetry of creep, damage induced anisotropy, unilateral creep damage and damage deactivation. Within the framework of the phenomenological approach in the Continuum Damage Mechanics, the nonlinear tensor constitutive equation for creep deformation and damage evolution equation are proposed to account for different orientation of microcracks in aluminum alloys under tensile and compressive loading types. After a determination of the material parameters in the obtained constitutive equation and damage growth equation, the proposed model is applied to the describing creep behavior of the aluminum alloy under uniaxial nonproportional and multiaxial nonproportional loading for both isothermal and nonisothermal processes.

  18. Polycrystal creep in the microplastic stress range (United States)

    Dudarev, E. F.; Pochivalova, G. P.


    A microcreep theory has been developed for polycrystalline materials, which incorporates the microplastic strain in the aggregate on static loading. Experiments have been performed on the creep laws for polycrystalline metals and alloys, and it is found that the theory fits the experiments. The mobile-dislocation density decreases during microcreep.

  19. Creep in buffer clay

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    Pusch, R. [Geodevelopment AB, Lund (Sweden); Adey, R. [Computational Mechanics BEASY, Southampton (United Kingdom)


    The study involved characterization of the microstructural arrangement and molecular forcefields in the buffer clay for getting a basis for selecting suitable creep models. It is concluded that the number of particles and wide range of the particle bond spectrum require that stochastical mechanics and thermodynamics will be considered and they are basic to the creep model proposed for predicting creep settlement of the canisters. The influence of the stress level on creep strain of MX-80 clay is not well known but for the buffer creep is approximately proportional to stress. Theoretical considerations suggest a moderate impact for temperatures up to 90 deg C and this is supported by model experiments. It is believed that the assumption of strain being proportional to temperature is conservative. The general performance of the stochastic model can be illustrated in principle by use of visco-elastic rheological models implying a time-related increase in viscosity. The shear-induced creep settlement under constant volume conditions calculated by using the proposed creep model is on the order of 1 mm in ten thousand years and up to a couple of millimeters in one million years. It is much smaller than the consolidation settlement, which is believed to be on the order of 10 mm. The general conclusion is that creep settlement of the canisters is very small and of no significance to the integrity of the buffer itself or of the canisters.

  20. The Creep of Laminated Synthetic Resin Plastics (United States)

    Perkuhn, H


    The long-time loading strength of a number of laminated synthetic resin plastics was ascertained and the effect of molding pressure and resin content determined. The best value was observed with a 30 to 40 percent resin content. The long-time loading strength also increases with increasing molding pressure up to 250 kg/cm(exp 2); a further rise in pressure affords no further substantial improvement. The creep strength is defined as the load which in the hundredth hour of loading produces a rate of elongation of 5 X 10(exp -4) percent per hour. The creep strength values of different materials were determined and tabulated. The effect of humidity during long-term tests is pointed out.

  1. Creep strengthening in a discontinuous SiC-Al composite

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    Park, K.T.; Mohamed, F.A. [Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States)


    High-temperature strengthening mechanisms in discontinuous metal matrix composites were examined by performing a close comparison between the creep behavior of 30 vol pct SiC-6061 Al and that of its matrix alloy, 6061 Al. Both materials were prepared by powder metallurgy techniques. The experimental data show that the creep behavior of the composite is similar to that of the alloy in regard to the high apparent stress exponent and its variation with the applied stress and the strong temperature dependence of creep rate. By contrast, the data reveal that there are two main differences in creep behavior between the composite and the alloy: the creep rates of the composite are more than one order of magnitude slower than those of the alloy, and the activation energy for creep in the composite is higher than that in the alloy. Analysis of the experimental data indicates that these similarities and differences in creep behavior can be explained in terms of two independent strengthening processes that are related to (a) the existence of a temperature-dependent threshold stress for creep, {tau}{sub 0}, in both materials and (b) the occurrence of temperature dependent load transfer from the creeping matrix (6061 Al) to the reinforcement (SiC).

  2. Improved methods of creep-fatigue life assessment of components

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    Scholz, Alfred; Berger, Christina [Inst. fuer Werkstoffkunde (IfW), Technische Univ. Darmstadt (Germany)


    The improvement of life assessment methods contributes to a reduction of efforts at design and an effective long term operation of high temperature components, reduces technical risk and increases high economical advantages. Creep-fatigue at multi-stage loading, covering cold start, warm start and hot start cycles in typical loading sequences e.g. for medium loaded power plants, was investigated here. At hold times creep and stress relaxation, respectively, lead to an acceleration of crack initiation. Creep fatigue life time can be calculated by a modified damage accumulation rule, which considers the fatigue fraction rule for fatigue damage and the life fraction rule for creep damage. Mean stress effects, internal stress and interaction effects of creep and fatigue are considered. Along with the generation of advanced creep data, fatigue data and creep fatigue data as well scatter band analyses are necessary in order to generate design curves and lower bound properties inclusive. Besides, in order to improve lifing methods the enhancement of modelling activities for deformation and life time are important. For verification purposes, complex experiments at variable creep conditions as well as at creep fatigue interaction under multi-stage loading are of interest. Generally, the development of methods to transfer uniaxial material properties to multiaxial loading situations is a current challenge. For specific design purposes, a constitutive material model is introduced which is implemented as an user subroutine for Finite Element applications due to start-up and shut-down phases of components. Identification of material parameters have been performed by Neural Networks. (orig.)

  3. Preparation and Evaluation of Dexamethasone-Loaded Electrospun Nanofiber Sheets as a Sustained Drug Delivery System

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    Jin Woo Lee


    Full Text Available Recently, electrospinning technology has been widely used as a processing method to make nanofiber sheets (NS for biomedical applications because of its unique features, such as ease of fabrication and high surface area. To develop a sustained dexamethasone (Dex delivery system, in this work, poly(ε-caprolactone-co-l-lactide (PCLA copolymer with controllable biodegradability was synthesized and further utilized to prepare electrospun Dex-loaded NS using water-insoluble Dex (Dex(b or water-soluble Dex (Dex(s. The Dex-NS obtained by electrospinning exhibited randomly oriented and interconnected fibrillar structures. The in vitro and in vivo degradation of Dex-NS was confirmed over a period of a few weeks by gel permeation chromatography (GPC and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR. The evaluation of in vitro and in vivo Dex(b and Dex(s release from Dex-NS showed an initial burst of Dex(b at day 1 and, thereafter, almost the same amount of release as Dex(b for up to 28 days. In contrast, Dex(s-NS exhibited a small initial burst of Dex(s and a first-order releasing profile from Dex-NS. In conclusion, Dex-NS exhibited sustained in vitro and in vivo Dex(s release for a prolonged period, as well as controlled biodegradation of the NS over a defined treatment period.

  4. Improving sustained drug delivery from ophthalmic lens materials through the control of temperature and time of loading. (United States)

    Topete, Ana; Oliveira, Andreia S; Fernandes, A; Nunes, T G; Serro, A P; Saramago, B


    Although the possibility of using drug-loaded ophthalmic lens to promote sustained drug release has been thoroughly pursued, there are still problems to be solved associated to the different alternatives. In this work, we went back to the traditional method of drug loading by soaking in the drug solution and tried to optimize the release profiles by changing the temperature and the time of loading. Two materials commercially available under the names of CI26Y and Definitive 50 were chosen. CI26Y is used for intraocular lenses (IOLs) and Definitive 50 for soft contact lenses (SCLs). Three drugs were tested: an antibiotic, moxifloxacin, and two anti-inflammatories, diclofenac and ketorolac. Sustained drug release from CI26Y disks for, at least 15 days, was obtained for moxifloxacin and diclofenac increasing the loading temperature up to 60 °C or extending the loading time till two months. The sustained release of ketorolac was limited to about 8 days. In contrast, drug release from Definitive 50 disks could not be improved by changing the loading conditions. An attempt to interpret the impact of the loading conditions on the drug release behavior was done using solid-state NMR and differential scanning calorimetry. These studies suggested the establishment of reversible, endothermic interactions between CI26Y and the drugs, moxifloxacin and diclofenac. The loading temperature had a slight effect on the mechanical and optical properties of drug loaded CI26Y samples, which still kept adequate properties to be used as IOL materials. The in vivo efficacy of CI26Y samples, drug loaded at 60 °C for two weeks, was predicted using a simplified mathematical model to estimate the drug concentration in the aqueous humor. The estimated concentrations were found to comply with the therapeutic needs, at least, for moxifloxacin and diclofenac. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Effect of humidity on domain switching behaviors of BaTiO 3 single crystal under sustained load (United States)

    Jiang, B.; Bai, Y.; Chu, W. Y.; Shi, S. Q.; Qiao, L. J.; Su, Y. J.


    Domain switching behaviors of BaTiO 3 single crystal in humidity conditions were studied by polarized light microscopy (PLM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The results showed that the low humidity has no effect on both a- b domain configuration and a- c domain configuration under sustained load. However, the high humidity can promote a domain switching to c domain under sustained load. The difference of energy reduction induced by H 2O molecules between c domains and a( b) domains leads to this phenomenon.

  6. Biodegradation and cytotoxicity of ciprofloxacin-loaded hydroxyapatite-polycaprolactone nanocomposite film for sustainable bone implants. (United States)

    Nithya, Rajendran; Meenakshi Sundaram, Nachiappan


    In recent years there has been a steep increase in the number of orthopedic patients for many reasons. One major reason is osteomyelitis, caused by pyrogenic bacteria, with progressive infection of the bone or bone marrow and surrounding tissues. So antibiotics must be introduced during bone implantation to avoid prolonged infection. The objective of the study reported here was to prepare a composite film of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (HAp) and polycaprolactone (PCL) polymer loaded with ciprofloxacin, a frequently used antibiotic agent for bone infections. Nanocrystalline HAp was synthesized by precipitation method using the precursor obtained from eggshell. The nanocomposite film (HAp-PCL-ciprofloxacin) was prepared by solvent evaporation. Drug-release and biodegradation studies were undertaken by immersing the composite film in phosphate-buffered saline solution, while a cytotoxicity test was performed using the fibroblast cell line NIH-3T3 and osteoblast cell line MG-63. The pure PCL film had quite a low dissolution rate after an initial sharp weight loss, whereas the ciprofloxacin-loaded HAp-PCL nanocomposite film had a large weight loss due to its fast drug release. The composite film had higher water absorption than the pure PCL, and increasing the concentration of the HAp increased the water absorption. The in vitro cell-line study showed a good biocompatibility and bioactivity of the developed nanocomposite film. The prepared film will act as a sustainable bone implant in addition to controlled drug delivery.

  7. Transformation-Induced Creep and Creep Recovery of Shape Memory Alloy. (United States)

    Takeda, Kohei; Tobushi, Hisaaki; Pieczyska, Elzbieta A


    If the shape memory alloy is subjected to the subloop loading under the stress-controlled condition, creep and creep recovery can appear based on the martensitic transformation. In the design of shape memory alloy elements, these deformation properties are important since the deflection of shape memory alloy elements can change under constant stress. The conditions for the progress of the martensitic transformation are discussed based on the kinetics of the martensitic transformation for the shape memory alloy. During loading under constant stress rate, temperature increases due to the stress-induced martensitic transformation. If stress is held constant during the martensitic transformation stage in the loading process, temperature decreases and the condition for the progress of the martensitic transformation is satisfied, resulting in the transformation-induced creep deformation. If stress is held constant during the reverse transformation stage in the unloading process, creep recovery appears due to the reverse transformation. The details for these thermomechanical properties are investigated experimentally for TiNi shape memory alloy, which is most widely used in practical applications. The volume fraction of the martensitic phase increases in proportion to an increase in creep strain.

  8. Effect of matrix hardness on the creep properties of a 12CrMoVNb steel

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    Lee, Y.S.; Yu, J. [Korea Advanced Inst. of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering


    Using a creep-ductile 12CrMoVNb steel, constant-load creep tests were conducted in air at 650 C, and the effects of matrix hardness on the creep properties were investigated. Specimens with a matrix hardness (Rc) of 30, 25, and 20 were prepared using different tempering conditions. The creep behaviors were well described by the power-law creep equation, with the stress exponents of strain rate (n) and rupture time ({chi}) decreasing with matrix hardness. Rupture-time analyses showed that creep rupture occurred by the nucleation of creep cavities on second-phase particles and growth by creep flow of the surrounding matrix. A hardness decrease tends to lower the rupture time and increase the strain rate ({dot {var_epsilon}}), and the effect of hardness was quite distinct at high applied stresses due to the short creep times, but not so at low applied stresses due to elongated creep times. After 10{sup 4} hours, there were almost no effects. The hardness decrease during the creep test was more severe for the specimens with higher hardness and was also more severe in the gage section than in the head section, the latter due to the stress-assisted diffusion in the coarsening of carbides. Microstructural examinations showed that subgrain boundaries grew during creep, and equiaxed carbide particles coarsened during the creep test, the rates of coarsening being greater for specimens with a higher hardness.

  9. Study on Flexural Creep Parameters of Overlayed Particleboard by Natural and Melaminated Veneers

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    Abdollah Najafi


    Full Text Available In this study, effects of natural and artificial veneer on flexural creep behavior of particleboard was investigated. Particleboard panels were prepared from Pars Neopan industries with 660 kg/m3 density and then overlaid by natural and melamine veneers. Their creep behavior was compared to control particleboard. For evaluating maximum bending load in static flexural test, specimens were cut from panels according to ASTM D 1037 with dimensions of 370×50×16 mm. Then, The flexural creep tests at 20% and 40% of failure bending load was applied to test specimens. Results of flexural tests indicated that the MOR and MOE values of veneered particleboard were highest. Results of creep showed that levels of stresses are effective on all creep parameters, but showed less effect on relative creep. Also, creep parameters less effective on specimens overlaid by natural veneer.


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    David Budiono


    Full Text Available Inelastic deformation due to creep can cause dramatic change of end moment of beams. In this study the influence of creep to end moments is compared with the ones calculated using direct and sequential load methods. An approximate method using Equivalent Modulus of Elasticity is proposed. Four shear wall frame buildings, 10, 20, 30, and 40 stories with 30 cm shear wall are subjected to 5, 10, 15, and 20 years creep. It is shown that the difference between the 5, 10, 15, and 20 years creep are not significant. Compared to the sequential method, the direct method gives a better result to the creep. It is also shown that except for the 10 story building, the end moments caused by the development of creep deformation can cause cracks, thus the ability of the beams to redistribute the end moment must be assured. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia : Perubahan bentuk inelastis yang disebabkan oleh rangkak (creep dapat menyebabkan perubahan momen pada tumpuan balok. Penelitian ini mempelajari pengaruh rangkak dan membandingkan hasil perhitungan yang diperoleh terhadap metode pembebanan langsung dan pembebanan sequential. Untuk memperhitungkan pengaruh rangkak, diusulkan suatu metode penyederhanaan di mana digunakan konsep Modulus Elastisitas Ekivalen. Dalam penelitian ini ditinjau 4 buah bangunan, yaitu bangunan 10, 20, 30 dan 40 lantai dengan dinding geser tebal 30 cm., pengaruh rangkak diperhatikan pada saat bangunan berumur 5, 10, 15, dan 20 tahun. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa tidak ada perbedaan yang berarti antara rangkak 5, 10, 15, dan 20 tahun. Dibandingkan dengan metode sequential, metode pembebanan langsung lebih mendekati hasil yang diberikan perhitungan dengan memasukkan pengaruh rangkak. Juga ditunjukkan bahwa selain pada bangunan 10 lantai, akibat rangkak akan terjadi retak pada beberapa tumpuan, sehingga dalam perencanaan harus dimungkinkan terjadinya redistribusi momen dari tumpuan ke lapangan.

  11. Prediction of creep lives of copper under repository conditions

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    Bowyer, W.H


    Results from short-term creep tests on three materials based on Oxygen Free (OF) copper have been published in connection with the canister development programme. It is necessary to extrapolate from these results to predict the creep lives which might be expected from these materials under repository conditions. OF copper is a commercial grade of copper which is specified with a limit of 350ppm. impurities. The three materials tested have been identified as OF1 which is the standard grade, OF2 which corresponds to the standard grade with a reduced level of sulphur and OFP which was similar to OF2 except it included an addition of 50 ppm. of phosphorus. The sulphur levels in OF1 and OF2 were 10ppm. and 6ppm. respectively. The models for prediction of steady state creep rates by Frost and Ashby, and for prediction of Creep lives by Cocks and Ashby have been used together with published data from creep tests to predict the life of the copper canister under repository conditions. The key features of the fracture model are; 1. Fracture occurs by nucleation, growth and linking of internal voids. 2. Nucleation occurs very early in creep life. 3. Nucleation may be in grain boundaries or grain interiors. 4. Diffusion or plastic processes may support growth of voids. It predicts that; 1. When diffusion dominates void growth, (diffusion control) voids are restricted to grain boundaries. 2. When plastic processes dominate void growth (power law creep control) voids may be in grain boundaries or grain interiors. 3. At low creep stresses (where initially diffusion creep dominates) void growth is initially diffusion controlled (inter-granular). 4. At higher creep stresses (where power law creep dominates) void growth is initially under power law control. 5. When, in diffusion controlled creep, the void area increases to a critical value the effective increase in stress (owing to the reduction in load bearing area) causes a transition to power law creep controlled void growth

  12. Creep in amorphous metals

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    Michael E. Kassner


    Full Text Available This paper reviews the work on creep behavior of amorphous metals. There have been, over the past several years, a few reviews of the mechanical behavior of amorphous metals. Of these, the review of the creep properties of amorphous metals by Schuh et al. though oldest of the three, is particularly noteworthy and the reader is referred to this article published in 2007. The current review of creep of amorphous metals particularly focuses on those works since that review and places the work prior to 2007 in a different context where new developments warrant.

  13. Determination of the Creep Parameters of Linear Viscoelastic Materials

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    Alibay Iskakbayev


    Full Text Available Creep process of linear viscoelastic materials is described by the integral equation of Boltzmann-Volterra in which creep kernel is approximated by Rabotnov’s fractional exponential function. The creep equation contains four unknown parameters: α, singularity parameter; β, fading parameter; λ, rheological parameter; and ε0, conditionally instantaneous strain. Two-stage determination method of creep parameters is offered. At the first stage, taking into account weak singularity properties of Abel’s function at the initial moment of loading, parameters ε0 and α are determined. At the second stage, using already known parameters ε0 and α, parameters β and λ are determined. Analytical expressions for calculating these parameters are obtained. An accuracy evaluation of the offered method with using experimentally determined creep strains of material Nylon 6 and asphalt concrete showed its high accuracy.

  14. Sustained release donepezil loaded PLGA microspheres for injection: Preparation, in vitro and in vivo study

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    Wenjia Guo


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to develop a PLGA microspheres-based donepezil (DP formulation which was expected to sustain release of DP for one week with high encapsulation efficiency (EE. DP derived from donepezil hydrochloride was encapsulated in PLGA microspheres by the O/W emulsion-solvent evaporation method. The optimized formulation which avoided the crushing of microspheres during the preparation process was characterized in terms of particle size, morphology, drug loading and EE, physical state of DP in the matrix and in vitro and in vivo release behavior. DP microspheres were prepared successfully with average diameter of 30 µm, drug loading of 15.92 ± 0.31% and EE up to 78.79 ± 2.56%. Scanning electron microscope image showed it has integrated spherical shape with no drug crystal and porous on its surface. Differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction results suggested DP was in amorphous state or molecularly dispersed in microspheres. The Tg of PLGA was increased with the addition of DP. The release profile in vitro was characterized with slow but continuous release that lasted for about one week and fitted well with first-order model, which suggested the diffusion governing release mechanism. After single-dose administration of DP microspheres via subcutaneous injection in rats, the plasma concentration of DP reached peak concentration at 0.50 d, and then declined gradually, but was still detectable at 15 d. A good correlation between in vitro and in vivo data was obtained. The results suggest the potential use of DP microspheres for treatment of Alzheimer's disease over long periods.

  15. Seismic Creep, USA Images (United States)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Seismic creep is the constant or periodic movement on a fault as contrasted with the sudden rupture associated with an earthquake. It is a usually slow deformation...

  16. Biaxial Creep Specimen Fabrication

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    JL Bump; RF Luther


    This report documents the results of the weld development and abbreviated weld qualification efforts performed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for refractory metal and superalloy biaxial creep specimens. Biaxial creep specimens were to be assembled, electron beam welded, laser-seal welded, and pressurized at PNNL for both in-pile (JOYO reactor, O-arai, Japan) and out-of-pile creep testing. The objective of this test campaign was to evaluate the creep behavior of primary cladding and structural alloys under consideration for the Prometheus space reactor. PNNL successfully developed electron beam weld parameters for six of these materials prior to the termination of the Naval Reactors program effort to deliver a space reactor for Project Prometheus. These materials were FS-85, ASTAR-811C, T-111, Alloy 617, Haynes 230, and Nirnonic PE16. Early termination of the NR space program precluded the development of laser welding parameters for post-pressurization seal weldments.

  17. Irradiation Creep in Graphite

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    Ubic, Rick; Butt, Darryl; Windes, William


    An understanding of the underlying mechanisms of irradiation creep in graphite material is required to correctly interpret experimental data, explain micromechanical modeling results, and predict whole-core behavior. This project will focus on experimental microscopic data to demonstrate the mechanism of irradiation creep. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy should be able to image both the dislocations in graphite and the irradiation-induced interstitial clusters that pin those dislocations. The team will first prepare and characterize nanoscale samples of virgin nuclear graphite in a transmission electron microscope. Additional samples will be irradiated to varying degrees at the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) facility and similarly characterized. Researchers will record microstructures and crystal defects and suggest a mechanism for irradiation creep based on the results. In addition, the purchase of a tensile holder for a transmission electron microscope will allow, for the first time, in situ observation of creep behavior on the microstructure and crystallographic defects.

  18. Accelerated Creep Testing of High Strength Aramid Webbing (United States)

    Jones, Thomas C.; Doggett, William R.; Stnfield, Clarence E.; Valverde, Omar


    A series of preliminary accelerated creep tests were performed on four variants of 12K and 24K lbf rated Vectran webbing to help develop an accelerated creep test methodology and analysis capability for high strength aramid webbings. The variants included pristine, aged, folded and stitched samples. This class of webbings is used in the restraint layer of habitable, inflatable space structures, for which the lifetime properties are currently not well characterized. The Stepped Isothermal Method was used to accelerate the creep life of the webbings and a novel stereo photogrammetry system was used to measure the full-field strains. A custom MATLAB code is described, and used to reduce the strain data to produce master creep curves for the test samples. Initial results show good correlation between replicates; however, it is clear that a larger number of samples are needed to build confidence in the consistency of the results. It is noted that local fiber breaks affect the creep response in a similar manner to increasing the load, thus raising the creep rate and reducing the time to creep failure. The stitched webbings produced the highest variance between replicates, due to the combination of higher local stresses and thread-on-fiber damage. Large variability in the strength of the webbings is also shown to have an impact on the range of predicted creep life.

  19. Creep Resistant Zinc Alloy

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    Frank E. Goodwin


    This report covers the development of Hot Chamber Die Castable Zinc Alloys with High Creep Strengths. This project commenced in 2000, with the primary objective of developing a hot chamber zinc die-casting alloy, capable of satisfactory service at 140 C. The core objectives of the development program were to: (1) fill in missing alloy data areas and develop a more complete empirical model of the influence of alloy composition on creep strength and other selected properties, and (2) based on the results from this model, examine promising alloy composition areas, for further development and for meeting the property combination targets, with the view to designing an optimized alloy composition. The target properties identified by ILZRO for an improved creep resistant zinc die-casting alloy were identified as follows: (1) temperature capability of 1470 C; (2) creep stress of 31 MPa (4500 psi); (3) exposure time of 1000 hours; and (4) maximum creep elongation under these conditions of 1%. The project was broadly divided into three tasks: (1) Task 1--General and Modeling, covering Experimental design of a first batch of alloys, alloy preparation and characterization. (2) Task 2--Refinement and Optimization, covering Experimental design of a second batch of alloys. (3) Task 3--Creep Testing and Technology transfer, covering the finalization of testing and the transfer of technology to the Zinc industry should have at least one improved alloy result from this work.

  20. Chlorogenic acid loaded chitosan nanoparticles with sustained release property, retained antioxidant activity and enhanced bioavailability

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    Ilaiyaraja Nallamuthu


    Full Text Available In this study, chlorogenic acid (CGA, a phenolic compound widely distributed in fruits and vegetables, was encapsulated into chitosan nanoparticles by ionic gelation method. The particles exhibited the size and zeta potential of 210 nm and 33 mV respectively. A regular, spherical shaped distribution of nanoparticles was observed through scanning electron microscopy (SEM and the success of entrapment was confirmed by FTIR analysis. The encapsulation efficiency of CGA was at about 59% with the loading efficiency of 5.2%. In vitro ABTS assay indicated that the radical scavenging activity of CAG was retained in the nanostructure and further, the release kinetics study revealed the burst release of 69% CGA from nanoparticles at the end of 100th hours. Pharmacokinetic analysis in rats showed a lower level of Cmax, longer Tmax, longer MRT, larger AUC0–t and AUC0–∞ for the CGA nanoparticles compared to free CGA. Collectively, these results suggest that the synthesised nanoparticle with sustained release property can therefore ease the fortification of food-matrices targeted for health benefits through effective delivery of CGA in body.

  1. Brittle Creep Failure, Critical Behavior, and Time-to-Failure Prediction of Concrete under Uniaxial Compression

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    Yingchong Wang


    Full Text Available Understanding the time-dependent brittle deformation behavior of concrete as a main building material is fundamental for the lifetime prediction and engineering design. Herein, we present the experimental measures of brittle creep failure, critical behavior, and the dependence of time-to-failure, on the secondary creep rate of concrete under sustained uniaxial compression. A complete evolution process of creep failure is achieved. Three typical creep stages are observed, including the primary (decelerating, secondary (steady state creep regime, and tertiary creep (accelerating creep stages. The time-to-failure shows sample-specificity although all samples exhibit a similar creep process. All specimens exhibit a critical power-law behavior with an exponent of −0.51 ± 0.06, approximately equal to the theoretical value of −1/2. All samples have a long-term secondary stage characterized by a constant strain rate that dominates the lifetime of a sample. The average creep rate expressed by the total creep strain over the lifetime (tf-t0 for each specimen shows a power-law dependence on the secondary creep rate with an exponent of −1. This could provide a clue to the prediction of the time-to-failure of concrete, based on the monitoring of the creep behavior at the steady stage.

  2. Nano-scaled diffusional or dislocation creep analysis of single-crystal ZnO

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    P. H. Lin


    Full Text Available The nanoindentation time-dependent creep experiments with different peak loads are conducted on c-plane (0001, a-plane (112¯0 and m-plane (101¯0 of single-crystal ZnO. Under nano-scaled indentation, the creep behavior is crystalline orientation-dependent. For the creep on (0001, the stress exponent at low loads is ∼1 and at high loads ∼4. The stress exponents under all loads are within 3∼7 for the creep on (112¯0 and (101¯0. This means that diffusion mechanism and dislocation mechanism is operative for different planes and loads. The relative difficulty of dislocations activation is an additional factor leading to the occurring of diffusion creep on the c-plane of single-crystal ZnO.

  3. Study of creep behaviour in P-doped copper with slow strain rate tensile tests

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    Xuexing Yao; Sandstroem, Rolf [Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering


    Pure copper with addition of phosphorous is planned to be used to construct the canisters for spent nuclear fuel. The copper canisters can be exposed to a creep deformation up to 2-4% at temperatures in services. The ordinary creep strain tests with dead weight loading are generally employed to study the creep behaviour; however, it is reported that an initial plastic deformation of 5-15% takes place when loading the creep specimens at lower temperatures. The slow strain rate tensile test is an alternative to study creep deformation behaviour of materials. Ordinary creep test and slow strain rate tensile test can give the same information in the secondary creep stage. The advantage of the tensile test is that the starting phase is much more controlled than in a creep test. In a tensile test the initial deformation behaviour can be determined and the initial strain of less than 5% can be modelled. In this study slow strain rate tensile tests at strain rate of 10{sup -4}, 10{sup -5}, 10{sup -6}, and 10{sup -7}/s at 75, 125 and 175 degrees C have been performed on P-doped pure Cu to supplement creep data from conventional creep tests. The deformation behaviour has successfully been modelled. It is shown that the slow strain rate tensile tests can be implemented to study the creep deformation behaviours of pure Cu.

  4. Dynamic Response of Airfield Pavement to Large Magnitude Loads. (United States)


    creep speed taxi tests. Heukelom and Klomp (Reference 6) states the Road Research Laboratory concluded that flexible roads behave elastically under...high speed or high frequency dynamic loads would cause inertia effects to influence dynamic pavement response. Heukelom , Klomp, and Foster have...However, Heukelom and Foster (Reference 11) have shown that the modulus measured from sustained vibrations is equal to the modulus associated with

  5. Damage Evaluation of a Welded Joint in a Long-term Service-exposed Boiler by Using a Small Punch Creep Test

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    Komazaki, Shin-ichi; Sugimoto, Takayuki; Hasegawa, Yasushi; Kohno, Yutaka


    ...), respectively, for the SP creep test and microstructure observation. Experimental results revealed that the creep rupture strength of each portion had decreased by long-term service exposure, especially in the high stress (load) conditions...

  6. Topical Problems and Applications of Creep Theory (United States)

    Altenbach, H.


    A historical review of achievements in creep theory is given. Primary attention is focused on the phenomenological approach. Different constitutive equations are discussed for primary and secondary creep as well as for creep with damage. New creep problems are examined

  7. Creep of fibrous composite materials

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    Lilholt, Hans


    Models are presented for the creep behaviour of fibrous composite materials with aligned fibres. The models comprise both cases where the fibres remain rigid in a creeping matrix and cases where the fibres are creeping in a creeping matrix. The treatment allows for several contributions...... to the creep strength of composites. The advantage of combined analyses of several data sets is emphasized and illustrated for some experimental data. The analyses show that it is possible to derive creep equations for the (in situ) properties of the fibres. The experiments treated include model systems...

  8. Short-Term Creep Experiment of Cement Asphalt Mortar and Its Numerical Simulation


    Xu, Hao; Wang, Ping; Lin, Hong-song; Yan, Hua


    In order to investigate the creep performance of cement asphalt mortar (CA mortar), the field sampling of CA mortar cylinder samples was produced, and all samples were tested on WDW series electric universal testing machine by using uniaxial static creep test at 25°C, and the load stress levels were 0.05 MPa, 0.1 MPa, 0.3 MPa, and 0.5 MPa. The greater the load is, the bigger the creep deformation is. The creep performance was simulated by using Burgers model, and the correlation coefficients ...

  9. Application of Combined Sustained and Cyclic Loading Test Results to Alloy 617 Elevated Temperature Design Criteria

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    Wang, Yanli [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jetter, Robert I [Global Egineering and Technology, LLC, Coral Gables, FL (United States); Sham, Sam [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)


    Alloy 617 is a reference structural material for very high temperature components of advanced-gas cooled reactors with outlet temperatures in the range of 900-950°C . In order for designers to be able to use Alloy 617 for these high temperature components, Alloy 617 has to be approved for use in Section III (the nuclear section) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. A plan has been developed to submit a draft code for Alloy 617 to ASME Section III by 2015. However, the current rules in Subsection NH for the evaluation of strain limits and creep-fatigue damage using simplified methods based on elastic analysis have been deemed inappropriate for Alloy 617 at temperatures above 1200°F (650°C). The rationale for this exclusion is that at higher temperatures it is not feasible to decouple plasticity and creep deformation, which is the basis for the current simplified rules. This temperature, 1200 °F, is well below the temperature range of interest for this material in High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor (HTGR) applications. The only current alternative is, thus, a full inelastic analysis which requires sophisticated material models which have been formulated but not yet verified. To address this issue, proposed code rules have been developed which are based on the use of elastic-perfectly plastic (EPP) analysis methods and which are expected to be applicable to very high temperatures.

  10. The effects of exogenous crosslinking on hydration and fluid flow in the intervertebral disc subjected to compressive creep loading and unloading. (United States)

    Chuang, Shih-Youeng; Popovich, John M; Lin, Leou-Chyr; Hedman, Thomas P


    In vitro study of genipin crosslinking effect on disc water content changes under compressive loading and unloading. To investigate the influence of collagen crosslinking on hydration and fluid flow in different regions of intact discs, and to evaluate the nutritional implications. Age-related reductions of nutrient supply and waste product removal are critically important factors in disc pathogenesis. Diffusion and fluid flow are blocked by subchondral bone thickening, cartilaginous endplate calcification, loss of hydrophilic proteoglycans, and clogging of anular pores by degraded matrix molecules. Previous studies demonstrated increased hydraulic permeability and macromolecular transport through crosslinked collagenous matrices. Genipin has also demonstrated the capability to increase retention of proteoglycans. A total of 57 bovine lumbar motion segments were divided randomly into phosphate buffered saline and 0.33% genipin-soaked treatment groups. Water content changes were measured using a mass-loss technique in 3 intervertebral disc regions following successive stages of compressive loading and unloading (post-treatment, after 1 hour 750 N compression, and after a subsequent 24-hour period of nominal loading). Net flow of fluid into or out of a region was determined from the percentage change in mean water content from successive groups. Fluid flow to and from the nucleus doubled with genipin crosslinking. Relative to the buffer-only controls, overall net fluid flow increased 103% in the nucleus pulposus, 36% in the inner anulus, and was 31% less in the outer anulus of genipin treated discs. The effects of genipin crosslinking on matrix permeability and proteoglycan retention can alter hydration levels and fluid flow in the intervertebral disc. Resulting increases in fluid flow, including a doubling of flow to and from the nucleus, could lead to enhanced nutritional inflow and waste product outflow for the disc, and may have implications for emerging cell

  11. Prediction of elemental creep. [steady state and cyclic data from regression analysis (United States)

    Davis, J. W.; Rummler, D. R.


    Cyclic and steady-state creep tests were performed to provide data which were used to develop predictive equations. These equations, describing creep as a function of stress, temperature, and time, were developed through the use of a least squares regression analyses computer program for both the steady-state and cyclic data sets. Comparison of the data from the two types of tests, revealed that there was no significant difference between the cyclic and steady-state creep strains for the L-605 sheet under the experimental conditions investigated (for the same total time at load). Attempts to develop a single linear equation describing the combined steady-state and cyclic creep data resulted in standard errors of estimates higher than obtained for the individual data sets. A proposed approach to predict elemental creep in metals uses the cyclic creep equation and a computer program which applies strain and time hardening theories of creep accumulation.

  12. Predicting creep strengths and lifetimes of creep resistant engineering alloys (United States)

    Zhao, Yanrong; Yao, Hongpeng; Song, Xinli; Jia, Juan; Xiang, Zhidong


    The physical basis for predicting the long-term creep strengths and lifetimes at application temperatures using creep parameters determined from short-term creep tests is investigated for complex creep resistant engineering alloys. It is shown that the seemingly unpredictable stress and temperature dependence of minimum creep rate of such alloys can be rationalised using an approach based on the new power law creep equation that incorporate the tensile strength. This is demonstrated using the tensile and creep data measured for two completely different types of alloys: steel 11Cr-2W-0.4Mo-1Cu-Nb-V and Ni base superalloy 15Cr-28Co-4Mo-2.5Ti-3Al. For both alloys, the stress exponent n determined does not depend on temperature and activation energy of creep does not depend on stress. Consequently, it becomes possible to use the new power law creep equation in combination with the Monkman-Grant relationship to predict the long term creep rupture strengths and lifetimes and microstructure stability of the two alloys from short term creep test data. The implications of the results for creep mechanism identification and future microstructure analysis are discussed.

  13. Creep Strain and Strain Rate Response of 2219 Al Alloy at High Stress Levels (United States)

    Taminger, Karen M. B.; Wagner, John A.; Lisagor, W. Barry


    As a result of high localized plastic deformation experienced during proof testing in an International Space Station connecting module, a study was undertaken to determine the deformation response of a 2219-T851 roll forging. After prestraining 2219-T851 Al specimens to simulate strains observed during the proof testing, creep tests were conducted in the temperature range from ambient temperature to 107 C (225 F) at stress levels approaching the ultimate tensile strength of 2219-T851 Al. Strain-time histories and strain rate responses were examined. The strain rate response was extremely high initially, but decayed rapidly, spanning as much as five orders of magnitude during primary creep. Select specimens were subjected to incremental step loading and exhibited initial creep rates of similar magnitude for each load step. Although the creep rates decreased quickly at all loads, the creep rates dropped faster and reached lower strain rate levels for lower applied loads. The initial creep rate and creep rate decay associated with primary creep were similar for specimens with and without prestrain; however, prestraining (strain hardening) the specimens, as in the aforementioned proof test, resulted in significantly longer creep life.

  14. Creep analysis of boiler tubes by fem | Taye | Zede Journal

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    In this paper an analysis is developed for the determination of creep deformation of an axisymmetric boiler tubes subjected to axisymmetric loads. The stresses and the permanent strains at a particular time and at the steady state condition, resulting from loading of the tube under constant internal pressure and elevated ...

  15. Nanoindentation study of the creep behavior in a Fe-based bulk metallic glass (United States)

    Liao, G. K.; Long, Z. L.; Zhao, M. S. Z.; Peng, L.; Chai, W.; Xu, X. J.; Ping, Z. H.; Zhang, Y.; Yan, C. P.


    In this paper, the creep behavior of a Fe-based bulk metallic glass (BMG) was studied by using the nanoindentation testing. According to the microstructural evolution in BMGs, the generalized Kelvin model was employed to describe the creep behavior of this BMG, and a method of separating the viscoelastic and viscoplastic deformation from the indentation creep was proposed. The creep behaviors at various loading rates were systematically analyzed. The obtained results indicated that the viscoelastic or viscoplastic characteristics of Fe-based BMG exhibited a strong dependency on the loading rate. Moreover, the volume of shear transformation zone (STZ) during the creep of Fe-based BMG has also been calculated to further explore its creep mechanism.

  16. Creep in generation IV nuclear applications

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    Rissanen, L. (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland))


    Nuclear power has an important role in fulfilling the world's growing energy needs and reducing the carbon dioxide emission. Six new, innovative nuclear energy systems have been identified and selected for further development by the international Generation Four International Forum (GIF). These generation four (Gen IV) nuclear energy systems include a variety of reactor, energy conversion and fuel cycle technologies. The successful development and deployment of these largely depend on the performance and reliability of the available structural materials. These potential materials need to sustain their mechanical properties up to high temperatures, high neutron doses and corrosive environments of the new or enhanced types of coolants. Current knowledge on material properties, material-coolant interaction and especially material degradation processes in these new environments are limited. This paper gives an overview of the Gen IV material issues with special emphasis on European design of supercritical light water reactor concept high performance light water reactor (HPLWR). The challenges for the structural materials and the components most likely to suffer from creep and creep-irradiation are highlighted. Some results from relatively short term creep testing in supercritical water are presented for AISI 316NG, 347H and 1.4970 steels. The 1.4970 steel was superior in creep and oxidation resistance (orig.)

  17. Multi-scale investigation of tensile creep of ultra-high performance concrete for bridge applications (United States)

    Garas Yanni, Victor Youssef

    achieving satisfactory microstructural refinement at the same temperature input despite the maximum temperature applied. For the first time, the presence of a 10 microm (394 micro inch) wide porous fiber-cementitious matrix interface was demonstrated by nanoindentation and SEM for non-thermally treated UHPC only. Tensile creep at 90 days increased by 64% and 46% upon eliminating fibers for thermally and non-thermally treated UHPC, respectively. Increases in creep upon reducing the fiber content suggested that fibers carry part of the sustained load and thus reduce creep. Tensile creep strain was proportional to the stress applied up to 60% of the ultimate strength. No tensile creep failure occurred for a period of 1 year for pre-cracked UHPC under stress level of 40%. Also, no tensile creep failure occurred for a period of 90 days under stress level of 60%. Tensile creep failure occurred at stress levels of 70% and 80%. This study showed that fibers cannot be accounted for as shear reinforcement in lieu of stirrups unless micro-defect-free fiber-matrix interface is achieved.

  18. A Numerical Procedure to Obtain the Creep Parameters of the Thermal Barrier Coating

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    Shifeng Wen


    Full Text Available Three-point bending creep test was used to understand the creep behavior of typical thin film/substrate systems—thermal barrier coating (TBC systems. Firstly, a simplified model, which does not consider the local effect, has been set up to get an analytical relationship. The important result is that creep stress exponent of materials is equal to the creep load exponent of the steady-state deflection rate of BC specimens. Secondly, in order to consider the local effect of bending, the finite element method (FEM has been carried out. FEM calculation shows that there is a steady stage of the creep deflection under a constant applied load. And the exponent of the steady-state creep deflection rate to the applied load is found to be equal to the creep stress exponent of materials. The creep constant of the materials can be obtained by a set of trials with assumed creep constants of materials and can be finally determined by the best fit method. Finally, the finite element results show that the influences of the friction, the thickness of TBCs, and the modulus ratio of TBC to the substrate on stress distribution are important.

  19. ANSYS Creep-Fatigue Assessment tool for EUROFER97 components

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    M. Mahler


    Full Text Available The damage caused by creep-fatigue is an important factor for materials at high temperatures. For in-vessel components of fusion reactors the material EUROFER97 is a candidate for structural application where it is subjected to irradiation and cyclic thermo-mechanical loads. To be able to evaluate fusion reactor components reliably, creep-fatigue damage has to be taken into account. In the frame of Engineering Data and Design Integration (EDDI in EUROfusion Technology Work Programme rapid and easy design evaluation is very important to predict the critical regions under typical fusion reactor loading conditions. The presented Creep-Fatigue Assessment (CFA tool is based on the creep-fatigue rules in ASME Boiler Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC Section 3 Division 1 Subsection NH which was adapted to the material EUROFER97 and developed for ANSYS. The CFA tool uses the local stress, maximum elastic strain range and temperature from the elastic analysis of the component performed with ANSYS. For the assessment design fatigue and stress to rupture curves of EUROFER97 as well as isochronous stress vs. strain curves determined by a constitutive model considering irradiation influence are used to deal with creep-fatigue damage. As a result allowable number of cycles based on creep-fatigue damage interaction under given hold times and irradiation rates is obtained. This tool can be coupled with ANSYS MAPDL and ANSYS Workbench utilizing MAPDL script files.

  20. Development of a constitutive model for the plastic deformation and creep of copper and its use in the estimate of the creep life of the copper canister

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    Pettersson, Kjell [Matsafe AB, Stockholm (Sweden)


    A previously developed model for the plastic deformation and creep of copper (included as an Appendix to the present report) has been used as the basis for a discussion on the possibility of brittle creep fracture of the copper canister during long term storage of nuclear waste. Reported creep tests on oxygen free (OF) copper have demonstrated that copper can have an extremely low creep ductility. However with the addition of about 50 ppm phosphorus to the copper it appears as if the creep brittleness problem is avoided and that type of copper (OFP) has consequently been chosen as the canister material. It is shown in the report that the experiments performed on OFP copper does not exclude the possibility of creep brittleness of OFP copper in the very long term. The plasticity and creep model has been used to estimate creep life under conditions of intergranular creep cracking according to a model formulated by Cocks and Ashby. The estimated life times widely exceed the design life of the canister. However the observations of creep brittleness in OF copper indicate that the Cocks-Ashby model probably does not apply to the OF copper. Thus additional calculations have been done with the plasticity and creep model in order to estimate stress as a function of time for the probably most severe loading case of the canister with regard to creep failure, an earth quake shear. Despite the fact that the stress in the canister will remain at the 100 MPa level for thousands of years after an earth quake the low temperature, about 50 deg C or less, will make the solid state diffusion process assumed to control the brittle cracking process, too slow to lead to any significant brittle creep cracking in the canister.

  1. Analysis of indentation creep (United States)

    Don S. Stone; Joseph E. Jakes; Jonathan Puthoff; Abdelmageed A. Elmustafa


    Finite element analysis is used to simulate cone indentation creep in materials across a wide range of hardness, strain rate sensitivity, and work-hardening exponent. Modeling reveals that the commonly held assumption of the hardness strain rate sensitivity (mΗ) equaling the flow stress strain rate sensitivity (mσ...

  2. Bimatoprost-loaded ocular inserts as sustained release drug delivery systems for glaucoma treatment: in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

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    Juçara Ribeiro Franca

    Full Text Available The purpose of the present study was to develop and assess a novel sustained-release drug delivery system of Bimatoprost (BIM. Chitosan polymeric inserts were prepared using the solvent casting method and characterized by swelling studies, infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, drug content, scanning electron microscopy and in vitro drug release. Biodistribution of 99mTc-BIM eye drops and 99mTc-BIM-loaded inserts, after ocular administration in Wistar rats, was accessed by ex vivo radiation counting. The inserts were evaluated for their therapeutic efficacy in glaucomatous Wistar rats. Glaucoma was induced by weekly intracameral injection of hyaluronic acid. BIM-loaded inserts (equivalent to 9.0 µg BIM were administered once into conjunctival sac, after ocular hypertension confirmation. BIM eye drop was topically instilled in a second group of glaucomatous rats for 15 days days, while placebo inserts were administered once in a third group. An untreated glaucomatous group was used as control. Intraocular pressure (IOP was monitored for four consecutive weeks after treatment began. At the end of the experiment, retinal ganglion cells and optic nerve head cupping were evaluated in the histological eye sections. Characterization results revealed that the drug physically interacted, but did not chemically react with the polymeric matrix. Inserts sustainedly released BIM in vitro during 8 hours. Biodistribution studies showed that the amount of 99mTc-BIM that remained in the eye was significantly lower after eye drop instillation than after chitosan insert implantation. BIM-loaded inserts lowered IOP for 4 weeks, after one application, while IOP values remained significantly high for the placebo and untreated groups. Eye drops were only effective during the daily treatment period. IOP results were reflected in RGC counting and optic nerve head cupping damage. BIM-loaded inserts provided sustained release of BIM and seem to be a

  3. Composite Analysis of Concrete - Creep, Relaxation and Eigenstrain/stress

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    Nielsen, Lauge Fuglsang


    approach.The model is successfully justified comparing predicted results with recent experimental data obtained in tests made at the Danish Technological Institute and at the Technical University of Denmark on creep, relaxation, and shrinkage of very young concretes (hours) - and also with experimental...... results on creep, shrinkage, and internal stresses caused by drying shrinkage reported in the literature on the mechanical behavior of mature concretes.Shrinkage (autogeneous or drying) of mortar and concrete and associated internal stress states are examples of analysis made in this report......A composite-rheological model of concrete is presented by which consistent predictions of creep, relaxation, and internal stresses can be made from known concrete composition, age at loading, and climatic conditions. No other existing "creep prediction method" offers these possibilities in one...

  4. Healing mechanism of nanocrack in nanocrystalline metals during creep process (United States)

    Meraj, Md.; Pal, Snehanshu


    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation has been performed to demonstrate the fate of cracks present inside ultrafine-grained (grain size 7 nm) nanocrystalline Ni specimen during creep deformation process. It is observed that internal nanocracks are healed within a few pico-seconds of initial part of creep process even if the constant applied load on the specimen is tensile in nature and acting normal to crack surface in the outward direction. This kind of crack-healing phenomenon can be accounted by the facts such as stress-driven grain boundary migration, grain boundary diffusion and amorphization of specimen as per results obtained from this MD simulation. This MD study also reveals that the presence of nanocrack inside ultrafine-grained NC Ni in fact slightly improves creep properties and such enhancement of the creep properties is intensified as the size of internal crack increases.

  5. Creep-fatigue modelling in structural steels using empirical and constitutive creep methods implemented in a strip-yield model (United States)

    Andrews, Benjamin J.

    The phenomena of creep and fatigue have each been thoroughly studied. More recently, attempts have been made to predict the damage evolution in engineering materials due to combined creep and fatigue loading, but these formulations have been strictly empirical and have not been used successfully outside of a narrow set of conditions. This work proposes a new creep-fatigue crack growth model based on constitutive creep equations (adjusted to experimental data) and Paris law fatigue crack growth. Predictions from this model are compared to experimental data in two steels: modified 9Cr-1Mo steel and AISI 316L stainless steel. Modified 9Cr-1Mo steel is a high-strength steel used in the construction of pressure vessels and piping for nuclear and conventional power plants, especially for high temperature applications. Creep-fatigue and pure creep experimental data from the literature are compared to model predictions, and they show good agreement. Material constants for the constitutive creep model are obtained for AISI 316L stainless steel, an alloy steel widely used for temperature and corrosion resistance for such components as exhaust manifolds, furnace parts, heat exchangers and jet engine parts. Model predictions are compared to pure creep experimental data, with satisfactory results. Assumptions and constraints inherent in the implementation of the present model are examined. They include: spatial discretization, similitude, plane stress constraint and linear elasticity. It is shown that the implementation of the present model had a non-trivial impact on the model solutions in 316L stainless steel, especially the spatial discretization. Based on these studies, the following conclusions are drawn: 1. The constitutive creep model consistently performs better than the Nikbin, Smith and Webster (NSW) model for predicting creep and creep-fatigue crack extension. 2. Given a database of uniaxial creep test data, a constitutive material model such as the one developed for

  6. Combined Effects of Sustained Loads and Wet-Dry Cycles on Durability of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites

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    Mengting Li


    Full Text Available This paper deals with durability of glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP composites under the combined effects of sustained tensile loads and wet-dry (WD cycles. Two different solutions (distilled water and saltwater were used to imitate the freshwater and marine environments, respectively. Tensile properties of the unconditioned and conditioned specimens were measured to study the durability of GFRP composites under these 2 effects. The response indicated that both tensile strength and elastic modulus increased initially upon WD cycles, which was attributed to both the postcuring of resin and the sustained tensile stress allowing for fastec cure. Further exposure to WD cycles in distilled water or saltwater led to a steady decrease in tensile strength and modulus. WD cycles of saltwater and distilled water have similar effects on the degradation of the tensile properties for unstressed specimens. However, the elastic modulus and elongation at rupture of stressed specimens under WD cycles of saltwater decreased more than those specimens under WD cycles of distilled water. Moreover, increase of sustained loads led to a decrease in tensile strength. Based on Arrhenius method, a prediction model which accounted for the effects of postcure processes was developed. The predicted results of tensile strength and elastic modulus agree well with those obtained from the experiments.

  7. Creep investigation of GFRP RC Beams - Part A : Literature review and experimental Study

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    masmoudi abdelmonem


    This paper (Part A presents a literature review and the loading history of six experimental beams reinforced with GFRP and steel bars. The results of this study revealed that Beams reinforced with GFRP are less marked with creep phenomenon.  This investigation should guide the civil engineer/designer for a better understanding creep phenomenon in GFRP reinforced concrete members.

  8. Creep-Fatigue Damage Investigation and Modeling of Alloy 617 at High Temperatures (United States)

    Tahir, Fraaz

    The Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) is one of six conceptual designs proposed for Generation IV nuclear reactors. Alloy 617, a solid solution strengthened Ni-base superalloy, is currently the primary candidate material for the tubing of the Intermediate Heat Exchanger (IHX) in the VHTR design. Steady-state operation of the nuclear power plant at elevated temperatures leads to creep deformation, whereas loading transients including startup and shutdown generate fatigue. A detailed understanding of the creep-fatigue interaction in Alloy 617 is necessary before it can be considered as a material for nuclear construction in ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. Current design codes for components undergoing creep-fatigue interaction at elevated temperatures require creep-fatigue testing data covering the entire range from fatigue-dominant to creep-dominant loading. Classical strain-controlled tests, which produce stress relaxation during the hold period, show a saturation in cycle life with increasing hold periods due to the rapid stress-relaxation of Alloy 617 at high temperatures. Therefore, applying longer hold time in these tests cannot generate creep-dominated failure. In this study, uniaxial isothermal creep-fatigue tests with non-traditional loading waveforms were designed and performed at 850 and 950°C, with an objective of generating test data in the creep-dominant regime. The new loading waveforms are hybrid strain-controlled and force-controlled testing which avoid stress relaxation during the creep hold. The experimental data showed varying proportions of creep and fatigue damage, and provided evidence for the inadequacy of the widely-used time fraction rule for estimating creep damage under creep-fatigue conditions. Micro-scale damage features in failed test specimens, such as fatigue cracks and creep voids, were quantified using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to find a correlation between creep and fatigue damage. Quantitative statistical

  9. Ultrasonic study of elastic creep in piezoceramics. (United States)

    Tsaplev, V M; Konovalov, R S


    Ultrasonic method and experimental setup for study the elastic creep of piezoelectric materials are described. The results of experimental studies of time behavior of the Young's modulus and the internal friction are presented as well as the longitudinal and transversal piezomoduli and the electromechanical coupling factor. Four compositions of piezoelectric ceramics both soft and hard, based on BaTiO 3 and PZT, were compressed for a long time (0÷10 7 s) by significant static loads (0÷120MPa). The possible physical mechanisms that cause the creep are briefly considered. The concept of a spectrum of activation energies of the corresponding processes is introduced. The upper and the lower boundaries of the relaxation times spectrum were measured and corresponding activation energies were found. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Creep of zirconia/nickel composites

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    Morales-Rodriguez, A.; Bravo-Leon, A.; Dominguez-Rodriguez, A.; Jimenez-Melendo, M. [Dept. de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Univ. de Sevilla, Sevilla (Spain)


    The creep properties of wet-processed 3 mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-stabilized ZrO{sub 2}/Ni composites (20 and 40 vol% of nickel content) have been studied by compressive constant load tests in the temperature range 900 C-1250 C under argon atmosphere. The microstructural characterization of these cermets has been performed using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The composites consist of nickel particles (1 {mu}m in size) uniformly distributed throughout a fine-grained zirconia matrix (0.13 {mu}m in size). The mechanical and microstructural results indicate that the overall creep behavior of the cermets is controlled primarily by the zirconia matrix; metal additions increase the ductility of the material. (orig.)

  11. Upregulation of matrix synthesis in chondrocyte-seeded agarose following sustained bi-axial cyclic loading

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    Belinda Pingguan-Murphy


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: The promotion of extracellular matrix synthesis by chondrocytes is a requisite part of an effective cartilage tissue engineering strategy. The aim of this in vitro study was to determine the effect of bi-axial cyclic mechanical loading on cell proliferation and the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans by chondrocytes in threedimensional cultures. METHOD: A strain comprising 10% direct compression and 1% compressive shear was applied to bovine chondrocytes seeded in an agarose gel during two 12-hour conditioning periods separated by a 12-hour resting period. RESULTS: The bi-axial-loaded chondrocytes demonstrated a significant increase in glycosaminoglycan synthesis compared with samples exposed to uni-axial or no loading over the same period (p<0.05. The use of a free-swelling recovery period prior to the loading regime resulted in additional glycosaminoglycan production and a significant increase in DNA content (p<0.05, indicating cell proliferation. CONCLUSIONS: These results demonstrate that the use of a bi-axial loading regime results in increased matrix production compared with uni-axial loading.

  12. Creep of Two-Phase Microstructures for Microelectronic Applications

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    Reynolds, Heidi Linch [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    The mechanical properties of low-melting temperature alloys are highly influenced by their creep behavior. This study investigates the dominant mechanisms that control creep behavior of two-phase, low-melting temperature alloys as a function of microstructure. The alloy systems selected for study were In-Ag and Sn-Bi because their eutectic compositions represent distinctly different microstructure.” The In-Ag eutectic contains a discontinuous phase while the Sn-Bi eutectic consists of two continuous phases. In addition, this work generates useful engineering data on Pb-free alloys with a joint specimen geometry that simulates microstructure found in microelectronic applications. The use of joint test specimens allows for observations regarding the practical attainability of superplastic microstructure in real solder joints by varying the cooling rate. Steady-state creep properties of In-Ag eutectic, Sn-Bi eutectic, Sn-xBi solid-solution and pure Bi joints have been measured using constant load tests at temperatures ranging from O°C to 90°C. Constitutive equations are derived to describe the steady-state creep behavior for In-Ageutectic solder joints and Sn-xBi solid-solution joints. The data are well represented by an equation of the form proposed by Dom: a power-law equation applies to each independent creep mechanism. Rate-controlling creep mechanisms, as a function of applied shear stress, test temperature, and joint microstructure, are discussed. Literature data on the steady-state creep properties of Sn-Bi eutectic are reviewed and compared with the Sn-xBi solid-solution and pure Bi joint data measured in the current study. The role of constituent phases in controlling eutectic creep behavior is discussed for both alloy systems. In general, for continuous, two-phase microstructure, where each phase exhibits significantly different creep behavior, the harder or more creep resistant phase will dominate the creep behavior in a lamellar microstructure. If a

  13. Butyrate-Loaded Chitosan/Hyaluronan Nanoparticles: A Suitable Tool for Sustained Inhibition of ROS Release by Activated Neutrophils

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    Sacco, Pasquale; Decleva, Eva; Tentor, Fabio


    of neutrophil ROS production by free butyrate declines over time, that of butyrate-loaded chitosan/hyaluronan nanoparticles (B-NPs) is sustained. Additional valuable features of these nanoparticles are inherent ROS scavenger activity, resistance to cell internalization, and mucoadhesiveness. B-NPs appear...... that butyrate inhibits neutrophil ROS release in a dose and time-dependent fashion. Given the short half-life of butyrate, chitosan/hyaluronan nanoparticles are next designed and developed as controlled release carriers able to provide cells with a long-lasting supply of this SCFA. Notably, while the inhibition...

  14. Extension of the ANSYS {sup trademark} creep and damage simulation capabilities

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    Altstadt, E.; Moessner, T.


    The user programmable features (UPF) of the finite element code ANSYS {sup trademark} are used to generate a customized ANSYS-executable including a more general creep behaviour of materials and a damage module. The numerical approach for the creep behaviour is not restricted to a single creep law (e.g. strain hardening model) with parameters evaluated from a limited stress and temperature range. Instead of this strain rate - strain relations can be read from external creep data files for different temperature and stress levels. The damage module accumulates a damage measure based on the creep strain increment and plastic strain increment of the load step and the current fracture strains for creep and plasticity (depending on temperature and stress level). If the damage measure of an element exceeds a critical value this element is deactivated. Examples are given for illustration and verification of the new program modules. (orig.)

  15. Formulation of novel sustained release rifampicin-loaded solid lipid microparticles based on structured lipid matrices from Moringa oleifera. (United States)

    Onyishi, Ikechukwu V; Chime, Salome A; Ogudiegwu, Echezona O


    To formulate sustained release rifampicin-loaded solid lipid microparticles (SLMs) using structured lipid matrices based on Moringa oil (MO) and Phospholipon 90G (P90G). Rifampicin-loaded and unloaded SLMs were formulated by melt homogenization and characterized in terms of particle morphology and size, percentage drug content (PDC), pH stability, stability in simulated gastric fluid (SGF, pH 1.2), minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and in vitro release. In vivo release was studied in Wistar rats. Rifampicin-loaded SLMs had particle size range of 32.50 ± 2.10 to 34.0 ± 8.40 μm, highest PDC of 87.6% and showed stable pH. SLMs had good sustained release properties with about 77.1% release at 12 h in phosphate buffer (pH 6.8) and 80.3% drug release at 12 h in simulated intestinal fluid (SIF, pH 7.4). SLMs exhibited 48.51% degradation of rifampicin in SGF at 3 h, while rifampicin pure sample had 95.5% degradation. Formulations exhibited MIC range of 0.781 to 1.562, 31.25 to 62.5 and 6.25 to 12.5 μg/ml against Salmonella typhi, Escherichia coli, and Bacillus subtilis respectively and had higher in vivo absorption than the reference rifampicin (p < 0.05). Rifampicin-loaded SLMs could be used once daily for the treatment tuberculosis.

  16. Biological responses of three-dimensional cultured fibroblasts by sustained compressive loading include apoptosis and survival activity.

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    Toshiki Kanazawa

    Full Text Available Pressure ulcers are characterized by chronicity, which results in delayed wound healing due to pressure. Early intervention for preventing delayed healing due to pressure requires a prediction method. However, no study has reported the prediction of delayed healing due to pressure. Therefore, this study focused on biological response-based molecular markers for the establishment of an assessment technology to predict delayed healing due to pressure. We tested the hypothesis that sustained compressive loading applied to three dimensional cultured fibroblasts leads to upregulation of heat shock proteins (HSPs, CD44, hyaluronan synthase 2 (HAS2, and cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2 along with apoptosis via disruption of adhesion. First, sustained compressive loading was applied to fibroblast-seeded collagen sponges. Following this, collagen sponge samples and culture supernatants were collected for apoptosis and proliferation assays, gene expression analysis, immunocytochemistry, and quantification of secreted substances induced by upregulation of mRNA and protein level. Compared to the control, the compressed samples demonstrated that apoptosis was induced in a time- and load- dependent manner; vinculin and stress fiber were scarce; HSP90α, CD44, HAS2, and COX2 expression was upregulated; and the concentrations of HSP90α, hyaluronan (HA, and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 were increased. In addition, the gene expression of antiapoptotic Bcl2 was significantly increased in the compressed samples compared to the control. These results suggest that compressive loading induces not only apoptosis but also survival activity. These observations support that HSP90α, HA, and, PGE2 could be potential molecular markers for prediction of delayed wound healing due to pressure.

  17. Creep in jointed rock masses. State of knowledge

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    Glamheden, Rune (Golder Associates AB (Sweden)); Hoekmark, Harald (Clay Technology AB, Lund (Sweden))


    To describe creep behaviour in hard rock masses in a physically realistic way, elaborate models including various combinations of dash pots, spring elements and sliders would be needed. According to our knowledge, there are at present no numerical tools available that can handle such a creep model. In addition, there are no records over sufficient long time periods of tunnel convergence in crystalline rock that could be used to determine or calibrate values for the model parameters. A possible method to perform bounding estimates of creep movements around openings in a repository may be to use distinct element codes with standard built-in elasto-plastic models. By locally reducing the fracture shear strength near the underground openings a relaxation of fracture shear loads is reached. The accumulated displacements may then represent the maximum possible effects of creep that can take place in a jointed rock mass without reference to the actual time it takes to reach the displacements. Estimates based on results from analyses where all shear stresses are allowed to disappear completely will, however, be over-conservative. To be able to set up and analyse reasonably realistic numerical models with the proposed method, further assumptions regarding the creep movements and the creep region around the opening have to be made. The purpose of this report is to present support for such assumptions as found in the literature.

  18. Creep, fatigue and creep-fatigue interactions in modified 9% Chromium - 1% Molybdenum (P91) steels (United States)

    Kalyanasundaram, Valliappa

    Grade P91 steel, from the class of advanced high-chrome ferritic steels, is one of the preferred materials for many elevated temperature structural components. Creep-fatigue (C-F) interactions, along with oxidation, can accelerate the kinetics of damage accumulation and consequently reduce such components' life. Hence, reliable C-F test data is required for meticulous consideration of C-F interactions and oxidation, which in turn is vital for sound design practices. It is also imperative to develop analytical constitutive models that can simulate and predict material response under various long-term in-service conditions using experimental data from short-term laboratory experiments. Consequently, the major objectives of the proposed research are to characterize the creep, fatigue and C-F behavior of grade P91 steels at 625 C and develop robust constitutive models for simulating/predicting their microstructural response under different loading conditions. This work will utilize experimental data from 16 laboratories worldwide that conducted tests (creep, fatigue and C-F) on grade P91 steel at 625°C in a round-robin (RR) program. Along with 7 creep deformation and rupture tests, 32 pure fatigue and 46 C-F tests from the RR are considered in this work. A phenomenological constitutive model formulated in this work needs just five fitting parameters to simulate/predict the monotonic, pure fatigue and C-F behavior of grade P91 at 625 C. A modified version of an existing constitutive model is also presented for particularly simulating its isothermal creep deformation and rupture behavior. Experimental results indicate that specimen C-F lives, as measured by the 2% load drop criterion, seem to decrease with increasing strain ranges and increasing hold times at 625°C. Metallographic assessment of the tested specimens shows that the damage mode in both pure fatigue and 600 seconds hold time cyclic tests is predominantly transgranular fatigue with some presence of

  19. Creep and Creep Crack Growth Behaviors for SMAW Weldments of Gr. 91 Steel

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    Kim, Woo Gon; Yin, Song Nan; Park, Ji Yeon; Hong, Sung Deok; Kim, Yong Wan [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jae Young [Pukyong National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    High Cr ferritic resistance steels with tempered martensite microstructures posses enhanced creep strength at the elevated temperatures. Those steels as represented by a modified 9Cr-1Mo steel (ASME Grade 91, hereafter Gr.91) are regarded as main structural materials of sodium-cooled fast reactors (SFR) and reactor pressure vessel materials of very high temperature reactors (VHTR). The SFR and VHTR systems are designed during long-term duration reaching 60 years at elevated temperatures and often subjected to non-uniform stress and temperature distribution during service. These conditions may generate localized creep damage and propagate the cracks and ultimately may cause a fracture. A significant portion of its life is spent in crack propagation. Therefore, a creep crack growth rate (CCGR) due to creep damage should be assessed for both the base metal (BM) and welded metal (WM). Enough CCGR data for them should be provided for assessing their structural integrities. However, their CCGR data for the Gr. 91 steels is still insufficient. In this study, the CCGR for the BM and the WM of the Gr. 91 steel was comparatively investigated. A series of the CCG tests were conducted under different applied loads for the BM and the WM at 600 .deg. C. The CCGR was characterized in terms of the C parameter, and their CCG behavior were compared, respectively

  20. Lidocaine/ketorolac-loaded biodegradable nanofibrous anti-adhesive membranes that offer sustained pain relief for surgical wounds. (United States)

    Kao, Ching-Wei; Lee, Demei; Wu, Min-Hsuan; Chen, Jan-Kan; He, Hong-Lin; Liu, Shih-Jung


    The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of biodegradable nanofibrous lidocaine/ketorolac-loaded anti-adhesion membranes to sustainably release analgesics on abdominal surgical wounds. The analgesic-eluting membranes with two polymer-to-drug ratios (6:1 and 4:1) were produced via an electrospinning technique. A high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) assay was employed to characterize the in vivo and in vitro release behaviors of the pharmaceuticals from the membranes. It was found that all biodegradable anti-adhesion nanofibers released effective concentrations of lidocaine and ketorolac for over 20 days post surgery. In addition, a transverse laparotomy was setup in a rat model for an in vivo assessment of activity of postoperative recovery. No tissue adhesion was observed at 2 weeks post surgery, demonstrating the potential anti-adhesion capability of the drug-eluting nanofibrous membrane. The postoperative activities were recorded for two groups of rats as follows: rats that did not have any membrane implanted (group A) and rats that had the analgesic-eluting membrane implanted (group B). Rats in group B exhibited faster recovery times than those in group A with regard to postoperative activities, confirming the pain relief effectiveness of the lidocaine- and ketorolac-loaded nanofibrous membranes. The experimental results suggested that the anti-adhesion nanofibrous membranes with sustainable elution of lidocaine and ketorolac are adequately effective and durable for the purposes of postoperative pain relief in rats.

  1. Some aspects of anelastic and microplastic creep of pure Al and two Al-alloys

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    Sgobba, S. (Lab. de Metallurgie Mecanique, Dept. des Materiaux, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)); Kuenzi, H.U. (Lab. de Metallurgie Mecanique, Dept. des Materiaux, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)); Ilschner, B. (Lab. de Metallurgie Mecanique, Dept. des Materiaux, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland))


    Anelastic creep of pure Al, commercial Al-Cu and a binary Al-Cu alloy has been measured at room temperature by means of a high resolution laser interferometer. The irreversible component of the deformation was also quantified from measurements of the anelastic creep recovery. The dependence of the deformation-time curves on thermal treatment and cold work is analyzed. The mechanisms responsible for the room temperature anelastic creep are discussed. Materials loaded below their elastic limit can present either a pure anelastic behavior (commercial Al-Cu) or additional viscoelastic creep (pure Al, high purity Al-Cu). For commercial Al-Cu, the presence of an irreversible deformation appears to be mainly related to the state of the surface. A viscoelastic after effect has been measured for this alloy after a Cu-electroplating treatment. As a typical result for room temperature creep, the irreversible deformation depends logarithmically on load time. (orig.).

  2. Sustained-release study on Exenatide loaded into mesoporous silica nanoparticles: in vitro characterization and in vivo evaluation. (United States)

    Chen, Cuiwei; Zheng, Hongyue; Xu, Junjun; Shi, Xiaowei; Li, Fanzhu; Wang, Xuanshen


    Exenatide (EXT), the first glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist, has been approved as an adjunctive therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes. Due to EXT's short half-life, EXT must be administrated by continuous subcutaneous (s.c.) injection twice daily. In previous studies, many studies on EXT loaded into polymer materials carriers for sustained release had been reported. However, these carriers have some defects, such as hydrophobicity, low surface energy, low mechanical strength, and poor chemical stability. Therefore, this study aims to develop a novel drug delivery system, which is EXT loaded into well-ordered hexagonal mesoporous silica structures (EXT-SBA-15), to control the sustainability of EXT. SBA-15 was prepared by hydrothermal method with uniform size. Morphology of SBA-15 was employed by transmission electron microscopy. The pore size of SBA-15 was characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. The in vitro drug release behavior and pharmacokinetics of EXT-SBA-15 were investigated. Furthermore, the blood glucose levels of diabetic mice were monitored after subcutaneous injection of EXT-Sol and EXT-SBA-15 to evaluate further the stable hypoglycemic effect of EXT-SBA-15. EXT-SBA-15 showed a higher drug loading efficiency (15.2 ± 2.0%) and sustained-release features in vitro. In addition, pharmacokinetic studies revealed that the EXT-SBA-15 treatment group extended the half-life t 1/2(β) to 14.53 ± 0.70 h compared with that of the EXT solution (EXT-Sol) treatment group (0.60 ± 0.08 h) in vivo. Results of the pharmacodynamics study show that the EXT-SBA-15 treatment group had inhibited blood glucose levels below 20 mmol/L for 25 days, and the lowest blood glucose level was 13 mmol/L on the 10th day. This study demonstrates that the EXT-SBA-15 delivery system can control the sustainability of EXT and contribute to improve EXT clinical use.

  3. The effect of dissolved magnesium on creep of calcite II: transition from diffusion creep to dislocation creep (United States)

    Xu, Lili; Renner, Jörg; Herwegh, Marco; Evans, Brian


    We extended a previous study on the influence of Mg solute impurity on diffusion creep in calcite to include deformation under a broader range of stress conditions and over a wider range of Mg contents. Synthetic marbles were produced by hot isostatic pressing (HIP) mixtures of calcite and dolomite powders for different intervals (2-30 h) at 850°C and 300 MPa confining pressure. The HIP treatment resulted in high-magnesian calcite aggregates with Mg content ranging from 0.5 to 17 mol%. Both back-scattered electron images and chemical analysis suggested that the dolomite phase was completely dissolved, and that Mg distribution was homogeneous throughout the samples at the scale of about two micrometers. The grain size after HIP varied from 8 to 31 μm, increased with time at temperature, and decreased with increasing Mg content (>3.0 mol%). Grain size and time were consistent with a normal grain growth equation, with exponents from 2.4 to 4.7, for samples containing 0.5-17.0 mol% Mg, respectively. We deformed samples after HIP at the same confining pressure with differential stresses between 20 and 200 MPa using either constant strain rate or stepping intervals of loading at constant stresses in a Paterson gas-medium deformation apparatus. The deformation tests took place at between 700 and 800°C and at strain rates between 10-6 and 10-3 s-1. After deformation to strains of about 25%, a bimodal distribution of large protoblasts and small recrystallized neoblasts coexisted in some samples loaded at higher stresses. The deformation data indicated a transition in mechanism from diffusion creep to dislocation creep. At stresses below 40 MPa, the strength was directly proportional to grain size and decreased with increasing Mg content due to the reductions in grain size. At about 40 MPa, the sensitivity of log strain rate to log stress, ( n), became greater than 1 and eventually exceeded 3 for stresses above 80 MPa. At a given strain rate and temperature, the stress at

  4. Standard test method for creep-fatigue crack growth testing

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    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...

  5. Creep and Viscoelastic Behaviour of Human Dentin

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    Full Text Available Statement of Problem: Biomechanics of the human dentition is inherently complex.Purpose: The aim of this study is to investigate, in vitro, the creep and the recovery of dentin under static uniaxial compressive stress conditions.Materials and Methods: Specimens of cylindrical morphology were prepared from recently extracted non-carious lower molar teeth, such that the average tubule orientation was axial. Slides of mid- coronal dentin (parallel surfaces, height 1.8 mm were sectionedwith a slow speed diamond saw and then cut into cylindrical discs. Specimens were stored at 4ºC for 24h to restabilize water content. Creep data were then measured by LVDT axially in water for periods of 2h load + 2h recovery on 4 separate groups (n=6: at two stresses (10 & 18 MPa and at two temperatures: 37 & 60ºC. Maximum creep strain, permanent set,strain recovery and initial compressive modulus were reported.Results: Compliance values were also calculated and slight non-linearity found at 60ºC.Two-way ANOVA was performed on results. Dentin exhibited a linear viscoelastic response under 'clinical' compressive stress levels , with a maximum strain ~ 1% and highrecoverability: permanent set<0.3%.Conclusion: This established a performance standard for viscoelastic stability of restorative biomaterials, replacing human dentin.

  6. Temperature-dependence of creep behaviour of dental resin-composites. (United States)

    El-Safty, S; Silikas, N; Watts, D C


    To determine the effect of temperature, over a clinically relevant range, on the creep behaviour of a set of conventional and flowable resin-composites including two subgroups having the same resin matrix and varied filler loading. Eight dental resin-composites: four flowable and four conventional were investigated. Stainless steel split moulds (4 mm × 6 mm) were used to prepare cylindrical specimens for creep examination. Specimens were irradiated in the moulds in layers of 2mm thickness (40s each), as well as from the radial direction after removal from the moulds, using a light-curing unit with irradiance of 650 mW/cm(2). A total of 15 specimens from each material were prepared and divided into three groups (n=5) according to the temperature; Group I: (23°C), Group II: (37°C) and Group III: (45°C). Each specimen was loaded (20 MPa) for 2h and unloaded for 2h. Creep was measured continuously over the loading and unloading periods. At higher temperatures greater creep and permanent set were recorded. The lowest mean creep occurred with GS and GH resin-composites. Percentage of creep recovery decreased at higher temperatures. At 23°C, the materials exhibited comparable creep. At 37°C and 45°C, however, there was a greater variation between materials. For all resin-composites, there was a strong linear correlation with temperature for both creep and permanent set. Creep parameters of resin-composites are sensitive to temperature increase from 23 to 45°C, as can occur intra-orally. For a given resin matrix, creep decreased with higher filler loading. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. secondary creep response of hand lay-up grp composites

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    Dr Obe

    ABSTRACT. Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP) composite load bearing components are now in common use, quite often at temperatures above the ambient, where creep behaviour may be significant, as in pressurized industrial containers. This is especially true of those composites produced by the. Hand Lay-Up Contact ...

  8. Secondary Creep Response of Hand Lay-Up GRP Composites ...

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    Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP) composite load bearing components are now in common use, quite often at temperatures above the ambient, where creep behaviour may be significant, as in pressurized industrial containers. This is especially true of those composites produced by the Hand Lay-Up Contact Moulding ...

  9. Experimental creep behavior of porcine liver under indentation with laparoscopic grasper for MIS applications

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    Cheng-mo Cai


    Full Text Available Mechanical response of soft tissues behaved disparate due to fast and large deformation during surgical grasping, so there is a need for experimental databases of biomechanical characteristics of soft tissue under the contact of MIS tool, which are more useful for designing new surgical instruments, training inexperienced surgeons, improving surgical simulations and developing surgical robotics system. A novel indentation test to simulate the real-time surgical operation condition was present in this paper. The creep behavior of porcine liver in vitro was studied under uniaxial indentation by using MIS grasper. The nominal stress between the grasper and the liver was 0.02 to 0.1 MPa, the loading velocity was 1 to 3 mm/s, and the holding time was 300 s to simulate clamping tissue operation. Results showed that the creep process of the liver during 300 s of duration can be divided into three stages: loading stage I, transition creep stage II and steady creep stage III. The creep characteristic of liver behaves time-dependent, load-dependent and strongly loading velocity-dependent due to its nonlinear viscoelastic characteristics and hysteresis characteristics. These creep behavior might also be associated with the deformation, migration and biochemical reaction of the liver cells. The phenomenological model derived in this paper may describe the creep behavior of the liver. The results would provide experimental databases and phenomenological models for investigating biomechanical characteristics of soft tissue under the contact of MIS tool.

  10. Preconsolidation Pressure and Creep Settlements

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    Thorsen, Grete


    of oedometer tests with undisturbed samples have been analysed by means of different methods to determine the pre-consolidation pressure. An attempt is made to estimate the creep rates on the basis of AMS 14C-datings of the sediments and a model for creep determination proposed by Moust Jacobsen....

  11. Development of lovastatin-loaded poly(lactic acid microspheres for sustained oral delivery: in vitro and ex vivo evaluation

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    Full Text Available Qigang Guan,1 Wei Chen,2 Xianming Hu2 1Department of Cardiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Pharmaceutical, Shenyang Institute of Pharmaceutical Industry, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China Background: A novel lovastatin (LVT-loaded poly(lactic acid microsphere suitable for oral administration was developed in this study, and in vitro and in vivo characteristics were evaluated. Methods: The designed microspheres were obtained by an improved emulsion-solvent evaporation method. The morphological examination, particle size, encapsulation ratio, drug loading, and in vitro release were characterized. Pharmacokinetics studies were used to show that microspheres possess more advantages than the conventional formulations. Results: By using the emulsion-solvent evaporation method, it was simple to prepare microspheres and easy to scale up production. The morphology of formed microspheres showed a spherical shape with a smooth surface, without any particle aggregation. Mean size of the microspheres was 2.65±0.69 µm; the encapsulation efficiency was 92.5%±3.6%, and drug loading was 16.7%±2.1%. In vitro release indicated that the LVT microspheres had a well-sustained release efficacy, and ex vivo studies showed that after LVT was loaded to microspheres, the area under the plasma concentration-time curve from zero to the last measurable plasma concentration point and the extrapolation to time infinity increased significantly, which represented 2.63-fold and 2.49-fold increases, respectively, compared to suspensions. The rate of ex vivo clearance was significantly reduced. Conclusion: This research proved that poly(lactic acid microspheres can significantly prolong the drug circulation time in vivo and can also significantly increase the relative bioavailability of the drug. Keywords: lovastatin, microspheres, PLA, in vitro release, pharmacokinetics 

  12. Creep behavior of a dispersion-strengthened Cu-Ti-Al alloy obtained by reaction milling

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    Espinoza, Rodrigo G. [Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales, FCFM, Universidad de Chile, Av. Tupper 2069, Santiago 8370451 (Chile)], E-mail:; Palma, Rodrigo H.; Sepulveda, Aquiles O.; Zuniga, Alejandro [Departamento de Ingenieria Mecanica, FCFM, Universidad de Chile, Beauchef 850, 4o Piso, Santiago 8370448 (Chile)


    Creep results of a dispersion-strengthened nominal-composition Cu-2.5 vol.%Ti-2.5 vol.%Al alloy, and the adjustment of those results to existing creep models, are presented. The alloy was prepared by reaction milling; its microstructural characterization by transmission electron microscopy had been recently reported elsewhere. Creep tests were here performed at 773, 973 and 1123 K, under loads that produced steady-state creep rates between 9 x 10{sup -7} and 2 x 10{sup -4} s{sup -1}. Two deformation models, available in the literature, were considered: dislocation creep, where the strain rate is controlled by the dislocation-particle interaction within the grains, and diffusional creep, controlled by the interaction between grain-boundary dislocations and particles. In all creep experiments the alloy exhibited high values of the apparent stress exponent, as typical for dispersion-strengthened alloys. Through model adjustment, the operating creep mechanisms where determined: at 773 and 1123 K, creep is controlled by dislocation/particle interactions taking place in the matrix and in grain boundaries, respectively, while at the intermediate temperature of 973 K, controlling dislocation-particle interactions would occur both in the matrix and in grain boundaries.

  13. Modeling of Different Fiber Type and Content SiC/SiC Minicomposites Creep Behavior (United States)

    Almansour, Amjad S.; Morscher, Gregory N.


    Silicon Carbide based Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) are attractive materials for use in high-temperature applications in the aerospace and nuclear industries. However, creep damage mechanism in CMCs is the most dominant mechanism at elevated temperatures. Consequently, the tensile creep behavior of Hi-Nicalon, Hi-Nicalon Type S SiC fibers and Chemical vapor infiltrated Silicon Carbide matrix (CVI-SiC) were characterized and creep parameters were extracted from creep experiments. Some fiber creep tests were performed in inert environment at 1200 C on individual fibers. Creep behavior of different fiber content pristine and precracked Hi-Nicalon and Hi-Nicalon Type S reinforced minicomposites with BN interphases and CVI-SiC matrix were then modelled using the creep data found in this study and the literature and compared with creep experiments results for the pristine and precracked Hi-Nicalon and Hi-Nicalon Type S minicomposites. Finally, the effects of load-sharing and matrix cracking on CMC creep behavior will be discussed.

  14. Modification and Performance Evaluation of a Low Cost Electro-Mechanically Operated Creep Testing Machine

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    John J. MOMOH


    Full Text Available Existing mechanically operated tensile and creep testing machine was modified to a low cost, electro-mechanically operated creep testing machine capable of determining the creep properties of aluminum, lead and thermoplastic materials as a function of applied stress, time and temperature. The modification of the testing machine was necessitated by having an electro-mechanically operated creep testing machine as a demonstration model ideal for use and laboratory demonstrations, which will provide an economical means of performing standard creep experiments. The experimental result is a more comprehensive understanding of the laboratory experience, as the technology behind the creep testing machine, the test methodology and the response of materials loaded during experiment are explored. The machine provides a low cost solution for Mechanics of Materials laboratories interested in creep testing experiment and demonstration but not capable of funding the acquisition of commercially available creep testing machines. Creep curves of strain versus time on a thermoplastic material were plotted at a stress level of 1.95MPa, 3.25MPa and 4.55MPa and temperature of 20oC, 40oC and 60oC respectively. The machine is satisfactory since it is always ready for operation at any given time.

  15. Healing ligaments have shorter lifetime and greater strain rate during fatigue than creep at functional stresses. (United States)

    Thornton, Gail M; Bailey, Soraya J


    Healing ligaments have compromised strength, which makes them susceptible to damage during daily activities at normal functional stresses. Daily activities expose ligaments to cyclic (fatigue) and static (creep) loading. A gap injury was created in the midsubstance of both hindlimb medial collateral ligaments of 40 female 1-year-old New Zealand White rabbits. After a 14-week healing interval, medial collateral ligament gap scars were exposed to long-term fatigue and creep loading over a range of functional force/stress levels. Lifetime and strain behavior were compared during fatigue and creep. The contribution of time-dependent mechanisms to fatigue lifetime was modeled using creep data. Fatigue-loaded healing ligaments had shorter lifetime, greater steady-state strain rate and greater increase in strain at 0.8 h than creep-loaded healing ligaments. The actual fatigue lifetime was less than the predicted fatigue lifetime which was derived from time-dependent damage alone, indicating an important role for cycle-dependent damage mechanisms in healing ligaments during fatigue loading. Cyclic loading decreased lifetime and increased strain rate and strain prior to rupture compared to static loading in healing ligaments. These findings suggest that, after a ligament injury, more care should be taken when exercises result in cyclic loading rather than static loading of the healing ligament even at functional stresses.

  16. The 2-oxoglutarate carrier promotes liver cancer by sustaining mitochondrial GSH despite cholesterol loading

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    Anna Baulies


    Full Text Available Cancer cells exhibit mitochondrial cholesterol (mt-cholesterol accumulation, which contributes to cell death resistance by antagonizing mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM permeabilization. Hepatocellular mt-cholesterol loading, however, promotes steatohepatitis, an advanced stage of chronic liver disease that precedes hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, by depleting mitochondrial GSH (mGSH due to a cholesterol-mediated impairment in mGSH transport. Whether and how HCC cells overcome the restriction of mGSH transport imposed by mt-cholesterol loading to support mGSH uptake remains unknown. Although the transport of mGSH is not fully understood, SLC25A10 (dicarboxylate carrier, DIC and SLC25A11 (2-oxoglutarate carrier, OGC have been involved in mGSH transport, and therefore we examined their expression and role in HCC. Unexpectedly, HCC cells and liver explants from patients with HCC exhibit divergent expression of these mitochondrial carriers, with selective OGC upregulation, which contributes to mGSH maintenance. OGC but not DIC downregulation by siRNA depleted mGSH levels and sensitized HCC cells to hypoxia-induced ROS generation and cell death as well as impaired cell growth in three-dimensional multicellular HCC spheroids, effects that were reversible upon mGSH replenishment by GSH ethyl ester, a membrane permeable GSH precursor. We also show that OGC regulates mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis. Moreover, OGC silencing promoted hypoxia-induced cardiolipin peroxidation, which reversed the inhibition of cholesterol on the permeabilization of MOM-like liposomes induced by Bax or Bak. Genetic OGC knockdown reduced the ability of tumor-initiating stem-like cells to induce liver cancer. These findings underscore the selective overexpression of OGC as an adaptive mechanism of HCC to provide adequate mGSH levels in the face of mt-cholesterol loading and suggest that OGC may be a novel therapeutic target for HCC treatment. Keywords: Cholesterol

  17. Improving Log Loading Efficiency for Improved Sustainable Transport within the Irish Forest and Biomass Sectors

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    Amanda Sosa


    Full Text Available In Ireland, timber and biomass haulage faces the challenge of transporting enough material within strict legal dimensions and gross vehicle weights restrictions for trucks and trailers. The objective of this study was to develop a method to control payload weight by knowing the moisture content of the wood. Weights, volumes, and moisture content were gathered from 100 truckloads of Sitka spruce pulpwood. Truck volume and weight utilization patterns were analyzed based on stacked volume, truck volume, and weights recorded from the weighbridge. Solid/bulk volume conversion factors for the truckloads were estimated indicating the truck’s solid volume capacity to be filled. Trucks were grouped into five conditions based on their configuration—volume capacity and legal maximum payload. A loaded volume fraction was estimated to assess the optimal volume capacity and stanchion height at which the trucks should be loaded. Results showed that 100% of the trucks presented volume underutilization, with a maximum of 27.5 m3 (only 39.85% volume capacity. In contrast, 67% of trucks were overweight while the remaining 33% were under the legal maximum weight. The average solid/bulk volume conversion factor was 0.66 ± 0.013 at 95% confidence level. Depending on the conditions, trucks can be filled to 100% of their volume capacity with wood at an MC from 29% to 55%. The minimum truck volume capacity utilization was 45%. This methodology can be used by truck hauliers, enabling them to determine in-forest the optimum volume and weight of wood to be transported by knowing the moisture content (MC, the wood specie, and using the height of the stanchions of the trailer as reference when loading the truck.

  18. Biomechanical study using fuzzy systems to quantify collagen fiber recruitment and predict creep of the rabbit medial collateral ligament. (United States)

    Ali, A F; Taha, M M Reda; Thornton, G M; Shrive, N G; Frank, C B


    In normal daily activities, ligaments are subjected to repeated loads, and respond to this environment with creep and fatigue. While progressive recruitment of the collagen fibers is responsible for the toe region of the ligament stress-strain curve, recruitment also represents an elegant feature to help ligaments resist creep. The use of artificial intelligence techniques in computational modeling allows a large number of parameters and their interactions to be incorporated beyond the capacity of classical mathematical models. The objective of the work described here is to demonstrate a tool for modeling creep of the rabbit medial collateral ligament that can incorporate the different parameters while quantifying the effect of collagen fiber recruitment during creep. An intelligent algorithm was developed to predict ligament creep. The modeling is performed in two steps: first, the ill-defined fiber recruitment is quantified using the fuzzy logic. Second, this fiber recruitment is incorporated along with creep stress and creep time to model creep using an adaptive neurofuzzy inference system. The model was trained and tested using an experimental database including creep tests and crimp image analysis. The model confirms that quantification of fiber recruitment is important for accurate prediction of ligament creep behavior at physiological loads.


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    Micro Raman spectroscopy and classic composite shear-lag models were used to analyze the evolution with time of fiber and matrix strain/stress around fiber breaks in planar model graphite fiber-epoxy matrix composites. Impressive agreements were found between the model predictions and the experimental results. The local matrix creep leads to an increase in the load transfer length around the break under a constant load. This increases the chance of fiber breakage in the neighboring intact fibers.

  20. Creep analysis of fuel plates for the Advanced Neutron Source

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    Swinson, W.F.; Yahr, G.T.


    The reactor for the planned Advanced Neutron Source will use closely spaced arrays of fuel plates. The plates are thin and will have a core containing enriched uranium silicide fuel clad in aluminum. The heat load caused by the nuclear reactions within the fuel plates will be removed by flowing high-velocity heavy water through narrow channels between the plates. However, the plates will still be at elevated temperatures while in service, and the potential for excessive plate deformation because of creep must be considered. An analysis to include creep for deformation and stresses because of temperature over a given time span has been performed and is reported herein.

  1. Reassembling Surveillance Creep

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    Bøge, Ask Risom; Lauritsen, Peter


    We live in societies in which surveillance technologies are constantly introduced, are transformed, and spread to new practices for new purposes. How and why does this happen? In other words, why does surveillance “creep”? This question has received little attention either in theoretical developm......We live in societies in which surveillance technologies are constantly introduced, are transformed, and spread to new practices for new purposes. How and why does this happen? In other words, why does surveillance “creep”? This question has received little attention either in theoretical...... development or in empirical analyses. Accordingly, this article contributes to this special issue on the usefulness of Actor-Network Theory (ANT) by suggesting that ANT can advance our understanding of ‘surveillance creep’. Based on ANT’s model of translation and a historical study of the Danish DNA database......, we argue that surveillance creep involves reassembling the relations in surveillance networks between heterogeneous actors such as the watchers, the watched, laws, and technologies. Second, surveillance creeps only when these heterogeneous actors are adequately interested and aligned. However...

  2. Influence of Surface Abrasion on Creep and Shrinkage of Railway Prestressed Concrete Sleepers (United States)

    Li, Dan; Ngamkhanong, Chayut; Kaewunruen, Sakdirat


    Ballasted railway track is very suitable for heavy-rail networks because of its many superior advantages in design, construction, short- and long-term maintenance, sustainability, and life-cycle cost. The sleeper, which supports rail and distributes loads from rail to ballast, is a very important component of rail track system. Prestressed concrete is very popular used in manufacturing sleepers. Therefore, improved knowledge about design techniques for prestressed concrete (PC) sleepers has been developed. However, the ballast angularity causes differential abrasions on the soffit or bottom surface of sleepers. Furthermore, in sharp curves and rapid gradient change, longitudinal and lateral dynamics of rails increase the likelihood of abrasions in concrete sleepers. This paper presents a comparative investigation using a variety of methods to evaluate creep and shrinkage effects in railway prestressed concrete sleepers. The outcome of this study will improve the material design, which is very critical to the durability of railway track components.

  3. Induced creep and creep/fatigue of a nickel-base superalloy at ambient temperatures (United States)

    Chen, G. L.; Fritzemeier, L. G.; Xie, X.; Tien, J. K.


    The stress controlled fatigue of Nimonic*115, a typical γ’-strengthened nickel-base superalloy, was studied at ambient temperature, using a trapezoidal wave form at 1 Hz, with stresses chosen to produce failure in the lO4 to lO4 cycle range. In tests with maximum stress greater than the proportional limit, most of the fatigue damage occurs within the first few test cycles. Much of this strain is accumulated under static load and is therefore identified as creep strain. Transmission electron microscopy shows that these creep strains occur in slip bands which disrupt the ordered γ’ precipitates. Strain is found to follow a logarithmic time dependence, which suggests a low activation energy mechanism.

  4. Small punch creep test in a 316 austenitic stainless steel

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    Saucedo-Muñoz, Maribel L.


    Full Text Available The small punch creep test was applied to evaluate the creep behavior of a 316 type austenitic stainless steel at temperatures of 650, 675 and 700 °C. The small punch test was carried out using a creep tester with a specimen size of 10×10×0.3 mm at 650, 675 and 700 °C using loads from 199 to 512 N. The small punch creep curves show the three stages found in the creep curves of the conventional uniaxial test. The conventional creep relationships which involve parameters such as creep rate, stress, time to rupture and temperature were followed with the corresponding parameters of small punch creep test and they permitted to explain the creep behavior in this steel. The mechanism and activation energy of the deformation process were the grain boundary sliding and diffusion, respectively, during creep which caused the intergranular fracture in the tested specimens.El ensayo de termofluencia por indentación se utilizó para evaluar el comportamiento a la termofluencia en un acero inoxidable austenítico 316. Este ensayo se realizó en una máquina de indentación con muestras de 10×10×0,3 mm a temperaturas de 650, 675 y 700 °C con cargas de 199 a 512 N. Las curvas de termofluencia del ensayo mostraron las tres etapas características observadas en el ensayo convencional de tensión. Asimismo, las principales relaciones de termofluencia entre parámetros como velocidad de termofluencia, esfuerzo, tiempo de ruptura y temperatura se observaron en los parámetros correspondientes al ensayo de indentación, lo que permitió caracterizar el comportamiento de termofluencia en este acero. El mecanismo y la energía de activación del proceso de deformación en la termofluencia corresponden al deslizamiento de los límites de grano y la difusión a través de los mismos, respectivamente, lo cual causó la fractura intergranular en las muestras ensayadas.

  5. Pharmaceutical suspension containing both immediate/sustained-release amoxicillin-loaded gelatin nanoparticles: preparation and in vitro characterization (United States)

    Harsha, Sree


    Pharmaceutical suspension containing oral dosage forms delivering both immediate-release and sustained-release amoxicillin was developed as a new dosage form to eradicate Helicobacter pylori. Amoxicillin-loaded gelatin nanoparticles are able to bind with the mucosal membrane after delivery to the stomach and could escalate the effectiveness of a drug, providing dual release. The objective of this study was to develop amoxicillin nanoparticles using innovative new technology – the Büchi Nano Spray Dryer B-90 – and investigate such features as drug content, particle morphology, yield, in vitro release, flow properties, and stability. The nanoparticles had an average particle size of 571 nm. The drug content and percentage yield was 89.2% ± 0.5% and 93.3% ± 0.6%, respectively. Angle of repose of nanoparticle suspension was 26.3° and bulk density was 0.59 g/cm3. In vitro drug release of formulations was best fitted by first-order and Peppas models with R2 of 0.9841 and 0.9837 respectively; release profile was 15.9%, while; for the original drug, amoxicillin, under the same conditions, 90% was released in the first 30 minutes. The nanoparticles used in this study enabled sustained release of amoxicillin over an extended period of time, up to 12 hours, and were stable for 12 months under accelerated storage conditions of 25°C ± 2°C and 60% ± 5% relative humidity. PMID:24101859

  6. Sustainable organic loading rate and energy recovery potential of mesophilic anaerobic membrane bioreactor for municipal wastewater treatment

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    Wei, Chunhai


    The overall performance of a mesophilic anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) for synthetic municipal wastewater treatment was investigated under a range of organic loading rate (OLR). A very steady and high chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal (around 98%) was achieved over a broad range of volumetric OLR of 0.8-10gCOD/L/d. The sustainable volumetric and sludge OLR satisfying a permeate COD below 50mg/L for general reuse was 6gCOD/L/d and 0.63gCOD/gMLVSS (mixed liquor volatile suspended solids)/d, respectively. At a high sludge OLR of over 0.6gCOD/gMLVSS/d, the AnMBR achieved high methane production of over 300ml/gCOD (even approaching the theoretical value of 382ml/gCOD). A low biomass production of 0.015-0.026gMLVSS/gCOD and a sustainable flux of 6L/m2/h were observed. The integration of a heat pump and forward osmosis into the mesophilic AnMBR process would be a promising way for net energy recovery from typical municipal wastewater in a temperate area. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


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    Hana Staneková


    Full Text Available The effect of long-term creep exposure on the microstructure stability of a new cast air-hardenable intermetallic alloy with nominal chemical composition Ti-46Al-8Ta (at .% was studied. Constat load creep test were performed at the temperature 750°C and at applied stress 250 MPa up to 3479,3 h. The initial gama(TiAl + alpha2(Ti3Al microstructure of the alloy is unstable and transforms to alpha2 + gama + tau type. During creep the formation of cavities along the lamellar colony and grain boundaries is observed. The specimens fail by the growth and coalescence of such cavities with intergranular type of fracture.

  8. Probability based high temperature engineering creep and structural fire resistance

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    Razdolsky, Leo


    This volume on structural fire resistance is for aerospace, structural, and fire prevention engineers; architects, and educators. It bridges the gap between prescriptive- and performance-based methods and simplifies very complex and comprehensive computer analyses to the point that the structural fire resistance and high temperature creep deformations will have a simple, approximate analytical expression that can be used in structural analysis and design. The book emphasizes methods of the theory of engineering creep (stress-strain diagrams) and mathematical operations quite distinct from those of solid mechanics absent high-temperature creep deformations, in particular the classical theory of elasticity and structural engineering. Dr. Razdolsky’s previous books focused on methods of computing the ultimate structural design load to the different fire scenarios. The current work is devoted to the computing of the estimated ultimate resistance of the structure taking into account the effect of high temperatur...

  9. Creep of thermoplastic polyurethane reinforced with ozone functionalized carbon nanotubes

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    Z. Zhang


    Full Text Available This work focused on the mechanical behavior, especially creep resistance, of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU filled with ozone-treated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs. It was found that the ozone functionalization of MWCNTs could improve their dispersion and interfacial adhesion to the TPU matrix as proved by scanning electron microscope and Raman spectrometer. It finally contributed to the enhancement of Young’s modulus and yield strength of TPU/MWCNT composites. Moreover, the creep resistance and recovery of MWCNT/TPU composites revealed a significant improvement by incorporating ozone functionalized MWCNTs. The strong interaction between the modified MWCNTs and TPU matrix would enhance the interfacial bonding and facilitate the load transfer, resulting in low creep strain and unrecovered strain.

  10. Modified creep and shrinkage prediction model B3 for serviceability limit state analysis of composite slabs (United States)

    Gholamhoseini, Alireza


    Relatively little research has been reported on the time-dependent in-service behavior of composite concrete slabs with profiled steel decking as permanent formwork and little guidance is available for calculating long-term deflections. The drying shrinkage profile through the thickness of a composite slab is greatly affected by the impermeable steel deck at the slab soffit, and this has only recently been quantified. This paper presents the results of long-term laboratory tests on composite slabs subjected to both drying shrinkage and sustained loads. Based on laboratory measurements, a design model for the shrinkage strain profile through the thickness of a slab is proposed. The design model is based on some modifications to an existing creep and shrinkage prediction model B3. In addition, an analytical model is developed to calculate the time-dependent deflection of composite slabs taking into account the time-dependent effects of creep and shrinkage. The calculated deflections are shown to be in good agreement with the experimental measurements.

  11. Creep Behaviour of Fly Ash-Based Geopolymer Concrete

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    Wallah S.E.


    Full Text Available Fly ash-based geopolymer concrete is manufactured using fly ash as its source material and does not use Portland cement at all. Beside fly ash, alkaline solution is also utilized to make geopolymer paste which binds the aggregates to form geopolymer concrete. This paper presents the study of creep behaviour of fly ash-based geopolymer concrete. Four series of specimens with various compressive strengths were prepared to study its creep behaviour for the duration of test up to one year. The test method followed the procedures applied for Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC concrete. Test results show that fly ash-based geopolymer concrete undergoes low creep which is generally less than that of OPC concrete. After one year of loading, the results for specific creep of fly ash-based geopolymer concrete in this study ranges from 15 to 29 microstrain for concrete compressive strength 67–40 MPa respectively. From the test results, it is also found out that the creep coefficient of fly ash-based geopolymer concrete is about half of that predicted using Gilbert’s Method for OPC concrete.

  12. Development of Creep Resistant Mg-Al-Sr Alloys (United States)

    Pekguleryuz, Mihriban O.; Baril, Eric

    There have been attempts since in the 70's to develop creep resistant magnesium diecasting alloys for automotive applications such as automatic-transmission case and engine components. The earliest die casting alloys developed as a result of these activities were the Mg-Al- RE and Mg-Al-Si systems (AE and AS alloys). The shortcomings of these two alloy systems related to high cost or borderline properties have led to renewed activity in the 90's in the development of magnesium alloys with improved elevaied-temperature properties. This paper presents the development of a new family of creep-resistant Mg alloys based on the Mg-Al-Sr system. Creep resistance, the tensile yield strength and the bolt-load-retention of these alloys at 150°C and 175°C show improvement over Mg-Al-RE and Mg-Al-Si system. The microstructure of the alloys is characterized by Al-Sr-(Mg) containing intermetallic second phases. The absence of the Mg17Al12 phase in the microstructure, either creep-induced or as-cast, is one of the factors that contribute to improved creep-resistance of these alloys over the Mg-Al based diecasting alloys. Furthermore, the alloys exhibit better salt-spray corrosion resistance (0.09-0.15mg/cm2/day) than other commercial magnesium diecasting alloys such as AM60B, AS41, AE42 and the aluminum diecasting alloy A380.

  13. Plastic displacement estimates in creep crack growth testing

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    Huh, Nam Su [University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart (Germany); Kim, Yun Jae [Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yoon, Kee Bong [Chungang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    The ASTM test standard recommends the use of the compact tension specimen for creep crack growth rates measurement. In the creep crack growth rate test, the displacement rate due to creep is obtained by subtracting the contribution of elastic and plastic components from the total load line displacement rate based on displacement partitioning method for determining C{sup *}-integral, which involves Ramberg-Osgood (R-O) fitting procedures. This paper investigates the effect of the R-O fitting procedures on plastic displacement rate estimates in creep crack growth testing, via detailed two-dimensional and three-dimensional finite element analyses of the standard compact tension specimen. Four different R-O fitting procedures are considered; (I) fitting the entire true stress-strain data up to the ultimate tensile strength, (II) fitting the true stress-strain data from 0.1% strain to 0.8 of the true ultimate strain, (III) fitting the true stress-strain data only up to 5% strain, and (IV) fitting the engineering stress-strain data. It is found that the last two procedures provide reasonably accurate plastic displacement rates and thus should be recommended in creep crack growth testing. Moreover, several advantages of fitting the engineering stress-strain data over fitting the true stress-strain data only up to 5% strain are discussed.

  14. Coaxial Electrospray of Curcumin-Loaded Microparticles for Sustained Drug Release.

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    Shuai Yuan

    Full Text Available Curcumin exhibits superior anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic activities without significant side effects. However, clinical dissemination of this natural medicine is limited by its low solubility and poor bio-availability. To overcome this limitation, we propose to encapsulate curcumin in poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA microparticles (MPs by an improved coaxial electrospray (CES process. This process is able to generate a stable cone-jet mode in a wide range of operation parameters in order to produce curcumin-loaded PLGA MPs with a clear core-shell structure and a designated size of several micrometers. In order to optimize the process outcome, the effects of primary operation parameters such as the applied electric voltages and the liquid flow rates are studied systemically. In vitro drug release experiments are also carried out for the CES-produced MPs in comparison with those by a single axial electrospray process. Our experimental results show that the CES process can be effectively controlled to encapsulate drugs of low aqueous solubility for high encapsulation efficiency and optimal drug release profiles.

  15. Creep behavior and surface characterization of a laser surface nitrided Ti–6Al–4V alloy

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    Reis, Adriano Gonçalves dos, E-mail: [Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica—ITA/DCTA, Pr. M. Eduardo Gomes, 50, São José dos Campos—SP 12228-900 (Brazil); Reis, Danieli Aparecida Pereira [Universidade Federal de São Paulo—UNIFESP, R. Talim, 330, São José dos Campos—SP 12231-280 (Brazil); Moura Neto, Carlos de [Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica—ITA/DCTA, Pr. M. Eduardo Gomes, 50, São José dos Campos—SP 12228-900 (Brazil); Barboza, Miguel Justino Ribeiro [Escola de Engenharia de Lorena—EEL/DEMAR/USP, Polo Urbo-Industrial Gleba AI-6 Caixa Postal 116, Lorena–SP 12600-970 (Brazil); Oñoro, Javier [Universidad Politécnica de Madrid—UPM, Plaza Cardenal Cisneros, 3, Madrid 28040 (Spain)


    Laser surface nitriding of a Ti–6Al–4V alloy is studied with the aim of increasing creep resistance. A detailed characterization of the surface and cross section of the nitrided laser surface was carried out by optical/scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. The microstructure of the surface-nitrided Ti–6Al–4V consists of TiN dendrites distributed in a martensitic titanium matrix. Finally, the mechanical properties in terms of microindentation hardness and creep resistance were evaluated. Constant load creep tests were conducted on a standard creep machine at different stress levels at 500 °C, 600 °C and 700 °C. Results indicated that the creep rates of the laser nitrided alloy were lower than those of the untreated material and the microhardness of the surface was improved to 1100 VHN compared with the 340 VHN of the substrate.

  16. Creep in electronic ceramics

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    Routbort, J. L.; Goretta, K. C.; Arellano-Lopez, A. R.


    High-temperature creep measurements combined with microstructural investigations can be used to elucidate deformation mechanisms that can be related to the diffusion kinetics and defect chemistry of the minority species. This paper will review the theoretical basis for this correlation and illustrate it with examples from some important electronic ceramics having a perovskite structure. Recent results on BaTiO{sub 3}, (La{sub 1{minus}x}Sr){sub 1{minus}y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}}, YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x}, Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x}, (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} and Sr(Fe,Co){sub 1.5}O{sub x} will be presented.

  17. The effect of cement creep and cement fatigue damage on the micromechanics of the cement-bone interface.

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    Waanders, D.; Janssen, D.; Mann, K.A.; Verdonschot, N.J.J.


    The cement-bone interface provides fixation for the cement mantle within the bone. The cement-bone interface is affected by fatigue loading in terms of fatigue damage or microcracks and creep, both mostly in the cement. This study investigates how fatigue damage and cement creep separately affect

  18. Investigation of thermally activated deformation in amorphous PMMA and Zr-Cu-Al bulk metallic glasses with broadband nanoindentation creep (United States)

    J.B. Puthoff; J.E. Jakes; H. Cao; D.S. Stone


    The development of nanoindentation test systems with high data collection speeds has made possible a novel type of indentation creep test: broadband nanoindentation creep (BNC). Using the high density of data points generated and analysis techniques that can model the instantaneous projected indent area at all times during a constant-load indentation experiment, BNC...

  19. The effect of cement creep and cement fatigue damage on the micromechanics of the cement-bone interface (United States)

    Waanders, Daan; Janssen, Dennis; Mann, Kenneth A.; Verdonschot, Nico


    The cement-bone interface provides fixation for the cement mantle within the bone. The cement-bone interface is affected by fatigue loading in terms of fatigue damage, or micro cracks, and creep, both mostly in the cement. This study investigates how fatigue damage and cement creep separately affect the mechanical response of the cement-bone interface at various load levels in terms of plastic displacement and crack formation. Two FEA models were created, which were based on micro-computed tomography data of two physical cement-bone interface specimens. These models were subjected to tensile fatigue loads with four different magnitudes. Three deformation modes of the cement were considered; ‘only creep’, ‘only damage’ or ‘creep and damage’. The interfacial plastic deformation, the crack reduction as a result of creep and the interfacial stresses in the bone were monitored. The results demonstrate that, although some models failed early, the majority of plastic displacement was caused by fatigue damage, rather than cement creep. However, cement creep does decrease the crack formation in the cement up to 20%. Finally, while cement creep hardly influences the stress levels in the bone, fatigue damage of the cement considerably increases the stress levels in the bone. We conclude that at low load levels the plastic displacement is mainly caused by creep. At moderate to high load levels, however, the plastic displacement is dominated by fatigue damage and is hardly affected by creep, although creep reduced the number of cracks in moderate to high load region. PMID:20692663

  20. Plasticity and creep of metals

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    Rusinko, Andrew


    Here is a systematic presentation of the postulates, theorems and principles of mathematical theories of plasticity and creep in metals, and their applications. Special attention is paid to analysis of the advantages and shortcomings of the classical theories.

  1. Standard test method for measurement of creep crack growth times in metals

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    1.1 This test method covers the determination of creep crack growth (CCG) in metals at elevated temperatures using pre-cracked specimens subjected to static or quasi-static loading conditions. The time (CCI), t0.2 to an initial crack extension δai = 0.2 mm from the onset of first applied force and creep crack growth rate, ˙a or da/dt is expressed in terms of the magnitude of creep crack growth relating parameters, C* or K. With C* defined as the steady state determination of the crack tip stresses derived in principal from C*(t) and Ct (1-14). The crack growth derived in this manner is identified as a material property which can be used in modeling and life assessment methods (15-25). 1.1.1 The choice of the crack growth correlating parameter C*, C*(t), Ct, or K depends on the material creep properties, geometry and size of the specimen. Two types of material behavior are generally observed during creep crack growth tests; creep-ductile (1-14) and creep-brittle (26-37). In creep ductile materials, where cr...

  2. Effects of pre-creep on the dislocations of 316LN Austenite stainless steel (United States)

    Pei, Hai-xiang; Hui, Jun; Hua, Hou; Feng, Zai-xin; Xu, Xiao-long


    The 316LN Austenite stainless steels (316LNASS) were pre-creep treated, the evolution of microstructure were investigated. The samples were pre-creep at 593 K and from 500 to 2000 h at 873 K with a stress in the range of 20 to 150 MPa, Then the evolution of microstructure and precipitation were investigated by optical microscope (OM), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The results show that the crystal surface slipping resulted in dislocations and original dislocations decomposition during the pre-creep process, and generate quadrilateral or hexagonal dislocation network was obviously. The sub-grain boundary gradually became narrow with the increasing of pre-creep treatment time and temperature. When the pre-creep temperature was 593 K and 873 K, dislocation network gradually disappear with the increasing of pre-creep time and load. When the pre-creep temperature was 873 K under 120 MPa, and the treatment time was 2000 h, the hexagonal dislocation network (HDN) would completely disappeared. When the pre-creep temperature was 593 K under 20 MPa, and the treatment time was 500 h, the quadrilateral dislocation network (QDN) would completely disappeared.

  3. Creep in dispersion strengthened aluminium

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    Orlova, A.; Kucharova, K.; Cadek, J.; Besterci, M.; Slesar, M.


    Results of an investigation of creep at 623 and 723 K in two DISPAL type dispersion strengthened aluminium alloys containing nominal concentrations of 2.5 and 10 vol. pct of dispersed Al4C3 and 2.1 and 3.8 vol. pct of Al2O3, respectively, are presented. The dispersoid particles 25-85 nm in diameter are situated predominantly in grain boundaries and to a less extent as clusters inside the grains. Steady state creep rate, which is strongly applied stress dependent, is most probably controlled by lattice diffusion. A threshold stress characterizing the creep can be identified with the Orowan bowing stress for lattice dislocations. It is shown that creep can be described in terms of lattice diffusion controlled climb of Orowan dislocation loops around dispersed particles. A comparison with creep behavior of dispersion strengthened alloys SAP and NOVAMET shows better resistance of DISPAL as compared to these alloys though its creep ductility is relatively low. 27 references.

  4. Contemporary overview of soil creep phenomenon (United States)

    Kaczmarek, Łukasz; Dobak, Paweł


    Soil creep deformation refers to phenomena which take place in many areas and research in this field of science is rich and constantly developing. The article presents an analysis of the literature on soil creep phenomena. In light of the complexity of the issues involved and the wide variety of perspectives taken, this attempt at systematization seeks to provide a reliable review of current theories and practical approaches concerning creep deformation. The paper deals with subjects such as definition of creep, creep genesis, basic description of soil creep dynamics deformation, estimation of creep capabilities, various fields of creep occurrence, and an introduction to creep modeling. Furthermore, based on this analysis, a new direction for research is proposed.

  5. Creep-fatigue behavior of turbine disc of superalloy GH720Li at 650 °C and probabilistic creep-fatigue modeling

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    Hu, Dianyin [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Aero-Engine, Beijing 100191 (China); Beijing Key Laboratory of Aero-Engine Structure and Strength, Beijing 100191 (China); Ma, Qihang [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Shang, Lihong [Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC H3A 0C5 (Canada); Gao, Ye [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Wang, Rongqiao, E-mail: [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Aero-Engine, Beijing 100191 (China); Beijing Key Laboratory of Aero-Engine Structure and Strength, Beijing 100191 (China)


    Creep-fatigue experiments have been conducted in nickel-based superalloy GH720Li at an elevated temperature of 650 °C with a stress ratio of 0.1, based on which, different dwell times at the maximum loading were applied to investigate the effect of dwell time on the creep-fatigue behaviors. The tested specimens were cut from the rim region of an actual turbine disc in the hoop direction. The grain size and precipitates of the GH720Li superalloy were examined through scanning electronic microscope (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analyses. Experimental data shows creep-fatigue lifetime decreases as the dwell time prolongs. Further, different scattering was observed in the creep-fatigue lifetime at different dwell times. Then a probabilistic model based on the applied mechanical work density (AMWD), with a linear heteroscedastic function that evaluates the non-constant deviation in the creep-fatigue lifetime, was formulated to describe the dependence of creep-fatigue lifetime on the dwell time. Finally, the possible microscopic mechanism of the creep-fatigue behavior has been discussed by SEM with EDS on the fracture surfaces.

  6. 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.

  7. (Irradiation creep of graphite)

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    Kennedy, C.R.


    The traveler attended the Conference, International Symposium on Carbon, to present an invited paper, Irradiation Creep of Graphite,'' and chair one of the technical sessions. There were many papers of particular interest to ORNL and HTGR technology presented by the Japanese since they do not have a particular technology embargo and are quite open in describing their work and results. In particular, a paper describing the failure of Minor's law to predict the fatigue life of graphite was presented. Although the conference had an international flavor, it was dominated by the Japanese. This was primarily a result of geography; however, the work presented by the Japanese illustrated an internal program that is very comprehensive. This conference, a result of this program, was better than all other carbon conferences attended by the traveler. This conference emphasizes the need for US participation in international conferences in order to stay abreast of the rapidly expanding HTGR and graphite technology throughout the world. The United States is no longer a leader in some emerging technologies. The traveler was surprised by the Japanese position in their HTGR development. Their reactor is licensed and the major problem in their graphite program is how to eliminate it with the least perturbation now that most of the work has been done.

  8. Microstructure stability and creep behaviour of advanced high chromium ferritic steels

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    Sklenička, Václav; Kuchařová, Květa; Kudrman, J.; Svoboda, Milan; Kloc, Luboš

    43 2005, č. 1 (2005), s. 20-33 ISSN 0023-432X R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA106/02/0608; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA2041101; GA AV ČR(CZ) 1QS200410502 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : 9-12%Cr steels * microstructure stability * creep behaviour * nonsteady creep loading Subject RIV: JG - Metallurgy Impact factor: 0.973, year: 2005

  9. 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.

  10. Analysis of creep crack growth by intelligent phased array ultrasonic inspection

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    Jeong, C.S. [Graduate School of Sungkyunkwan Univ., Kyungki (Korea); Lim, B.S. [School of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan Univ., Kyungki (Korea)


    At high temperatures typical for service conditions in fossil power plants, the creep fracture is dominated by the formation, growth and coalescence of cavities. Using high temperature pipe materials, P92 and P122, the characteristics of creep crack growth were analyzed in this study according to the cavities. The characteristics of cavities play a critical role in creep crack propagation and load line displacement. The effect of the load line displacement rate(dv/dt) and crack growth rate(da/dt) on the da/dt-C{sub t} relation of creep crack growth was evaluated at different temperatures and K{sub i}(initial stress intensity factor) values. The number of cavities increased with increasing temperature and K{sub i}. The crack growth rate and load line displacement rate increased with the increase in the cavity numbers. The kind and distribution of these internal flaws were investigated by an intelligent phased array ultrasonic method and they were utilized in deriving the relationship with the creep crack growth rate, which will predict the creep characteristics of these materials. (orig.)

  11. Creep Behaviour of Modified Mar-247 Superalloy

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    Cieśla M.


    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of analysis of creep behaviour in short term creep tests of cast MAR-247 nickel-based superalloy samples made using various modification techniques and heat treatment. The accelerated creep tests were performed under temperature of 982 °C and the axial stresses of σ = 150 MPa (variant I and 200 MPa (variant II. The creep behaviour was analysed based on: creep durability (creep rupture life, steady-state creep rate and morphological parameters of macro- and microstructure. It was observed that the grain size determines the creep durability in case of test conditions used in variant I, durability of coarse-grained samples was significantly higher.

  12. Creep Behavior of High-Strength Concrete Subjected to Elevated Temperatures. (United States)

    Yoon, Minho; Kim, Gyuyong; Kim, Youngsun; Lee, Taegyu; Choe, Gyeongcheol; Hwang, Euichul; Nam, Jeongsoo


    Strain is generated in concrete subjected to elevated temperatures owing to the influence of factors such as thermal expansion and design load. Such strains resulting from elevated temperatures and load can significantly influence the stability of a structure during and after a fire. In addition, the lower the water-to-binder (W-B) ratio and the smaller the quantity of aggregates in high-strength concrete, the more likely it is for unstable strain to occur. Hence, in this study, the compressive strength, elastic modulus, and creep behavior were evaluated at target temperatures of 100, 200, 300, 500, and 800 °C for high-strength concretes with W-B ratios of 30%, 26%, and 23%. The loading conditions were set as non-loading and 0.33f cu . It was found that as the compressive strength of the concrete increased, the mechanical characteristics deteriorated and transient creep increased. Furthermore, when the point at which creep strain occurred at elevated temperatures after the occurrence of transient creep was considered, greater shrinkage strain occurred as the compressive strength of the concrete increased. At a heating temperature of 800 °C, the 80 and 100 MPa test specimens showed creep failure within a shrinkage strain range similar to the strain at the maximum load.

  13. Creep Behavior of High-Strength Concrete Subjected to Elevated Temperatures

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    Minho Yoon


    Full Text Available Strain is generated in concrete subjected to elevated temperatures owing to the influence of factors such as thermal expansion and design load. Such strains resulting from elevated temperatures and load can significantly influence the stability of a structure during and after a fire. In addition, the lower the water-to-binder (W–B ratio and the smaller the quantity of aggregates in high-strength concrete, the more likely it is for unstable strain to occur. Hence, in this study, the compressive strength, elastic modulus, and creep behavior were evaluated at target temperatures of 100, 200, 300, 500, and 800 °C for high-strength concretes with W–B ratios of 30%, 26%, and 23%. The loading conditions were set as non-loading and 0.33fcu. It was found that as the compressive strength of the concrete increased, the mechanical characteristics deteriorated and transient creep increased. Furthermore, when the point at which creep strain occurred at elevated temperatures after the occurrence of transient creep was considered, greater shrinkage strain occurred as the compressive strength of the concrete increased. At a heating temperature of 800 °C, the 80 and 100 MPa test specimens showed creep failure within a shrinkage strain range similar to the strain at the maximum load.

  14. Harper-Dorn creep in metals

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    Cadek, J.; Fiala, J.


    The main characteristics of Harper-Dorn (H-D)(1957) creep at homologous temperatures not lower than 0.95 are discussed. Particular attention is given to intermediate temperature H-D creep which, under certain conditions, is controlled by dislocation core diffusion. A mechanism for this kind of creep involving the nonconservative motion of jogs on screw dislocations is suggested. Practical aspects of H-D creep regarding dispersion-strengthened alloys are considered. 31 references.

  15. Creep of service-aged welds


    Sun, Wei


    The creep behaviour of welds in service-aged pipes are studied. The aims of the research have been achieved using analytical, numerical and experimental approaches to the relevant subjects. Several features of the work are presented: (i) a systematic parametric study of the creep of two-material test specimens including a stress singularity analysis, (ii) an impression creep testing method using a rectangular indenter, which can be applied to study the creep properties in welds, and (iii) met...

  16. Demonstration of creep during filtration

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    Christensen, Morten Lykkegaard; Bugge, Thomas Vistisen; Kirchheiner, Anders Løvenbalk

    root of time. Even more clearly it is demonstrated by plotting the liquid pressure at the cake piston interface v.s. the relative deformation (to be shown). The phenomenon of a secondary consolidation processes is in short called creep. Provided that the secondary consolidation rate is of the same...... magnitude as the primary consolidation (defined by the hydraulic retardation), the creep phenomenon may occur during filtration. This will lead to Ruth's plots characterized by a concave with two (more or less) distinct slopes. The slopes are defined by the relationship between the porosity...... and the hydraulic resistance before and after the collapse of the solids structure. This has been observed and modelled for dewatering experiments with activated sludge. It will be argued that although a strong resemblance between blinding and creep exists, these two effects may readily be distinguished by virtue...

  17. Poly(ε-caprolactone)/triclosan loaded polylactic acid nanoparticles composite: A long-term antibacterial bionanocomposite with sustained release. (United States)

    Kaffashi, Babak; Davoodi, Saeed; Oliaei, Erfan


    In this study, the antibacterial bionanocomposites of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) with different concentrations of triclosan (TC) loaded polylactic acid (PLA) nanoparticles (30wt% triclosan) (LATC30) were fabricated via a melt mixing process in order to lower the burst release of PCL and to extend the antibacterial activity during its performance. Due to the PLA's higher glass transition temperature (Tg) and less flexibility compared with PCL; the PLA nanoparticles efficiently trapped the TC particles, reduced the burst release of TC from the bionanocomposites; and extended the antibacterial property of the samples up to two years. The melt mixing temperature was adjusted to a temperature lower than the melting point of LATC30 nanoparticles; therefore, these nanoparticles were dispersed in the PCL matrix without any chemical reaction and/or drug extraction. The sustained release behavior of TC from PCL remained unchanged since no significant changes occurred in the samples' crystallinity compared with that in the neat PCL. The elastic moduli of samples were enhanced once LATC30 is included. This is necessary since the elastic modulus is decreased with water absorption. The rheological behaviors of samples showed appropriate properties for melt electro-spinning. A stable process was established as the relaxation time of the bionanocomposites was increased. The hydrophilic properties of samples were increased with increasing LATC30. The proliferation rate of the fibroblast (L929) cells was enhanced as the content of nanoparticles was increased. A system similar to this could be implemented to prepare long-term antibacterial and drug delivery systems based on PCL and various low molecular weight drugs. The prepared bionanocomposites are considered as candidates for the soft connective tissue engineering and long-term drug delivery. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Physical simulations of cavity closure in a creeping material

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    Sutherland, H.J.; Preece, D.S.


    The finite element method has been used extensively to predict the creep closure of underground petroleum storage cavities in rock salt. Even though the numerical modeling requires many simplifying assumptions, the predictions have generally correlated with field data from instrumented wellheads, however, the field data are rather limited. To gain an insight into the behavior of three-dimensional arrays of cavities and to obtain a larger data base for the verification of analytical simulations of creep closure, a series of six centrifuge simulation experiments were performed using a cylindrical block of modeling clay, a creeping material. Three of the simulations were conducted with single, centerline cavities, and three were conducted with a symmetric array of three cavities surrounding a central cavity. The models were subjected to body force loading using a centrifuge. For the single cavity experiments, the models were tested at accelerations of 100, 125 and 150 g's for 2 hours. For the multi-cavity experiments, the simulations were conducted at 100 g's for 3.25 hours. The results are analyzed using dimensional analyses. The analyses illustrate that the centrifuge simulations yield self-consistent simulations of the creep closure of fluid-filled cavities and that the interaction of three-dimensional cavity layouts can be investigated using this technique.

  19. Creep behavior of precast segmental box girder bridge (United States)

    Xihua, Dai; Liangfang, Liu; Rong, Xian


    The concrete creep effect is more obvious when the box girder is assembled by segment. It is necessary to consider the influence of the loading value of the section at different time and the different age of concrete at different stages. In this paper, ACI209R-92, CEB-FIP MC90 and B3 and other concrete creep models are compared. The results show that the B3 model has many factors to consider and the calculation accuracy is high. Secondly, this paper discusses the influence of the segmental construction technology on the creep calculation, and puts forward the characteristics of the stress analysis of the segmental box girder. Finally, on the basis of the B3 model of concrete creep, the Midas software is used to establish the calculation model of segmental box girder, and the internal force and deformation of the box girder are calculated. The results show that the internal force and deformation of the box girder is too large due to the poor integrity of the segmental assembling process, which will seriously affect the normal service performance.

  20. Creep and Creep-Fatigue of Alloy 617 Weldments

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    Wright, Jill K. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Carroll, Laura J. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Wright, Richard N. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)


    Alloy 617 is the primary candidate material for the heat exchanger of a very high temperature gas cooled reactor intended to operate up to 950°C. While this alloy is currently qualified in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code for non-nuclear construction, it is not currently allowed for use in nuclear designs. A draft Code Case to qualify Alloy 617 for nuclear pressure boundary applications was submitted in 1992, but was withdrawn prior to approval. Prior to withdrawal of the draft, comments were received indicating that there was insufficient knowledge of the creep and creep-fatigue behavior of Alloy 617 welds. In this report the results of recent experiments and analysis of the creep-rupture behavior of Alloy 617 welds prepared using the gas tungsten arc process with Alloy 617 filler wire. Low cycle fatigue and creep-fatigue properties of weldments are also discussed. The experiments cover a range of temperatures from 750 to 1000°C to support development of a new Code Case to qualify the material for elevated temperature nuclear design. Properties of the welded material are compared to results of extensive characterization of solution annealed plate base metal.

  1. Finite Element Modeling of Thermo Creep Processes Using Runge-Kutta Method

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    Yu. I. Dimitrienko


    Full Text Available Thermo creep deformations for most heat-resistant alloys, as a rule, nonlinearly depend on stresses and are practically non- reversible. Therefore, to calculate the properties of these materials the theory of plastic flow is most widely used. Finite-element computations of a stress-strain state of structures with account of thermo creep deformations up to now are performed using main commercial software, including ANSYS package. However, in most cases to solve nonlinear creep equations, one should apply explicit or implicit methods based on the Euler method of approximation of time-derivatives. The Euler method is sufficiently efficient in terms of random access memory in computations, however this method is cumbersome in computation time and does not always provide a required accuracy for creep deformation computations.The paper offers a finite-element algorithm to solve a three-dimensional problem of thermo creep based on the Runge-Kutta finite-difference schemes of different orders with respect to time. It shows a numerical test example to solve the problem on the thermo creep of a beam under tensile loading. The computed results demonstrate that using the Runge-Kutta method with increasing accuracy order allows us to obtain a more accurate solution (with increasing accuracy order by 1 a relative error decreases, approximately, by an order too. The developed algorithm proves to be efficient enough and can be recommended for solving the more complicated problems of thermo creep of structures.

  2. Creep rupture of materials: insights from a fiber bundle model with relaxation. (United States)

    Jagla, E A


    I adapted a model recently introduced in the context of seismic phenomena to study creep rupture of materials. It consists of linear elastic fibers that interact in an equal load sharing scheme, complemented with a local viscoelastic relaxation mechanism. The model correctly describes the three stages of the creep process; namely, an initial Andrade regime of creep relaxation, an intermediate regime of rather constant creep rate, and a tertiary regime of accelerated creep toward final failure of the sample. In the tertiary regime, creep rate follows the experimentally observed creep rate over time-to-failure dependence. The time of minimum strain rate is systematically observed to be about 60%-65 % of the time to failure, in accordance with experimental observations. In addition, burst size statistics of breaking events display a -3/2 power law for events close to the time of failure and a steeper decay for the all-time distribution. Statistics of interevent times shows a tendency of the events to cluster temporarily. This behavior should be observable in acoustic emission experiments.

  3. Creep and shrinkage of high performance lightweight concrete: A multi-scale investigation (United States)

    Lopez, Mauricio

    This multi-scale investigation aimed to provide new knowledge and understanding of creep and shrinkage of high performance lightweight concrete (HPLC) by assessing prestress losses in HPLC prestressed members in a large-scale study; by quantifying the effect of the constituent materials and external conditions on creep and shrinkage in a medium-scale study; and by improving the fundamental understanding of creep and shrinkage in a small-scale study. Creep plus shrinkage prestress losses were between two and eight times lower than those estimated for the design standards and approximately 50% of those measured in similar strength normal weight high performance concrete girders. The lower creep and shrinkage exhibited by HPLC was found to be caused by a synergy between the pre-soaked lightweight aggregate and the low water-to-cementitious material ratio matrix. That is, the water contained in the lightweight aggregate contributes to enhance hydration by providing an internal moist curing. The water in the aggregate also contributes to maintain a high internal relative humidity which reduces or eliminates autogenous shrinkage. This higher internal relative humidity also reduces creep by preventing load-induced water migration. Finally, lightweight aggregate exhibits a better elastic compatibility with the paste than normal weight aggregate. This improved elastic matching and the enhanced hydration are believed to reduce peak deformations at the ITZ which further decreases creep and shrinkage.

  4. Effects of bone damage on creep behaviours of human vertebral trabeculae. (United States)

    O'Callaghan, Paul; Szarko, Matthew; Wang, Yue; Luo, Jin


    A subgroup of patients suffering with vertebral fractures can develop progressive spinal deformities over time. The mechanism underlying such clinical observation, however, remains unknown. Previous studies suggested that creep deformation of the vertebral trabeculae may play a role. Using the acoustic emission (AE) technique, this study investigated effects of bone damage (modulus reduction) on creep behaviours of vertebral trabecular bone. Thirty-seven human vertebral trabeculae samples were randomly assigned into five groups (A to E). Bones underwent mechanical tests using similar experimental protocols but varied degree of bone damage was induced. Samples first underwent creep test (static compressive stress of 0.4MPa) for 30min, and then were loaded in compression to a specified strain level (0.4%, 1.0%, 1.5%, 2.5%, and 4% for group A to E, respectively) to induce different degrees of bone damage (0.4%, no damage control; 1.0%, yield strain; 1.5%, beyond yield strain, 2.5% and 4%, post-ultimate strains). Samples were creep loaded (0.4MPa) again for 30min. AE techniques were used to monitor bone damage. Bone damage increased significantly from group A to E (P30% of modulus reduction in group D and E. Before compressive loading, creep deformation was not different among the five groups and AE hits in creep test were rare. After compressive loading, creep deformation was significantly greater in group D and E than those in other groups (P<0.05). The number of AE hits and other AE measurements during creep test were significantly greater in group D and E than in group A, B, and C (P<0.05 for all). Data suggested that with the increase of vertebral trabecular bone damage, substantial creep deformation may occur even when the vertebra was under physiological loads. The boosted creep deformation observed may be attributed to newly created trabecular microfractures. Findings provide a possible explanation as to why some vertebral fracture patients develop progressive


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    P. Macheret


    The objective of this calculation is to compare several creep rupture correlations for use in calculating creep strain accrued by the Zircaloy cladding of spent nuclear fuel when it has been emplaced in the repository. These correlations are used to calculate creep strain values that are then compared to a large set of experimentally measured creep strain data, taken from four different research articles, making it possible to determine the best fitting correlation. The scope of the calculation extends to six different creep rupture correlations.

  6. Creep Resistance of VM12 Steel

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    Zieliński A.


    Full Text Available This article presents selected material characteristics of VM12 steel used for elements of boilers with super- and ultra-critical steam parameters. In particular, abridged and long-term creep tests with and without elongation measurement during testing and investigations of microstructural changes due to long-term impact of temperature and stress were carried out. The practical aspect of the use of creep test results in forecasting the durability of materials operating under creep conditions was presented. The characteristics of steels with regard to creep tests developed in this paper are used in assessment of changes in functional properties of the material of elements operating under creep conditions.


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    Mishina Alexandra Vasil'evna


    Full Text Available The strongest research potential is demonstrated by the areas of application of high performance steel fiber reinforced concrete (HPSFRC. The research of its rheological characteristics is very important for the purposes of understanding its behaviour. This article is an overview of an experimental study of UHSSFRC. The study was carried out in the form of lasting creep tests of HPSFRC prism specimen, loaded by stresses of varied intensity. The loading was performed at different ages: 7, 14, 28 and 90 days after concreting. The stress intensity was 0.3 and 0.6 Rb; it was identified on the basis of short-term crush tests of similar prism-shaped specimen, performed on the same day. As a result, values of ultimate creep strains and ultimate specific creep of HPSFRC were identified. The data was used to construct an experimental diagramme of the ultimate specific creep on the basis of the HPSFRC loading age if exposed to various stresses. The research has resulted in the identification of a theoretical relationship that may serve as the basis for the high-precision projection of the pattern of changes in the ultimate specific creep of HPSFRC, depending on the age of loading and the stress intensity.

  8. Short-Term Creep Experiment of Cement Asphalt Mortar and Its Numerical Simulation

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    Hao Xu


    Full Text Available In order to investigate the creep performance of cement asphalt mortar (CA mortar, the field sampling of CA mortar cylinder samples was produced, and all samples were tested on WDW series electric universal testing machine by using uniaxial static creep test at 25°C, and the load stress levels were 0.05 MPa, 0.1 MPa, 0.3 MPa, and 0.5 MPa. The greater the load is, the bigger the creep deformation is. The creep performance was simulated by using Burgers model, and the correlation coefficients between fitting results of Burgers model and experimental results are all greater than 0.9. Based on the requirements of finite element software, the Prony series of Burgers model was obtained, and the short-term creep process of CA mortar was simulated by the finite element software ANSYS. The relative error between simulation results and experimental data is not more than 2.5%, which indicates that the short-creep process of CA mortar can be simulated by ANSYS software. The study results can improve the structural design theory of slab track.

  9. Creep-Fatigue Relationsihps in Electroactive Polymer Systems and Predicted Effects in an Actuator Design (United States)

    Vinogradov, Aleksandra M.; Ihlefeld, Curtis M.; Henslee, Issac


    The paper concerns the time-dependent behavior of electroactive polymers (EAP) and their use in advanced intelligent structures for space exploration. Innovative actuator design for low weight and low power valves required in small plants planned for use on the moon for chemical analysis is discussed. It is shown that in-depth understanding of cyclic loading effects observed through accelerated creep rates due to creep-fatigue interaction in polymers is critical in terms of proper functioning of EAP based actuator devices. In the paper, an overview of experimental results concerning the creep properties and cyclic creep response of a thin film piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is presented. The development of a constitutive creep-fatigue interaction model to predict the durability and service life of electroactive polymers is discussed. A novel method is proposed to predict damage accumulation and fatigue life of polymers under oyclic loading conditions in the presence of creep. The study provides a basis for ongoing research initiatives at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in the pursuit of new technologies using EAP as active elements for lunar exploration systems.

  10. Creep at very low rates

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    Nabarro, FRN


    Full Text Available of these diffusional processes is, therefore, important. First type of diffusional creep (Nabarro-Herring (N-H)): the sources and sinks of vacancies are grain boundaries. The vacancies may diffuse through the bulk of the grain or along the grain boundaries (Coble (C...

  11. Creep Strength of Discontinuous Fibre Composites

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    Pedersen, Ole Bøcker


    A unidirectional, discontinuous fibre composite is considered under conditions of steady state creep in the direction of reinforcement. The composite consists of noncreeping, discontinuous, perfectly aligned, uniformly distributed fibres which are perfectly bonded to a matrix obeying a power...... relation between stress and strain rate. Expressions for the interface stress, the creep velocity profile adjacent to the fibres and the creep strength of the composite are derived. Previous results for the creep strength, sc = aVfs0 ( \\frac[( Î )\\dot] [( Î )\\dot] 0 )1/nr1 + 1/n c=Vf001n1+1n in which[( Î...... )\\dot] is the composite creep rate,V f is the fibre volume fraction,sgr 0,epsi 0 andn are the constants in the matrix creep law. The creep strength coefficient agr is found to be very weakly dependent onV f and practically independent ofn whenn is greater than about 6....

  12. Finite strain transient creep of D16T alloy: identification and validation employing heterogeneous tests (United States)

    Shutov, A. V.; Larichkin, A. Yu


    A cyclic creep damage model, previously proposed by the authors, is modified for a better description of the transient creep of D16T alloy observed in the finite strain range under rapidly changing stresses. The new model encompasses the concept of kinematic hardening, which allows us to account for the creep-induced anisotropy. The model kinematics is based on the nested multiplicative split of the deformation gradient, proposed by Lion. The damage evolution is accounted for by the classical Kachanov-Rabotnov approach. The material parameters are identified using experimental data on cyclic torsion of thick-walled samples with different holding times between load reversals. For the validation of the proposed material model, an additional experiment is analyzed. Although this additional test is not involved in the identification procedure, the proposed cyclic creep damage model describes it accurately.

  13. Dynamic responses of concrete-filled steel tubular member under axial compression considering creep effect (United States)

    Jiang, X. T.; Wang, Y. D.; Dai, C. H.; Ding, M.


    The finite element model of concrete-filled steel tubular member was established by the numerical analysis software considering material nonlinearity to analyze concrete creep effect on the dynamic responses of the member under axial compression and lateral impact. In the model, the constitutive model of core concrete is the plastic damage model, that of steel is the Von Mises yield criterion and kinematic hardening model, and the creep effect at different ages is equivalent to the change of concrete elastic modulus. Then the dynamic responses of concrete-filled steel tubular member considering creep effects was simulated, and the effects of creep on contact time, impact load, deflection, stress and strain were discussed. The fruits provide a scientific basis for the design of the impact resistance of concrete filled steel tubular members.

  14. Microstructure and creep behaviour of plasma sprayed yttria stabilized zirconia thermal barrier coatings

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    Soltani, R.; Coyle, T.W.; Mostaghimi [Toronto Univ., ON (Canada)


    The purpose of this study was to determine the creep/sintering characteristics of thermally sprayed zirconia coatings and attempt to understand the influence of microstructure on the creep resistance of deposits. The major modification, compared with more typical practice, was employment of powder feedstock with agglomerated sub-micron size particles (Nanox), which is compared to one of the best commercially available powders (HOSP). Thick plasma sprayed coatings were prepared and their physical and mechanical properties were characterized. Creep/sintering experiments were then conducted to investigate the response of the materials when exposed to high temperatures under load. The results showed that it could be possible to correlate the splat thickness to the creep behaviour of the coatings. (orig.)

  15. Prediction of material creep behaviour for strain based life assessment applications

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    Rantala, J.H.; Hurst, R.C. [EC JRC IAM, Petten (Netherlands); Bregani, F. [ENEL, Milan (Italy)


    In this work the idea of using constant load uniaxial creep test results instead of constant stress results for developing a CDM creep model for the P92 material is demonstrated. Due to limited availability of creep test results this work is based on incomplete test data and a general stress rupture line. In spite of these limitations a material creep model was developed for use in a FE analysis. Using P91 material as an example, a method is proposed to account for differences in strain evolution as a function of stress which normally manifests itself as lower strain values at low stresses in a normalised time-strain plot. This allows the CDM model to be used both in FE analysis and in strain-based life assessment engineering calculations. (orig.) 3 refs.

  16. Characterizing the effect of creep on stress corrosion cracking of cold worked Alloy 690 in supercritical water environment (United States)

    Zhang, Lefu; Chen, Kai; Du, Donghai; Gao, Wenhua; Andresen, Peter L.; Guo, Xianglong


    The effect of creep on stress corrosion cracking (SCC) was studied by measuring crack growth rates (CGRs) of 30% cold worked (CW) Alloy 690 in supercritical water (SCW) and inert gas environments at temperatures ranging from 450 °C to 550 °C. The SCC crack growth rate under SCW environments can be regarded as the cracking induced by the combined effect of corrosion and creep, while the CGR in inert gas environment can be taken as the portion of creep induced cracking. Results showed that the CW Alloy 690 sustained high susceptibility to intergranular (IG) cracking, and creep played a dominant role in the SCC crack growth behavior, contributing more than 80% of the total crack growth rate at each testing temperature. The temperature dependence of creep induced CGRs follows an Arrhenius dependency, with an apparent activation energy (QE) of about 225 kJ/mol.

  17. Seasonal Creep on Longitudinal Valley Fault, Taiwan: Fault Hydrology before and after the 2003 Chengkung Earthquake (United States)

    Randolph-Flagg, N. G.; Huang, M. H.; Lee, J. C.; Manga, M.; Mu, C. H.; Burgmann, R.


    We present hydrologic, geodetic, and seismic data on the Longitudinal Valley Fault (LVF) in eastern Taiwan- the plate boundary between the Eurasian plate and the Philippine Sea plate. Based on creepmeter data and Persistent Scatterer Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (PSInSAR), most creep on the southern LVF (averaging 2 cm/yr) is seasonal with elastic strain building during the autumn/winter and released in creep events during the rainy spring/summer. Results from PSInSAR, GPS, and leveling suggest seasonal creep extends locally to > 200 m depth and we highlight the spatial distribution of this seasonal creep. The seasonality implies a relationship between hydrology (either through pore pressure diffusion or loading) and tectonic deformation. The timing of creep correlates with rain although the interannual variations in creep amplitude do not correlate with interannual changes in well levels or precipitation. This implies a more complicated coupling between hydrology and deformation within the fault zone. To understand the hydrologic process, we use a 2D poroelastic model to track pore fluid pressure changes within the fault zone to understand this seasonal behavior. We then use mud volcanoes and hot springs thermobarometers to further constrain the depth and rate of fluid flow around the Longitudinal Valley. We use these simulations to understand the fault zone hydrology when there are no significant earthquakes. Creep accelerated after the 2003 Mw 6.8 Chengkung Earthquake in SE Taiwan. Correcting for post-seismic afterslip, the amplitude of creep seasonality also increased for the three years after the earthquake suggesting a change in hydrologic properties. We compare changes in well levels and seismic velocity in the shallow crust near the LVF using ambient noise cross-correlation analysis to further understand these changes. The seasonal creep on the LVF and the dense geodetic, seismic, and hydrologic network make this a unique opportunity to probe

  18. Brittle creep, damage, and time to failure in rocks (United States)

    Amitrano, David; Helmstetter, AgnèS.


    We propose a numerical model based on static fatigue laws in order to model the time-dependent damage and deformation of rocks under creep. An empirical relation between time to failure and applied stress is used to simulate the behavior of each element of our finite element model. We review available data on creep experiments in order to study how the material properties and the loading conditions control the failure time. The main parameter that controls the failure time is the applied stress. Two commonly used models, an exponential tf-exp (-bσ/σ0) and a power law function tf-σb' fit the data as well. These time-to-failure laws are used at the scale of each element to simulate its damage as a function of its stress history. An element is damaged by decreasing its Young's modulus to simulate the effect of increasing crack density at smaller scales. Elastic interactions between elements and heterogeneity of the mechanical properties lead to the emergence of a complex macroscopic behavior, which is richer than the elementary one. In particular, we observe primary and tertiary creep regimes associated respectively with a power law decay and increase of the rate of strain, damage event and energy release. Our model produces a power law distribution of damage event sizes, with an average size that increases with time as a power law until macroscopic failure. Damage localization emerges at the transition between primary and tertiary creep, when damage rate starts accelerating. The final state of the simulation shows highly damaged bands, similar to shear bands observed in laboratory experiments. The thickness and the orientation of these bands depend on the applied stress. This model thus reproduces many properties of rock creep, which were previously not modeled simultaneously.

  19. Monitoring microstructural evolution of alloy 617 with non-linear acoustics for remaining useful life prediction; multiaxial creep-fatigue and creep-ratcheting

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    Lissenden, Cliff [Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, PA (United States); Hassan, Tasnin [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States); Rangari, Vijaya [Tuskegee Univ., Tuskegee, AL (United States)


    The research built upon a prior investigation to develop a unified constitutive model for design-­by-­analysis of the intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) for a very high temperature reactor (VHTR) design of next generation nuclear plants (NGNPs). Model development requires a set of failure data from complex mechanical experiments to characterize the material behavior. Therefore uniaxial and multiaxial creep-­fatigue and creep-­ratcheting tests were conducted on the nickel-­base Alloy 617 at 850 and 950°C. The time dependence of material behavior, and the interaction of time dependent behavior (e.g., creep) with ratcheting, which is an increase in the cyclic mean strain under load-­controlled cycling, are major concerns for NGNP design. This research project aimed at characterizing the microstructure evolution mechanisms activated in Alloy 617 by mechanical loading and dwell times at elevated temperature. The acoustic harmonic generation method was researched for microstructural characterization. It is a nonlinear acoustics method with excellent potential for nondestructive evaluation, and even online continuous monitoring once high temperature sensors become available. It is unique because it has the ability to quantitatively characterize microstructural features well before macroscale defects (e.g., cracks) form. The nonlinear acoustics beta parameter was shown to correlate with microstructural evolution using a systematic approach to handle the complexity of multiaxial creep-­fatigue and creep-­ratcheting deformation. Mechanical testing was conducted to provide a full spectrum of data for: thermal aging, tensile creep, uniaxial fatigue, uniaxial creep-­fatigue, uniaxial creep-ratcheting, multiaxial creep-fatigue, and multiaxial creep-­ratcheting. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Optical Microscopy were conducted to correlate the beta parameter with individual microstructure mechanisms. We researched

  20. Effect of Water Fugacity on Creep Strength of Anorthite (United States)

    Rybacki, E.; Gottschalk, M.; Dresen, G.


    High-temperature creep of nominally water-free crustal silicates like quartz or feldspar is significantly affected by the presence of trace amounts of water. For water-saturated rocks the creep rate is expected to depend on water fugacity raised to a power of r. In this study we present first results on the fugacity exponent r and the activation volume V for creep of polycrystalline plagioclase. Fine-grained ( ˜3 μ m) anorthite aggregates were fabricated from a glass-powder by hot-isostatic pressing at 300 MPa pressure and a temperature of 1100oC. To estimate the activation volume, 8 samples were subsequently dried ( ˜ 0.003 wt% H2O) and co-axially deformed at temperatures of 1125-1200oC, pressures between 100 to 400 MPa, and axial stresses between ˜30 to 400 MPa, resulting in axial strain rates of about 7×10-7 - 5×10-4 s-1. Sample deformation at constant load was dominantly accommodated by grain boundary diffusion creep for stresses below about 200 MPa. The resulting creep activation volume is about 24 cm3mol-1. A total of 20 samples were encapsulated in talc setting water activity aH2O = 1. We used Fe, Ni or Cu jackets to buffer oxygen fugacity. Water content of samples after deformation was determined using Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy. Absorbance spectra suggest mainly molecular water located dominantly on grain boundaries. The water content is about 0.33 wt% H2O. Wet samples were deformed at temperatures of 1000-1150oC, confining pressures of 100 - 450 MPa, and stresses of ˜10 - 330 MPa, yielding strain rates of about 6×10-7 - 1×10-3 s-1. In comparison to dry samples wet specimens are about 1.5 orders of magnitude weaker. In diffusion creep the fugacity exponent r is estimated to about 0.6. Samples buffered by Cu-CuO are considerably weaker than those deformed using Fe and Ni jackets. Since the strength of (dry) anorthite is independent of oxygen fugacity, our results suggest that hydrogen fugacity also affect the creep strength of wet

  1. Creep effects in diffusion bonding of oxygen-free copper

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    Moilanen, Antti

    Diffusion is the transport of atoms or particles through the surrounding material. Various microstructural changes in metals are based on the diffusion phenomena. In solid metals the diffusion is closely related to crystallographic defects. In single-component metals the dominant mechanism of diffusion is the vacancy mechanism. Diffusion bonding is a direct technological application of diffusion. It is an advanced solidstate joining process in which the surfaces of two components are brought to contact with each other and heated under a pressing load in a controlled environment. During the process, the contact surfaces are bonded by atomic diffusion across the interface and as a result, one solid piece is formed. The condition of high temperature and low applied stress combined with relatively long process duration enables the creep effects to take place in bonded metals. Furthermore, creep causes unwanted permanent deformations in the bonded components. Some authors suggest that there could be a threshold fo...

  2. Prediction and Monitoring Systems of Creep-Fracture Behavior of 9Cr-1Mo Steels for Teactor Pressure Vessels

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    Potirniche, Gabriel [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States); Barlow, Fred D. [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States); Charit, Indrajit [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States); Rink, Karl [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States)


    A recent workshop on next-generation nuclear plant (NGNP) topics underscored the need for research studies on the creep fracture behavior of two materials under consideration for reactor pressure vessel (RPV) applications: 9Cr-1Mo and SA-5XX steels. This research project will provide a fundamental understanding of creep fracture behavior of modified 9Cr-1Mo steel welds for through modeling and experimentation and will recommend a design for an RPV structural health monitoring system. Following are the specific objectives of this research project: Characterize metallurgical degradation in welded modified 9Cr-1Mo steel resulting from aging processes and creep service conditions; Perform creep tests and characterize the mechanisms of creep fracture process; Quantify how the microstructure degradation controls the creep strength of welded steel specimens; Perform finite element (FE) simulations using polycrystal plasticity to understand how grain texture affects the creep fracture properties of welds; Develop a microstructure-based creep fracture model to estimate RPVs service life; Manufacture small, prototypic, cylindrical pressure vessels, subject them to degradation by aging, and measure their leak rates; Simulate damage evolution in creep specimens by FE analyses; Develop a model that correlates gas leak rates from welded pressure vessels with the amount of microstructural damage; Perform large-scale FE simulations with a realistic microstructure to evaluate RPV performance at elevated temperatures and creep strength; Develop a fracture model for the structural integrity of RPVs subjected to creep loads; and Develop a plan for a non-destructive structural health monitoring technique and damage detection device for RPVs.

  3. Neutron irradiation creep in stainless steel alloys

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    Schuele, Wolfgang (Commission of the European Union, Institute for Advanced Materials, I-21020 Ispra (Vatican City State, Holy See) (Italy)); Hausen, Hermann (Commission of the European Union, Institute for Advanced Materials, I-21020 Ispra (Vatican City State, Holy See) (Italy))


    Irradiation creep elongations were measured in the HFR at Petten on AMCR steels, on 316 CE-reference steels, and on US-316 and US-PCA steels varying the irradiation temperature between 300 C and 500 C and the stress between 25 and 300 MPa. At the beginning of an irradiation a type of primary'' creep stage is observed for doses up to 3-5 dpa after which dose the secondary'' creep stage begins. The primary'' creep strain decreases in cold-worked steel materials with decreasing stress and decreasing irradiation temperature achieving also negative creep strains depending also on the pre-treatment of the materials. These primary'' creep strains are mainly attributed to volume changes due to the formation of radiation-induced phases, e.g. to the formation of [alpha]-ferrite below about 400 C and of carbides below about 700 C, and not to irradiation creep. The secondary'' creep stage is found for doses larger than 3 to 5 dpa and is attributed mainly to irradiation creep. The irradiation creep rate is almost independent of the irradiation temperature (Q[sub irr]=0.132 eV) and linearly dependent on the stress. The total creep elongations normalized to about 8 dpa are equal for almost every type of steel irradiated in the HFR at Petten or in ORR or in EBR II. The negative creep elongations are more pronounced in PCA- and in AMCR-steels and for this reason the total creep elongation is slightly smaller at 8 dpa for these two steels than for the other steels. ((orig.))

  4. Creep properties of phosphorus alloyed oxygen free copper under multiaxial stress state

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    Rui Wu; Sandstroem, Rolf; Seitisleam, Facredin


    Phosphorus alloyed oxygen free copper (Cu-OFP) canisters are planned to be used for spent nuclear fuel in Sweden. The copper canisters will be subjected to creep under multiaxial stress states in the repository. Creep tests have therefore been carried out at 75 deg C using double notch specimens with notch acuities of 0.5, 2, 5, and 18.8, respectively. The creep lifetime for notched specimens is considerably longer than that for the smooth one at a given net section stress, indicating that the investigated Cu-OFP is notch insensitive (notch strengthening). The notch strengthening factor in time is, for instance, greater than 70 at 180 MPa for the bluntest notch (notch acuity = 0.5). The creep lifetime is notch acuity dependent. The sharper the notch, the longer the creep lifetime is. The creep deformation is to a significant extent concentrated to the region around the notches. Different deformation on the two notches is observed. Both axial and radial strains on the failed notch are several times larger than those on the unbroken one. Linear relation between the axial and the radial strains on the notches is found. Transgranular failure is predominant, independent of stress, rupture time, and notch acuity. Adjacent to fracture, elongated grains along the stress direction, separate pores and cavities are often visible. On the unbroken notch, fewer separate cavities and cracks are only seen intergranularly for the sharper notches (notch acuity > 2). To interpret the tests for the notched creep specimens, finite element computations have been performed. A fundamental model for primary and secondary creep without fitting parameters has been used as constitutive equation. The FEM-modelling could represent the creep strain versus time curves for the notched specimens in a satisfactory way. In these curves the strain on loading is included. From the FEM-computations a stationary creep stress could be assessed, which is close to the reference stress. For a given

  5. Room temperature creep in metals and alloys

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    Deibler, Lisa Anne [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States). Materials Characterization and Performance


    Time dependent deformation in the form of creep and stress relaxation is not often considered a factor when designing structural alloy parts for use at room temperature. However, creep and stress relaxation do occur at room temperature (0.09-0.21 Tm for alloys in this report) in structural alloys. This report will summarize the available literature on room temperature creep, present creep data collected on various structural alloys, and finally compare the acquired data to equations used in the literature to model creep behavior. Based on evidence from the literature and fitting of various equations, the mechanism which causes room temperature creep is found to include dislocation generation as well as exhaustion.

  6. Creep of parylene-C film

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    Lin, Jeffrey Chun-Hui


    The glass transition temperature of as-deposited parylene-C is first measured to be 50°C with a ramping-temperature-dependent modulus experiment. The creep behavior of parylene-C film in the primary and secondary creep region is then investigated below and above this glass transition temperature using a dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) machine Q800 from TA instruments at 8 different temperatures: 10, 25, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120 and 150°C. The Burger\\'s model, which is the combined Maxwell model and Kelvin-Voigt model, fits well with our primary and secondary creep data. Accordingly, the results show that there\\'s little or no creep below the glass transition temperature. Above the glass transition temperature, the primary creep and creep rate increases with the temperature, with a retardation time constant around 6 minutes. © 2011 IEEE.

  7. Negative creep in nickel base superalloys

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    Dahl, Kristian Vinter; Hald, John


    Negative creep describes the time dependent contraction of a material as opposed to the elongation seen for a material experiencing normal creep behavior. Negative creep occurs because of solid state transformations that results in lattice contractions. For most applications negative creep...... will have no practical implications but under certain conditions it may become critical. For bolts and fasteners, which are highly constrained during service, negative creep may lead to dramatically increased stresses and eventually to failure. The article was inspired by a recent failure of Nimonic 80A...... bolts in German gas turbines. As a result of this failure similar bolts from Danish gas turbines of the same type were investigated and it was found that the bolts had experienced negative creep during service....

  8. Shear transfer across a single crack in reinforced concrete under sustained loading. Part III : Analysis of experiments

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    Frénay, J.W.


    The results of experimental investigations on internally reinforced "pushoff" test specimens, each formed with one central crack and subjected to a constant external shear loading, were analysed. The crack width and the parallel displacement were measured periodically. The experimental variables

  9. Material modelling for creep-age forming of aluminium alloy 7B04

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    Lam Aaron C.L.


    Full Text Available This paper presents a study on the creep-ageing behaviour of a peak-aged aluminium alloy 7B04 under different tensile loads at 115oC and subsequently modelling it for creep-age forming (CAF applications. Mechanical properties and microstructural evolutions of creep-aged specimens were investigated. The material was modelled using a set of unified constitutive equations, which not only captures the material's creep deformation but also takes into account yield strength contributions from solid solution hardening, age hardening and dislocation hardening during creep-ageing. A possible application of the present work is demonstrated by implementing the determined material model into a commercial finite element analysis solver via a user-defined subroutine for springback prediction of creep-age formed plates. A good agreement is observed between the simulated springback values and experimental results. This material model now enables further investigations of 7B04 under various CAF scenarios to be conducted inexpensively via computational modelling.

  10. Creep lifing methodologies applied to a single crystal superalloy by use of small scale test techniques

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    Jeffs, S.P., E-mail: [Institute of Structural Materials, Swansea University, Singleton Park SA2 8PP (United Kingdom); Lancaster, R.J. [Institute of Structural Materials, Swansea University, Singleton Park SA2 8PP (United Kingdom); Garcia, T.E. [IUTA (University Institute of Industrial Technology of Asturias), University of Oviedo, Edificio Departamental Oeste 7.1.17, Campus Universitario, 33203 Gijón (Spain)


    In recent years, advances in creep data interpretation have been achieved either by modified Monkman–Grant relationships or through the more contemporary Wilshire equations, which offer the opportunity of predicting long term behaviour extrapolated from short term results. Long term lifing techniques prove extremely useful in creep dominated applications, such as in the power generation industry and in particular nuclear where large static loads are applied, equally a reduction in lead time for new alloy implementation within the industry is critical. The latter requirement brings about the utilisation of the small punch (SP) creep test, a widely recognised approach for obtaining useful mechanical property information from limited material volumes, as is typically the case with novel alloy development and for any in-situ mechanical testing that may be required. The ability to correlate SP creep results with uniaxial data is vital when considering the benefits of the technique. As such an equation has been developed, known as the k{sub SP} method, which has been proven to be an effective tool across several material systems. The current work now explores the application of the aforementioned empirical approaches to correlate small punch creep data obtained on a single crystal superalloy over a range of elevated temperatures. Finite element modelling through ABAQUS software based on the uniaxial creep data has also been implemented to characterise the SP deformation and help corroborate the experimental results.

  11. Influence of stress on creep deformation properties of 9-12Cr ferritic creep resistant steels

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    Kimura, K.; Sawada, K.; Kushima, H. [National Institute for Materials Science (Japan)


    Creep deformation property of 9-12Cr ferritic creep resistant steels was investigated. With decrease in stress, a magnitude of creep strain at the onset of accelerating creep stage decreased from about 2% in the short-term to less than 1% in the longterm. A time to 1% total strain was observed in the transient creep stage in the short term regime, however, it shifted to the accelerating creep stage in the long-term regime. Life fraction of the times to 1% creep strain and 1% total strain tended to increase with decrease in stress. Difference in stress dependence of the minimum creep rate was observed in the high- and low-stress regimes with a boundary condition of 50% of 0.2% offset yield stress. Stress dependence of the minimum creep rate in the high stress regime was equivalent to a strain rate dependence of the flow stress evaluated by tensile test, and a magnitude of stress exponent, n, in the high stress regime decreased with increase in temperature from 20 at 550 C to 10 at 700 C. On the other hand, n value in the low stress regime was about 5, and creep deformation in the low stress regime was considered to be controlled by dislocation climb. Creep rupture life was accurately predicted by a region splitting method by considering a change in stress dependence of creep deformation. (orig.)

  12. Research on high-temperature compression and creep behavior of porous Cu–Ni–Cr alloy for molten carbonate fuel cell anodes

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    Li W.


    Full Text Available The effect of porosity on high temperature compression and creep behavior of porous Cu alloy for the new molten carbonate fuel cell anodes was examined. Optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy were used to investigate and analyze the details of the microstructure and surface deformation. Compression creep tests were utilized to evaluate the mechanical properties of the alloy at 650 °C. The compression strength, elastic modulus, and yield stress all increased with the decrease in porosity. Under the same creep stress, the materials with higher porosity exhibited inferior creep resistance and higher steadystate creep rate. The creep behavior has been classified in terms of two stages. The first stage relates to grain rearrangement which results from the destruction of large pores by the applied load. In the second stage, small pores are collapsed by a subsequent sintering process under the load. The main deformation mechanism consists in that several deformation bands generate sequentially under the perpendicular loading, and in these deformation bands the pores are deformed by flattering and collapsing sequentially. On the other hand, the shape of a pore has a severe influence on the creep resistance of the material, i.e. every increase of pore size corresponds to a decrease in creep resistance.

  13. Martensitic zirconium alloys: Influence of chemical composition on creep characteristics

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    Pahutova, M.; Kucharova, K.; Cadek, J. (Ceskoslovenska Akademie Ved, Brno. Ustav Fyzikalni Metalurgie)


    Results of an extensive investigation of creep in martensitic zirconium alloys are summarized with the aim to show the influence of chemical composition on the main creep characteristics - the steady state creep rate and the time and strain to fracture. The activation energy of creep and the parameter of stress sensitivity of steady state creep rate are determined and possible creep mechanisms as well as creep strenghtening mechanisms are discussed. The time to fracture tsub(f) is related to the steady state creep rate epsilonsub(s) through the Monkman-Grant relation as modified by Dobes and Milicka. The creep fracture shows features different from those of ''classical'' intergranular cavitation creep fracture. Most probably the creep fracture is controlled by the same deformation mechanism as the creep.

  14. Creep characterization of solder bumps using nanoindentation (United States)

    Du, Yingjie; Liu, Xiao Hu; Fu, Boshen; Shaw, Thomas M.; Lu, Minhua; Wassick, Thomas A.; Bonilla, Griselda; Lu, Hongbing


    Current nanoindentation techniques for the measurement of creep properties are applicable to viscoplastic materials with negligible elastic deformations. A new technique for characterization of creep behavior is needed for situations where the elastic deformation plays a significant role. In this paper, the effect of elastic deformation on the determination of creep parameters using nanoindentation with a self-similar nanoindenter tip is evaluated using finite element analysis (FEA). It is found that the creep exponent measured from nanoindentation without taking into account of the contribution of elastic deformation tends to be higher than the actual value. An effective correction method is developed to consider the elastic deformation in the calculation of creep parameters. FEA shows that this method provides accurate creep exponent. The creep parameters, namely the creep exponent and activation energy, were measured for three types of reflowed solder bumps using the nanoindentation method. The measured parameters were verified using FEA. The results show that the new correction approach allows extraction of creep parameters with precision from nanoindentation data.

  15. Biomechanical behavior of human intervertebral discs subjected to long lasting axial loading. (United States)

    Koeller, W; Funke, F; Hartmann, F


    48 lumbar discs were tested; the creep tests lasted between 2 and 6 hours. All discs showed the known creep behavior, i.e. a decrease of height, rate of creep and axial deformability with time. In the first minutes of a test the viscoelastic behavior quickly alters so that the disc behaves more like an elastic body. Loss of mass normally observed after creep tests is due to loss of water. Creep behavior is reproducible if a disc has sufficiently recovered, i.e. if it has regained its initial height. Creep tests on "desiccated" discs revealed that creeping is possible without loss of water and recovery is possible without absorption of water. The type of loading (static or dynamic) has hardly any influence on the biomechanical behavior. Our results indicate, that creep and recovery are chiefly due to extension and contraction of the anular fibers and not to fluid flow.

  16. Multiaxial Creep-Fatigue and Creep-Ratcheting Failures of Grade 91 and Haynes 230 Alloys Toward Addressing Design Issues of Gen IV Nuclear Power Plants

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    Hassan, Tasnim [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States); Lissenden, Cliff [Penn State Univ., University Park, PA (United States); Carroll, Laura [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)


    The proposed research will develop systematic sets of uniaxial and multiaxial experimental data at a very high temperature (850-950°C) for Alloy 617. The loading histories to be prescribed in the experiments will induce creep-fatigue and creep-ratcheting failure mechanisms. These experimental responses will be scrutinized in order to quantify the influences of temperature and creep on fatigue and ratcheting failures. A unified constitutive model (UCM) will be developed and validated against these experimental responses. The improved UCM will be incorporated into the widely used finite element commercial software packages ANSYS. The modified ANSYS will be validated so that it can be used for evaluating the very high temperature ASME-NH design-by-analysis methodology for Alloy 617 and thereby addressing the ASME-NH design code issues.

  17. Creep deformation of restorative resin-composites intended for bulk-fill placement. (United States)

    El-Safty, S; Silikas, N; Watts, D C


    To determine the creep deformation of several "bulk-fill" resin-composite formulations in comparison with some other types. Six resin-composites; four bulk-fill and two conventional were investigated. Stainless steel split molds (4 mm × 6 mm) were used to prepare cylindrical specimens for creep testing. Specimens were thoroughly irradiated with 650 mW cm(-2). A total of 10 specimens for each material were divided into two groups (n = 5) according to the storage condition; Group A stored dry at 37 °C for 24h and Group B stored in distilled water at 37 °C in an incubator for 24h. Each specimen was loaded (20 MPa) for 2h and unloaded for 2h. The strain deformation was recorded continuously for 4h. Statistical analysis was performed using a two-way ANOVA followed by one-way ANOVA and the Bonferroni post hoc test at a significance level of a = 0.05. The maximum creep strain % ranged from 0.72% up to 1.55% for Group A and the range for Group B increased from 0.79% up to 1.80% due to water sorption. Also, the permanent set ranged from 0.14% up to 0.47% for Group A and from 0.20% up to 0.59% for Group B. Dependent on the material and storage condition, the percentage of creep strain recovery ranged between 64% and 81%. Increased filler loading in the bulk-fill materials decreased the creep strain magnitude. Creep deformation of all studied resin-composites increased with wet storage. The "bulk-fill" composites exhibited an acceptable creep deformation and within the range exhibited by other resin-composites. Copyright © 2012 Academy of Dental Materials. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Tensile, Creep, and Fatigue Behaviors of 3D-Printed Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (United States)

    Zhang, Hanyin; Cai, Linlin; Golub, Michael; Zhang, Yi; Yang, Xuehui; Schlarman, Kate; Zhang, Jing


    Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a widely used thermoplastics in 3D printing. However, there is a lack of thorough investigation of the mechanical properties of 3D-printed ABS components, including orientation-dependent tensile strength and creep fatigue properties. In this work, a systematic characterization is conducted on the mechanical properties of 3D-printed ABS components. Specifically, the effect of printing orientation on the tensile and creep properties is investigated. The results show that, in tensile tests, the 0° printing orientation has the highest Young's modulus of 1.81 GPa, and ultimate strength of 224 MPa. In the creep test, the 90° printing orientation has the lowest k value of 0.2 in the plastics creep model, suggesting 90° is the most creep resistant direction. In the fatigue test, the average cycle number under load of 30 N is 3796 cycles. The average cycle number decreases to 128 cycles when the load is 60 N. Using the Paris law, with an estimated crack size of 0.75 mm, and stress intensity factor is varied from 352 to 700 N√ m, the derived fatigue crack growth rate is 0.0341 mm/cycle. This study provides important mechanical property data that is useful for applying 3D-printed ABS in engineering applications.

  19. Tensile, Creep, and Fatigue Behaviors of 3D-Printed Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (United States)

    Zhang, Hanyin; Cai, Linlin; Golub, Michael; Zhang, Yi; Yang, Xuehui; Schlarman, Kate; Zhang, Jing


    Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a widely used thermoplastics in 3D printing. However, there is a lack of thorough investigation of the mechanical properties of 3D-printed ABS components, including orientation-dependent tensile strength and creep fatigue properties. In this work, a systematic characterization is conducted on the mechanical properties of 3D-printed ABS components. Specifically, the effect of printing orientation on the tensile and creep properties is investigated. The results show that, in tensile tests, the 0° printing orientation has the highest Young's modulus of 1.81 GPa, and ultimate strength of 224 MPa. In the creep test, the 90° printing orientation has the lowest k value of 0.2 in the plastics creep model, suggesting 90° is the most creep resistant direction. In the fatigue test, the average cycle number under load of 30 N is 3796 cycles. The average cycle number decreases to 128 cycles when the load is 60 N. Using the Paris law, with an estimated crack size of 0.75 mm, and stress intensity factor is varied from 352 to 700 N√ m , the derived fatigue crack growth rate is 0.0341 mm/cycle. This study provides important mechanical property data that is useful for applying 3D-printed ABS in engineering applications.

  20. Numerical-graphical method for describing the creep of damaged highly filled polymer materials (United States)

    Bykov, D. L.; Martynova, E. D.; Mel'nikov, V. P.


    A method for describing the creep behavior until fracture of a highly filled polymer material previously damaged in preliminary tests is proposed. The constitutive relations are the relations of nonlinear endochronic theory of aging viscoelastic materials (NETAVEM) [1]. The numerical-graphical method for identifying the functions occurring in NETAVEM, which was proposed in [2] for describing loading processes at a constant strain rate, is used here for the first time in creep theory. We use the results of experiments with undamaged and preliminary damaged specimens under the action of the same constant tensile loads. The creep kernel is determined in experiments with an undamaged specimen. The reduced time function contained in NETAVEM is determined from the position of points corresponding to the same values of strain on the creep curves of the damaged and undamaged specimens. An integral equation is solved to obtain the aging function, and then the viscosity function is determined. The knowledge of all functions contained in the constitutive relations permits solving the creep problem for products manufactured from a highly filled polymer material.

  1. Brittle Creep of Tournemire Shale: Orientation, Temperature and Pressure Dependences (United States)

    Geng, Zhi; Bonnelye, Audrey; Dick, Pierre; David, Christian; Chen, Mian; Schubnel, Alexandre


    Time and temperature dependent rock deformation has both scientific and socio-economic implications for natural hazards, the oil and gas industry and nuclear waste disposal. During the past decades, most studies on brittle creep have focused on igneous rocks and porous sedimentary rocks. To our knowledge, only few studies have been carried out on the brittle creep behavior of shale. Here, we conducted a series of creep experiments on shale specimens coming from the French Institute for Nuclear Safety (IRSN) underground research laboratory located in Tournemire, France. Conventional tri-axial experiments were carried under two different temperatures (26˚ C, 75˚ C) and confining pressures (10 MPa, 80 MPa), for three orientations (σ1 along, perpendicular and 45˚ to bedding). Following the methodology developed by Heap et al. [2008], differential stress was first increased to ˜ 60% of the short term peak strength (10-7/s, Bonnelye et al. 2016), and then in steps of 5 to 10 MPa every 24 hours until brittle failure was achieved. In these long-term experiments (approximately 10 days), stress and strains were recorded continuously, while ultrasonic acoustic velocities were recorded every 1˜15 minutes, enabling us to monitor the evolution of elastic wave speed anisotropy. Temporal evolution of anisotropy was illustrated by inverting acoustic velocities to Thomsen parameters. Finally, samples were investigated post-mortem using scanning electron microscopy. Our results seem to contradict our traditional understanding of loading rate dependent brittle failure. Indeed, the brittle creep failure stress of our Tournemire shale samples was systematically observed ˜50% higher than its short-term peak strength, with larger final axial strain accumulated. At higher temperatures, the creep failure strength of our samples was slightly reduced and deformation was characterized with faster 'steady-state' creep axial strain rates at each steps, and larger final axial strain

  2. Memo WX7-14-1359, Subject: PBX 9502 Creep Data, Compression and Tension

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    Thompson, Darla G. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    This is a summary of the constant-load, constant-temperature mechanical creep data that has been collected on PBX 9502 in tension and compression over the last 5+ years. This work was primarily funded by the Enhanced Surveillance Campaign (C-8).

  3. Creep Behavior of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS): Results from a Pilot Study (United States)

    Dwight McDonald; Marshall Begel; C. Adam Senalik; Robert Ross; Thomas D. Skaggs; Borjen Yeh; Thomas Williamson


    Structural insulated panels (SIPs) have been recognized as construction materials in the International Residential Code (IRC) since 2009. Although most SIPs are used in wall applications, they can also be used as roof or floor panels that are subjected to long-term transverse loading, for which SIP creep performance may be critical in design. However, limited...

  4. Creep and stick-slip in subglacial granular beds forced by ocean tides

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    Damsgaard, Anders; Egholm, David Lundbek; Beem, Lucas H.

    rearrangements of load-bearing force chains within the granular sediments drive the mechanical transitions. Cyclic variations in driving stresses or pore-water pressure, caused by ocean tides, give rise to strain-rate dependent creeping motion at stress levels below the point of failure, while disruption...

  5. Creep and stick-slip in subglacial granular beds forced by variations in water pressure

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    Damsgaard, Anders; Egholm, David Lundbek; Beem, Lucas H.

    of grain and fluid dynamics to show that rapid rearrangements of load-bearing force chains within the granular sediments drive mechanical transitions between stability and failure. Cyclic variations in driving stresses or pore-water pressure give rise to strain-rate dependent creeping motion at stress...

  6. Creep strain recovery of Fe-Ni-B amorphous metallic ribbon

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    Jurikova, Alena; Csach, Kornel; Miskuf, Jozef; Ocelik, Vaclav

    Creep strain recovery and structural relaxation of the amorphous metallic glass Fe40Ni41B19 after longtime loading at different annealing temperatures below the glass transition temperature have been studied using anisothermal differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dilatometry (TMA). It has

  7. Organic Nanovesicular Cargoes for Sustained Drug Delivery: Synthesis, Vesicle Formation, Controlling “Pearling” States, and Terfenadine Loading/Release Studies

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    Ajay Kumar Botcha


    Full Text Available “Sustained drug delivery systems” which are designed to accomplish long-lasting therapeutic effect are one of the challenging topics in the area of nanomedicine. We developed an innovative strategy to prepare nontoxic and polymer stabilized organic nanovesicles (diameter: 200 nm from a novel bolaamphiphile, where two hydrogen bonding acetyl cytosine molecules connected to 4,4′′-positions of the 2,6-bispyrazolylpyridine through two flexible octyne chains. The nanovesicles behave like biological membrane by spontaneously self-assembling into “pearl-like” chains and subsequently forming long nanotubes (diameter: 150 nm, which further develop into various types of network-junctions through self-organization. For drug loading and delivery applications, the nanovesicles were externally protected with biocompatible poly(ethyleneglycol-2000 to prevent them from fusion and ensuing tube formation. Nontoxic nature of the nanovesicles was demonstrated by zebrafish teratogenicity assay. Biocompatible nanovesicles were loaded with “terfenadine” drug and successfully utilized to transport and release drug in sustained manner (up to 72 h in zebrafish larvae, which is recognized as an emerging in vivo model system.

  8. Creep behaviour of a polymer-based underground support liner (United States)

    Guner, Dogukan; Ozturk, Hasan


    All underground excavations (tunnels, mines, caverns, etc.) need a form of support to ensure that excavations remain safe and stable for the designed service lifetime. In the last decade, a new support material, thin spray-on liner (TSL) has started to take place of traditional underground surface supports of bolts and shotcrete. TSLs are generally cement, latex, polymer-based and also reactive or non-reactive, multi-component materials applied to the rock surface with a layer of few millimeter thickness. They have the advantages of low volume, logistics, rapid application and low operating cost. The majority of current TSLs are two-part products that are mixed on site before spraying onto excavation rock surfaces. Contrary to the traditional brittle supports, the high plastic behaviour of TSLs make them to distribute the loads on larger lining area. In literature, there is a very limited information exist on the creep behavior of TSLs. In this study, the creep behavior of a polymer-based TSL was investigated. For this purpose, 7-day cured dogbone TSL specimens were tested under room temperature and humidity conditions according to ASTM-D2990 creep testing standard. A range of dead weights (80, 60, 40, and 20 % of the tensile strength) were applied up to 1500 hours. As a result of this study, the time-dependent strain behavior of a TSL was presented for different constant load conditions. Moreover, a new equation was derived to estimate tensile failure time of the TSL for a given loading condition. If the tensile stress acting on the TSL is known, the effective permanent support time of the TSL can be estimated by the proposed relationship.

  9. Hierarchy of factors exerting an impact on nutrient load of the Baltic Sea and sustainable management of its drainage basin. (United States)

    Kiedrzyńska, Edyta; Jóźwik, Adam; Kiedrzyński, Marcin; Zalewski, Maciej


    The aim of the paper was to evaluate 23 catchment factors that determine total phosphorus and total nitrogen load to the Baltic Sea. Standard correlation analysis and clustering were used. Both phosphorus and nitrogen loads were found to be positively related to the number of pigs and the human population associated with wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) per km(2), while the number of cattle and agricultural area were found to influence nitrogen rather than phosphorus load, and the area of forests is negatively related to loads of both nutrients. Clustering indicates an overall north-south pattern in the spatial co-occurrence of socio-ecological factors, with some exceptions discussed in the paper. Positive steps in the Baltic Sea region have already been taken, but much remains to be done. The development of coherent response policies to reduce eutrophication in the Baltic Sea should be based on a comprehensive knowledge base, an appropriate information strategy and learning alliance platform in each drainage river catchments. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Primary Creep in Sn3.8Ag0.7Cu Solder. Part I: Theory, Experiments, and Data Reduction (United States)

    Shirley, D. R.; Spelt, J. K.


    This article presents constant-load creep and stress relaxation data for Sn3.8Ag0.7Cu spanning a range of strain rates 10^{ - 8} s^{ - 1} Data reduction incorporated a fast Fourier transform method to remove spurious data from stress relaxation corresponding to the period of partial strain relaxation during loading.

  11. Making Ice Creep in the Classroom (United States)

    Prior, David; Vaughan, Matthew; Banjan, Mathilde; Hamish Bowman, M.; Craw, Lisa; Tooley, Lauren; Wongpan, Pat


    Understanding the creep of ice has direct application to the role of ice sheet flow in sea level and climate change and to modelling of icy planets and satellites of the outer solar system. Additionally ice creep can be used as an analogue for the high temperature creep of rocks, most particularly quartzites. We adapted technologies developed for ice creep experiments in the research lab, to build some inexpensive ( EU200) rigs to conduct ice creep experiments in an undergraduate (200 and 300 level) class in rock deformation. The objective was to give the students an experience of laboratory rock deformation experiments so that they would understand better what controls the creep rate of ice and rocks. Students worked in eight groups of 5/6 students. Each group had one deformation rig and temperature control system. Each group conducted two experiments over a 2 week period. The results of all 16 experiments were then shared so that all students could analyse the mechanical data and generate a "flow law" for ice. Additionally thin sections were made of each deformed sample so that some microstructural analysis could be incorporated in the data analysis. Students were able to derive a flow law that showed the relationship of creep rate to both stress and temperature. The flow law matches with those from published research. The class did provide a realistic introduction to laboratory rock deformation experiments and helped students' understanding of what controls the creep of rocks.

  12. Towards self-healing creep resistant steels

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    Van der Zwaag, S.; Zhang, S.; Fang, H.; Bruck, E.; Van Dijk, N.H.


    We report the main findings of our work on the behaviour of binary Fe-Cu and Fe-Au model alloys designed to explore routes to create new creep resistant steels having an in-built ability to autonomously fill creep induced porosity at grain boundaries. The alloying elements were selected on the basis

  13. Harper-Dorn creep of zirconium alpha

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    Fiala, J.; Novotny, J.; Cadek, J. (Ceskoslovenska Akademie Ved, Brno. Ustav Fyzikalni Metalurgie)


    Harper-Dorn (H-D) creep in zirconium-alpha has been investigated at homologous temperatures 0.35 to 0.48 (773 to 1023 K) and stresses ranging from 4 x 10/sup -6/ to 9 x 10/sup -5/ G (G is the shear modulus) by the helicoid specimen technique. It has been shown that H-D creep takes place at intercept grain sizes larger than about 125, while at smaller grain sizes Coble creep operates under the same external conditions. The H-D creep is most probably dislocation core diffusion controlled. A threshold stress for steady state creep has been detected increasing with decreasing temperature. The existence of threshold stress has been qualitatively accounted for by high dislocation density (approx. 10/sup 12/ m/sup -2/) in the specimens tested. The nonconservative motion of jogs on screw dislocations dependent on dislocation core diffusion has been suggested as the creep rate controlling mechanism. The energy of jog formation has been estimated to which a mean distance between jogs, approx. 5b, corresponds at 1000 K, where b is the Burgers vector. Also the observed transient creep has been briefly discussed. The transient component of the creep strain cannot be accounted for exclusively by inelastic bowing out of links of dislocation network.

  14. The creep behavior of acrylic denture base resins. (United States)

    Sadiku, E R; Biotidara, F O


    The creep behavior of acrylic dental base resins, at room temperature and at different loading conditions, has been examined. The behaviors of these resins are similar to that of "commercial perspex" at room temperature over a period of 1000 seconds. The pseudo-elastic moduli of the blends of PMMA VC show a significant increase compared with PMMA alone. The addition of the PVC powder to the heat-cured acrylic resin increased the time-dependent elastic modulus. This increase in elastic modulus is advantageous in the production of denture based resins of improv mechanical properties.

  15. Creep resistant high temperature martensitic steel

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    Hawk, Jeffrey A.; Jablonski, Paul D.; Cowen, Christopher J.


    The disclosure provides a creep resistant alloy having an overall composition comprised of iron, chromium, molybdenum, carbon, manganese, silicon, nickel, vanadium, niobium, nitrogen, tungsten, cobalt, tantalum, boron, and potentially additional elements. In an embodiment, the creep resistant alloy has a molybdenum equivalent Mo(eq) from 1.475 to 1.700 wt. % and a quantity (C+N) from 0.145 to 0.205. The overall composition ameliorates sources of microstructural instability such as coarsening of M.sub.23C.sub.6 carbides and MX precipitates, and mitigates or eliminates Laves and Z-phase formation. A creep resistant martensitic steel may be fabricated by preparing a melt comprised of the overall composition followed by at least austenizing and tempering. The creep resistant alloy exhibits improved high-temperature creep strength in the temperature environment of around C.

  16. Creep resistant high temperature martensitic steel

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    Hawk, Jeffrey A.; Jablonski, Paul D.; Cowen, Christopher J.


    The disclosure provides a creep resistant alloy having an overall composition comprised of iron, chromium, molybdenum, carbon, manganese, silicon, nickel, vanadium, niobium, nitrogen, tungsten, cobalt, tantalum, boron, copper, and potentially additional elements. In an embodiment, the creep resistant alloy has a molybdenum equivalent Mo(eq) from 1.475 to 1.700 wt. % and a quantity (C+N) from 0.145 to 0.205. The overall composition ameliorates sources of microstructural instability such as coarsening of M.sub.23C.sub.6carbides and MX precipitates, and mitigates or eliminates Laves and Z-phase formation. A creep resistant martensitic steel may be fabricated by preparing a melt comprised of the overall composition followed by at least austenizing and tempering. The creep resistant alloy exhibits improved high-temperature creep strength in the temperature environment of around C.

  17. Creep behavior of Zr-Nb alloys

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    Suh, Yong Chan; Kim, Young Suk; Cheong, Yong Mu; Kwon, Sang Chul; Kim, Sung Soo; Choo, Ki Nam [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea)


    The creep characteristics of Zirconium alloy is affected by several parameters. Out-reactor creep increases both with an increasing amount of Nb, Sn and S contained in alpha-Zr and decreases with the increasing volume of alpha-Zr. Especially, the creep of Zr-2.5Nb alloy depends on the solubility of Nb in alpha-Zr, which is associated with the decomposition of beta-Zr. Since Zr of the hcp structure is strongly anisotropic, it shows the characteristics of texture and results in the anisotropy of creep. Due to the circumferential texture of Zr-2.5%Nb alloy (CANDU Pressure tube), the longitudinal slip is easier than the circumferential one, resulting in the high creep rate. The irradiation creep also increases with increasing neutron fluence. The neutron irradiation increases the strength of the zirconium alloys but decreases their creep strength. In contrast to the out-reactor creep, the irradiation creep is little sensitive to temperature, resulting in the lower activation energy. The most important factor to affect the in-reactor and out-reactor creep of niobium containing alloys seems to be the solution hardening by Nb or Sn which is soluble in alpha-zirconium and the texture as well. Irradiation growth is the mechanism which is caused only by the irradiation. It becomes saturated at lower fluence than the critical fluence but beyond it, shows the break-away growth. The onset of accelerated irradiation growth corresponds with the c-dislocation loop formation, though its mechanism needs better understanding. Generally, the irradiation growth of Zr-Nb alloys increases with an increase in fluence, cold working, dislocation, density and temperature, and with a decrease in the grain size. 141 refs., 59 figs., 10 tabs. (Author)

  18. Predicting Lifetime of a Thermomechanically Loaded Component (United States)

    Murthy, Pappu L. N.; Gyekenyesi, John Z.; Mital, Subodh; Brewer, David N.


    NASALIFE is a computer program for predicting the lifetime, as affected by low cycle fatigue (LCF) and creep rupture, of a structural component subject to temporally varying, multiaxial thermomechanical loads. The component could be, for example, part of an aircraft turbine engine. Empirical data from LCF tests, creep rupture tests, and static tensile tests are used as references for predicting the number of missions the component can withstand under a given thermomechanical loading condition. The user prepares an input file containing the creep-rupture and cyclic-fatigue information, temperature-dependent material properties, and mission loading and control flags. The creep rupture information can be entered in tabular form as stress versus life or by means of parameters of the Larson-Miller equation. The program uses the Walker mean-stress model to adjust predicted life for ranges of the ratio between the maximum and minimum stresses. Data representing complex load cycles are reduced by the rainflow counting method. Miner's rule is utilized to combine the damage at different load levels. Finally, the program determines the total damage due to creep and combines it with the fatigue damage due to the cyclic loading and predicts the approximate number of missions a component can endure before failing.

  19. Study on sand particles creep model and open pit mine landslide mechanism caused by sand fatigue liquefaction (United States)

    Du, Dong-Ning; Wang, Lai-Gui; Zhang, Xiang-Dong; Zhang, Shu-Kun


    The sand particles in the sand - rock composite slope of the open pit mine occurs creep deformation and fatigue liquefaction under the action of vehicle load vibration and hydraulic gradient, which causes landslide geological disasters and it destroys the surface environment. To reveal the mechanism, a mechanics model based on the model considering the soil structural change with a new “plastic hinge” element is developed, to improve its constitutive and creep curve equations. Data from sand creep experiments are used to identify the parameters in the model and to validate the model. The results show that the mechanical model can describe the rotation progress between the sand particles, disclose the negative acceleration creep deformation stage during the third phase, and require fewer parameters while maintaining accuracy. It provides a new creep model considering rotation to analyze sand creep mechanism, which provides a theoretical basis for revealing the open pit mine landslide mechanism induced by creep deformation and fatigue liquefaction of sandy soil.

  20. Study on long term creep of two different types of compressed wood sheets used in library shelves

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    Saeid Azimi


    Full Text Available In this study, the creep behaviors of composite panels used in library shelves were investigated. For this purpose, two types of wood-composite panels (medium density fiberboard and particleboard, and three types of covering including synthetic laminates, natural veneer, and without cove, and two types of wood joints (fixed and detachable were used. Dimensions of the book-shelves were in actual shelf size, that is, 1,000 × 300 mm. Totally, 48 shelf specimens were prepared. For the creep test, a 23.5 kg loading level was applied in the center part of the shelves. Measurements on the creep behavior were carried out over 155 days at different intervals. Results indicated that the type of wood-composite as well as the type of veneer had statistically significant effect on the creep behaviors of panels. The lowest creep was observed in MDF panels. Moreover, those panels covered with natural veneer demonstrated significantly lower creep values. The type of joint also had a significant effect on the creeping behavior of the shelves, though not as conspicuous as the type of panels and veneers. Based on the results of the present research project, it is suggested that in order to increase the service life of library shelves it would be better to produce the shelves from MDF panels covered with natural veneers; these shelves should be fixed on supports.

  1. 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.

  2. Microstructure and long-term creep properties of 9–12% Cr steels

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    Hald, John


    Advanced microstructure characterisation and microstructure modelling has demonstrated that long-term microstructure stability in 9–12% Cr steels under technical loading conditions is equivalent to precipitate stability. Mo and W can have a positive influence on long-term creep strength of 9–12% Cr...... steels by Laves phase precipitation hardening. Unexpected breakdown of long-term creep stability of a number of alloys is caused by precipitation of the complex Z-phase nitride, which may completely dissolve fine V and Nb containing MX nitrides. High Cr contents of 10% and above in the steels accelerate...

  3. On the prediction of long term creep strength of creep resistant steels

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    Yang, Mi; Wang, Qiao; Song, Xin-Li; Jia, Juan; Xiang, Zhi-Dong [Wuhan University of Science and Technology (China). The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy


    When the conventional power law creep equation is applied to rationalise the creep data of creep resistant steels, its parameters depend strongly on stress and temperature and hence cannot be used to predict long term creep properties. Here, it is shown that this problem can be resolved if it is modified to satisfy two boundary conditions, i.e. when σ (stress) = 0, ε{sub min} (minimum creep rate) = 0, and when σ = σ{sub TS} (tensile stress at creep temperature T), ε{sub min} = ∞. This can be achieved by substituting the reference stress σ{sub 0} in the conventional equation by the term (σ{sub TS} - σ). The new power law creep equation describing the stress and temperature dependence of minimum creep rate can then be applied to predict long term creep strength from data of short term measurements. This is demonstrated using the creep and tensile strength data measured for 11Cr-2W-0.4Mo-1Cu-Nb-V steel (tube).

  4. Creep damage and hardness properties for 9Cr steel by SP-creep test technique

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    Baek, Seung Se; Yu, Hyo Sun; Kwon, Il Hyun; Chung, Se Hee [Chonbuk National Univ., Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Lyu, Dae Young; Kim, Jeong Ki [Jeonju Technical College, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)


    It has recently been raised main issue how solve the problem of insufficient energy. One of the solution is to increase the thermal efficiency of power generation system. For the purpose of high efficiency, it is necessary to increase the steam temperature and pressure. So, the use of modified 9{approx}12%Cr steel having superior creep rupture strength and oxidation resistance is required to endure such severe environment. The evaluation of creep properties of those heat resistance material is very important to secure the reliability of high temperature and pressure structural components. Since creep properties are determined by microstructural change such as carbide precipitation and coarsening. It is certain that there are some relationship between creep properties and hardness affected by microstructure. In this study, SP-creep ruptured test for newly developed 9Cr steel being used as boiler valve material was performed, and creep properties of the material were evaluated. Also, hardness test were performed and hardness results were related to the creep properties such as LMP and creep strength to verify the availability of SP-creep test as creep test method.

  5. The influence of grain boundary structure on diffusional creep

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    Thorsen, Peter Anker; Bilde-Sørensen, Jørgen


    A Cu-2wt%Ni-alloy was deformed in tension in the diffusional creep regime (Nabarro-Herring creep). A periodic grid consisting of alumina was deposited on the surface of the creep specimen prior to creep. This makes it possible to separate the deformation caused by grain boundary sliding from...

  6. Creep behavior and in-depth microstructural characterization of dissimilar joints

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    F Kauffmann, T Klein, A Klenk and K Maile


    Full Text Available The 700 °C power plants currently under development will utilize Ni-base alloys such as alloy 617 for components to be operated at temperatures >650 °C. Due to economic reasons for components or parts of components which are subjected to temperatures <650 °C, 2% Cr or 9–12% Cr steels is used, depending on the required mechanical properties. This makes the dissimilar joining of Ni-base alloys and Cr steels a necessity in these plants. Experimental investigations show that these joints have to be identified as weak points with regard to damage development under creep and creep-fatigue loading. The present investigation focuses on welds between the alloy 617 and 2% Cr steel. Under creep load the fracture occurs near the fusion line between the 2% Cr steel base metal and alloy 617 weld metal. To explain the reasons for this fracture location, the microstructure of this fusion line was investigated using TEM and FIB techniques after welding and after creep loading. The TEM investigations have shown a small zone in the weld metal near the fusion line exhibiting chromium depletion and clearly reduced amounts of chromium carbides, leading to a weakening of this zone.

  7. Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling coupling reactions with low catalyst loading: A green and sustainable protocol in pure water

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    Fihri, Aziz


    The Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reaction represents one of the most important synthetic transformations developed in the 20th century. However, the use of toxic organic solvents remains a scientific challenge and an aspect of economical and ecological relevance, and benign water as a reaction medium was found to be highly effective to overcome some of these issues. In the present manuscript, we described Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reactions in neat water, without using any phase transfer reagent. Notably, this protocol also works with ultra-low loading of catalyst with high turnover numbers and also able to couple challenging substrates like aryl chlorides. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  8. Behavior of Repeating Earthquake Sequences in Central California and the Implications for Subsurface Fault Creep

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    Templeton, D C; Nadeau, R; Burgmann, R


    Repeating earthquakes (REs) are sequences of events that have nearly identical waveforms and are interpreted to represent fault asperities driven to failure by loading from aseismic creep on the surrounding fault surface at depth. We investigate the occurrence of these REs along faults in central California to determine which faults exhibit creep and the spatio-temporal distribution of this creep. At the juncture of the San Andreas and southern Calaveras-Paicines faults, both faults as well as a smaller secondary fault, the Quien Sabe fault, are observed to produce REs over the observation period of March 1984-May 2005. REs in this area reflect a heterogeneous creep distribution along the fault plane with significant variations in time. Cumulative slip over the observation period at individual sequence locations is determined to range from 5.5-58.2 cm on the San Andreas fault, 4.8-14.1 cm on the southern Calaveras-Paicines fault, and 4.9-24.8 cm on the Quien Sabe fault. Creep at depth appears to mimic the behaviors seen of creep on the surface in that evidence of steady slip, triggered slip, and episodic slip phenomena are also observed in the RE sequences. For comparison, we investigate the occurrence of REs west of the San Andreas fault within the southern Coast Range. Events within these RE sequences only occurred minutes to weeks apart from each other and then did not repeat again over the observation period, suggesting that REs in this area are not produced by steady aseismic creep of the surrounding fault surface.

  9. Development of European creep crack growth testing code of practice for industrial specimens

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    Dogan, B.; Nikbin, K. [Imperial College, London (United Kingdom); Petrovski, B. [Technische Univ. Darmstadt (DE). Inst. fuer Werkstoffkunde (IFW)


    The integrity and residual life assessment of high temperature components require defects, detected or assumed to exist, through minimum allowable limits of detectable flaws using nondestructive testing methods. It relies on information obtained from the material's mechanical, uniaxial creep, creep crack initiation and growth properties. The information derived from experiments needs to be validated and harmonised following a Code of Practice that data variability between different institutions can be reduced to a minimum. The present paper reports on a Code of Practice (CoP) being prepared within the framework of the partially European Commission funded project CRETE. The novel aspect of the presented CoP is the inclusion of component relevant industrial specimen geometries. It covers testing and analysis of Creep Crack growth (CCG) in metallic materials at elevated temperature using six different cracked geometries that have been validated in. It aims to give advice on testing, measurements and analysis of creep crack growth data for a range of creep brittle to creep ductile materials using component service relevant specimen geometries and sizes. The CoP may be used for material selection criteria and inspection requirements for damage tolerant applications. In quantitative terms, these types of tests can be used to assess the individual and combined effects of metallurgical, fabrication, operating temperature, and loading conditions on creep crack growth life. Further issues will be addressed including material properties, damage and crack growth related constraint effect, stress relaxation and stress-strain fields, residual stresses, partitioning displacement, analysis of elasticcreep, elastic compliance measurements.

  10. Trunk proprioception adaptations to creep deformation. (United States)

    Abboud, Jacques; Rousseau, Benjamin; Descarreaux, Martin


    This study aimed at identifying the short-term effect of creep deformation on the trunk repositioning sense. Twenty healthy participants performed two different trunk-repositioning tasks (20° and 30° trunk extension) before and after a prolonged static full trunk flexion of 20 min in order to induce spinal tissue creep. Trunk repositioning error variables, trunk movement time and erector spinae muscle activity were computed and compared between the pre- and post-creep conditions. During the pre-creep condition, significant increases in trunk repositioning errors, as well as trunk movement time, were observed in 30° trunk extension in comparison to 20°. During the post-creep condition, trunk repositioning errors variables were significantly increased only when performing a 20° trunk extension. Erector spinae muscle activity increased in the post-creep condition, while it remained unchanged between trunk repositioning tasks. Trunk repositioning sense seems to be altered in the presence of creep deformation, especially in a small range of motion. Reduction of proprioception acuity may increase the risk of spinal instability, which is closely related to the risk of low back pain or injury.

  11. Creep rupture strength of microalloyed steels

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    Foldyna, V.; Kubon, Z.; Schellong, T.


    The superior creep resistance of the microalloyed steels compared to the carbon steels originates in the presence of very fine particles of minor phases based on vanadium or niobium. These steels are delivered either after controlled rolling or in the normalized state. The creep strength of these microalloyed steels reaches nearly that of low alloy 0.15C-0.3Mo steel type. The best creep properties are detected in steels after controlled rolling, while after normalizing creep rupture strength slightly decreases, especially in heats alloyed with niobium. This is the result of the microstructure of the steel when in steel with niobium originally fine particles of niobium carbonitride coarsen during normalizing with corresponding changes in their interparticle spacing. When compared the creep rupture strength attained experimentally with the data stated in the standard CSN 41 2025, it is clear that the data stated in the standard corresponds the creep properties of this steel after normalizing but do not take into account creep properties attained after controlled rolling (normalizing forming). (orig.)

  12. Final report on in-reactor creep-fatigue deformation behaviour of a CuCrZr alloy: COFAT 1

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    Singh, Bachu Narain; Tähtinen, S.; Moilanen, P.

    CrZr(HT1) alloy exposed concurrently to flux of neutrons and creep-fatigue cyclic loading directly in a fission reactor. Special experimental facilities were designed and fabricated for this purpose. A number of in-reactor creep-fatigue experiments were successfully carried out in the BR-2 reactor at Mol...... (Belgium). In the present report we first describe the experimental facilities and the details of the in-reactor creep-fatigue experiments carried out at 363 and 343K at a strain amplitude of 0.5% with holdtimes of 10 and 100s, respectively. For comparison purposes, similar creep-fatigue tests were...... performed outside of the reactor. (i.e. in the absence of neutron irradiation). During in-reactor tests, the mechanical response was continuously registered throughout the whole test. The results are first presented in the form of hysteresis loops confirming that the nature of deformation during these tests...

  13. Reliability and Creep/Fatigue Analysis of a CMC Component (United States)

    Murthy, Pappu L. N.; Mital, Subodh K.; Gyekenyesi, John Z.; Gyekenyesi, John P.


    High temperature ceramic matrix composites (CMC) are being explored as viable candidate materials for hot section gas turbine components. These advanced composites can potentially lead to reduced weight and enable higher operating temperatures requiring less cooling; thus leading to increased engine efficiencies. There is a need for convenient design tools that can accommodate various loading conditions and material data with their associated uncertainties to estimate the minimum predicted life as well as the failure probabilities of a structural component. This paper presents a review of the life prediction and probabilistic analyses performed for a CMC turbine stator vane. A computer code, NASALife, is used to predict the life of a 2-D woven silicon carbide fiber reinforced silicon carbide matrix (SiC/SiC) turbine stator vane due to a mission cycle which induces low cycle fatigue and creep. The output from this program includes damage from creep loading, damage due to cyclic loading and the combined damage due to the given loading cycle. Results indicate that the trends predicted by NASALife are as expected for the loading conditions used for this study. In addition, a combination of woven composite micromechanics, finite element structural analysis and Fast Probability Integration (FPI) techniques has been used to evaluate the maximum stress and its probabilistic distribution in a CMC turbine stator vane. Input variables causing scatter are identified and ranked based upon their sensitivity magnitude. Results indicate that reducing the scatter in proportional limit strength of the vane material has the greatest effect in improving the overall reliability of the CMC vane.

  14. Factors influencing creep flow and ductility in ultrafine-grained metals

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    Sklenicka, V., E-mail: [Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Zizkova 22, CZ-61662 Brno (Czech Republic); CEITEC-IPM, Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Zizkova 22, CZ-616 62 Brno (Czech Republic); Dvorak, J., E-mail: [Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Zizkova 22, CZ-61662 Brno (Czech Republic); CEITEC-IPM, Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Zizkova 22, CZ-616 62 Brno (Czech Republic); Kral, P., E-mail: [Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Zizkova 22, CZ-61662 Brno (Czech Republic); Svoboda, M., E-mail: [Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Zizkova 22, CZ-61662 Brno (Czech Republic); CEITEC-IPM, Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Zizkova 22, CZ-616 62 Brno (Czech Republic); Kvapilova, M. [Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Zizkova 22, CZ-61662 Brno (Czech Republic); Langdon, T.G., E-mail: [Departments of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1453 (United States); Materials Research Group, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ (United Kingdom)


    The creep behaviour of high purity aluminium and copper and their Al-0.2 wt%Sc and Cu-0.2 wt%Zr alloys was examined after processing by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) with an emphasis on creep ductility and the ECAP microstructural homogeneity. It was found that, under the same loading conditions, the creep ductility of the ultrafine-grained materials processed by ECAP continually increases with increasing numbers of ECAP passes. A detailed quantitative microstructural study was conducted using the electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) methods. This analysis revealed that, with increasing numbers of ECAP passes, the mutual misorientation of neighbouring subgrains grows and the subgrains continuously transform to grains having high-angle grain boundaries.

  15. Experimental study on long-term creep preference of flexural members strengthened with prestressed CFRP plate (United States)

    Zhang, Baojing; Shang, Shouping


    In this paper, the tensioning and anchorage experiment of CFRP was done on a 12m long steel H-beam by using a set of independent developed tensioning and anchoring device, and the strain of prestressed CFRP was observed for up to one year by using the fiber grating sensor (FBG);On the basis of indoor experiment, the reinforcement technology is applied to the real bridge reinforcement project (Xiangtan Jie-fang Bridge and Zhu-Jindu Bridge), and the long-term creep of prestressed CFRP plate on the bridge was observed and studied. Laboratory tests and the results of reinforcement project application show that: The mechanical properties of anchorage is very good, the CFRP plate produces almost no slip, and its creep is also very small, the creep behavior of the CFRP plate has little adverse influence on the strengthened structure when the set of prestressed CFRP is in long-term prestress and external loads.

  16. Examination of observed and predicted measures of creep cavitation damage accumulation

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    Brear, J.M.; Church, J.M. [ERA Technology Ltd., Leatherhead (United Kingdom); Eggeler, G. [University of Bochum-Ruhr (Germany)


    Brittle intergranular cavitation represents a primary degradation mechanism for high temperature plant operating within the creep range. Fundamental to formulating estimates of remanent life, or consumed life fraction for such components are: the observation and quantification of the level of actual creep cavitation, typically using an A-parameter type approach, and the correlation of observed creep damage accumulation with some phenomenological model which characterizes the rate of damage evolution and, thereby, rupture lifetime. The work described here treats inhomogeneous damage accumulation - in otherwise uniform material and loading situations. Extensions to the A-parameter are considered as a practical measure of damage localization and an extension of the Kachanov-Rabotnov continuum damage mechanics model is proposed to allow theoretical treatment. (orig.) 4 refs.

  17. Axisymmetric bending of a round elastic plate in case of creep

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    Andreev Vladimir Igorevich


    Full Text Available In the article the problem of bending of circular axially loaded flexible plate during creep was solved. The solution is reduced to a system of two nonlinear differential equations. These equations are suitable for arbitrary dependencies between tensions and creep deformations. The system was solved by the method of successive approximations in conjunction with the finite difference method. Calculations were performed with the help of software package Matlab. We considered round rigidly clamped along the contour plate, which was loaded by the load uniformly distributed over the area. Polymer EDB-10 was taken as a material, which obeys the Maxwell-Gurevich physical law. Creep strains at each point of time were found using linear approximation. In order to verify the correctness of the program, we compared the elastic solution with the result of Professor A. Volmir. He solved this problem by the method of Bubnov-Galerkin only taking into account the geometric nonlinearity. Our results are in good agreement with the solution of. A. Volmir.It is revealed that the calculation excluding geometric nonlinearity gives high values of deflections. The analysis of the equations for t→∞ showed that in linear geometric theory stresses across the thickness of the plate at the end of the creep change linearly. Also the formula for long cylindrical rigidity was obtained. This formula allows us to find the deflection at the end of the creep process, if we know the elastic solution. It is shown that long cylindrical rigidity depends not only on the long elastic modulus v , but also on short elastic modulus v and Poisson's ratio v . It was also found out that in case of high loads stress distribution across the thickness is nonlinear.

  18. Creep of granulated loose-fill insulation

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    Rasmussen, Torben Valdbjørn

    This report presents a proposal for a standardised method for creep tests and the necessary theoretical framework that can be used to describe creep of a granulated loose-fill material. Furthermore results from a round robin test are shown. The round robin test was carried out in collaboration...... with SP-Building Physics in Sweden and VTT Building Technology in Finland. For the round robin test a cellulosic fibre insulation material was used. The proposed standardised method for creep tests and theories are limited to cases when the granulated loose-fill material is exposed to a constant...

  19. Cake creep during filtration of flocculated manure

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    Christensen, Morten Lykkegaard; Keiding, Kristian

    that the discrepancy between the filtration theory and the observed filtration behaviour is due to a time-dependent collapse of the formed cake (creep). This can also explain the observed behaviour when flocculated manure is filtered. The filtration data can be simulated if cake creep is adopted in the filtration...... model. The calculation shows that the specific filter-cake resistance increases by a factor of 3 during the filtration. Thus, the impact of cake creep is significant when organic materials such as manure are filtered....

  20. Kinematic hardening in creep of Zircaloy

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    Sedláček, Radan, E-mail:; Deuble, Dietmar


    Results of biaxial creep tests with stress changes on Zircaloy-2 tube samples are presented. A Hollomon-type viscoplastic strain hardening model is extended by the Armstrong-Frederic nonlinear kinematic hardening law, resulting in a mixed (i.e. isotropic and kinematic) strain hardening model. The creep tests with stress changes and similar tests published in the literature are simulated by the models. It is shown that introduction of the kinematic strain hardening in the viscoplastic strain hardening model is sufficient to describe the creep transients following stress drops, stress reversals and stress removals.

  1. TA [B] Predicting Microstructure-Creep Resistance Correlation in High Temperature Alloys over Multiple Time Scales

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    Tomar, Vikas [Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States)


    DoE-NETL partnered with Purdue University to predict the creep and associated microstructure evolution of tungsten-based refractory alloys. Researchers use grain boundary (GB) diagrams, a new concept, to establish time-dependent creep resistance and associated microstructure evolution of grain boundaries/intergranular films GB/IGF controlled creep as a function of load, environment, and temperature. The goal was to conduct a systematic study that includes the development of a theoretical framework, multiscale modeling, and experimental validation using W-based body-centered-cubic alloys, doped/alloyed with one or two of the following elements: nickel, palladium, cobalt, iron, and copper—typical refractory alloys. Prior work has already established and validated a basic theory for W-based binary and ternary alloys; the study conducted under this project extended this proven work. Based on interface diagrams phase field models were developed to predict long term microstructural evolution. In order to validate the models nanoindentation creep data was used to elucidate the role played by the interface properties in predicting long term creep strength and microstructure evolution.

  2. Creep properties of three low temperature-curing bone cements: a preclinical assessment. (United States)

    Verdonschot, N; Huiskes, R


    The mechanical characteristics of new bone cements should be assessed before these cements are released on the orthopedic market in great quantities. In this study, we present the deformational response of 3 relatively new, low-curing temperature bone cements (Cemex RX, Cemex System, and Cemex Isoplastic) to a dynamic compressive force in comparison to Simplex P bone cement. For this purpose, dynamic compressive creep tests were performed on cylindrical shaped specimens at a maximal load level of 20 MPa for a period of 250,000 cycles. The results showed that Cemex System and Cemex RX produced creep rates that were higher (20% and 30%, respectively) as compared to Simplex P bone cement. The creep behavior of Cemex Isoplastic was very similar to that of Simplex P. It was concluded that although Cemex RX and Cemex System produced higher creep rates than Simplex P, these differences were not considered excessive. Hence, although other tests are required to assess the safety and efficacy of these new cements, the dynamic creep properties under compression can be considered adequate for clinical use. Copyright 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  3. Long-term creep behavior of self-reinforced PET composites

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    C. M. Wu


    Full Text Available Creep deformation of polymers results from their inherent viscoelastic nature that changes polymer’s shape with time. Creep response represents an important property of thermoplastic composites that affects their dimensional stability, especially in applications requiring the material ability to support relatively high loads for long periods. This work examines the creep behavior of self-reinforced recycled poly(ethylene terephthalate (srrPET composites, which were produced by film stacking from fabrics composed of double covered uncommingled yarns with recycled PET homopolymer filaments (serving as the reinforcements and copolymerized PET (mPET filaments (serving as the matrix. The short-term creep behavior of both srrPET and mPET was studied in the single cantilever mode below and above the glass transition temperature, and the obtained data were analyzed using the Findley’s viscoelastic and Burgers four-element models. The long-term creep behavior of srrPET specimens with and without open circular holes was described using an Arrhenius-type time–temperature superposition principle.

  4. Long term creep tests on timber beams in heated and non-heated environments

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    Gowda, S.; Kortesmaa, M.; Ranta-Maunus, A. [VTT Building Technology, Espoo (Finland). Building Materials and Products


    The aim of this research investigation was to study the long term effect of creep on different wood materials under natural environmental conditions. The tests were initiated in the summer of 1992 and the results collected until the end of 1995 are reported here. The experiments on sawn timber of pine and spruce, glulam, Kerto-LVL and I-profile with hard board web structural size members were carried out in a sheltered environment, where the changes in moisture and temperature of the surrounding followed the natural climatic conditions of Southern Finland. In addition, separate tests on eight glulam beams were carried out in a heated room environment. The experiments were carried out at low load levels (2-7 MPa). The surface of few groups of specimens were treated with alkyd and emulsion paint, some were creosoted and salt impregnated, while few samples had no treatment. The creep test data of all specimens were analysed systematically to obtain creep curves. The data showed significant variation in creep among wood materials with different treatments. Creep of glulam was same in heated and non-heated environment. (orig.) (3 refs.)

  5. Interferon Alpha Induces Sustained Changes in NK Cell Responsiveness to Hepatitis B Viral Load Suppression In Vivo.

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    Upkar S Gill


    Full Text Available NK cells are important antiviral effectors, highly enriched in the liver, with the potential to regulate immunopathogenesis in persistent viral infections. Here we examined whether changes in the NK pool are induced when patients with eAg-positive CHB are 'primed' with PegIFNα and importantly, whether these changes are sustained or further modulated long-term after switching to nucleos(tides (sequential NUC therapy, an approach currently tested in the clinic. Longitudinal sampling of a prospectively recruited cohort of patients with eAg+CHB showed that the cumulative expansion of CD56bright NK cells driven by 48-weeks of PegIFNα was maintained at higher than baseline levels throughout the subsequent 9 months of sequential NUCs. Unexpectedly, PegIFNα-expanded NK cells showed further augmentation in their expression of the activating NK cell receptors NKp30 and NKp46 during sequential NUCs. The expansion in proliferating, functional NK cells was more pronounced following sequential NUCs than in comparison cohorts of patients treated with de novo NUCs or PegIFNα only. Reduction in circulating HBsAg concentrations, a key goal in the path towards functional cure of CHB, was only achieved in those patients with enhancement of NK cell IFNγ and cytotoxicity but decrease in their expression of the death ligand TRAIL. In summary, we conclude that PegIFNα priming can expand a population of functional NK cells with an altered responsiveness to subsequent antiviral suppression by NUCs. Patients on sequential NUCs with a distinct NK cell profile show a decline in HBsAg, providing mechanistic insights for the further optimisation of treatment strategies to achieve sustained responses in CHB.

  6. 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.

  7. Pseudo-creep in Shape Memory Alloy Wires and Sheets (United States)

    Russalian, V. R.; Bhattacharyya, A.


    Interruption of loading during reorientation and isothermal pseudoelasticity in shape memory alloys with a strain arrest ( i.e., holding strain constant) results in a time-dependent evolution in stress or with a stress arrest ( i.e., holding stress constant) results in a time-dependent evolution in strain. This phenomenon, which we term as pseudo-creep, is similar to what was reported in the literature three decades ago for some traditional metallic materials undergoing plastic deformation. In a previous communication, we reported strain arrest of isothermal pseudoelastic loading, isothermal pseudoelastic unloading, and reorientation in NiTi wires as well as a rate-independent phase diagram. In this paper, we provide experimental results of the pseudo-creep phenomenon during stress arrest of isothermal pseudoelasticity and reorientation in NiTi wires as well as strain arrest of isothermal pseudoelasticity and reorientation in NiTi sheets. Stress arrest in NiTi wires accompanied by strain accumulation or recovery is studied using the technique of multi-video extensometry. The experimental results were used to estimate the amount of mechanical energy needed to evolve the wire from one microstructural state to another during isothermal pseudoelastic deformation and the difference in energies between the initial and the final rest state between which the aforementioned evolution has occurred.

  8. Reversible Operation of Solid Oxide Cells for Sustainable Fuel Production and Solar/Wind Load-Balancing

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    Graves, Christopher R.; Villarreal, D.; Mýrdal, Jón Steinar Garðarsson


    electricity from fuels – either previously stored fuels or from anexternal supply e.g. natural gas or biogas. This reversibility combined with fuel-flexibility isunique among energy storage technologies like closed-system batteries and singledirectionelectrolyzers. However, few studies have been conducted......RSOC stack produces syngas via co-electrolysis of CO2 and H2O. Part of the syngas isconverted to methanol downstream in the system to meet the demand of transportationvehicles, and the rest is stored for electrical load balancing by conversion back toelectricity in fuel cell mode when electricity demand......The solid oxide electrochemical cell (SOC) is a promising candidate for large-scale energystorage. In electrolysis mode it stores renewable electricity as chemical energy in the formof fuels like hydrogen and hydrocarbons, and the same cell can be operated in the reversedirection to produce...

  9. Short-Term Multiple Forecasting of Electric Energy Loads for Sustainable Demand Planning in Smart Grids for Smart Homes

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    Adeshina Y. Alani


    Full Text Available Energy consumption in the form of fuel or electricity is ubiquitous globally. Among energy types, electricity is crucial to human life in terms of cooking, warming and cooling of shelters, powering of electronic devices as well as commercial and industrial operations. Users of electronic devices sometimes consume fluctuating amounts of electricity generated from smart-grid infrastructure owned by the government or private investors. However, frequent imbalance is noticed between the demand and supply of electricity, hence effective planning is required to facilitate its distribution among consumers. Such effective planning is stimulated by the need to predict future consumption within a short period. Although several interesting classical techniques have been used for such predictions, they still require improvement for the purpose of reducing significant predictive errors when used for short-term load forecasting. This research develops a near-zero cooperative probabilistic scenario analysis and decision tree (PSA-DT model to address the lacuna of enormous predictive error faced by the state-of-the-art models. The PSA-DT is based on a probabilistic technique in view of the uncertain nature of electricity consumption, complemented by a DT to reinforce the collaboration of the two techniques. Based on detailed experimental analytics on residential, commercial and industrial data loads, the PSA-DT model outperforms the state-of-the-art models in terms of accuracy to a near-zero error rate. This implies that its deployment for electricity demand planning will be of great benefit to various smart-grid operators and homes.

  10. Formulation development and evaluation of the anti-malaria properties of sustained release artesunate-loaded solid lipid microparticles based on phytolipids. (United States)

    Chinaeke, E E; Chime, S A; Onyishi, V I; Attama, A A; Okore, V C


    CONTEXTS: Artemisinins and its derivatives are considered the basis in the treatment of Plasmodium falciparum malaria due to their high potency and rapid action. However, they have short half life, low solubility, and poor oral bioavailability, hence the need to formulate sustained release lipid particulate dosage form of these drugs. To formulate and evaluate artesunate-loaded solid lipid microparticles (SLMs) based on structured lipid matrices consisting of soybean oil and dika wax. The lipid matrices were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), small-angle X-ray diffraction (SAXD), and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). The SLMs were prepared by hot melt-homogenization. Time-dependent particle size analysis, time-dependent pH stability studies, encapsulation efficiency (EE%), and in vitro drug release were carried out on the SLMs. In vivo anti-malarial studies were performed using a modified Peter's 4-day suppressive protocol using Plasmodium berghei infected mice. Thermograms of the lipid matrices showed modifications in the microstructure of dika wax as a result of inclusion of soybean oil. SAXD and WAXD diffractograms showed that the lipid matrices were found to be non-lamellar. Particle size of SLM increased with time, while the pH was almost constant. The SLMs had maximum EE% of 80.6% and sustained the release of artesunate more than the reference tablet. In vivo pharmacodynamic studies showed that the SLMs had significant (p daily in the treatment of malaria.

  11. Creep strength and rupture ductility of creep strength enhanced ferritic steels

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    Kushima, Hideaki; Sawada, Kota; Kimura, Kazuhiro [National Inst. for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)


    Creep strength and rupture ductility of Creep Strength Enhanced Ferritic (CSEF) steels were investigated from a viewpoint of stress dependence in comparison with conventional low alloy ferritic creep resistant steels. Inflection of stress vs. time to rupture curve was observed at 50% of 0.2% offset yield stress for both CSEF and conventional ferritic steels. Creep rupture ductility tends to decrease with increase in creep exposure time, however, those of conventional low alloy steels indicate increase in the long-term. Creep rupture ductility of the ASME Grades 92 and 122 steels indicates drastic decrease with decrease in stress at 50% of 0.2% offset yield stress. Stress dependence of creep rupture ductility of the ASME Grades 92 and 122 steels is well described by stress ratio to 0.2% offset yield stress, regardless of temperature. Drop of creep rupture ductility is caused by inhomogeneous recovery at the vicinity of prior austenite grain boundary, and remarkable drop of creep rupture ductility of CSEF steels should be derived from those stabilized microstructure. (orig.)

  12. Soil Behavior Under Blast Loading (United States)


    compressive stress of creep loading causes the pore water pressure to increase. If drainage is possible an outflow of water then takes place into...behavior such as creep and temperature-dependency. Those aspects are not discussed here because they are beyond the scopes in this study. 2.2.2...0.00060 0.0012 0.0020 0.0040 0.0060 $ P9 P10 0.0080 0.041 *MAT_USER_DEFINED_MATERIAL_MODELS $ MID RO

  13. Creep and microstructural processes in a low-alloy 2.25%Cr1.6%W steel (ASTM Grade 23)

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    Kucharova, K. [Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, CZ-616 62 Brno (Czech Republic); Sklenicka, V., E-mail: [Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, CZ-616 62 Brno (Czech Republic); CEITEC — IPM, Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, CZ-616 62 Brno (Czech Republic); Kvapilova, M.; Svoboda, M. [Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, CZ-616 62 Brno (Czech Republic); CEITEC — IPM, Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, CZ-616 62 Brno (Czech Republic)


    A low-alloy 2.25%Cr1%Mo steel (ASTM Grade 22) has been greatly improved by the substitution of almost all of the 1%Mo by 1.6%W. The improved material has been standardized as P/T23 steel (Fe–2.25Cr–1.6W–0.25V–0.05Nb–0.07C). The present investigation was conducted on T23 steel in an effort to obtain a more complete description and understanding of the role of the microstructural evolution and deformation processes in high-temperature creep. Constant load tensile creep tests were carried out in an argon atmosphere in the temperature range 500–650 °C at stresses ranging from 50 to 400 MPa. It was found that the diffusion in the matrix lattice is the creep-rate controlling process. The results of an extensive transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis programme to investigate microstructure evolution as a function of temperature are described and compared with the thermodynamic calculations using the software package Thermo-Calc. The significant creep-strength drop of T23 steel after long-term creep exposures can be explained by the decrease in dislocation hardening, precipitation hardening and solid solution hardening due to the instability of the microstructure at high temperature. - Highlights: • The constant load creep tests of T23 steel were carried out at 500–650 °C. • The stress exponents of the creep rate correspond to power law (dislocation) creep. • Diffusion in the matrix lattice is the creep-rate controlling process. • The microstructure instability is the main creep degradation process in T23 steel.

  14. Transitional Thermal Creep of Early Age Concrete

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    Hauggaard-Nielsen, Anders Boe; Damkilde, Lars; Freiesleben Hansen, Per


    Couplings between creep of hardened concrete and temperature/water effects are well-known. Both the level and the gradients in time of temperature or water content influence the creep properties. In early age concrete the internal drying and the heat development due to hydration increase the effect...... of these couplings. The purpose of this work is to set up a mathematical model for creep of concrete which includes the transitional thermal effect. The model govern both early age concrete and hardened concrete. The development of the material properties in the model are assumed to depend on the hydration process...... termed the microprestresses, which reduces the stiffness of the concrete and increase the creep rate. The aging material is modelled in an incremental way reflecting the hydration process in which new layers of cement gel solidifies in a stress free state and add stiffness to the material. Analysis...

  15. Transitional Thermal Creep of Early Age Concrete

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    Hauggaard, A. B.; Damkilde, L.; Hansen, Per Freiesleben


    Couplings between creep of hardened concrete and temperature/water effects are well-known. Both the level and the gradients in time of temperature or water content influence the creep properties. In early age concrete the internal drying and the heat development due to hydration increase the effect...... of these couplings. The purpose of this work is to set up a mathematical model for creep of concrete that includes the transitional thermal effect. The model governs both early age concrete and hardened concrete. The development of the material properties in the model is assumed to depend on the hydration process...... termed the microprestresses, which reduce the stiffness of the concrete and increase the creep rate. The aging material is modeled in an incremental way reflecting the hydration process in which new layers of cement gel solidify in a stress free state and add stiffness to the material. Analysis...

  16. Slow creep in soft granular packings. (United States)

    Srivastava, Ishan; Fisher, Timothy S


    Transient creep mechanisms in soft granular packings are studied numerically using a constant pressure and constant stress simulation method. Rapid compression followed by slow dilation is predicted on the basis of a logarithmic creep phenomenon. Characteristic scales of creep strain and time exhibit a power-law dependence on jamming pressure, and they diverge at the jamming point. Microscopic analysis indicates the existence of a correlation between rheology and nonaffine fluctuations. Localized regions of large strain appear during creep and grow in magnitude and size at short times. At long times, the spatial structure of highly correlated local deformation becomes time-invariant. Finally, a microscale connection between local rheology and local fluctuations is demonstrated in the form of a linear scaling between granular fluidity and nonaffine velocity.

  17. Economic perspective of hybrid wind-diesel technology for commercial loads of Dhahran Saudi Arabia: A step towards sustainable future

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    Shaahid S.M.


    Full Text Available The governments world-wide are deliberating to promote renewable energy sources such as wind to mitigate increasing demand of energy and to overcome effects of pollution due to to use of fossil fuels. Integration of wind turbine generators (WTG with the diesel plants is pursued widely to reduce dependence on fossil-fuels and to reduce carbon emissions. Literature indicates that commercial/residential buildings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (K.S.A consume an estimated 10 - 40% of the total electric energy generated. The aim of this study is to analyze wind-speed data of Dhahran (East-Coast, K.S.A. to assess the economic feasibility of utilizing hybrid wind-diesel power systems to meet the load requirements of a typical commercial building (with annual electrical energy demand of 620,000 kWh. The monthly average wind speeds range from 3.3 to 5.6 m/s. The hybrid systems simulated consist of different combinations of 100 kW commercial WTG supplemented with diesel generators. NREL’s (HOMER Energy’s HOMER software has been employed to perform the techno-economic analysis. The simulation results indicate that for a hybrid system comprising of 100 kW wind capacity together with 175 kW diesel system, the wind penetration (at 37 m hub-height, with 0% annual capacity shortage is 25%. The cost of generating energy (COE, $/kWh from this hybrid wind-diesel system has been found to be 0.121 $/kWh (assuming diesel fuel price of 0.1$/liter. The study exhibits that for a given hybrid configuration, the number of operational hours of diesel gensets decreases with increase in wind farm capacity. Emphasis has also been placed on wind penetration, un-met load, energy production and COE, excess electricity generation, percentage fuel savings and reduction in carbon emissions (relative to diesel-only situation of different hybrid systems, cost break-down of wind-diesel systems, COE of different hybrid systems, etc.

  18. Constitutive Equations for Damaged Creeping Materials, (United States)


    honorable task, and it has > " been very successfully accomplished by Argon (1982), Ashby , et al. (1979), Cocks and Ashby (1983), Frost and Ashby (1982...8217Creep Cavitation in 304 Stainless Steel,’ ,>I- Acta Metallurgica, Vol. 29, p. 1321. /" [18] Cocks , A.C.F., Ashby , M.F., (1982), ’On Creep Fracture...and many others are very important in engineering practice. A body of modeling efforts has been dominated by simplified mechanistic approaches ( Ashby

  19. New fly ash TiO{sub 2} composite for the sustainable treatment of wastewater with complex pollutants load

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    Visa, Maria, E-mail:; Isac, Luminita; Duta, Anca


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A novel substrate FADAht is obtained by hydrothermal synthesis. • The composite type structure has specific surface ten times higher than fly ash. • Simultaneous removal of three pollutants reaches efficiencies above 90%. • Kinetic investigations show fast adsorption of the dye on the new composite. - Abstract: The goal of this paper was to develop a new composite obtained in mild hydrothermal conditions starting from fly ash (a waste raising significant environmental problems), and TiO{sub 2}. The composite was characterized through XRD, SEM/EDX, AFM, and BET surface measurements. The composite was further used for the advanced treatment of wastewaters with multiple-pollutants load. The photocatalytic efficiency of the powder composite was tested on synthetic solutions containing a heavy metal cation (copper), a dye (methyl orange), and a surfactant (sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate), under UV and simulated solar radiation. Comparative experiments were done in systems with and without H{sub 2}O{sub 2} showing a significant increase in efficiency for methyl orange removal from mono-, bi-, and tri-pollutants solutions. The process parameters were optimized and the adsorption mechanisms are discussed, outlining that adsorption is the limiting step. Experiments also outlined that homogeneous photocatalysis (using H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) is less efficient then the heterogeneous process using the novel composite, both under UV and simulated solar radiation.

  20. Gallium-Loaded Dissolvable Microfilm Constructs that Provide Sustained Release of Ga(3+) for Management of Biofilms. (United States)

    Herron, Maggie; Schurr, Michael J; Murphy, Christopher J; McAnulty, Jonathan F; Czuprynski, Charles J; Abbott, Nicholas L


    The persistence of bacterial biofilms in chronic wounds delays wound healing. Although Ga(3+) can inhibit or kill biofilms, precipitation as Ga(OH)3 has prevented its use as a topical wound treatment. The design of a microfilm construct comprising a polyelectrolyte film that releases noncytotoxic concentrations of Ga(3+) over 20 d and a dissolvable micrometer-thick film of polyvinylalcohol that enables facile transfer onto biomedically important surfaces is reported. By using infrared spectroscopy, it is shown that the density of free carboxylate/carboxylic acid and amine groups within the polyelectrolyte film regulates the capacity of the construct to be loaded with Ga(3+) and that the density of covalent cross-links introduced into the polyelectrolyte film (amide-bonds) controls the release rate of Ga(3+) . Following transfer onto the wound-contact surface of a biologic wound dressing, an optimized construct is demonstrated to release ≈0.7 μg cm(-2) d(-1) of Ga(3+) over 3 weeks, thus continuously replacing Ga(3+) lost to precipitation. The optimized construct inhibits formation of P. aeruginosa (two strains; ATCC 27853 and PA01) biofilms for up to 4 d and causes pre-existing biofilms to disperse. Overall, this study provides designs of polymeric constructs that permit facile modification of the wound-contacting surfaces of dressings and biomaterials to manage biofilms. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. New fly ash TiO2 composite for the sustainable treatment of wastewater with complex pollutants load (United States)

    Visa, Maria; Isac, Luminita; Duta, Anca


    The goal of this paper was to develop a new composite obtained in mild hydrothermal conditions starting from fly ash (a waste raising significant environmental problems), and TiO2. The composite was characterized through XRD, SEM/EDX, AFM, and BET surface measurements. The composite was further used for the advanced treatment of wastewaters with multiple-pollutants load. The photocatalytic efficiency of the powder composite was tested on synthetic solutions containing a heavy metal cation (copper), a dye (methyl orange), and a surfactant (sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate), under UV and simulated solar radiation. Comparative experiments were done in systems with and without H2O2 showing a significant increase in efficiency for methyl orange removal from mono-, bi-, and tri-pollutants solutions. The process parameters were optimized and the adsorption mechanisms are discussed, outlining that adsorption is the limiting step. Experiments also outlined that homogeneous photocatalysis (using H2O2) is less efficient then the heterogeneous process using the novel composite, both under UV and simulated solar radiation.

  2. Creep analysis of silicone for podiatry applications. (United States)

    Janeiro-Arocas, Julia; Tarrío-Saavedra, Javier; López-Beceiro, Jorge; Naya, Salvador; López-Canosa, Adrián; Heredia-García, Nicolás; Artiaga, Ramón


    This work shows an effective methodology to characterize the creep-recovery behavior of silicones before their application in podiatry. The aim is to characterize, model and compare the creep-recovery properties of different types of silicone used in podiatry orthotics. Creep-recovery phenomena of silicones used in podiatry orthotics is characterized by dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). Silicones provided by Herbitas are compared by observing their viscoelastic properties by Functional Data Analysis (FDA) and nonlinear regression. The relationship between strain and time is modeled by fixed and mixed effects nonlinear regression to compare easily and intuitively podiatry silicones. Functional ANOVA and Kohlrausch-Willians-Watts (KWW) model with fixed and mixed effects allows us to compare different silicones observing the values of fitting parameters and their physical meaning. The differences between silicones are related to the variations of breadth of creep-recovery time distribution and instantaneous deformation-permanent strain. Nevertheless, the mean creep-relaxation time is the same for all the studied silicones. Silicones used in palliative orthoses have higher instantaneous deformation-permanent strain and narrower creep-recovery distribution. The proposed methodology based on DMA, FDA and nonlinear regression is an useful tool to characterize and choose the proper silicone for each podiatry application according to their viscoelastic properties. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Indentation creep behavior of cold sprayed aluminum amorphous/nano-crystalline coatings

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    Babu, P. Suresh [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Balapur, Hyderabad 500005, Andhra Pradesh (India); Nanomechanics and Nanotribology Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33174 (United States); Jha, R.; Guzman, M. [Nanomechanics and Nanotribology Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33174 (United States); Sundararajan, G. [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Balapur, Hyderabad 500005, Andhra Pradesh (India); Agarwal, Arvind, E-mail: [Nanomechanics and Nanotribology Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33174 (United States)


    In this study, we report room temperature creep properties of cold sprayed aluminum amorphous/nanocrystalline coating using nanoindentation technique. Creep experiments were also performed on heat treated coatings to study the structural stability and its influence on the creep behavior. The peak load and holding time were varied from 1000 to 4000 µN and 0 to 240 s respectively. Stress exponent value (n) vary from 5.6 to 2.3 in as-sprayed (AS) coatings and 7.2–4.8 in heat treated (HT) coatings at peak load of 1000–4000 µN at 240 s hold time. Higher stress exponent value indicates heat treated coatings have more resistance to creep deformation than as-sprayed coatings. Relaxed, partially crystallized structure with less porosity, and stronger inter-splat boundaries restrict the deformation in heat treated coatings as compared to greater free volume generation in amorphous as-sprayed coatings. The computed activation volume of heat treated coatings is twice of as-sprayed coatings indicating greater number of atom participation in shear band formation in heat treated coatings. The proposed mechanism was found to be consistent with the stress exponent values.

  4. Creep-fatigue damage characteristics for a welded cylindrical structure of austenitic stainless steel

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    Lee, Hyeo Yeon; Kim, Jong Bum; Kim, Seok Hoon; Joo, Young Sang; Lee, Jae Han [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)


    In the design and assessment of a high temperature structure, it is important to ensure the structural integrity for the welded joint subjected to a creep-fatigue load because a statistical investigation shows that 29 events out of 46 leaks in liquid metal reactors were caused at the welded joints. As for the structural integrity due to thermal ratchet load at the welded joint, KAERI has performed the test and analysis work for a cylindrical structure with welded joints. As a continuation of the study on welded joints at a high temperature structure, a creep-fatigue structural test and analysis work is now on-going and this paper present the interim findings for the structural test and analysis work. Recently the structural and analysis work for the Y-piece made of a 316L stainless steel structure has been carried out. The objectives of the present structural creep-fatigue test with the welded cylindrical specimen are to compare the creep-fatigue damage mechanisms for the 304 and 316L stainless steels, to compare the different behavior of the welding methods in a high temperature austenitic structures and to quantify the conservatism of the design guidelines for a high temperature structure.

  5. FY17 Status Report on the Micromechanical Finite Element Modeling of Creep Fracture of Grade 91 Steel

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    Messner, M. C. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Truster, T. J. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Cochran, K. B. [DR& C Inc.; Parks, D. M. [DR& C Inc.; Sham, T. -L. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)


    Advanced reactors designed to operate at higher temperatures than current light water reactors require structural materials with high creep strength and creep-fatigue resistance to achieve long design lives. Grade 91 is a ferritic/martensitic steel designed for long creep life at elevated temperatures. It has been selected as a candidate material for sodium fast reactor intermediate heat exchangers and other advanced reactor structural components. This report focuses on the creep deformation and rupture life of Grade 91 steel. The time required to complete an experiment limits the availability of long-life creep data for Grade 91 and other structural materials. Design methods often extrapolate the available shorter-term experimental data to longer design lives. However, extrapolation methods tacitly assume the underlying material mechanisms causing creep for long-life/low-stress conditions are the same as the mechanisms controlling creep in the short-life/high-stress experiments. A change in mechanism for long-term creep could cause design methods based on extrapolation to be non-conservative. The goal for physically-based microstructural models is to accurately predict material response in experimentally-inaccessible regions of design space. An accurate physically-based model for creep represents all the material mechanisms that contribute to creep deformation and damage and predicts the relative influence of each mechanism, which changes with loading conditions. Ideally, the individual mechanism models adhere to the material physics and not an empirical calibration to experimental data and so the model remains predictive for a wider range of loading conditions. This report describes such a physically-based microstructural model for Grade 91 at 600° C. The model explicitly represents competing dislocation and diffusional mechanisms in both the grain bulk and grain boundaries. The model accurately recovers the available experimental creep curves at higher stresses

  6. The effects of temperature and stress variations on the deuteron irradiation creep of type 316L stainless steel

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    Scholz, R. (CEC, Joint Research Centre, 21020, Ispra (Vatican City State, Holy See) (Italy))


    Type 316L stainless steel samples in both 20% cold-worked (cw) and recrystallised (rc) conditions were irradiated with 19 MeV deuterons under torsional loading. The irradiation creep deformation was measured as a function of temperature from 80 to 400 C. At temperatures below 100 C, the creep curves of both materials are characterised by long-lasting strain transients during which the creep rate slows down before reaching a steady-state value. It is assumed that the total irradiation creep strain is composed of two components, a steady-state component [gamma][sub s] and a transient component [gamma][sub t]. When the steady-state creep rates are represented in an Arrhenius plot, they fit straight lines. Their slopes correspond to an activation energy of 0.11 eV for the irradiation creep process of both the cw and the rc material. The transient strain component [gamma][sub t] recovers completely when the specimen is exposed to the irradiation after removal of the torque. ((orig.))

  7. Post Preloading Creep Properties of Highly Compressible Harbor Marine Sediments

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    Franciscus Xaverius Toha


    Full Text Available A laboratory experimental research in creep behavior of soft clay marine sediments was done to investigate creep strain under reloading. A total of 52 oedometer tests were carried out with 16 slurry sediment samples subjected to cycles of unloading at preload removal pressure and reloading to higher design pressures. Common practice as well as more recent advanced methods of creep deformation analysis were used to refine the predictions. The study indicates that although preloading substantially reduces post construction creep, the analysis is very sensitive to creep indices at slight overconsolidation and the resulting creep may not be negligible at previously established limits of primary to secondary compression ratios.

  8. Effect of solute interactions in columbium /Nb/ on creep strength (United States)

    Klein, M. J.; Metcalfe, A. G.


    The creep strength of 17 ternary columbium (Nb)-base alloys was determined using an abbreviated measuring technique, and the results were analyzed to identify the contributions of solute interactions to creep strength. Isostrength creep diagrams and an interaction strengthening parameter, ST, were used to present and analyze data. It was shown that the isostrength creep diagram can be used to estimate the creep strength of untested alloys and to identify compositions with the most economical use of alloy elements. Positive values of ST were found for most alloys, showing that interaction strengthening makes an important contribution to the creep strength of these ternary alloys.

  9. Effect of a solid solution on the steady-state creep behavior of an aluminum matrix composite

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    Pandey, A.B.; Mahajan, Y.R. [Defence Metallurgical Research Lab., Hyderabad (India); Mishra, R.S. [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States). Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science


    The effect of an alloying element, 4 wt pct Mg, on the steady-state creep behavior of an Al-10 vol pct SiC{sub p} composite has been studied. The Al-4 wt pct Mg-10 vol pct SiC{sub p} composite has been tested under compression creep in the temperature range 573 to 673 K. The steady-state creep data of the composite show a transition in the creep behavior (regions 1 and 2) depending on the applied stress at 623 and 673 K. The low stress range data (region 1) exhibit a stress exponent of about 7 and an activation energy of 76.5 kJ mol{sup {minus}1}. These values conform to the dislocation-climb-controlled creep model with pipe diffusion as a rate-controlling mechanism. The intermediate stress range data (region 2) exhibit high and variable apparent stress exponents, 18 to 48, and activation energy, 266 kJ mol{sup {minus}1}, at a constant stress, {sigma} = 50 MPa, for creep of this composite. This behavior can be rationalized using a substructure-invariant model with a stress exponent of 8 and an activation energy close to the lattice self-diffusion of aluminum together with a threshold stress. The threshold stress and the creep strength of the Al-Mg-SiC{sub p} composite are compared with those of the Al-Mg-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3f} and 6061 Al-SiC{sub p,w} composites and discussed in terms of the load-transfer mechanism. Magnesium has been found to be very effective in improving the creep resistance of the Al-SiC{sub p} composite.

  10. The effect of long-term creep and prestressing on moment redistribution of balanced cantilever cast-inplace segmental bridge

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    Amorn Pimanmas


    Full Text Available This paper addresses the effect of long-term creep and prestressing on moment redistribution for large prestressed concrete segmental bridge constructed by the balanced cantilever method. The PathumThani bridge across the Chao Praya River is investigated in this paper as a case study. Following the typical practice of bridge design, the bridge superstructure is modeled as an assemblage of three-dimensional linearbeam elements where each element represents a cast segment of the bridge. The partial creep factors are calculated based on the Norwegian code. The creep strain is calculated for each element and applied on theelement as restrained deformation. The result shows that the creep can increase the magnitude of negative moment, rather than decreases it as widely understood. A simplified method commonly known to practising designers is to estimate the creep effect from the fraction of dead load moment at completion and that in thecontinuous state. The finite element analysis shows that this simplified treatment may lead to a considerable error in creep estimation in case of prestressed concrete bridge. Sensitivity study demonstrates that the topcantilever prestressing has a noticeable effect on creep redistribution while the bottom continuity prestressing has little relative impact. Since cantilever prestressing counteracts the gravity, a higher level of top prestressingresults in a smaller decrease in long-term negative moment. If the prestress is beyond a threshold value relative to the bridge dead weight, the creep may increase the magnitude of negative moment. The simplifiedformula for estimating the long-term moment could not predict the increase in negative moment magnitude, and is therefore not always valid for prestressed concrete bridge. The rational analysis should trace the construction sequence of segmental casting and prestressing order.

  11. Novel use of surveillance data to detect HIV-infected persons with sustained high viral load and durable virologic suppression in New York City.

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    Arpi S Terzian

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Monitoring of the uptake and efficacy of ART in a population often relies on cross-sectional data, providing limited information that could be used to design specific targeted intervention programs. Using repeated measures of viral load (VL surveillance data, we aimed to estimate and characterize the proportion of persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA in New York City (NYC with sustained high VL (SHVL and durably suppressed VL (DSVL. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Retrospective cohort study of all persons reported to the NYC HIV Surveillance Registry who were alive and ≥12 years old by the end of 2005 and who had ≥2 VL tests in 2006 and 2007. SHVL and DSVL were defined as PLWHA with 2 consecutive VLs ≥100,000 copies/mL and PLWHA with all VLs ≤400 copies/mL, respectively. Logistic regression models using generalized estimating equations were used to model the association between SHVL and covariates. There were 56,836 PLWHA, of whom 7% had SHVL and 38% had DSVL. Compared to those without SHVL, persons with SHVL were more likely to be younger, black and have injection drug use (IDU risk. PLWHA with SHVL were more likely to die by 2007 and be younger by nearly ten years, on average. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Nearly 60% of PLWHA in 2005 had multiple VLs, of whom almost 40% had DSVL, suggesting successful ART uptake. A small proportion had SHVL, representing groups known to have suboptimal engagement in care. This group should be targeted for additional outreach to reduce morbidity and secondary transmission. Measures based on longitudinal analyses of surveillance data in conjunction with cross-sectional measures such as community viral load represent more precise and powerful tools for monitoring ART effectiveness and potential impact on disease transmission than cross-sectional measures alone.

  12. Creep analysis of densified veneer wood and prestressed DVW reinforced joints in constant and varying climatic conditions

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    Kuilen, J.W.G. van de; Leijten, A.J.M.


    This paper presents creep results of densified veneer wood (DVW) and prestressed DVW reinforced joints as well as joints with nails. The test period ranges from 800 to 1800 days. The sustained high working bad level is approximately 40% of the average short term strength. No significant differences

  13. Improved Creep Measurements for Ultra-High Temperature Materials (United States)

    Hyers, Robert W.; Ye, X.; Rogers, Jan R.


    Our team has developed a novel approach to measuring creep at extremely high temperatures using electrostatic levitation (ESL). This method has been demonstrated on niobium up to 2300 C, while ESL has melted tungsten (3400 C). This method has been extended to lower temperatures and higher stresses and applied to new materials, including a niobium-based superalloy, MASC. High-precision machined spheres of the sample are levitated in the NASA MSFC ESL, a national user facility and heated with a laser. The samples are rotated with an induction motor at up to 30,000 revolutions per second. The rapid rotation loads the sample through centripetal acceleration, producing a shear stress of about 60 MPa at the center, causing the sample to deform. The deformation of the sample is captured on high-speed video, which is analyzed by machine-vision software from the University of Massachusetts. The deformations are compared to finite element models to determine the constitutive constants in the creep relation. Furthermore, the non-contact method exploits stress gradients within the sample to determine the stress exponent in a single test.

  14. Effect of Concrete Age and Creep on the Behavior of Concrete-Filled Steel Tube Columns

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    HaiYang Wang


    Full Text Available The influence of concrete age and creep on the ultimate axial loading capacity of concrete-filled steel tube (CFST columns is experimentally and numerically investigated. After validation of numerical models, a parametric study is conducted and the results are used to formulate empirical formulas for predicting the ultimate axial load-bearing capacity of the columns. Formulas are also proposed for predicting both the composite creep and aging coefficients of the CFST columns, which consider the confinement action of steel tubes on concrete. Then, the proposed formulas are validated independently by comparing their predictions with existing test results performed by other researchers. The comparisons show that the empirical formulas have the potential to be used in the practical design of CFST columns.

  15. Analysis of Superheater Work Under Creep Conditions

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    Piotr Duda


    Full Text Available The aim of this article is work modelling of superheater SH3. It is made of the austenitic stainless steel Super 304H. Its design temperature T is 604 C, and the design pressure P acting on the inner surface of the pipes is 284 bar. The high temperature is the reason of the superheater work under creep conditions. In this article calculations of the optimally mounted coil superheater SH3 are presented. The calculations are carried out first on the basis of the applicable European standards and with the help of the Auto Pipe program. Then, calculations are performed using the ANSYS program based on conducted creep tests and proposed creep equation. The coefficients in creep equation are determined based on the research conducted at the Instytut Metalurgii Żelaza in Gliwice. The model approximates the creep strain as the function of time and stress and this function is presented in the form of a three-dimensional surface . The results of calculations by both methods will be compared and conclusions will be presented. The performed analyzes can estimate the superheater coil remnant life and the usage after the selected time of its operation.

  16. Studies of Grain Boundaries in Materials Subjected to Diffusional Creep

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    Nørbygaard, Thomas

    Grain boundaries in crystalline Cu(2%Ni) creep specimens have been studied by use of scanning and transmission electron microscopy in order to establish the mechanism of deformation. Creep rate measurements and dependencies were found to fit reasonably well with the model for diffusional creep......) with the activity displayed during diffusional creep testing. It was found that boundaries with low deviation from perfect Σ did not contribute macroscopically to the creep strain. A resist deposition procedure was examined to improve the reference surface grid so as to allow determination of the grain boundary...... plane by use of simple stereomicroscopy directly on the surface. The etched pattern deteriorated heav-ily during creep testing, supposedly because of dislocation creep, due to exces-sive creep stress. Grain boundaries have been studied and characterised by TEM providing an insight into the diversity...

  17. Multi Resolution In-Situ Testing and Multiscale Simulation for Creep Fatigue Damage Analysis of Alloy 617

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    Liu, Yongming [Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ (United States). School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy; Oskay, Caglar [Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States). Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering


    This report outlines the research activities that were carried out for the integrated experimental and simulation investigation of creep-fatigue damage mechanism and life prediction of Nickel-based alloy, Inconel 617 at high temperatures (950° and 850°). First, a novel experimental design using a hybrid control technique is proposed. The newly developed experimental technique can generate different combinations of creep and fatigue damage by changing the experimental design parameters. Next, detailed imaging analysis and statistical data analysis are performed to quantify the failure mechanisms of the creep fatigue of alloy 617 at high temperatures. It is observed that the creep damage is directly associated with the internal voids at the grain boundaries and the fatigue damage is directly related to the surface cracking. It is also observed that the classical time fraction approach does not has a good correlation with the experimental observed damage features. An effective time fraction parameter is seen to have an excellent correlation with the material microstructural damage. Thus, a new empirical damage interaction diagram is proposed based on the experimental observations. Following this, a macro level viscoplastic model coupled with damage is developed to simulate the stress/strain response under creep fatigue loadings. A damage rate function based on the hysteresis energy and creep energy is proposed to capture the softening behavior of the material and a good correlation with life prediction and material hysteresis behavior is observed. The simulation work is extended to include the microstructural heterogeneity. A crystal plasticity finite element model considering isothermal and large deformation conditions at the microstructural scale has been developed for fatigue, creep-fatigue as well as creep deformation and rupture at high temperature. The model considers collective dislocation glide and climb of the grains and progressive damage accumulation of

  18. Creep events and creep noise in gravitational-wave interferometers: basic formalism and stationary limit

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    Levin, Yuri


    In gravitational-wave interferometers, test masses are suspended on thin fibers which experience considerable tension stress. Sudden microscopic stress release in a suspension fiber, which I call a 'creep event', would excite motion of the test mass that would be coupled to the interferometer's readout. The random test-mass motion due to a time-sequence of creep events is referred to as 'creep noise'. In this paper I present an elasto-dynamic calculation for the test-mass motion due to a creep event. I show that within a simple suspension model, the main coupling to the optical readout occurs via a combination of a "dc" horizontal displacement of the test mass, and excitation of the violin and pendulum modes, and not, as was thought previously, via lengthening of the fiber. When the creep events occur sufficiently frequently and their statistics is time-independent, the creep noise can be well-approximated by a stationary Gaussian random process. I derive the functional form of the creep noise spectral densit...

  19. 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.

  20. Influence of the phase composition of refractory materials on creep


    Terzić A.; Pavlović Lj.; Milutinović-Nikolić A.


    In this paper, the relationship between the creeping effect and mineralogical characteristics of the applied binding phase for various refractory materials (high-alumina materials, with high or low impurity content, tar bonded either magnesite or dolomite materials and silicate bonded chrom-magnesite materials) is presented. The mechanism of creeping is analyzed and the activation energy for creep for each investigated material is obtained and discussed. All investigated materials are creep s...

  1. Design and implementation of wormlike creeping mobile robot for EAST remote maintenance system

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    Zhang, Qiang, E-mail: [Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Department of Automation, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Zhou, Ling [Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Wang, Zengfu, E-mail: [Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Department of Automation, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)


    Highlights: • Wormlike creeping robot walking on the V-shaped circular slot in EAST fusion vessel. • Mobile platform to carry equipments or assist manipulators for maintenance tasks. • Chain structure design with n(n ≥ 2) creeping units each of which has three segments. • Creeping gait planning to construct a multi-axis coordinating control scheme. • Evaluation and verification of basic motion performance and mechanical properties. - Abstract: Maintenance for nuclear fusion vessel is crucial, yet it faces great difficulty due to the complex internal physical and geometric conditions. Since the limitation on inherent strength, load, size, etc, a manipulator robot can only complete very limited tasks. Robotic arm systems for remote operation such as JET and MPD can carry certain tools to complete a variety of operating tasks, but it is difficult to achieve the system which is very complex. Therefore, if the inherent idea of using a single robot to complete the specified functions can change, it is possible to make the problems simpler and easier to solve by adding auxiliary robots working together with the robotic arm systems to complete the assigned tasks. Under the above background, based on the deeply analyzing and refining the functional requirements of the vessel operation robot, proceeding from the perspective of ability to move and carry a certain operating device, this paper presents a wormlike creeping mobile robot walking on the V-shaped circular slot inside a nuclear fusion vessel such as EAST (Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak). We have designed and implemented the principle prototype of the robot which has chain structure with n (n ≥2) creeping units. Each creeping unit is of three-part structure, which consists of fore segment, mid segment and back segment connected by bidirectional universal joint. The fore and back segments stretch the paws to contact the surface of V-shaped slot, while the mid segment realizes the overall

  2. Creep motion of a model frictional system. (United States)

    Blanc, Baptiste; Pugnaloni, Luis A; Géminard, Jean-Christophe


    We report on the dynamics of a model frictional system submitted to minute external perturbations. The system consists of a chain of sliders connected through elastic springs that rest on an incline. By introducing cyclic expansions and contractions of the springs we observe a reptation of the chain. We account for the average reptation velocity theoretically. The velocity of small systems exhibits a series of plateaus as a function of the incline angle. Due to elastic effects, there exists a critical amplitude below which the reptation is expected to cease. However, rather than a full stop of the creep, we observe in numerical simulations a transition between a continuous-creep and an irregular-creep regime when the critical amplitude is approached. The latter transition is reminiscent of the transition between the continuous and the irregular compaction of granular matter submitted to periodic temperature changes.

  3. Creep turns linear in narrow ferromagnetic nanostrips. (United States)

    Leliaert, Jonathan; Van de Wiele, Ben; Vansteenkiste, Arne; Laurson, Lasse; Durin, Gianfranco; Dupré, Luc; Van Waeyenberge, Bartel


    The motion of domain walls in magnetic materials is a typical example of a creep process, usually characterised by a stretched exponential velocity-force relation. By performing large-scale micromagnetic simulations, and analyzing an extended 1D model which takes the effects of finite temperatures and material defects into account, we show that this creep scaling law breaks down in sufficiently narrow ferromagnetic strips. Our analysis of current-driven transverse domain wall motion in disordered Permalloy nanostrips reveals instead a creep regime with a linear dependence of the domain wall velocity on the applied field or current density. This originates from the essentially point-like nature of domain walls moving in narrow, line- like disordered nanostrips. An analogous linear relation is found also by analyzing existing experimental data on field-driven domain wall motion in perpendicularly magnetised media.

  4. Development of creep resistant magnesium diecasting alloys

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    Pekguleryuz, M.O. [Noranda Technol. Center, Que. (Canada)


    The most economic use of magnesium in the automotive industry presently is in diecast applications because of the high productivity of the diecasting process that upsets the relatively high cost of the magnesium metal. The current commercial magnesium alloys developed for diecasting applications fall into two classes. The first group is based on the Mg-Al system and the Mg-Al-Zn systems. These alloys have been developed for good room temperature strength and/or ductility but do not exhibit good creep resistance. The second group of alloys has been developed for improved elevated-temperature performance and are based on the Mg-Al-RE and Mg-Al-Si systems. These second group alloys offer either borderline improvement in creep resistance (Mg-Al-Si) or have cost or other disadvantages despite the good creep resistance (Mg- Al-RE).

  5. Creep motion of a model frictional system

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    Blanc, Baptiste; Géminard, Jean-Christophe


    We report on the dynamics of a model frictional system submitted to minute external perturbations. The system consists of a chain of sliders connected through elastic springs that rest on an incline. By introducing cyclic expansions and contractions of the springs we observe a reptation of the chain. We account for the average reptation velocity theoretically. The velocity of small systems exhibits a series of plateaus as a function of the incline angle. Due to elastic e ects, there exists a critical amplitude below which the reptation is expected to cease. However, rather than a full stop of the creep, we observe in numerical simulations a transition between a continuous-creep and an irregular-creep regime when the critical amplitude is approached. The latter transition is reminiscent of the transition between the continuous and the irregular compaction of granular matter submitted to periodic temperature changes.

  6. Creep Testing of High-Temperature Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb Alloy Completed (United States)


    A Cu-8 at.% Cr-4 at.% Nb (Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb) alloy is under development for high-temperature, high heatflux applications, such as actively cooled, hypersonic vehicle heat exchangers and rocket engine combustion chambers. Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb offers a superior combination of strength and conductivity. It has also shown exceptional low-cycle fatigue properties. Following preliminary testing to determine the best processing route, a more detailed testing program was initiated to determine the creep lives and creep rates of Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb alloy specimens produced by extrusion. Testing was conducted at the NASA Lewis Research Center with constant-load vacuum creep units. Considering expected operating temperatures and mission lives, we developed a test matrix to accurately determine the creep properties of Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb between 500 and 800 C. Six bars of Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb were extruded. From these bars, 54 creep samples were machined and tested. The figure on the left shows the steady-state, or second-stage, creep rates for the samples. Comparison data for NARloy-Z (Cu-3 wt % Ag-0.5 wt % Zr), the alloy currently used in combustion chamber liners, were not unavailable. Therefore the steady-state creep rates for Cu at similar temperatures are presented. As expected, in comparison to pure Cu, the creep rates for Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb are much lower. The lives of the samples are presented in the figure on the right. As shown, Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb at 800 C is comparable to NARloy-Z at 648 C. At equivalent temperatures, Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb enjoys a 20 to 50 percent advantage in stress for a given life and 1 to 3 orders of magnitude greater life at a given stress. The improved properties allow for design tradeoffs and improvements in new and existing heat exchangers such as the next generation of combustion chamber liners. Average creep rates for Cu-8 Cr-4 Nb and pure Cu are shown. Average creep lives for Cu-8 Cr- 4 Nb and NARloy-Z are also shown. Currently, two companies are interested in the commercial usage of the Cu

  7. Production response of lambs receiving creep feed while grazing ...

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    Department of Agriculture (Western Cape)

    analysis of variance with treatment (creep feed or no creep feed) and birth status (single and twins) as main factors. Provision a ... At both locations, birth status had no effect on the production parameters for ewes or lambs. Keywords: Creep ... supplementation are of vital importance (De Villiers, 1991; Brand et al., 1999).

  8. The Creep Properties of Fine Sandstone under Uniaxial Tensile Stress

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    Jiang Haifei


    Full Text Available A graduated uniaxial direct tensile creep test for fine sandstone is conducted by adopting a custom-designed direct tensile test device for rock. The experiment shows that the tensile creep of fine sandstone has similar creep curve patterns to those of compression creep, while the ratios of the creep strain to the total strain obtained in the tensile tests are substantially higher than those obtained for similar compression tests, which indicates that the creep ability of rock in the tensile process is higher than that in the uniaxial compression process. Based on the elastic modulus in the approximately linear portion of the obtained isochronous stress-strain curves of the tensile creep, the time dependence of the elasticity modulus for the Kelvin model is evaluated, and a revised generalized Kelvin model is obtained by substitution into the generalized Kelvin model. A new viscousplastic model is proposed to describe the accelerated creep properties, and this model is combined in series with the revised generalized Kelvin model to form a new nonlinear viscoelastic-plastic creep model that can describe the properties of attenuation creep, steady creep, and accelerated creep. Comparison of the test and theoretical curves demonstrates that they are nearly identical, which verifies the performance of the model.

  9. Influence of relative humidity on tensile and compressive creep of ...

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    This paper presents an experimental study on the influence of ambient relative humidity on tensile creep of plain concrete amended with Ground Granulated Blast - furnace Slag and compares it with its influence on compressive creep. Tensile and compressive creep tests were carried out on concrete specimens of 34.49 ...

  10. Thermal activated grain boundary creep in polycrystalline copper ...

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    Creep deformation in metals and alloys at intermediate temperatures and low stresses are attributed to power-law and diffusion mechanisms. ... By superposition of the rate equations, the net strain rate is determined as the sum of three independent creep mechanisms of Cobble diffusion creep, gra-in boundary sliding and ...

  11. Modelling of creep damage development in ferritic steels

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    Sandstroem, R. [Swedish Institute for Metals Research, Stockholm (Sweden)


    The physical creep damage, which is observed in fossil-fired power plants, is mainly due to the formation of cavities and their interaction. It has previously been demonstrated that both the nucleation and growth of creep cavities can be described by power functions in strain for low alloy and 12 % CrMoV creep resistant steels. It possible to show that the physical creep damage is proportional to the product of the number of cavities and their area. Hence, the physical creep damage can also be expressed in terms of the creep strain. In the presentation this physical creep damage is connected to the empirical creep damage classes (1-5). A creep strain-time function, which is known to be applicable to low alloy and 12 % CrMoV creep resistant steels, is used to describe tertiary creep. With this creep strain - time model the residual lifetime can be predicted from the observed damage. For a given damage class the remaining life is directly proportional to the service time. An expression for the time to the next inspection is proposed. This expression is a function of fraction of the total allowed damage, which is consumed till the next inspection. (orig.) 10 refs.

  12. Investigation of Rock Failure Pattern in Creep by Digital Speckle Correlation Method

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    Yunliang Tan


    Full Text Available In order to study the mechanical characteristics from creep deformation to failure of rock, the tests of uniaxial compression and pushing steel-plate anchored in rock were performed, by using RLJW-2000 servo test synchronizing with Digital Speckle Correlation Method (DSCM. The investigations showed that for a uniaxial compressive specimen, when load arrived at 0.5σc, displacement clusters orderly formed, which was ahead of the macrocreep strain occurring in a slight jump mode when load arrived at 0.7σc. When the load level arrived at 0.8σc, displacement clusters gathered to be a narrow band. After that, the specimen abruptly fractured in a shear mode. In the creep pushing steel-plate test, when pushing force arrived at 25 kN, crack began to occur, the horizontal displacement field as well as shear strain field concentrated continuously along the interface between steel-plate and rock, and a new narrow concentrating band gathered in the upper layer. When pushing force arrived at 27.5 kN, another new narrow shear deformation band formed in the lower layer. Then, the steel-plate was pushed out quickly accompanying strong creep deformation.

  13. Creep behaviour of polyurethanes applied in the offshore industry under dynamic service conditions

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    Aquino, Fabio G.; Sheldrake, Terry; Clevelario, Judimar; Pires, Fabio S. [Wellstream International S/A - Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], e-mail:; Souza, Miguel L. [Newtech Ltda, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil)


    The oil industry commonly uses flexible pipes to convey oil and gas from wells to platforms that move constantly due to weather and tidal conditions. In this scenario, polymeric components are required to transitioning between the flexible material of the pipelines to the rigid material of the platform; polyurethanes are versatile polymers suitable for performing such services. As this material is subjected to constant loading during working conditions, and it its durability is to be maintained for several decades, it is important to determine the material's creep properties that relate to deformation caused by constant loading, which can represent an indirect measurement of the material's lifetime. In this study, creep behaviour data on the polyurethane samples was collected and an asymmetrical and nonlinear behaviour was observed. Additionally the material presented a creep fracture line with points only above 150% of deformation, considerably exceeding maximum values for its service conditions, which is limited to 10% of deformation considering the worst loading case for design premises of the final artifact. (author)

  14. NASALife-Component Fatigue and Creep Life Prediction Program and Illustrative Examples (United States)

    Murthy, Pappu L. N.; Mital, Subodh K.; Gyekenyesi, John Z.


    NASALife is a life prediction program for propulsion system components made of ceramic matrix composites (CMC) under cyclic thermo-mechanical loading and creep rupture conditions. Although, the primary focus was for CMC components the underlying methodologies are equally applicable to other material systems as well. The program references data for low cycle fatigue (LCF), creep rupture, and static material properties as part of the life prediction process. Multiaxial stresses are accommodated by Von Mises based methods and a Walker model is used to address mean stress effects. Varying loads are reduced by the Rainflow counting method. Lastly, damage due to cyclic loading (Miner s rule) and creep are combined to determine the total damage per mission and the number of missions the component can survive before failure are calculated. Illustration of code usage is provided through example problem of a CMC turbine stator vane made of melt-infiltrated, silicon carbide fiber-reinforced, silicon carbide matrix composite (MI SiC/SiC)

  15. The effect of sheet processing on the microstructure, tensile, and creep behavior of INCONEL alloy 718 (United States)

    Boehlert, C. J.; Dickmann, D. S.; Eisinger, Ny. N. C.


    The grain size, grain boundary character distribution (GBCD), creep, and tensile behavior of INCONEL alloy 718 (IN 718) were characterized to identify processing-microstructure-property relationships. The alloy was sequentially cold rolled (CR) to 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, and 80 pct followed by annealing at temperatures between 954 °C and 1050 °C and the traditional aging schedule used for this alloy. In addition, this alloy can be superplastically formed (IN 718SPF) to a significantly finer grain size and the corresponding microstructure and mechanical behavior were evaluated. The creep behavior was evaluated in the applied stress (σ a ) range of 300 to 758 MPa and the temperature range of 638 °C to 670 °C. Constant-load tensile creep experiments were used to measure the values of the steady-state creep rate and the consecutive load reduction method was used to determine the values of backstress (σ0). The values for the effective stress exponent and activation energy suggested that the transition between the rate-controlling creep mechanisms was dependent on effective stresses (σ e =σ a σ0) and the transition occurred at σ e ≅ 135 MPa. The 10 to 40 pct CR samples exhibited the greatest 650 °C strength, while IN 718SPF exhibited the greatest room-temperature (RT) tensile strength (>1550 MPa) and ductility (ɛ f >16 pct). After the 954 °C annealing treatment, the 20 pct CR and 30 pct CR microstructures exhibited the most attractive combination of elevated-temperature tensile and creep strength, while the most severely cold-rolled materials exhibited the poorest elevated-temperature properties. After the 1050 °C annealing treatment, the IN 718SPF material exhibited the greatest backstress and best creep resistance. Electron backscattered diffraction was performed to identify the GBCD as a function of CR and annealing. The data indicated that annealing above 1010 °C increased the grain size and resulted in a greater fraction of twin boundaries, which in

  16. Reliability-based assessment of polyethylene pipe creep lifetime

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    Khelif, Rabia [LaMI-UBP and IFMA, Campus de Clermont-Fd, Les Cezeaux, BP 265, 63175 Aubiere Cedex (France); LR3MI, Departement de Genie Mecanique, Universite Badji Mokhtar, BP 12, Annaba 23000 (Algeria)], E-mail:; Chateauneuf, Alaa [LGC-University Blaise Pascal, Campus des Cezeaux, BP 206, 63174 Aubiere Cedex (France)], E-mail:; Chaoui, Kamel [LR3MI, Departement de Genie Mecanique, Universite Badji Mokhtar, BP 12, Annaba 23000 (Algeria)], E-mail:


    Lifetime management of underground pipelines is mandatory for safe hydrocarbon transmission and distribution systems. The use of high-density polyethylene tubes subjected to internal pressure, external loading and environmental variations requires a reliability study in order to define the service limits and the optimal operating conditions. In service, the time-dependent phenomena, especially creep, take place during the pipe lifetime, leading to significant strength reduction. In this work, the reliability-based assessment of pipe lifetime models is carried out, in order to propose a probabilistic methodology for lifetime model selection and to determine the pipe safety levels as well as the most important parameters for pipeline reliability. This study is enhanced by parametric analysis on pipe configuration, gas pressure and operating temperature.

  17. Microprestress - solidification theory for aging and drying creep of concrete

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    Bazant, Zdenek P.; Hauggaard-Nielsen, Anders Boe; Baweja, Sandeep


    A new physical theory for the effects of long-term aging and drying on concrete creep is proposed. The previously proposed solidification theory, in which aging is explained and modeled by the volume growth (into the pores of hardened Portland cement paste) of a nonaging viscoelastic constituent...... (cement gel), cannot explain long-term aging because the volume growth of the hydration products is too short-lived. The paper presents a revision of solidification theory in which the viscosity of the flow term of the compliance function is treated as a tangential viscosity of a nonlinear viscous power...... law govering very large and highly localized microstress in the hardened cement paste. The microstress is called the microprestress because it is produced during hydration by very large and highly localized volume changes, independent of loading. An essential aspect of the theory is that the applied...

  18. Effect of nitrogen on creep properties of type 316L stainless steel

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    Kim, D.W.; Lee, Y.K.; Kuk, I.H.; Ryu, W.S. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea)


    The effect of nitrogen on the creep properties of type 316L stainless steels with three different nitrogen contents from 0.04 to 0.15% was investigated. The plate was solution treated for 1 hr at 1100 deg C and then water quenched. Specimens were obtained from the plate parallel to the rolling direction. The geometry of specimen was 4mm diameter and 30mm gauge length. Creep tests were carried out using constant-load single-lever machines in the initial stress range from 120 to 380MPa at 550, 600 and 650 deg C and in air. The temperature deviation along the gauge length of the specimen was strictly controlled less than {+-}2 deg C. The time to rupture increased and the minimum creep strain rate decreased with the addition of nitrogen. On the other hand, the rupture elongation and fracture mode was not strongly influenced by the nitrogen content. The effect of nitrogen content on the creep properties were found to be more pronounced at higher temperatures. The intergranular fracture mode was found in all specimens and increased with decreasing applied stress. (author). 7 refs., 41 figs.

  19. Longitudinal Mechano-Sorptive Creep Behavior of Chinese Fir in Tension during Moisture Adsorption Processes. (United States)

    Peng, Hui; Lu, Jianxiong; Jiang, Jiali; Cao, Jinzhen


    To provide comprehensive data on creep behaviors at relative humidity (RH) isohume conditions and find the basic characteristics of mechano-sorptive (MS) creep (MSC), the tensile creep behaviors, "viscoelastic creep (VEC)" at equilibrium moisture content and MSC during adsorption process, were performed on Chinese fir in the longitudinal direction under 20%, 40%, 60% and 80% RH (25 °C) and at 1, 1.3, and 1.6 MPa, respectively. The free swelling behavior was also measured, where the climate conditions corresponded with MSC tests. Based on the databases of free swelling, VEC, and MSC, the existence of MS effect was examined, and the application of the rheological model under the assumption of partitioned strain was investigated. The results revealed that both VEC and MSC increased with magnitude of applied stress, and the increasing RH level. Under all RH isohume conditions, the total strain of MSC was greater than that of VEC. The influence of RH level on VEC was attributed to the water plasticization effect, whereas that on MSC was presumed to be the effect of water plasticization and unstable state in the wood cell wall. In addition, the RH level promoted the relaxation behavior in MSC, while it slightly affected the relaxation behavior in VEC. In the future, the rheological model could consider the link between load configuration and the anatomic structural feature of wood.

  20. Shear Correction Factors in Creep-Damage Analysis of Beams, Plates and Shells (United States)

    Altenbach, Holm; Naumenko, Konstantin

    Modern design rules for thin-walled structures which operate at elevated temperatures are based on the demand that the creep and may be the damage behaviour should be taken into account. In the last four decades various models including the scalar or tensor valued hardening and damage variables are established. These models reflect the influence of the deformation or the damage induced anisotropy on the creep response. One problem in creep analysis of thin-walled structures is the selection of the structural mechanics model which has to be adequate to the choice of the constitutive equations. Considering complex loading conditions the structural mechanics model has to reflect for instance the different constitutive behaviour in tension and compression. Below the applicability of classical engineering models for beams, plates and shells to the creep-damage analysis is discussed. It will be shown that a first improvement of the classical approach can be given within the assumptions of the first order shear deformation theory. Based on the beam equations we demonstrate that the shear correction factors have to be modified within the time-step analysis.

  1. Creep and stress rupture of oxide dispersion strengthened mechanically alloyed Inconel alloy MA 754 (United States)

    Howson, T. E.; Tien, J. K.; Stulga, J. E.


    The creep and stress rupture behavior of the mechanically alloyed oxide dispersion strengthened nickel-base alloy MA 754 was studied at 760, 982 and 1093 C. Tensile specimens with a fine, highly elongated grain structure, oriented parallel and perpendicular to the longitudinal grain direction were tested at various stresses in air under constant load. It was found that the apparent stress dependence was large, with power law exponents ranging from 19 to 33 over the temperature range studied. The creep activation energy, after correction for the temperature dependence of the elastic modulus, was close to but slightly larger than the activation energy for self diffusion. Rupture was intergranular and the rupture ductility as measured by percentage elongation was generally low, with values ranging from 0.5 to 16 pct. The creep properties are rationalized by describing the creep rates in terms of an effective stress which is the applied stress minus a resisting stress consistent with the alloy microstructure. Values of the resisting stress obtained through a curve fitting procedure are found to be close to the values of the particle by-pass stress for this oxide dispersion strengthened alloy, as calculated from the measured oxide particle distribution.

  2. Creep properties and microstructure of the new wrought austenitic steel

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    Vlasak, T.; Hakl, J.; Novak, P. [SVUM a.s., Prague (Czech Republic); Vyrostkova, A. [Slovak Academy of Sciences, Kosice (Slovakia). Inst. of Materials Research


    The contribution is oriented on the new wrought austenitic steel BGA4 (Cr23Ni15Mn6Cu3W1.5NbVMo) developed by the British Corus Company. Our main aim is to present creep properties studied in SVUM a.s. Prague during COST 536 programme. The dependencies of the creep strength, strength for specific creep strain and minimum creep strain rate were evaluated on the basis of long term creep tests carried out at temperature interval (625; 725) C. Important part of a paper is metallographic analysis. (orig.)

  3. Creep rupture behavior of welded Grade 91 steel

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    Shrestha, Triratna [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844 (United States); Basirat, Mehdi [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844 (United States); Alsagabi, Sultan; Sittiho, Anumat [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844 (United States); Charit, Indrajit, E-mail: [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844 (United States); Potirniche, Gabriel P. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844 (United States)


    Creep rupture behavior of fusion welded Grade 91 steel was studied in the temperature range of 600 – 700 °C and at stresses of 50–200 MPa. The creep data were analyzed in terms of the Monkman-Grant relation and Larson-Miller parameter. The creep damage tolerance factor was used to identify the origin of creep damage. The creep damage was identified as the void growth in combination with microstructural degradation. The fracture surface morphology of the ruptured specimens was studied by scanning electron microscopy and deformed microstructure examined by transmission electron microscopy, to further elucidate the rupture mechanisms.

  4. Influence of the phase composition of refractory materials on creep

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    Terzić A.


    Full Text Available In this paper, the relationship between the creeping effect and mineralogical characteristics of the applied binding phase for various refractory materials (high-alumina materials, with high or low impurity content, tar bonded either magnesite or dolomite materials and silicate bonded chrom-magnesite materials is presented. The mechanism of creeping is analyzed and the activation energy for creep for each investigated material is obtained and discussed. All investigated materials are creep sensitive under investigated conditions and have similar activation energies for creep except high-alumina refractories with a low impurity content.

  5. Long Term Displacement Data of Woven Fabric Webbings Under Constant Load for Inflatable Structures (United States)

    Kenner, Winfred S.; Jones, Thomas C.; Doggett, William R.; Lucy, Melvin H.; Grondin, Trevor A.; Whitley, Karen S.; Duncan, Quinton; Plant, James V.


    Inflatable modules for space applications offer weight and launch volume savings relative to current metallic modules. Limited data exist on the creep behavior of the restraint layer of inflatable modules. Long-term displacement and strain data of two high strength woven fabric webbings, Kevlar and Vectran, under constant load is presented. The creep behavior of webbings is required by designers to help determine service life parameters of inflatable modules. Four groups of different webbings with different loads were defined for this study. Group 1 consisted of 4K Kevlar webbings loaded to 33% ultimate tensile strength and 6K Vectran webbings loaded to 27% ultimate tensile strength, group 2 consisted of 6K Kevlar webbings loaded to 40% and 43% ultimate tensile strength, and 6K Vectran webbings loaded to 50% ultimate tensile strength, group 3 consisted of 6K Kevlar webbings loaded to 52% ultimate tensile strength and 6K Vectran webbings loaded to 60% ultimate tensile strength, and group 4 consisted of 12.5K Kevlar webbings loaded to 22% ultimate tensile strength, and 12.5K Vectran webbings loaded to 22% ultimate tensile strength. The uniquely designed test facility, hardware, displacement measuring devices, and test data are presented. Test data indicate that immediately after loading all webbings stretch an inch or more, however as time increases displacement values significantly decrease to fall within a range of several hundredth of an inch over the remainder of test period. Webbings in group 1 exhibit near constant displacements and strains over a 17-month period. Data acquisition was suspended after the 17th month, however webbings continue to sustain load without any local webbing damage as of the 21st month of testing. Webbings in group 2 exhibit a combination of initial constant displacement and subsequent increases in displacement rates over a 16-month period. Webbings in group 3 exhibit steady increases in displacement rates leading to webbing failure

  6. Effect of stress and temperature on the micromechanics of creep in highly irradiated bone and dentin

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    Singhal, Anjali, E-mail: [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States); Deymier-Black, Alix C., E-mail: [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States); Almer, Jonathan D., E-mail: [X-ray Science Division, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Dunand, David C., E-mail: [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States)


    Synchrotron X-ray diffraction is used to study in situ the evolution of phase strains during compressive creep deformation in bovine bone and dentin for a range of compressive stresses and irradiation rates, at ambient and body temperatures. In all cases, compressive strains in the collagen phase increase with increasing creep time (and concomitant irradiation), reflecting macroscopic deformation of the sample. By contrast, compressive elastic strains in the hydroxyapatite (HAP) phase, created upon initial application of compressive load on the sample, decrease with increasing time (and irradiation) for all conditions; this load shedding behavior is consistent with damage at the HAP–collagen interface due to the high irradiation doses (from ∼ 100 to ∼ 9,000 kGy). Both the HAP and fibril strain rates increase with applied compressive stress, temperature and irradiation rate, which is indicative of greater collagen molecular sliding at the HAP–collagen interface and greater intermolecular sliding (i.e., plastic deformation) within the collagen network. The temperature sensitivity confirms that testing at body temperature, rather than ambient temperature, is necessary to assess the in vivo behavior of bone and teeth. The characteristic pattern of HAP strain evolution with time differs quantitatively between bone and dentin, and may reflect their different structural organization. Highlights: ► First systematic study of varying creep stresses on bone and dentin at nanoscale. ► HAP in highly irradiated bone and dentin sheds load during creep at all stresses. ► This suggests HAP–collagen interfacial damage due to irradiation and applied stress. ► HAP and fibril strain rates increase with stress, temperature and irradiation. ► Temporal evolution of strains different in bone and dentin.

  7. Creep measurements on curing epoxy systems

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    Kammer, Charlotte; Szabo, Peter


    The chemical curing of a stoichiometric mixture of the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A and a 1,3-bis-(aminomethyl)-cyclohexane is studied.Creep experiments are combined with measurements in a Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) to determine the change in bulk viscosity due to network formation....

  8. Steady-state creep in the mantle

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    Full Text Available SUMMARY - The creep equations for steady-state flow of olivine at high
    pressure and temperature are compared in an attempt to elucidate the rheological
    behaviour of the mantle. Results are presented in terms of applied deformation
    maps and curves of effective viscosity v depth.
    In the upper mantle, the transition stress between dislocation and diffusion
    creep is between 10 to 102 bar (as orders of magnitude for grain sizes from
    0.01 to 1 cm. The asthenosphere under continents is deeper, and has higher
    viscosity, than under oceans. Predominance of one creep mechanism above the
    others depends on grain size, strain rate, and volume fraction of melt; the
    rheological response can be different for different geodynamic processes.
    In the lower mantle, on the other hand, dislocation creep is predominant
    at all realistic grain sizes and strain rates. If the effective viscosity has to be only
    slightly higher than in the upper mantle, as some interpretations of glacioisostatic
    rebound suggest, then the activation volume cannot be larger than
    11 cm3 mole^1.

  9. Time constant of logarithmic creep and relaxation

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    Nabarro, FRN


    Full Text Available of logarithmic creep have been proposed, the work-hardening of a set of barriers to dislocation motion, all having the same activation energy, or the progressive exhaustion of the weaker barriers in a set which has a distribution of activation energies...

  10. Significance of primary irradiation creep in graphite

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    Erasmus, C


    Full Text Available of Nuclear Materials, vol. 436(1-3), pp 167-174 Significance of primary irradiation creep in graphite Christiaan Erasmus a,⇑, Schalk Kok b, Michael P. Hindley a a Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Proprietary) Limited, PO Box 9396, Centurion 0046, South...

  11. Unified Creep Plasticity Damage (UCPD) Model for Rigid Polyurethane Foams.

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    Neilsen, Michael K. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Lu, Wei-Yang [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Scherzinger, William M. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hinnerichs, Terry D. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Lo, Chi S. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    Numerous experiments were performed to characterize the mechanical response of several different rigid polyurethane foams (FR3712, PMDI10, PMDI20, and TufFoam35) to large deformation. In these experiments, the effects of load path, loading rate, and temperature were investigated. Results from these experiments indicated that rigid polyurethane foams exhibit significant volumetric and deviatoric plasticity when they are compressed. Rigid polyurethane foams were also found to be very strain-rate and temperature dependent. These foams are also rather brittle and crack when loaded to small strains in tension or to larger strains in compression. Thus, a new Unified Creep Plasticity Damage (UCPD) model was developed and implemented into SIERRA with the name Foam Damage to describe the mechanical response of these foams to large deformation at a variety of temperatures and strain rates. This report includes a description of recent experiments and experimental findings. Next, development of a UCPD model for rigid, polyurethane foams is described. Selection of material parameters for a variety of rigid polyurethane foams is then discussed and finite element simulations with the new UCPD model are compared with experimental results to show behavior that can be captured with this model.

  12. Martensite zirconium alloys: effect of chemical composition on creep characteristics

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    Pahutova, M.; Cadek, J. (Ceskoslovenska Akademie Ved, Brno. Ustav Fyzikalni Metalurgie)


    The results of an extensive investigation of creep and creep fracture characteristics of martensitic zirconium alloys are summarized and briefly discussed. It is shown that at the temperature 773 K and the applied stress 100 MPa alloying with a properly chosen combination of tin and molybdenum makes it possible to reduce the steady state creep rate of alpha zirconium by seven orders of magnitude. The fracture in creep of martensitic zirconium alloys hardly has features typical of an intercrystalline creep fracture. Most probably, the creep fracture of martensitic zirconium alloys is controlled by the same deformation mechanism as the creep itself. From the point of view of application of martensitic zirconium alloys at temperatures 720 to 770 K their considerable disadvantage consists in that that at creep rates considered for engineering practice the steady state creep rate depends on the applied stress linearly. This suggests the Nabarro-Herring creep as the rate controlling mechanism. Consequently, any further significant reduction in the creep rate and/or increase in the time till fracture requires a considerable reduction in the applied stress.

  13. Nonlinear creep damage constitutive model for soft rocks (United States)

    Liu, H. Z.; Xie, H. Q.; He, J. D.; Xiao, M. L.; Zhuo, L.


    In some existing nonlinear creep damage models, it may be less rigorous to directly introduce a damage variable into the creep equation when the damage variable of the viscous component is a function of time or strain. In this paper, we adopt the Kachanov creep damage rate and introduce a damage variable into a rheological differential constitutive equation to derive an analytical integral solution for the creep damage equation of the Bingham model. We also propose a new nonlinear viscous component which reflects nonlinear properties related to the axial stress of soft rock in the steady-state creep stage. Furthermore, we build an improved Nishihara model by using this new component in series with the correctional Nishihara damage model that describes the accelerating creep, and deduce the rheological constitutive relation of the improved model. Based on superposition principle, we obtain the damage creep equation for conditions of both uniaxial and triaxial compression stress, and study the method for determining the model parameters. Finally, this paper presents the laboratory test results performed on mica-quartz schist in parallel with, or vertical to the schistosity direction, and applies the improved Nishihara model to the parameter identification of mica-quartz schist. Using a comparative analysis with test data, results show that the improved model has a superior ability to reflect the creep properties of soft rock in the decelerating creep stage, the steady-state creep stage, and particularly within the accelerating creep stage, in comparison with the traditional Nishihara model.

  14. An Overview of Irradiation Creep of Stainless Steels

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    Ryu, Woo Seog [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    This paper reviewed systematically a state-of-art of irradiation creep for stainless steels to provide a background information for performing irradiation creep tests and establishing the creep model for advanced domestic steels effectively. An irradiation creep model of SFR core materials is necessary to apply to the fuel cladding and assembly materials of domestic SFR reactor system. The document of in-reactor irradiation creep has been obtained by investing a long time and large-scale cost using limited experimental research reactors. This paper will provide the knowledge to understand the irradiation creep and to obtain the background information of advanced domestic steels, so that it hopes to practically apply for timely producing the documents of irradiation creep of advanced domestic steels necessary for the national SFR program.

  15. Final report on in-reactor creep-fatigue deformation behaviour of a CuCrZr alloy: COFAT 2

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    Singh, Bachu Narain; Johansen, Bjørn Sejr; Tähtinen, S.

    -fatigue cycles during the out-of-reactor and the in-reactor tests carried out at different strain amplitudes. Finally, the dependence of the number of cycles to failure (i.e. creep-fatigue lifetime) on the strain amplitudes is shown. The details of microstructure of the specimens tested out-of-reactor as well......The main objective of the present work was to determine experimentally the mechanical response and resulting microstructural changes in CuCrZr (HT1) alloy exposed concurrently to flux of neutrons and creep-fatigue cyclic loading directly in a fission reactor. Using specially designed test...... facilities for this purpose, in-reactor creep-fatigue tests have been performed at strain amplitudes of 0.25 and 0.35 % with a holdtime of 10s in the BR-2 reactor at Mol (Belgium). These tests were performed at the ambient temperatures of 326K and 323K. For comparison purposes corresponding out...

  16. 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.

  17. Effect of creep-fed supplement on the susceptibility of pasture-grazed suckling lambs to gastrointestinal helminths. (United States)

    de Melo, Gleice Kelli Ayardes; Ítavo, Camila Celeste Brandão Ferreira; Monteiro, Kedma Leonora Silva; da Silva, Jonilson Araújo; da Silva, Pâmila Carolini Gonçalves; Ítavo, Luís Carlos Vinhas; Borges, Dyego Gonçalves Lino; de Almeida Borges, Fernando


    This study evaluated the effect of creep feeding a protein supplement on the susceptibility of suckling lambs to infection with gastrointestinal helminths. Male and female lambs were grazed on Brachiaria spp. pastures next to their mothers. Animals were allocated to one of two treatments: creep feeding (261g/d) and control (no supplementation). The trial period was the suckling of lambs during two years of study: May-October 2013 and March-July 2014. Supplementary creep feeding of lambs improved animal performance (P1000 eggs per gram, as early as 45days of age, when the daily grazing time per animal increased. Creep feeding reduced the FECs of suckling lambs >60days of age in infections dominated by Haemonchus contortus. Totals of 20 and 48 anthelmintic treatments were administered to the supplemented and unsupplemented animals, respectively. The effect of this variable, however, was significant (P0.05) between the two treatments, indicating similar challenges by infective larvae to both groups. The supplementation of lambs by creep feeding can thus be a strategy for the sustainable control of helminth infection, because it reduces the dependence on anthelmintic treatment. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  18. The Impact of Weld Metal Creep Strength on the Overall Creep Strength of 9% Cr Steel Weldments


    Mayr, Peter; Mitsche, Stefan; Cerjak, Horst; Allen, Samuel Miller


    In this work, three joints of a X11CrMoWVNb9-1-1 (P911) pipe were welded with three filler metals by conventional arc welding. The filler metals varied in creep strength level, so that one overmatched, one undermatched, and one matched the creep strength of the P911 grade pipe base material. The long-term objective of this work was to study the influence of weld metal creep strength on the overall creep behavior of the welded joints and their failure mechanism. Uniaxial creep tests at 600°C a...

  19. Soil creep and historic landscape changes (United States)

    Lucke, Bernhard


    Many erosion models assume that soil sediments are transported grain-by-grain, and thus calculate loss and deposition according to parameters such as bulk density and average grain size. However, clay-rich soils, such as the widespread Red Mediterranean Soils or Terrae Rossae that are often found near important archaeological sites, can behave differently. This is illustrated by a case study of historic landscape changes in Jordan, where evidence for soil creep as main process of soil movement was found in the context of ancient cemeteries. Due to a dominance of smectites, the Red Mediterranean Soils in this area shrink and form cracks during the dry period. Because of the cracks and underlying limestone karst, they can swallow strong rains without high erosion risk. However, when water-saturated, these soils expand and can start creeping. Buried geoarchaeological features like small water channels on formerly cleared rocks suggest that soils can move a few cm uplslope when wet, and buried graves illustrate that soil creep can create new level surfaces, sealing cavities but not completely filling them. Such processes seem associated with slumping and earth flows as instable rocks might collapse under the weight of a creeping soil. While it is very difficult to measure such processes, landscape archaeology offers at least an indirect approach that could be suited to estimate the scale and impact of soil creep. Analogies with modern rainfalls, including record levels of precipitation during the winter 1991/1992, indicate that similar levels of soil moisture have not been reached during times of modern instrumental rainfall monitoring. This suggests that very strong deluges must have occurred during historical periods, that could potentially cause tremendous damage to modern infrastructure if happening again.

  20. Using surface creep rate to infer fraction locked for sections of the San Andreas fault system in northern California from alignment array and GPS data (United States)

    Lienkaemper, James J.; McFarland, Forrest S.; Simpson, Robert W.; Caskey, S. John


    Surface creep rate, observed along five branches of the dextral San Andreas fault system in northern California, varies considerably from one section to the next, indicating that so too may the depth at which the faults are locked. We model locking on 29 fault sections using each section’s mean long‐term creep rate and the consensus values of fault width and geologic slip rate. Surface creep rate observations from 111 short‐range alignment and trilateration arrays and 48 near‐fault, Global Positioning System station pairs are used to estimate depth of creep, assuming an elastic half‐space model and adjusting depth of creep iteratively by trial and error to match the creep observations along fault sections. Fault sections are delineated either by geometric discontinuities between them or by distinctly different creeping behaviors. We remove transient rate changes associated with five large (M≥5.5) regional earthquakes. Estimates of fraction locked, the ratio of moment accumulation rate to loading rate, on each section of the fault system provide a uniform means to inform source parameters relevant to seismic‐hazard assessment. From its mean creep rates, we infer the main branch (the San Andreas fault) ranges from only 20%±10% locked on its central creeping section to 99%–100% on the north coast. From mean accumulation rates, we infer that four urban faults appear to have accumulated enough seismic moment to produce major earthquakes: the northern Calaveras (M 6.8), Hayward (M 6.8), Rodgers Creek (M 7.1), and Green Valley (M 7.1). The latter three faults are nearing or past their mean recurrence interval.

  1. Comparison of creep crack growth rates on the base and welded metals of modified 9Cr-1Mo steel

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    Kim, Woo Gon; Yun, Song Nam; Kim, Yong Wan; Kim, Sung Ho [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jae Young; Kim, Seon Jin [Pukyong National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    This paper is to compare Creep Crack Growth Rates (CCGR) on the Base Metal (BM) and Welded Metal (WM) of modified 9Cr-1Mo steel for Gen-IV reactors. Welded specimens were prepared by Shielded Metal Arc Weld (SMAW) method. To obtain material properties for the BM and welded metal, a series of creep and tensile tests was conducted at 600 .deg. C, and CCG tests was also performed using 1/2'' compact tension specimens under different applied loads at 600 .deg. C. Their CCGR behaviors were analyzed by using the empirical equation of the da/dt vs. C{sup *} parameter and compared, respectively. It appeared that, for a given value of C{sup *}, the rate of creep propagation was about 2.0 times faster than in the WM than the BM. This reason is that a creep rate in the WM was largely attributed when compared with that in the BM. From this result, it can be utilized for assessing the rate of creep propagation on the BM and WM of the G91 steel.

  2. Modelling of cyclic creep in the finite strain range using a nested split of the deformation gradient (United States)

    Shutov, Alexey V.; Larichkin, Alexey Yu.; Shutov, Valeriy A.


    A new phenomenological model of cyclic creep is proposed which is suitable for applications involving finite creep deformations of the material. The model accounts for the the effect of the transient increase of the creep strain rate upon the load reversal. In order to extend the applicability range of the model, the creep process is fully coupled to the classical Kachanov-Rabonov damage evolution. As a result, the proposed model describes all the three stages of creep. Large strain kinematics is described in a geometrically exact manner using the assumption of a nested multiplicative split, originally proposed by Lion for finite strain plasticity. The model is thermodynamically admissible, objective, and w-invariant. Implicit time integration of the proposed evolution equations is discussed. The corresponding numerical algorithm is implemented into the commercial FEM code MSC.MARC. Using this code, the model is validated using real experimental data on cyclic torsion of a thick-walled tubular specimen made of the D16T aluminium alloy. The numerically computed stress distribution exhibits a "skeletal point" within the specimen.

  3. Reducing the moisture effect on the creep deformation of wood by an irradiation-induced polymer impregnation method (United States)

    Chia, L. H. L.; Boey, F. Y. C.; Teoh, S. H.

    This paper reports an attempt to reduce the sensitivity of creep deformation to moisture adsorption by impregnating a tropical wood with methyl-methacrylate and subsequent polymerization by γ-irradiation. Beam specimens both of untreated wood and polymer impregnated wood were subjected to a three-point bend creep test under a constant load of 300 N at 23 ± 1°C, at three different humidity levels of 50 ± 5, 65 ± 5 and 85 ± 5%. A Norton-Bailey (power law) mathematical model successfully described the creep behaviour, with the creep components determined by a non-linear regression analysis. A significant reduction in the sensitivity of creep deformation to the humidity level was attained for the polymer impregnated wood. This could be explained by the ability of the impregnated polymer to form a strongly adhesive interface with the wood cell material, thereby acting as a physical barrier to reduce the movement of water to and from the wood cell material.

  4. Preliminary Investigations of Creep Strain of Neogene Clay from Warsaw in Drained Triaxial Tests Assisted by Computed Microtomography (United States)

    Kaczmarek, Łukasz Dominik; Dobak, Paweł Józef; Kiełbasiński, Kamil


    The study concerns soil creep deformation in multistage triaxial stress tests under drained conditions. High resolution X-ray computed microtomography (XμCT) was involved in structure recognition before and after triaxial tests. Undisturbed Neogene clay samples, which are widespread in central Poland, were used in this study. XμCT was used to identify representative sample series and informed the detection and rejection of unreliable ones. Maximum deviatoric stress for in situ stress confining condition was equal 95.1 kPa. This result helped in the design of further multistage investigations. The study identified the rheological strain course, which can be broken down into three characterizations: decreasing creep strain rate, transitional constant creep velocity, and accelerating creep deformation. The study found that due to multistage creep loading, the samples were strengthened. Furthermore, there is a visibly "brittle" character of failure, which may be the consequence of the microstructure transformation as a function of time as well as collapse of voids. Due to the glacial tectonic history of the analyzed samples, the reactivation of microcracks might also serve as an explanation. The number of the various sizes of shear planes after failure is confirmed by XμCT overexposure.

  5. On the microstructural basis of creep strength and creep-fatigue interaction in 9-12 % Cr steels for application in power plants

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    Chilukuru, H.


    As part of the efforts of preserving the environment it is necessary to reduce of the CO2 emissions from power plants. This can be done by increasing the plant efficiency. Research groups around the world are engaged in developing new steels capable of sustaining higher stresses and temperatures envisaged for high-efficiency power plants. Research carried out in Europe is organized within the COST Programme (Co-Operation in Science and Technology) aiming at replacing the conventional steels of type X20CrMoV121 by the new class of 9-12% Cr-steels with modified composition. The resistance of materials against deformation at elevated temperatures depends on their microstructure. Frequently in 9-12% Cr-steels improved short-term creep properties do not persist in the long-term service [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. This is related with insufficient microstructural stability. Hardening contributions in 9-12% Cr-steels come from solute atoms of the ferritic matrix, from dislocations, and from precipitates of foreign phases within the matrix. The term ''carbide stabilized substructure hardening'' of 9-12% Cr steels [7, 8] indicates that the hardening contributions are interdependent. The dislocations are the carriers of plastic deformation. They interact with each other, with solute atoms and with precipitates. The dislocation-dislocation interaction leads to formation of planar dislocation networks constituting low-angle boundaries. They form a subgrain structure within the grains. At present, a full and detailed understanding of the effects exerted by the different components of microstructure on creep strength is still lacking. The present work makes a contribution to the efforts of understanding the microstructural basis of creep strength and of creep-fatigue interaction by transmission electron microscopic structure investigations coupled with creep tests. Investigations by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were carried out with regard to hardening by

  6. Shakedown Tests for Refurbished and Upgraded Frames and Initiation of Alloy 709 Creep Rupture Tests

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    Wang, Hong [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Moser, Jeremy L. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hawkins, Charles S. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Lara-Curzio, Edgar [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)


    This report describes the shakedown tests conducted on the upgraded frames, and initiation of creep rupture tests on refurbished frames. SS316H, a reference material for Alloy 709, was used in shakedown tests, and the tests were conducted at 816 degree C under three stress levels to accumulate 1% creep strain. 1/4” gage diameter specimen design was used. The creep rupture tests on Alloy 709 were initiated at 600 degree C under 330 MPa to target 1,500 h rupture time. 12 specimens with 3/8” gage diameter were prepared from the materials with 6 heat treatment conditions, 2 from each. The required mechanical load under 330MPa was calculated to be 5,286 lb for the 3/8” gage diameter specimen. Among the ART frames, 7 frames are equipped with 10,000 lb load cell including #5 to 8 and #88 to 90, and can be used. 7 tests were thus started in this stage of project, and remaining 5 will be continued whenever any of the 7 tests is completed.

  7. First-line cART regimen impacts the course of CD8+ T-cell counts in HIV-infected patients that achieve sustained undetectable viral load. (United States)

    Poizot-Martin, Isabelle; Allavena, Clotilde; Delpierre, Cyrille; Duvivier, Claudine; Obry-Roguet, Véronique; Cano, Carla E; Guillouet de Salvador, Francine; Rey, David; Dellamonica, Pierre; Cheret, Antoine; Cuzin, Lise; Katlama, Christine; Cabié, André; Hoen, Bruno


    The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of first-line combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) regimen on the course of CD8 T-cell counts in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients.A retrospective observational study conducted on the French DAT'AIDS Cohort of HIV-infected patients.We selected 605 patients initiating a first-line cART between 2002 and 2009, and which achieved a sustained undetectable HIV plasma viral load (pVL) for at least 12 months without cART modification. The evolution of CD8 T-cell counts according to cART regimen was assessed.CD8 T-cell counts were assessed in 572 patients treated with 2NRTIs+1PI/r (n= 297), 2NRTIs+1NNRTI (n= 207) and 3NRTIs (n= 68). In multivariate analysis, after 12 months of follow-up, the 3NRTIs regimen was associated with a significantly smaller decrease of CD8 T-cell count compared with NNRTI-containing regimens (-10.2 cells/μL in 3NRTIs vs -105.1 cells/μL; P=0.02) but not compared with PI-containing regimens (10.2 vs -60.9 cells/μL; P=0.21). After 24 months, the 3NRTIs regimen was associated with a smaller decrease of CD8 T-cell count and % compared with PI/r- and NNRTI-containing regimens (0.2 in 3NRTIs vs -9.9 with PI/r-regimens, P=0.001, and vs -11.1 with NNRTI-regimens, p < 0.0001). A focus analysis on 11 patients treated with an INSTI-containing cART regimen during the study period showed after 12 months of follow-up, a median decrease of CD8 T-cell count of -155 [inter quartile range: -302; -22] cells/μL.Our data highlight the fact that cART regimens have differential effects on CD8 pool down regulation.

  8. Study on the Unsteady Creep of Composite Beams with an Irregular Laminar Fibrous Structure Made from Nonlinear Hereditary Materials (United States)

    Yankovskii, A. P.


    The creep of homogenous and hybrid composite beams of an irregular laminar fibrous structure is investigated. The beams consist of thin walls and flanges (load-carrying layers). The walls may be reinforced longitudinally or crosswise in the plane, and the load-carrying layers are reinforced in the longitudinal direction. The mechanical behavior of phase materials is described by the Rabotnov nonlinear hereditary theory of creep taking into account their possible different resistance to tension and compression. On the basis of hypotheses of the Timoshenko theory, with using the method of time steps, a problem is formulated for the inelastic bending deformation of such beams with account of the weakened resistance of their walls to the transverse shear. It is shown that, at discrete instants of time, the mechanical behavior of such structures can formally be described by the governing relations for composite beams made of nonlinear elastic anisotropic materials with a known initial stress state. The method of successive iterations, similar to the method of variable parameters of elasticity, is used to linearize the boundary-value problem at each instant of time. The bending deformation is investigated for homogeneous and reinforced cantilever and simply supported beams in creep under the action of a uniformly distributed transverse load. The cross sections of the beams considered are I-shaped. It is found that the use of the classical theory for such beams leads to the prediction of indefensibly underestimated flexibility, especially in long-term loading. It is shown that, in beams with reinforced load-carrying layers, the creep mainly develops due to the shear strains of walls. It is found that, in short- and long-term loadings of composite beams, the reinforcement structures rational by the criterion of minimum flexibility are different.

  9. Thermal fatigue and creep evaluation for the bed in tritium SDS

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    Choi, Woo-seok, E-mail: [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Yuseong, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Chang-gyu [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Yuseong, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Ju, Yong-sun [KOASIS, Yuseong, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Hyun-goo; Jang, Min-ho; Yun, Sei-hun [National Fusion Research Institute, Yuseong, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Highlights: • To evaluate the integrity of the ITER tritium SDS bed, three kinds of assessments were conducted. • The structural analysis showed that the stress induced from the thermal load and the internal pressure is within the design stress intensity. • The combined fatigue and creep assessment was also performed according to the procedure of ASME code Subsection NH. • A new operation procedure to obtain more integrity margin was recommended. • The other operation procedure could be considered which makes the rapid operation possible giving up the marginal integrity. - Abstract: The primary vessel of ITER tritium SDS bed is made of stainless steel. It is heated beyond 500 °C to desorb tritium. During this process the primary vessel is subject to thermal stress. And it is also subject to thermal fatigue by the iterative process of absorption and desorption. In addition, its operation temperature range is in the thermal creep temperature region. Therefore, the tritium SDS bed should have sufficient design stress intensity under the high temperature operating conditions. It should also be free of damage due to fatigue during the design life. Thermal analysis and structural analysis was performed using a finite element method to calculate the temperature and the stress distribution of the ITER tritium SDS bed due to the internal pressure and thermal loads. The thermal fatigue and creep effects were also evaluated since the tritium SDS bed was heated to hot temperature region where creep occurs. Based on the distribution of the primary stress and secondary stress results, two evaluation cross-sections were selected. The evaluation showed that the calculated value on the cross-sections satisfied all of the limits of the design code requirements.

  10. Transient effects in friction fractal asperity creep

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    Goedecke, Andreas


    Transient friction effects determine the behavior of a wide class of mechatronic systems. Classic examples are squealing brakes, stiction in robotic arms, or stick-slip in linear drives. To properly design and understand mechatronic systems of this type, good quantitative models of transient friction effects are of primary interest. The theory developed in this book approaches this problem bottom-up, by deriving the behavior of macroscopic friction surfaces from the microscopic surface physics. The model is based on two assumptions: First, rough surfaces are inherently fractal, exhibiting roughness on a wide range of scales. Second, transient friction effects are caused by creep enlargement of the real area of contact between two bodies. This work demonstrates the results of extensive Finite Element analyses of the creep behavior of surface asperities, and proposes a generalized multi-scale area iteration for calculating the time-dependent real contact between two bodies. The toolset is then demonstrated both...

  11. Revisiting Creeping Competences in the EU

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    Citi, Manuele


    The literature on European integration has documented several cases of creeping competences in the EU. None of these studies, however, has fully clarified the conditions under which this phenomenon takes place, nor provided any testable hypotheses on its empirical dynamics. This paper studies one...... and defence. Through the analysis of a large pool of documentary data, I elaborate a set of linked hypotheses about the empirical dynamics of creeping competences, and show how the theory of incomplete contracting is best suited to explain this phenomenon....... case where secondary legislation was employed to extend a formal treaty-based competence (civilian research and technology policy) to an area that, for historical and strategic reasons, has always been a policy monopoly of national governments: research and technology development policy for security...

  12. Creep of chemically vapour deposited SiC fibres (United States)

    Dicarlo, J. A.


    The creep, thermal expansion, and elastic modulus properties for chemically vapor deposited SiC fibers were measured between 1000 and 1500 C. Creep strain was observed to increase logarithmically with time, monotonically with temperature, and linearly with tensile stress up to 600 MPa. The controlling activation energy was 480 + or - 20 kJ/mole. Thermal pretreatments near 1200 and 1450 C were found to significantly reduce fiber creep. These results coupled with creep recovery observations indicate that below 1400 C fiber creep is anelastic with negligible plastic component. This allowed a simple predictive method to be developed for describing fiber total deformation as a function of time, temperature, and stress. Mechanistic analysis of the property data suggests that fiber creep is the result of beta-SiC grain boundary sliding controlled by a small percent of free silicon in the grain boundaries.

  13. Creep stresses in a spherical shell under steady state temperature (United States)

    Verma, Gaurav; Rana, Puneet


    The paper investigates the problem of creep of a spherical structure under the influence of steady state temperature. The problem of creep in spherical shell is solved by using the concept of generalized strain measures and transition hypothesis given by Seth. The problem has reduced to non-linear differential equation for creep transition. This paper deals with the non-linear behaviour of spherical shell under thermal condition. The spherical shell structures are easily vulnerable to creep, shrinkage and thermal effects; a thorough understanding of their time-dependent behaviour has been fully established. The paper aims to provide thermal creep analysis to enhance the effective design and long life of shells, and a theoretical model is developed for calculating creep stresses and strains in a spherical shell with purpose. Results obtained for the problem are depicted graphically.

  14. Pure climb creep mechanism drives flow in Earth's lower mantle. (United States)

    Boioli, Francesca; Carrez, Philippe; Cordier, Patrick; Devincre, Benoit; Gouriet, Karine; Hirel, Pierre; Kraych, Antoine; Ritterbex, Sebastian


    At high pressure prevailing in the lower mantle, lattice friction opposed to dislocation glide becomes very high, as reported in recent experimental and theoretical studies. We examine the consequences of this high resistance to plastic shear exhibited by ringwoodite and bridgmanite on creep mechanisms under mantle conditions. To evaluate the consequences of this effect, we model dislocation creep by dislocation dynamics. The calculation yields to an original dominant creep behavior for lower mantle silicates where strain is produced by dislocation climb, which is very different from what can be activated under high stresses under laboratory conditions. This mechanism, named pure climb creep, is grain-size-insensitive and produces no crystal preferred orientation. In comparison to the previous considered diffusion creep mechanism, it is also a more efficient strain-producing mechanism for grain sizes larger than ca. 0.1 mm. The specificities of pure climb creep well match the seismic anisotropy observed of Earth's lower mantle.

  15. Magnetic field annealing for improved creep resistance

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    Brady, Michael P.; Ludtka, Gail M.; Ludtka, Gerard M.; Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Nicholson, Don M.; Rios, Orlando; Yamamoto, Yukinori


    The method provides heat-resistant chromia- or alumina-forming Fe-, Fe(Ni), Ni(Fe), or Ni-based alloys having improved creep resistance. A precursor is provided containing preselected constituents of a chromia- or alumina-forming Fe-, Fe(Ni), Ni(Fe), or Ni-based alloy, at least one of the constituents for forming a nanoscale precipitate MaXb where M is Cr, Nb, Ti, V, Zr, or Hf, individually and in combination, and X is C, N, O, B, individually and in combination, a=1 to 23 and b=1 to 6. The precursor is annealed at a temperature of C. for 1-48 h in the presence of a magnetic field of at least 5 Tesla to enhance supersaturation of the M.sub.aX.sub.b constituents in the annealed precursor. This forms nanoscale M.sub.aX.sub.b precipitates for improved creep resistance when the alloy is used at service temperatures of C. Alloys having improved creep resistance are also disclosed.

  16. Experimental studies of fiber concrete creep

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    Korneeva Irina


    Full Text Available The results of two-stage experimental studies of the strength and deformation characteristics of fibrous concrete reinforced with steel fiber. In the experiments we used steel fiber with bent ends, which practically does not form "hedgehogs", which allows to achieve an even distribution of the fiber by volume. At the first stage, the cube and prismatic strength, deformability at central compression, a number of special characteristics are determined: water absorption, frost resistance, abrasion; the optimal percentage of fiber reinforcement and the maximum size of the coarse aggregate fraction were selected. Fiber reinforcement led to an increase in the strength of concrete at compression by 1,35 times and an increase in the tensile strength at bending by 3,4 times. At the second stage, the creep of fibrous concrete and plain concrete of similar composition at different stress levels was researched. Creep curves are plotted. It is shown that the use of fiber reinforcement leads to a decrease in creep strain by 21 to 30 percent, depending on the stress level.

  17. Steady-State Creep of Asphalt Concrete

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    Alibai Iskakbayev


    Full Text Available This paper reports the experimental investigation of the steady-state creep process for fine-grained asphalt concrete at a temperature of 20 ± 2 °С and under stress from 0.055 to 0.311 MPa under direct tension and was found to occur at a constant rate. The experimental results also determined the start, the end point, and the duration of the steady-state creep process. The dependence of these factors, in addition to the steady-state creep rate and viscosity of the asphalt concrete on stress is satisfactorily described by a power function. Furthermore, it showed that stress has a great impact on the specific characteristics of asphalt concrete: stress variation by one order causes their variation by 3–4.5 orders. The described relations are formulated for the steady-state of asphalt concrete in a complex stressed condition. The dependence is determined between stress intensity and strain rate intensity.

  18. Creep Deformation by Dislocation Movement in Waspaloy. (United States)

    Whittaker, Mark; Harrison, Will; Deen, Christopher; Rae, Cathie; Williams, Steve


    Creep tests of the polycrystalline nickel alloy Waspaloy have been conducted at Swansea University, for varying stress conditions at 700 °C. Investigation through use of Transmission Electron Microscopy at Cambridge University has examined the dislocation networks formed under these conditions, with particular attention paid to comparing tests performed above and below the yield stress. This paper highlights how the dislocation structures vary throughout creep and proposes a dislocation mechanism theory for creep in Waspaloy. Activation energies are calculated through approaches developed in the use of the recently formulated Wilshire Equations, and are found to differ above and below the yield stress. Low activation energies are found to be related to dislocation interaction with γ' precipitates below the yield stress. However, significantly increased dislocation densities at stresses above yield cause an increase in the activation energy values as forest hardening becomes the primary mechanism controlling dislocation movement. It is proposed that the activation energy change is related to the stress increment provided by work hardening, as can be observed from Ti, Ni and steel results.


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    Ján Micheľ


    Full Text Available In this contribution microstructure degradation of a steam tube is analysed. The tube is made of CrMo creep resistant steel and was in service under creep conditions at temperature 530°C and calculated stress level in the tube wall 46.5 MPa. During service life in the steel gradual micro structure changes were observed, first pearlite spheroidization, precipitation, coagulation and precipitate coarsening. Despite the fact that there were evident changes in the micro structure the strength and deformation properties of the steel (Re, Rm, A5, Z, the resistance to brittle fracture and the creep strength limit, were near to unchanged after 2.1x10 5 hours in service. The steam tube is now in service more than 2.6x10 5 h.

  20. Degradation of mechanical properties of CrMo creep resistant steel operating under conditions of creep

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    J. Michel


    Full Text Available Mechanical properties of a steam tube made of CrMo creep resistant steel are analysed in this contribution after up to 2,6•105 hours service life in creep conditions at temperature 530 °C and calculated stress level in the tube wall 46,5 MPa. During service life there were in the steel gradual micro structure changes, fi rst pearlite spheroidization, precipitation, coaugulation and precipitate coarsening. Nevertheless the strength and deformation properties of the steel (Re, Rm, A5, Z, and the resistance to brittle fracture and the creep strength limit, were near to unchanged after 2,1•105 hours in service. The steam tube is now in service more than 2,6•105 h.

  1. Control of Early Age Concrete. Phase 3: Creep in Concrete

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    Hauggaard-Nielsen, Anders Boe; Damkilde, Lars; Hansen, Per Freiesleben


    The mechanical properties of the "Road Directorate Concrete" at early ages are studied. Creep in tension at 24 and 72 maturity hours are measured on dogbone shaped specimens. The development of tensile modulus of elasticity and strength are measured with a method developed here. The results...... are compared to compression values and splitting strengths. It is found that the properties of creep in tension are similar to the properties in compression. Further the influence form temperature on creep is found to be significant....

  2. Comparison of creep of the cement pastes included fly ash

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    Padevět Pavel


    Full Text Available The paper is devoted to comparison of creep of cement pastes containing fly ash admixture. The size of creep in time depends on the amount of components of the cement paste. Attention is paid to the content of classical fly ash in cement paste and its impact on the size of creep. The moisture of cement pastes is distinguished because it significantly affects the rheological properties of the material.

  3. Stability of MC Carbide Particles Size in Creep Resisting Steels

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    Vodopivec, F.


    Full Text Available Theoretical analysis of the dependence microstructure creep rate. Discussion on the effects of carbide particles size and their distribution on the base of accelerated creep tests on a steel X20CrMoV121 tempered at 800 °C. Analysis of the stability of carbide particles size in terms of free energy of formation of the compound. Explanation of the different effect of VC and NbC particles on accelerated creep rate.

  4. Multi-axial Creep and the LICON Methodology for Accelerated Creep Testing

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    Bowyer, William H. [Meadow End Farm, Farnham (United Kingdom)


    The copper-Iron canister for disposal of nuclear waste in the Swedish Programme has a design life exceeding 100,000 years. Whilst the operating temperature (100 deg C max.) and operating stress (50 MPa max.) are modest, the very long design life does require that the likely creep performance of the canister should be investigated. Many studies have been carried out by SKB but these have all involved very short duration tests at relatively high stresses. The process of predicting canister creep life by extrapolation of data from such tests has been challenged for two main reasons. The first is that the deformation and failure mechanisms in the tests employed are different from the mechanism expected under service conditions and the second is that the extrapolation is extreme. It has been recognised that there is usually scope for some increase in test temperatures and stresses which will accelerate the development of creep damage without compromising the use of extrapolation for life prediction. Cane demonstrated that in steels designed for high temperature and pressure applications, conditions of multi-axial stressing could lead to increases or decreases in the rate of damage accumulation without changing the damage mechanism. This provided a third method for accelerating creep testing which has been implemented as the LICON method. This report aims to explain the background to the LICON method and its application to the case of the copper canister. It seems likely that the method could be used to improve our knowledge of the creep resistance of the copper canister. Multiplication factors that may be achieved by the technique could be increased by attention to specimen design but an extensive and targeted programme of data collection on creep of copper would still be needed to implement the method to best advantage.

  5. A Study of the Creep Effect in Loudspeaker Suspension

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    Agerkvist, Finn T.; Thorborg, Knud; Tinggaard, Carsten


    This paper investigates the creep effect, the visco elastic behaviour of loudspeaker suspension parts, which can be observed as an increase in displacement far below the resonance frequency. The creep effect means that the suspension cannot be modelled as a simple spring. The need for an accurate...... creep model is even larger as the validity of loudspeaker models are now sought extended far into the nonlinear domain of the loudspeaker. Different creep models are investigated and implemented both in simple lumped parameter models as well as time domain non-linear models, the simulation results...

  6. Creep strength and ductility of 9 to 12% chromium steels

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    Hald, John


    The present paper focuses in on long-term creep properties of parent material of the new 9-12%Cr creep resistant steels, P91, E911 and P92 developed for use in advanced ultrasupercritical power plants. These steels have been at the center of activities in the ECCC Working Group 3A (WG3A) "Ferritic...... Steels", which covers creep data development and analysis for parent materials and welds of all ferritic creep resistant steels ranging from low alloy steels up to 12%Cr steels. The opinions stated in the paper represent the views of the author rather than the whole ECCC WG3A group....

  7. Deformation and fracture in one-dimensional creep problems (United States)

    Kovrizhnykh, A. M.; Kovrizhnykh, S. A.


    It is assumed that irreversible deformation is a result of shearing in certain planes. In perpendicular directions to these planes, normal strain undergoes change that is proportional to the associated shear. This approach allows accounting for growth of fractures and pores in the background of increasing creep strains without using Kachanov–Rabotnov’s kinetic equation for development of damage. Material begins failing when maximum shear creep strain reaches critical value, which initiates drop in shear strength. Using the model based on the maximum shear stress and the exponential law, the authors solve problems on deformation and failure of an elastic–creeping body at the stages of unstable and stable creep.

  8. Creep Behavior of UFG CP Ti at Room Temperature (United States)

    Luo, Lei; Zhao, Xicheng; Liu, XiaoYan; Yang, Xirong


    Ultra-fine grained commercial purity titanium (UFG CP Ti) is processed by Composite refining process (Equal channel angular pressing (ECAP), cold rolling and rotary swaging) at room temperature. The grain size is refined from 19 μm to 180 nm, and the ultimate tensile strength increase to 870 MPa. Creep tests were carried out on Ultra-fine grained commercial purity titanium with the stresses of 640, 660, 680, 700, 720, 740, 760 MPa at room temperature. Steady state creep rate and stress exponent n at various stresses were calculated for Ultra-fine grained commercial purity titanium, and creep deformation mechanism was also investigated. (With the rise of stress, the steady creep rate increases while the creep time decrease). The steady state creep rate reached maximum 1.416×10-6 s-1 (under) stress of 760 MPa. The stress exponent is 17.3 when the stress was 640 ∼ 700MPa, while the stress exponent is 55.7 when the stress was 700 ∼ 760MPa, UFG CP Ti shows good creep property at room temperature. The creep deformation mechanism of UFG CP Ti is the dislocation creep.

  9. Power-law creep from discrete dislocation dynamics. (United States)

    Keralavarma, Shyam M; Cagin, T; Arsenlis, A; Benzerga, A Amine


    We report two-dimensional discrete dislocation dynamics simulations of combined dislocation glide and climb leading to "power-law" creep in a model aluminum crystal. The approach fully accounts for matter transport due to vacancy diffusion and its coupling with dislocation motion. The existence of quasiequilibrium or jammed states under the applied creep stresses enables observations of diffusion and climb over time scales relevant to power-law creep. The predictions for the creep rates and stress exponents fall within experimental ranges, indicating that the underlying physics is well captured.

  10. Collect Available Creep-Fatigue Data and Study Existing Creep-Fatigue Evaluation Procedures for Grade 91 and Hastelloy XR

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    Tai Asayama; Yukio Tachibana


    This report describes the results of investigation on Task 5 of DOE/ASME Materials Project based on a contract between ASME Standards Technology, LLC (ASME ST-LLC) and Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). Task 5 is to collect available creep-fatigue data and study existing creep-fatigue evaluation procedures for Grade 91 steel and Hastelloy XR. Part I of this report is devoted to Grade 91 steel. Existing creep-fatigue data were collected (Appendix A) and analyzed from the viewpoints of establishing a creep-fatigue procedure for VHTR design. A fair amount of creep-fatigue data has been obtained and creep-fatigue phenomena have been clarified to develop design standards mainly for fast breeder reactors. Following this, existing creep-fatigue procedures were studied and it was clarified that the creep-fatigue evaluation procedure of the ASME-NH has a lot of conservatisms and they were analyzed in detail from the viewpoints of the evaluation of creep damage of material. Based on the above studies, suggestions to improve the ASME-NH procedure along with necessary research and development items were presented. Part II of this report is devoted to Hastelloy XR. Existing creep-fatigue data used for development of the high temperature structural design guideline for High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR) were collected. Creep-fatigue evaluation procedure in the design guideline and its application to design of the intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) for High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) was described. Finally, some necessary research and development items in relation to creep-fatigue evaluation for Gen IV and VHTR reactors were presented.

  11. Características das carcaças de cordeiros lactentes terminados em creep feeding e creep grazing


    Ribeiro, Ticiany Maria Dias; Costa, Ciniro [UNESP; Monteiro, Alda Lúcia Gomes; Piazzetta, Hugo von Linsingen; Silva, Marina Gabriela Berchiol da [UNESP; Silva, Cláudio José Araujo da; Prado, Odilei Rogério; Fernades, Maria Angela Machado; Meirelles, Paulo Roberto de Lima


    The work was developed in Sheep and Goat Production Laboratory of UFPR to evaluate the sucking lambs systems of production in pasture, supplemented in creep feeding or creep grazing. It was evaluated in vivo and carcass characteristic and non-carcass components of Suffolk lambs. Three systems of production were studied: (1) lambs kept with their dams in ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) until slaughter; (2) lambs kept with their dams in the same pasture but lambs supplemented in creep feeding (2%...

  12. Design and realization of a miniature capacitive silicon force sensor for loads up to 500 kg

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    Zwijze, A.F.; Wiegerink, Remco J.; Krijnen, Gijsbertus J.M.; Tong, D.H.; Elwenspoek, Michael Curt


    In this paper, a micromachined silicon load cell (force sensor) is presented for measuring loads up to 500 kg. The load cell has been realized and tested. Measurement results show a hysteresis error of ±0.02 % of full-scale. Creep at 500 kg after 30 minutes is within 0.01 %. These measurements show

  13. Creep behavior and wear resistance of Al 5083 based hybrid composites reinforced with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and boron carbide (B{sub 4}C)

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    Alizadeh, Ali [Faculty of Materials & Manufacturing Processes, Malek-e-Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Abdollahi, Alireza, E-mail: [Faculty of Materials & Manufacturing Processes, Malek-e-Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Biukani, Hootan [Faculty of Engineering, South Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    In the current research, aluminum based hybrid composite reinforced with boron carbide (B{sub 4}C) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was produced by powder metallurgy method. creep behavior, wear resistance, surface roughness, and hardness of the samples were investigated. To prepare the samples, Al 5083 powder was milled with boron carbide particles and carbon nanotubes using planetary ball mill under argon atmosphere with ball-to-powder weight ratio of 10:1 for 5 h. Afterwards, the milled powders were formed by hot press process at 380{sup °}C and then were sintered at 585{sup °}C under argon atmosphere for 2 h. There was shown to be an increase in hardness values of composite with an increase in B{sub 4}C content. The micrograph of worn surfaces indicate a delamination mechanism due to the presence of CNTs and abrasion mechanism in composite containing 10 vol.%B{sub 4}C. Moreover, it was shown that increasing B{sub 4}C content increases the wear resistance by 3 times under a load of 20 N and 10 times under a load of 10 N compared to CNTs-reinforced composite. surface roughness of the composite containing 5 vol.%CNT has shown to be more than other samples. The results of creep test showed that adding carbon nanotubes increases creep rate of Al 5083 alloy; however, adding B{sub 4}C decreases its creep rate. - Highlights: • Al 5083/(CNTs + B{sub 4}C) hybrid composite was produced by powder metallurgy method. • Creep behavior, wear resistance, surface roughness, and Hardness of samples were investigated. • Addition of CNTs to Al 5083 matrix reduces alloy hardness, wear resistance and creep strength. • By addition of B{sub 4}C and composite hybridization, creep strength and wear resistance increased. • Surface roughness of Al-5 vol.%CNT has shown to be more than other samples.

  14. Boron effects on creep rupture strength of W containing advanced ferritic creep resistant steels

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    Mito, N.; Hasegawa, Y. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan)


    The creep strength in ferritic creep resistant steels is increased by boron addition. However, the strengthening mechanisms have not yet been studied. This study clarifies the strengthening mechanism of 9% chromium steels with 10{proportional_to}100ppm boron and 0.5{proportional_to}2.0mass% tungsten in the laboratory. The strengthening effect of simultaneous addition of boron and tungsten was analyzed by hardenability, room-temperature strength and creep tests at 650 C. Changes in the microstructure as a result of the addition of boron and tungsten were also examined by optical microscope and transmission electron microscope (TEM). In addition, Alpha-ray Track Etching (ATE) method was used to detect the boron distribution and analyze the mechanisms change in the mechanical properties. Boron addition did not affect room-temperature strength, however, simultaneous addition of boron and tungsten increased room-temperature and high-temperature strength. According to ATE analysis, boron exists at the grain boundary. Therefore, synergistic effects of boron and tungsten on the creep strength suggest the tungsten precipitates stabilization by boron at the grain boundary. (orig.)

  15. Variations in creep rate along the Hayward Fault, California, interpreted as changes in depth of creep (United States)

    Simpson, R.W.; Lienkaemper, J.J.; Galehouse, J.S.


    Variations ill surface creep rate along the Hayward fault are modeled as changes in locking depth using 3D boundary elements. Model creep is driven by screw dislocations at 12 km depth under the Hayward and other regional faults. Inferred depth to locking varies along strike from 4-12 km. (12 km implies no locking.) Our models require locked patches under the central Hayward fault, consistent with a M6.8 earthquake in 1868, but the geometry and extent of locking under the north and south ends depend critically on assumptions regarding continuity and creep behavior of the fault at its ends. For the northern onshore part of the fault, our models contain 1.4-1.7 times more stored moment than the model of Bu??rgmann et al. [2000]; 45-57% of this stored moment resides in creeping areas. It is important for seismic hazard estimation to know how much of this moment is released coseismically or as aseismic afterslip.

  16. Failure by Creep Cracking and Creep Fatigue Interaction in Nickel Base Superalloys. (United States)


    cumulative creep uamage may not be the primary failure mode in superalloys at temperatures encountered by - disks in gas- turbine engines. We believe that the...oxidation, are discussed. *Riuume Les gaz peuvent diffuser le long d’un joint de grains et oxyder des impuretcs ou des precipits. Dans les alliages de

  17. Effect of Heat Flux on Creep Stresses of Thick-Walled Cylindrical Pressure Vessels

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    Full Text Available Assuming that the thermo-creep response of the material is governed by Norton’s law, an analytical solution is presented for the calculation of time-dependent creep stresses and displacements of homogeneous thick-walled cylindrical pressure vessels. For the stress analysis in a homogeneous pressure vessel, having material creep behavior, the solutions of the stresses at a time equal to zero (i.e. the initial stress state are needed. This corresponds to the solution of materials with linear elastic behavior. Therefore, using equations of equilibrium, stress-strain and strain-displacement, a differential equation for displacement is obtained and then the stresses at a time equal to zero are calculated. Using Norton’s law in the multi-axial form in conjunction with the above-mentioned equations in the rate form, the radial displacement rate is obtained and then the radial, circumferential and axial creep stress rates are calculated. When the stress rates are known, the stresses at any time are calculated iteratively. The analytical solution is obtained for the conditions of plane strain and plane stress. The thermal loading is as follows: inner surface is exposed to a uniform heat flux, and the outer surface is exposed to an airstream. The heat conduction equation for the one-dimensional problem in polar coordinates is used to obtain temperature distribution in the cylinder. The pressure, inner radius and outer radius are considered constant. Material properties are considered as constant. Following this, profiles are plotted for the radial displacements, radial stress, circumferential stress and axial stress as a function of radial direction and time.

  18. A Comparison of the Irradiation Creep Behavior of Several Graphites

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    Burchell, Timothy D [ORNL; Windes, Will [Idaho National Laboratory (INL)


    Graphite creep strain data from the irradiation creep capsule Advanced Graphite Creep-1 (AGC-1) are reported. This capsule was the first (prototype) of a series of five or six capsules planned as part of the AGC experiment, which was designed to fully characterize the effects of neutron irradiation and the radiation creep behavior of current nuclear graphite. The creep strain data and analysis are reported for the six graphite grades incorporated in the capsule. The AGC-1 capsule was irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) at approximately 700 C and to a peak dose of 7 dpa (displacements per atom). The specimen s final dose, temperature, and stress conditions have been reported by INL and were used during this analysis. The derived creep coefficients (K) were calculated for each grade and were found to compare well to literature data for the creep coefficient, even under the wide range of AGC-1 specimen temperatures. Comparisons were made between AGC-1 data and historical grade data for creep coefficients.

  19. Power series like relation of power law and coupled creep ...

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    When a solid deforms at high temperature its microstructure may in some sense be altered- holes and cracks may nucleate and grow inside the solid by various mechanism controlled by diffusion and by power law creep or by a combination of these mechanisms. Considering a coupled diffusion power law creep mechanism ...

  20. Some numerical approaches of creep, thermal shock, damage and ...

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    Some numerical approaches of creep, thermal shock, damage and delayed failure of ceramics and refractories ... Ceramic; refractories; creep; thermal stock; damage; delayed failure; numerical simulation. Abstract. Numerical simulation is now very often used to predict the behaviour of components in service conditions.

  1. Accelerated creep of Ni-YSZ anodes during reduction

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    Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Greco, Fabio; Ni, De Wei


    by the thermomechanical history of the stack (e.g. sintering temperature, time at temperature etc.). During operation the stress state will depend on time as stresses are relaxed by creep processes. Creep has mainly been studied at operating conditions, where the Ni-YSZ anode is in the reduced state and YSZ is the main...

  2. Out-of-pile creep behavior of uranium carbide (United States)

    Wright, T. R.; Seltzer, M. S.


    Compression creep tests were investigated on various UC-based fuel materials having a variation in both density and composition. Specimens were prepared by casting and by hot pressing. Steady-state creep rates were measured under vacuum at 1400 to 1800 C in the stress range 500-4000 psi.

  3. Creep deformation and rupture behavior of CLAM steel at 823 K and 873 K

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    Zhong, Boyu [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Huang, Bo, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Li, Chunjing; Liu, Shaojun; Xu, Gang [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Zhao, Yanyun; Huang, Qunying [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China)


    China Low Activation Martensitic (CLAM) steel is selected as the candidate structural material in Fusion Design Study (FDS) series fusion reactor conceptual designs. The creep property of CLAM steel has been studied in this paper. Creep tests have been carried out at 823 K and 873 K over a stress range of 150–230 MPa. The creep curves showed three creep regimes, primary creep, steady-state creep and tertiary creep. The relationship between minimum creep rate (ε-dot{sub min}) and the applied stress (σ) could be described by Norton power law, and the stress exponent n was decreased with the increase of the creep temperature. The creep mechanism was analyzed with the fractographes of the rupture specimens which were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The coarsening of precipitates observed with transmission electron microscope (TEM) indicated the microstructural degradation after creep test.

  4. Tracing Thermal Creep Through Granular Media (United States)

    Steinpilz, Tobias; Teiser, Jens; Koester, Marc; Schywek, Mathias; Wurm, Gerhard


    A temperature gradient within a granular medium at low ambient pressure drives a gas flow through the medium by thermal creep. We measured the resulting air flow for a sample of glass beads with particle diameters between 290 μ m and 420 μ m for random close packing. Ambient pressure was varied between 1 Pa and 1000 Pa. The gas flow was quantified by means of tracer particles during parabolic flights. The flow varies systematically with pressure between 0.2 cm/s and 6 cm/s. The measured flow velocities are in quantitative agreement to model calculations that treat the granular medium as a collection of linear capillaries.

  5. The effect of viscoelasticity on creep behavior of double-lap adhesively bonded joints


    Reza,Arash; Shishesaz,Mohammad; Naderan-Tahan, Khosro


    The effect of viscoelasticity of epoxy adhesive on creep behavior in the adhesive layer of a double-lap joint is studied in this paper. The joint is comprised of three elastic single isotropic adherend layers joined by an epoxy adhesive that is under shear loading. Prony series is used to modeling the relaxation modulus of epoxy adhesive. The differential equation is derived in Laplace domain, and numerical inversion from the Laplace domain to the time domain is achieved by the Fixed Talbot m...

  6. Report on FY15 Alloy 617 SMT Creep-Fatigue Test Results

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    Wang, Yanli [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jetter, Robert I. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Baird, Seth T. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Pu, Chao [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Sham, Sam [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)


    , guidance has been received from ASME Code committees that the proposed EPP methodology for evaluation of creep-fatigue damage should be extended to the other Subsection NH materials to the extent feasible. Thus, the scope of testing has been expanded to include SS304H and SS316H. This report describes the SMT approach and the development of testing capability to conduct SMT experiments on Alloy 617 and 304H and 316H and stainless steels. These SMT specimen data are also representative of component loading conditions and have been used as part of the verification of the proposed elastic-perfectly plastic Code Cases. Results from the SMT tests on both Alloy 617 and SS316H were compared to the predictions from the EPP Creep-Fatigue Code Case. Two different comparisons were made; one based on design life equal to the test duration and the other with an acceptable design life determined from the EPP Code Case procedure. The latter approach permits the determination of...

  7. On creep behavior in powder metallurgy 6061 Al

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    Mohamed, F.A. [Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States)


    There has been a considerable interest in studying the creep characteristics of powder metallurgy (PM) Al alloys such as PM 6061 Al and PM 2124 Al. First, these alloys have been used as matrices in the development of discontinuous SiC-Al composites which have been under consideration as attractive materials for high temperature applications. Second, creep data on these alloys can be used not only to characterize the elevated temperature mechanical behavior of SiC-Al composites in terms of deformation mechanisms but also to provide a close comparison between the creep strength of a composite and its unreinforced matrix alloy. Such a comparison under similar experimental conditions may determine whether the composite is more creep resistant than the alloy. The purpose of this note is to examine the experimental results reported for PM 6061 Al in the light of the advances that have been made in rationalizing the creep behavior of Al-based solid-solution alloys.

  8. Experimental Research on Creep Characteristics of Nansha Soft Soil

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    Qingzi Luo


    Full Text Available A series of tests were performed to investigate the creep characteristics of soil in interactive marine and terrestrial deposit of Pearl River Delta. The secondary consolidation test results show that the influence of consolidation pressure on coefficient of secondary consolidation is conditional, which is decided by the consolidation state. The ratio of coefficient of secondary consolidation and coefficient of compressibility Ca/Cc is almost a constant, and the value is 0.03. In the shear-box test, the direct sheer creep failure of soil is mainly controlled by shear stress rather than the accumulation of shear strain. The triaxial creep features are closely associated with the drainage conditions, and consolidation can weaken the effect of creep. When the soft soil has triaxial creep damage, the strain rate will increase sharply.

  9. Effect of uniaxiai ratcheting on subsequent creep deformation (United States)

    Sasaki, Katsuhiko; Ishikawa, Hiromasa


    Experimental observation and numerical simulation are conducted to clarify the effect of viscosity on deformation of materials. First, creep tests after the primary uniaxial ratcheting are carded out using Type 304 stainless steel. Specimens are subjected to cyclic tension-unloading with step and triangular waves during 20000 seconds as the primary ratcheting. After the ratcheting the subsequent creep test at the maximum stress is conducted during 20000 seconds. The experimental results show that the values of the subsequent creep strain after the ratcheting depend on the wave type and the time period of the ratcheting. The shorter time period of the ratcheting leads to the larger subsequent creep strain. Numerical simulations are also carried out using the constitutive model based on dislocation density [Estrin et al.]. As a result, the equivalent value of the ratcheting strain to creep strain is found out from the simulations and experiments.

  10. Experimental Research on Creep Characteristics of Nansha Soft Soil (United States)

    Luo, Qingzi; Chen, Xiaoping


    A series of tests were performed to investigate the creep characteristics of soil in interactive marine and terrestrial deposit of Pearl River Delta. The secondary consolidation test results show that the influence of consolidation pressure on coefficient of secondary consolidation is conditional, which is decided by the consolidation state. The ratio of coefficient of secondary consolidation and coefficient of compressibility C a/C c is almost a constant, and the value is 0.03. In the shear-box test, the direct sheer creep failure of soil is mainly controlled by shear stress rather than the accumulation of shear strain. The triaxial creep features are closely associated with the drainage conditions, and consolidation can weaken the effect of creep. When the soft soil has triaxial creep damage, the strain rate will increase sharply. PMID:24526925

  11. Creep-caused fracture of PbSn solder joint (United States)

    Meng, M.; Wang, Z. B.; Wang, X.; Chen, Y.


    This paper analyzes two failure cases of creep-caused fracture of PbSn solder joint, including the joint between the wire and solder cup in the connector and the joint between the integrated circuit (IC) pins and the printed circuit board (PCB). The environment conditions, for the creep of PbSn solder joint is demonstrated, including the temperature and stress level. The stress origin and fracture morphology are summarized based on the failure analysis. Besides, the developing process of creep-caused fracture is explained. The paper comprehensively clarifies the creep mechanism of PbSn solder and consequently provides significant guidance for the reliable electronic assembly to avoid the creep-caused damage.

  12. Creep damage development in welded X20 and P91

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    Brett, Steve; Holmstrom, Stefan; Hald, John; Borg, Ulrik; Aakjaer Jensen, Soeren; Vulpen, Rijk Van; Degnan, Craig; Vinter Dahl, Kristian; Vilhelmsen, Tommy


    The Martensitic steel X20CrMoV121 (hereinafter called X20) and the modified 9Cr1Mo steel (hereinafter called P91) have been used for a number of years in high temperature applications since they posses superior creep strength compared to low alloyed steels. Due to the simple fact that very few failures were observed, almost no knowledge as to the evolution of creep damage in welds were available despite long operation times exceeding well over 100.000 hours. It has been suggested that X20 will develop creep damage in a different manner compared to low alloyed steel, i.e damage initiation should be slow followed by accelerated growth. The research work presented in this report included systematic investigations of the first components of X20, which has developed creep during long-term operation. All of the investigated components showed creep damage evolution similar to low alloy steels

  13. Study of creep cavity growth for power plant lifetime assessment

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    Wu Rui; Sandstroem, Rolf


    This report aims to the sub project lifetime assessment by creep (livslaengdspredikteringar vid kryp), which is involved in the project package strength in high temperature power plant, KME 708. The physical creep damage includes mainly cavities and their development. Wu and Sandstroem have observed that cavity size increases linearly with increasing creep strain in a 12%Cr steel. Sandstroem has showed that, based on the relations between the nucleation and growth of creep cavities with creep strain, the physical creep damage can be modelled as a function of creep strain. In the present paper the growth of creep cavity radius R in relation to time t and strain {epsilon} in low alloy and 12%Cr steels as well as a Type 347 steel has been studied. The results exhibit that the power law cavity radius with creep time (R-t) and with creep strain (R-{epsilon}) relations are found for these materials at various testing conditions. The power law R-t and R-{epsilon} relations are in most cases dependent and independent on testing conditions, respectively. The empirical power law R-{epsilon} relations give a description of cavity evolution, which can be used for lifetime assessment. Experimental data have also been compared to the estimations by the classical models for cavity growth, including the power law growth due to Hancock, the diffusion growth due to Speight and Harris, the constrained diffusion growths due to Dyson and due to Rice and the enhanced diffusion growth due to Beere. It appears that the constraint diffusion growth models give a reasonable estimation of R-{epsilon} relation in many cases. The diffusion growth model is only applicable for limited cases where the power over t in R-t relation takes about 1/3. The power law and the enhanced diffusion models are found in most cases to overestimate the cavity growth.

  14. Addition of chromic oxide to creep feed as a fecal marker for selection of creep feed-eating suckling pigs

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    Kuller, W.I.; Beers-Schreurs, van H.M.G.; Soede, N.M.; Taverne, M.A.M.; Kemp, B.; Verheijden, J.H.M.


    Objective-To determine whether the addition of chromic oxide (Cr2O3) to creep feed could be used as a visual marker in feces for selection of creep feed-eating suckling pigs. Animals-20 suckling pigs. Procedures-Via syringe, 5 pigs (2 to 3 days old on day 0; 1 pig/treatment) from each of 4 litters

  15. Economic and environmental sustainability of submerged anaerobic MBR-based (AnMBR-based) technology as compared to aerobic-based technologies for moderate-/high-loaded urban wastewater treatment. (United States)

    Pretel, R; Robles, A; Ruano, M V; Seco, A; Ferrer, J


    The objective of this study was to assess the economic and environmental sustainability of submerged anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBRs) in comparison with aerobic-based technologies for moderate-/high-loaded urban wastewater (UWW) treatment. To this aim, a combined approach of steady-state performance modelling, life cycle analysis (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) was used, in which AnMBR (coupled with an aerobic-based post-treatment) was compared to aerobic membrane bioreactor (AeMBR) and conventional activated sludge (CAS). AnMBR with CAS-based post-treatment for nutrient removal was identified as a sustainable option for moderate-/high-loaded UWW treatment: low energy consumption and reduced sludge production could be obtained at given operating conditions. In addition, significant reductions can be achieved in different aspects of environmental impact (global warming potential (GWP), abiotic depletion, acidification, etc.) and LCC over existing UWW treatment technologies. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Concrete Deformations under Simultaneous Impact of Loading and Alternate Freezing and Thawing

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    Goncharov Anatoly


    Full Text Available To the best knowledge available today, the creep of concrete is understood as slow plastic deformation caused by continuous external factors. Changes occurring in the structure of concrete are however not discussed. Creep as a phenomenon is typically perceived “in purity”, in an invariable and favorable environment. Evolution of creep deformations thus has a fading character and usually goes along with consolidation of concrete. It is only under loads near the threshold of concrete’s long-term strength that micro-destructions tend to grow during the first phase following application of the load. Creep phenomenon is researched «in pure form», i.e. in constant favorable external conditions. Developing of creep deformations has fading character and accompanied by seal of concrete. In real exploitation conditions of constructions appears changes in temperature and humidity, influencing on development of creep deformation. Alternate freezing and thawing of concrete, which most affects durability, causes in unloaded concrete significant extension deformations. Deformation development under the joint action of loads and alternate freezing and thawingalmost was not researched. In the article presented results of concrete deformation research, differing by frost resistance, under loads in the range from 0,2 to 0,7 of prismatic strength.

  17. Status of the NGNP graphite creep experiments AGC-1 and AGC-2 irradiated in the advanced test reactor

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    S. Blaine Grover


    The United States Department of Energy's Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Program will be irradiating six nuclear graphite creep experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The graphite experiments will be irradiated over the next six to eight years to support development of a graphite irradiation performance data base on the new nuclear grade graphites now available for use in high temperature gas reactors. The goals of the irradiation experiments are to obtain irradiation performance data, including irradiation creep, at different temperatures and loading conditions to support design of the next generation nuclear plant (NGNP) very high temperature gas reactor, as well as other future gas reactors. The experiments will each consist of a single capsule that will contain six peripheral stacks of graphite specimens, with half of the graphite specimens in each stack under a compressive load, while the other half of the specimens will not be subjected to a compressive load during irradiation. The six peripheral stacks will have three different compressive loads applied to the top half of three diametrically opposite pairs of specimen stacks, while a seventh stack will not have a compressive load. The specimens will be irradiated in an inert sweep gas atmosphere with on-line temperature and compressive load monitoring and control. There will also be sampling the sweep gas effluent to determine if any oxidation or off-gassing of the specimens occurs during irradiation of the experiment.

  18. Creep and Creep-Fatigue Crack Growth at Structural Discontinuities and Welds

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    Dr. F. W. Brust; Dr. G. M. Wilkowski; Dr. P. Krishnaswamy; Mr. Keith Wichman


    The subsection ASME NH high temperature design procedure does not admit crack-like defects into the structural components. The US NRC identified the lack of treatment of crack growth within NH as a limitation of the code and thus this effort was undertaken. This effort is broken into two parts. Part 1, summarized here, involved examining all high temperature creep-fatigue crack growth codes being used today and from these, the task objective was to choose a methodology that is appropriate for possible implementation within NH. The second part of this task, which has just started, is to develop design rules for possible implementation within NH. This second part is a challenge since all codes require step-by-step analysis procedures to be undertaken in order to assess the crack growth and life of the component. Simple rules for design do not exist in any code at present. The codes examined in this effort included R5, RCC-MR (A16), BS 7910, API 579, and ATK (and some lesser known codes). There are several reasons that the capability for assessing cracks in high temperature nuclear components is desirable. These include: (1) Some components that are part of GEN IV reactors may have geometries that have sharp corners - which are essentially cracks. Design of these components within the traditional ASME NH procedure is quite challenging. It is natural to ensure adequate life design by modeling these features as cracks within a creep-fatigue crack growth procedure. (2) Workmanship flaws in welds sometimes occur and are accepted in some ASME code sections. It can be convenient to consider these as flaws when making a design life assessment. (3) Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) and inspection methods after fabrication are limited in the size of the crack or flaw that can be detected. It is often convenient to perform a life assessment using a flaw of a size that represents the maximum size that can elude detection. (4) Flaws that are observed using in-service detection

  19. Fatigue creep damage at the cement-bone interface: an experimental and a micro-mechanical finite element study (United States)

    Waanders, Daan; Janssen, Dennis; Miller, Mark A.; Mann, Kenneth A.; Verdonschot, Nico


    The goal of this study was to quantify the micromechanics of the cement-bone interface under tensile fatigue loading using finite element analysis (FEA) and to understand the underlying mechanisms that play a role in the fatigue behavior of this interface. Laboratory cement-bone specimens were subjected to a tensile fatigue load, while local displacements and crack growth on the specimen's surface were monitored. FEA models were created from these specimens based upon micro-computed tomography data. To accurately model interfacial gaps at the interface between the bone and cement, a custom-written erosion algorithm was applied to the bone model. A fatigue load was simulated in the FEA models while monitoring the local displacements and crack propagation. The results showed the FEA models were able to capture the general experimental creep damage behavior and creep stages of the interface. Consistent with the experiments, the majority of the deformation took place at the contact interface. Additionally, the FEA models predicted fatigue crack patterns similar to experimental findings. Experimental surface cracks correlated moderately with FEA surface cracks (r2=0.43), but did not correlate with the simulated crack volume fraction (r2=0.06). Although there was no relationship between experimental surface cracks and experimental creep damage displacement (r2=0.07), there was a strong relationship between the FEA crack volume fraction and the FEA creep damage displacement (r2=0.76). This study shows the additional value of FEA of the cement-bone interface relative to experimental studies and can therefore be used to optimize its mechanical properties. PMID:19682690

  20. Recent Methodologies for Creep Deformation Analysis and Its Life Prediction

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    Kim, Woo-Gon; Park, Jae-Young; Iung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    To design the high-temperature creeping materials, various creep data are needed for codification, as follows: i) stress vs. creep rupture time for base metals and weldments (average and minimum), ii) stress vs. time to 1% total strain (average), iii) stress vs. time to onset of tertiary creep (minimum), and iv) constitutive eqns. for conducting time- and temperature- dependent stress-strain (average), and v) isochronous stress-strain curves (average). Also, elevated temperature components such as those used in modern power generation plant are designed using allowable stress under creep conditions. The allowable stress is usually estimated on the basis of up to 10{sup 5} h creep rupture strength at the operating temperature. The master curve of the “sinh” function was found to have a wider acceptance with good flexibility in the low stress ranges beyond the experimental data. The proposed multi-C method in the LM parameter revealed better life prediction than a single-C method. These improved methodologies can be utilized to accurately predict the long-term creep life or strength of Gen-IV nuclear materials which are designed for life span of 60 years.

  1. Ground Motions Due to Earthquakes on Creeping Faults (United States)

    Harris, R.; Abrahamson, N. A.


    We investigate the peak ground motions from the largest well-recorded earthquakes on creeping strike-slip faults in active-tectonic continental regions. Our goal is to evaluate if the strong ground motions from earthquakes on creeping faults are smaller than the strong ground motions from earthquakes on locked faults. Smaller ground motions might be expected from earthquakes on creeping faults if the fault sections that strongly radiate energy are surrounded by patches of fault that predominantly absorb energy. For our study we used the ground motion data available in the PEER NGA-West2 database, and the ground motion prediction equations that were developed from the PEER NGA-West2 dataset. We analyzed data for the eleven largest well-recorded creeping-fault earthquakes, that ranged in magnitude from M5.0-6.5. Our findings are that these earthquakes produced peak ground motions that are statistically indistinguishable from the peak ground motions produced by similar-magnitude earthquakes on locked faults. These findings may be implemented in earthquake hazard estimates for moderate-size earthquakes in creeping-fault regions. Further investigation is necessary to determine if this result will also apply to larger earthquakes on creeping faults. Please also see: Harris, R.A., and N.A. Abrahamson (2014), Strong ground motions generated by earthquakes on creeping faults, Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL060228.

  2. Controllable synthesis and characterisation of palladium (II) anticancer complex-loaded colloidal gelatin nanoparticles as a novel sustained-release delivery system in cancer therapy. (United States)

    Alasvand, Neda; Saeidifar, Maryam; Saboury, Ali Akbar; Mozafari, Masoud


    Over the past few years, there have been several attempts to deliver anticancer drugs into the body. It has been shown that compared to other available carriers, colloidal gelatin nanoparticles (CGNPs) have distinct properties due to their exceptional physico-chemical and biological characteristics. In this study, a novel water-soluble palladium (II) anticancer complex was first synthesised, and then loaded into CGNPs. The CGNPs were synthesised through a two-step desolvation method with an average particle size of 378 nm. After confirming the stability of the drug in the nanoparticles, the drug-loaded CGNPs were tested for in vitro cytotoxicity against human breast cancer cells. The results showed that the average drug encapsulating efficiency and drug loading of CGNPs were 64 and 10 ± 2.1% (w/w), respectively. There was a slight shift to higher values of cumulative release, when the samples were tested in lower pH values. In addition, the in vitro cytotoxicity test indicated that the number of growing cells significantly decreased after 48 h in the presence of different concentrations of drug. The results also demonstrated that the released drug could bind to DNA by a static mechanism at low concentrations (0.57 µM) on the basis of hydrophobic and hydrogen binding interactions.

  3. Microstructural Characterization of Dislocation Networks During Harper-Dorn Creep of fcc, bcc, and hcp Metals and Alloys

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    Przystupa, Marek A.


    temperatures, (2) time invariant and (3) identical to the distributions obtained previously for Harper-Dorn creep. This has never been shown before and confirms our theoretical expectations that evolution of the dislocation networks during annealing and H-D creep is governed by the same growth law. Obtained results were also used to predict H-D steady creep rates from annealing kinetics data using equations of the dislocation network theory. For the three considered stresses the theory predicts systematically smaller creep rates by the average factor of 4.5. Considering that the creep rates have been predicted from the annealing data alone and without any adjustable parameters, this results shout be considered as outstanding. In case of hcp zinc the samples were pre-deformed in compression at constant stress of 4 MPa at temperature of 573 K and subsequently annealed at the same temperature. During annealing samples readily recrystallized, but it was possible to obtain information on the link length distributions from several unrecrystallized grains. The results showed that the scaled link length distributions were time invariant and similar to those of the aluminum. The annealing studies on bcc tin were also curtailed by the concurrent recrystallization. It was only possible to obtain link length distribution for samples deformed in compression at constant load of 2 MPa at 423 K after unloading. The link length distribution was also in this case similar to that of the aluminum and zinc. These results suggest that the scaled link length distribution is universal and the same for the three considered crystal structures. This supports theoretical findings of these studies that appropriately scaled dislocation link length distribution should both universal and time invariant. We have also investigated the possibility of using alternative methods of estimating local dislocation densities from etch pits which could give more precise estimates of the dislocation link-lengths. The two

  4. Creep Behavior of a Sn-Ag-Bi Pb-Free Solder

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    Alice Kilgo


    Full Text Available Compression creep tests were performed on the ternary 91.84Sn-3.33Ag-4.83Bi (wt.%, abbreviated Sn-Ag-Bi Pb-free alloy. The test temperatures were: −25 °C, 25 °C, 75 °C, 125 °C, and 160 °C (± 0.5 °C. Four loads were used at the two lowest temperatures and five at the higher temperatures. The specimens were tested in the as-fabricated condition or after having been subjected to one of two air aging conditions: 24 hours at either 125 °C or 150 °C. The strain-time curves exhibited frequent occurrences of negative creep and small-scale fluctuations, particularly at the slower strain rates, that were indicative of dynamic recrystallization (DRX activity. The source of tertiary creep behavior at faster strain rates was likely to also be DRX rather than a damage accumulation mechanism. Overall, the strain-time curves did not display a consistent trend that could be directly attributed to the aging condition. The sinh law equation satisfactorily represented the minimum strain rate as a function of stress and temperature so as to investigate the deformation rate kinetics: dε/dtmin = Asinhn (ασ exp (−ΔH/RT. The values of α, n, and  ΔH were in the following ranges (±95% confidence interval: α, 0.010–0.015 (±0.005 1/MPa; n, 2.2–3.1 (±0.5; and ΔH, 54–66 (±8 kJ/mol. The rate kinetics analysis indicated that short-circuit diffusion was a contributing mechanism to dislocation motion during creep. The rate kinetics analysis also determined that a minimum creep rate trend could not be developed between the as-fabricated versus aged conditions. This study showed that the elevated temperature aging treatments introduced multiple changes to the Sn-Ag-Bi microstructure that did not result in a simple loss (“softening” of its mechanical strength.

  5. Study of cavities in a creep crack growth test specimen


    Jazaeri, H; Bouchard, P. J.; Hutchings, M. T.; Mamun, A. A.; Heenan, R K


    Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) have been used to determine the degree of cavitation damage, of length scale 5-300 nm, associated with a creep crack grown in a compact tension specimen cut from a Type 316H stainless steel weldment. The specimen was supplied by EDF Energy as part of an extensive study of creep crack growth in the heat affected zone of reactor components. The creep crack propagates along a line 1.5 mm away from, and parallel to, the ...

  6. Low-temperature creep of a carburized steel (United States)

    Neu, R. W.; Sehitoglu, Huseyin


    The low-temperature creep behavior of carburized 4320 steel with retained austenite contents of 35 and 14 pct and two uncarburized 4320 steels was investigated. The temperature range in the experiments was from 70 °C to 195 °C. The creep rate obeyed a logarithmic law when the stress level was below or near the proportional limit. A kinetic model is presented which de-scribes the low-temperature creep behavior of this steel under different stress and temperature conditions. The techniques for determining the constants in the model are given.

  7. Grain size, stress and creep in polycrystalline solids

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    Nabarro, FRN


    Full Text Available than Nabarro-Herring creep provided that [6] (3) Different modes of creep will operate depending on whether the product L s is or is not large enough for Bardeen?Herring climb sources to operate within or on the surface of the grain. If the line...] interpret this kind of formula in the following way. As diffusional creep occurs, edge dislocations climb along the grain boundaries. Inequal- ity (5) represents the condition that, if these disloca- tions are removed, they can be replaced by new dislo...

  8. Creep of the dispersion-strengthened aluminum alloy IN 9052

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    Orlova, A.; Kucharova, K.; Cadek, J.


    The creep behavior of IN 9052, an Al-4Mg alloy strengthened by a very fine Al/sub 4/C/sub 3/ dispersion (in addition to a small volume fraction of Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/) is investigated experimentally in the temperature range 623-723 K. It is found that the apparent activation energies of steady-state creep and time to rupture are twice as large as the activation enthalpy of lattice diffusion. Two phenomenological interpretations of the observed creep behavior are proposed and evaluated. 22 references.

  9. The constitutive representation of high-temperature creep damage (United States)

    Chan, K. S.


    The elastic-viscoplastic constitutive equations of Bodner-Partom were applied to modeling creep damage in a high temperature Ni-alloy, B1900 + Hf. Both tertiary creep in bulk materials and creep crack growth in flawed materials were considered. In the latter case, the energy rate line integral was used for characterizing the crack driving force, and the rate of crack extension was computed using a local damage formulation that assumed fracture was controlled by cavitation occurring within the crack-tip process zone. The results of this investigation were used to assess the evolution equation for isotropic damage utilized in the Bodner-Partom constitutive equations.

  10. Effect of Double Aging Heat Treatment on the Short-Term Creep Behavior of the Inconel 718 (United States)

    Caliari, Felipe Rocha; Candioto, Kátia Cristiane Gandolpho; Couto, Antônio Augusto; Nunes, Carlos Ângelo; Reis, Danieli Aparecida Pereira


    This research studies the effect of double aging heat treatment on the short-term creep behavior of the superalloy Inconel 718. The superalloy, received in the solution treated state, was subjected to an aging treatment which comprises a solid solution at 1095 °C for 1 h, a first aging step of 955 °C for 1 h, then aged at 720 and 620 °C, 8 h each step. Creep tests at constant load mode, under temperatures of 650, 675, 700 °C and stress of 510, 625 and 700 MPa, were performed before and after heat treatment. The results indicate that after the double aging heat treatment creep resistance is increased, influenced by the presence of precipitates γ' and γ″ and its interaction with the dislocations, by grain size growth (from 8.20 to 7.23 ASTM) and the increase of hardness by approximately 98%. Creep parameters of primary and secondary stages have been determined. There is a breakdown relationship between dot{\\upvarepsilon }_{{s}} and stress at 650 °C of Inconel 718 as received, around 600 MPa. By considering the internal stress values, effective stress exponent, effective activation energy, and TEM images of Inconel 718 double aged, it is suggested that the creep mechanism is controlled by the interaction of dislocations with precipitates. The fracture mechanism of Inconel 718 as received is transgranular (coalescence of dimples) and mixed (transgranular-intergranular), whereas the Inconel 718 double aged condition crept surfaces evidenced the intergranular fracture mechanism.

  11. On High-Temperature Materials: A Case on Creep and Oxidation of a Fully Austenitic Heat-Resistant Superalloy Stainless Steel Sheet

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    A. Kanni Raj


    Full Text Available The creep behavior of AISI 310S stainless steel taken from SAIL’s Salem stainless steel plant has been investigated by constant load tensile creep test at the temperatures of 973, 1023, and 1073 K and loads of 66.6, 74.8, 86.6, and 94.8 MPa. It exhibits steady-state creep behavior in most test conditions. The double logarithm plot of rupture life and applied stress yielded straight lines at all the three test temperatures indicating that power-law creep due to dislocation climb is the operating mechanism of creep deformation. Linear relationship was obtained for plots of logarithm of rupture life against inverse temperature obeying Arrhenius type of temperature dependence with activation energy of 340 kJ/mol. The stress-rupture data yielded a master curve of Larson-Miller parameter. The plot of Monkman-Grant relationship is typical indicating that rupture is controlled by growth of grain boundary cavities. The metallographic examination of crept samples revealed formation of grain boundary voids and cracks leading to intergranular creep fracture. Deformation twins and carbide precipitates were also observed. Oxidation tests were also carried out isothermally at 973 K, 1023 K, and 1073 K in dry air. The plots of mass gain versus square root time were linear at all the three test temperatures obeying parabolic kinetics of oxidation. It was found that scales are well adherent to the substrate. The plot of parabolic rate constant and inverse temperature was linear giving an activation energy value of 210 kJ/mol. The metallographic examination of an oxidized sample reveals duplex types of scales. Finally, rupture properties are compared with that of AISI 600 iron-based superalloy and oxidation weight gain analysis with surface nanocrystalline AISI 310S stainless steel to analyze quantitatively its behavior.

  12. Understanding effects of microstructural inhomogeneity on creep response – New approaches to improve the creep resistance in magnesium alloys

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    Yuanding Huang


    Full Text Available Previous investigations indicate that the creep resistance of magnesium alloys is proportional to the stability of precipitated intermetallic phases at grain boundaries. These stable intermetallic phases were considered to be effective to suppress the deformation by grain boundary sliding, leading to the improvement of creep properties. Based on this point, adding the alloying elements to form the stable intermetallics with high melting point became a popular way to develop the new creep resistant magnesium alloys. The present investigation, however, shows that the creep properties of binary Mg–Sn alloy are still poor even though the addition of Sn possibly results in the precipitation of thermal stable Mg2Sn at grain boundaries. That means other possible mechanisms function to affect the creep response. It is finally found that the poor creep resistance is attributed to the segregation of Sn at dendritic and grain boundaries. Based on this observation, new approaches to improve the creep resistance are suggested for magnesium alloys because most currently magnesium alloys have the commonality with the Mg–Sn alloys.

  13. Documentation for the viscoplastic and creep program

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    Bellini, Anna


    The purpose of this document is to summarize the work done in the workpackage 4 of the IDEAL (Integrated Development Routes for Optimized Cast Aluminium Components) project, financed by the EU in frame work 6 and born in collaboration with the automobile and foundry industries. The objective...... of the stress-strain behavior of aluminum at high temperature. As an example, the analysis of several tests performed at various temperatures and strain rates on a particular aluminum alloy, is presented as well. Furthermore, the one dimensional code developed during this project is illustrated and a simulation...... is run using the material data obtained through the mentioned experimental study. The results obtained for the simulation of tensile tests and of creep tests are compared with experimental curves, showing a good agreement. Moreover, the document describes the results obtained during the first...

  14. In vitro fibroblast migration by sustained release of PDGF-BB loaded in chitosan nanoparticles incorporated in electrospun nanofibers for wound dressing applications. (United States)

    Piran, Mehrdad; Vakilian, Saeid; Piran, Mehran; Mohammadi-Sangcheshmeh, Abdollah; Hosseinzadeh, Simzar; Ardeshirylajimi, Abdolreza


    Migration of fibroblasts into wound area is a critical phenomenon in wound healing process. We used an appropriate system to fabricate an electrospun bioactive scaffold with controlled release of PDGF-BB in order to induce migration of primary skin fibroblast cells. First of all, protein-loaded chitosan nanoparticles based on ionic gelation interaction between chitosan and sodium tripolyphosphate were prepared. Then polycaprolactone electrospun fibers containing chitosan nanoparticles or PDGF-BB-loaded chitosan nanoparticles were prepared. Cellular attachment and morphology of cells seeded on scaffolds with or without PDGF-BB were evaluated by using a fluorescence microscope and scanning electron microscopy. Cells were well-oriented 72 h after seeding on the scaffolds containing PDGF-BB. The mean aspect ratio of populations on scaffold containing PDGF-BB-loaded chitosan nanoparticles was significantly greater than those on the scaffold containing chitosan nanoparticles but no PDGF-BB. Furthermore, the Arp2 gene, which is involved in cell protrusion formation, showed about three times more expression at mRNA level, in cells seeding on PDGF-BB-containing scaffold compared to cells seeding on scaffold containing only chitosan nanoparticles, using Real Time PCR test. Finally, under agarose migration assay results demonstrated that cells' chemotaxic behavior was more toward scaffold containing PDGF-BB compared to the PDGF-BB alone or FBS group. In addition, in terms of distance, the cell mass could grow faster, in response to scaffold containing PDGF-BB compared to FBS or PDGF-BB alone; however, the number of migrating cells might be the same or significantly higher in the latter groups.

  15. Structural composite panel performance under long-term load (United States)

    Theodore L. Laufenberg


    Information on the performance of wood-based structural composite panels under long-term load is currently needed to permit their use in engineered assemblies and systems. A broad assessment of the time-dependent properties of panels is critical for creating databases and models of the creep-rupture phenomenon that lead to reliability-based design procedures. This...

  16. Size distribution of Parkfield’s microearthquakes reflects changes in surface creep rate (United States)

    Tormann, Theresa; Wiemer, Stefan; Metzger, Sabrina; Michael, Andrew J.; Hardebeck, Jeanne L.


    The nucleation area of the series of M6 events in Parkfield has been shown to be characterized by low b-values throughout the seismic cycle. Since low b-values represent high differential stresses, the asperity structure seems to be always stably stressed and even unaffected by the latest main shock in 2004. However, because fault loading rates and applied shear stress vary with time, some degree of temporal variability of the b-value within stable blocks is to be expected. We discuss in this study adequate techniques and uncertainty treatment for a detailed analysis of the temporal evolution of b-values. We show that the derived signal for the Parkfield asperity correlates with changes in surface creep, suggesting a sensitive time resolution of the b-value stress meter, and confirming near-critical loading conditions within the Parkfield asperity.

  17. Fractal frontiers of bursts and cracks in a fiber bundle model of creep rupture. (United States)

    Danku, Zsuzsa; Kun, Ferenc; Herrmann, Hans J


    We investigate the geometrical structure of breaking bursts generated during the creep rupture of heterogeneous materials. Using a fiber bundle model with localized load sharing we show that bursts are compact geometrical objects; however, their external frontiers have a fractal structure which reflects their growth dynamics. The perimeter fractal dimension of bursts proved to have the universal value 1.25 independent of the external load and of the amount of disorder in the system. We conjecture that according to their geometrical features, breaking bursts fall in the universality class of loop-erased self-avoiding random walks with perimeter fractal dimension 5/4 similar to the avalanches of Abelian sand pile models. The fractal dimension of the growing crack front along which bursts occur proved to increase from 1 to 1.25 as bursts gradually cover the entire front.

  18. On the influence of moisture and load variations on the strength behavior of wood

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    Nielsen, Lauge Fuglsang


    Abstract: It is demonstrated in this paper that the influence of moisture- and load variations on lifetime and residual strength (re-cycle strength) of wood can be considered by theories previously developed by the author. The common, controlling factor is creep, which can be modified very easily...... by introducing a special moisture dependent relaxation time in the well-known Power-Law creep expression. Because basic failure mechanisms in wood are invariant with respect to loading modes, it is suggested that a number of methods used in design of wood structures can be generalized/simplified to apply...... irrespective of loading modes and moisture conditions. Reliability studies may become more ‘reliable’ as the result of recognizing property distributions to be related. Keywords: Moisture variation, load variation, Power-Law creep, lifetime, fatigue, residual strength (re-cycle strength)....

  19. Utilization of legacy P in soils, a strategic approach meeting the 40% loading reduction goal while sustaining agricultural production in the Lake Erie basin? (United States)

    Zhang, Tiequan; Tan, Chin, S.; Wang, Yutao; Welacky, Tom


    Legacy phosphorus (P) in agricultural lands has been deemed the major source contributing to eutrophication of the Lake Erie. Canada and USA bilateral governments have set up a goal of 40% P loading reduction by 2025. Soil P draw-down (PDD) is a potential beneficial management practice for high P soils to overcome legacy P effect and mitigate soil P loss. A field experiment was conducted to assess the effects of PDD on crop yields, soil test P change, and soil P losses in both surface runoff and tile drainage under a corn-soybean rotation in a Brookston clay loam soil in a 9-year period from 2008 to 2016. Both yields of corn and soybean with PDD were highly identical to those with continuous P addition (CPA). Soil Olsen P with PDD declined with time at about 2.3 mg P kg-1 year-1, while with CPA it remained unchanged. Relative to CPA, PDD significantly decreased dissolved P and particular P losses, eventually the total P loss by 36%. In addition, farmers' production profitability increased by 15% through savings in investment for P fertilizer. The results indicate that utilization of soil legacy P can be an effective approach that enables us to reach the agri-P loading reduction goal, while improving production profitability and conserving world P resource.

  20. The use of a constant load to generate equivalent viscoelastic strain in finite element analysis of cemented prosthetic joints subjected to cyclic loading. (United States)

    Lu, Z; McKellop, H A


    Polymers such as polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) surgical cement undergo elastic and viscoelastic deformation (creep) in response to physiological cyclic loading. Theoretically, the effect of gradual creep deformation on the stresses, strains, and displacements of a prosthetic joint can be evaluated by running a finite element analysis (FEA) model through a large number of loading cycles. However, with complex (i.e. realistic) models, this approach may require extensive computational time, and may accumulate unacceptably large numerical errors over the many iterations of the model. The present study utilized a Fourier series to represent a periodic stress and incorporated it in the linear viscoelastic constitutive equation. It was demonstrated that, for a linear viscoelastic material, the time average (i.e. the constant in the Fourier series) of the cyclic stress determined the accumulated creep strain and the sinusoidal components of the stress produced the periodic creep strain with a zero average and negligible amplitude. For a geometrically linear FEA model, the solution based on a cyclic stress can be readily applied to an external cyclic load, that is, the creep strain is determined by the time average of the cyclic load. While femoral component models were considered as geometrically non-linear, an FEA model of a femur implanted with an Exeter hip prosthesis showed that there was only a minor difference between the profile of the applied sinusoidal load and that of the resulting displacement. In such cases, applying the time average of a cyclic load to calculate the resulting creep strain with a given duration of loading should expect to provide acceptable accuracy, with a marked reduction in the computational time.

  1. Room-Temperature Indentation Creep and the Mechanical Properties of Rapidly Solidified Sn-Sb-Pb-Cu Alloys (United States)

    Kamal, Mustafa; El-Bediwi, A.; Lashin, A. R.; El-Zarka, A. H.


    In this paper, we study the room-temperature indentation creep and the mechanical properties of Sn-Sb-Pb-Cu alloys. Rapid solidification from melt using the melt-spinning technique is applied to prepare all the alloys. The experimental results show that the magnitude of the creep displacement increases with the increase in both time and applied load, and the stress exponent increases with the increase in the copper content in the alloys which happens primarily due to the existence of the intermetallic compounds SbSn and Cu6Sn5. The calculated values of the stress exponent are in the range of 2.82 to 5.16, which are in good agreement with the values reported for the Sn-Sb-Pb-Cu alloys. We have also studied and analyzed the structure, elastic modulus, and internal friction of the Sn-Sb-Pb-Cu alloys.

  2. PEGylated TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL)-loaded sustained release PLGA microspheres for enhanced stability and antitumor activity. (United States)

    Kim, Tae Hyung; Jiang, Hai Hua; Park, Chan Woong; Youn, Yu Seok; Lee, Seulki; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Lee, Kang Choon


    The purpose of this work was to develop an effective PEGylated TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (PEG-TRAIL) delivery system for antitumor therapy based on local injection to tumor sites that has a sustained effect without protein aggregation or an initial release burst. The authors designed poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) microspheres that deliver PEG-TRAIL locally and continuously at tumor sites with sustained biological activity and compared its performance with that of TRAIL microspheres. TRAIL or PEG-TRAIL was microencapsulated into PLGA microspheres using a double-emulsion solvent extraction method. Prepared TRAIL and PEG-TRAIL microspheres showed entirely spherical, smooth surfaces. However, PEG-TRAIL microspheres exhibited a 2.07-fold higher encapsulation efficiency than TRAIL microspheres, and exhibited a tri-phasic in vitro release profile with a lower initial burst (15.8%) than TRAIL microspheres (42.7%). Furthermore, released PEG-TRAIL showed a continued ability to induce apoptosis over 14 days. In vivo pharmacokinetic studies also demonstrated that PEG-TRAIL microspheres had a sustained release profile (18 days), and that the steady-state concentration of PEG-TRAIL in rat plasma was reached at day 3 and maintained until day 15; its steady-state concentration in rat plasma changed from 1444.3 ± 338.4 to 2697.7 ± 419.7 pg/ml. However, TRAIL microspheres were released out within 2 days after administration. Finally, in vivo antitumor tests revealed that tumor growths were significantly more inhibited by a single dose of PEG-TRAIL microspheres than TRAIL microspheres when delivered at 300 μg of TRAIL/mouse. Tumors taken from mouse treated with PEG-TRAIL microspheres showed 78.3% tumor suppression at 24 days, and this was 3.02-fold higher than that observed for TRAIL microspheres (25.9% tumor inhibition). Furthermore, these improved pharmaceutical characteristics of PEG-TRAIL microspheres resulted in superior therapeutic effects without

  3. Microstructural evolution and creep of Fe-Al-Ta alloys

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    Prokopcakova, Petra; Svec, Martin [Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic). Dept. of Material Science; Palm, Martin [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany). Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials


    The microstructural evolution in Fe-Al-Ta alloys containing 23 - 31 at.% Al and 1.5 - 2.2 at.% Ta has been studied in the temperature range 650 - 750 C by annealing for 1, 10, 100 and 1 000 h. The experiments confirm that in this temperature range the precipitation of the stable hexagonal C14 Laves phase is preceded by formation of coherent, metastable L2{sub 1} Heusler phase precipitates within the Fe-Al matrix. However, precipitates of C14 are observed after much shorter annealing times than previously assumed. Creep strength increases substantially with increasing Al content of the alloys because the solid solubility for Ta in the Fe-Al matrix increases with increasing Al content and solid-solution hardening contributes substantially to the observed high creep strength. It may therefore be that the microstructural changes during creep have no noticeable effect on creep strength.

  4. Creep and Shrinkage of High Strength Concretes: an Experimental Analysis

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    Berenice Martins Toralles carbonari


    Full Text Available The creep and shrinkage behaviour of high strength silica fume concretes is significantly different from that of conventional concretes. In order to represent the proper time-dependent response of the material in structural analysis and design, these aspects should be adequately quantified. This paper discusses an experimental setup that is able to determine the creep and shrinkage of concrete from the time of placing. It also compares different gages that can be used for measuring the strains. The method is applied to five different concretes in the laboratory under controlled environmental conditions. The phenomena that are quantified can be classified as basic shrinkage, drying shrinkage, basic creep and drying creep. The relative importance of these mechanisms in high strength concrete will also be presented.

  5. Study on the creep and recovery behaviors of ferrofluids (United States)

    Li, Zhenkun; Li, Decai; Hao, Du; Cheng, Yanhong


    The creep and recovery behaviors of lubrication oil based ferrofluids of different particle concentration were systematically investigated to understand the viscoelasticity of ferrofluids. The influence of stress level, magnetic field strength and temperature on creep and recovery behaviors of ferrofliuids was studied experimentally and the microscopic mechanisms behind the rheological phenomenon were discussed. Linear viscoelasticity theory and generalized Burgers models were employed to analyze the experimental results. The experimental results demonstrate that the ferrofluids exhibits unique creep and recovery properties significantly different from other stimuli responsive materials both in the linear and nonlinear viscoelastic region. Furthermore, structures larger than single chains are supposed to be responsible for many experimental results, including the extended relaxation process in recovery phase and the nonlinear increasing trend of creep strain with magnetic field strength and temperature. These findings contribute to a better understanding of the microscopic mechanism of magnetorheology of ferrofluids and also provide guidance for many practical applications.

  6. Geometrical versus rheological transient creep closure in a salt cavern (United States)

    Bérest, Pierre; Karimi-Jafari, Mehdi; Brouard, Benoît


    An in-situ test performed in a brine-filled cavern proves that, when brine pressure decreases rapidly, the creep closure rate increases drastically. Conversely, a rapid pressure increase leads to ;reverse; creep closure: cavern volume increases, even when, at cavern depth, fluid pressure is lower than geostatic pressure. It is tempting to explain these two phenomena by transient salt creep, a characteristic feature of salt rheological behavior commonly observed during laboratory creep tests. In fact, computations performed on an idealized cylindrical cavern excavated from a Norton-Hoff rock mass (a constitutive law that includes no transient component) prove that these two phenomena are, at least partly, of a structural nature: their origin is in the slow redistribution of stresses following any pressure change.

  7. Microstructure evolution of CLAM steel during creep at 923K (United States)

    Ye, S.; Zhao, F.; Huang, F.; He, J.; Wang, J. L.


    The microstructure change of CLAM steel during creep testing process was investigated at the temperature of 923K with different stress. The results show that the fragmentation and polygonization of martensite lath, as well as the degeneration of dislocation structure are the main factors to deteriorate the creep performance. The stability of MX precipitates in CLAM steel during high temperature creep is good, but the amount and size of M23C6 precipitates are increased. The Laves phase was not found in all samples, which may be due to the experimental temperature is close to the dissolution temperature of Laves phase. The higher temperature accelerates the microstructure evolution of CLAM steel, which results in the degradation of creep properties.

  8. Ferritic Alloys with Extreme Creep Resistance via Coherent Hierarchical Precipitates

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    Song, Gian; Sun, Zhiqian; Li, Lin; Xu, Xiandong; Rawlings, Michael; Liebscher, Christian H; Clausen, Bjørn; Poplawsky, Jonathan; Leonard, Donovan N; Huang, Shenyan; Teng, Zhenke; Liu, Chain T; Asta, Mark D; Gao, Yanfei; Dunand, David C; Ghosh, Gautam; Chen, Mingwei; Fine, Morris E; Liaw, Peter K


    There have been numerous efforts to develop creep-resistant materials strengthened by incoherent particles at high temperatures and stresses in response to future energy needs for steam turbines in thermal-power plants...

  9. Reference diameter in calculations of creep strain for steam pipelines

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    Łopata Stanisław


    Full Text Available Recommended methods of the operational safety assessment of high-pressure steam pipelines include periodic testing that enables determination of creep strain and the creep rate. The accuracy with which the two quantities are determined depends, among others, on the control of the testing conditions and on the assumed reference diameter. The analysis conducted herein concerns the impact of the reference diameter on the results characterizing the creep phenomenon in the pipeline elements (straight sections and bends. In this respect, the initial ovality of the pipeline cross-section is an important parameter. The calculations are made using own results obtained from many years of the steam pipeline creep testing, including tests performed after the expiry of the computational service life.

  10. Progressive evolution of microfabrics in high-temperature indentation creep experiments (United States)

    Wassmann, S.; Dorner, D.; Stoeckhert, B.


    Microfabrics of natural rocks as well as of those deformed in laboratory experiments are studied post-mortem, the history of fabric evolution being inferred from a finite state. This is a major drawback when being interested in modification of fabrics related to progressive deformation. Here we present a novel approach to analyze and compare fabrics in different stages of evolution, taking spatial position to mimic a time series. Using this approach, evolution in time can be investigated on one sample deformed in a single indentation creep test. Such experiments at high temperatures and atmospheric pressure provide information on mechanical properties of rock-forming minerals as well as on microfabrics developed during inhomogeneous deformation underneath the indenter. Using a conventional creep apparatus, a cylindrical alumina indenter, 2 mm in diameter, is driven by a dead load into the flat surface of a specimen. A penetration depth of 1 mm is typically reached after hours to days, depending on material, applied temperature, and load. Previous experiments on natural, polycrystalline anhydrite carried out at temperatures between 700°C and 920 °C yield a stress exponent of 3.9 indicating deformation in the dislocation creep regime, consistent with microstructural observations (Dorner et al., 2014; Solid Earth). Within a cone-shaped region in front of the indenter, the original microfabric appears entirely unaffected. The neutral cone is mantled by highly deformed shear zones. During progressive indentation this structure of undeformed cone and shear zones propagates into the specimen. Thus, for a homogeneous starting material, serial sections of the deformed specimen normal to the indenter axis provide insight into fabrics in distinct stages of evolution. Microfabrics developed at different distance in front of the approaching indenter can be taken to represent a time series. A disadvantage of the technique is that the history of shear zone deformation is

  11. Porosity Evolution in a Creeping Single Crystal (Preprint) (United States)


    mechanism. Our analyses focus on the role of stress state on deformation and void growth in ductile single crystals in the dislocation creep regime. We also...orientation effects on void growth and coalescence in fcc single crystals . International Journal of Plasticity, 22, 921-942. [27] Kysar J.W., Gan Y.X...AFRL-RX-WP-TP-2012-0373 POROSITY EVOLUTION IN A CREEPING SINGLE CRYSTAL (PREPRINT) A. Srivastava and A. Needleman University of North

  12. Experimental Study on the Porosity Creep Properties of Broken Limestone

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    Li Shun-cai


    Full Text Available In the underground engineering, the long-term stability of the surrounding rocks (especially the broken rocks containing water and the ground settlement resulted from the seepage-creep coupling above goaf have been the important research subjects concerning the deep mining. For the broken rock, its porosity is an important structural parameter determining its creep properties, and the porosity change rate is more superior to describe the creep characteristics compared with the strain change rate at a certain direction. In this paper, MTS815.02 Rock Mechanics Test System is used to carry out the creep experiments on water-saturated broken limestone, and then the time curves of porosity and of the porosity change rate are obtained. By regression, we have got the relation equation between the porosity change rate with the instant porosity and the stress level during the creep. The study indicates that when the stress retains a constant level, the relation between the porosity change rate and the instant porosity can be fitted with a cubical polynomial. The obtained creep relation equation between the porosity change rate and the instant porosity and the instant stress provides a necessary state equation for studying the coupling between the seepage and the creep of the broken rock. Furthermore, the seepage in the broken rock has been verified to satisfy the Forchheimer’s non-Darcy flow according to our previous studies, and its seepage properties, k, β and ca can all be expressed respectively as the polynomial of the porosity, so, by combining with these three state equations we have obtained the four essential state equations for solving the coupling problems of the seepage and the creep for the broken rocks.

  13. 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.

  14. Denuded Zones, Diffusional Creep, and Grain Boundary Sliding

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    Wadsworth, J; Ruano, O A; Sherby, O D


    The appearance of denuded zones following low stress creep in particle-containing crystalline materials is both a microstructural prediction and observation often cited as irrefutable evidence for the Nabarro-Herring mechanism of diffusional creep. The denuded zones are predicted to be at grain boundaries that are orthogonal to the direction of the applied stress. Furthermore, their dimensions should account for the accumulated plastic flow. In the present paper, the evidence for such denuded zones is critically examined. These zones have been observed during creep of magnesium, aluminum, and nickel-base alloys. The investigation casts serious doubts on the apparently compelling evidence for the link between denuded zones and diffusional creep. Specifically, denuded zones are clearly observed under conditions that are explicitly not diffusional creep. Additionally, the denuded zones are often found in directions that are not orthogonal to the applied stress. Other mechanisms that can account for the observations of denuded zones are discussed. It is proposed that grain boundary sliding accommodated by slip is the rate-controlling process in the stress range where denuded zones have been observed. It is likely that the denuded zones are created by dissolution of precipitates at grain boundaries that are simultaneously sliding and migrating during creep.

  15. A Critical Analysis of the Conventionally Employed Creep Lifing Methods

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    Zakaria Abdallah


    Full Text Available The deformation of structural alloys presents problems for power plants and aerospace applications due to the demand for elevated temperatures for higher efficiencies and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The materials used in such applications experience harsh environments which may lead to deformation and failure of critical components. To avoid such catastrophic failures and also increase efficiency, future designs must utilise novel/improved alloy systems with enhanced temperature capability. In recognising this issue, a detailed understanding of creep is essential for the success of these designs by ensuring components do not experience excessive deformation which may ultimately lead to failure. To achieve this, a variety of parametric methods have been developed to quantify creep and creep fracture in high temperature applications. This study reviews a number of well-known traditionally employed creep lifing methods with some more recent approaches also included. The first section of this paper focuses on predicting the long-term creep rupture properties which is an area of interest for the power generation sector. The second section looks at pre-defined strains and the re-production of full creep curves based on available data which is pertinent to the aerospace industry where components are replaced before failure.

  16. High temperature creep of refractory bricks. Final report

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    McGee, T.D. [Ames Lab., IA (United States)


    The uniaxial compressive creep of the 13 high chromia-commercial refractories that are candidate materials for lining coal gasification vessels was studied using stresses from 50 to 1500 psi (0.34 MPa to 10.3 MPa) and temperature from 1900{degrees}F to 2600{degrees}F (1038{degrees} to 1427{degrees}C). The regimes to stress and temperature in which creep was active varied widely, depending on impurities and microstructure, not chromia content, and was active at lower stresses and temperatures than would be expected from hot strength data. The creep was always primary, going through steady state to failure as a transient phase. One specimen with a liquid phase at temperature gave a longer steady-state region. The primary creep time exponent varied from 0.4 to nearly one. It was smaller at low stresses and temperatures, but was often a linear function of stress. Activation enthalpies were less for refractories containing a significant liquid phase at temperature, and were in the range expected for cation diffusion. Current theoretical models to not fit these systems. Two models are suggested to explain the primary creep regime. More research to correlate primary creep with microstructure is needed.

  17. Verification of creep performance of a ceramic gas turbine blade

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    Lin, H.T.; Becher, P.F.; Ferber, M.K. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Metals and Ceramics Div.; Parthasarathy, V. [Solar Turbines Inc., San Diego, CA (United States)


    Tensile creep tests were carried out on a Norton NT164 silicon nitride ceramic turbine blade containing 4 wt. % Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} sintering additive at 1,370 C in air under selected stress levels. The objective of this study was to measure the creep properties of test specimens extracted from a complex shaped ceramic gas turbine blade to verify the response of actual components. The creep results indicated that specimens from both the airfoil and dovetail sections exhibited creep rates that were about 4 to 100 times higher than those obtained from both the buttonhead and dogbone creep specimens machined from the developmental billets fabricated with the same composition and processing procedures. Electron microscopy analyses suggested that high creep rates and short lifetimes observed in specimens extracted from the turbine blade resulted from a higher glassy phase(s) content and smaller number density of elongated grain microstructure. Silicon nitride ceramics with an in-situ reinforced elongated microstructure have been the primary candidates for both advanced automotive and land-based gas turbine engine applications.

  18. Creep and Stress-strain Behavior After Creep from Sic Fiber Reinforced, Melt-infiltrated Sic Matrix Composites (United States)

    Morscher, Gregory N.; Pujar, Vijay


    Silicon carbide fiber (Hi-Nicalon Type S, Nippon Carbon) reinforced silicon carbide matrix composites containing melt-infiltrated Si were subjected to creep at 1315 C for a number of different stress conditions, This study is aimed at understanding the time-dependent creep behavior of CMCs for desired use-conditions, and also more importantly, how the stress-strain response changes as a result of the time-temperature-stress history of the crept material. For the specimens that did not rupture, fast fracture experiments were performed at 1315 C or at room temperature immediately following tensile creep. In many cases, the stress-strain response and the resulting matrix cracking stress of the composite change due to stress-redistribution between composite constituents during tensile creep. The paper will discuss these results and its implications on applications of these materials for turbine engine components.

  19. Outstanding compressive creep strength in Cr/Ir-codoped (Mo0.85Nb0.15)Si2crystals with the unique cross-lamellar microstructure. (United States)

    Hagihara, Koji; Ikenishi, Takaaki; Araki, Haruka; Nakano, Takayoshi


    A (Mo 0.85 Nb 0.15 )Si 2 crystal with an oriented, lamellar, C40/C11 b two-phase microstructure is a promising ultrahigh-temperature (UHT) structural material, but its low room-temperature fracture toughness and low high-temperature strength prevent its practical application. As a possibility to overcome these problems, we first found a development of unique "cross-lamellar microstructure", by the cooping of Cr and Ir. The cross-lamellar microstructure consists of a rod-like C11 b -phase grains that extend along a direction perpendicular to the lamellar interface in addition to the C40/C11 b fine lamellae. In this study, the effectiveness of the cross-lamellar microstructure for improving the high-temperature creep deformation property, being the most essential for UHT materials, was examined by using the oriented crystals. The creep rate significantly reduced along a loading orientation parallel to the lamellar interface. Furthermore, the degradation in creep strength for other loading orientation that is not parallel to the lamellar interface, which has been a serious problem up to now, was also suppressed. The results demonstrated that the simultaneous improvement of high-temperature creep strength and room temperature fracture toughness can be first accomplished by the development of unique cross-lamellar microstructure, which opens a potential avenue for the development of novel UHT materials as alternatives to existing Ni-based superalloys.

  20. Creep behavior of tantalum alloy T-222 at 1365 to 1700 K (United States)

    Titran, R. H.


    High vacuum creep tests on the tantalum T-222 alloy at 0.42 to 0.52 T sub m show that the major portion of the creep curves, up to at least 1 percent strain, can be best described by an increasing creep rate, with strain varying linearly with time. Correlation and extrapolation of the creep curves on the basis of increasing creep rates results in more accurate engineering design data than would use of approximated linear rates. Based on increasing creep rates, the stress for 1 percent strain in 10,000 hours for T-222 is about four times greater than for the Ta-10W alloy. Increasing the grain size results in increased creep strength. Thermal aging prior to testing caused precipitation of the hexagonal close packed (Hf,Ta) sub 2 C, which initially increased creep strength. However, this dimetal carbide was converted during creep testing to face-centered cubic (Hf,Ta)C.

  1. Probing collagen-enzyme mechanochemistry in native tissue with dynamic, enzyme-induced creep (United States)

    Zareian, Ramin; Church, Kelli P.; Saeidi, Nima; Flynn, Brendan P.; Beale, John W.; Ruberti, Jeffrey W.


    Mechanical strain or stretch of collagen has been shown to be protective of fibrils against both thermal and enzymatic degradation. The details of this mechanochemical relationship could change our understanding of load-bearing tissue formation, growth, maintenance and disease in vertebrate animals. However, extracting a quantitative relationship between strain and the rate of enzymatic degradation is extremely difficult in bulk tissue due to confounding diffusion effects. In this investigation, we develop a dynamic, enzyme-induced creep assay and diffusion/reaction rate scaling arguments to extract a lower bound on the relationship between strain and the cutting rate of bacterial collagenase (BC) at low strains. The assay method permits continuous, forced probing of enzyme-induced strain which is very sensitive to degradation rate differences between specimens at low initial strain. The results, obtained on uniaxially-loaded strips of bovine corneal tissue (0.1, 0.25 or 0.5 N), demonstrate that small differences in strain alter the enzymatic cutting rate of the BC substantially. It was estimated that a change in tissue elongation of only 1.5% (at ~5% strain) reduces the maximum cutting-rate of the enzyme by more than half. Estimation of the average load per monomer in the tissue strips indicates that this protective “cutoff” occurs when the collagen monomers are transitioning from an entropic to an energetic mechanical regime. The continuous tracking of the enzymatic cleavage rate as a function of strain during the initial creep response indicates that the decrease in the cleavage rate of the BC is non-linear (initially-steep between 4.5 and 6.5% then flattens out from 6.5–9.5%). The high sensitivity to strain at low strain implies that even lightly-loaded collagenous tissue may exhibit significant strain-protection. The dynamic, enzyme-induced creep assay described herein has the potential to permit the rapid characterization of collagen

  2. Precipitate Rafting in a Polycrystalline Superalloy During Compression Creep (United States)

    Altincekic, Arun; Balikci, Ercan


    Rafting is an industrially and scientifically important phenomenon for precipitate-strengthened alloys utilized at high temperatures. Although this phenomenon is observed in polycrystalline alloys as well, the literature lacks scientific work on rafting in polycrystals. Scientific work is usually conducted on single-crystal superalloys. Being one of the many polycrystalline nickel-base superalloys, IN738LC has a good high-temperature strength and hot corrosion resistance. Coherency strains between the FCC gamma matrix ( γ)- and L12 gamma prime ( γ')-precipitate phase particles mainly provide the high-temperature strength in IN738LC. Conical IN738LC specimens have been aged under compression for various times [24, 192, 480, and 960 hours at 1223 K (950 °C) and 12, 24, 192, and 480 hours at 1323 K (1050 °C)] in order to observe the morphological evolution of the γ' precipitate microstructure. Dislocations play a determining role in morphological changes. Fingerprints of matrix dislocations in the form of indentations on γ' precipitates have been identified by scanning electron microscope. Precipitate morphology has become more complex through dissolution/merging as temperature, aging time, and stress have increased. The precipitate morphology has evolved toward rafting at appropriate strain, temperature, and time. Localized slip bands have marked the beginning of rafting. The rafts have been observed at around a 45 deg angle away from the load direction. For higher stress positions, there is a trend toward N-type rafting which is expected of a positive misfit alloy under compression. Rafts eventually have collapsed due to severe creep deformation.

  3. Manuals of SORE, the creep fatigue damage calculation program, and the post program of the creep fatigue damage calculation program

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    Tanabe, Hiroaki [Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Inst., Tsuruga, Fukuki (Japan). Tsuruga Head Office; Sago, Hiromi [Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)


    This report includes the Manuals of 'the Structural Integrity Oriented Reliability Assessment System for 'MONJU' (SORE)', 'the creep fatigue damage calculation program using planning operation data' and 'the post program of the creep fatigue damage calculation program using planning operation data'. These programs were developed for the purpose of assisting the preservation management during the 'MONJU' plant employment period from an operation start. (author)

  4. The nonlinear Maxwell-type model for viscoelastoplastic materials: simulation of temperature influence on creep, relaxation and strain-stress curves

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    Andrew V. Khokhlov


    Full Text Available The nonlinear Maxwell-type constitutive relation with two arbitrary material functions for viscoelastoplastic multi-modulus materials is studied analytically in uniaxial isothermic case to reveal the model abilities and applicability scope and to develop techniques of its identification, tuning and fitting. The constitutive equation is aimed at adequate modeling of the rheological phenomena set which is typical for reonomic materials exhibiting non-linear hereditary properties, strong strain rate sensitivity, secondary creep, yielding at constant stress, tension compression asymmetry and such temperature effects as increase of material compliance, strain rate sensitivity and rates of dissipation, relaxation, creep and plastic strain accumulation with temperature growth. The model is applicable for simulation of mechanical behaviour of various polymers, their solutions and melts, solid propellants, sand-asphalt concretes, composite materials, titanium and aluminum alloys, ceramics at high temperature and so on. To describe the influence of temperature on material mechanical behavior (under isothermic conditions, two scalar material parameters of the model (viscosity coefficient and “modulus of elasticity” are considered as a functions of temperature level. The general restrictions on their properties which are necessary and sufficient for adequate qualitative description of the basic thermomechanical phenomena related to typical temperature influence on creep and relaxation curves, creep recovery curves, creep curves under step-wise loading and quasi-static stress-strain curves of viscoelastoplastic materials are obtained. The restrictions are derived using systematic analytical study of general qualitative features of the theoretic creep and relaxation curves, creep curves under step-wise loading, long-term strength curves and stress-strain curves at constant strain or stress rates generated by the constitutive equation (under minimal

  5. Experimental research of residual stresses kinetics in the hardened hollow cylindrical specimens of D16T alloy at the axial tension under the creep conditions

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    Vladimir P. Radchenko


    Full Text Available We study experimentally the effect of the axial tension load on the residual stresses relaxation in the surface-hardened hollow cylindrical specimens of D16T aluminium alloy at a temperature of 125 ∘C. The surface is hardened by the air shot-peening. We describe the testing machine and the routine of experiment. The experimental curves of hardened specimens creep under the axial loads 353, 385, 406.2, 420 MPa and test duration of 100–160 hours are obtained. The axial and circumferential residual stresses after the hardening and the creep at the given temperature and load conditions are constructed by the method of circles and strips. The significant qualitative and quantitative changes of residual stresses take place under the tension load σ¯ in comparison with the thermal exposure (heat exposal with no load. The relaxation of residual stresses is essentially independent of the thermal exposure. In contrast, the loading leads to the significant residual stresses relaxation and to the changes in the distribution type. The axial and circumferential residual stresses evolve from the compressive to the tension with the increase of the axial tension load. Also the depth of residual stresses location changes with the increase of the axial tension load from the 600 microns in the original state after the air shot-peening to the 250–300 microns after the creep under the given loading. It is very important for the engineering applications to take into account the described behaviours of the residual stresses in the hardened specimens of D16T alloy when predicting the characteristics of endurance of the surface-hardened details operate under the elevated temperatures.

  6. Viscoelastic properties, creep behavior and degree of conversion of bulk fill composite resins. (United States)

    Papadogiannis, D; Tolidis, K; Gerasimou, P; Lakes, R; Papadogiannis, Y


    The aim of this study was to investigate the viscoelastic properties and creep behavior of bulk fill composites under different conditions and evaluate their degree of conversion. Seven bulk fill composites were examined: everX Posterior (EV), SDR (SD), SonicFill (SF), Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill (TE), Venus Bulk Fill (VE), x-tra base (XB) and x-tra fil (XF). Each material was tested at 21°C, 37°C and 50°C under dry and wet conditions by applying a constant torque for static and creep testing and dynamic torsional loading for dynamic testing. Degree of conversion (%DC) was measured on the top and bottom surfaces of composites with ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. Statistical analysis was performed with two-way ANOVA, Bonferroni's post hoc test and Pearson's correlation coefficient. Shear modulus G ranged from 2.17GPa (VE) to 8.03GPa (XF) and flexural modulus E from 6.16GPa (VE) to 23GPa (XF) when the materials were tested dry at 21°C. The increase of temperature and the presence of water lead to a decline of these properties. Flowable materials used as base composites in restorations showed significantly lower values (p<0.05) than non-base composites, while being more prone to creep deformation. %DC ranged from 47.25% (XF) to 66.67% (SD) at the top material surface and 36.06% (XF) to 63.20% (SD) at the bottom. Bulk fill composites exhibited significant differences between them with base flowable materials showing in most cases inferior mechanical properties and higher degree of conversion than restorative bulk fill materials. Copyright © 2015 Academy of Dental Materials. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Comprehensive Creep and Thermophysical Performance of Refractory Materials

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    Ferber, M.K.; Wereszczak, A.; Hemrick, J.A.


    Furnace designers and refractory engineers recognize that optimized furnace superstructure design and refractory selection are needed as glass production furnaces are continually striving toward greater output and efficiencies. Harsher operating conditions test refractories to the limit, while changing production technology (such as the conversion to oxy-fuel from traditional air-fuel firing) can alter the way the materials perform [1-3]. Refractories for both oxy- and air-fuel fired furnace superstructures (see Fig. 1) are subjected to high temperatures that may cause them to creep excessively or subside during service if the refractory material is not creep resistant, or if it is subjected to high stress, or both. Furnace designers can ensure that superstructure structural integrity is maintained if the creep behavior of the refractory material is well understood and well represented by appropriate engineering creep models. Several issues limit the abilities of furnace designers to (1) choose the optimum refractory for their applications, (2) optimize the engineering design, or (3) predict the service mechanical integrity of their furnace superstructures. Published engineering creep data are essentially nonexistent for almost all commercially available refractories used for glass furnace superstructures. The limited data that do exist are supplied by the various refractory suppliers. Unfortunately, the suppliers generally have different ways of conducting their mechanical testing, and they interpret and report their data differently. This inconsistency makes it hard for furnace designers to draw fair comparisons between competing grades of candidate refractories. Furthermore, the refractory suppliers' data are often not available in a form that can be readily used for furnace design or for the prediction and design of long-term structural integrity of furnace superstructures. As a consequence, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technology Program

  8. Mechanical Behavior of Low Porosity Carbonate Rock: From Brittle Creep to Ductile Creep. (United States)

    Nicolas, A.; Fortin, J.; Gueguen, Y.


    Mechanical compaction and associated porosity reduction play an important role in the diagenesis of porous rocks. They may also affect reservoir rocks during hydrocarbon production, as the pore pressure field is modified. This inelastic compaction can lead to subsidence, cause casing failure, trigger earthquake, or change the fluid transport properties. In addition, inelastic deformation can be time - dependent. In particular, brittle creep phenomena have been deeply investigated since the 90s, especially in sandstones. However knowledge of carbonates behavior is still insufficient. In this study, we focus on the mechanical behavior of a 14.7% porosity white Tavel (France) carbonate rock (>98% calcite). The samples were deformed in a triaxial cell at effective confining pressures ranging from 0 MPa to 85 MPa at room temperature and 70°C. Experiments were carried under dry and water saturated conditions in order to explore the role played by the pore fluids. Two types of experiments have been carried out: (1) a first series in order to investigate the rupture envelopes, and (2) a second series with creep experiments. During the experiments, elastic wave velocities (P and S) were measured to infer crack density evolution. Permeability was also measured during creep experiments. Our results show two different mechanical behaviors: (1) brittle behavior is observed at low confining pressures, whereas (2) ductile behavior is observed at higher confining pressures. During creep experiments, these two behaviors have a different signature in term of elastic wave velocities and permeability changes, due to two different mechanisms: development of micro-cracks at low confining pressures and competition between cracks and microplasticity at high confining pressure. The attached figure is a summary of 20 triaxial experiments performed on Tavel limestone under different conditions. Stress states C',C* and C*' and brittle strength are shown in the P-Q space: (a) 20°C and dry

  9. Increased Loading, Efficacy and Sustained Release of Silibinin, a Poorly Soluble Drug Using Hydrophobically-Modified Chitosan Nanoparticles for Enhanced Delivery of Anticancer Drug Delivery Systems

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    Cha Yee Kuen


    Full Text Available Conventional delivery of anticancer drugs is less effective due to pharmacological drawbacks such as lack of aqueous solubility and poor cellular accumulation. This study reports the increased drug loading, therapeutic delivery, and cellular accumulation of silibinin (SLB, a poorly water-soluble phenolic compound using a hydrophobically-modified chitosan nanoparticle (pCNP system. In this study, chitosan nanoparticles were hydrophobically-modified to confer a palmitoyl group as confirmed by 2,4,6-Trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS assay. Physicochemical features of the nanoparticles were studied using the TNBS assay, and Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR analyses. The FTIR profile and electron microscopy correlated the successful formation of pCNP and pCNP-SLB as nano-sized particles, while Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS and Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM results exhibited an expansion in size between pCNP and pCNP-SLB to accommodate the drug within its particle core. To evaluate the cytotoxicity of the nanoparticles, a Methylthiazolyldiphenyl-tetrazolium bromide (MTT cytotoxicity assay was subsequently performed using the A549 lung cancer cell line. Cytotoxicity assays exhibited an enhanced efficacy of SLB when delivered by CNP and pCNP. Interestingly, controlled release delivery of SLB was achieved using the pCNP-SLB system, conferring higher cytotoxic effects and lower IC50 values in 72-h treatments compared to CNP-SLB, which was attributed to the hydrophobic modification of the CNP system.

  10. Super long-term creep tests of advanced HP and IP rotor steels

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    Tchizhik, A.A. [The Polzunov Central Boiler and Turbine Institute, Department the Fatigue Life of Materials for Power Plans Equipment, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)


    A creep model has been developed for predicting the long-term creep behavior, in excess of 200,000 h for advanced materials.The new creep theory is based on a continuum microdamage model and is used to calculate the fields of stress and strain and wedge and cavities damage in critical components of steam and gas turbines. The application of this new model increases the reliability and service life of modern turbines. The accuracy of the model to predict long - term creep behavior, creep ductility was verified using the data bank of super long-term creep tests of advanced materials. (orig.) 12 refs.

  11. Creep Deformation and Fracture Processes in OF and OFP Copper

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    Bowyer, William H. [Meadow End Farm, Farnham (United Kingdom)


    The literature on creep processes in many materials, including copper, has been thoroughly reviewed and complemented by Ashby and co-workers. They have provided physical models which describe the deformation and fracture processes with good qualitative and quantitative agreement with experimental data for many cases. A description of the deformation and fracture models is provided and the relevant equations are included in the appendices. Published data from the canister development programme has been compared with the predictions from the models. The purpose was to improve our understanding of (1) a reported benefit to creep performance which arises from additions of 50 ppm phosphorus to oxygen free (OF) copper, and (2) an observed transition from brittle to ductile failure in OF copper. The models adequately describe the general variations in the observed creep behaviour of the experimental materials. Steady state creep rates for OF copper are observed to be up to one order of magnitude higher than the model predicts for pure copper across a wide range of temperatures and stresses in the power law and power law breakdown regimes. For OF copper with 50ppm of phosphorus added (OFP copper), observed steady state creep rates in the power law breakdown regime are up to one order of magnitude lower than the model predicts for pure copper. Creep lives in the experimental OFP material are also higher than creep lives for OF material under similar conditions. The lower creep deformation rates and the longer creep lives of OFP material are attributed the known effects of phosphorus on recovery in copper. The model predicts that the same mechanism will improve creep lives under repository conditions. It is suggested that the factor of improvement under repository conditions will be less than the factor which is observed in the power law breakdown regime. Predicted creep lives, based on measured steady state creep rates and stress exponents ('n' values) are in good

  12. AGC 2 Irradiation Creep Strain Data Analysis

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    Windes, William E. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Rohrbaugh, David T. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Swank, W. David [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)


    The Advanced Reactor Technologies Graphite Research and Development Program is conducting an extensive graphite irradiation experiment to provide data for licensing of a high temperature reactor (HTR) design. In past applications, graphite has been used effectively as a structural and moderator material in both research and commercial high temperature gas cooled reactor designs. Nuclear graphite H-451, used previously in the United States for nuclear reactor graphite components, is no longer available. New nuclear graphite grades have been developed and are considered suitable candidates for new HTR reactor designs. To support the design and licensing of HTR core components within a commercial reactor, a complete properties database must be developed for these current grades of graphite. Quantitative data on in service material performance are required for the physical, mechanical, and thermal properties of each graphite grade, with a specific emphasis on data accounting for the life limiting effects of irradiation creep on key physical properties of the HTR candidate graphite grades. Further details on the research and development activities and associated rationale required to qualify nuclear grade graphite for use within the HTR are documented in the graphite technology research and development plan.

  13. Quantification of Permafrost Creep by Remote Sensing (United States)

    Roer, I.; Kaeaeb, A.


    Rockglaciers and frozen talus slopes are distinct landforms representing the occurrence of permafrost conditions in high mountain environments. The interpretation of ongoing permafrost creep and its reaction times is still limited due to the complex setting of interrelating processes within the system. Therefore, a detailed monitoring of rockglaciers and frozen talus slopes seems advisable to better understand the system as well as to assess possible consequences like rockfall hazards or debris-flow starting zones. In this context, remote sensing techniques are increasingly important. High accuracy techniques and data with high spatial and temporal resolution are required for the quantification of rockglacier movement. Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) derived from optical stereo, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) or laser scanning data are the most important data sets for the quantification of permafrost-related mass movements. Correlation image analysis of multitemporal orthophotos allow for the quantification of horizontal displacements, while vertical changes in landform geometry are computed by DTM comparisons. In the European Alps the movement of rockglaciers is monitored over a period of several decades by the combined application of remote sensing and geodetic methods. The resulting kinematics (horizontal and vertical displacements) as well as spatio-temporal variations thereof are considered in terms of rheology. The distinct changes in process rates or landform failures - probably related to permafrost degradation - are analysed in combination with data on surface and subsurface temperatures and internal structures (e.g., ice content, unfrozen water content).

  14. Laser-Interferometric Creep Rate Spectroscopy of Polymers (United States)

    Bershtein, Vladimir A.; Yakushev, Pavel N.

    Laser-interferometric creep rate meter (LICRM) and creep rate spectroscopy (CRS), as an original high-resolution method for discrete relaxation spectrometry and thermal analysis, were developed in the authors' Materials Dynamics Laboratory at Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Saint-Petersburg). In the last few decades they have been successfully applied to solving various problems of polymer physics and materials science, especially being combined with DSC, structural, and other techniques. CRS involves measuring ultra-precisely a creep rate at small tensile or compressive stress, typically much lower than the yield stress, as a function of temperature, over the range from 100 to 800 K. LICRM setup allows one to register precisely creep rates on the basis of deformation increment of 150-300 nm. The survey describes this method and summarizes the results of numerous studies performed with the LICRM setup and CRS technique for different bulk polymeric materials, films, or thin fibers. This approach provided new experimental possibilities superior in resolution and sensitivity compared to the conventional relaxation spectrometry techniques. Among such possibilities are discrete analysis of dynamics; creep on submicro-, micro- and meso-scales; revealing relations between stepwise microplasticity and morphology; kinetic information on creep at any temperature and deformation; polymer dynamics at interfaces; analysis of microplasticity, relaxations, and phase transitions in brittle materials; using creep rate spectra for non-destructive prediction of temperature anomalies in mechanical behavior of materials, etc. Considerable attention has been paid to combined CRS/DSC analysis of the peculiarities of segmental dynamics, nanoscale dynamic, and compositional heterogeneity in different kinds of complex polymer systems and nanocomposites.

  15. Proposition of Improved Methodology in Creep Life Extrapolation

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    Kim, Woo Gon; Park, Jae Young; Jang, Jin Sung [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    To design SFRs for a 60-year operation, it is desirable to have the experimental creep-rupture data for Gr. 91 steel close to 20 y, or at least rupture lives significantly higher than 10{sup 5} h. This requirement arises from the fact that, for the creep design, a factor of 3 times for extrapolation is considered to be appropriate. However, obtaining experimental data close to 20 y would be expensive and also take considerable time. Therefore, reliable creep life extrapolation techniques become necessary for a safe design life of 60 y. In addition, it is appropriate to obtain experimental longterm creep-rupture data in the range 10{sup 5} ∼ 2x10{sup 5} h to improve the reliability of extrapolation. In the present investigation, a new function of a hyperbolic sine ('sinh') form for a master curve in time-temperature parameter (TTP) methods, was proposed to accurately extrapolate the long-term creep rupture stress of Gr. 91 steel. Constant values used for each parametric equation were optimized on the basis of the creep rupture data. Average stress values predicted for up to 60 y were evaluated and compared with those of French Nuclear Design Code, RCC-MRx. The results showed that the master curve of the 'sinh' function was a wider acceptance with good flexibility in the low stress ranges beyond the experimental data. It was clarified clarified that the 'sinh' function was reasonable in creep life extrapolation compared with polynomial forms, which have been used conventionally until now.

  16. Creep-induced anisotropy in covalent adaptable network polymers. (United States)

    Hanzon, Drew W; He, Xu; Yang, Hua; Shi, Qian; Yu, Kai


    Anisotropic polymers with aligned macromolecule chains exhibit directional strengthening of mechanical and physical properties. However, manipulating the orientation of polymer chains in a fully cured thermoset is almost impossible due to its permanently crosslinked nature. In this paper, we demonstrate that rearrangeable networks with bond exchange reactions (BERs) can be utilized to tailor the anisotropic mechanical properties of thermosetting polymers. When a constant force is maintained at BER activated temperatures, the malleable thermoset creeps in the direction of stress, and macromolecule chains align themselves in the same direction. The aligned polymer chains result in an anisotropic network with a stiffer mechanical behavior in the direction of creep, while with a more compliant behavior in the transverse direction. The degree of network anisotropy is proportional to the amount of creep strain. A multi-length scale constitutive model is developed to study the creep-induced anisotropy of thermosetting polymers. The model connects the micro-scale BER kinetics, orientation of polymer chains, and directional mechanical properties of network polymers. Without any fitting parameters, it is able to predict the evolution of creep strain at different temperatures and anisotropic stress-strain behaviors of CANs after creep. Predictions on the chain orientation are verified by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Based on parametric studies, it is shown that the influences of creep time and temperature on the network anisotropy can be generalized into a single parameter, and the evolution of directional modulus follows an Arrhenius type time-temperature superposition principle (TTSP). The presented work provides a facile approach to transform isotropic thermosets into anisotropic ones using simple heating, and their directional properties can be readily tailored by the processing conditions.

  17. FBG-Based Creep Analysis of GFRP Materials Embedded in Concrete

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    Guo-Wei Li


    Full Text Available This paper presents a typical study regarding the creep interaction behavior between prestressed glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP bar and concrete when this GFRP bar is subjected to a constant external pullout force. A number of optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG sensors were mounted on GFRP bar surface by using an innovative installation method to measure strain distributions. Test results indicate that the complicated interaction at GFRP bar-concrete interface can be evaluated using a transitional factor. Variation trends of this transitional factor indicate three typical zones characterized by different strain/stress variation trends of the GFRP bar when prestress values are sustained at specific levels. These three typical zones include stress release zone, stress transition zone, and continuous tension zone. Test results also suggest that the instant stress loss at the interaction interface between concrete and GFRP bar was quite limited (less than 5% in present test. Contributed proportion of each GFRP bar section was obtained to represent the creep behavior of the GFRP bar embedded in concrete. This investigation improved the understanding of the short-term interaction behavior between prestressed GFRP bar and concrete.

  18. Functionally distinct tendon fascicles exhibit different creep and stress relaxation behaviour. (United States)

    Shepherd, Jennifer H; Legerlotz, Kirsten; Demirci, Taylan; Klemt, Christian; Riley, Graham P; Screen, Hazel R C


    Most overuse tendinopathies are thought to be associated with repeated microstrain below the failure threshold, analogous to the fatigue failure that affects materials placed under repetitive loading. Investigating the progression of fatigue damage within tendons is therefore of critical importance. There are obvious challenges associated with the sourcing of human tendon samples for in vitro analysis so animal models are regularly adopted. However, data indicates that fatigue life varies significantly between tendons of different species and with different stresses in life. Positional tendons such as rat tail tendon or the bovine digital extensor are commonly applied in in vitro studies of tendon overuse, but there is no evidence to suggest their behaviour is indicative of the types of human tendon particularly prone to overuse injuries. In this study, the fatigue response of the largely positional digital extensor and the more energy storing deep digital flexor tendon of the bovine hoof were compared to the semitendinosus tendon of the human hamstring. Fascicles from each tendon type were subjected to either stress or strain controlled fatigue loading (cyclic creep or cyclic stress relaxation respectively). Gross fascicle mechanics were monitored after cyclic stress relaxation and the mean number of cycles to failure investigated with creep loading. Bovine extensor fascicles demonstrated the poorest fatigue response, while the energy storing human semitendinosus was the most fatigue resistant. Despite the superior fatigue response of the energy storing tendons, confocal imaging suggested a similar degree of damage in all three tendon types; it appears the more energy storing tendons are better able to withstand damage without detriment to mechanics.

  19. Creep-age forming of AA7475 aluminum panels for aircraft lower wing skin application

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    Diego José Inforzato


    Full Text Available Creep-age forming (CAF is an interesting process for the airframe industry, as it is able to form or shape panels into smooth, but complex, curvatures. In the CAF process, the ageing cycle of the alloy is used to relax external loads imposed to the part, through creep mechanisms. Those relaxed stresses impose a new curvature to the part. At the end of the process, significant spring back (sometimes about 70% is observed and the success in achieving the desired form depends on how the spring back can be predicted in order to compensate it by tooling changes. Most of the applications relate to simple (non stiffened panels. The present work deals with the CAF of aluminum panels for aircraft wing skin application. CAF was performed using vacuum-bagging autoclave technique in small scale complex shape stiffened panels, machined from an AA7475 alloy plate. An analytical reference model from the literature was employed estimate the spring back effect in such panel geometry. This model that deals with simple plates was adapted to stiffened panels using a geometric simplification, resulting in a semi-empirical model. The results demonstrate that CAF is a promising process to form stiffened panels, and the spring back can be roughly estimated through a simple model and few experiments.

  20. Influence of vertical holes on creep and shrinkage of railway prestressed concrete sleepers (United States)

    Li, Dan; Ngamkhanong, Chayut; Kaewunruen, Sakdirat


    Railway prestressed concrete sleepers (or railroad ties) must successfully perform two critical duties: first, to carry wheel loads from the rails to the ground; and second, to secure rail gauge for dynamic safe movements of trains. The second duty is often fouled by inappropriate design of the time-dependent behaviors due to their creep, shrinkage and elastic shortening responses of the materials. In addition, the concrete sleepers are often modified on construction sites to fit in other systems such as cables, signalling gears, drainage pipes, etc. Accordingly, this study is the world first to investigate creep and shrinkage effects on the railway prestressed concrete sleepers with vertical holes. This paper will highlight constitutive models of concrete materials within the railway sleepers under different environmental conditions over time. It will present a comparative investigation using a variety of methods to evaluate shortening effects in railway prestressed concrete sleepers. The outcome of this study will improve material design, which is very critical to the durability of railway track components.