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Further investigation of fatigue-crack propagation in aluminum-alloy box beams

Description: Report presenting testing of twenty-one box beams constructed according to nine designs that were subjected to fatigue tests at one load level to study fatigue-crack propagation and accompanying stress redistribution. Six designs had stiffeners riveted to the skin, two had integrally stiffened covers, and one had stiffeners bonded to the skin. Results regarding crack initiation, crack propagation, and stresses are provided.
Date: June 1958
Creator: Hardrath, Herbert F. & Leybold, Herbert A.
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Description: Bridged crack models using beam theory formulation have proved to be effective in the modeling of quasistatic delamination crack growth in through thickness reinforced structures. In this paper, we model dynamic crack propagation in these structures with the beam theory formulation. Steady state crack propagation characteristics unique to the dynamic case are first identified. Dynamic crack propagation and the energetics of steady state dynamic crack growth for a Double Cantilever beam (DCB) configuration loaded with a flying wedge is examined next. We find that steady state crack growth is attainable for this loading configuration provided certain conditions are satisfied.
Date: February 1, 2001
Creator: SRIDHAR, N. & AL, ET
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The rate of fatigue-crack propagation in two aluminum alloys

Description: From Summary: "A general method has been developed for determination of fatigue-crack propagation rates. In order to provide a check on the theoretical predictions and to evaluate certain empirical constants appearing in the expression for the rate of fatigue-crack propagation, an extensive series of tests has been conducted. Sheet specimens, 2 inches and 12 inches wide, of 2024-T3 and 7075-T6 aluminum alloys were tested in repeated tension with constant-amplitude loading."
Date: September 1958
Creator: McEvily, Arthur J., Jr. & Illg, Walter
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Fatigue-crack propagation in aluminum alloy box beams

Description: Report presenting fatigue testing of eighteen box beams constructed according to four designs in order to study fatigue-crack propagation and accompanying stress redistribution. Two designs had stiffeners riveted to the cover, one had stiffeners bonded to the cover, and one had an integrally stiffened cover machined from a plate. Results regarding crack initiation, crack propagation, and stress distribution are provided.
Date: August 1956
Creator: Hardrath, Herbert F.; Leybold, Herbert A.; Landers, Charles B. & Hauschild, Louis W.
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Fatigue-crack-propagation and residual-static-strength results on full-scale transport-airplane wings

Description: Report presenting results of fatigue-crack-propagation studies conducted during fatigue tests of nine complete wings from C-46 airplanes. Static tests of the wings with fatigue failures are also described. Results regarding fatigue-crack propagation and residual static strength testing are provided.
Date: December 1956
Creator: Whaley, Richard E.; McGuigan, M. J., Jr. & Bryan, D. F.
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Environment-assisted-cracking under measured and/or controlled ectrochemical potential

Description: Longer-term stress corrosion cracking (SCC) experiments, described in the activity plan E-20-56, are well underway at LLNL to evaluate the SCC susceptibility of candidate corrosion-resistant inner container materials in a 90°ºC acidic brine containing 5 weight percent (wt%) NaCl using fatigue-precracked wedge-loaded double-cantilever-beam (DCB) specimens. The results of a recent localized corrosion study have revealed that the propensity to pitting and crevice corrosion in susceptible alloys is characterized by "critical potentials" obtained from the cyclic potentiodynamic polarization (CPP) experiments described in the activity plan E-20-43/44. It is also well known that the tendency to SCC can be influenced by the electrochemical potential. But the role of electrochemistry in SCC has not been explored to a large extent. Therefore, the proposed activity is aimed at evaluating the SCC behavior of susceptible container materials under measured and/or controlled electrochemical potential in repository-relevant environments using DCB and slow-strain-rate (SSR) test specimens. The magnitude of the controlled potential will be selected based on the measured "critical potentials" obtained from the CPP experiment performed earlier in a similar environment. The resultant data will enable the mechanistic understanding of the cracking process in materials of interest under the synergistic influence of applied stress and corrosive medium, which will be utilized in developing and validating the SCC models for long-term performance assessment.
Date: November 7, 1997
Creator: Roy, A.
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Stress corrosion cracking tests using double-cantilever-beam specimens

Description: Although a wide variety of degradation modes can occur in aqueous environments for corrosion-resistant metallic materials, localized corrosion such as pitting corrosion, crevice corrosion, SCC, and hydrogen embrinlement (HE) is considered to be the primary mode. The evaluation of the susceptibility of candidate corrosion-resistant container materials to pitting and crevice corrosion is well underway using electrochemical polarization techniques described in the Activity Plan E-20-43144. The proposed activity (E-20-56) is aimed at evaluating the SCC behavior of these materials in susceptible environments using the linearelastic-fracture-mechanics (LEFM) concept. The mechanical driving force for crack growth, or the stress distribution at the crack tip is quantified by the stress intensity factor, K, for the specific crack and loading geometry. The critical stress intensity factor for SCC, K<sub>ISCC</sub> for candidate materials will be evaluated in environments of interest, and their comparisons will be made to select the waste package inner container material having an optimum SCC resistance.
Date: October 25, 1996
Creator: Roy, A.
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Characterization of microstructure and crack propagation in alumina using orientation imaging microscopy (OIM). December 1996

Description: A more complete description requires the lattice orientations of a statistically significant number of grains, coupled with morphology such as grain size and shape; this can be obtained using orientation imaging microscopy (OIM), which uses crystallographic orientation data from Backscattered Electron Kikuchi patterns (BEKP) collected using a SEM. This report describes the OIM results for alumina; these include image quality maps, grain boundary maps, pole figures, and lattice misorientations depicted on MacKenzie plot and in Rodrigues space. High quality BEKP were obtained and the images and data readily reveal the grain morphology, texture, and grain boundary misorientations, including those for cracked boundaries. A larger number of grains should be measured to make statistical comparisons between materials with different processing histories.
Date: December 1, 1996
Creator: Glass, S.J.; Michael, J.R.; Readey, M.J.; Wright, S.I. & Field, D.P.
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Implications of early stages in the growth of stress corrosion cracking on component reliability

Description: Environment-induced crack growth generally progresses through several stages prior to component failure. Crack initiation, short crack growth, and stage 1 growth are early stages in crack development that are summarized in this paper. The implications of these stages on component reliability, derive from the extended time that the crack exists in the early stages because crack velocity is slow. The duration of the early stages provides a greater opportunity for corrective action if cracks can be detected. Several important factors about the value of understanding short crack behavior include: (1) life prediction requires a knowledge of the total life cycle of the crack including the early stages, (2) greater reliability is possible if the transition between short and long crack behavior is known component life after this transition is short and (3) remedial actions are more effective for short than long cracks.
Date: April 1, 1995
Creator: Jones, R.H. & Simonen, E.P.
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On the expansion for surface displacement in the neighborhood of a crack tip

Description: It is shown that in the expansion of the crack opening displacement vs distance from the tip, there is no linear term present. This should lead to improved accuracy of the near tip fields and improved stress intensity factor results. The two-dimensional discussion should be able to be carried over to three dimensions.
Date: June 1, 1995
Creator: Gray, L.J. & Paulino, G.H.
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An Investigation of the Mechanism of IGA/SCC of Alloy 500 in Corrosion Accelerating Heated Crevice Environments. Technical progress report

Description: OAK-B135 An Investigation of the Mechanism of IGA/SCC of Alloy 500 in Corrosion Accelerating Heated Crevice Environments. Technical progress report Note: This report was submitted electronically even though Part II A indicates by ''PAPER''.
Date: March 1, 2000
Creator: Lumsden, Jesse
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Application of damage models in metal forming

Description: The development of damage models in the analysis of metal forming processes, to characterize the formability limits, is an important area of ongoing research. In this paper, two energy-based damage models for the simulation of crack initiation in metal forming processes are presented. The first one is an isotropic damage model with two damage variables. The second one is an anisotropic model with a damage characteristic tensor. The damage models are developed within the general framework of continuum thermodynamics for irreversible processes by identifying a proper set of internal variables together with their associated generalized forces. An approach is proposed to account for microcrack opening and closing. A viscoplastic regularization algorithm is used to take into account the strain rate effect and to improve numerical stability. Both models have been incorporated into the finite element code, LAGAMINE. The models were applied to simulations of upsetting of collar cylinders and nonisothermal hemispherical punch stretching. The results of the analyses were validated by comparing the finite element simulations with experimentally obtained data.
Date: June 1, 1995
Creator: Zhu, Y. Y. & Zacharia, T.
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Screening Test Results of Fatigue Properties of type 316LN Stainless Steel in Mercury

Description: Fully reversed, load-controlled uniaxial push-pull fatigue tests at room temperature have been performed in air and in mercury on specimens of type 316LN stainless steel. The results indicate a significant influence of mercury on fatigue properties. Compared to specimens tested in air, specimens tested in mercury had reproducibly shorter fatigue lives (by a factor of 2-3), and fracture faces exhibiting intergranular cracking. Preliminary indications are that crack initiation in each environment is similar, but mercury significantly accelerates crack propagation.
Date: May 20, 1999
Creator: Pawel, S. J.
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In situ measurement of fatigue-crack growth rates in a silicon carbide ceramic at elevated temperatures using a D.C. potential system

Description: The understanding of the mechanisms of fatigue-crack propagation in advanced ceramics at elevated temperatures (>800 degrees C) has in part been hampered by the experimental difficulty in directly measuring crack lengths, and hence crack-growth rates, at such high temperatures.
Date: October 12, 1999
Creator: Chen, D.; Gilbert, C.J. & Ritchie, R.O.
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Description: A reduction of vibrations in mechanical seals increases the life of the seals in centrifugal pumps by minimizing fatigue damage. Mechanical seals consist of two smooth seal faces. one face is stationary with respect to the pump. The other rotates. Between the faces a fluid film evaporates as the fluid moves radially outward across the seal face. ideally, the film evaporates as it reaches the outer surface of the seal faces, thereby preventing leakage from the pump and effectively lubricating the two surfaces. Relative vibrations between the two surfaces affect the fluid film and lead to stresses on the seal faces, which lead to fatigue damage. As the fluid film breaks down impacts between the two seal faces create tensile stresses on the faces, which cycle at the speed of the motor rotation. These cyclic stresses provide the mechanism leading to fatigue crack growth. The magnitude of the stress is directly related to the rate of crack growth and time to failure of a seal. Related to the stress magnitude, vibration data is related to the life of mechanical seals in pumps.
Date: April 30, 2007
Creator: Leishear, R; Jerald Newton, J & David Stefanko, D
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Description: As a part of an ongoing activity to develop ASME Code rules for the hydrogen infrastructure, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Committee approved new fracture control rules for Section VIII, Division 3 vessels in 2006. These rules have been incorporated into new Article KD-10 in Division 3. The new rules require determining fatigue crack growth rate and fracture resistance properties of materials in high pressure hydrogen gas. Test methods have been specified to measure these fracture properties, which are required to be used in establishing the vessel fatigue life. An example has been given to demonstrate the application of these new rules.
Date: April 30, 2007
Creator: Rawls, G
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Rolling Contact Fatigue of Ceramics

Description: High hardness, low coefficient of thermal expansion and high temperature capability are properties also suited to rolling element materials. Silicon nitride (Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}) has been found to have a good combination of properties suitable for these applications. However, much is still not known about rolling contact fatigue (RCF) behavior, which is fundamental information to assess the lifetime of the material. Additionally, there are several test techniques that are employed internationally whose measured RCF performances are often irreconcilable. Due to the lack of such information, some concern for the reliability of ceramic bearings still remains. This report surveys a variety of topics pertaining to RCF. Surface defects (cracks) in Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and their propagation during RCF are discussed. Five methods to measure RCF are then briefly overviewed. Spalling, delamination, and rolling contact wear are discussed. Lastly, methods to destructively (e.g., C-sphere flexure strength testing) and non-destructively identify potential RCF-limiting flaws in Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} balls are described.
Date: September 1, 2006
Creator: Wereszczak, Andrew A; Wang, W.; Wang, Y.; Hadfield, M.; Kanematsu, W.; Kirkland, Timothy Philip et al.
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The Application of Reliability-Based Design Factors In Stress Corrosion Cracking Evaluations

Description: First-order reliability methodology (FORM) is used to develop reliability-based design factors for deterministic analyses of stress corrosion cracking. The basic elements of FORM as applied to structural reliability problems are reviewed and then employed specifically to stress corrosion cracking evaluations. Failure due to stress corrosion cracking is defined as crack initiation followed by crack growth to a critical depth. The stress corrosion cracking process is thus represented in terms of a crack initiation time model and a crack growth rate model, with the crack growth rate integrated from the initiation time to the time at which the crack grows to its critical depth. Both models are described by log-normal statistical distribution functions. A procedure is developed to evaluate design factors that are applied to the mean values of the crack initiation time and the crack growth rate for specified temperature and stress conditions. The design factors, which depend on the standard deviations of the statistical distributions, are related to a target reliability, which is inversely related to an acceptable probability of failure. The design factors are not fixed, but are evaluated on a case-to-case basis for each application. The use of these design factors in a deterministic analysis assures that the target reliability will be attained and the corresponding acceptable probability of failure will not be exceeded. An example problem illustrates use of this procedure.
Date: December 20, 2001
Creator: Friedman, E.
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In-situ Fracture Studies and Modeling of the Toughening Mechanism Present in Wrought LCAC, TZM, and ODS Molybdenum Flat Products

Description: In-situ testing, ultrasonic C-scans, and metallography were used to show that a crack-divider delamination form of thin-sheet toughening occurs in wrought Low Carbon Arc Cast (LCAC) unalloyed molybdenum, Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) molybdenum, and TZM molybdenum at temperatures {ge} the Ductile to Brittle Transition Temperature (DBTT). Cracking along boundaries relieves mechanical constraint to free ligaments that may plastically stretch to produce toughening. Anisotropy in fracture toughness with lower values in the short-transverse direction is shown to produce the crack divider delaminations at the crack tip in the LT and TL orientations. The delamination zone increases with increasing stress-intensity to sizes significantly larger than the plastic zone, which leads to large increases in fracture toughness by the thin sheet toughening mechanism. Fracture in ODS Mo-alloys proceeds mainly along grain boundaries to produce small ligaments that exhibit ductility for both LT and TL orientations resulting in a lower DBTT and higher toughness values at lower temperatures than observed in LCAC and TZM. A combination of grain boundary fracture and cleavage is prevalent in LCAC molybdenum and TZM. The predominance for microcracking along grain boundaries to leave fine, ductile ligaments in ODS molybdenum can be attributed to a fine-grained microstructure with {approx} 1-2 {micro}m thickness of sheet-like grains. The presence of mixed grain boundary fracture and cleavage in LCAC and TZM can be attributed to a microstructure with a larger thickness of sheet-like grains (4-15 {micro}m).
Date: July 1, 2007
Creator: Cockerman, B. V. and Chan, K. S.
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Ductile failure X-prize.

Description: Fracture or tearing of ductile metals is a pervasive engineering concern, yet accurate prediction of the critical conditions of fracture remains elusive. Sandia National Laboratories has been developing and implementing several new modeling methodologies to address problems in fracture, including both new physical models and new numerical schemes. The present study provides a double-blind quantitative assessment of several computational capabilities including tearing parameters embedded in a conventional finite element code, localization elements, extended finite elements (XFEM), and peridynamics. For this assessment, each of four teams reported blind predictions for three challenge problems spanning crack initiation and crack propagation. After predictions had been reported, the predictions were compared to experimentally observed behavior. The metal alloys for these three problems were aluminum alloy 2024-T3 and precipitation hardened stainless steel PH13-8Mo H950. The predictive accuracies of the various methods are demonstrated, and the potential sources of error are discussed.
Date: September 1, 2011
Creator: Cox, James V.; Wellman, Gerald William; Emery, John M.; Ostien, Jakob T.; Foster, John T.; Cordova, Theresa Elena et al.
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