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Simulation Of Microcrack Growth Under Multiaxial Random Loading And Comparison With Experimental Results

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/FDM030381

Volume

40

Pages

12

Published

2003

Size

484.29 kb

Author(s)

A. Ahmadi & H. Zenner

Abstract

Simulation of microcrack growth under multiaxial random loading and comparison with experimental results A. Ahmadi & H. Zenner Institute for Plant Engineering and Fatigue Analysis, University of Technology, Clausthal-Zeller3'eld, Germany Abstract In this paper a model designed to simulate the growth of microcracks under the influence of cyclic loading is presented. Considering fatigue crack growth microstructural barriers as well as the state of stress play an essential role. The crack growth is initially dominated by shear stresses leading to microstructurally short cracks (stage I). As the tip of the microcrack approaches a grain boundary the crack growth rate decreases. The transition from stage I to stage I1 crack growth is also considered in the model as the crack reaches a specific length and continues to grow under the influence of maximum normal stresses (physically short cracks). The comparison of the simulation results to experimental results of variable amplitude loading for bending

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