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A Moving Boundary Model For Fatigue Corrosion Cracking

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MB030061

Volume

36

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

618 kb

Author(s)

A. P. Jivkov

Abstract

A moving boundary model for fatigue corrosion cracking A. P. Jivkov Solid Mechanics, Malmo University, Sweden Abstract Fatigue corrosion crack initiation and propagation is modelled as a moving boundary value problem. The model is based on three physical processes operating at the solid-environment interface - material dissolution, passive film formation and surface straining. The dissolution triggers boundary advancement. The rate of boundary advancement depends on the passive film damage caused by the surface straining. Plane edge cracks, nucleating from surface irregularities, are considered. The cracks obtain realistic geometrical shapes where the near-tip region is an integral part of the crack surface. Elastic-perfectly plastic materials are considered and a low-cycle fatigue load is assumed. The problem is solved using a FEM based program and procedures for moving boundary tracking and interior re-meshing. A crucial ingredient of the boundary tracking is the evolved surface re-meshing,

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