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Lifetime Prediction of Components Including Initiation Phase

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Michael Besel, Angelika Brueckner-Foit

Kassel University, Kassel, Germany

Paper No. GT2006-90710, pp. 883-891; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 5: Marine; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery; Oil and Gas Applications; Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4240-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The lifetime distribution of a component subjected to fatigue loading is calculated using a micro-mechanics model for crack initiation and a fracture mechanics model for crack growth. These models are implemented in a computer code which uses the local stress field obtained in a Finite Element analysis as input data. Elemental failure probabilities are defined which allow to identify critical regions and are independent of mesh refinement. An example is given to illustrate the capabilities of the code. Special emphasis is put on the effect of the initiation phase on the lifetime distribution.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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