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A Fatigue Crack Driving Force Parameter

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Ying Xiong, Zengliang Gao

Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Junichi Katsuta, Takeshi Sakiyama

University of Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan

Paper No. PVP2008-61750, pp. 165-170; 6 pages
  • ASME 2008 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 6: Materials and Fabrication, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 27–31, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4829-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Most of the previous parameters that utilized as a crack driving force were established in modifying the parameter Kop in Elber’s effective SIF range (ΔKeff = Kmax –Kop ). This paper focuses on the physical meaning of compliance changes caused by plastic deformation at the crack tip, the test was carried out for structural steel under constant amplitude loading, and differences of several parameter ΔKeff in literature are analyzed quantificationally. The effect of actual stress amplitude at the crack tip on fatigue crack growth is investigated, and improved two-parameter driving force model ΔKdrive (=Kmax )n (ΔK^ )1−n ) has been proposed. Experimental data for several different types of materials taken from literature were used in the analyses. Presented results indicate that the parameter ΔKdrive is equally effective or better than ΔK(=Kmax -Kmin ), ΔKeff (=Kmax -Kop ) and ΔK* (=(Kmax )α (ΔK+ )1−α ) in correlating and predicting the R-ratio effects on fatigue crack growth rate.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Force , Fatigue cracks



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