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Corrosion-Fatigue Structural Integrity Assessment Using a Thermodynamic Entropy Based Damage Approach

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Anahita Imanian, Mohammad Modarres

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Paper No. IMECE2015-53452, pp. V014T08A021; 11 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 14: Emerging Technologies; Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis; Materials: Genetics to Structures
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 13–19, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5757-1
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Using fundamentals of irreversible thermodynamics, with specific focus on entropy generation, this paper studies the structural integrity of degraded materials. All damage mechanisms share a common feature namely energy dissipation. Dissipation, as a fundamental measure for irreversibility in a thermodynamic treatment of non-equilibrium processes, is quantified by entropy generation. Based on the theoretical relationship between entropy generation and generalized thermodynamic forces and fluxes, the entropic damage is measured during a corrosion-fatigue degradation experiment. Life estimation of components, which were subject to complex corrosion-fatigue degradation mechanism, was then estimated through a proposed entropic-based prognostic framework. The performance of predictions was evaluated and compared with previous predictions in terms of the influence of additional features on components health assessment.

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