Effect of uneven crack front on crack tip mechanics and the implication to stress corrosion crack growth

He Xue, Zhanpeng Lu, Hiroyoshi Murakami, Tetsuo Shoji

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Abstract

Uneven crack fronts have been observed in laboratory stress corrosion cracking tests. For example, cracking fronts of nickel-base alloys tested in simulated boiling water reactor (BWR) and pressurized water reactor (PWR) environments could exhibit uneven crack front. Analyzing the effect of an uneven crack front on further crack growth is important for quantification of crack growth. Finite-Element analysis shows that the local KI distribution can be significantly affected by the shape and size of the uneven crack front. Stress intensity factor at the locally extended crack front can be significantly reduced. Since generally there is a nonlinear CGR versus KI relationship, it is expected that crack growth rate at the locally extended crack front can be significantly different from those in the neighboring areas. There could be several patterns for the growth of an uneven crack front. For example, once initiated, the crack growth rate in areas other than the locally protruded front would become higher and then the whole crack front would tend to become uniform. On the other hand, if the crack growth in other areas is still low, there is a possibility that the crack growth rate at the front tip would slow down.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference 2009 - Materials and Fabrication
Pages1109-1116
Number of pages8
EditionPART B
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 7
Event2009 ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 2009 Jul 262009 Jul 30

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pressure Vessels and Piping Division (Publication) PVP
NumberPART B
Volume6
ISSN (Print)0277-027X

Other

Other2009 ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period09/7/2609/7/30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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