Experimental and numerical study on the relationship between creep crack growth properties and fracture mechanisms

Masaaki Tabuchi, Jechang Ha, Hiromichi Hongo, Takashi Watanabe, Toshimitsu Yokobori

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    Evaluation of creep crack growth properties taking microscopic aspects into account is effective for developing more accurate life prediction of structural components. The present study investigated the relationship between creep crack growth properties and microscopic fracture aspects for austenitic alloy 800H and 316 stainless steel. The growth rate of wedge-type intergranular and transgranular creep crack could be characterized by creep ductility. Creep damages formed ahead of the void-type crack tip accelerated the crack growth rate. Based on these experimental results, a three-dimensional finite element method (FEM) code, which simulates creep crack growth, has been developed. The effect of creep ductility on da/dt vs C* relations could be simulated based on the critical strain criteria. The diffusion of vacancies toward crack tip would accelerate the crack growth under creep conditions. The change of vacancy concentration during creep was computed for a three-dimensional compact-type (CT) specimen model by solving the diffusive equation under multiaxial stress field. The experimental results that crack growth was accelerated by creep damages formed ahead of the crack tip could be successfully simulated.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1757-1764
    Number of pages8
    JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
    Volume35 A
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jun

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Metals and Alloys


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