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Measuring stress intensity factors during fatigue crack growth using thermoelasticity

Di­az, F.A., Patterson, E.A., Tomlinson, R.A. and Yates, J.R. (2004) Measuring stress intensity factors during fatigue crack growth using thermoelasticity. Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, 27 (7). pp. 571-584. ISSN 8756-758X

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Thermoelastic stress analysis has been developed in recent years as a direct method of investigating the crack tip stresses in a structure under cyclic loading. This is a consequence of the fact that stress intensity factors obtained from thermoelastic experiments are determined from the cyclic stress field ahead of a fatigue crack, rather than inferred from measurement of the crack length and load range. In the present paper the results of fatigue crack growth tests performed on welded ferritic steel plates are reported. From the results it can be observed that the technique is sensitive to the effects of crack closure and the presence of tensile and compressive residual stresses due to welding.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: DeltaTherm Differential thermography Fatigue cracks Stress intensity factor (SIF) Thermoelastic stress analysis (TSA) Crack propagation Elasticity Stress analysis Stress intensity factors Thermoelectricity Cyclic stress Thermoelasticiy Fatigue of materials
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Department of Mechanical Engineering (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Mr Christopher Hardwick
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2009 17:27
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2009 17:27
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1460-2695.2004.00782.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1460-2695.2004.00782.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9205

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