Mechanical Behavior Laboratory University of Nevada, Reno


[J85] Ding, Z., Gao, Z., Wang, X., Jiang, Y., 2015, "Modeling of fatigue crack growth in a pressure vessel steel Q345R," Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 135, pp.245-258, doi: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2015.01.011

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Paper Abstract

An approach developed earlier is used to predict the crack growth behavior of a pressure vessel steel. The approach consists of elastic-plastic finite element stress-strain analysis of a cracked component and application of a multiaxial fatigue damage criterion to access the crack growth. The computer simulations capture the experimentally observed insensitivity of crack growth to the R-ratio. In particular, the models properly simulate the experimentally observed acceleration and retardation. Discussions are made to relate the characteristics of the crack growth behavior of the material to the cyclic deformation of the material and to the contact of cracked surfaces.