Effect of temperature and thermal cycling on fatigue crack growth in aluminium reinforced with GLARE bonded crack retarders

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Abstract

This paper presents results of fatigue crack growth testing of aluminium alloy 2624-T351 reinforced by bonded crack retarders made of GLARE fibre-metal laminate. Specimens were tested at room temperature, 70 °C and − 60 °C. Better performance of the crack retarders in terms of increased fatigue life was achieved at room temperature than at the two temperature extremes. This is attributed to a combined effect of change in the fatigue crack growth rate at temperature in the substrate material, and residual stress generated at temperatures above or below room temperature. The change in fatigue crack growth rate was measured, and the substrate deformation and the stress intensity factors at temperature were calculated by Finite Element Analysis. In addition, the effect of thermal load cycling on fatigue crack growth rate was investigated by exposing the specimens to repeated thermal cycles between 70 °C and −60 °C prior to fatigue testing. It is concluded that the pre-test thermal cycling has little effect on the fatigue crack growth rate.

Publisher Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Fatigue. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Fatigue, [98, (2017)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2017.01.018

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
JournalInternational Journal of Fatigue
Volume98
Early online date12 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Fatigue. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Fatigue, [98, (2017)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2017.01.018

© 2017, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Keywords

  • Aluminium alloys
  • Bonded crack retarders
  • Crack growth rate
  • Fatigue crack growth
  • Thermal cycling

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