Evolution of residual stresses with fatigue crack growth in a variable polarity plasma arc-welded aluminum alloy compact tension specimen

C. D M Liljedahl, O. Zanellato, L. Edwards, M. E. Fitzpatrick

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Abstract

The evolution of the residual stresses during fatigue crack growth in a welded compact tension C(T) specimen was measured using neutron diffraction. The measurements were performed by growing a fatigue crack in a sample in situ on a neutron diffractometer. The stresses were found to be unaffected by crack growth through the compressive part of the initial residual stress field. The residual stresses at the crack tip increased when the crack entered the tensile residual stress field to maintain residual stress equilibrium. Finite element (FE) modeling of the evolution of the residual stresses showed good correlation with the experimental results. The residual stress evolution was found to be governed by redistribution of the initial stress field and only slightly affected by fatigue-induced effects at the measured spatial resolution (2 mm × 2 mm × 7 mm).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2370-2377
Number of pages8
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Volume39
Issue number10
Early online date30 Jul 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Residual Stress
  • Crack Length
  • Fatigue Crack Growth
  • Neutron Diffraction
  • Crack Closure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Metals and Alloys

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