Modeling of cavity nucleation, early-stage growth, and sintering in polycrystal under creep–fatigue interaction

Jingdong Hu, Changjun Liu, Fuzhen Xuan, Bo Chen

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A mechanistic-based cavitation model that considers nucleation, early-stage growth, and sintering under creep–fatigue interaction is proposed to predict the number density of cavities ρ. Both the nucleation and early-stage growth rates, controlled by grain boundary (GB) sliding under tension, are formulized as a function of local normal stress σn. Cavity sintering that occurs during the compression is governed by the unconstrained GB diffusion depending on the σn. Modeling results provide important insights into experimental load-waveform design. First, test with initial compression promotes higher ρ compared to the initial tension, if the unbalanced hold time in favor of tension is satisfied. Second, the ρ value does not have a monotonic dependence on either the compressive hold time or stress, because of their competing effect on nucleation and sintering. Third, the optimum value of stress variation rate exists in terms of obtaining the highest ρ value due to sintering effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)882-903
Number of pages22
JournalFatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
Issue number3
Early online date9 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

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© 2022 The Authors. Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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Funding Information:
Bo Chen acknowledges financial supports by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC Early Career Fellowship Scheme (EP/R043973/1) and East China University of Science and Technology through the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China “the 111 Project.” Jingdong Hu is funded partly by China Scholarship Council (CSC) (201906740075) through the PhD Exchange Scheme. Bo Chen extends his sincere gratitude to Prof Shan‐Tung Tu for providing academic mentorship and endless support.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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