High temperature fatigue crack growth behaviour of Inconel 718 under hold time and overload conditions
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Fatigue, ISSN 0142-1123, E-ISSN 1879-3452, Vol. 48, 178-186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Inconel 718 is a frequently used material for gas turbine applications at temperatures up to 650°C. For such components, the main load cycle is typically defined by the start-up and shut-down of the engine. In this main loading cycle, hold times at high temperature are commonly present in critical components. These high temperature hold times may greatly increase the fatigue crack growth rate with respect to the number of cycles unless other beneficial factors such as for example initial overloads are present. The latter can be caused by abnormal service conditions but can also occur on a more regular basis and are then typically observed in components with strong thermal transients during engine start-up. In this paper, focus has been placed on the effect of overloads on the hold time fatigue crack growth behaviour and its subsequent description. More specifically, crack propagation in Inconel 718 has been studied at the temperatures 550°C and 650°C with and without an overload at the start of the cycle. The effect of initial overloads was found to be substantial. A simple model for describing the effect of these loading conditions has also been developed based on the concept of the damaged zone, present around the crack tip. Irregular crack fronts and unbroken ligaments left on the fracture surfaces seen in complementary microscopy studies seem to support this approach. Furthermore, the stress state in front of a crack tip in a 2D model was investigated both with and without an initial overload. The results were related to the observed crack growth retardation behaviour found in the material testing.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2013. Vol. 48, 178-186 p.
Nickel-base superalloys, fatigue crack propagation, Inconel 718, hold times, grain boundary embrittlement, crack propagation modelling, Finite Element modelling
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85931DOI: 10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2012.10.018ISI: 000315617500020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-85931DiVA: diva2:573854