Fatigue crack growth rate in commercial thick plates of AA7010
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A mapping of fatigue crack growth rates in commercial thick plates of a high strength aluminium alloy, AA7010-T7451/52, has been done. The investigated plate thicknesses were 100, 150 and 200 mm. Material from near edge and mid-width at near surface and mid-thickness has been investigated. Measurements of crack length have been perfonned using DC potential drop. Cyclic condensation is used in order to be able to investigate local crack growth after fracture. Influence of crack closure, crack branching and slow growing side cracks on fatigue crack growth rate of S-L and L-T oriented CT specimens are discussed. S-L specimens show the highest fatigue crack growth rates. Beach marks on the fracture surface due to the cyclic condensation reveals locally straight crack fronts. A difference in growth rate between near surface and mid-thickness positioned L-T specimens are found. At a nominal ΔK of - 7 MPa√m the mid-thickness samples showed a sudden crack growth rate acceleration. The result of the investigation is explained in tenns of variations in structure, which is a function of position in the plates and plate thickness.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-86819OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-86819DiVA: diva2:582817