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Corrosion Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior at Notched Hole in 7075 T6 Under Different Biaxial Stress Ratios

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AFIT WPAFB United States

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This thesis presents the results of a study to quantify the effects of biaxial loading on fatigue crack behavior in both air and saltwater 3.5 NaCl environments from pre-cracked notched circular hole in a 7075-T6 cruciform specimen using a fracture mechanics approach. With stress ratio of R 0.5, the crack growth behavior was investigated under fatigue loading with 0.5, 0, -0.5, and -1 biaxial stress ratio lambda. The crack propagation was monitored using optical microscopy. Finite Element Analysis was performed using the different stress ranges and stress ratios with various crack sizes to compute of stress intensity factors delta K at the crack tips. It was observed from the study that negative biaxiality has a very pronounced effect on the crack growth rate. The crack propagates faster with negative biaxiality and also the saltwater environment accelerates the crack propagation due to corrosion.

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