Accession Number:

ADA164229

Title:

Cracking Resistance in a 4.5-Inch (114-mm) Plate of 7075-T7351 Aluminum Alloy.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

1985-12-12

Pagination or Media Count:

49.0

Abstract:

After an anodizing treatment, peculiarities were observed in the appearance of structural components for the Space Shuttle, thought to be indicative of flaws in the Al-7075-T7351 material. Consequently, work was undertaken to explore structural integrity aspects of this material as well as the nature of any material defects. The material contains a number of macro- and microstructural inhomogeneities which could be classed as defects or potential crack-like defects. viz. stringers of brittle constituent particles, shrinkage cavities, and in one instance, a long line of sponge-like porosity. Nonetheless, uniaxial strength level was found to exceed design requirements. Similarly, results for cracking resistance- in terms of fracture toughness, fatigue crack growth rates DADN and rotating-beam fatigue life SN, appear to meet or exceed handbook levels. However, the very largest defects are so infrequently observed that their presence in the crack-tip process zone of an individual fracture mechanics specimen is something less than likely. The unusual macroappearance of anodized components may be attributable to entrapment of anodizing solution by microshrinkage cavities andor microcracks along constituent particle stringer interfaces, with subsequent seepage and staining adjacent to these andor other flaws.

Subject Categories:

  • Properties of Metals and Alloys

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE