Accession Number:

ADA244119

Title:

Crack Growth Rate Modeling of a Titanium-Aluminide Alloy Under Thermal-Mechanical Cycling

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

319.0

Abstract:

In this study, a model is developed to predict crack growth rates in a titanium-aluminide alloy under thermal-mechanical fatigue TMF. This TMF crack growth rate prediction model, which requires only isothermal data to define its parameters, is distinguished from earlier models in two ways. First, it accounts for mechanical-fatigue and environmental crack growth rate contributions while it also considers a retardation mechanism thought to be caused by creep blunting of the crack tip. This is the first study to account for such a retardation mechanism during TMF. The second uniqueness of the model is that its general form can account for cycle-dependent crack growth rate contributions that are temperature dependent. In addition, a series of isothermal-fatigue and hold-time tests are performed to generate the data base required for model parameters, and TMF tests are used to validate the modeling technique. The model predicts in-phase, as well as 180 deg and 270 deg out-of-phase crack growth rates extremely well, and underpredicts the 90 deg out-of-phase crack growth rates by a factor of two. Two other, more complex TMF cycles are studied, and the predicted crack growth rates correlate well with the experimental data.

Subject Categories:

  • Properties of Metals and Alloys
  • Jet and Gas Turbine Engines

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE