A Study of the Relationship Between Macroscopic Measures and Physical Processes Occuring During Crack Closure
GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA
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Activity centered on the development and implementation of robust methods for measuring crack opening in the samples studied with X-ray Tomographic Microscopy XTM. The existing XTM data of notched tensile NT samples consists of a three-dimensional stack of several hundred two-dimensional slices, each containing between 400x400 and 600x600 pixels. Analysis of the three-dimensional crack wandering through this volume in done in several steps. The first step is to determine the separation between crack faces using cuts perpendicular to the stack of slices. Separation will be measured as a function of position for the different applied loads. Cuts parallel to the load axis are expected to give a more precise measure of crack opening than measurements within planes parallel to the slices, especially when the openings are on the order of one or two pixels in size.
- Metallurgy and Metallography