Methods of Early Fatigue Detection.
AERONAUTICAL AND MARITIME RESEARCH LAB MELBOURNE (AUSTRALIA)
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This note presents a brief review of techniques which may be applied to the detection of the early manifestations of fatigue damage in metals and also introduces two new methods which at the time of the preparation of this note were the subject of feasibility investigations at AMRL. In the first of these new methods, the fatigue state of a structure is inferred from variations in the electrical resistance of a metal foil bonded to the structure and subjected to the same loading history. The second method involves the infusion of radioactive hydrogen tritium into a structure that may contain fatigue damage. Damaged parts of the structure act as preferred trapping sites for the tritium, and these may be detected by the emission of beta radiation from the decay of the trapped tritium.
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