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Cohesive Models of Fatigue Crack Growth and Stress-Corrosion Cracking


Nguyen, Olivier Thanh (2002) Cohesive Models of Fatigue Crack Growth and Stress-Corrosion Cracking. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/C3KP-4M44.


The aim of this dissertation was to develop models of fatigue crack growth and stress-corrosion cracking by investigating cohesive theories of fracture. These models were integrated in a finite-element framework embedding a contact algorithm and techniques of remeshing and adaptive meshing. For the fatigue model, we developed a phenomenological cohesive law which exhibits unloading-reloading hysteresis. This model qualitatively predicts fatigue crack growth rates in metals under constant amplitude regime for short and long cracks, as well as growth retardation due to overload. Quantitative predictions were obtained in the case of long cracks. We developed a chemistry-dependent cohesive law which serves as a basis for the stress-corrosion cracking model. In order to determine this cohesive law, two approaches, based on energy relaxation and the renormalization group, were used for coarse-graining interplanar potentials. We analyzed the cohesive behavior of a large--but finite--number of interatomic planes and found that the macroscopic cohesive law adopts a universal asymptotic form. The resulting stress-corrosion crack growth rates agreed well with those observed experimentally in 'static' fatigue tests given in the literature.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Aeronautics ; Business, Economics and Management
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Minor Option:Business Economics and Management
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Ortiz, Michael
Thesis Committee:
  • Ravichandran, Guruswami (chair)
  • Beck, James L.
  • Ortiz, Michael
  • Pandolfi, Anna
  • Rosakis, Ares J.
Defense Date:9 July 2000
Non-Caltech Author Email:olivier_thanh_nguyen (AT)
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-12032004-161201
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ID Code:4745
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Deposited On:08 Dec 2004
Last Modified:18 Aug 2022 23:50

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