Volume 7, Issue 10 (November 2010)

    The Influence of Elastic Follow-Up on the Integrity of Structures

    (Received 5 September 2009; accepted 9 September 2010)

    Published Online: 2010


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    Based on the traditional definitions associated with creep strain accumulation in defect free components, a generalised definition for “elastic follow-up” factor, Z, is proposed that characterises the influence of a “nonlinear” event experienced locally within a structure, i.e., creep, plasticity, cracking, growth of an existing crack, or any combination of such events, on the response of the structure to the applied loading. A “crack affected zone” approach is then outlined for evaluation of this parameter in a defective component. The significance of quantifying elastic follow-up in relation to integrity assessment procedures and the challenges facing its practical implication to the codes is discussed. The approach is finally examined through its application to two example problems; a standard test geometry, centre cracked plate and an external circumferential cracked thick cylinder, i.e., a conventional structural component.

    Author Information:

    Hadidi-Moud, S.
    Mechanical Engineering Dept., Ferdowsi Univ. of Mashhad, Univ. Campus,

    Smith, D. J.
    Mechanical Engineering Dept., Queen's Building, Univ. of Bristol,

    Stock #: JAI102703

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI102703

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    Title The Influence of Elastic Follow-Up on the Integrity of Structures
    Symposium Ninth International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics (37th ASTM National Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics), 2009-05-22
    Committee E08