Volume 9, Issue 1 (January 2012)
Characterizations of Creep-fatigue Crack Initiation and Growth Life for P92 using Circular Notched Round Bar Specimen
A testing method under creep-fatigue interaction conditions has been proposed as the ASTM standard E2714-09. In accordance with the ASTM standard, round bar smooth specimens have been recommended as a testing specimen. Additionally, creep-fatigue crack initiation and growth life are usually defined as the attainment of a specific rate of decrease in the maximum tensile stress or the modulus of elasticity ratios. However, these criterions of crack initiation and growth life on ASTM standard are not characterized in terms of physical crack size. In this study, the creep-fatigue crack initiation and growth tests for P92 were conducted using circular notched round bar specimens. An attempt is made to measure the crack length during the tests by the direct current potential drop method, which results in the establishment of a high accuracy crack length measurement. Additionally, the life of creep-fatigue crack growth was characterized by linear cumulative damage law combined with the Q*concept which has been proposed as fracture parameter to describe the life of creep crack growth.