SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1997
STP16257S

Analysis of Fatigue Crack Growth in Pin-Loaded Lug Joints under Inelastic Deformations

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Results of an experimental program on fatigue crack growth in an interference fit lug joint and numerical estimation of relevant fracture parameters to correlate the experimental data are presented in this paper. Fatigue crack growth rates of naturally initiating cracks were estimated fractographically as a function of crack length for lug joints fitted with different levels of interference. The fracture parameters to correlate the crack growth behavior were estimated using a two-dimensional materially nonlinear contact stress finite element analysis. A path-independent integral, Δ Tp* computed for incremental loads and summed up (I) during cyclic loading was used as an elasto-plastic fracture parameter. Correlation of the experimental crack growth data and the evaluated range of ΔT resulted in a power law similar to the Paris equation. Further, the fatigue crack growth (FCG) rate was evaluated using the relationship between low cycle fatigue (LCF) parameters and the fracture parameter, ΔT, as estimated. These are in good agreement with the experimental results.

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Prakash, RV
National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, India
Raju, KN
National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, India
Satish Kumar, K
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Dattaguru, B
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Ramamurthy, TS
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 598–612
DOI: 10.1520/STP16257S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5355-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2412-7