SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1986

Creep Crack Growth under Non-Steady-State Conditions


The problem of characterizing crack growth under small scale creep and transition conditions is of great practical significance. This paper defines a crack tip parameter Ct for characterizing creep crack growth behavior under wide range creep conditions from small scale creep to steady-state creep. Under steady-state creep conditions, Ct is shown to reduce to the familiar C∗-integral. The physical basis for the Ct parameter is also provided. Wide range creep crack growth data on A470 Class 8 steel using two specimen geometries were obtained and correlated with the Ct parameter in the temperature regime of 482 to 538°C. The levels of creep deformation in the various specimens tested to obtain the crack growth rate data ranged from small scale creep to essentially steady-state creep conditions.

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Saxena, A
School of Materials Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 185–201
DOI: 10.1520/STP17396S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4972-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0472-3