SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1992

An Inverse Method for the Calculation of Through-Thickness Fatigue Crack Closure Behavior


An inverse technique was used to calculate through-thickness fatigue crack closure behavior. The through-thickness variation in crack opening stress-intensity factor was calculated by considering the variation in the three-dimensional stress-intensity factor, the variation in crack growth rate along the crack front, and a relationship between the crack growth rate and effective stress-intensity factor range (da/dN - ΔKeff). The three-dimensional stress-intensity factor variation was obtained from an elastic finite element analysis of specific crack front profiles observed experimentally. The variation in crack growth rate along the crack front was obtained experimentally from comparison of observed crack front changes. The da/dN - ΔKeff relationship was estimated from high stress ratio, constant load amplitude, fatigue crack growth tests. The through-thickness crack opening stress-intensity factor results agreed with crack opening measurements obtained from fatigue striations, near-tip strain gages, and remote strain and displacement gages.

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Dawicke, DS
Analytical Services and Materials, Inc., Hampton, VA
Shivakumar, KN
Analytical Services and Materials, Inc., Hampton, VA
Newman, JC
NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Grandt, AF
School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 46–57
DOI: 10.1520/STP23696S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5193-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1440-1