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A cohesive zone model for fatigue and creep–fatigue crack growth in single crystal superalloys

Abstract : A numerical analysis using cohesive zone model under cyclic loading is proposed to develop a coupled predictive approach of crack growth in single crystal. The process of material damage during fatigue crack growth is described using an irreversible cohesive zone model, which governs the separation of the crack flanks and eventually leads to the formation of free surfaces. The cohesive zone element is modeled to accumulate fatigue damage during loadings and no damage during unloadings. This paper presents the damage model and its application in the study of the crack growth for precracked specimens. The use of cohesive zone approach is validated through a convergence study. Then, a general procedure of parameters calibration is presented in pure fatigue crack growth. In the last section, an extension of the cohesive zone model is presented in the case of creep–fatigue regime at high temperature. The model showed its capability to predict with a good agreement the crack growth in the case of complex loading and complex specimen geometries.
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Jean-Luc Bouvard, Jean Louis Chaboche, F. Feyel, F. Gallerneau. A cohesive zone model for fatigue and creep–fatigue crack growth in single crystal superalloys. International Journal of Fatigue, Elsevier, 2009, 31 (5), pp.868 - 879. ⟨10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2008.11.002⟩. ⟨hal-01720464⟩



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