When cracked bodies are subjected to cyclic loading, fatigue crack growth evaluation is often required from the viewpoint of the assurance of fitness-for-service. For cyclic loading with constant amplitude, crack growth can be calculated by integrating a fatigue crack growth rate law provided by the Paris law in terms of stress intensity factor range. However, the cause of cyclic loading supposed in actual structures is not simple. For an example of LWR (Light Water Reactor) plants, a number of datasets of cyclic loading with different amplitudes is necessary for specific transient events. And the chronological order of individual transients cannot be determined. In this paper, a universal procedure to deal with multiple transients was developed in case that the chronological order of the transients was indefinite. Cyclic loading sequence such that the loadings were lined up in the order corresponding to larger amplitude gave the most conservative crack growth prediction among the possible sequences from the set of the specific transient events. Nevertheless the effect of the sequence was quite limited and the differences in fatigue crack growth were much less than the accuracy of the analysis outputs.
Effect of Chronological Order of Cyclic Loads With Different Amplitudes on Fatigue Crack Growth
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Miura, N, & Nagai, M. "Effect of Chronological Order of Cyclic Loads With Different Amplitudes on Fatigue Crack Growth." Proceedings of the ASME 2018 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Volume 1B: Codes and Standards. Prague, Czech Republic. July 15–20, 2018. V01BT01A056. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2018-84956
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