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Mechanical Properties

Fracture Properties

Fatigue Crack Growth Properties


Flaw Tolerance Curve


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There are not enough properties specified for this material to draw the flaw tolerance curve. The required properties are:

  • Yield Strength
  • Ultimate Strength
  • Elastic Modulus
  • Percent Elongation
  • K1C

NAVSEA's Fracture Toughness Review Process (FTRP) defines a minimum material that is deemed to be fracture safe. The FTRP also defines a means of calculating a flaw tolerance curve for a material, which is an indication of the material's resistance to fracture. For a material to be considered fracture resistant, it must have a flaw tolerance curve above that of the minimum material curve.


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Kc vs. Thickness Curve


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There are not enough properties specified for this material to draw the Kc vs. thickness curve. The required properties are:

  • K1C
  • Ak
  • Bk

The fracture toughness is dependent on part thickness. As the thickness increases the fracture toughness decreases until the plane-strain fracture toughness, K1C.


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da/dN Curve


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There are not enough properties specified for this material to draw the da/dN curve. The required properties are:

  • K1C
  • C0
  • n
  • p
  • q

Below is a plot of crack growth rate, da/dN, versus ΔK for the material used in this analysis. There are several curves shown for varying R-ratios. Note that crack growth rate increases with increasing R-ratio.


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Important Note

In this da/dN curve all options that are dependent on geometry have been suppressed.



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References

The following are valuable sources of fracture and fatigue crack growth data:

  1. AD-773 673, "Plane Strain Fracture Toughness (KIC) Data Handbook for Metals," Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center, December 1973
  2. AFRL-VA-WP-TR-2003-3002, "USAF Damage Tolerant Design Handbook: Guidelines for the Analysis and Design of Damage Tolerant Aircraft Structures," November 2002
  3. DOT/FAA/AR-05/15, "Fatigue Crack Growth Database for Damage Tolerance Analysis," US Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, August 2005
  4. MIL-HDBK-5J, "Metallic Materials and Elements for Aerospace Vehicle Structures," Department of Defense Handbook, January 2003
  5. Sanford, R.J., "Principles of Fracture Mechanics," 1st Edition

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