Rate-controlling processes during environment-sensitive crack propagation in aluminum
May 29-June 3, 2016
Recent experimental findings are challenging today’s conventional view on the rate-controlling processes during environment-sensitive crack growth in aluminum alloys when exposed to moist air and aqueous environments. X-ray computed tomography has revealed the detailed crack morphology of several stress corrosion cracks in 7000 series alloys and this has shown that the complexity of the mesoscale is incredibly important to understand the links between the gross morphology of the crack and the crack front/tip. We will show the large local variation that exists in the crack morphology. At the same time we will show how average measurements of crack velocity and crack opening displacement remain surprisingly uniform across the width of the crack. Discussion will follow in an effort to quantify the effect of Keffective compared to Kapplied and to provide a rationalization of these findings with respect to previously published theories.
T L Burnett, S A McDonald, J T Evans, P J Withers, and N J H Holroyd, "Rate-controlling processes during environment-sensitive crack propagation in aluminum" in "International Workshop on the Environmental Damage in Structural Materials Under Static Load/Cyclic Loads at Ambient Temperatures", A.K. Vasudevan, Office of Naval Research (retired), USA Ronald Latanision, Exponent, Inc., USA Henry Holroyd, Luxfer, Inc. (retired) Neville Moody, Sandia National Laboratories, USA Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2016). http://dc.engconfintl.org/edsm/16