A Study on the Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue Loading for Time Reduction in Fabricating an Artificial Cracked Specimen

열-기계적 피로하중을 받는 균열시편 제작시간 단축에 관한 연구

  • 이규범 (한국항공대학교 대학원) ;
  • 최주호 (한국항공대학교 항공우주 및 기계공학부) ;
  • 안대환 (한국항공대학교 대학원) ;
  • 이보영 (한국항공대학교 항공우주 및 기계공학부)
  • Published : 2008.02.28


In the nuclear power plant, early detection of fatigue crack by non-destructive test (NDT) equipment due to the thermal cyclic load is very important in terms of strict safety regulation. To this end, many efforts are exerted to the fabrication of artificial cracked specimen for practicing engineers in the NDT company. The crack of this kind, however, cannot be made by conventional machining, but should be made under thermal cyclic load that is close to the in-situ condition, which takes tremendous time due to the repetition. In this study, thermal loading condition is investigated to minimize the time for fabricating the cracked specimen using simulation technique which predicts the crack initiation and propagation behavior. Simulation and experiment are conducted under an initial assumed condition for validation purpose. A number of simulations are conducted next under a variety of heating and cooling conditions, from which the best solution to achieve minimum time for crack with wanted size is found. In the simulation, general purpose software ANSYS is used for the stress analysis, MATLAB is used to compute crack initiation life, and ZENCRACK, which is special purpose software for crack growth prediction, is used to compute crack propagation life. As a result of the study, the time for the crack to reach the size of 1mm is predicted from the 418 hours at the initial condition to the 319 hours at the optimum condition, which is about 24% reduction.


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