The effect of surface damage and residual stresses on the fatigue life of nickel superalloys at high temperature

R. M.N. Fleury, E. Salvati, D. Nowell, A. M. Korsunsky, F. Silva, Y. H. Tai

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Abstract

A methodology for evaluating the effect of surface damage in the fatigue life of nickel superalloys is presented in this paper. Dents generated due to low velocity impacts of hard objects were simulated using a finite element (FE) model. The residual stress distribution underneath the dent root obtained numerically was compared with the measurements on experimentally simulated damaged specimens using ring-core milling at the micron scale through a combined Focused-Ion Beam and Digital Image Correlation technique (FIB-DIC). The numerical and experimental results for the residual stress show good agreement in terms of residual stress trends and magnitudes. The residual stress distribution obtained via the FE model was subsequently used in a fatigue short crack growth model for an estimation of the fatigue life of dented specimens. The fatigue life predictions were then compared with experimental fatigue results for the nickel superalloy at high temperatures. The comparison shows a significant improvement in the prediction of fatigue life of parts with superficial damage due to careful consideration of the residual stresses around the damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Fatigue
Volume119
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fatigue
  • FIB-DIC
  • Nickel superalloys
  • Residual stress
  • Surface damage

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