Infrared thermography-based evaluation of the elastic-plastic J-integral to correlate fatigue crack growth data of a stainless steel

Giuseppe Pitarresi, Meneghetti, Ricotta

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The elastic-plastic J-integral is adopted to correlate fatigue crack growth data of ductile metals. An analytical link is known to exist between the J-integral and the strain energy density averaged in a control volume embracing the crack tip. On the other hand, the strain energy fluctuation is the source of temperature variations close to a fatigue crack tip of a metal material; hence the possibility to measure the J-integral from infrared thermographic scanning at the crack tip is envisaged and it is the focus of this paper. It is proposed that the elastic component of the J-integral is derived from a thermoelastic stress analysis, while the plastic component of the J-integral is derived from the heat energy loss. An analytical expression is formalised to apply this novel approach. Therefore, the elastic-plastic J-integral range was evaluated starting from infrared temperature maps measured in situ during crack propagation tests of AISI 304L stainless steel specimens. The range of the infrared thermography-based J-integral correlated well the crack growth data generated in small as well as large scale yielding conditions. Finally, the experimental values of the J-integral were successfully compared with the corresponding numerical values obtained from elastic-plastic finite element analyses.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)149-160
Numero di pagine12
RivistaInternational Journal of Fatigue
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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