Sub cycle Corrosion fatigue Crack Growth under Variable Amplitude Loading

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Corrosion fatigue has been of prime concern in railways, aerospace, construction industries and so on. Even in the case of many medical equipment, corrosion fatigue is considered to be a

Corrosion fatigue has been of prime concern in railways, aerospace, construction industries and so on. Even in the case of many medical equipment, corrosion fatigue is considered to be a major challenge. The fact that even high strength materials have lower resistance to corrosion fatigue makes it an interesting area for research. The analysis of propagation of fatigue crack growth under environmental interaction and the life prediction is significant to reduce the maintenance costs and assure structural integrity. Without proper investigation of the crack extension under corrosion fatigue, the scenario can lead to catastrophic disasters due to premature failure of a structure. An attempt has been made in this study to predict the corrosion fatigue crack growth with reasonable accuracy. Models that have been developed so far predict the crack propagation for constant amplitude loading (CAL). However, most of the industrial applications encounter random loading. Hence there is a need to develop models based on time scale. An existing time scale model that can predict the fatigue crack growth for constant and variable amplitude loading (VAL) in the Paris region is initially modified to extend the prediction to near threshold and unstable crack growth region. Extensive data collection was carried out to calibrate the model for corrosion fatigue crack growth (CFCG) based on the experimental data. The time scale model is improved to incorporate the effect of corrosive environments such as NaCl and dry hydrogen in the fatigue crack growth (FCG) by investigation of the trend in change of the crack growth. The time scale model gives the advantage of coupling the time phenomenon stress corrosion cracking which is suggested as a future work in this paper.