Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
Computer Science and Engineering
Michael A Sutton
Mixed mode I/II fatigue experiments and simulations are performed for an Arcan fixture and a 6.35mm thick Al-2024-T351 specimen. Experiments were performed for Arcan loading angles that gave rise to a range of Mode I/II crack tip conditions from 0 ¡Ü ¦¤KII/¦¤KI ¡Ü ¡Þ. Measurements include the crack paths, loading cycles and maximum and minimum loads for each loading angle. Simulations were performed using three-dimensional finite element analysis (3D-FEA) with 10-noded tetrahedral elements via CRACK3D. While modeling the entire fixture-specimen geometry, a modified version of VCCT with automatic crack tip re-meshing and a maximum normal stress criterion were used to predict the direction of crack growth. Results indicate excellent agreement between experiments and simulations for the measured crack paths during the first several millimeters of crack extension.
Miller, E.(2013). Experimental and Simulation Predicted Crack Paths For AL-2024-T351 Under Mixed-Mode I/II Fatigue Loading Using An Arcan Fixture. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/2439