Temperature and Load Ratio Effects on Crack-Growth Behavior of Austenitic Superalloys

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The role of temperature and load ratio (R) on the crack propagation rate (da/dN) of Alloys 276 and 617 under cyclic loading was investigated. The results indicate that the rate of cracking was gradually enhanced with increasing temperature when the R value was kept constant. However, the temperature effect was more pronounced at 100–150°C. Both alloys exhibited maximum da/dN values at a load range of 4.5 kN that corresponds to an R value of 0.1. The number of cycles to failure for Alloy 276 was relatively higher compared with that of Alloy 617, indicating its slower crack-growth rate. Fractographic evaluation of the broken specimen surface revealed combined fatigue and ductile failures.


Alloys; Austenitic steel – Cracking; Austenitic steel – Fatigue; Austenitic steel – Fracture; Crack propagation; Fracture (Materials); Strains and stresses; Stress corrosion; Super alloys; Temperature; Testing


Materials Science and Engineering | Mechanics of Materials | Metallurgy


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