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Estimating the Statistical Properties of Crack Growth for Small Cracks

Report Number: AFWAL TR 81-4016
Author(s): P. W. Hovey; J. P. Gallagher; A. P. Berens
Corporate Author: University of Dayton Research Institute
Date of Publication: 1980-12-01
Pages: 26
AD Number: ADA104672

A series of statistical studies were conducted on two sets of fatigue crack growth data which were generated under variable amplitude loading from cracks that initiated in 7475-T7351 Aluminum down in the bore of typical aircraft quality prepared holes. The study considered fatigue crack growth (life) behavior and fatigue crack growth rate behavior. Generally, the study showed that small crack growth behavior was similar to that observed for larger cracks and that a stress intensity factor parameter could be used to describe the mean trend of the fatigue crack growth rate behavior via a power law relationship.

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