Numerical prediction of thermal aging and cyclic loading effects on fracture toughness of cast stainless steel CF8A: Experimental and numerical study

Gyo Geun Youn, Hyun Suk Nam, Yun Jae Kim, Jin Weon Kim

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This paper presents a FE simulation method to predict the thermal aging effect on fracture behavior of cast stainless steel CF8A under monotonic and very low-cyclic fatigue loading conditions. A multi-axial fracture strain energy damage model is determined from tensile and C(T) test data of un-aged CF8A under the monotonic loading condition. To simulate fracture behavior of aged CF8A, the multi-axial fracture strain energy of aged CF8A is obtained by multiplying the thermal aging constant determined from tensile test data by the multi-axial fracture strain energy of the unaged CF8A. The model is then extended to predict fracture behaviours of unaged and aged CF8A under fully-reversed cyclic loading. For the damage model, the model determined for the monotonic loading is applied to simulate fracture behavior under cyclic loading, based on the assumption that fracture energy is not dependent on the loading mode. It is shown that simulation results can capture the thermal aging effect on fracture behavior under monotonic and cyclic loading well.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105120
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes



  • FE damage analysis
  • Monotonic and cyclic loading
  • Thermal aging effect on fracture toughness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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