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Physics-based Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue Model for Life Prediction of High Temperature Alloys

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posted on 2021-05-10, 15:26 authored by Abhilash Anilrao GulhaneAbhilash Anilrao Gulhane
High temperature alloys have been extensively used in many applications, such as furnace muffles, fuel nozzles, heat treating fixtures and fuel nozzles. Due to such conditions these materials should have resistance to cyclic loading, oxidation and high heat. Although there are numerous prior experimental and theoretical studies, there is insufficient understanding of application of the unified viscoplasticity theory to finite element software for fatigue life

Therefore, the goal of this research is to develop a procedure to implement unified viscoplasticity
theory in finite element (FE) model to model the complex material deformation pertaining to thermomechanical load and implement an incremental damage lifetime rule to
predict thermomechanical fatigue life of high temperature alloys.

The objectives of the thesis are:
1. Develop a simplified integrated approach to model the fatigue creep deformation
under the framework of ‘unified viscoplasticity theory’

2. Implement a physics - based crack growth damage model into the framework

3. Predict the deformation using the unified viscoplastic material model for ferritic
cast iron (Fe-3.2C-4.0Si-0.6Mo) SiMo4.06

4. Predict the isothermal low cycle fatigue (LCF) and LCF Creep life using the damage model

In this work, a unified viscoplastic material model is applied in a FE model with a combination of Chaboche non-linear kinematic hardening, Perzyna rate model and static recovery
model to model rate dependent plasticity, stress relaxation, and creep-fatigue interaction.

Also, an incremental damage rule has been successfully implemented in a FE model. The calibrated viscoplastic model is able to correlate deformations pertaining to isothermal LCF, LCF-Creep and thermal-mechanical fatigue (TMF) experimental deformations. The life predictions
from the FE model have been fairly good at room temperature (20°C), 400°C and 550°C under Isothermal LCF (0.00001/s and 0.003/s) and LCF-Creep tests.

The material calibration techniques proposed for calibrating the model parameters resulted in a fairly good correlation of FE model derived hysteresis loops with experimental hysteresis, pertaining to Isothermal LCF (ranging from 0.00001/s to 0.003/s), Isothermal LCF-Creep tests (with hold time) and TMF responses. In summary, the method and models developed in this work are capable of simulating material deformation dependency on temperature, strain-rates, hold time, therefore, they are capable to modeling creep-stress relaxation and fatigue interaction in high-temperature alloy design.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering


  • Engineering Technology

Campus location

  • Indianapolis

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Jing Zhang

Additional Committee Member 2

Sohel Anwar

Additional Committee Member 3

Likun Zhu

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