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Materials 2017, 10(5), 513; doi:10.3390/ma10050513

A New Energy-Critical Plane Damage Parameter for Multiaxial Fatigue Life Prediction of Turbine Blades

Center for System Reliability & Safety, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China
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Received: 22 March 2017 / Revised: 2 May 2017 / Accepted: 4 May 2017 / Published: 8 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Life of Materials at High Temperatures)
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Abstract

As one of fracture critical components of an aircraft engine, accurate life prediction of a turbine blade to disk attachment is significant for ensuring the engine structural integrity and reliability. Fatigue failure of a turbine blade is often caused under multiaxial cyclic loadings at high temperatures. In this paper, considering different failure types, a new energy-critical plane damage parameter is proposed for multiaxial fatigue life prediction, and no extra fitted material constants will be needed for practical applications. Moreover, three multiaxial models with maximum damage parameters on the critical plane are evaluated under tension-compression and tension-torsion loadings. Experimental data of GH4169 under proportional and non-proportional fatigue loadings and a case study of a turbine disk-blade contact system are introduced for model validation. Results show that model predictions by Wang-Brown (WB) and Fatemi-Socie (FS) models with maximum damage parameters are conservative and acceptable. For the turbine disk-blade contact system, both of the proposed damage parameters and Smith-Watson-Topper (SWT) model show reasonably acceptable correlations with its field number of flight cycles. However, life estimations of the turbine blade reveal that the definition of the maximum damage parameter is not reasonable for the WB model but effective for both the FS and SWT models. View Full-Text
Keywords: life prediction; turbine blade; critical plane; multiaxial fatigue; energy life prediction; turbine blade; critical plane; multiaxial fatigue; energy
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Yu, Z.-Y.; Zhu, S.-P.; Liu, Q.; Liu, Y. A New Energy-Critical Plane Damage Parameter for Multiaxial Fatigue Life Prediction of Turbine Blades. Materials 2017, 10, 513.

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