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An Artificial Neural Network-Based Algorithm for Evaluation of Fatigue Crack Propagation Considering Nonlinear Damage Accumulation

School of Reliability and Systems Engineering, Beihang University, Haidian District, Beijing 100089, China
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Materials 2016, 9(6), 483; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma9060483
Received: 5 March 2016 / Revised: 8 June 2016 / Accepted: 10 June 2016 / Published: 17 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Structure Analysis and Characterization)
In the aerospace and aviation sectors, the damage tolerance concept has been applied widely so that the modeling analysis of fatigue crack growth has become more and more significant. Since the process of crack propagation is highly nonlinear and determined by many factors, such as applied stress, plastic zone in the crack tip, length of the crack, etc., it is difficult to build up a general and flexible explicit function to accurately quantify this complicated relationship. Fortunately, the artificial neural network (ANN) is considered a powerful tool for establishing the nonlinear multivariate projection which shows potential in handling the fatigue crack problem. In this paper, a novel fatigue crack calculation algorithm based on a radial basis function (RBF)-ANN is proposed to study this relationship from the experimental data. In addition, a parameter called the equivalent stress intensity factor is also employed as training data to account for loading interaction effects. The testing data is then placed under constant amplitude loading with different stress ratios or overloads used for model validation. Moreover, the Forman and Wheeler equations are also adopted to compare with our proposed algorithm. The current investigation shows that the ANN-based approach can deliver a better agreement with the experimental data than the other two models, which supports that the RBF-ANN has nontrivial advantages in handling the fatigue crack growth problem. Furthermore, it implies that the proposed algorithm is possibly a sophisticated and promising method to compute fatigue crack growth in terms of loading interaction effects. View Full-Text
Keywords: fatigue crack growth; artificial neural network; nonlinear multivariable function; retardation; loading interaction fatigue crack growth; artificial neural network; nonlinear multivariable function; retardation; loading interaction
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Zhang, W.; Bao, Z.; Jiang, S.; He, J. An Artificial Neural Network-Based Algorithm for Evaluation of Fatigue Crack Propagation Considering Nonlinear Damage Accumulation. Materials 2016, 9, 483.

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