MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 165, 201812th International Fatigue Congress (FATIGUE 2018)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Fatigue of Structures|
|Published online||25 May 2018|
Development of a technique for the real-time determination of crack geometries in laboratory samples
University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK.
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Crack size determination using electrical potentials both in service and in the laboratory has been undertaken for many years. In the laboratory this has mainly concentrated on the measurement of crack depth, with either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) supplies. Some work to determine the varying depth along the width of cracks as an inspection tool of in service parts using mapping methods has been done. This has used both AC and DC utilising various models to understand the data recorded, in Alternating Current Potential Drop (ACPD) a range of frequencies have been used to give various skin depths.
The resulting analyses have been grouped into two groups 'thin skin' and 'thick skin', in the thin skin case the skin depth is significantly smaller than the depth of the crack 1/10th of the crack depth whereas in the thick skin cases are for cases where skin depth is over this limit. Some work has been carried out to try and unify these two approaches.
The work presented here looks to develop a method using variable frequency ACPD to resolve further information about cracks growing in laboratory specimens. A system has been developed to rapidly sweep a wide frequency band and record voltage drop across a crack or feature. A selection of steel samples with known geometries and features have been used to trial and benchmark the technique. These samples have a range of cross sections as well as machined features or a range of shapes and sizes to simulate a range of crack geometries. This work has been approximated using a 2D computational model. This has been done using a reduced thickness approach.
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