Abstract

While industrial gas turbine blades are commonly designed to resist creep and high-cycle fatigue (HCF) failure, the combination of these two loading conditions is seldom considered. The effect of creep damage elicited prior or concurrent to HCF loading is not well established and can significantly reduce the HCF lifetime of these critical components. A comprehensive life prediction model capable of capturing these superimposed effects is needed to ensure current reliability standards are maintained when designing aggressively-loaded, next-generation industrial gas turbine blades. The consequence of combined HCF and creep loading to the lifetime a Ni-base superalloy is characterized and modeled in this study. Composition and calibration of the model is carried out using data from HCF tests conducted on virgin and pre-crept specimens at 750°C and 850°C. The experimental data encompasses a wide range of stress ratios and pre-creep strains to mimic to the expansive set of potential turbine blade loading conditions The proposed microstructurally-informed model is based on existing principles and relies on test data and information gathered from a comprehensive failure analysis of the tested samples.

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