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Effects of High-Temperature Exposures on the Fatigue Life of Disk Superalloys ExaminedTests used to characterize the low-cycle-fatigue resistance of disk superalloys are usually performed at cyclic frequencies of 0.33 Hz or faster. However, service conditions for disks in some aerospace and land-based gas turbine engines can produce major cycle periods extending from minutes to hours and days. Over a service life, this can produce total service times near the maximum temperature that exceed 100 hr for aerospace applications and 100,000 hr for land-based applications. Such time-dependent effects of realistic mission cycles on fatigue resistance can be significant in superalloy disks, and need to be considered for accurate disk life prediction. The purpose of this study at the NASA Glenn Research Center was to examine the effects of extended exposures and extended cycle periods on the fatigue resistance of two disk superalloys. Current alloy Udimet 720 (Special Metals Corporation, Huntington, WV) disk material was provided by Solar Turbines/Caterpillar Co., and advanced alloy ME3 was provided by the NASA Ultra-Efficient Engine Technologies (UEET) Project, in powder-metallurgy-processed, supersolvus heat-treated form. Fatigue specimens were fully machined and exposed in air at temperatures of 650 to 704 C for extended times. Then, they were tested using conventional fatigue tests with a total strain range of 0.70 percent and a minimum-to-maximum strain ratio of zero to determine the effects of prior exposure on fatigue resistance. Subsequent tests with extended dwells at minimum strain in each fatigue cycle were performed to determine cyclic exposure effects.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Gabb, Timothy P.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Telesman, Jack
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Kantzos, Pete T.
(Ohio Aerospace Inst. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Smith, James W.
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 2005
Publication Information
Publication: Research and Technology 2004
Subject Category
Metals And Metallic Materials
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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