Slant strained band development during flat to slant crack transition in AA 2198 T8 sheet: in situ 3D measurements
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In this work 3D strain and damage analyses are performed in the immediate vicinity of the notch root of a flat CT-like specimen made of aluminum alloy. Experimental data, partially exploited by Morgeneyer et al. (Acta Mat 69:78–91, 2014b), were obtained by using synchrotron laminography and the 3D reconstructed volumes are subsequently analyzed via Digital volume correlation. These data enable for in situ assessments of strain fields and ductile damage in the zone where the stress triaxiality evolves from elevated to lower levels, which is accompanied by flat-to-slant crack transition. The measured strain field patterns in this area are analyzed herein in a systematic manner by studying the incremental strain activity during several loading steps. It is shown that from the very beginning of the loading history multiple slant strained bands appear in front of the notch root while the corresponding damage growth sets in at later loading stages and higher strains. The activity of the different strained bands at the notch root is alternating between different locations over the loading history. However, the band leading to final rupture is always active. The region where slant fracture occurs is identified to be in plane strain condition with respect to the crack propagation direction.
KeywordsDamage Digital volume correlation Flat-to-slant transition Laminography Plasticity
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