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fatigue loading conditions

PII: S1350-6307(17)30566-6

DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2017.08.007

Reference: EFA 3261

To appear in: Engineering Failure Analysis

Received date: 30 April 2017

Revised date: 5 August 2017

Accepted date: 21 August 2017

Please cite this article as: N. Ab Razak, C.M. Davies, K.M. Nikbin , Testing and

assessment of cracking in P91 steels under creep-fatigue loading conditions, Engineering

Failure Analysis (2017), doi: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2017.08.007

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Creep-Fatigue Loading Conditions

N. Ab Razaka,b, C.M. Daviesa, K.M. Nikbina

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University Malaysia Pahang, Pekan Pahang 26600, Malaysia

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Abstract

Future green energy options dictate that renewable energy source must be utilized when available. This poses a

challenge to conventional power plant, which has generally been designed for base-load conditions, as they now

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need to operate in a ‘flexible’ manner. This flexible operation, in high temperature power plant components, could

lead to a combination of fatigue and creep crack growth failure. Thus a better characterization of interactive creep-

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fatigue crack growth behavior is required especially for assessing long term failure in plant. The industrial codes,

such as R5 or BS7910, treat this interaction using linear accumulation of damage. However, this does not consider

the degradation of properties and reduction in creep ductility in long term operations and their effect on the

subsequent creep/fatigue behaviour. In this work creep, fatigue and creep-fatigue crack growth (CFCG) tests were

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performed on compact tension specimen of P91 steel in the as received and ex-service conditions at temperatures

ranging between 600°C to 625°C, with the hold-times ranging from static to 600 seconds. The experimental

results in addition to appropriate data from the literature have been analysed using stress intensity factor range, ΔK

appropriate under fatigue control and the creep fracture mechanics parameter C* relevant under creep control.

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Scanning electron macroscopy (SEM) analysis confirms the influence of frequency on the mode of cracking.

Within the scatter of experimental data for the present short term accelerated tests a linear cummulative damage

rule can still predict the creep/fatigue interaction. However the effects due to low frequency cyclic loading as well

as degraded the steel under ex-service conditions tending to reductions in creep ductility show factors of two or

more faster cracking rates compared to as received static testing. Unavailability of long term tests at low stresses

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may pose additional problems under creep since creep is stress state controlled but fatigue in not. However using

plane strain predicitons of crack initiation and growth data using the NSW multiaxial ductility creep crack growth

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model suggest that conservative predictions of long term cracking can still be made under creep/fatigue and when

there is a marked reduction creep failure ductility.

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1. Introduction

Many conventional power plants are now required to operate in a ‘flexible’ manner in response to

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energy demand and availability of renewable energy, though designed to operate at base loads. This

flexible operation implies that the mechanical and thermal loads on high temperature components are

cyclic. This cyclic operation may lead to interactive creep-fatigue failure mechanisms taking place that

is known to accelerate failure compared to static creep loads alone. Therefore, it is imperative that the

creep-fatigue crack growth behavior of power-plant components are characterized and understood.

Many codes of practice such as R5 [1] and BS7910 [2] assume a linear accumulation of creep and

fatigue damage whilst not taking into account any material degradation at long terms. Defects may

already exist in the component which under static load could have grown due to creep process. The

long term damage which can occur due to formation, growth and coalescence of cavities at various

microstructural sites such as in grain boundaries, cavities, dislocations, coarsening precipitates, second

phase regions and other inclusions [3, 4] effectively degrades the material which will may have an

additional effect on creep/fatigue interaction.

Creep fatigue crack growth (CFCG) behaviour of engineering alloys has been investigated by a

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Nomenclature

a crack length

a0, af initial crack length and final crack length measurements

Δa amount of crack growth

a crack growth rate

A creep constant

B,BN thickness and thickness with side groove

C* creep fracture mechanic parameter

da/dN fatigue crack growth rate

da/dt creep crack growth rate

D, CCG power law coefficient and exponent

e , n non dimensionless function of θ and n

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f uniaxial creep failure strain

*f multiaxial creep ductility

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f frequency

H,η creep dimensionless coefficient

In dimensionless integration constant

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ΔK stress intensity factor range

N number of cycle

n power law creep exponent

P applied load

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rc creep process zone size

T temperature

ti creep initiation time

th hold time

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tf test duration

W width

,p fatigue material constant

Load line displacement rate

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number of researchers [5-10]. Lu et.al [5] investigated the effect of temperature and hold time on the

CFCG behaviour of a nickel based superalloy and showed that as the hold time increase, the crack

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growth behaviour changed from cycle dependent to time dependent behaviour. This transition occurred

at a smaller hold time as the test temperature was increased. Bassi et al. [7] conducted CFCG tests on

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T/P91 power plant steel and employed a simple superposition approach to sum creep and fatigue

damage contributions and predict the CFCG behaviour. The results show that under creep-fatigue

loading conditions with a holding time 0.1 h, the crack growth behaviour is as a pure fatigue crack

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growth (FCG) test. For hold times between 1 and 10 h, the crack growth behaves as a pure creep crack

growth (CCG) test, whereas for hold times between 0.1 and 1 h interactive CFCG behaviour was

observed. The CFCG behaviour on four type of steels namely, 316L, 1CrMoV, P91 and P22, which

were tested at a range of frequencies was examined by Mehmanparast et. al. [8] who found that for a

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cyclic frequency below 0.1 Hz, the crack growth behaviour was time dependent and was correlated

with the creep fracture mechanics parameter, C*. A simple linear cumulative rule was also used to

describe the effects of creep-fatigue interaction on the crack growth rates.

In this work an experimental analysis of CFCG has been performed on P91 steel. CFCG tests have

been performed on compact tension, C(T), samples at a range of temperatures between 600°C and

625 °C for a range of hold time static to 600s. Tests have been performed on two ex-service materials

and a new material, here denoted the as-received (AR) material. The crack growth behavior has been

correlated with the stress intensity factor range, ΔK, and the creep fracture mechanics parameter C*.

The results presented are compared to a range of FCG, CCG and CFCG test data found in the literature

[6, 8, 10, 11]. Fractography has also been performed on fracture surface to identify the dominant

failure mechanism and linear cumulative rule approach employed to predict results obtained.

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2. Material

The properties of the three P91 steels tested in this work are shown in Table 1. Note that hereon for

brevity, the as-received material is denoted ‘P91-A’. Of the two ex-service P91 steel materials tested,

one was previously in operation for over 110,000 hours at 590°C (denoted P91-B) and the other at

600°C for over 100,00 hours (denoted P91-C). Metallographic analysis has been performed on the as-

received material P91-A and the ex-service material P91-B, as shown in Fig. 1 where the materials was

etched using Villela agent (containing 1g of picric acid, 5ml of HCl and 100 ml of ethanol). Similar

microstructures are seen in both as received and ex-service materials where the expected lath

martensite microstructure is observed.

3. Experimental Testing

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Creep-fatigue crack growth testing has been performed according to the testing standard, ASTM E-

2760 [12]. A number of ex-service and as received P91 compact tension, C(T) standard W=50mm,

B=25mm and BN =20mm samples were tested from different batches as shown in Table 2. Note that

two tests which contributed to a larger ASTM organised round robin project, [13, 14] were also tested.

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The CFCG testing was performed on a creep machine using pneumatic load-lifting equipment. The

direct current potential drop (PD) technique was utilized to continuously monitor the crack length on

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the specimen. A linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) was used to monitor the load line

displacement. A triangular waveform was used and loading and unloading times were held constant

(approximately 2s load and unload times) as shown in Fig. 2 (a). Hold time of duration of 600s, 60s,

and 30s were superimposed on the maximum load. All CFCG tests were performed at 600°C, 620°C

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and 625°C (see Table 2) at a load ratio, R of 0.1. Fatigue crack growth testing was performed at 600°C

using a servo-hydraulic machine. The FCG test was performed at a high frequency, f of 10Hz at a load

ratio, R of 0.1. The same PD technique was employed in the FCG test and the loading form is shown in

Fig. 2(b).

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All the tests were interrupted prior to full fracture and subsequently broken open at room temperature

by high frequency fatigue loading, in order to calibrate the PD crack length measurements. The initial

crack length, a0, and the final crack length, af, have been measured by averaging 9 measurements along

the crack front [12].

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The data collected from the experimental tests and relevant data form the literatures have been analysed

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using fracture mechanics correlating parameters to identify crack initiation and crack growth rates

under different frequencies. For practical purposes these are short term accelerated test (<5000h) and

relative comparisons will need to be made. In reality components operate at long terms and upto design

lives of 30 years or more. For this purpose the analysed data are then compared with the NSW [15]

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crack growth rate prediction model to identify the plane strain upperbound of crack growth rate under

cyclic conditions. This is more relevant under creep dominant conditions as creep damage is known to

be stress state controlled and fatigue on the other hand is not.

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Fatigue cracking process at the microstructural level is based on the accumulation of local plastic

deformation to drive the crack forward. However at the macro level the crack tip stress fields are

predominantly elastic compared to the size of geometry. Therefore under fatigue dominant conditions,

the crack growth rate per cycle, da/dN can be described by the elastic stress intensity factor K using the

well known Paris law [16] which can be expressed as

da dN K p (1)

where λ and p is a material constant. It is found that for most steels p=3-5. The stress intensity factor

range, ∆K, calculated using following equation;

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P 2 a /W

K f (a / W ) (2)

( BBN ) 1/2

W 1/2

1 a / W 3/2

where ∆P is the load range, a is the crack length, W is the width, B is the thickness, BN is the thickness

with side groove and f(a/W) is calculated using

As fatigue is cycle dependent phenomenon and hardly affected by stress state at the crack tip it’s

assessment using Eq (1) is convenient and sufficiently accurate for predicting steady state cracking in

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cases where little plasticity or ductile creep deformation is present. This usually the case in large

component in plant during long term operation.

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Creep crack growth (CCG) is a time dependent process which is hugely affected by the state of stress at

the crack tip and therefore needs more complex analysis both to correlate the data and to predict failure.

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For steady state creep dominant conditions, the crack growth rate is expected to be described by the C*

parameter

a DC

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(4)

where D and are the CCG power-law coefficient and exponent respectively. C* can be determined

experimentally using [17]

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P

C* H (5)

B(W a )

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where P is the applied load, and is load line displacement, H and is a dimensionless coefficient

that depends on specimen geometry. For a C(T) specimen, H = n/(n+1) and = 2.2, where n is the

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In static CCG tests, a period of time exists prior to the on-set of crack extension. This is often referred

to as the creep crack initiation (CCI) time. Under creep-fatigue conditions it is often assumed that the

crack grows from time zero i.e no initiation time exists. However, the creep crack initiation time may

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be defined as the time for a small amount of crack extension to occur, usually 0.2 mm [18], which may

be estimated from

a a

ti (6)

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a

DC*

Under steady state creep conditions, uniaxial creep ductility data is used in crack initiation and crack

growth predictions based on the multiaxial ductility NSW model [19] assuming a creep process zone rc.

For fracture mechanics samples the crack tip stress field is characterized by C* and multiaxial failure

strain controls the level of constraint controlling the stress state. The NSW model used to predict

cracking rate as a function of multiaxial ductility *f and C* is therefore given as:

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n

(n 1) C* n 1

aNSW ( Arc )1/(n 1) (7)

*f In

where A is a material creep constant, n is the power law stress exponent, In is a dimensionless stress

state constant dependent on n, rc is the creep process zone which is relatively insensitive due to the

small fractional power and *f is taken as an upperbound failure strain in short term tests under plane

stress and a fraction of 1/30 of it under plain strain lower bound condition under extreme low ductility

conditions. However a factor of *f = f 10 would be sufficient for engineering alloys [19]. In this

case, either the reduction in area or elongation failure strain in short term tests determined under plane

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stress condition is used in Eq. (7) [16]. When material properties are not available, an approximate

solution to Eq.(7) for predicting crack growth rate for most engineering materials [15] can be given in

the form

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D'

a C*0.85 (8)

*f

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where 𝐷 ′ would be given as 3 and 90 for a lower/upper bound plane stress/strain prediction for a wide

range of alloys [16]. The upperbound can be usually reduced to a factor of 3x10 for long term cracking

in engineering alloys where a good extent of creep toughness exists.

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In the same way creep crack initiation can be predicted by using the approximate NSW which can be

expressed as

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a *f

ti (9)

3C*0.85

where a can be taken as 0.2 mm for the purpose of laboratory test when the measurement sensitivity

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For the interaction of creep/fatigue a linear accumulation of cracking is assumed similar to the ones

adopted in the codes [1, 2]. The total crack growth per cycle is contributed by the cyclic dependent

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(fatigue) component and the time dependent (creep) component, which can be expressed as a linear

summation

da da da / dt creep

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dN (10)

total dN fatigue 3600 f

where f is the frequency of load cycle in Hz. The fatigue crack growth rate in Eq (1) and creep crack

growth rate in Eq (4) can be substituted into Eq (10) and may expressed as

da p DC

K (11)

dN total 3600 f

where the first term on the right hand side of Eq (11) gives the contribution from the cyclic (fatigue)

component and the second the contribution from the time dependent (creep) process. As these are two

distinct processes they can be determined separately and added up. It should be noted that as creep

under low cycle is stress state controlled the cracking rate will vary depending on a number of factors

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such as reduction in failure ductility due to embrittlement in ex-service degradation, applied load,

geometric constraint.

By using data from as received and ex-service P91 steel the focus of the analysis is based on

identifying the creep/fatigue interaction and the effect of material degradation on the subsequent creep

and fatigue life. Within the level of scatter of the experimental data it is important to state that any

other approach other than the linear accumulation method will not yield any improvement in the

analysis. It is also clear that the analysis of the present range of short term test might not indicate the

creep/fatigue behaviour at long term operational times under different states of stress, However it has

been shown that the with a knowledge of long term uniaxial creep ductility the NSW model can

conservatively bound the plane strain region of crack initiation and growth.

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5.1. Crack growth correlation with the stress intensity factor range

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Using the stress intensity factor ΔK is more appropriate for the fatigue controlled cracking where

stress state has less effect on cracking and the crack growth is effectively transgranular cycle

dependent. Fig. 3 (a) compares the crack extension, Δa, against number of cycles normalized by the

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number of cycles to failure, N/Nf and Fig. 3 (b) shows the load line displacement (LLD) relationship

against time normalized by tests duration for all specimens tested. The x-axes have been normalized so

that each curve can be clearly observed. Note that the tests duration is dependent on the point where

the test was interrupted, which corresponded to a point of significant acceleration in crack growth rate.

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In Fig. 3(a), at frequency of 0.0017 Hz (i.e. 600s hold time), test CT-C2, which was subjected to the

highest load and temperature, had the shortest test duration, as expected. Generally all tests show crack

growth from initial loading. Comparing frequency and hold time effects for the ex-service material at

600 °C, the test duration become shorter as the frequency increases. Note that test CT-B4 which was

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tested in fatigue dominant conditions at high frequency thus had a very short test duration. Considering

the applied load and temperature, CT-A had significantly longer test duration than the ex-service

material and a large LLD and crack extension prior to test completion, which may be due to thermal

aging or creep damage accumulation effects in the ex-service material.

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Fig. 4 shows the crack growth rate per cycle, da/dN, correlated with the stress intensity factor range,

ΔK. In order to investigate the effect of various frequencies on the CFCG growth behavior, data from

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literature for CFCG [6, 8, 11] and FCG [10, 11] have been included in Fig. 4. The dashed line

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illustrates the regression fit made to the data with a frequency less than 0.002 Hz and referred to as

CFCG line. The dotted and dotted line illustrates the regression fit made to the data with a frequency

less than 0.002Hz and larger than 0.01Hz. At high frequencies (>0.01 Hz), the CFCG data can be

regarded as a high cycle fatigue crack growth and the data for all temperatures considered fall close to

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each other. At lower frequencies (< 0.002Hz), the crack growth rate progressively increases with a

decreasing frequency and an increase in temperature, due to a significant creep contribution.

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The low frequency CFCG test data has been correlated with the C* parameter and compared with

available static CCG data for P91 steel in the temperature range of 600°C to 625°C taken from

literature [8, 11, 20] as shown in Fig. 5. In Fig. 5 the open symbols refer to CFCG data whilst the

closed symbol indicate the static CCG data. The regression line has been made to the CFCG test data

and CCG test data as shown in Fig. 5. It is shown that the cyclic crack growth rate accelerate by a

factor of 5 than the static CCG rate. The predictive aproximate NSW model and P91 CCG scatter data

band [20] at 580°C to 625°C are also plotted in Fig. 5. It is apparent that the CFCG data fall slightly

above the static CCG data. There is also some indication that an increase in temperature results in a

high crack growth rate, as expected. Given the level of scatter any detailed assessment of individual

tests would not yield any further information.

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Using the approximate NSW model (Eq (8)) the upper/lower bound predictions have been plotted in

Fig. 5. A power-law creep exponent of n = 8.2 [6] and a uniaxial failure strain of 33% [6] has been

used in the NSW model which are the best approximations for a test temperature of 625°C. For the

short term data the plane-stress predcitions are show in for the fast rate tests. Using a factor εf /10 for

the plane strain line it is observed in Fig. 5that most data especially the slower rate longer term data

generally fall below the upperbound. Note that the NSW parameters drawn in Fig. 5 are nominal for

625°C which in reality are dependent on creep exponent, n and failure ductility which may vary with

material and temperature. Also as material degradation due to long term service as well as low stresses

tend to reduce failure strain cracking rates generally increase. By using lower failure strains to reflect

long term behaviour the NSW model gives conservative predictions. This is particularly relevant for

long term low C* predicitons where material degardation may exhibit lower creep ductiliy both due to

material degradation and due to the failure strain sensitivity to stress.

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5.3. Creep-crack initiation

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The crack growth can be caused by creep, fatigue or the interaction between two mechanisms under

creep fatigue loading. The crack growth is usually assumed to be due to creep and not fatigue [1],

hence the initiation time, ti is defined as the time to for crack extension Δa = 0.2mm under static and

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low cycle loading. However in the initiation time model, it is assumed that the crack grows from the

time of first loading. Assuming the transition time is exceeded [21], the creep crack initiation has been

analysed in terms of C* parameter and predicted using Eq.(9). Fig. 6 shows, for available data, the

measured initiation times, ti correlation with C* for the crack extension Δa=0.2mm. Also included in

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the figure is the NSW model prediction for the initiation times. It can be seen in Fig. 6 that the

experimental data fall at the plane stress bound of NSW model regardless of being a static or a low

frequency test. Based on steady state crack growth rate, the plane stress and plane strain NSW model

provides a reasonable estimate on the creep initiation time. Though this model is strictly valid for static

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CCG only, the conservative assumption that the crack grows from time zero and under steady state

conditions appears to have accounted for the acceleration in crack growth due to fatigue for these

conditions.

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The frequency dependence of CFCG behaviour can be predicted using Eq. (11) where the constants,

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determined from CFCG data are creep parameter, D = 10 and φ = 0.8 and fatigue parameter

λ =1.5×10-8, p = 3.57. Fig. 7 is constructed by identifying the pure fatigue level from the da/dN curve

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at a fixed ΔK= 25MPam in Fig. 4. For the CCG band Eq. (11) is used assuming the fatigue

component to be zero. The mean cracking rates from the static CCG data band from Fig. 5 are taken at

a fixed value of C*=1.0×10-4 MPam/h which approximately corresponds to ΔK= 25MPam for the

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fatigue tests. For each cyclic test in Fig. 5 a point is derived at a fixed C* and a best fit dotted line using

Eq. (11) is constructed with a slope of -1 for the CFCG tests which suggests a higher cracking rate

compared to the static tests. It should be noted in Fig. 7 that a scatter band is shown for each data point

indicating a level of uncertainty in the data. However the overall trends in the figure are clear. In

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addition a line is constructed in the same fashion using the upper bound NSW line in Fig. 5.

The interaction diagram in Fig. 7 shows, therefore, that the cyclic ex-service steel at low frequencies

exhibits about a factor of four times the cracking rate of the mean CCG static data and that the NSW

line predicts a higher conservative upper bound. At the same time the only interaction with the fatigue

horizontal line is at the crossing points where both cracking rates are similar. The shift to the right of

the interaction region indicated an increase in fatigue dominance and constraint.

At intermediate frequencies (0.001< f < 0.01Hz), therefore, where the static CCG and high FCG

line intersect, both creep and fatigue processes are significant and mixed intergranular and

transgranular fracture is expected. As explained in [22] both types of process are likely to develop

intermittently through or around individual grains. Hence, at intermediate frequencies when one

mechanism becomes arrested locally, the other may take over to allow cracking to progress at a rate

equal to the sum of individual rate [22]. Thus it can be inferred that interaction point can be shifted

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from static CCG towards cyclic FCG. The additional shift from left to the right could be due to other

factors which increase constraint in an inherent way. Therefore material degradation and embrittlement

in ex-service condition, low stresses and reduced creep failure ductilities will all tend to increase

cracking rate. As seen in Fig. 7 the NSW model could be used to bound these effects.

5.5. Fractography

The fractographic assessment was used to confirm the experimental findings. Thus prior to breaking

open the tested samples, a 3 mm slice was extracted from the mid thickness of the sample to examine

the fracture path. Fig. 8(a-c) shows an optical microscopy of the fracture paths of samples CT-B, CT-

C1 and CT-A, respectively. The crack path in the ex-service material sample CT-B (Fig. 8(a)) is

relatively straight fronted, with a number of small branches from the main crack. In Fig. 8(b) the

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cracking behaviour of CT-C1 ex-service material, the initial fatigue pre-crack is relatively straight,

however in the CFCG region the crack grows at an angle. However for the as-received specimen CT-A

(Fig. 8(c)), a large crack opening displacement is observed, which is consistent with Fig. 3(b), and the

crack shows some discontinuous branching, signifying that the crack growth is creep dominated. High

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magnification images of CT-B1 (Fig. 8(a)) in region (i) and (ii) are shown in Fig. 9. Fig. 9(a) shows a

secondary crack where the crack deviates from the main crack and creep cavities near the secondary

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crack and Fig. 9(b) show the main crack propagating accompanying by creep voids near the main

crack.

In order to investigate the effect of frequency on CFCG, the fracture surface of creep fatigue crack

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growth region has been examined in more detail using the scanning electron microscope (SEM). Figure

10 (a) to (d) shows the CFCG region for frequencies of 0.0017 Hz, 0.0015 Hz, 0.027 Hz and 10 Hz.

Although the surfaces were oxidised the figures highlight important cracking features that confirm the

effect of frequency on the mode of cracking at elevated temperatures. A high magnification SEM

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image of CFCG region in Fig. 10(a) is evidently intergranular indicating the creep dominance. The

cracking mode become more transgranular as the frequency become higher and the fracture surfaces

become more flat in appearance as see in Figures 10 (b) to (d). There was also no apparent difference

between the failure modes in the as received and ex-service P91 steels.

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6. Conclusions

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The creep fatigue crack growth behaviour of P91 steel in as-received and ex-service material conditions

has been examined. The crack growth data was characterized using fracture mechanics parameters ΔK

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and C*. The results from short term accelerated tests showed that at high frequency (> 0.01 Hz), the

CFCG behaviour tend to that of high cycle transgranular fatigue crack growth and is best correlated

with the ΔK parameter whereas at lower frequencies, creep mechanisms have been found to dominant

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as intergranular cracking and best correlated with the C* parameter. The correlation between crack

growth rate and C* parameter, shows that most of the CFCG tested at 600°C to 625°C fall on the upper

shelf of the CCG P91 scatter-band. Scanning electron macroscopy (SEM) analysis has confirmed the

influence of cyclic frequency on the fracture behaviour. Generally low dwell times and static loading

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develops into intergranular cracking and high frequency in transgranular controlled featuring a flatter

fracture surface. This also confirms the fact that stress state controls creep cracking whereas fatigue is

cycle dependent and much less affected by stress state.

Within the scatter of experimental data a linear cummulative damage rule can still predict the

creep/fatigue interaction result regardless of the degradation of the steel under ex-service conditions.

This confirms the approach taken by the codes of practice at least for short term tests. However it is

clear that the mean CFCG rates for ex-service steels are faster by a factor of 4 compared to the mean

CCG data for as-received material. Unavailability of long term tests (>10,000h) at low stresses and

long dwell periods may pose additional problems under creep control due to state of stress where lower

creep ductilities and and high multiaxial stress states prevail. It is found that for low stresses low

ductility and increase in constraint under plane strain predicitons of crack growth rate data using the

NSW creep crack growth model can conservatively bound the experimental data at long terms which is

a more appropriate prediciton for component operational times.

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It is clear that further detailed testing is needed to confirm the prediciton lines in Fig. 7, however the

present findings can confirm that firstly the linear cummulative damage is sufficiently accurate for

lifing assessment as long as there is appropriate low dwell cyclic tests are available for the material.

Secondly the NSW model can conveniently predict the upperbound cracking rate under creep/fatigue.

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the support by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research

Council (EPSRC) through grant number EP/K021095/1.

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Table 1

Material σUTS % Tensile

Material ID Temperature (°C) σYS (MPa) E (GPa)

Condition (MPa) Elongation

A As-received 25 570 663 203 25

B Ex-service 25 490 665 233 26

C Ex-service 25 533 708 220 26

A As-received 620 340 360 127 30

B Ex-service 600 287 308 - -

C Ex-service 625 325 344 125 33

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Test loading conditions and durations

Specimen T th Max.load Initial ΔK Initial a Final ΔK Final a tf Nf

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ID (°C) (s) (kN) (MPa√m) (mm) (MPa√m) (mm) (h) (cycle)

CT-A 620 600 15.0 22.5 22.5 38.4 30.5 1125 6750

CT-B1 600 600 13.0 22.6 25.0 28.9 28.7 311 1865

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CT-B2 600 60 12.0 20.9 25.0 30.1 30.2 167 9105

CT-B3 600 30 12.0 20.9 25.0 30.8 30.5 133 13333

CT-B4-FCG 600 0 13.0 22.6 25.0 29.8 29.1 0.34 12316

CT-C1 625 600 7.5 20.5 20.8 31.6 27.9 408 2450

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CT-C2 625 600 9.0 25.9 21.8 37.9 27.9 240 1438

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Fig. 1. Microstructure of P91 in a) as-received condition (P91-A) ;b) Ex- service condition (P91-B)

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Pmax Pmax

Pmin Pmin

Time,t Time,t

th

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(a) T( C) f Kmax (MPa√m)

8.0 CT-A

CT-A 620 0.0017 25.02

CT-B

CT-B1 600 0.0017 25.11

CT-B5

CT-B2 600 0.015 23.18

6.0 CT-B6

CT-B3 600 0.027 23.18

Δa (mm)

CT-C1

CT-C1 625 0.0017 22.82

CT-C2

CT-C2 625 0.0017 28.83

4.0

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CT-M-1

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CT-B5

CT-B2 600 0.015 23.18

CT-B3

CT-B6 600 0.027 23.18

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CT-C2

CT-A-2 625 0.0017 28.83

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CT-M-1

CT-A 620 0.0017 25.02

CT-FX-1

CT-B1 600 0.0017 25.11

CT-B5,th=60s,T=600C,P=12kN

CT-B2 600 0.015 23.18

1.0E-02 CT-B6,th=30sT=600C,

CT-B3 600 0.027P=12kN23.18

CT-A-1

CT-C1 625 0.0017 22.82

CT-A-2

CT-C2 625 0.0017 28.83

da/dN (mm/cycle)

1.0E-03 ASTM

Ref [6] T=625,

625 th=600s,

0.00177.5kN - CFCG

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Ref [6] T=625,

625 th=600s,

0.0017P=9kN -

CFCG

Ref [8]Ali,T=625,f=0.001

625 0.0010 10.2

1.0E-04 CFCG

Ref [8]Ali,T=625,f=0.01

625 0.01 10.3

CFCG

Ref [8]Ali,625

T=625,f=1.0

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CFCGmagdalena,

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0.00027 -

FCG magdalena,T=600,

Ref [11] 600 0.5 f=0.5Hz-

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Ref [10] T=600C,

600 f=0.05 Hz

0.05 - FCG

CT-B4 600 f=10Hz,P=13kN

10 25.11

1.0E-06

1.0E+01 1.0E+02

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Fig. 4. Crack growth per cycle for P91 steel at various cyclic frequencies

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1.0E+03

εf =33% CT-A

CT-B

NSWA- PS (εf )

CT-B6

CT-B5

CT-C2

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CFCGtest data

Test data

FCG,f=10Hz,T=600C

FCG Test data

Ali, Delta 30 data [8]

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Speicher 60mins

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1.0E-05 1.0E-04 1.0E-03 1.0E-02 1.0E-01 1.0E+00 1.0E+01

Frequency (Hz)

C*=1.0x10-4 MPam/h

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Secondary crack

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Main crack

Cavities

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Cavities

i (a) ii (b)

Fig. 9. High magnification images of CT-B region (a) i and (b) ii, showing cracks and cavities near the

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Fig. 10. SEM images of fracture specimen on the creep fatigue crack growth region at different

frequencies (a) 0.0017Hz (CT-B1) (b) 0.015Hz (CT-B2) (c) 0.027 Hz (CT-B3) and (d) 10Hz (CT-B-4-

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The CFCG data has been characterized using stress intensity factor range, ΔK and the

creep fracture mechanics parameter C*.

The correlation between crack growth rate and C* parameter, shows that most CFCG

data fall within the creep crack growth (CCG) P91 scatter band data, which may

indicate that the crack growth behaviour is dominated by creep processes.

The CFCG rate and the time for 0.2 mm creep crack growth extension, has been

compared to the NSW-MOD CCG model’s predictions, and resonable agreement has

been seen.

A linear cummulative rule has ben used to predict the CFCG experimental result. It is

shown that under given frequency the approach well describes the CGCF behaviour.

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Scanning electron macroscopy (SEM) analysis has shown the influence of cyclic

frequency on the fracture surface

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