Advances and Challenges in Structural Integrity
This paper provides an overview of four key challenges for structural integrity assessment methods: surface technology and incubation / initiation of defects, microstructural effects on weld performance, realistic loading and defect morphologies and thermal / irradiation effects on materials and structures. These challenges will be met by the application of emerging experimental and numerical methods which will facilitate the development of a mechanistic understanding of these four challenges alongside mechanistically-based models to enable the reliable prediction of component performance outside the available database of materials behaviour.
J. Quinta da Fonseca
A. H. Sherry "Advances and Challenges in Structural Integrity ", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 7-8, pp. 13-22, 2007