Analysis of the Effective and Internal Cyclic Stress Components in the Inconel Superalloy Fatigued at Elevated Temperature
Cyclic multiple step test in strain control have been performed on cylindrical specimens of cast polycrystalline Inconel 738LC and 792-5A superalloys at 800 °C in laboratory atmosphere. Hysteresis loops were analyzed according to the statistical theory of hysteresis loop. The effective and internal stress components were evaluated. The effective stress of γ´ precipitate has significant influence on the stress-strain response both materials. The stress amplitude in IN 792-5A is higher than in IN 738LC at approximately same total strain amplitude due to significantly higher effective stress of γ´ phase. Cyclic hardening/softening curves and cyclic stress-strain curves using short-cut procedure were obtained. Cyclic hardening/softening behavior depends both on temperature and strain amplitude. Low amplitude straining is characterized by the saturation of the stress amplitude. In high amplitude straining slight softening was found. The cyclic stress-strain curves for both materials can be fitted by power law. Cyclic stress-strain response in terms of internal and effective stress components is discussed in relation to microstructural parameters of the materials. The observation of surface relief revealed the presence of persistent slip markings.
M. Šmíd et al., "Analysis of the Effective and Internal Cyclic Stress Components in the Inconel Superalloy Fatigued at Elevated Temperature", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 278, pp. 393-398, 2011