RevistaEngineering Failure Analysis
Año de publicación2007
Mecánica de fractura
Study of the fatigue failure of an anti-return valve of a high pressure machineAlegre Calderón, Jesús Manuel | Preciado Calzada, Mónica | Ferreño Blanco, Diego |
This paper presents a study of the fatigue failure of an anti-return valve, designed to work in the high pressure system (500 MPa) of a high pressure processing machine. To do this, the crack propagation has been simulated by means of the linear-elastic fracture mechanics approach under mixed-mode loading conditions. From an initial crack, which size is related with the microstructure and superficial finish, the crack growth has been simulated using the stress intensity factors KI and KII of the cracked valve axisymmetric geometry. The crack propagation path has been obtained step by step, applying the criterion of the maximum circumferential stress at the crack tip. The experimental and simulated crack propagation paths have been compared and, as a consequence of the reliable results obtained, the fatigue life of the valve has been calculated using the Paris law of the material with an effective stress intensity factor Keff. The good agreement with experimental fatigue life allows to perform new improved designs using the methodology presented.