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A thermomechanical fatigue (TMF) cycle, intended to represent aero-engine blade working conditions, was selected for carrying out tests on uncoated and aluminide coated SRR99 samples until test piece failure. Optical images of the surface of test pieces were collected during testing to monitor surface crack initiation and accompanying transformations. Using these images, surface changes were quantified as a function of time. Post test, each sample was taken through an incremental polishing procedure to allow damage in the tested material to be studied as a function of depth, using optical microscope based quantitative metallography and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The relationship between the observed surface changes and the damage built-up subsurface was examined. Differences in damage density on the surface and subsurface planes between coated and uncoated samples could accommodate the observed life reductions.

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Authors: JOHNSON P K, JRC Petten (NL);ARANA M, JRC Petten (NL);OSTOLAZA K M, JRC Petten (NL);BRESSERS J, JRC Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: IGTI Turbo Expo Conference, Orlando (US), June 2-6, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40807 ORA
Record Number: 199711125 / Last updated on: 1997-09-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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