Abstract

The Simplified Model Test (SMT) approach is an alternative creep-fatigue evaluation method that no longer requires the use of the damage interaction diagram, or D-diagram. The reason is that the combined effects of creep and fatigue are accounted for in the test data by means of a SMT specimen that is designed to replicate or bound the stress and strain redistribution that occurs in actual components when loaded in the creep regime. However, creep-fatigue experiments on SMT key feature articles are specialized and difficult to perform by the general research community. In this paper, two innovative SMT based creep-fatigue experimental methods are developed and implemented. These newly-developed SMT test methods have resolved all the critical challenges in the SMT key feature article testing and enable the potential of further development of the SMT based creep-fatigue evaluation method into a standard testing method. Scoping test results on Alloy 617 and SS 316H using the newly developed SMT methods are summarized and discussed. The concepts of the SMT methodology for creep-fatigue evaluation are explained.

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