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Fatigue Behavior of AA2198 in Liquid Hydrogen


Tensile and fatigue tests were performed on an AA2198 aluminum alloy in the T851 condition in ambient air and liquid hydrogen (LH2). All fatigue tests were performed under load control at a frequency of 20 Hz and a stress ratio of R=0.1. The Gecks-Och-Function [1] was fitted on the measured cyclic lifetimes.

The tensile strength in LH2 was measured to be 46 % higher compared to the value determined at ambient conditions and the fatigue limit was increased by approximately 60 %. Both S-N curves show a distinct S-shape but also significant differences. Under LH2 environment the transition from LCF- to HCF-region as well as the transition to the fatigue limit is shifted to higher cyclic lifetimes compared to ambient test results. The investigation of the crack surfaces showed distinct differences between ambient and LH2 conditions. These observed differences are important factors in the fatigue behavior change.

Related subjects: Safety
Countries: Germany ; Netherlands

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