A Simplified Method for Elastic-Plastic-Creep Structural Analysis

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A. Kaufman

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio 44135

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 107(1), 231-237 (Jan 01, 1985) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3239688 History: Received January 12, 1984; Online October 15, 2009


A simplified inelastic analysis computer program (ANSYMP) was developed for predicting the stress-strain history at the critical location of a thermomechanically cycled structure from an elastic solution. The program uses an iterative and incremental procedure to estimate the plastic strains from the material stress-strain properties and a plasticity hardening model. Creep effects can be calculated on the basis of stress relaxation at constant strain, creep at constant stress or a combination of stress relaxation and creep accumulation. The simplified method was exercised on a number of problems involving uniaxial and multiaxial loading, isothermal and nonisothermal conditions, dwell times at various points in the cycles, different materials, and kinematic hardening. Good agreement was found between these analytical results and nonlinear finite element solutions for these problems. The simplified analysis program used less than 1 percent of the CPU time required for a nonlinear finite element analysis.

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