Experimental techniques for ductile damage characterisation

A. Sancho, M.J. Cox, T. Cartwright, G.D. Aldrich-Smith, P.A. Hooper, C.M. Davies, J.P. Dear

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Ductile damage in metallic materials is caused by the nucleation, growth and coalesce of voids and micro-cracks in the metal matrix when it is subjected to plastic strain. A considerable number of models have been proposed to represent ductile failure focusing on the ultimate failure conditions; however, only some of them study in detail the whole damage accumulation process. The aim of this work is to review experimental techniques developed by various authors to measure the accumulation of ductile damage under tensile loads. The measurement methods reviewed include: stiffness degradation, indentation, microstructure analysis, ultrasonic waves propagation, X-ray tomography and electrical potential drop. Stiffness degradation and indentation techniques have been tested on stainless steel 304L hourglass-shaped samples. A special interest is placed in the Continuum Damage Mechanics approach (CDM) as its equations incorporate macroscopic parameters that can represent directly the damage accumulation measured in the experiments. The other main objective lies in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each technique for the assessment of materials subjected to different strain-rate and temperature conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)966-973
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Structural Integrity
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2016
Event21st European Conference on Fracture - Catania, Italy
Duration: 20 Jun 201624 Jun 2016


  • ductile damage
  • voids
  • continuum damage mechanics
  • elastic modulus
  • indentation
  • ultrasonic waves
  • X-ray tomography
  • electrical potential drop
  • digital image correlation


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