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2013 (Vol. 6, Issue: 11)
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Creep Crack Growth Modeling of Low Alloy Steel using Artificial Neural Network

F. Djavanroodi
Corresponding Author:  F. Djavanroodi 

Key words:  ANN, creep, failure analysis, FEM, fracture mechanics parameter (C*), ,
Vol. 6 , (11): 1984-1992
Submitted Accepted Published
November 24, 2012 January 01, 2013 July 25, 2013

Prediction of crack growth under creep condition is prime requirement in order to avoid costly and time-consuming creep crack growth tests. To predict, in a reliable way, the growth of a major crack in a structural components operating at high temperatures, requires a fracture mechanics based approach. In this Study a novel technique, which uses Finite Element Method (FEM) together with Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) has been developed to predict the fracture mechanics parameter (C*) in a 1%Cr1%MoV low alloy rotor steel under wide range of loading and temperatures. After confirming the validity of the FEM model with experimental data, a collection of numerical and experimental data has been used for training the various neural networks models. Three networks have been used to simulate the process, the perceptron multilayer network with tangent transfer function that uses 9 neurons in the hidden layer, gives the best results. Finally, for validation three case studies at 538C, 550C and 594C temperatures are employed. The proposed model has proved that a combinations of ANN and FEM simulation performs well in estimation of C* and it is a powerful designing tool for creep crack growth characterization.
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F. Djavanroodi, 2013. Creep Crack Growth Modeling of Low Alloy Steel using Artificial Neural Network.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 6(11): 1984-1992.
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