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Effects of fatigue damage on the high strain-rate performance of DH36 steel

Clayton, DK, Saleh, M, Mitchell Ferguson, T ORCID: 0000-0002-8997-5538 and Ojeda, R ORCID: 0000-0002-2421-0032 2021 , 'Effects of fatigue damage on the high strain-rate performance of DH36 steel' , Ships and Offshore Structures , pp. 1-15 , doi: 10.1080/17445302.2020.1861707.

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An experimental investigation has been undertaken to determine the effects of fatigue on the high strain-rate material properties of high-performance steel used in modern naval vessel structures. A novel methodology to conduct tensile testing at low and high strain-rates on fatigued specimens was developed. A bespoke Split Hopkinson’s Tension Bar clamping arrangement was designed to undertake the necessary high strain-rate testing of flat dog-bone specimens. Analysis of the microstructure of the specimens was performed alongside a comparison on the strain-rate sensitivity of the tested DH36 steel against other literature sources. Testing revealed no statistically significant effect of high cycle fatigue at high strain-rate as determined by a two-sample t-test, but revealed a possible effect on quasi-static material properties. The findings of this novel comparison between fatigued and virgin material properties of shipbuilding steel provides decision-makers and researchers with an understanding on the effect of fatigue on high strain-rate material properties.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Clayton, DK and Saleh, M and Mitchell Ferguson, T and Ojeda, R
Keywords: fatigue, blast loading, SHTB, naval steel, DH36
Journal or Publication Title: Ships and Offshore Structures
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1744-5302
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/17445302.2020.1861707
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