Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 731–739 | Cite as

A Novel Methodology to Estimate Life of Gas Turbine Components Under Multiaxial Variable Amplitude Loading

  • R. K. Mishra
  • S. Dileep
Technical Article---Peer-Reviewed


A novel and highly effective methodology is presented in this study to estimate the stresses and strains and also the life of gas turbine components operating in multiaxial variable amplitude loading conditions. The methodology uses a cyclic plasticity model based on multilinear kinematic hardening (MLKH) for estimation of stress-strain response and Wang and Brown algorithm for counting the reversals in the loading cycle. The stress and strain response extracted for each reversal using the MLKH model where then integrated with multiaxial fatigue damage model based on critical planes (Wang and Brown model) suitable for LCF applications, to predict the fatigue life. The proposed methodology was initially compared with experimental test results of 42CrMo4 low alloy steel specimen, under different loading conditions like proportional, non-proportional and sequential loadings available in the literature. To reinforce the life prediction capability of the methodology, an application level study was undertaken. An air-cooled high-pressure turbine disk of an aero gas turbine engine was used as the model for this study. The fatigue life obtained from the multiaxial fatigue damage model was then compared with the experimental LCF life of the disk obtained from the field data. In order to be conservative in approach, lower bound of the 95% confidence limit of the fatigue data fitted using Weibull probability distribution function was used to compare the numerical life. The study shows a good correlation between the fatigue life arrived experimentally and the predicted life using the proposed methodology.


Multilinear kinematic hardening Thermo-mechanical analysis Variable amplitude loading Multiaxial fatigue 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regional Center for Military AirworthinessBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Aero Engine Research and Design CentreBangaloreIndia

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