Practical Applications of Fracture Mechanics to Turbine Engine Rotors

  • J. L. Price
Part of the Sagamore Army Materials Research Conference Proceedings book series (SAMC)


Representative applications where fracture mechanics theories have been effectively applied to gas turbine rotor components are discussed. The theoretical basis for each application is reviewed and the results are correlated with actual experimentally determined lives. The resultant capability realized by the utilization of fracture mechanics to extend the service life of parts which had exhausted their apparent useful life, is also highlighted. The current trend in fracture mechanics technology development, utilizing the Boundary-Integral-Equation (BIE) concept, to produce a simplified total life prediction system is outlined.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Price
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  1. 1.Pratt & Whitney AircraftWest Palm BeachUSA

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