Continual observation of crack growth behavior by ultrasonic inspection in two-roller rolling fatigue test

Chu Sakae, Yusuke Imamura, Takehiro Morita, Masanobu Kubota

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    Abstract

    An ultrasonic inspection system was proposed to observe a subsurface crack growth behavior continually in two-roller rolling fatigue test. A 50 MHz delay line contact probe was used in the system to detect clearly small cracks near the contact surface and to conduct the ultrasonic inspection while the test rollers were kept attached to the rolling fatigue testing machine. The ultrasonic wave pattern was analyzed by digital image processing to predict the position and shape of cracks. The proposed system was adequate to the inspection of a crack which had about 1.5 mm circumferential extent parallel to the contact surface in the subsurface region and inadequate to the continual observation of cracks which originated at the contact surface. This result suggests that cracks originating at the contact surface hardly have a large enough extent to reflect the ultrasonic wave in the crack growth process but grow to failure very rapidly only in the final stage of the process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)102-108
    Number of pages7
    JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, A Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part A
    Volume73
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Materials Science(all)
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering

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