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International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity

International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity (IJMSI)

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International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity (16 papers in press)

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  • Deformational inhomogeneity in Al-8Mg alloy microhardness study
    by Swami Naidu Gurugubelli, A.V.S.S.K.S. Gupta, N.R.M.R. Bhargava 
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  • Thermal cycling reliability of lead-free package stackable very thin fine pitch ball grid array (PSvfBGA) assemblies with reworkable edge and corner bond adhesives
    by Hongbin Shi, Toshitsugu Ueda 

  • Constant-pressure molecular dynamics simulation of thermal bubble nucleation in rough wall nanochannels
    by Min Chen, Dawei Jiang, Kunpeng Jiang 
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  • Numerical investigation of the effect of fibre volume fraction on the stress distribution of aerospace grade Al-Li 8090 metal matrix composite   Order a copy of this article
    by Dineshsingh G. Thakur 
    Abstract: The response of the fibre-reinforced metal matrix composite under tensile loading during micromechanical study is the key significance for analysing the metal matrix composite material behaviour. The present study deals with the Representative Volume Element (RVE) of aerospace grade Al-Li (8090) matrix alloy reinforced with SiC fibres in order to assess the stress distribution around the SiC fibres of SiC/Al-Li 8090 metal matrix composite subjected to the load in transverse and longitudinal direction. Square and hexagonal arrays of RVE has been used for this study. The deformation of the RVE and stress distribution around the fibres has been examined for 5% to 25% volume fraction of SiC fibres. It is observed that, for constant transverse loading, stress transfer between matrix and fibre decreases with increment in fibre volume fraction for square array, whereas stress transfer between matrix and fibre is observed even with increment in fibre volume fraction for hexagonal array. In the radial direction of SiC fibres, 5% volume fraction of the SiC fibres shows the maximum longitudinal stress. Longitudinal stress decreases, as increment in the fibre volume fraction of SiC for square and hexagonal arrays of RVE.
    Keywords: Al-Li (8090) alloy; SiC fibre; metal matrix composite; representative volume element; finite element method.

  • Effect of surface modification on the thermal stability and nano-mechanical behavior of ZrO2 reinforced PMMA nanocomposite   Order a copy of this article
    by Himel Chakraborty, Nandagopal Bhowmik 
    Abstract: The poly(methyl methacrylate)-based composites are potential engineering materials. The scratch resistance of polymer composites is highly influenced by reinforcement type. The present study was based on the zirconium dioxide-poly(methyl methacrylate) composites with surface modification of zirconium dioxide by using methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane. The effects of zirconium dioxide functionalisation on curing kinetics and thermal degradation behaviour of the composites were examined by dynamic mechanical analysis and thermal gravimetric analysis measurements. The tribological and nano-mechanical behaviour of the composites was estimated, and the deformed surfaces during the scratching were examined by scanning electron micrography.
    Keywords: nanocomposites; thermal stability; nanoindentation; scratch.

  • Effect of cryotreated electrodes on the machining efficiency of titanium alloy during electro discharge machining: a comparative study   Order a copy of this article
    by Munmun Unmun Bhaumik, Kalipada Maity 
    Abstract: Electro discharge machining (EDM) is one of the most promising non-conventional machining processes. It can machine any conductive material irrespective of its hardness because there is no direct contact between workpiece and tool. Cryotreatment is introduced in the machining field to boost the tool life as well as to lessen the production cost. In the present study, a comparison study has been performed on EDM of titanium grade 6 alloy using untreated and cryotreated double tempered brass, copper and zinc electrodes. The EDM efficiency has been measured by means of tool wear rate (TWR), surface roughness (Ra), radial overcut (ROC) and material removal rate (MRR); peak current, duty cycle, pulse on time, gap voltage are considered as control parameters. A metallographic study has been done for the untreated and cryotreated electrode surfaces. Lower MRR, TWR and better precision of machined surface can be achieved using cryotreated electrodes than that of untreated electrodes. The surface machined by cryotreated electrodes provides a better surface finish than the surface machined by untreated electrodes. A microstructural analysis has been performed for the electro discharge machined surfaces.
    Keywords: cryotreatment; electro discharge machining; material removal rate; surface roughness; tool wear rate.

  • Experimental investigation of surface-mounted optical fibre strain sensor using neural network analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Ashwarya Sheel Wali, Amit Tyagi 
    Abstract: This study aimed to develop a smart neural network preceptron model for strain prediction using fibre optic sensors signals. Optical parameters corresponding to surface mounted optical fibre are obtained experimentally under static loading conditions. Four variations are used by creating external damage to study strain variations on healthy, single damage and multiple damage beam structures. The strain values are obtained by using phase difference and change in intensities data as input for feed-forward back propagation neural network model. A comparative study of pre-existing analytical solution, conventional strain gauge measurement, and finite element analysis is performed. The neural network model provides more accurate correlation results with strain gauge and FEA analysis compared to analytical analysis.
    Keywords: optical parameters; neural network; finite element analysis; strain.

  • Shear surface wave propagation in stratified media with slip interfaces   Order a copy of this article
    by Karen Ghazaryan, Valentin Mozharovsky, Samvel Sarkisyan, Sergey Ohanyan 
    Abstract: The surface shear wave propagation is studied in elastic semi-spaces separated by an elastic layer with an imperfectly bonded interface between layer and semi-spaces. The dispersion equations are obtained analytically describing the surface wave phase speed. Based on the dispersion equation analysis it is shown that the interface imperfectness sufficiently decreases the phase speed and can also increase the number of shear wave modes.
    Keywords: surface waves; shear waves; imperfect contact; slip model; dispersion.

  • Risk analysis of jacket platform structure based on failure probability of fatigue damage and collapse   Order a copy of this article
    by Yuan Liu, Zhiqiang Lian, Shengli Wan, Shunying Ji 
    Abstract: The risk inspection for offshore jacket platform structures should be performed in a planned schedule to ensure its safety and to reduce the inspection cost. Therefore, the Risk Based Inspection (RBI) technology has been a hot issue in offshore engineering. In this study, the finite element method is adopted to analyse the fatigue damage and the collapse failure of jacket platforms. The fatigue failure probability of the key members of platform structure will be determined based on the reliability theory. Meanwhile, the collapse failure probability of the platform structure will be analysed when the key members are failing. The risk matrix will be calculated with the results above for the platform to draw up the inspection plan. Finally, the risk assessment of one jacket platform in the South Sea of China is performed quantitatively. The risk matrix of key points and members is generated to work out the inspection target and plan. This study can be aided to determine the inspection plan for jacket platform reasonably and efficiently. The operation cost will be reduced under the safe operation conditions for platform structure.
    Keywords: jacket platform structure; risk based inspection; risk assessment; collapse failure; fatigue damage.

  • Comparative study of the brittleductile transition between level ice and rafted ice based on uniaxial compression experiments   Order a copy of this article
    by Xiaodong Chen, Anliang Wang, Shunying Ji 
    Abstract: Driven by current and wind, rafted level ice is often deformed from level ice, which shows a brittle-ductile transition under compression. The rafted ice may induce significant loads on vessels and structures in the icy waters. To investigate the difference between level ice and rafted ice in the transition, a fieldwork of uniaxial compression tests was performed on both the level ice and artificial rafted ice in the Northeast of the Bohai Sea. In this area, the level ice has a typical h2 columnar structure and is later used to produce artificial rafted ice, which shows a 'sandwich' structure consisting of a strong upper part, a weak lower part and a freeze bonded in the middle. In the experiments, both types of ice were subjected to a compressive load parallel to the grain columns. Both of them failed in ductile mode at low strain rate and in brittle mode at high strain rate. In ductile mode, the wing cracks pileup dominates the failure process and the frictional crack sliding appeared in both the level ice and the weak part of rafted ice. Thus, the sandwich structure does not influence the compressive strength of rafted ice in the ductile mode. When the ice failed in brittle mode, the stress concentration took over and the ice failed in splitting. In this mode, the bonded layer of rafted ice plays an important role in the buckling after splitting. Compared with level ice, the rafted ice was highly weakened when it failed in brittle mode. From the strengthfailure mode relation, it seems that the two types of ice have similar strength in the ductile failure whereas the rafted ice is much weaker in the brittle failure. Moreover, the strengthstrain rate has a positive correlation in ductile failure mode and a negative correlation in brittle failure mode.
    Keywords: sea ice; compression strength; brittle-ductile transition; rafted ice; strain rate.

  • Ultrasonically enhanced flow rate of polymer melt extrusion   Order a copy of this article
    by Matthew D. Moles, Anish Roy, Vadim Silberschmidt 
    Abstract: Currently, the innovation of thin-section polymeric parts formed by injection moulding is restricted by the economics and practicality of applying high levels of temperature and pressure during the manufacturing process. It is long recognised that subjecting non-Newtonian fluids to vibration can significantly enhance the flow rate and, hence, may be used to reduce pressure and thermal requirements in thin-section moulding. A new moulding process was developed using ultrasonic transducers to induce vibrations in the polymeric melt thereby enhancing the flow rate without degradation of the polymer. Generating ultrasound using piezoceramics mounted in close proximity to the extrusion die required a custom-designed heat-protected transducer stack. The device, with its extrusion die exposing the polymer melt to low-intensity vibrations, improved the flow rate of polypropylene by 33% in batch exposure mode.
    Keywords: low-intensity vibration; ultrasound; polymer flow.

  • Concrete mix using tertiary treated wastewater and effect of ambient and elevated temperatures on its properties   Order a copy of this article
    by Jasem Alhumoud, Ammar Ben Nakhi 
    Abstract: The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of using tertiary treated wastewater (TTWW) on concrete mixes exposed to high temperatures (up to 800
    Keywords: tertiary treated wastewater; potable water; concrete strength; flexural strength; elevated temperature.

  • Optimisation design of microstrip-line structure based on the response surface method and genetic algorithm   Order a copy of this article
    by Chunyue Huang, Chao Gao, Genxin Huang, Liangkun Lu 
    Abstract: A 3D electromagnetic simulation model of a microstrip-line was established, the signal integrity of the microstrip-line under high frequency was analysed, and the simulation results of its return loss S11 and insertion loss S21 were obtained at 5 GHz, respectively. The optimisation results of the simulation were verified through experiments. Plate thickness, microstrip-line width, microstrip-line thickness and dielectric constant were selected as the design variables, while return loss was selected as the objective function. A total of 29 sets of experimental simulations were designed, and the response surface method (RSM) and genetic algorithm (GA) were used to optimise the return loss. Furthermore, the optimisation results of simulation were verified through experiments. The results indicated that the optimised return loss S11 decreased to 1.2554 dB. Furthermore, they verified that the optimisation of the return loss was realised and the optimisation design of the microstrip-line structure based on RSM and GA was effective.
    Keywords: microstrip-line; signal integrity; return loss; response surface methodology; genetic algorithm.

  • Thermodynamics of continua with complex rheology   Order a copy of this article
    by Evgenii V. Murashkin, Alexander V. Manzhirov 
    Abstract: The present study deals with the thermodynamic approach for modelling of the elastic-creep-plastic material behaviour. The proposed theory of finite elastic-creep-plastic deformations is based on the classical formalism of non-equilibrium thermodynamics. Reversible and irreversible components of total deformations are defined by the constitutive differential balance equations following from the multiple subdivision of metric tensor. The least action principle and the formalism of field theory are used for derivation of constitutive equation and conservation laws. The energy balance equation is specified for elastic-creep-plastic continuum. The constitutive stress-strain equations are obtained for isothermal isotropic non-linear elastic material. The specific form of elastic strain energy has been specified in terms of invariants of reversible strain tensor. The least action principle is generalised for dissipative behaviour of the materials. The specific features of dissipation function for creep and plastic materials are proposed and discussed. The boundary value problem on elastic-creep material is considered within the frameworks of the proposed model. Some results of the numerical simulation under axisymmetric conditions are discussed and graphically analysed.
    Keywords: least action; dissipative potential; elasticity; plasticity; creep; yield criterion.

  • On the development of tribo-fatigue as the new section of mechanics   Order a copy of this article
    by Sergei Sherbakov, Cemal Basaran 
    Abstract: The paper presents a review of studies in the field of tribo-fatigue the science unifying fatigue, friction and wear.
    Keywords: tribo-fatigue; friction; wear; mechanical fatigue; stress strain state; damage; entropy; mechanothermodynamics.

  • Experimental methods of investigation of contact-fatigue strength of wheel-rail system materials considering the action of electric current   Order a copy of this article
    by Leonid Novogrudskiy, Valeryi Kharchenko, Yuriy Skrypnyk, Mykola Opravkhata 
    Abstract: The paper illustrates the results of investigations into the influence of electric current pulses on the mechanical properties of rail steel in the initial rail state and after its operation within the electrified railway zone. It is shown that the degree and nature of the variation of strength and plasticity characteristics of M76 rail steel due to the action of the electric current pulses depends on the test temperature, the level of steel operating time, and the operating time of the surfaces of contact rail-wheel interaction. The action of the electric current pulses induces the variation in the stress-strain state of the material in the cross-section of the railhead within the rail-wheel zone. The test facilities developed at the G.S. Pisarenko Institute for Problems of Strength of the NAS of Ukraine are presented. These test facilities are applied for the investigations of contact wheel-rail interaction development considering both differential and integral actions of such operational factors as cyclic loading, rolling and sliding friction, ambient temperatures, electric current, and corrosion (stress and electric) with force parameters in the contact zone, which are consistent with the actual ones in railway transport operation.
    Keywords: wheel-rail contact interaction; mechanical characteristics; operating time; electric current pulse; hardness; temperature; test facilities.