J. Wayne Jones

Professor Emeritus


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Rapid Characterization of Fatigue Behavior in Cast Structural Material by Ultrasonic Fatigue

Sponsor: Ford Motor Company
Fatigue resistance is one of the most important design requirements of cast aluminum blocks and heads for automotive engines. The purpose of this project is to provide a critical assessment of the applicability of state-of-the-art ultrasonic fatigue techniques for the rapid and cost effective development of comprehensive fatigue databases for fatigue life prediction in cast structural aluminum and magnesium alloys.
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  • Ultrasonic Fatigue of a Single Crystal Superalloy

    An ultrasonic fatigue testing system with a loading frequency of ~20 kHz has been developed and its capability demonstrated on a single crystal superalloy (Rene N5 with Pt/Al coating) at elevated temperature (1800°F). Inter-dendritic defects and surface coating layer were found to be associated with crack initiation in the alloy. Interaction among cyclic loading, creep and oxidation plays a key role in fatigue crack propagation phase. (This project is sponsored by DARPA)