2003 Volume 43 Issue 2 Pages 251-255
This study aims mainly to clarify the effects of the multi-axial stress components on the initiation and growth behavior of creep voids. For this purpose, creep tests, particularly creep interrupt tests are conducted in tension, torsion and in combined tension-torsion stress states at 700°C, using tubular specimens of the austenitic steel SUS310S with high ductility. Creep voids formed in the specimens are examined in detail by observation with the scanning electron micrographs. It is found that creep voids in the torsional creep specimens form easily to a certain size in the primary creep, but they grow difficultly to rupture. While from torsional stress state to tensile one, creep voids become easy to grow. The initiation and growth behaviors of creep voids under the multi-axial stress conditions are discussed. It is further suggested that the von Mises equivalent stress is a dominant component for the initiation of creep voids, and the mean stress component strongly promotes their growth.