Mitigating Cutting-Induced Plasticity in the Contour Method, Part 2: Numerical Analysis

Muransky, O.; Hamelin, C. J.; Hosseinzadeh, F. and Prime, M. B. (2016). Mitigating Cutting-Induced Plasticity in the Contour Method, Part 2: Numerical Analysis. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 94-95 pp. 254–262.



Cutting-induced plasticity can have a significant effect on the measurement accuracy of the contour method. The present study examines the benefit of a double-embedded cutting configuration that relies on self-restraint of the specimen, relative to conventional edge-crack cutting configurations. A series of finite element analyses are used to simulate the planar sectioning performed during double-embedded and conventional edge-crack contour cutting configurations. The results of numerical analyses are first compared to measured results to validate the cutting simulations. The simulations are then used to compare the efficacy of different cutting configurations by predicting the deviation of the residual stress profile from an original (pre-cutting) reference stress field, and the extent of cutting-induced plasticity. Comparisons reveal that while the double-embedded cutting configuration produces the most accurate residual stress measurements, the highest levels of plastic flow are generated in this process. This cutting-induced plastic deformation is, however, largely confined to small ligaments formed as a consequence of the sample sectioning process, and as such it does not significantly affect the back-calculated residual stress field.

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