Physics-Based Modeling Tools for Life Prediction and Durability Assessment of Advanced Materials

Period of Performance: 06/11/2015 - 06/10/2017


Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Elder Research, Inc.
300 West Main Street, Suite 301
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road, P.O. Drawer 28510
San Antonio, TX 78238
Institution POC


The technical objectives of this program are: (1) to develop a set of physics-based modeling tools to predict the initiation of hot corrosion and to address pit and fatigue crack formation in Ni-based alloys subjected to corrosive environments, (2) to implement this set of physics-based modeling tools into the DARWIN probabilistic life-prediction code, and (3) to demonstrate corrosion fatigue crack initiation and growth life prediction for turbine disks subjected to low-cycle and high-cycle fatigue loading in extreme environments. This technology will significantly improve the current ability to simulate and avoid corrosion fatigue failure of engine disks or metallic structural components due to prolonged exposure to extreme environments at elevated temperatures. Completion of the proposed program will provide probabilistic corrosion fatigue crack growth life assessment software tools for structural components subjected to aggressive hot corrosion environments. Such a suite of software tools is unique and is urgently needed for designing and improving the performance of critical structures used in the space structure and propulsion systems in commercial and military gas turbine engines, and oil and gas industries. This generic technology can also be used to provide guidance for developing new alloys or improving current Ni-based alloy designs for hot-section applications.