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Development of Experimental Techniques and Predictive Tools to Characterise Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue Behaviour and Damage Mechanisms

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Project "DevTMF" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Sweden [SE]
 Project website
 Total cost 994˙538 €
 EC max contribution 994˙538 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (ITD Engines)
 Code Call H2020-CS2-CFP01-2014-01
 Funding Scheme CS2-RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-02-01   to  2020-07-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET SE (LINKOPING) coordinator 343˙873.00
2    SWANSEA UNIVERSITY UK (SWANSEA) participant 457˙735.00


 Project objective

DevTMF takes the collective technical expertise and experience of working on thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) problems related to large aero-engines from three major centres of TMF research, namely Linköping, Swansea and Nottingham Universities in order to perform the activities of this topic. Together, the team will deliver significant technical innovations in following major topics to ensure world-leading competencies in aero engine and aircraft manufacturing sector for Europe:

1. Improvement and development of advanced standard and non-standard cutting-edge TMF experimental methods and harmonisation of the test methods to enable standardisation across the field by performing comprehensive studies into the phenomena for a range of representative parts, 2. Advanced metallurgical assessment of structural disc alloy(s) taking into account the effect of multiple critical variables (e.g. R-ratio, phase, environment, dwell) to determine active damage mechanisms that control the life under TMF operating conditions, and 3. Physically based coupled models, with experimental validation, capable of predicting TMF initiation and propagation lives of components subjected to complex engine cycles and suitable for implementation in the computer programmes used to predict component lives.

The project will take the above-described technologies to TRL5. Two business opportunities are addressed by this work: (i) at the end of the project the materials understanding and lifing models will be used to optimise/uprate the performance of existing individual aero engine components and (ii) over a longer timescale influence the development of new disc alloys and ultra efficient future designs (Advance, Ultrafan). The developed TMF technologies will enable industrial aero gas turbines used for aero engines to be operated at higher temperatures and pressures, improving their efficiency and reducing fuel consumption (by 1%) and CO2 emissions. Hence improved competitiveness and marker share.


List of deliverables.
Report regarding the effect of static and dynamic crack tip heating in induction field Documents, reports 2019-11-15 09:59:30
Risk register and management Documents, reports 2019-11-15 09:59:30
Literature review of state-of-the-art on TMF life and crack propagation modelling Documents, reports 2019-11-15 09:59:30
Present basis and plans for modelling approaches and development Documents, reports 2019-11-15 09:59:30
Report regarding the effect of heating methods on TMF CP rates Documents, reports 2019-11-15 09:59:30
Internal Consortium Agreement Documents, reports 2019-11-15 09:59:30

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of DevTMF deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Daniel Leidermark, Robert Eriksson, James P. Rouse, Christopher J. Hyde, Svjetlana Stekovic
Thermomechanical fatigue crack initiation in disc alloys using a damage approach
published pages: 19007, ISSN: 2261-236X, DOI: 10.1051/matecconf/201816519007
MATEC Web of Conferences 165 2019-11-15
2018 J. P. Rouse, C. J. Hyde, D. Leidermark, S. Stekovic, J. Jones, M. Whittaker, R. Lancaster, S. Pattison and B. Grant
The Development of Predictive TMF Material Models for Cyclic Plasticity in a Nickel-based Superalloy
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12th International Fatigue Congress (FATIGUE 2018) 27 May - 1 June 2018 2019-11-15
2017 M. T. Whittaker, J.P. Jones, S. P. Brookes, R. J. Lancaster, A. Dyer, S.J. Williams
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11th International Conference on Advanced Materials & Processing 7-8 September 2017 2019-11-15
2018 M.T. Whittaker, J.P. Jones, R.J. Lancaster, C.J. Hyde, J. Rouse, S. Pattison, S. Stekovic
Thermo-mechanical fatigue crack growth in advanced aerospace alloys
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12th International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials 16-21 September 2018 2019-11-15
2019 J. Palmer, J. Jones, A. Dyer, R. Smith, R. Lancaster, M. Whittaker
Development of test facilities for thermo-mechanical fatigue testing
published pages: 208-218, ISSN: 0142-1123, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2018.12.015
International Journal of Fatigue 121 2019-11-15
2017 Mark Whittaker, Jonathan Jones, Ashley Dyer and Jennie Palmer
Testing methodologies for thermo-mechanical fatigue evaluation in advanced aerospace materials
published pages: 51, ISSN: 2321-6212, DOI:
Res. Rev. J Mat. Sci. 2017 Volume 5, Issue 5 2019-11-15
2018 Jonathan Jones
Enhancing the Accuracy of Advanced High Temperature Mechanical Testing through Thermography
published pages: 380, ISSN: 2076-3417, DOI: 10.3390/app8030380
Applied Sciences 8/3 2019-11-15
2018 M. Whittaker, J. Jones, R. Lancaster, S. Pattison, S. Stekovic
Thermo-mechanical fatigue crack growth in advanced aerospace alloys (Keynote lecture)
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12th International Fatigue Congress (FATIGUE 2018) 27 May - 1 June 2018 2019-11-15

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