RESEARCH PAPERS: Additional Research Papers

Design of Apparatus for Constant-Stress or Constant-Load Creep Tests

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F. Garofalo, O. Richmond, W. F. Domis

Edgar C. Bain Laboratory for Fundamental Research, United States Steel Corporation Research Center, Monroeville, Pa.

J. Basic Eng 84(2), 287-293 (Jun 01, 1962) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3657303 History: Received May 10, 1961; Online November 04, 2011


Apparatus has been designed and built for conducting creep tests under constant-stress or constant-load conditions. An exact mathematical solution describing the shape of the cam lever for constant stress is given. This solution applies for the large strains usually found for ductile metals and alloys, as long as the strain is uniform. The initial specimen length employed in a constant-stress creep test ordinarily is fixed by the dimensions of the cam system used. It is shown by the present analysis that the initial specimen length may be changed if an approximate adjustment is made in the initial setting of a properly designed cam lever. The direction of the load axis remains fixed and therefore the apparatus has the advantage of a more complex level-beam machine. The results of a number of creep tests under constant-stress conditions are reported.

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