Le fluage est souvent considéré comme l’un des modes de rupture des matériaux, et il se définit classiquement comme la tendance d’un matériau solide à se déformer de façon permanente sous l’influence de contraintes. Il est généralement le résultat d’une exposition à long terme à de hauts niveaux de contrainte en dessous de la limite d’élasticité du matériau.

Creep rate is a function of the material properties, exposure time, exposure temperature and the applied  load.  Depending on the magnitude of load and  duration, the deformation may become so large that a component can no longer perform its function — for example, creep behavior in a turbine blade will cause the blade to contact the casing, resulting in the failure of the blade.

Creep properties are of concern to engineers and metallurgists when evaluating components that operate under high stresses and temperatures.  Creep is a deformation mechanism that may even initiate a failure mode.  In certain cases, such as creep in concrete, it can  relieve tensile stresses that might otherwise lead to cracking.  In biological materials, creep is often characterized to understand how certain tissues respond to biomechanical loading in both normal and sports-related activities.

Creep response can also occur in polymers and metals which are considered viscoelastic materials.  When a polymeric material is subjected to an abrupt force, the response can be modeled using the Kelvin-Voigt model.  In this model, the material is represented by a Hookean spring and a Newtonian dashpot in parallel. Voir la page Relaxation de contrainte pour plus d’informations.

TA ElectroForce® ElectroForce® test instruments are used to study a variety of creep behaviors and response for engineered materials and a variety of biological specimens.  Contact us to discuss your particular application.

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