Fatigue life analysis of a cannon barrel

Leslie Banks-Sills*, R. Eliasi

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A steel cannon barrel was tested and analyzed in order to predict its lifetime. Mechanical properties, fracture toughness and fatigue behavior were determined experimentally. The cannon barrel was assumed to have a smooth inner surface. On that basis, finite element analyses were carried out in order to determine the stress intensity factor as a function of crack length for the case in which the cannon barrel contains two symmetrically located cracks. The fatigue data was assumed to follow the Paris-Erdogan law. A statistical Monte Carlo analysis for the fatigue life of the cannon barrel was carried out with many of the parameters assumed to be random variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-385
Number of pages15
JournalEngineering Failure Analysis
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1999


  • Cannons
  • Fatigue crack growth
  • Fracture toughness
  • Life prediction
  • Probability


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