The best measure of performance in a jet engine is the thrust-to-weight ratio. Cast single-crystal superalloys provide higher temperature capability and offer opportunities for significant improvements in future jet engine performance and durability. The highly anistropic behavior of these advanced materials, which includes modulus, strength, and ductility variation with crystallographic orientation, pose potentially significant problems for design and life prediction of advanced turbine blades.

The objective of this paper is to provide a better understanding of the crack growth behavior in this advanced turbine blade material by evaluating the effect of temperature, frequency, orientation, and thickness.

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