Article: “Better predictions of the working life of industrial components”

“A minor disparity between an established mathematical model to predict creep crack growth behavior in materials in high-temperature environments and actual data has prompted Dr. Warwick Payten to reassess the approach and revise the model.”

“Being able to more accurately predict crack growth in real components is highly useful because it allows you to potentially extend the life of operating industrial plants and conventional, solar and nuclear power stations with confidence,” said Payten, a senior nuclear fuel cycle researcher.”

With May 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #5 is it important to find RLEs where two AOKs are most useful together and other RLEs were an AOK is best on its own.

This RLE has significant link to both mathematics and the natural sciences. The model uses mathematics to predict the decay of the industrial components. The wear on the industrial components is a result of physical changes that are studied in the natural sciences. This RLE can be used to argue both sides of the prescribed title.