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Fatigue and Fracture

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ASM Handbook Committee
ASM Handbook Committee
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Volume
19
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-193-1
Publication date:
1996
Book Chapter

Fatigue of Brittle Materials[1]

Published:
1996
Page range:
936 - 945

Abstract

This article summarizes the understanding of the mechanisms and mechanical effects of fatigue processes in highly brittle materials, with particular emphasis on ceramics. It provides a discussion on room-temperature fatigue crack growth in monolithic ceramics, transformation-toughened ceramics, and ceramic composites under cyclic compression. The cyclic damage zones ahead of tensile fatigue cracks, crack propagation under cyclic tension or tension-compression loads, and elevated-temperature fatigue crack growth in monotonic and composite ceramics, are discussed. The article presents ceramic fatigue data for fatigue crack growth testing and concludes with a discussion on life prediction for ceramics or ceramic-matrix composites.

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1996. "Fatigue of Brittle Materials", Fatigue and Fracture, ASM Handbook Committee

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