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Fatigue and Fracture

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Mechanisms of Corrosion Fatigue

P.S. Pao
P.S. Pao
Materials Science and Technology Division, Naval Research Laboratory
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185 - 192


Corrosion fatigue refers to the phenomenon of cracking in materials under the combined actions of fatigue loading and a corrosive environment. This article focuses on the various mechanisms of corrosion fatigue, namely, hydrogen-assisted cracking, anodic dissolution, and surface energy reduction. It discusses the variables affecting corrosion fatigue. The effect of fatigue load frequency, environment, grain size, stress ratio, waveform, and temperature fatigue crack growth are also discussed.

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P.S. Pao, 1996. "Mechanisms of Corrosion Fatigue", Fatigue and Fracture

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