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This article provides an overview of fractography and explains how it is used in failure analysis. It reviews the basic types of fracture processes, namely, ductile, brittle, fatigue, and creep, principally in terms of fracture appearances, such as microstructure. The article also describes the general features of fatigue fractures in terms of crack initiation and fatigue crack propagation.

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W.T. Becker, S. Lampman, 2002. "Fracture Appearance and Mechanisms of Deformation and Fracture", Failure Analysis and Prevention, William T. Becker, Roch J. Shipley

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