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Abstract

A type 316L stainless steel angled plate failed. The fatigue fracture was found to have occurred at a plate hole. Symmetric cyclic bending forces were revealed by the fatigue damage at the fracture edge at the top surface of the plate. Fatigue striations and slip bands produced on the surface during cyclic loading were observed. The material was showed by the deformation structure to be in the cold-worked condition and was termed to not be the cause of the implant failure.

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