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Fundamentals of fatigue failure are outlined. Addressed are fatigue crack characteristics, basic crack types, unidirectional bending, alternate bending, rotary bending, torsion, direct stress, and combined stress. Stress cycle, endurance limits, under and overstressing, stress concentration, and surface condition are discussed. Sections are devoted to fatigue crack assessment, corrosion relation to fatigue failure, and the micro-mechanisms of fatigue failure. Materials considered include steels. Photographs of service failures are used to illustrate features alluded to in the text.

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G. A. Cottell, M.Sc.,, Fatigue Failures, With Special Reference to Fracture Characteristics, ASM Failure Analysis Case Histories: Failure Modes and Mechanisms, ASM International, 2019,

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