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This article defines different types of small cracks and identifies the different factors that influence small-crack behavior. Appropriate analysis techniques, including both rigorous scientific and practical engineering treatments, are briefly described. Important material data issues are addressed, including increased scatter in small-crack data and recommended small-crack test methods. The article highlights the applications where small cracks may be particularly important.

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R. Craig McClung, Kwai S. Chan, Stephen J. Hudak, Jr., David L. Davidson, 1996. "Behavior of Small Fatigue Cracks", Fatigue and Fracture

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