This article provides information on fracture toughness and fatigue crack growth of structural steels. It describes fatigue life behavior in terms of unnotched fatigue limits, notch effects, axial strain-life fatigue, and mean stress effects. The article analyzes the mechanisms of corrosion fatigue crack initiation and prevention of corrosion fatigue. It presents case histories of fatigue failure of various steel components. The article reviews the failure of coiled tubing in a drilling application and the failure of coiled tubing due to hydrogen sulfide exposure, with examples.
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