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ASM Handbook

Fatigue and Fracture

ASM International
Volume
19
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-193-1
Publication date:
1996
Book Chapter

Fatigue Failure in Metals[1]

By
Morris E. Fine
Morris E. Fine
R.R. McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern University
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Yip-Wah Chung
Yip-Wah Chung
R.R. McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern University
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Published:
1996
Page range:
63 - 72

Abstract

Fatigue damage in metals is caused by the simultaneous action of cyclic stress, tensile stress, and plastic strain. This article details the fundamental aspects of the stages of the fatigue failure process. These include cyclic plastic deformation prior to fatigue crack initiation, initiation of one or more microcracks, propagation or coalescence of microcracks to form one or more microcracks, and propagation of one or more macrocracks.

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Morris E. Fine, Yip-Wah Chung, 1996. "Fatigue Failure in Metals", Fatigue and Fracture

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