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Understanding fatigue crack growth is critical for the safe operation of many structural components. This article reviews the standard fracture mechanics and methods to determine the crack growth rate for a material and loading condition experimentally. It also addresses the two most important aspects of crack-growth modeling: loading environment and crack geometry.

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Andrew H. Rosenberger, Modeling Fatigue Crack Growth, Fundamentals of Modeling for Metals Processing, Vol 22A, ASM Handbook, Edited By D.U. Furrer, S.L. Semiatin, ASM International, 2009, p 429–434,

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