This article provides ASTM standard definitions for fatigue and describes the approaches that are used to design finite or infinite life, used in a complementary sense in fatigue design. It explains four distinct phases of fatigue: nucleation, structurally dependent crack propagation, crack propagation, and final instability. The article discusses the significant role that fatigue plays in industrial design applications.
David W. Hoeppner, Industrial Significance of Fatigue Problems, Fatigue and Fracture, Vol 19, ASM Handbook, By ASM Handbook Committee, ASM International, 1996, p 3–4, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.hb.v19.a0002348
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