The Application of Microstructural Fracture Mechanics to Various Metal Surface States
The fatigue crack initiation period, previously thought to be a necessary precursor to fatigue crack propagation and eventual failure, is considered here to be a negligible phase in the fatigue failure of polycrystalline metals. Rather this period is considered to be the propagation of a defect of microstructural dimensions by a variety of processes. The significance of this alternative view is examined in relation to corrosion fatigue, models of short crack growth, different loading modes and the enhancement of fatigue resistance by surface shot-peening treatments.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A
- Pub Date:
- June 1996