Effects of Kmax on fatigue crack growth threshold in aluminum alloys

J. A. Newman, W. T. Riddell, R. S. Piascik

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Effects of Kmax on closure-free, near-threshold fatigue crack growth are examined in ingot metallurgy aluminum alloys 2024 and 7050, and powder metallurgy aluminum alloy 8009. Significantly lower closure-free fatigue crack growth thresholds, as well as accelerated fatigue crack growth rates, were observed as Kmax increased. Results indicate that no single value of fatigue crack growth threshold exists, because near-threshold fatigue crack growth is dependent on both Kmax and ΔK. The near-threshold Kmax effect is linked to an increase in crack-tip void production. Experimental observations suggest that Kmax-accelerated, closure-free, near-threshold fatigue crack growth rates were caused by changes in crack-tip process zone damage mechanism(s) that are a result of increased crack-tip driving force.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-77
Number of pages15
JournalASTM Special Technical Publication
Issue number1372
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event'Fatigue Crack Growth Thresholds, Enudrance Limits, and Design' Symposium - Norfolk, VA, USA
Duration: Nov 4 1998Nov 5 1998

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