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Title: Fatigue crack growth in iron silicon alloys
Author: Geary, W.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3493 0896
Awarding Body: Sheffield City Polytechnic
Current Institution: Sheffield Hallam University
Date of Award: 1985
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A technique for accurately monitoring fatigue crack growth at near threshold growth rates has been established. The characteristics of near threshold fatigue crack growth of a number of iron-silicon alloys has been quantitatively and qualitatively investigated. Relationships have been established relating the stress intensity factor, AK, and the fatigue crack growth rate da/dN. At fatigue crack growth rates approaching threshold the material has shown some microstructural sensitivity and this has been related to the stress intensity factor and the yield stress. A relationship has been shown to exist between the value of the threshold stress intensity factor and the inverse root of the grain size, d~2, for each of the alloys investigated. A model for near threshold fatigue crack growth has been proposed and includes the contributions made by grain size and crack tip plasticity. This work has also shown that fatigue crack closure plays an important role in the micromechanisms of fatigue crack growth near the threshold at low R ratio s. A number of mechanisms have been identified: crack closure due tothe presence of oxidation products on fracture surfaces in tests conducted in air, and closure due to the presence of fatigue fretting, facet contact and a contribution of mixed mode opening.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Metallurgy & metallography