Fatigue crack propagation in [0 1 2] NiTi single crystal alloy

E. Sgambitterra, C. Maletta, F. Furgiuele, H. Sehitoglu

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Fatigue crack propagation experiments on nickel titanium single crystal alloy, with [0 1 2] crystallographic orientation, were carried out in this study. Stable microstructure, i.e. stable austenite and stable martensite, with the same chemical composition, were investigated. To this aim, two different values of temperature were analyzed. The digital image correlation (DIC) technique was used to obtain the displacement experienced by the sample during the application of the load. Obtained data were used as input parameters of a numerical procedure, that is able to estimate the effective stress intensity factor the sample actually experiences. The procedure is also able to automatically calculate the effective crack length. Numerical crack opening displacement measurements were also conducted in order to estimate the near crack tip stiffness of the microstructures. Results revealed that the stable austenite exhibits a lower threshold value of the stress intensity factor and a higher crack growth rate. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that, when dealing with martensite, local elastic properties change, as a consequence of the variants reorientation, and this effect has to be taken into account for the fatigue crack growth characterization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-20
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Fatigue
StatePublished - Jul 2018


  • Digital image correlation
  • Fatigue crack propagation
  • NiTi single crystal
  • Over-deterministic method
  • Shape memory alloys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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