Fatigue performance and cyclic softening of F82H, a ferritic-martensitic steel

J. F. Stubbins, D. S. Gelles

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The room temperature fatigue performance of F82H has been examined. The fatigue life was determined in a series of strain-controlled tests where the stress level was monitored as a function of the number of accrued cycles. Fatigue lives in the range of 103 to 106 cycles to failure were examined. The fatigue performance was found to be controlled primarily by the elastic strain range over most of the range of fatigue lives examined. Only at low fatigue lives did the plastic strain range contribute to the response. However, when the significant plastic strain did contribute, the material showed a tendency to cyclically soften. That is, the load carrying capability of the material degrades with accumulated fatigue cycles. The overall fatigue performance of the F82H alloy was found to be similar to other advanced martensitic steels, but lower than more common low alloy steels which posses lower yield strengths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-335
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - Oct 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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