Martensite variant localization effects on fatigue crack growth - The CuZnAl example

J. Yaacoub, Y. Wu, W. Abuzaid, D. Canadinc, H. Sehitoglu

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The paper underscores the difficulty in characterizing crack growth in shape memory alloys with conventional stress intensity approaches even when anisotropy is accounted for. The local displacements deviate significantly from the presumed K solutions because of transformation localization at macro scales extending from the crack tip. Modifications in stress intensity due to variant induced tractions are derived providing an explanation of the extrinsic behavior. Precise displacement and strain measurements are provided to highlight the complexity of deformation and the need for better fracture mechanics models, including crack tip opening displacements, to characterize fatigue crack growth in shape memory alloys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-117
Number of pages6
JournalScripta Materialia
StatePublished - Oct 2019


  • Crack opening displacement
  • CuZnAl
  • Fatigue crack growth
  • Stress induced martensite
  • Superelasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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