Micromechanism of accelerated near-threshold fatigue crack growth in Al2O3/Al-Cu composite at elevated temperature

Gang Liu, Daping Yao, Jian Ku Shang

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Abstract

Fatigue crack growth behavior of a peak-aged Al2O3/Al-Cu composite was examined at 150 °C and compared to the behavior at room temperature (RT). At 150 °C, fatigue crack growth rates showed strong dependence on loading time. At short loading time, when stress-intensity range was decreased to approach fatigue threshold, crack growth rates at 150 °C were comparable to those measured at RT. Prolonged fatigue testing at near-threshold crack growth rates resulted in oscillations of crack growth rate until the fatigue crack growth behavior was stabilized to become similar to that in an overaged composite. Measurement of the matrix hardness at different distances from the crack plane and transmission electron microscopy examination of the fatigue specimen have shown that the matrix microstructure at the tip of the fatigue crack underwent overaging during prolonged testing in the near-threshold regime. Consequently, the fatigue fracture mechanism was modified, a lower crack closure developed, and the fatigue threshold reduced to that of the overaged composite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1435-1442
Number of pages8
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A
Volume25
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Science(all)

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