Thermomechanical fatigue, oxidation, and creep: Part i. Damage mechanisms

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Isothermal fatigue tests and both out-of-phase and in-phase thermomechanical fatigue tests were performed in air and in helium atmospheres. A wide range of temperatures from 20 ‡C to 700 ‡C was considered in these tests on 1070 steel specimens. A procedure for inert atmosphere testing using encapsulated specimens is described. Results indicate that the fatigue lives are 2 to 12 times greater in helium than in air. Interrupted tests were performed to characterize the pro-gression of damage in the material. Results indicate that oxidation-induced crack nucleation and crack growth are detrimental at high temperatures for isothermal and out-of-phase thermome-chanical fatigue tests. In these tests, transgranular cracking is observed. However, creep-induced intergranular cracking is the dominant damage mechanism during in-phase thermomechanical fatigue tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1755-1767
Number of pages13
JournalMetallurgical Transactions A
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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