The Plastic Zone Ahead of a Fatigue Crack in 316 Stainless Steel

    Published: Jan 1983

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    After a short review of different experimental methods used for studying the plastic zone ahead of a crack tip, the capabilities of the microhardness method are analyzed in detail. A finite-element calculation, which takes the cyclic hardening of 316 stainless steel into account, permits a thorough study of plastic deformation at the crack tip. The microhardness technique is a good method of studying the shape of the plastic zone and the deformation around the tip of the crack.


    fatigue, plastic zone, stresses, strains, experimental techniques, plastic analysis

    Author Information:

    Loye, C
    Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Compiegne,

    Bathias, C
    Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Compiegne,

    Retali, D
    Framatome, Chalon,

    Devaux, JC
    Framatome, Chalon,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E08.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP30568S

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