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    Evaluation of the Fatigue Crack Initiation Properties of Type 403 Stainless Steel in Air and Steam Environments

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    Fatigue crack initiation data were generated for Type 403 martensitic stainless steel in laboratory air and oxygenated steam environments. Tests were conducted with 1-in.-thick blunt notched compact tension specimens and the results analyzed and expressed in terms of both fracture mechanics and maximum stress parameters.


    fatigue (materials), crack propagation, steels, environmental tests, air, steam, corrosive environments, stainless steels, stresses

    Author Information:

    Clark, WG
    Fellow engineer, Westinghouse Research Labs., Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Committee/Subcommittee: E08.08

    DOI: 10.1520/STP38601S