SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1988

Crack Closure and Variable-Amplitude Fatigue Crack Growth


The prediction of service lifetime and the selection of alloys for maximum fatigue crack growth resistance are made complicated by the effect of prior loading histories on the rate of crack growth. Some research indicates that crack closure can be an important factor in accounting for this history effect. This paper presents a review of the lifetime on load-interaction effects on fatigue crack growth and indicates some of the future research needed to better understand the factors giving rise to history effects in the growth of long and short cracks.

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McEvily, AJ
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Minakawa, K
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 357–376
DOI: 10.1520/STP23226S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5034-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0925-4