SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1993

Damage Observation of a Low-Carbon Steel Under Tension-Torsion Low-Cycle Fatigue


Low-cycle fatigue tension-torsion tests were performed on a low-carbon steel. The formation of microcracks as a function of orientation and state of stress was studied. Quantitative measurements of microcrack density and length showed that microcracking occurred in the maximum shear direction for various stress states. Transgranular microcracks were mostly observed. An increasing amount of intergranular microcracks was observed for out-of-phase tension-torsion loading. A shear-based microcrack propagation approach incorporating a normal stress effect was shown to provide a better correlation of the damage distribution of a pure torsion test.

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Bérard, JY
IRSID Unieux, FIRMINY, France
McDowell, DL
Georgia Institute of Technology, the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Atlanta, GA
Antolovich, SD
Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Materials Engineering, Atlanta, GA
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 326–344
DOI: 10.1520/STP24810S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5243-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1862-1