SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1965

Electron Fractography—A Tool for the Study of Micromechanisms of Fracturing Processes


Uses of the electron microscope for the study of fracture surfaces and the subsequent formulation of models of fine-scale fracture mechanisms are demonstrated. Electron fractography is shown to be a valuable tool in obtaining a better understanding of fracture and in the analysis of service failures.

Various types of fracture surfaces produced by single-cycle overload and by fatigue in various materials are discussed in order to indicate the usefulness of this relatively new tool.

The scope of application in the general field of fracture research is indicated.

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Beachem, CD
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.
Pelloux, RMN
The Boeing Company, Seattle, Wash.
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 210–244
DOI: 10.1520/STP26590S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4569-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0105-0