SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1988

Fatigue Crack Closure: Observations and Technical Significance


The meaning of crack closure for fatigue crack growth resistance is discussed under different headings: (1) mechanistic aspects of crack closure—essential differences between microcracks and macrocracks, microstructural influences; (2) direct methods and indirect methods to measure crack closure; (3) numerical aspects of crack closure relations for constant-amplitude loading; and (4) crack closure and variable-amplitude loading. The paper summarizes the present state of the art. Attention is paid to microstructural aspects, changing crack growth mechanisms under threshold conditions and 3-dimensional aspects including plane strain/plane stress problems.

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Schijve, J
Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 5–34
DOI: 10.1520/STP27198S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5052-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0996-4