SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1975

Fatigue Behavior of an Ag Mg-AgMg Eutectic Composite


The eutectic alloy Ag-32 atomic percent Mg has been directionally solidified at rates ranging from 0.8 to 27.7 cm/h to produce an aligned lamellar structure. The alloy, consisting of 40 volume percent AgMg and 60 volume percent of a solid solution of approximate composition Ag-27 atomic percent Mg, has been cycled in tension-tension loading at room temperature. Fatigue life increased sharply with both higher growth speeds and with the introduction of long range order into the Ag-27 atomic percent Mg phase by post-solidification heat treatment. Fractographic examination revealed a marked change in crack path and striation morphology as order was produced. It is concluded that improvements in fatigue life with growth speed were a consequence of decreased interlamellar spacing and the resulting rise in tensile strength of the alloy.

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Kim, YG
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Lewis Laboratory, Cleveland, Ohio
Maurer, GE
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N. Y.
Stoloff, NS
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N. Y.
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 210–225
DOI: 10.1520/STP33174S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4652-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0346-7