Effect of microstructure on fatigue properties of Al alloy 2017 in high humidity

Norio Kawagoishi, Akihiro Higashi, Qiang Chen, Yuzo Nakamura, Kazuhiro Morino

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In order to investigate effects of a texture and a slip characteristic on fatigue properties of Al alloys in high humidity, rotating bending fatigue tests were carried out using plain specimens of an extruded bar and a drawn one of age-hardened Al alloy 2017-T4 and an Al alloy annealed the extruded one in relative humidity of 25% and 85%. The extruded Al alloy and the annealed one had a marked texture of a (111) plane at the cross section of each bar, but a specified orientation was not observed in the drawn one. In addition, the aged-hardened Al alloys show a planar slip property and the annealed alloy shows a wavy one. In the all Al alloys, the obvious retardation of a small crack growth due to blocking effect of a grain boundary was observed in low humidity, though the retardation disappeared in high humidity. Moreover the acceleration of a crack growth was yielded due to the change in growth mechanism of a crack from a tensile mode in low humidity to a shear mode at high stress levels in high humidity in the extruded alloy, though the effect of humidity on the growth mechanism was very small in the drawn Al alloy and the annealed one. In the extruded Al alloy, the fracture surface yielded by the shear mode crack in high humidity was occupied by many slip planes and voids and was a (100) plane, though the fracture surface formed by the growth of the tensile mode crack in low humidity was covered with striations. In the drawn and annealed Al alloys, fracture surfaces were mainly occupied by striations irrespective of humidity and stress levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-563
Number of pages8
JournalZairyo/Journal of the Society of Materials Science, Japan
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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