Effect of shear-affected zone on fatigue crack propagation mode

Shigeru Hamada, Kejin Zhang, Jiwang Zhang, Motomichi Koyama, Tatsuo Yokoi, Hiroshi Noguchi

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It is well known that the fatigue limits of some precipitation-hardened steels with a punched hole do not increase, even if the tensile strengths of base-metal increases. This study suggested that the dominant reason for this strange phenomenon is a transition from the Mode I type fatigue crack propagation due to the cyclic plastic deformation to Mode II type propagation due to the damage accumulation by a quantitative analysis of influential factors based on fracture mechanics. This result can open a probability that the fatigue limit of the punched hole with shear-affected zone can be actively quantified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-47
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Fatigue
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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