Short fatigue crack growth from a blunt notch in plate specimens


Short crack growth behavior from a notch including crack closure and load ratio effects was investigated. Experiments and analyses were carried out using four-point bending specimens made of SAE 1045 steel, using a blunt notch keyhole specimen geometry. The lower the load ratio, the more notch effect on short crack growth behavior was observed. Short cracks in the notch affected zone had higher growth rates than long cracks. After the crack grew out of the notch effect field, short crack growth rates merged with the long crack growth rates. Several parameters were used to correlate the short crack growth rates including stress intensity factor range, effective stress intensity factor range, and stress intensity factor range based on notch root stress. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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International Journal of Fracture