Cyclic fatigue crack growth of SiCw/Y-TZP composites: long- and short-crack behaviour
Cyclic fatigue crack growth behaviour has been investigated for 10 vol % SiCw/Y-TZP composites with grain sizes varying from 1.50–2.00 μm in a residual stress field. To investigate the effect of precracking procedure, cyclic fatigue tests were performed on unannealed specimens using the four-point bending method under two conditions: (a) with a sharp crack and precracking procedure, and (b) with a natural sharp flaw. For all specimens in both conditions, an overall V-shaped da/dN versus Kapp relation was obtained. However, for the specimens without precracking, the da/dN had an unusual dependence on the applied stress intensity, giving a zigzag V-shaped curve. Explanations for these different results for the two conditions are discussed in terms of crack-tip shielding effects and residual stress field.
KeywordsResidual Stress Stress Intensity Applied Stress Fatigue Test Growth Behaviour
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