Metallurgical Transactions A

, Volume 10, Issue 12, pp 1881–1887 | Cite as

The role of dislocation substructures in fatigue crack propagation in copper and alpha brass

  • Hitoshi Ishii
  • Kazuhiko Yukawa
Mechanical Behavior


The effect of dislocation substructures on fatigue crack propagation (FCP) behavior in copper and alpha brass was studied. Various dislocation substructures were obtained by prestraining in tension. Dislocation cells were formed by this prestraining in copper and 90/10 brass and when they formed the resistance to FCP at intermediate propagation rates (5×10−9 to ∼10−7 m/cycle) increased with increasing prestrain. Planar dislocation arrays were observed in 70/30 brass instead of cells, and the effect of prestraining on the FCP resistance was insignificant. From the FCP data for each material it was observed that, regardless of the difference in the dislocation substructures and grain sizes, the two constantsC andm in the Paris equation,da/dN=C(ΔK) m, were interrelated. Possible relations between the cyclic strain hardening exponent andm are discussed. The influence of both prestrain and grain size on threshold behavior was also studied.


Metallurgical Transaction Fatigue Strength Cyclic Strain Dislocation Substructure Threshold Stress Intensity Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hitoshi Ishii
    • 1
  • Kazuhiko Yukawa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringShizuoka UniversityJohoku, HamamatsuJapan
  2. 2.Matsushita Electric WorksHikoneJapan

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