© 1997

Fatigue Damage, Crack Growth and Life Prediction


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Fernand Ellyin
    Pages 1-32
  3. Fernand Ellyin
    Pages 33-76
  4. Fernand Ellyin
    Pages 179-204
  5. Fernand Ellyin
    Pages 278-380
  6. Fernand Ellyin
    Pages 381-414
  7. Fernand Ellyin
    Pages 415-441
  8. Fernand Ellyin
    Pages 442-462
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 463-469

About this book


Fatigue failure is a multi-stage process. It begins with the initiation of cracks, and with continued cyclic loading the cracks propagate, finally leading to the rupture of a component or specimen. The demarcation between the above stages is not well-defined. Depending upon the scale of interest, the variation may span three orders of magnitude. For example, to a material scientist an initiated crack may be of the order of a micron, whereas for an engineer it can be of the order of a millimetre. It is not surprising therefore to see that investigation of the fatigue process has followed different paths depending upon the scale of phenomenon under investigation. Interest in the study of fatigue failure increased with the advent of industrial­ ization. Because of the urgent need to design against fatigue failure, early investiga­ tors focused on prototype testing and proposed failure criteria similar to design formulae. Thus, a methodology developed whereby the fatigue theories were proposed based on experimental observations, albeit at times with limited scope. This type of phenomenological approach progressed rapidly during the past four decades as closed-loop testing machines became available.


deformation design fatigue fracture mechanics mechanics mechanisms plasticity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.NOVA CORP and NSERC Senior Industrial Research ChairUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Materials & Steel
Energy, Utilities & Environment
Oil, Gas & Geosciences