Fatigue Crack Growth Rates of Structural Alloys at 4 K

  • R. L. Tobler
  • R. P. Reed
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 22)


Recent developments in applied superconductivity have demonstrated the feasibility of constructing electrical machinery to operate at liquid helium temperature. A device such as a rotating superconducting generator contains structural members that are continually subjected to fatigue during operation at 4 K. The fatigue resistance of candidate structural materials in this environment is a vital design consideration, and fatigue studies at extreme cryogenic temperatures are currently of great practical importance.


Fatigue Crack Stress Intensity Factor Crack Growth Rate Austenitic Stainless Steel Fatigue Crack Propagation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. L. Tobler
    • 1
  • R. P. Reed
    • 1
  1. 1.Cryogenics DivisionNBS Institute for Basic StandardsBoulderUSA

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