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Review: Gigacycle fatigue data sheets for advanced engineering materials

Author(s): Koji Yamaguchi, Takayuki Abe, Kazuo Kobayashi, Etsuo Takeuchi, Hisashi Hirukawa, Yoshio Maeda, Nobuo Nagashima, Masao Hayakawa, Yoshiyuki Furuya, Masuo Shimodaira and Kensuke Miyahara

Journal: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
ISSN 1468-6996

Volume: 8;
Issue: 7-8;
Start page: 545;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Gigacycle fatigue data sheets have been published since 1997 by the National Institute for Materials Science. They cover several areas such as high-cycle-number fatigue for high-strength steels and titanium alloys, the fatigue of welded joints, and high-temperature fatigue for advanced ferritic heat-resistant steels. Some unique testing machines are used to run the tests up to an extremely high number of cycles such as 1010 cycles. A characteristic of gigacycle fatigue failure is that it is initiated inside smooth specimens; the fatigue strength decreases with increasing cycle number and the fatigue limit disappears, although ordinary fatigue failure initiates from the surface of a smooth specimen and a fatigue limit appears. For welded joints, fatigue failure initiates from the notch root of the weld, because a large amount of stress is concentrated at the weld toe. The fatigue strength of welded joints has been obtained for up to 108 cycles, which is an extremely high number of cycles for large welded joints. The project of producing gigacycle fatigue data sheets is still continuing and will take a few more years to complete.
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