Fatigue of Metals

Fatigue of Metals

1st Edition - January 1, 1962

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  • Author: P. G. Forrest
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160733

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Fatigue of Metals provides a general account of the failure of metals due to fatigue, a subject of great practical importance in the field of engineering and metallurgy. The book covers a wide range of topics on the study of the fatigue of metals. The text presents in the first three chapters the characteristics and detection of fatigue fractures; methods of fatigue testing; and the fatigue strengths of different materials. The resistance of materials to fatigue under complex stress; the determination and effects of stress concentration; influence of surface treatment on fatigue strength; and effects of corrosion and temperature are also studied in detail. In relation to the previous chapters of fatigue information, a chapter is devoted to engineering design to prevent fatigue. The last two chapters provide a brief historical survey of the developments of the study of the mechanism of fatigue and fatigue of non-metallic materials such as wood, plastic, rubber, glass, and concrete. Mechanical engineers, designers, metallurgists, researchers, and students will find the book as a good reference material.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter I Introduction

    Characteristics of Fatigue Fractures

    Detection of Fatigue Cracks

    Chapter II Fatigue Testing


    Fatigue Strength and Fatigue Limit

    The Relation between Stress and Strain During Fatigue

    Types of Fatigue Test and Their Correlation

    Rapid Methods of Determining Fatigue Strength

    Fatigue Testing Machines:

    Direct Stress Machines

    Rotating Bending Machines

    Reversed Bending Machines

    Fatigue Testing Components and Structures

    Fatigue Specimens and Their Preparation

    Calibration of Fatigue Testing Machines

    The Use of Statistical Methods in Fatigue Testing:

    The Causes of Scatter

    Analysis of Fatigue Data

    Test Procedures

    Chapter III Fatigue Strength of Metals

    Fatigue Strength of Iron and Steel:

    Effect of Chemical Composition

    Influence of Heat Treatment and Microstructure

    Effect of Inclusions


    The Fatigue Strength of Steel Wire and the Effect of Cold Work

    Brittle Fracture and Fatigue

    Failure by Static Fatigue

    Cast Steel

    Cast Iron

    Fatigue Strength of Non-Ferrous Metals

    Aluminum Alloys

    Magnesium Alloys

    Copper Alloys

    Nickel Alloys

    Titanium Alloys

    Lead Alloys

    Other Metals

    The Resistance of Metals to Fatigue Failure from a Small Number of Stress Reversals

    The Resistance of Metals to Repeated Impact

    Chapter IV The Influence of Stress Conditions on Fatigue Strength

    The Influence of Mean Stress

    Empirical Relations for Predicting Fatigue Strength under Fluctuating Stresses

    The Effect of a Mean Tensile Stress on the Fatigue Strength of Ductile Metals

    The Effect of a Mean Compressive Stress on Ductile Metals

    The Effect of a Mean Shear Stress on Ductile Metals

    The Effect of Mean Stress on Cast Iron

    The Resistance of Materials to Fatigue under Complex Stress

    Criteria Governing Failure under Complex Stress

    Comparison of Fatigue Strengths in Bending and Torsion

    Fatigue Strengths under Combined Bending and Torsion

    Fatigue Strengths under Biaxial and Triaxial Tension Stresses

    Correlation of Failure Criteria with Fatigue Behavior

    The Effect of Fluctuations in Stress Amplitude and Cumulative Damage

    The Linear Damage Law

    Two-Step Tests

    The Effect of Understressing, Coaxing and Rest Periods

    The Effect of Residual Stress on Cumulative Damage

    Program Testing

    The Effect of the Frequency of the Stress Cycle

    Chapter V Stress Concentrations

    Determination of Stress Concentration Factors

    Factors Influencing Fatigue Notch Sensitivity

    The Influence of the Criterion of Failure on Kt

    Plastic Deformation

    Size Effect

    Theories of Size Effect

    Work-Hardening and Residual Stress

    Non-Propagating Cracks

    Determination of Strength Reduction Factors


    Cast Steel and Cast Iron

    Aluminum Alloys

    Other Metals

    Notch Sensitivity at Low Endurances

    The Influence of Mean Stress on Notched Fatigue Strengths

    Crack Propagation in Fatigue

    Chapter VI The Influence of Surface Treatment on Fatigue Strength

    Residual Stress

    Surface Roughness

    The Influence of Specific Surface Treatments on Fatigue Strength



    Surface Rolling



    Flame Hardening and Induction Hardening

    Case-Hardening Steel by Carburizing, Nitriding and Cyaniding

    Non-Ferrous Coatings on Steel

    Surface Coatings on Non-Ferrous Metals

    Chapter VII Corrosion Fatigue and Fretting Corrosion

    Corrosion Fatigue

    Influence of Prior Corrosion on Fatigue Strength

    The Resistance of Metals to Corrosion Fatigue

    Effect of the Nature, Concentration and Temperature of the Corrosive Environment

    Effect of Stress Conditions on Corrosion Fatigue Resistance

    Protection against Corrosion Fatigue

    The Influence of Oxygen on Fatigue Strength

    The Mechanism of Corrosion Fatigue

    Fretting Corrosion

    The Effect of Material and Heat Treatment

    Factors Influencing Fretting Corrosion

    Methods of Preventing or Reducing Fretting Corrosion

    Mechanism of Fretting Corrosion

    Chapter VIII The Influence of Temperature on Fatigue Strength

    Fatigue at Low Temperatures

    Fatigue at High Temperatures

    Influence of Metallographic Structure

    Influence of Corrosion

    Fatigue under Fluctuating Stresses at High Temperatures

    Influence of the Frequency of the Stress Cycle

    The Effect of Stress Concentrations

    The Effect of Surface Treatment

    Thermal Fatigue

    Chapter IX The Fatigue Strength of Joints, Components and Structures

    Screw Threads

    Thread Form

    Type of Material

    Method of Manufacture

    Effect of Tightening

    Methods of Increasing the Fatigue Strength of a Threaded Joint

    The Fatigue Strength of Lugs

    Riveted Joints

    Bolted Joints

    Welded Joints

    Butt Welds

    Fillet Welds

    Spot Welds

    Brazed Joints

    The Fatigue Strength of Components

    Plain Bearings

    Ball and Roller Bearings




    Tubes Subjected to Fluctuating Internal Pressure

    Pipes and Piping Components

    Pressure Vessels

    Lifting Gear Components


    The Fatigue Strength of Structures

    Chapter X Engineering Design to Prevent Fatigue

    Selection of Material

    Detail Design

    Estimation of Fatigue Strength

    Estimation of Fatigue Life

    Chapter XI The Mechanism of Fatigue

    Historical Survey

    Metallographic Observations

    Changes in Mechanical and Physical Properties Accompanying Fatigue

    The Fatigue Behavior of Iron and Steel

    The Fatigue Process

    Chapter XII Fatigue of Non-Metallic Materials






    Fatigue Data


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 436
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1962
  • Published: January 1, 1962
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160733

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