Metal Fatigue: Effects of Small Defects and Nonmetallic Inclusions

Metal Fatigue: Effects of Small Defects and Nonmetallic Inclusions

2nd Edition - June 15, 2019

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  • Author: Yukitaka Murakami
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128138779
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128138762

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Metal fatigue is an essential consideration for engineers and researchers looking at factors that cause metals to fail through stress, corrosion, or other processes. Predicting the influence of small defects and non-metallic inclusions on fatigue with any degree of accuracy is a particularly complex part of this. Metal Fatigue: Effects of Small Defects and Nonmetallic Inclusions is the most trusted, detailed and comprehensive guide to this subject available. This expanded second edition introduces highly important emerging topics on metal fatigue, pointing the way for further research and innovation. The methodology is based on important and reliable results and may be usefully applied to other fatigue problems not directly treated in this book.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates how to solve a wide range of specialized metal fatigue problems relating to small defects and non-metallic inclusions.
  • Provides a detailed introduction to fatigue mechanisms and stress concentration.
  • This edition is expanded to address even more topics, including low cycle fatigue, quality control of fatigue components, and more.


Engineers, MSc, and PhDs working in mechanical engineering and materials sciences and with a particular interest in metal fatigue and lifetime prediction of components

Table of Contents

  • 1. Mechanism of fatigue in the absence of defects and inclusions
    2. Stress concentration
    3. Notch effect and size effect
    4. Effect of size and geometry of small defects on the fatigue limit
    5. Effect of hardness Hv on fatigue limits of materials containing defects, and fatigue limit prediction equations
    6. Effects of nonmetallic inclusions on fatigue strength
    7. Bearing steels
    8. Spring steels
    9. Tool steels: effect of carbides
    10. Effects of shape and size of artificially introduced alumina particles on 1.5Ni-Cr- Mo (En24) steel
    11. Nodular cast iron and powder metal
    12. Influence of Si-phase on fatigue properties of aluminium alloys
    13. Ti alloys
    14. Torsional fatigue
    15. The mechanism of fatigue failure in the very high cycle fatigue (VHCF) life regime of N >107 cycles
    16. Effect of surface roughness on fatigue strength
    17. Martensitic stainless steels
    18. Additive manufacturing: effects of defects
    19. Fatigue threshold in Mode II and Mode III, ΔKIIth and ΔKIIIth,and small crack problems
    20. Contact fatigue
    21. Hydrogen embrittlement
    22. A new nonmetallic inclusion rating method by the positive use of the hydrogen embrittlement phenomenon
    23. What is fatigue damage? A viewpoint from the observation of a low-cycle fatigue process
    24. Quality control of mass production components based on defect analysis
    Appendix A: Instructions for a New Method of Inclusion Rating and Correlations with the Fatigue Limit
    Appendix B: Database of Statistics of Extreme Values of Inclusion Size √areamax
    Appendix C: Probability Sheets of Statistics of Extremes

Product details

  • No. of pages: 758
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: June 15, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128138779
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128138762

About the Author

Yukitaka Murakami

Yukitaka Murakami is an Emeritus Professor at Kyushu University. His research interests have involved strength of materials, metal fatigue, fracture mechanics, hydrogen embrittlement, stress analysis and tribology. He has published 13 books and over 400 papers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Yukitaka Murakami, Emeritus Professor, Kyushu University, Japan

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