BACK TO BASICS FOR THE FATIGUE CRACK GROWTH RATE IN METALLIC ALLOYS
Emiel AmsterdamGrand Ballroom B
The field of fracture mechanics started with Griffith’s energy concept for brittle fracture in 1920. In 1963, Paris et al. used a fracture mechanics’ parameter to introduce an equation for the fatigue crack growth rate in ductile materials and this equation is now commonly known as the ‘Paris law’. However, the Paris law and the semi-empirical models that followed ever since do not fully account for the main intrinsic and extrinsic properties involved with fatigue crack growth in metallic alloys. In contrast, here we introduce a dimensionally correct fatigue crack growth rate equation that is based on the original crack driving force as introduced by Griffith and the presence of plasticity in a metal to withstand crack propagation.