Fatigue of metals is an extremely important scientific and technical problem that spans multiple length and time scales and has significant repercussions in a wide variety of industrial and military applications. In this chapter, a brief historical perspective on this phenomenon is provided, followed by basic definitions of key variables and testing procedures. Then, the three fundamental aspects of metal fatigue are reviewed, namely cyclic deformation, crack nucleation and crack propagation, with emphasis on experiments and modeling of pure cubic and hexagonal metals and their alloys for low, high and very high cycle fatigue regimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhysical Metallurgy
Subtitle of host publicationFifth Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages116
ISBN (Electronic)9780444537713
ISBN (Print)9780444537706
StatePublished - Dec 5 2014


  • Crack Nucleation
  • Crack Propagation
  • Cyclic Hardening
  • Cyclic Stress-Strain Curve
  • Dislocation Structures
  • Endurance Limit
  • Paris Law
  • Persistent Slip Band
  • Planar Slip
  • Plastic Blunting
  • Saturation
  • Short Cracks
  • Strain Localization
  • Very High Cycle Fatigue
  • Wavy Slip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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