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Title:Some aspects of effect of metallurgical structure on fatigue strength and notch sensitivity of steel
Author(s):Dolan, Thomas J.; Yen, C.S.
Fatigue Strength
Abstract:It was the purpose of the study reported herein to determine the extent to which a change in metallurgical structure (produced by a different heat treatment) affected the fatigue strength and notch-sensitivity for several steels. Since steels having a tempered martensitic structure exhibit Charpy impact properties superior to those obtained for pearlitic steels, it was desired to ascertain whether the constituents that improve localized toughness in an impact test, would also prove beneficial in a fatigue test. Experimental data are presented from static tensile, flexural fatigue, and Charpy bending impact tests, on two alloy steels and one carbon steel, quenched and tempered to approximately the same hardness level. Duplicate tests were made for each steel in a drastically quenched and tempered condition, and for a slowly quenched and tempered condition. In general, the steels having a structure of tempered martensite exhibited higher yield ratios, slightly higher endurance limits, and less notch-sensitivity than the same steels slowly quenched and tempered. The fatigue strength of tempered martensitic specimens with a 60° V-notch, ranged from 11 to 44 percent higher than for the same metals heat treated to a structure of pearlite plus ferrite (but having the same hardness and tensile strength). Essential differences are pointed out in the structural actions occurring in a fatigue test as compared with those in the single-blow notch-bar impact test. As a result of the tests it was concluded that no direct functional relationship was apparent between the notch-sensitivity in a fatigue test and that in a Charpy test.
Issue Date:1948-03
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 5
Genre:Technical Report
Sponsor:Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy, Contract N6-ori-71, Task Order IV
Rights Information:Copyright 1948 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04

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