Mechanical Engineering Faculty Research


A Study at Understanding the Mechanisms Governing the High Cycle Fatigue and Final Fracture Behavior of the Titanium Alloy: Ti–4Al–2.5V

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Winter 1-15-2010


In this research paper, the cyclic stress amplitude-controlled high cycle fatigue properties and fracture behavior of a titanium alloy are presented and discussed. The material chosen for this study is a Ti–Al–V–Fe–O2 alloy that is marketed under the trade name ATI 425™. This alloy was initially developed and put forth for use as a ballistic material but through the last few years it gained in stature for use in other areas due to a healthy combination of physical and mechanical properties. Test specimens were prepared, in conformance with the ASTM E-8 standard, from the as-received sheet stock, which was cold rolled and mill annealed, with the rolling direction both parallel (longitudinal) and perpendicular (transverse) to the length of the sheet. The test specimens were cyclically deformed at three different load ratios (R = 0.1, R = 0.3 and R = 0.033) and the cycles-to-failure (Nf) was recorded. The fatigue fracture surfaces were examined in a scanning electron microscope to examine the macroscopic fracture mode, the intrinsic features on the fatigue fracture surface and the role of magnitude of applied stress–microstructural feature interactions in governing failure.

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Materials Science and Engineering: A





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