Microstructural characterisation of fatigue crack initiation in Al-based plain bearing alloys

Mwanza, M.C., Joyce, M.R., Lee, K.K., Syngellakis, S. and Reed, P.A.S. (2003) Microstructural characterisation of fatigue crack initiation in Al-based plain bearing alloys. International Journal Fatigue, 25, (9-11), 1135-1145. (doi:10.1016/S0142-1123(03)00148-8).


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The fatigue initiation behaviour of two Al-based bearing lining alloys has been assessed by image analysis tessellation techniques and subsequent adaptive numerical classification approaches. Fatigue initiation occurs by decohesion at Si particles, and in the absence of Si particles decohesion occurs at Sn particles. In both cases, relatively unclustered, large particles initiate fatigue, and the relative position of the nearest neighbour particle seems to have significance. This can be explained qualitatively in terms of strain mismatch arising from differing elastic moduli between the particles and surrounding Al matrix and local stress concentration and superposition effects. The lining alloy containing no Si and high Sn content exhibits more directionality, and a heavier dependence on angular information is found by the classifier.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S0142-1123(03)00148-8
ISSNs: 0142-1123 (print)
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Keywords: al bearing alloys, statistical microstructural characterisation, fatigue crack initiation, finite body tessellation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Electronics and Computer Science
ePrint ID: 22424
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Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:41
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/22424

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