The mechanisms of long fatigue crack growth behaviour in Al–Si casting alloys at room and elevated temperature


Moffat, A.J., Mellor, B.G., Sinclair, I. and Reed, P.A.S. (2007) The mechanisms of long fatigue crack growth behaviour in Al–Si casting alloys at room and elevated temperature. Materials Science and Technology, 23, (12), 1396-1401. (doi:10.1179/174328407X243988).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/174328407X243988

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Pistons are commonly made from multicomponent Al–Si casting alloys, which have complex, interconnecting three-dimensional (3D) networks of secondary phase particles. They are non-serviceable parts and so must be able to withstand high cycle fatigue while operating at temperatures between 30 and 80% of Tm. Long fatigue crack growth tests were performed at room temperature (RT) and 350uC to assess the micromechanisms of fatigue. The fracture profiles at low and high da/dN were analysed; at low crack growth rates at both temperatures there is no crack path preferentiality with respect to the microstructure. At high da/dN in the RT sample the crack growth occurs preferentially via hard particles, while at 350uC there is a change in mechanism and the crack appears to avoid hard particles. X-ray tomography has been used to image the crack tips and gain a detailed insight into the mechanisms of fatigue in these complex 3D microstructures.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0267-0836 (print)
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Keywords: fatigue, Al-Si alloys, microchrome mechanisms, tomography, high temperature
Subjects: T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Engineering Materials & Surface Engineering
ePrint ID: 48825
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:32
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/48825

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