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

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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.

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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), pp. 1396-1401. (doi:10.1179/174328407X243988).

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Published date: December 2007
Keywords: fatigue, Al-Si alloys, microchrome mechanisms, tomography, high temperature
Organisations: Engineering Mats & Surface Engineerg Gp

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Local EPrints ID: 48825
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/48825
ISSN: 0267-0836
PURE UUID: e01c3c52-c873-4741-a0ed-53353bd8a1a6
ORCID for P.A.S. Reed: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2258-0347

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Date deposited: 20 Dec 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:58

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Author: A.J. Moffat
Author: B.G. Mellor
Author: I. Sinclair
Author: P.A.S. Reed ORCID iD

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