dislocations; fatigue crack nucleation; fatigue life prediction
Tanaka-Mura's fatigue crack nucleation model is revisited. A dimensional problem is found in their cyclic plastic strain formulation obtained by integration of the displacement function, and hence, it is rederived based on the true strain definition. Using the corrected strain formulation, a new fatigue crack nucleation life expression is obtained, and for the first time, low cycle fatigue lives of several metals and alloys are predicted without resorting to experiments. With such theoretical life as the baseline, other factors such as surface roughness, environment, and even high-temperature damage mechanisms can be delineated in further studies.
Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures.