Very-high-cycle fatigue crack initiation and propagation behaviours of magnesium alloy ZK60

Chao He, Yongjie Liu, Jiukai Li, Kun Yang, Qingyuan Wang, Qiang Chen

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The aim of this paper is to assess the very-high-cycle fatigue (VHCF) behaviour of a magnesium alloy (ZK60). Results indicate that the fatigue crack initiates from an area consisting of many distributed facets, while the region of early crack propagation is characterised by parallel traces, based on a fractographic analysis. The significant differences in morphology around the crack initiation area result from the interaction between the deformation twinning and the plastic zone at the crack tip. In addition, the fatigue crack propagation rate around the crack initiation site is also estimated based on a modified Murakami model. It is found that the formation stage for the fatigue crack is of great importance to the fatigue failure mechanism in the VHCF regime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-647
Number of pages9
JournalMaterials Science and Technology (United Kingdom)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 13 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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